Owner-Operators

Volvo Trucks plans 13-liter LNG engine for 2014

Volvo's new LNG engine will round out a complete range of natural gas-powered offerings.

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Charity event to harvest timber after major Texas wildfire

The Logs to Lumber organization in Bastrop County, Texas, is holding the Lost Pines Log Pull charity event May 26-27 and seeks volunteer participants. The “Burned Forest Challenge” follows the Labor Day 2011 wildfires, the “largest wildfire in Texas history,” says area property owner Jamaica Morz, that destroyed 1,700 homes. To help citizens rebuild, the Logs to Lumber nonprofit organization was founded to facilitate the harvest and utilization of still-viable timber resources. With more than a million ...

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‘Pilot, drop in 150 gallons ULSD, over’ — On mobile NG filling stations

Ever fantasized about the potential for airborne diesel refuelers to fill the tanks in-transit? Given the widespread reach of truck stops in America, it's probably well unnecessary, but hey, anybody can dream, right? Though efforts are being made -- most notably by the partnership of Clean Energy, Pilot and Navistar, as well as Shell Lubricants' own effort -- to proliferate compressed/liquefied natural gas fueling stations along major highway lanes, the same can't be said of natural gas ...

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Story in NY times tars oil field exemption

I've been at work covering the uptick in oil field work surrounding new drilling techniques that have been enabling new oil and gas wells to explode in a number of areas around the country, from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale area, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. Judging by the guys working the wells I've talked to, it's largely a positive story relative to pay and work. Owner-operator ...

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Owner-operator on CNN FitNation team trains in Hawaii

Last week, when I interviewed Roadrunner Transportation-leased owner-operator Glenn Keller (pictured, second from left) about his ongoing training to be a part of CNN's FitNation Triathlon Challenge, he mentioned to me that he was headed off for a week of training in the state where the Nautica Malibu Triathlon competition will ultimately be held Sept. 16 -- Hawaii. He sent along the pics you see here, also posted to the FitNation main site in a larger ...

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‘Banana peel trucker hat’ on Today show

It won't fit on your head, that's sure. Check out this post, part of the Today Show's "Bites on Today" food-related newsletter, about artist Brock Davis' Banana Peel Trucker Hat -- as well apparent from the photo, a ball cap perhaps more appropriate for mouse than human and utilizing for its construction the bottom portion of any garden variety banana peel. (Davis originally intended it to amuse his kids -- then pictures of it went viral.) Click ...

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Chatting with Aaron Tippin at Uncle Pete’s

I bet you I-40 regulars know Uncle Pete's -- formerly Tennessee 40 -- at 1210 Sparta Pike in Lebanon, Tenn., at I-40. It might well give any stop east of the Mississippi a run for the money for the "most distinctive" honor. Adorning its walls is a collection of more than "4,875 coffee cups," says Uncle Pete Norman himself, owner. "Never bought one, but I've drank out of every one." Pete's special proprietary bean blend ground ...

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Owner-operators back in the news on EOBRs

The latest is following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's formal removal of the remedial-directive rule, which would have required carriers with big hours compliance problems to install electronic onboard recorders. After being thrown out by the court last year, FMCSA's finally removed it from the regs. A feature in the Bismarck, N.D., Tribune newspaper over the weekend, however, shows how repeal of the 2010 EOBR rule doesn't mean operators who oppose any mandate for the ...

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Before and after: TCA’s weight-loss showdown finale

Official results are in, ladies and gentlemen, and we have ourselves a winner -- or two, that is, one at the carrier level and the other at the individual. Congrats to Prime Inc. for a big company trophy for the highest total weight percentage lost among its participating staff and drivers/owner-operators. With a total loss of 352.3 lbs., the company shed 15.3 percent of its total starting body weight. They must have really put on the ...

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Crude hauling in N.D., Texas with former expediters

A story in this month's Truckers News followed the transition of the former FedEx Custom Critical expediting team of Mark Kathrein and Wendy Wing (pictured) into a crude-hauling operation in North Dakota. Just as the May magazine was going to press, as mentioned in the story, the ultra-rugged, cold climes of North Dakota gas-and-oil-well trucking were leading Kathrein and Wing toward the more established industry down in Texas. I spoke with the two this past ...

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