owner-operator

Helpful partner — Western Express driver Derek Dorsey

Not only is longtime Western Express driver Derek Dorsey a great asset to the Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered fleet -- company recruiting director Matt Neal calls him "our go-to guy, great with customers, great with training new drivers” and "one of our absolute best" -- he's also quite accommodating to everyone he meets, including writer-photographers like me. When I rode along with him to Atlanta from Nashville and back as part of the "Gridlock" feature in this ...

Read More

Trucker-founded firm gets $450,000 grant

Wisconsin has awarded $450,000 to a company that was founded by the 2006 Overdrive Trucker of the Year.

Read More

IdleAire changes name to IdleAIR

IdleAIR provides electrification at 16 truck stops and plans to have the service at six additional locations.

Read More

Factory growth picks up from September

Cars, computers and exports are leading some of the most recent manufacturing growth, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. Only two areas (Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Furniture & Related Products) shrunk during October, says ISM, while 14 showed expansion. October was the 15th consecutive month for manufacturing to expand, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, ISM reports. And last month’s growth measured 56.9 percent on ISM’s scale, up 2.5 ...

Read More

SpeakOut

Truckers weigh in on stress and respect, spot inspections, intermodal euipment providers and selling alcoholic beverages at truck stops.

Read More

Idaho to increase patrols

Idaho law enforcement agencies are mounting high-visibility driving enforcement patrols through Nov. 14.

Read More

When the Midnight Cowboy changed his name

Renowned trucking DJ Bill Mack hadn’t planned on being a liaison between spouses when he went on the air decades ago, but he learned that when you open the phone line for truckers and their families, you never know what to expect.

Read More

Rebounding factories slow a bit in September

The recovery is still on, but it’s getting winded. That’s the conclusion of the Institute for Supply Management, which released its monthly manufacturing report today. While ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index “reading of 54.4 percent is still quite positive, the overall picture is less encouraging,” says ISM’s Norbert Ore. “The growth of new orders continued to slow... Production is currently growing at a faster rate than new orders, but it typically lags and would be expected to ...

Read More

Dollars and Sense

You shouldn’t care much about gross revenue, but rather how much of that revenue you get to keep after expenses.

Read More

Sept. 29 webinar: Load selection for profit

Trucking radio host and Overdrive columnist Kevin Rutherford will discuss how to make wise choices in planning your loads in Overdrive’s next webinar

Read More