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Great Dane plant restarts

The first Great Dane trailers were completed at the Jonesboro, Ark., facility in mid-October following a recall of about 70 employees in September, the trailer maker announced. The plant had been idle since October of last year. Initially, 20 SSL dry freight vans featuring single-sided laminate interior lining will be built per week, said a company spokeswoman Michelle Ryan. Dry freight van net orders have increased after a period of decline, Ryan said. Read about the trailer maker ...

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Read his lips

Owner-operator F. P. Sykes expressed much of the same frustration in September 1965's issue of Overdrive that truckers saythe feel today.

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Volvo re-ups to sponsor Road Team

Volvo Trucks again will sponsor America's Road Team in 2011.

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Home-weekly fleets offered

Home-weekly fleets have started in several regions nationally, Crete Carrier Corp. announced. Drivers will be paid on practical route miles and can enjoy home time on a weekly basis, a spokesman with the Lincoln, Neb.-carriers group said. Both Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking recently increased starting driver pay 3 cents per practical mile. Read more at Crete Carrier or at Shaffer.

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Xtra Lease to host grand opening

The Xtra Lease Nashville trailer dealership will celebrate a grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the company’s site, which has been newly relocated following devastation from floods in early May. Now in LaVergne, near Nashville, the dealership will commemorate the opening with talks on CSA 2010 regulations and U.S. Department of Transportation audits, as well as a demonstration of a DOT safety inspection. Like many other businesses, the over-the-road trailer rental ...

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PIB TIP: USE OF AERODYNAMICS SAVES MONEY. Use all-position tires on the rear, and make sure they’re the same tread as the steer tires. Match the sleeper package to the application: When you’re pulling a tank or flatbed, for example, a flat-top sleeper is the most aerodynamic option. Keep your gross vehicle weight as light as possible. Even if you make up for weight savings with heavy loads, you’ll improve the fuel economy per pound ...

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Sign-on bonus offered

Contractors who sign up with Roadrunner Transportation Services can earn incentive of up to $2,000 per quarter through October to Dec. 31, 2001. The incentives will be earned from operating in specific lanes and regions through a point-based system, said Mark Pluff, director of Roadrunner Transportation Services linehaul development. The Cudahy, Wis.-based carrier offers less-than-truckload, truckload, expededited, third-party and specialized services. Read details at Roadrunner Transportation Services.

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Freightliner hybrid to haul ‘MythBusters’ equipment

A 2010 Freightliner M2 106 hybrid dry van will haul equipment for the Discovery Channel’s show, “MythBusters,” Daimler Trucks North America announced. The business class hybrid is equipped with selective catalytic reduction emissions technology, an Eaton parallel hybrid-electric drive unit and is compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission standards. For details go to Freightliner Trucks.   

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PIB TIP: THINK AERODYNAMIC. Snug the trailer tight to the tractor to cut down on wind resistance. The ride may not be as good, but the savings are worth the trade-off. Add features such as roof fairings, chassis fairings, cab extenders and aerodynamic mirrors. Mount air cleaners under the hood. Following these tips will help your existing truck be more fuel efficient. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ...

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St. Joseph, Tenn., resident Jerry Fox hauls steel coils in his 20-year-old Peterbilt 379 extended hood. It is equipped with a 425-hp Caterpillar and geared by a 15-speed transmission. It has more than 2 million miles on it and is the only truck Fox has driven in the last 17 years. “But it’s still making me a living,” he says.

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