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These nine factory sectors are hot

The Institute for Supply Management's April survey shows that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded last month for the fifth consecutive month.

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Knowing if you’re ready to buy

Assessing net worth relative to your age says more than you think about your ability to purchase a truck and succeed as an owner-operator.

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Sonic rises to the occasion in serving truckers

The Sonic Drive-In in Valliant, Okla., has built an ordering stall 3 feet higher than normal.

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Why be an owner-operator?

The industry has made it way too easy to move from being an employee driver to owning a truck. Far too many drivers give no real thought as to what it means.

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Did you bleed for the IRS? Get ready for April 15, 2014

Here are some tips to cut costs and get better organized for your 2013 income taxes.

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The Volkswagen puzzle

Why the manufacturer needs a North American truck program -- if only in medium duty -- if they truly want to be the biggest automotive seller worldwide.

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Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a robot convoy

Steven Ashley, writing for the BBC, gives a good update on recent testing of self-driving heavy-duty trucks, particularly a test of four trucks on an oval track in Tsukuba, Japan.

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Could Navistar lawsuit provide long-sought clarity?

The news breaking over the weekend that lawsuits filed against Navistar alleging the company and some of its management team misled investors and broke state and federal investment laws is a glaring reminder that as hard as the Lisle, IL, company is working to put its EGR ghosts to rest, fallout from that failed technology push is still raining down upon its head. And that may continue for a while. It must be tough for the ...

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Do the hard work to improve the business

There are millions putting in long hours and sacrificing a life for a job, yet few of them truly succeed. They’re working hard – but not doing the truly hard work.

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Behind the scenes with Lisa Kelly

A couple weeks ago, as the Mid-America Trucking Show was winding down in Louisville, my friends at Volvo Trucks grabbed me in the media room and asked if I’d be interested in doing an exclusive interview with Ice Road Trucker star Lisa Kelly as she test-drove a Volvo VN tractor. Volvo was helping Lisa spread the word on WorldTrucker – a website and app designed as sort of social media/travel resource for truck drivers -- and this ...

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