Todd Dills

Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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FCC continues hold on ‘Trucker TV’ exemption

Since 2004, missing persons advocate Marc Klaas of the Klaas Kids Foundation has been part of an effort by a company associated with Flying J travel plazas to get an FCC exemption to establish a low-power broadcasting operation at truck stops. The emphasis of the operation would be not only on entertainment but, most importantly for Klaas, information about missing persons and others likely to be spotted on the nation's highways. Klass' blog for the ...

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Tanking independent — Meet owner-operator Dan Bollinger

Hauling in a 2007 Peterbilt 379 (pictured) -- "one of the legacy class editions," he says, with a 48-inch flattop sleeper -- owner-operator Dan Bollinger just got his own authority early this year. He hauls dedicated for a liquid feed supplier to feedlots in Western Kansas, where he lives. Formerly hauling under the feed company's authority but supplying his own cargo and commercial auto liability insurance, when the company offered Bollinger and a group of five ...

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Salve for your shifting hand…

And your soul, says the maker of a line of shift knobs built from precious rocks. “If I’m ever stuck in traffic or I’m stressed out by circumstances in my life, the mere acts of looking at and touching one of these shift knobs drains away the stress,” the maker notes on its website, gemstoneshiftknobs.com. You may never need to buy another, either. About a $209 knob built from petrified 225-million-year-old wood from Madagascar, the maker ...

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Truckers Against Trafficking: A cause we can all get behind

Truckers News Editor Randy Grider says it best in his column in this month's issue, titled "Your most important call" in reference to the Truckers Against Trafficking national hotline number for reporting incidents of child sex trafficking witnessed on the nation's highways. "Each year in this country," Grider writes, "tens of thousands of kids are victims of human trafficking," a $32 billion criminal business. "The average age of human trafficking victims is 12 years old. The ...

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No-cost consultations for spine/lower back injury available

Back pain gotten out of control? Dr. Richard Kaul of New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation has teamed up with the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund to provide no-cost consultations and MRI reviews for truck drivers whose pain problems have gotten out of hand. Dr. Kaul has seen many truck drivers who've suffered from spinal conditions or chronic pain conditions. Kaul, a certified spine specialist with a dual specialty in interventional pain management and minimally invasive ...

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Two calls this week highlight driver advocacy efforts in D.C.

Scott Grenerth with Trucking Solutions Group today Those of you who've read this blog with any regularity are probably well familiar with Fikes-leased owner-operator Scott Grenerth (pictured with a new custom-designed bike at the Great American Trucking Show this past August -- Grenerth is also coproprietor of the rideandroll.me site cataloging biking trails in proximity to truck parking). I first met Grenerth when I ran with Jazzy Jordan last year and, since, have had the ...

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Truck-Lite goes gonzo with customer service in new YouTube series

"Customers often ask the same questions about the features and design of our products," says Bob Ives, Truck-Lite's marketing vice president. Coming upon a creative way to address those customer questions and concerns, the company has undertaken a series of YouTube vids that Ives says has proven an "excellent tool" to address "feedback and concerns with an entertaining and educational experience." The series, headed "Capucci Labs" on Truck-Lite's YouTube channel, sees company Director of National Aftermarket Sales ...

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Jost to be featured today and tomorrow on Motorhead Garage TV

Tune into Fox Sports Network this morning at 11:30 in all time zones for an edition of the Motorhead Garage television series that features Jost International. The segment was filmed October 18 at the Jost U.S. manufacturing site in Greeneville, Tenn., and will air again tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 pm. During the segment, Jost Engineering Vice President Greg Laarman takes show hosts on a tour of the company's fifth wheel technology. The shows features ...

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How to get — and keep — the contract

Success in hauling with your own authority often requires negotiating contracts directly with shippers and keeping those contracts when bigger competitors come prowling. The father-son operation of John and Erick (pictured) Engbarth learned this by experience. Erick makes regular hauls from North Carolina to California loaded with plastics and usually carrying motorcycles back. When Engbarth Trucking first bid on a key contract with a N.C. manufacturer, the rate didn’t exactly seal the deal, but the prospect of regular, ...

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