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Housing starts hit high point in June

Housing starts rose almost 7 percent last month, said the U.S. Commerce Department.

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Roadside Attractions

A roadside midwife, an apnea proposal, bedbugs, the rigors and routines of the road, plus Truck Gauge and Truck Gallery are among the industry news items and oddities featured.

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Roadside Attractions

A trucker joins a national fitness program, a natural born truck driver, a truck makes its film debut, plus Truck Gallery, Channel 19, Calendar events and more industry news items are featured.

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Refurbished trailers

XTRA Lease, a national rental trailer company, has added 9,400 trailers to its fleet, now totaling 25,000.  The trailers are equipped with fuel efficient aerodynamic side skirts and comply with California’s SmartWay and Greenhouse Gas regulations.  Refurbished flatbeds are also available, featuring new aluminum floors, air hoses and electrical wiring, wheels, brake linings, straightening of rub rails, repairing of all welds, shocks and airbags.  Trailer tracking units are installed as a standard feature on vans. XTRA ...

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Drivers’ safety conversation continues

If the handheld cell ban for drivers (which goes into effect Jan. 3) has done anything for the nation's interstate haulers, it's upped the ante on the conversation on this blog about the direction of safety in the industry. Driver and radio host Big Al Weekley is back today with a lament for the safety practices of some among the driving public, with some strong ideas for change that are heavy on veterans' personal responsibility. ...

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New freight-finding Android app from ATS

A new freight matching app for owner-operators and other carriers comes by way of Anderson Trucking Service's brokerage wing, ATS Logistics. It didn't arrive in time for my cover story in the November edition of Truckers News, a survey of on-highway apps making life easier for drivers on the road today, so I'm sharing here. Similar to many of the other freight-finding apps detailed in the online supplement to the cover story, available here -- from ...

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Payday

Carriers chase after a diminished pool of owner-operator candidates with higher pay, bonuses and more compensation options.

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Manufacturing still growing, but more slowly

The recovery is still with us, note the factory-watchers at the Institute for Supply Management. The manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 11th consecutive month, though at a less heated pace than in May. The overall economy for the 14th consecutive month in June. Of course, the housing and labor markets still suffer. The first affects flatbed freight, though flatbed seems to have enough other business to have started the year well. First-quarter data from ATBS ...

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‘Flatbed is particularly strong’ and other upbeat news

Lots of good economic reports all around for trucking in the last few days. If you’re not with a carrier who’s keeping you busy, figure out why or look elsewhere. Morgan Stanley’s truckload freight research report “continues to show strong trends … Flatbed is particularly strong.” Consequently, by the fourth quarter this year, on an annual basis, “rate increases of 4-5% should now be the base case. If fuel prices spike and a material restocking takes place, ...

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A creeping, sputtering recovery

It appears that trucking and the economy will be slouching toward health and stability during 2010. Here are forecasts from three sources.

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