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Transport equipment a big part of factory growth

In ISM indices that measure growth in manufacturing and manufacturing employment, “transportation equipment” was the third fastest growing segment in February.

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Truckstops = Coffeehouses with copious rig parking?

A new index tracking sales of goods and services at highway truckstops, the McLane-NATSO quarterly index, recently tracked an interesting rise in the sale of hot beverages like coffees, cappucinos and teas at truckstops. That category of sales jumped 34 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, suggesting to me at least a little more than freight picking up. Turns out NATSO thinks so, too -- in some sense, anyway. "Truckstops ... are continuously diversifying ...

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Roadside Attractions

Chinese play hardball, a philanthropic gift, freight stabilizes and other industry news items are featured.

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‘American Trucker’ rebroadcasts; my interview with the host

If you missed the debut episodes of the "American Trucker" series last Thursday on the Speed Channel, it's being rebroadcast tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. ET, and 8 a.m. tomorrow. The next new episodes follow on Thursday, with "Bandit and the Snowman" and "Robb and the Bear," the latter likely to include sneak-peek material about Paul Sagehorn's B.J. and the Bear rig I've written about so much here. Catch a clip from the sneak-peek ...

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Give Fartlek a Chance

Fartlek: Most people laugh at the word, but it’s actually a good way to change your workout routine.

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Horrors of a Traveling Husband

More than I did just a short time ago, I now understand the difficulty of being the one left at home while my spouse takes his job on the road.

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Transform your business

It’s time to take your business to the next level. Time to create the business you really want. Time not to settle for anything less.

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A surprise for DJ Bill Mack

Trucking DJ Bill Mack wasn't quite prepared for a prank some truckers pulled on him at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

A lion tests a model’s mettle

Former Overdrive model Carrie Shubert offers perspective on men, women and life in her mantra as an accomplished psychic.

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Notable independent Colorado truck stop closes shop; chance encounters on the road

The Rocky Mountain Travel Center just north of Pueblo, Colo., on I-25 exit 110 closed up shop yesterday, reported Carlos Mora of the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper. According to Mora's report, the owner cites a confluence of factors for the demise of the near-half-century-old family business that was the truck stop and travel plaza. Chief among them appeared to be large bank loans structured in such a way as to become untenable in repayment, owner Grant ...

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