Industry briefs

Chris Janson to play Iowa 80 show

Country singer Chris Janson will perform at the 35th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree at Iowa 80 Truckstop on Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by CAT Scale.     Janson is an up and coming singer-songwriter. He has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams, Jr. Janson joins the already announced headline concert that will be played by John Anderson on Friday night, July 11. That concert is sponsored by Mobil Delvac.  This year ...

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FDOT’S 511 traffic info on Twitter

The Florida Department of Transportation’s toll-free traffic service, 511 Traveler Information System, is designed to keep people and goods moving safely through Florida. The service provides traffic information to drivers.   There are four ways for professional drivers to receive traffic updates: Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish. Visit, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion, travel times and crashes. Download the free Florida 511 app on ...

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DriveAtlas offering $5k sign-on bonus for owner-ops

DriveAtlas says it is hiring 200 new owner operators by year’s end. This hiring comes in response to a increases in shipment volume and household moving contracts, freight transportation and logistics services throughout 2014. In addition, the company teamed up with workforce mobility management companies Weichert Workforce Mobility, which also requires the need for additional drivers. The majority of the new fleet growth will be in the Shuttle Fleet, a nationwide drop and hook trailer ...

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Bridgestone releases Tire Advisor app

Bridgestone introduced a mobile app designed to help fleets and dealers quickly access and compare information about Bridgestone brands. Called Tire Advisor, the app is a one-stop resource connecting users to a catalog offering multiple search capabilities with the ability to create a library for future reference.  Bridgestone says it created the app format tailored to the needs of commercial truck tire buyers, as well as those buying retread products. Additional Tire Advisor mobile app features include: Information ...

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Chevron announces Feb.’s million milers

Chevron, maker of the Delo brand of engine oils, inducted eight drivers into the Chevron Delo sponsored Red Eye Radio Million Mile Club in February 2014.

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Volvo opens new full-service dealer in N.M.

Volvo Trucks has added Bruckner’s Truck Sales in Alburquerque, N.M. to its dealer network. The 7.5-acre full-service dealership is accessible from Interstate 40, just off the Unser Boulevard exit. The location has 18 truck bays staffed by 16 technicians, two of which are Volvo master technicians. The new location also houses more than $1 million in parts inventory in the 13,000 square-foot parts warehouse. Volvo Trucks dealers across North America have invested $370 million since 2010, including ...

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Averitt ups pay

Averitt Express has changed its pay packages for both veterans and new CDL holders looking to join the company. Averitt is increasing across-the-board pay for regional drivers and shortening the amount of time to reach top-out pay. The company instituted a one cent per mile increase for experienced regional truckload and flatbed drivers. Averitt raised pay for the various step-up tiers of their supplemental, refresher and student training programs. Averitt recently established a Driver Convenience Center ...

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Major LTLs posting rates to uShip

Three top national LTL carriers – Con-way, Old Dominion and YRC – have committed to publishing rates on offer to uShip’s shipper-direct LTL spot rate marketplace, uShip reported.

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WTS International names 2014 award winners

WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation, selected the winners of its annual recognition awards for 2014. Each of the five awards will be presented at an awards banquet on May 15 during the 2014 WTS Annual Conference in Portland, Ore. The award winners are: Woman of the Year – Beverly A. Scott, PhD, Chief Executive Officer/Rail & Transit Administrator, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Member of the Year – Jeannie Lee, ...

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I-40 paving in AZ to cause delays

After being shut down for the winter, a paving project east of Holbrook, Ariz., will be starting again Monday, April 14.  The project covers eight miles of I-40 starting at the east side of Holbrook to Sun Valley (miles 290-297).    Work hours will be 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the project is expected to be completed by late summer. During this time there may be lane closures of up to three ...

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