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CAT Scale introduces free Android app

The CAT Scale Locator application is now available for Android users in the Android Marketplace, CAT Scale Co. announced. The app allows drivers to locate the nearest CAT Scale through GPS on their phone. Drivers can also search for CAT Scales in other areas and get directions. A link to the application can be found at http://catscale.com/. The application is also available for iPhone users.

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Detroit Diesel to honor truckers

Truckers may tour Detroit manufacturing plant, have lunch and get free merchandise as part of a driver appreciation promotion for August.

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Loyalty card launched

Drivers can purchase a loyalty savings card through a new partnership between Boss Truck Shops, a subsidiary of Bosselman Inc., and Wingfoot Truck Care Centers, a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The Maxxcare card rewards three points per dollar spent on preventive maintenance services and one point per dollar for other repairs at participating locations. Points can be redeemed for eligible products and service purchases at all participating locations.  Truckers can sign up online at ...

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Savings card available

A new savings card is available for use at Travel Centers of America, Petro Truck Stops, Comdata Fuel locations and Wingfoot Truck Care Centers, freight factoring service Freight Capital announced.  Freight Capital clients factoring their freight bills can opt to deposit funds to the so-called FLASH card, which can be used anywhere a debit card is accepted, company spokeswoman Melissa Sistar said. Participating TA and Petro Truck Stops offer discounts on fuel up to 40 cents ...

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May’s Trucker Buddy selected

Crete Carrier driver Dave Anderson has been named Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month for May, the nonprofit outreach Trucker Buddy International announced. He volunteers with Jenny Gubbels’ third-grade class at Woodland Park Elementary in Norfolk, Neb., as part of the nonprofit’s mission to promote the trucking industry and help students in scholastic achievement. Read more about Anderson's accomplishment at Trucker Buddy International.

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Detroit Diesel to honor truckers

Truckers may tour the Detroit manufacturing plant, have lunch and get free merchandise as part of a driver appreciation promotion for the month of August, Detroit Diesel Corp. announced. CDL holders should sign up 48 hours in advance and can register at Detroit Diesel. Detroit Diesel’s facility manufactures the DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines and recently won the 2011 Michigan Green Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press.

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Transport Corp. raises pay

Transport Corp. of America has raised owner-operator pay 2 cents per mile, bringing the pay to 93 cents per mile, the Eagan, Minn.-based carrier announced. Owner-operators with hazmat endorsement will receive an additional 2-cent increase, making the total 95 cents per mile. On July 31, company driver pay will increase 1 cent per mile, the carrier said.

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IOWA80.com holds Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes

Drivers can register for 25 prizes yet to be given away in IOWA80.com’s six-month Dreams of Chrome Sweepstakes. The first round of winners has been selected and the second group of 25 more will be awarded in September. Registration for the sweepstakes online at dreamsofchrome.com is ongoing until Aug. 31, 2011.

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Bridgestone Commercial Solutions announces price increases

The prices of Bridgestone and Firestone truck and bus tire products, Bandag brand retreads and related retreading materials have been increased starting immediately, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions announced. The prices of Bridgestone, Firestone and Continuum over-the-road tires will also be raised starting Aug. 1. The total average increase for all products will be 11 percent. The tire maker’s president Kurt Danielson said volatile market conditions, intense supply pressures and escalating ray materials have contributed to the ...

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Marten institutes detention pay

Drivers who arrive on time and are delayed by a shipper or receiver for more than two hours over the scheduled delivery time will be paid for the detention effective July 1, Marten Transport said. The rates are $12 per hour for company drivers and $20 per hour for owner-operators for every hour detained beyond the two-hour limit, up to 11 hours, the Mondovi, Wis.-based carrier said. For details, visit Marten Transport.  

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