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Channing Owner-Operator of Month

Richard Channing has been trucking for more than 50 years.

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Love’s adds nine tire centers

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores recently added nine truck tire care centers to its existing locations, the travel center says. The new tire centers are in Richmond, Ky.; Oak Creek, Wis.; DeMotte, Ind.; Skippers, Va.; Richmond Hill, Ga.; Perrysburg, Ohio; Ottawa, Kan.; Benson, Ariz.; and Grayson, Ky. Love’s has plans to add 50 tire care centers to its travel stops this year, and all new Love’s stops will be built with tire care centers onsite.

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TCA to start health program

The Truckload Carriers Association is taking applications for Trucking’s Weight Loss Showdown, a 10-week competition to start Jan. 24, 2012. Carriers who plan to apply must enter six drivers and six office staff members and complete the application by Nov. 30. The contestants will be announced Jan. 1, 2012. TCA has partnered with weight loss clinic Lindora Clinic, whose nurses will keep in touch with the participants during the low-carbohydrate, low-fat moderate protein process. The regimen will ...

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Pilot to buy 7 Bosselman stores

Pilot Flying J will purchase seven Bosselman travel centers in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska, the travel plaza franchises announced. The acquisition comes from a 2004 agreement between the two travel center chains in which Bosselman used Pilot’s trademark at several of the locations to be purchased. Pilot plans to add fast food services, diesel exhaust fluid available at the pump, a loyalty program, and enhanced showers and remodeled restrooms at some of the stops. Pilot ...

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Michelin announces tire contest

Drivers using Michelin X One fuel efficient tires can register to win X One products in the tire maker’s contest, “Riding on MICHELIN® X One® Tires? Win X One Stuff!” The contest will run during November, after which the maker's tire experts will select five grand prize winners who will receive an X One tire jacket and an X One tire replica model truck and trailer. Other submissions will also receive prizes. To enter, drivers can fill ...

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Pulse

Any eligible business cost made in 2011 reduces your taxable income dollar for dollar.

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Carriers win Volvo safety awards

Two carriers won Volvo’s 2011 Trucks Safety awards. Roehl Transport, Inc. based in Marshfield, Wis., won the honor for the fleet with more than 20 million annual operating miles, and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution, based in El Paso, Texas, won for the carrier with fewer than 20 million miles. The recognition is based on the fleets’ accident prevention programs and a low accident frequency rate. All U.S. and Canadian carriers with more than five Class 8 ...

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Equinox offers roadside assistance

Truckers can now access roadside assistance services through Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions for a flat rate of $299 per year or $99 down and 99 cents per day for 11 months. The service is offered as part of OnRamp Transportation Services, Equinox’s business service branch. Equinox will provide towing, flat tire replacement, vehicle jump start, out of gas delivery, winching or extricating, oil, fluid and water delivery, lockout/replacement key services and navigational assistance. Concierge services for rental ...

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Volvo backs America’s Road Team

The Volvo VN 780 donated in January will continue to be used for the American Trucking Associations’ America’s Road Team highway safety campaign, the truck maker announced. The tractor features Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology by Bendix and Volvo Enhanced Cruise. The rig is also equipped with the truck maker’s I-Shift automated manual transmission. The campaign’s drivers, known as Captains, have been using the truck to transport the ATA so-called Image Trailer, a mobile presentation facility, around the ...

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Mack sponsors safety campaign

Mack Trucks, Inc., donated a new Mack Pinnacle axle-back tractor to safety outreach program Share the Road. The SmartWay-certified tractor is equipped with a Mac mDrive automated manual transmission and a 13-liter 505-hp Mack MP8 engine featuring the truck maker’s ClearTech selected catalytic reduction technology and 1760 lb. ft. torque. It also has the Mack Road Stability Advantage by Bendix with adaptive cruise control. The campaign, run by the American Trucking Associations, uses commercial drivers with good ...

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