Max Heine

A rare roadside attraction on the Dalton

| July 23, 2009

Faithful watchers of “Ice Road Truckers” this season know that there ain’t much between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. There’s a few state highway facilities for maintenance of the Haul Road, a few resort facilities (closed ...

Landstar shows how to make it work

| July 16, 2009

Anyone who thinks the owner-operator business model can’t rebound from the prolonged downturn, rising costs and other factors should take note of Landstar System. The nation’s largest owner-operator carrier reported its second-quarter earnings Wednesday. Of course, ...

Putting safety news in context

| July 08, 2009

 The good report last week on 2008’s highway fatality numbers, including truck-related deaths, was a bit incomplete because of the highly unusual drop in vehicle miles traveled (VMT, in government-speak). Of course, that decline was ...

Some bright spots in the supply chain

| July 01, 2009

If you’re looking for good news, this morning’s report from the Institute for Supply Management has some: The overall economy grew in June. Warehouses are emptying out, which is good for trucking. Manufacturing failed to grow ...

Expecting the unexpected

| June 24, 2009

Wednesday started with bad news/good news economic reports for trucking. Both involve May numbers. New orders for durable goods were up by 1.8 percent, says the Commerce Department. That’s better than expected, and a welcome report ...

Building permits among leading indicators

| June 18, 2009

Today’s report on the Leading Economic Indicators is good news. It “increased sharply for the second consecutive month in May,” says The Conference Board. The strong points include some fiscal things, like interest rates and stock ...

In memory of an ice road trucker

| June 12, 2009

Those of you who caught the first episode of this season’s “Ice Road Truckers” might recall a part on how some of the truckers who’ve died on Alaska’s Dalton Highway have been memorialized at the ...

Prices: Down for truckload, up for diesel

| June 09, 2009

If you’re thinking of getting your own authority for truckload hauling, think again. Or have some excellent contracts locked up before you jump. A June 8 conference call, hosted by Dahlman Rose & Co. with executives ...

Max Heine

Max Heine is editorial director of Overdrive and writes regularly for the Overdrive Extra blog. A CDL holder, he joined Overdrive in 1998 after more than two decades of newspaper work. You can reach him at or 205-248-1038.

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