Todd Dills

Cummins introduces iPhone app with 3-D engine views

The latest in the trucking-related smartphone apps world is a nifty program offering 3-D views of engine componentry and systems from the folks at Cummins. It's geared toward connecting technicians with careers with the diesel engine manufacturer, but I imagine there are plenty of you who'd get a kick out of the the app's features as well. Featuring a strong educational component geared toward students of engine and related systems technology, reps say, the app's "intelligent ...

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Meet John Borofka, Dart Contractor of the Year

When I tripped up to Dart Transit headquarters in Eagan, Minn., last month to visit with the Overdrive Owner-Operator of the Year, Dart-leased Larry Severson, I got the unexpected benefit of sitting in on a small ceremony for Dart's own in-company Contractor of the Year for 2012, owner-operator John Borofka, pictured. Borofka's longevity with the company extends back two and half decades, Dart President David Oren said at the ceremony. In the last 13 years, he ...

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Owner-operator on the guv’s blog

Owner-operator Paul Ahles utilized the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's program for low, 4 percent financing of auxiliary power units to purchase the APU on his truck today, and as a participant in the program he was featured recently on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's blog, available at this link. Ahles called the choice to purchase the PowerCube APU the "best decision I ever made ... I would absolutely recommend getting an APU. The MPCA has been great to ...

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Tackle, oil patch service and a joke: Channel 19 Thursday round-up

Win Bass Pro Shops gift certificate from VIPro TruckForce networkFor the fish-happy among you (weather's been good for it over much of the nation, that's certain), ongoing through the end of May, operators utilizing the VIPro TruckForce network of shops for maintenance can enter to potential win one of 25 $150 gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. VIPro TruckForce service centers are located "coast-to-coast across the United States and Canada," network reps say, offering "quality ...

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Prime commanding lead in TCA weight-loss showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition is now well into its 7th week, and results from the end of week 6 showed Springfield, Mo.-based, heavily owner-operator-focused carrier Prime Inc.'s personnel holding a relatively strong lead for the fourth week running, but with System Transport moving up a spot to second and gaining ground. Below find TCA's graphic showing the full week 6 results, based on the percentage of total weight shed over the weeks. And ...

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A note from Schneider on their Dallas facility

  I received the note below just now from the folks at Schneider National. Luckily, none of the company's personnel at their Dallas-area facility were injured or killed when yesterday's tornadoes tore through, as has been reported elsewhere -- and buildings on the property sustained no damage; personnel are back to work to day picking up the pieces, though -- many trucks and trailers in the yard sustained damage, as we've reported. I thought I'd share ...

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Get the Xtra Lease size/weight guide in free download

I first came across Xtra Lease's wonderfully comprehensive annual size and weight guide back in late 2010, when covering the grand opening of the company's new Nashville terminal location, following the flooding that made its old location on the banks of the Cumberland River a wreck. The guide is a great resource, not only for size and weight regs. Take a look at the page images posted below for the kind of detail that's available ...

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Emmert International hauls 340-ton ‘rock show’

Need a 340-ton boulder moved? Call the heavy haulers at Emmert International. If you've gotten your copy of the April issue of Overdrive, or read it online in the digital edition, you've likely made note of one monster coke drum hauls the folks at Emmert spent four years planning -- and nearly eight months conducting. As we were putting the Severe Service section of the April issue to press, the Oregon-based Emmert was in the news ...

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Bee haulers: Michigan needs you

If Mark Longstroth, writing in the Western Farm Press last week, is right, early Spring growth over much of the U.S. East and Midwest has bee haulers in overdrive trying to keep up with demand for hives to pollinate fruit trees in groves far and wide. "Most of the bees that pollinate Michigan fruit crops either overwintered in Florida or just finished pollinating almonds in California," Longstroth wrote. "One problem is trucking. Most of the truckers ...

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Cubby Buddy toolbox maker’s new storage system for load bars

Hensley Inc.-leased owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (pictured), with a Great Dane dry van and Freightliner tractor and a unique line of tool-box systems for owner-operators you may well recall me writing about here back in January, has added yet another patent-pending storage system to the repertoire of his growing Cubby Buddy side business. The business and Zehrer were profiled this month in Truckers News, just in time for the release of the new "Raising the Bar" system for ...

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