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Con-Way gets a nod from marketers

Trucking has probably been more of a follower than a leader when it comes to adapting to the Internet, but a recent feature story in marketing tabloid BtoB shines a nice light on truckload and logistics provider Con-Way Inc. for its use of social media. (“B-to-B” is marketing jargon for business-to-business relationships.) “Twitter application drives business for trucking company” focuses on Con-Way’s uses of Twitter and Facebook. This month the company launched a Twitter feed that sends ...

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‘Sexiest trucker alive’ goes to the Himalayas; more from Alaska

According to an interview published at the website of Esquire magazine, Ice Road Truckers star and Alaskan Dalton Highway hauler Lisa Kelly (pictured; photo by Rick Gershon of the History Channel) is not only the “sexiest trucker alive.” What’s more, she was speaking w/ Esquire writer Erik Price on sat phone from the Himalayas in Southeast Asia. “I'm shooting for another trucking show. We're hauling cement, water... sheep one time — just anything we can find," ...

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My first run behind the wheel

Next time you ask if I've driven before, I can at least say "yes" before the qualifiers (well, "at 40 mph, if that," "with an automatic transmission," "no trailer on") begin. A visit to Schneider National headquarters in Green Bay, Wis., to bear witness to the truckload carrier's 75th Anniversary celebration June 10 yielded unexpected delights, let's say.  First, though, I got to try out one of the company's simulators. At the the Schneider Driver Training Center, company safety VP Don Osterberg and driver-trainer Dale ...

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Champion sumo wrestler/Idaho potato hauler

If rumored body-mass-index caps ever become a reality for interstate truckers (however doubtful that is), 420-lb. Kelly Gneiting (pictured, as featured in a Feb. 2009 edition of ESPN magazine) may well be there to prove the regulatory faults. As a sumo wrestler, he's in top shape, he said in this recent story, on the website of the Denver Post. You might not know that the three-time U.S. sumo champ is also a potato hauler, based in Idaho, of ...

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‘Big Cat Trucker’ offers new-driver advice at Great West

Rick Sylvester (pictured) started making videos at his hometown church in Houston about five years ago. From there, he says, his online productions “just took off.”  Shortly after he started his trucking career, Sylvester launched a YouTube channel documenting his first year and a half as a driver, shooting, editing and posting his own videos about trucking school and time on the road. Today, that channel has more than 600 subscribers, and he has attracted upwards of ...

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Familiar name added to tractor-pull nationals’ list of sponsors

The team behind Mobil Delvac heavy duty diesel engine oil will sponsor the 35th annual Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull, June 24-27 in Tomah, Wis. The event boasts six sessions of action-packed pulling over the course of the four days, and it's one of the largest motorsports events in the Midwest.  This year's competition is the only event on the National Tractor Pullers Association circuit that hosts all twelve divisions of super national competition, with ...

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Celebrating Jazzy Jordan, round-up and recap

As I noted in my brief post yesterday, it's wonderful to see Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan looking as happy as she does in this photo, taken just after her 3,162-mile run's finish yesterday in Times Square. Jazzy's father, Lee, had this to say about his daughter's happiness: "She deserves to be that happy. It’s tremendous that she made this." Here here. As I've noted elsewhere, Jordan at 17 is the youngest woman to ever even attempt such a ...

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Congrats, Jazzy

Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan's father, Lee, forwarded this pic my way, taken after her finish just a couple hours ago in Times Square. Doesn't she look happy? Yes, I'd say she does. For my story about her run, check out this month's cover story in Truckers News.

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

Talking recession, recovery and history in Oklahoma City with Marvin Rush

Amid recent headlines trumpeting growing manufacturing activity, freight volumes and truck and trailer sales, it’s tempting to look at Rush Enterprises’ expansive new facility in Oklahoma City off I-40 at the Council Road exit as yet another sign of the growing consensus that the Great Recession is either over or nearing its close and the trucking industry is in full-bore recovery. But not so fast, says Rush Chairman W. Marvin Rush (pictured here with Oklahoma Congresswoman ...

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Close encounters on the Alaskan ‘Haul Road’

Carlile Transportation driver Jim "J.D." Dobbs sees "a lot of wildlife" on somewhat regular runs on the Dalton Highway in Alaska to and from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. "Moose, caribou, things of that nature," he says. "Some are close calls – when you come over a hill on the way to Prudhoe Bay and a large herd of caribou may be crossing the road, for instance." But whoa, right? Dobbs describes the experience pictured here as "once in ...

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