MATS

A goofy back is no joke

"At some point during my transitional truck packing from winter clothes and MATS paraphernalia to summer clothes and Wildwood paraphernalia, I wrenched my back. I hate to admit it, but I'm falling apart."

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On the road again

"Another MATS is in the books," Wendy writes in this post, and though Marshall Tucker this year was pretty special, she also makes a case for Tony Justice on the main stage. What do you think?

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MATS: One down, two to go

MATS 2015 has kicked off, and it's going to be huge. It's always a gigantic show, and it's the first of the season, so attendance is generally high. This is our third year at MATS, and the first time we've actually been able to finagle press passes, and I'd like to thank Toby Young for his personal attention to the matter. We've got the usual dinners and meetings with corporate and marketing people from the industry. I ...

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Navistar makes OnCommand diagnostics system free, standard on International trucks

Navistar’s OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system will now be free and standard on all 2007 and newer model International trucks, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

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Gleaming show trucks ready for judging at MATS

Show truck owners were busy polishing away Wednesday as they prepared for judging in the PKY Truck Beauty championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Here are some of the contestants.

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Peterbilt enhances 579 EPIQ improve efficiency, comfort

Peterbilt Motors introduced enhancements to its Model 579 EPIQ that it says can improve fuel efficiency up to 14 percent. The company also announced new models or expanded versions of existing models, including improvements in its natural gas-powered offerings.

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Gearing up for MATS

Truck show season kicks off in March, and it's all I'm hearing about these days. Apparently, MATS is going to be one heck of a show – we've heard from all kinds of people about all kinds of neat stuff that's going to happen there. I'm going to be brutally honest and say it's my least favorite show, because of the immensity and sometimes bizarre layout, but it definitely has the best parking lot party ...

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Rates: Demand on the rise short-term?

And a check-in with owner-operator Jan McCarter on her new Human Trafficking Awareness Project, looking ahead to MATS in March.

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The JBC Hotline: Raising money and keeping good company

The group grew from four people making three-way calls to an organized conference call that runs 24/7. Callers use the room to keep company on long nights, give and get weather and road reports, check routes and just touch base with other human beings who do the same job.

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Wrap-up from complete and utter over-stimulation

Wendy on the news out of MATS and her own experience there, ultimately: "Anyway, I'm optimistic, because I like to be optimistic. Otherwise I get cranky and I can't even stand myself."

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