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Survey Anticipates Rise in Turnover, Applications, Pay in 2Q

Survey Anticipates 2Q Rise in Turnover, Applications, Pay By Al Muskewitz/Editor-in-Chief While most trucking company recruiters expect driver turnover to increase in the second business quarter of 2018, they also anticipate an increase in applications as drivers chase the incremental pay raises companies are offering in hopes of keeping the drivers they have. Those were ...

written on: 05-08-2018

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TLD Recognized As A Top Fleet For Drivers

TLD Recognized As Top Fleet to Drive For By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Editor-in-Chief KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – When TLD Logistics Services human resources manager Nina Jolly walked on the stage at one of the major events of the TCA Convention last month, it was more than a chance for the company to stand and be recognized. It was more affirmation for a company that strives to...

written on: 04-24-2018

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Mercer's Culture A Hit With Drivers

Mercer's Long-Standing Culture a Hit With Drivers By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief, Wright Media LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When Texas trucker Wayne Dollar started looking for a new company to drive for nine years ago, the process wasn’t a one-way street. He was “interviewing” the companies as much as they were interviewing him. He wasn’t exactly sure what direction he ...

written on: 04-20-2018

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Truckers Tout Tax Reform

Truckers Tout Tax Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. – Executives and employees from three American trucking companies were joined by American Trucking Associations officials Thursday at the White House to recognize the positive impact of the Tax Cuts and Job Act signed into law last December. Executives and drivers from Crete Carrier Corporation, Werner Enterprises and TCW ...

written on: 04-16-2018

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Sweeping beauty

Sweeping beauty Eilen's dream truck cleans up in PKY Truck Beauty Championship, taking four awards By Al MuskewitzEditor-in-Chief, Wright Media/HiremasterLOUISVILLE, Ky. — They didn’t give out an overall best in show at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship Saturday, but if they had, you might have figured it would have gone to Jonathan Eilen.The 32-year-old Hampton, ...

written on: 04-13-2018

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Fleets Continue To Raise Driver Pay

Fleets Continue To Raise Driver Pay By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief, Wright Media Trucking industry leaders have been scratching their heads for quite some time trying to solve the riddle of driver shortage and driver retention and their biggest weapon in the battle has been driver pay. As part of its latest For-Hire Trucking Index, the industry analysis firm ...

written on: 03-27-2018

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Drivers Still Have Questions As ELD Compliance Date Looms

Drivers Still Have Questions As ELD Compliance Date Looms By Al Muskewitz Editor-in-Chief, Wright Media/Hiremaster LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It’s less than 10 days before the regulation some have called the most divisive in the industry since deregulation goes into effect and drivers still have questions about some of its provisions. There was, as expected, a full house...

written on: 03-23-2018

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Covenant Driver Realizing The American Dream

Covenant Driver Realizing The American Dream By Al Muskewitz/Editor in Chief, Wright Media Corp. All Efigenio (Nick) Barboza ever wanted was a chance to have a good life. He never dreamed he’d find it training drivers in the cab of an 18-wheeler. Born into a large family of poor sustenance farmers in southwestern Mexico, Barboza struck out at a young age to seek his ...

written on: 03-09-2018

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Iowa Truckers Reflect National Concerns

Iowa Truckers Reflect National Concerns "I think truckers in general know what’s going on; they’re the barometer of everything as far as I’m concerned." -- Brenda Neville, president IMTA By Al Muskewitz They say the pulse of America is in Middle America. It’s true for the trucking industry as well. The three most critical issues to leaders in the trucking ...

written on: 02-28-2018

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Trucks Continue to Carry Most of NAFTA Freight

Trucks Continue to Carry Most of NAFTA Freight While a nationwide survey of shippers earlier this year reported a likely increased use in alternative options, trucks continue to be the overwhelming favorite mode of transporting goods to and from U.S.-NAFTA partners, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics report on December 2017 TransBorder Freight Data. The ...

