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Trucker wins GPS system

Bill Stewart, a St. Louis resident, won a Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND 500 Model Trucker GPS system, Truck Centers Inc. said. The dealer network held a drawing for the GPS system and other prizes in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation week. Visit Truck Centers online for more information.

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Wood production leads September growth

Manufacturing activity, and the economy in general, kept growing in September, though some related measurements tempered that good news. Wood Products was the leading manufacturing category reporting growth. The monthly analysis comes from the Institute for Supply Management, which also notes slower supplier deliveries and a contraction of new orders last month. The Purchasing Managers Index “registered 51.6 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from August, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 26th consecutive ...

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Taking the per diem deduction

Knowing the per diem basics will help you navigate the tax labyrinth.

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Loves opens new Fla. stop

A new Love’s Travel Stop is open in Cottondale, Fla., at exit 130 off Interstate 10. The stop has 98 truck spaces, DEF dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers, RFID cardless fueling technology and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. It also includes a Chester’s Chicken and a McDonald’s restaurant. Truck drivers will receive double “I Love Rewards” loyalty points on purchases at the new location through Oct. 29.

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Mack sponsors trucker aid program

A Mack Pinnacle will be given away at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show March 22-24 2012 in Louisville Ky as part of the Back on the Road campaign sponsored by Mack Trucks Inc. and Arrow Truck Sales. The campaign is an initiative to benefit a deserving truck driver in need of a truck and a job. Mack’s Pinnacle is a 70-inch high-rise sleeper with a 485-hp Mack MP8 engine and Mack T310 10-speed manual transmission. It also ...

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Prime hosts driver picnic

Prime Inc., held company picnics for drivers and their families Sept. 3 in Springfield, Mo., Pittston, Pa., and Salt Lake City. The picnics included inflatable games and water slides, face painting and various casino-style games. The Missouri picnic had the biggest turnout with 1,400 attendees. Prime’s Springfield picnic also included a truck driving championship competition, a Pride & Polish truck contest and a raffle.

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Delo announces boat sweepstakes

From now until Dec. 2, participants can register to win the grand prize of a fully-equipped 2011 ZX190 Skeeter bass boat from Delo, the Chevron subsidiary says. Delo, the maker of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants, is also giving away prizes to the first, second and third place winners, as well as giving Delo fishing towels to each customer with $20 or more in receipts for Delo products. Visit Delo online to register.

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Big G Express wins carrier award

Big G Express won this year’s Carrier of the Year award given by Continental Mills, the food producer says. Outbound carriers leaving Continental Mills’ shipping locations were judged on their on-time delivery, tender acceptance ratio, events ratio, timely load status updates, relative pricing ratio and a qualitative survey completed by select Continental Mills personnel. Visit Big G Express online for more information.

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Sleeper bunk sheets

The custom bed sheets for truck sleepers will fit nearly all sizes, the company says. The sheet set comes with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and two pillowcases. The fitted sheet has two built-in pockets for nighttime storage. The sheets are made of 100 percent brushed micro fiber, are machine washable and do not require ironing. There are five different sizes, and all will fit beds up to 7.5 inches thick. Jake’s Cab Solutions, jakescabsolutions.com

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Three high-output flashlights

The Focusing LED Flashlight has a focus-lock system, one-handed slide focus and a 426-foot beam distance. The Inspection Flashlight is a compact pocket light that features an anti-roll design and a 200-foot beam distance. The Hi-Power Focusing Flashlight also has a one-handed slide focusing and focus-lock system with an anti-roll design and a dual-level light output that reaches a distance of 700 feet. Each flashlight has about three hours estimated battery life and uses either ...

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