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J.S. Helwig & Son ups driver pay

J.S. Helwig & Son LLC drivers received a pay increase starting June 1, James Helwig, the carrier's president and CEO announced. Drivers being paid 32 cents to 35 cents will now receive 37 cents to 39 cents, based on experience. Owner operators will receive a 3-cent pay increase.

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XTRA Lease to re-open in Birmingham

XTRA Lease will re-open its Birmingham, Ala., location Monday, June 6, the company announced.   The trailer rental and lease provider had extensive damages and lost more than 50 trailers nearly six weeks ago due to the April 27 tornado that swept through Alabama.

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Revisiting a 12-month truck calendar

Readers still remember Overdrive's January 1980 12-month calendar of trucks, which ranged from modern to antique, American to European.

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Con-way wins CTA safety award

Con-way Freight won the California Trucking Association's best safety program award for companies with more than $10 million gross revenue, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based carrier announced. The less-than-truckload carrier also won two first-place safety awards in the more than 4 million mile short-haul and more than 7 million mile long-haul categories.  The 2010 Fleet Safety Awards were open to all members of the CTA, and submissions were judged by an independent panel chosen from government agencies. Fleets ...

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Volvo to assemble I-Shift in Hagerstown, Md.

The I-Shift automated manual transmission will be assembled at the Hagerstown, Md., powertrain plant, Volvo Trucks North America announced.  Production is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2012.   The truck maker’s $7 million investment for the assembly, which is being transferred from Koping, Sweden, includes making a new assembly line, installing new equipment and tooling, and employee training.   The I-Shift has fuel-saving and productivity-enhancing features in a reliable, durable, and lightweight design, Volvo Trucks says. ...

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Oak Grove 70 Petro to host Truckers Jamboree

The 13th Annual Truckers Jamboree will be June 10 and 11 at the Oak Grove 70 Petro, located at I-70 Exit 28 in Oak Grove, Mo., the travel center said.   The event celebrating American’s truckers includes exhibits, antique trucks on display, barbecue and live music.  

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Pilot Flying J to upgrade showers, host contest

Pilot Flying J showers are being renovated and truckers can vote on the best shower at its interstate facilities this summer, the travel center announced.   For the next two years the truck stop’s 4,000 showers will be upgraded with new shower tiles, fixtures, lighting and hotel quality shower heads. Work on the project started Memorial Day.   For the contest, between now and Labor Day, commercial drivers who stop to shower at Pilot Flying J locations can ...

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Prime Inc. increases pay per mile to independent contractors

Independent contractors in reefer and flatbed segments will have minimum pay set at $1.02 per mile starting June 1, said John Hancock, Prime Inc.’s recruiting director. The increase is available to all new and existing operators. The Springfield, Mo.-based carrier pays its contractors 72 percent of revenue. “With our freight network, we’re confident of our ability to pay 72 percent and still go no lower than $1.02 per mile plus the fuel surcharge,” Hancock said. He ...

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Prime Inc. donates to Joplin tornado relief

Prime Inc., has sent two 53-foot refrigerated trailers filled with food, water, clothing and supplies to victims of the devastating tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo., a Prime spokesman said. In addition, Prime associates and President Robert Low have contributed more than $10,000 to the local Red Cross for food and supplies. The company is also providing water to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, the only working hospital in the area.

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Vietnam gives first-hand appreciation of trucking

Overdrive Equipment Editor John Baxter learned to drive a 5-ton truck in Vietnam, a country whose war he recalls vividly.

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