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Rand McNally announces contest winner, map upgrade program

GPS manufacturer Rand McNally named Edward Crumer, an owner-operator for Allied Van Lines, as its 2011 Navigator of the Year and recipient of $25,000, the company announced Friday. The company says Crumer was selected because of his hauls -- he carries belongings to families of fallen soldiers -- and his story of navigating through Rogers Pass in the Canadian Rockies, a 48-hour trip in which Crumer had to stop three times for snow avalanche-related road closings. The ...

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New health-insurance offering for Con-way Truckload operators

Owner-operators leased to Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload began receiving information over their Qualcomm units and in packets in the mail last week about a first-time offering from the company, the TrueChoices program. Under the program, administered by TrueNorth, a collaborative insurance and financial strategies firm, owner-operators will have the opportunity to choose from four tiered medical insurance offerings, two dental plans and vision, short-term and long-term disability, life, accident and critical illness policies. Weekly settlement-deducted ...

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International Trucks launches Turn-In-Three lease program

Fleet owners who want to lease with a company for peace of mind can do so with International Trucks’ Turn-In-Three program, the Navistar subsidiary says. The arrangement allows customers a fixed monthly payment over six years, full warranty coverage and a new truck after three years into the program. Those who participate will have a choice between the established International DuraStar and the new International TerraStar. At the end of the six years, customers will have ...

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Total Quality Logistics updates mobile app

A free app is available for iPhone and Android smartphones, Total Quality Logistics announced. The updated version of the TQL Freight Finder app was restructured based on user feedback. The app allows carriers to search for available loads by mileage radius, equipment type, load date, or destination city/state. The app also provides users with the capability to search for available loads according to their smartphone’s current location via GPS. Search results include load details for each ...

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Peterbilt displays alternative fuel vehicles

Peterbilt Motors Co. hosted a meeting with America’s Natural Gas Alliance in Denton, Texas, to showcase some of the truck maker’s alternative fuel vehicles. Attendees had the opportunity to test drive some of the vehicles and take a tour of the manufacturing plant. For more details, visit the Peterbilt website.

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Snap Fitness, Pilot Flying J launch fitness program

Ten gyms will open soon at Pilot Flying J travel centers in a partnership between Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong, the two fitness providers announced. The partnership will launch at the Aug. 25-27 Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, during which Bob Perry will be in booth No. 24154 providing free health and wellness checks for drivers. He will also be enlisting the first 1,000 drivers as founding members of the new Snap Fitness Rolling Strong ...

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Old Dominion increases base rates

Base rates will increase by about 4.9 percent, effective Sept. 6, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. says. For more information, visit Old Dominion online.

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Atlas helps with United Way effort

For the second consecutive year, Atlas Van Lines joins United Way as a Pacesetter company in the organization’s annual campaign. Atlas held several events at its Evansville, Ind., headquarters to raise money for agencies supported by United Way. The series of special activities culminates to United Way’s “Day of Caring” on Sept. 9.

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Internet Truckstop adds carrier registration service

Internet Truckstop, a freight matching service, is adding Carrier Registration Service to its website, the company says. The new feature is expected to reduce registration time to about 10 minutes and minimize the need to fax or scan and email the registration forms. The service also allows companies to specify requirements and see carriers that meet those necessities before they will do business with them.

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Hornady increases driver pay

Hornady Transportation drivers who live in northern Indiana are now receiving a higher pay rate of up to 46 cents per mile. They will also receive more home time and an additional 2 cents per mile of tarp pay on loaded miles weekly.

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