International trucks

Meet John Borofka, Dart Contractor of the Year

When I tripped up to Dart Transit headquarters in Eagan, Minn., last month to visit with the Overdrive Owner-Operator of the Year, Dart-leased Larry Severson, I got the unexpected benefit of sitting in on a small ceremony for Dart's own in-company Contractor of the Year for 2012, owner-operator John Borofka, pictured. Borofka's longevity with the company extends back two and half decades, Dart President David Oren said at the ceremony. In the last 13 years, he ...

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Lakeville orders 165 International ProStar+ trucks

Less-than-truckload carrier Lakeville Motor Express announced Dec. 16 purchase of a new fleet of 165 International ProStar+ trucks. Chairman Shari Taylor Wilsey and Roger Wilsey Sr., CEO, recently assumed ownership of LME. The carrier was named Commercial Carrier Journal’s Innovator of the Year in 2010 for establishing TRNET, an alliance of carriers providing 100 percent coverage of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company is also a Top 100 Motor Carrier as ranked by Inbound Logistics magazine ...

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Braving the storm — two haulers’ Birmingham tornado stories

"I just spent all day yesterday cleaning up tornado damage," Overdrive Trucker of the Year Dan Heister told me this morning. Heister (pictured) was loaded heading south on I-65 bound for Saginaw, Ala., Wednesday afternoon, when he could see the big tornado that made its way into Cullman, Ala., around 3 p.m. that afternoon. "I kept the hammer down and got about four miles south of it" before it made the interstate, he says, then kept ...

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TerraStar 4×4 commercial truck

The TerraStar 4x4 truck is built for construction, utility, landscape and other off-highway applications. Its 300-hp, 6.4-liter MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine delivers 660 lb.-ft. torque and features a compacted graphite iron block, which offers high strength without added weight. The tractor features MaxxForce Advanced EGR emissions technology and provides a clean and clear chassis for easy body and equipment mounting with less added weight. INTERNATIONAL, internationaltrucks.com

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Interviewing Dan Heister, Overdrive’s Trucker of the Year

In this month's issue of Overdrive, I wrote about the recession-surviving prowess of Boyd Bros.-leased owner-operator Dan Heister (pictured), whose mastery of his short-medium haul niche in Boyd's self-dispatch/percentage-pay Independent Express program brought him through the really bad times in 2008 to ever-greater success this year. In addition to recently purchasing what amounts to a small farm in Erin, Tenn., where he'll move the family later this year, he's Overdrive's 2011 Trucker of the Year, ...

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Survey: Truck owner satisfaction peaks early

Class 8 truck owner satisfaction peaks in the first nine months the truck is in service, then decreases notably

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Southland International wins performance, service award

Southland International Trucks, whose parent company is Navistar, won International Truck's Circle of Excellence Award for the 10th time.

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Navistar shows more efficient ProStar

ProStar+ has improved aerodynamics and a nearly 1,300-pound weight reduction from the existing ProStar model.

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Bendix offers system for International trucks

SmarTire monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire to provide real-time information.

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