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Owner-operator wins sweepstakes

Owner-operator Randy Young, of Melba, Idaho, won tickets in a sweepstakes to a Tracy Lawrence concert and to a NASCAR race, the Iowa 80 Group Service Centers announced. Young won two backstage passes to Lawrence’s concert scheduled for the July 8 Walcott Truckers Jamboree and two tickets to the July 10 Sprint Cup Series Race in Chicago. Over-the-road drivers could enter the contest with every purchase of a Mobil Delvac oil change at an Iowa 80 truck stop ...

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Rush opens Oklahoma City facility

Rush Enterprises opened a brand-new 115,000-square-foot truck sales and service center.

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Marten Transport raises layover pay

Marten Transport increased its layover pay to drivers $100 per day, the Mondovi, Wis.-based carrier announced. In a recent driver wages survey, the National Transportation Institute rated the carrier as having one of the nation’s best total compensation packages. In the last two years, the carrier has opened new terminals and expanded its regional network, the company said in a written statement. A new terminal is scheduled to open in Phoenix this summer. For details, call (800) 395-3331 ...

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Reverse bid website launches

A reverse bid website bringing together shippers and truckers opened recently, said Kirk Harris, president of Easyloadpro.com.  The website is the first service of its kind, the company says, and is designed to simplify the bid process. Shippers can post the desired price of their shipments, freight content, its location and desired destination on the site. Then carriers can negotiate offers by bidding. Maps and online payment options are available on the website, as well as the Load ...

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Economy expands in May

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 10th consecutive month.

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House passes biodiesel tax incentive extension

The House retroactively extends the biodiesel tax incentive through Dec. 31. Now the Senate takes up the measure.

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AeroFlex Fairings

AeroFlex fairings are made of thermoplastic olefin, which, the company says, is impact-resistant and UV stabilized.

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Crete opens online store

Crete Carrier Corp. launched an online store featuring apparel, accessories and gifts with insignia of its divisions, Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation, the Lincoln, Neb.-based carrier group announced. The online store includes driver discounts, order tracking and multiple payment methods. The store will be available on smart phone applications “in the coming months,” said the store’s developer Mark McCormack, owner of Proforma Identity Marketing Group. For details, visit www.CreteCarrierStore.com.

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Pennsylvania holding transportation hearings

The state is holding public hearings to solicit ideas for ways to reduce a $3.5-billion gap in transportation funding.

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Vermont joins anti-texting roll

The law is primary, meaning police officers can stop motorists suspected of this offense alone.

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