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Overdrive Staff | May 01, 2011

Acosta is the fourth Back on the Road winner.

“Winning Back on the Road is a blessing for not only me, but my entire family,” Acosta said.

Acosta also received:

• X One XDA Energy tires from Michelin

• Auxiliary power unit from Thermo King

• Monthly $500 fuel cards from Pilot Travel Centers

• Business consulting tools from ATBS

• OOIDA insurance

• 3-year/300-thousand-mile warranty from National Truck Protection

• One year worth of filter products from Genuine Volvo Parts

• Custom truck paint job provided Dickinson Fleet Services

• Truck accessories and fenders from Minimizer Products

• Memory foam mattress provided by SleepDog Mattress

• Truck paint from DuPont

• Personalized health and wellness coaching with “Trucker Trainer” Bob Perry

— Staff reports



SHORT HAULS

FTR’S SHIPPERS CONDITION INDEX continues to decline, reflecting tightening capacity in the trucking sector. The short-term forecast for the SCI calls for continued deterioration as the outlook for capacity shortages worsens.

VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA announced it will recall approximately 700 employees between May 2 and June 13 at its New River Valley, Va. The plant, which employs about 1,500 people, is facing a surge in orders for heavy-duty trucks.

CLASS 8 NET ORDERS in North American rose 159 percent to 29,200 units in March from a year earlier, according to ACT Research Co. Net orders in March represented the largest monthly order intake since May 2006. Meanwhile, net orders of commercial trailers rose 25 percent to 21,990 in February from January.

SURFACE TRADE between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico rose 19.5 percent in January over January 2010 to $67.7 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

TRUCKING COMPANIES accounted for 1,600 seasonally adjusted new jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The increase followed a revised 10,400-job surge in February. Payroll employment at for-hire trucking companies was 40,000 jobs higher than in March 2010.

RUBIK AVETYAN, 55, of Sunland, Calif., was sentenced to 50 months in prison and fined for nearly $1.12 million for operating a double brokering scheme. His sons, Allen Avetyan, 33, also of Sunland, and Alfred Avetyan, 29, of Porter Ranch, Calif., each received 60 months in prison. Judge Yvette Kane of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled in the fraud case.



Owner-operator named Goodyear Highway Hero

An Olympia, Wash., owner-operator who helped save the lives of two people has been named the Goodyear 2010 North America Highway Hero.

Owner-operator Tilden Curl earned Goodyear’s 2010 North America Highway Hero award for pulling an unconscious driver from a car before it was struck by a train.

From among four finalists, Tilden Curl accepted the Highway Hero award and a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and ring in Louisville, Ky. Curl has been driving 18 years and operates under his own authority as Tecco Trucking of Olympia.

On Oct. 27, Curl was driving on Highway 99 near Tulare, Calif., when a vehicle went out of control, coming to a stop with its front wheels lodged over railroad tracks. A woman exited the passenger side of the car, and Curl yelled for her to get clear of the tracks because a train was coming.

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