Big money

| February 01, 2007

Anthony Aliengena, president of FactorLoads, developed the Moving Freight CarbonFree program to give truckers and small companies the opportunity to offset their carbon output.

Truckers can give a tax-deductible donation of less than a penny per mile to the program, which FactorLoads then forwards to Carbonfund.org. Companies that participate in the program receive a decal to put on their trucks to promote the program, Coulter says.

“This is an opportunity for the entire industry to stand out from the crowd and to impact the environment,” Coulter says. “Shippers as well as haulers can get together and do something good about this.”

The first fleet to sign on was Fire Bolt Trucking, a 25-truck operation in Beebe, Ark.

“This is a strong differentiator for us,” says Fire Bolt President Chase Truesdail. “My customers are concerned about global warming, so knowing that they are moving their freight in trucks that are offsetting carbon is a great message they can pass along to their customers and the public.”

Companies and truck drivers not affiliated with FactorLoads are encouraged to visit Carbonfund.org and participate in protecting the environment.

Follow the Links
Carbonfund.org, www.carbonfund.org
FactorLoads and the Moving Freight CarbonFree program, www.factorloads.com
Information about global warming, www.epa.gov/globalwarming


Wired for Success
When his mother wanted to throw away a broken Star Wars toy, then-4-year-old Jon Newby took the spaceship apart, repaired the mechanism that made the wings move and put it back together. Randy Hughes rebuilt his first heavy-duty engine – a Cummins 335 – when he was 16. Jason Swann bought a worn-out pickup when he was 14 and enjoyed fixing it so much he spent the next several years working on other people’s vehicles.

And now, if your truck has a problem that needs troubleshooting and repair, you’d be lucky to have one of them at the helm.

All three had a chance to demonstrate the talents they’ve honed since childhood during the first annual Rush Truck Centers’ Technician Skills Rodeo, held in Nashville, Tenn., in early December. Of 350 Rush technicians who took a written test, 45 qualified for the two-day, hands-on competition. Eight, including Hughes, Newby and Swann, made it to the final round.

Contestants spent as much time looking at computer screens as they did inspecting the three new Peterbilts that had been “bugged” for the event. Their knowledge of software programs often played a larger role in locating the source of a problem than their familiarity with the truck itself.

“Finally the technicians are getting recognition,” says Bill Bilbo, general manager of Rush’s Nashville dealership. “For a long time people haven’t appreciated what it takes to be a technician. It’s not a blacksmith environment anymore. This is the future.”

In the final round contestants had to know Peterbilt’s program for diagnostics, says Hughes, who placed second all around and in two preliminary divisions. The trucks’ gauges were malfunctioning, but the problem was in the data link, which carries messages from multiple computer systems on the truck.

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