written on: 02-28-2018

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Freight Index Sets Another Record

Freight Index Sets Another Record, Truck Sector at All-Time High The demand for truck drivers and the availability of truck driving jobs continue to rise as more goods needing to get to market are being produced in the growing U.S. economy. For-hire freight shipments reached record levels for the third month in a row in December, according to the DOT’s monthly Freight...

written on: 02-16-2018

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Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For By Al Muskewitz Wright Media Corp. The drivers who haul freight around the country for American Central Transport always knew they were working for a pretty good company. Now, everyone knows. The Kansas City, Mo.-based carrier was recently named one of North America’s 20 Best Fleets to Drive For in a survey conducted by the...

written on: 02-12-2018

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Trucking Industry-Related Groups Oppose Parts of Trump Infrastructure Plan

Trucking Industry-Related Groups Oppose Parts of Trump Infrastructure Plan The Trump Administration unveiled its sweeping $1.5-trillion national infrastructure plan Monday and it didn’t take long for renewed negative reaction to it to surface. While there is widespread agreement on the need to refurbish and improve America’s infrastructure across the board, much of ...

written on: 02-12-2018

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Travel Center launches parking app

Pilot Flying J Releases Parking App By Al Muskewitz One of the most frustrating elements in a trucker’s day is trying to find available safe parking. It’s been estimated drivers spend an hour a day looking for a place to park, equaling about $4,600 in lost wages. Pilot Flying J is introducing a new app for mobile devices to help ease that stress at some of its ...

written on: 02-07-2018

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Report: Shippers look to air, rail to meet increasing volume challenges

Report: More Shippers Look To Air and Rail To Meet Increasing Volume Challenges By Al Muskewitz More shippers across the country are saying they expect to use air and rail services to get their goods to market in 2018 as they look to solve their distribution challenges. About three-quarters of nation’s shippers anticipate their volumes to increase in 2018 with nearly 25...

written on: 02-07-2018

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Study finds many nation's bridges 'structurally deficient'

Study Finds Many Nation’s Bridges ‘Structurally Deficient’ By Al Muskewitz Nearly three-quarters of the nation’s heavy truck traffic runs over the interstate highway system. In a perfect union those runs would be made over a smooth ribbon of asphalt from sea to shining sea, but alas many of the bridges those truckers pass over every day are in serious need of ...

written on: 02-07-2018

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KLLM Out Front Again With Historic Pay Raise

KLLM Out Front Again With Historic Pay Raise By AL MUSKEWITZ Wright Media There are no flat squirrels at KLLM Transport. It’s an expression KLLM president and CEO Jim Richards likes to say and it goes straight to the heart of the Jackson, Miss.-based carrier’s culture of acting quickly and decisively on issues that move the company forward. KLLM has stepped up in...

written on: 02-07-2018

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Boyd Bros. On A Mission

Boyd Bros., a Carrier on a Mission By AL MUSKEWITZ Wright Media Boyd Bros. Transportation is a carrier on a mission – a mission to change the way truckers drive. Understanding the two greatest needs of their driver force are good pay and quality home time, the irregular-route, over-the-road flatbed carrier has devised an innovative plan with the potential to ...

written on: 02-07-2018

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Big Rig Orders Continue on Rise

Big Rig Orders Continue on Rise By Wright Media staff Don’t be surprised if there’s a new truck pulling alongside you on the highway in the near future or you’re in a new one yourself. The market for new trucks continues to be strong as companies take advantage of recent tax reform and high freight rates to refurbish or expand their fleets. According to two industry ...

written on: 02-07-2018

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Super Bowl Parties Come By Truck

Super Bowl Parties Come By Truck By Al Muskewitz The game pro football fans have waited for all year is finally here. The Big Game. The Super Bowl. Who ya got? Tom Brady and the Patriots or the underdog Eagles? What you have is the makings of a classic. What you wouldn’t have if not for the trucking industry is all the things that make the fans happy at U.S. Bank ...

written on: 02-01-2018

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