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‘Flatbed is particularly strong’ and other upbeat news

Lots of good economic reports all around for trucking in the last few days. If you’re not with a carrier who’s keeping you busy, figure out why or look elsewhere. Morgan Stanley’s truckload freight research report “continues to show strong trends … Flatbed is particularly strong.” Consequently, by the fourth quarter this year, on an annual basis, “rate increases of 4-5% should now be the base case. If fuel prices spike and a material restocking takes place, ...

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Making the most of it

Editor's note: Truckers News columnist and blogger Jeff Clark sent the following update by e-mail from his truck, stranded on I-40 west of Nashville on May 3, the day after severe flooding left multiple freeways and other roads closed and many truckers stranded.The e-mail was received around 10:15 a.m. Last night around 6 p.m. I stopped at Franklin, Ky. My run was from Cincinnati to Memphis. The word was out that I-40 was closed between Nashville ...

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Springtime is here

One of the coolest things about exercising is progress.

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Cost of reform

In the past few months, health-care reform has proved to be one of the most polarizing topics in recent U.S. history. But how much should you care about it, and how will it affect you?

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Channel 19

Take a daily dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

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Time to show Miss Wrong the front door

Carolyn gives advice on "Miss Wrong," a lazy boss, cheating husbands and much more.

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Dollars and Sense

When and how you should replace your truck or trailer.

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Equality in exercise

Health problems like heart disease and diabetes don't discriminate based on gender.

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Flatbedders, had enough of tarping? . . .

You might recommend the folks at Fast Wrap to your shipper customers, who do the kind of work you see in the picture here, a wrap of a jet engine. They've got mobile crews in more than 60 locations around the country who do the work, and the wrapping material is then recycled by the folks at Fast Wrap themselves. They typically wrap anything "from generators to large boats and planes for shipping and transportation," says company ...

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Models of efficiency: Introducing Fikes O/O Scott Grenerth

Finley, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Grenerth, 40, I met in Nashville the day I ran with Jazzy Jordan (she's nearing Statesville, N.C., now -- go go go!). He was in the area headed to a pickup and brought his cycle out (pictured) to ride along as we ran. Turned out he was in the area frequently, and he's lately discovered the great Shelby Bottoms Greenway, which runs along the Cumberland River for several miles from Shelby Park, with a bridge ...

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