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Prime commanding lead in TCA weight-loss showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition is now well into its 7th week, and results from the end of week 6 showed Springfield, Mo.-based, heavily owner-operator-focused carrier Prime Inc.'s personnel holding a relatively strong lead for the fourth week running, but with System Transport moving up a spot to second and gaining ground. Below find TCA's graphic showing the full week 6 results, based on the percentage of total weight shed over the weeks. And ...

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A note from Schneider on their Dallas facility

  I received the note below just now from the folks at Schneider National. Luckily, none of the company's personnel at their Dallas-area facility were injured or killed when yesterday's tornadoes tore through, as has been reported elsewhere -- and buildings on the property sustained no damage; personnel are back to work to day picking up the pieces, though -- many trucks and trailers in the yard sustained damage, as we've reported. I thought I'd share ...

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Get the Xtra Lease size/weight guide in free download

I first came across Xtra Lease's wonderfully comprehensive annual size and weight guide back in late 2010, when covering the grand opening of the company's new Nashville terminal location, following the flooding that made its old location on the banks of the Cumberland River a wreck. The guide is a great resource, not only for size and weight regs. Take a look at the page images posted below for the kind of detail that's available ...

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Emmert International hauls 340-ton ‘rock show’

Need a 340-ton boulder moved? Call the heavy haulers at Emmert International. If you've gotten your copy of the April issue of Overdrive, or read it online in the digital edition, you've likely made note of one monster coke drum hauls the folks at Emmert spent four years planning -- and nearly eight months conducting. As we were putting the Severe Service section of the April issue to press, the Oregon-based Emmert was in the news ...

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Bee haulers: Michigan needs you

If Mark Longstroth, writing in the Western Farm Press last week, is right, early Spring growth over much of the U.S. East and Midwest has bee haulers in overdrive trying to keep up with demand for hives to pollinate fruit trees in groves far and wide. "Most of the bees that pollinate Michigan fruit crops either overwintered in Florida or just finished pollinating almonds in California," Longstroth wrote. "One problem is trucking. Most of the truckers ...

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Cubby Buddy toolbox maker’s new storage system for load bars

Hensley Inc.-leased owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (pictured), with a Great Dane dry van and Freightliner tractor and a unique line of tool-box systems for owner-operators you may well recall me writing about here back in January, has added yet another patent-pending storage system to the repertoire of his growing Cubby Buddy side business. The business and Zehrer were profiled this month in Truckers News, just in time for the release of the new "Raising the Bar" system for ...

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Red alert: Get your uniform or else!

Now that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to reach its long regulatory arm into your daily dress, drivers are sounding off in record numbers. “This is just taking it too far,” said owner-operator Bob Mandible of Blue Gill, Ohio, of the new red shirt requirement, joining the fast-growing chorus. “The agency has produced no evidence proving I will be less safe if I just wear my standard brown Dickies work shirt rather than ...

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Four-wheeler: ‘I am so sick of 18-wheelers!’

Over the transom today in Overdrive's Nashville bureau here, as my office is often known among the editors in Alabama, came this letter. So much for sharing the road! Dear editor,I am so sick of 18-wheelers. They are always in the way. Who needs them? I sure don’t. They never seem to do the speed limit. They cause far too many problems. They go through town in the right lane we need to use to get ...

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Looking good, Michelin man

We didn't realize the Michelin mascot was such an avid consumer of owner-operator news and views before this photo was sent in. In any case, kudos for reading, MM. But too bad he didn't get to pick up the latest, April edition, just out and available in a digital edition via http://dmtmag.com/current/overdrive. There's a great feature there by James Jaillet -- the skinny on engine reprogramming tools and their ability to optimize engine dynamics for power ...

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Behold the Red Giant — Bryan Dax’s custom 1990 Diamond Reo

Just what is that motorcycle doing in front of Two Rivers, Wis.-based owner-operator Bryan Dax's custom 1990 Diamond Reo "Red Giant?" When I visited with Dax this past week (you may recall his rig from my coverage of the Nashville Chrome & Class show last year) at the tail end of my tour through Minnesota and Wisconsin doing some reporting, his son-in-law, Brian Wingrove, showed up on the newly rebuilt bike, a 2009 Harley-Davidson Rocker C custom-airbrushed ...

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