expansion

Keeping the small fleet ‘family’ happy: Pay, equipment, home time

Small-fleet owners use good pay, equipment and home time to attract loyal drivers. They say those are the bedrocks of retention, the top employment issue named in a recent Overdrive survey.

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POLL: Small fleets, which comes first — the driver or the truck?

For those among readers who've owned more than one truck, this poll asks a question relative to views on expansion strategy: Best to buy a truck to fit a dependable driver or the converse, focus on hiring only as needed to utilize equipment?

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Reader to truck stops: Better optimize, expand parking space; And an eats tip in AL

"There's nothing worse than after a long hard day's driving to pull into a truck stop and find full spaces taken up with just a tractor or an RV." --Rick Fine, Pueblo, Colo.

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Is going independent a fading dream?

An Overdrive poll in late 2013 showed half of our readers believe industry changes have made it more difficult to get your operating authority and be profitable.

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Poll: Chief attraction of maintaining your own operating authority?

Is it that control over all aspects of the business yields greater cost-saving opportunities, better income (particularly with direct customers), or something else? Tell us what you think here.

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Mack expands natural gas lineup to long-haul trucks

Mack Trucks recently announced a 2013 expansion of natural gas-powered products in the latest versions of its Pinnacle and Granite models. Both models will use the Cummins Westport ISX12, and customer testing is scheduled to begin this year. The expansion adds to a list of natural-gas powered models already offered in the Mack TerraPro Low Entry and Mack TerraPro cabover refuse models. The new models will feature maintenance-free after-treatment and provide up to a 30 ...

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New service space at Nebraska Pete dealer

The folks at South Dakota / Nebraska / Iowa-based four-dealer network Sioux City Truck Sales (pbtruck.com) shared this photo with us of construction, now completed, of a new nearly 7,400-square-foot addition to the Peterbilt of Norfolk (Nebraksa) building. Eight new service bays, with a wash bay and some additional parts storage space included, have been added to the east end of the building. They all opened for business this month at the dealership on U.S. Highway ...

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Calling all independents; New profile series seeks nominations

Are you an owner-operator running with your own authority? A two-three-truck fleet owner with a unique approach to trucking success? If you've been following Overdrive Dollars & Sense columnist and radio host Kevin Rutherford's columns over the past couple months, you know he's gotten into a series about taking your business to the next level with contemplation of adding a truck. Though you can certainly lease more than one truck, depending on the motor carrier, ...

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