Owner-Operators

A note from Schneider on their Dallas facility

  I received the note below just now from the folks at Schneider National. Luckily, none of the company's personnel at their Dallas-area facility were injured or killed when yesterday's tornadoes tore through, as has been reported elsewhere -- and buildings on the property sustained no damage; personnel are back to work to day picking up the pieces, though -- many trucks and trailers in the yard sustained damage, as we've reported. I thought I'd share ...

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Get the Xtra Lease size/weight guide in free download

I first came across Xtra Lease's wonderfully comprehensive annual size and weight guide back in late 2010, when covering the grand opening of the company's new Nashville terminal location, following the flooding that made its old location on the banks of the Cumberland River a wreck. The guide is a great resource, not only for size and weight regs. Take a look at the page images posted below for the kind of detail that's available ...

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Great Dane opens reefer plant in Statesboro, Ga.

The Great Dane refrigerated trailer manufacturing plant Tuesday, April 3, opened for production little more than a year after breaking ground at the Statesboro, Ga., site. Dignitaries cut ribbon to celebrate the event. Production will begin with one line and is planned to expand to a second line and shift later this year.  At full capacity, the facility will be able to produce more than 5,000 trailers annually. “We are thrilled to finally open the ...

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Atlas offers jobs, bonuses

  Drivers who sign on by May 1 will receive a $5,000 bonus as part of Shuttle Fleet’s launch, Atlas Van Lines announced of a plan to fill more than 100 driving jobs by June. Through a new DriveAtlas initiative, the moving goods company is also offering a lease-to-purchase tractor program for new owner-operators and contractors planning to upgrade their equipment. The program includes 2006-207 tractors with a mileage ranging from 450,000 to 550,000 miles and financing ...

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Epes ups driver pay 7 cents for Northeast deliveries

Drivers for Epes Transport System are eligible to earn a 7-cent pay increase per loaded mile for loads delivered to the Northeast, the Greensboro, N.C.-based carrier announced. States to which the increase applies are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The District of Columbia is also included. For details, visit Epes Transport.  

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Bee haulers: Michigan needs you

If Mark Longstroth, writing in the Western Farm Press last week, is right, early Spring growth over much of the U.S. East and Midwest has bee haulers in overdrive trying to keep up with demand for hives to pollinate fruit trees in groves far and wide. "Most of the bees that pollinate Michigan fruit crops either overwintered in Florida or just finished pollinating almonds in California," Longstroth wrote. "One problem is trucking. Most of the truckers ...

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Cubby Buddy toolbox maker’s new storage system for load bars

Hensley Inc.-leased owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (pictured), with a Great Dane dry van and Freightliner tractor and a unique line of tool-box systems for owner-operators you may well recall me writing about here back in January, has added yet another patent-pending storage system to the repertoire of his growing Cubby Buddy side business. The business and Zehrer were profiled this month in Truckers News, just in time for the release of the new "Raising the Bar" system for ...

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The beauty and power of a goal

Since I decided to write a book, long put-off tasks are suddenly getting done.

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Melton Logistics renamed

Melton Logistics has been renamed Conexus, LLC, the Tulsa, Okla.-based third-party logistics company said. The company, which was launched in 2003, will operate at its current site under the same leadership. Read more details at the company’s new website, conexuslogistics.com.  

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Leland Martin to sing at 16th annual Truckers Jamboree

Country music singer Leland Martin will perform at a 7 p.m. concert May 18 as part of the 16th Annual Joplin Truckers Jamboree, said event coordinator Joel Hamilton. To be at the Joplin 44 Petro, off Interstate 44 near exit 4, the May 18-19 festival will also feature an antique truck and car display, exhibits, other live entertainment, carnival rides, fireworks and a cookout. Martin’s signature track “Stone Cold Fingers” from his album Simply Traditional is one ...

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