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  1. While I don't know the numbers, the number of women in the trucking industry is growing rapidly. This souldn't be any surprise, women are very capable of doing the job and doing it very well.
  2. Truckdriver.com will be there in booth 2036, stop by and say hi.
  3. I recently received a RoadHawk HD dash cam for review. So far it's great. http://www.truckdriver.com/rh/
  4. News Release Global Headquarters: 200 Innovation Way, Akron, Ohio 44316-0001 Media Website: www.GoodyearNewsRoom.com Contact:Mike Manges 330-796-6380 michael_manges@goodyear.com Goodyear Provides “Sneak Preview” Of NewWaste Haul Tire At Waste Expo Endurance WHA Is Part Of Goodyear’sTotal Solution For Waste Haul Fleets AKRON,Ohio, June 3, 2015 – TheGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company has launched its longest-wearing waste haultire that it believes will become the “go-to” tire for waste haul fleets acrossNorth America. “Goodyear wants to help waste haul fleetslower their operating costs, and the new Endurance WHA will do just that byoffering more miles to removal and other important benefits,” says AndreaRussell, brand manager, Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems. In support of its drive to help waste haulfleets reduce their costs, Goodyear unveiled its Endurance WHA tire yesterdayat Waste Expo, which is taking place this week at the Las Vegas(Nev.) Convention Center. (Goodyear is displaying the tire at Waste Expo booth#4501.) “Ourgoal is to provide the Total Solution for waste haul fleets, including premiumnew tires and retreads, world-class service and support, and smart businesstools to help fleets become more profitable,” said Russell. “WasteExpo was the ideal venue for the introduction of the all-new Goodyear EnduranceWHA, which will offer more miles to removal than any previous Goodyear waste haultire, plus other cost-reducing benefits that waste haul fleets have come toexpect from Goodyear.” Thecombination of a new, scrub-resistant compound and a deep, 24/32-inch treaddepth will help the Goodyear Endurance WHA deliver more miles to removal. Optionalwith the Goodyear Endurance WHA is Goodyear’s DuraSeal Technology, which isbuilt into the tire during the manufacturing process and instantly sealsnail-hole punctures of up to ¼-inch in diameter in the repairable area of atruck tire’s tread. “Goodyearis the only tire company that offers a built-in tire sealant, which is oftremendous benefit to waste haul trucks that roll across debris-strewn surfacesat dumps and waste transfer stations,” said Russell. “Goodyear DuraSealTechnology helps preserve valuable truck uptime and is another component ofGoodyear’s Total Solution for waste haul.” Availableduring the fourth quarter of 2015 in size 315/80R22.5, Load Range L, theGoodyear Endurance WHA also features: · New sidewall protector shingles to helpresist sidewall scuffing in high-scrub applications, which will help enhancecasing life · A steel belt and casing package forenhanced toughness, endurance and retreadability · An optimized shoulder design to helpdirect pressure away from the tire’s outer tread, which promotes uniform treadwear · Four wide circumferential grooves forall-season traction on wet, snow-covered and dry roads in stop/start waste haultruck applications · A wide footprint to enhance cornering andhandling when used on local streets “Wealso realize that waste haul fleets are heavy users of retreads that optimizetheir tire investment,” said Russell. “This is why we also will launch amatching Endurance WHA retread.” Wastehaul tires like the Goodyear Endurance WHA, including those that containGoodyear DuraSeal Technology, can be retreaded at Goodyear Commercial Tire& Service Network locations. “OurGoodyear Network has the experience and expertise to help waste haul fleets getthe most out of their tire casings, which fleet managers have told us isultra-important to their operations,” added Russell. “Welook forward to sharing more information about how the new Goodyear EnduranceWHA can help waste haul fleets reduce their operating costs. We truly believethat this product will provide unmatched performance for waste haul fleets.” About Goodyear CommercialTire Systems GoodyearCommercial Tire Systems offers The Total Package Solution of industry-leadingtires, services and profitability tools to help commercial trucking fleetslower their total cost of ownership. To learn more, visit www.goodyeartrucktires.com. -0- View the full article
  5. Gordon Trucking wins safety management awards GordonTrucking was honored by two statewide associations. Thisspring, both the Indiana Motor Trucking Association (IMTA) and the IllinoisTrucking Association (ITA) hosted summits to recognize fleets for excellencein safety management. Gordon Trucking Inc.,headquartered in Pacific, Wash. won the Fleet Safety Awards for the largefleet divisions in both Illinois and Indiana. “Weare honored to be recognized by the IMTA and ITA for our commitment to safeoperation,” says Brett Terchila, Vice President of Operations for GordonTrucking Inc., eastern region. “This recognition is the result of a safetyculture created by our organization working together to place safety at theforefront of everything we do. We owe thanks to our driving associates fortheir continued professionalism and commitment to our core values of safety,service and sustainability.” In2015, Gordon Trucking has received state safety awards in Indiana, Illinois,Oregon and California and expects to receive several more this year. View the full article
  6. Women In Trucking Announces June Member of the Month Plover, WI (June 1, 2015 )- Women In Trucking Association(WIT) announces Tina Evans as its June Member of the Month. Tina isan owner/operator that has been driving an expedite truck for 14years with her husband Tom. They chose expediting because it was common for a husband to be able to trainhis wife. With Tom’s background, this was the best choice for them.Once they purchased a truck, Tom went out on the road to gain more experience. Tina used Tom’s home time as an opportunity to practice her driving skills intheir truck. After getting her license, they went on the roadtogether. In 2011 they leased onto Load One. After working with Load One, they realized how successful they could be withthem. They decided to fulfill their dream of owning a fleet andexpanded to four expediting trucks. They are doing so well with Load Onethat they hope to buy two more trucks this year. “We are hoping to be homemore as we grow as a company. We have two small grandchildren that weadore, and at this stage of the game, we like being home a little more,”Tina said. One of the hardest things Tina had to adjust to when entering trucking wasattention from men. “The attention I garnered when in truck stops washard to deal with for a while; but I got used to it. The other hard thingwas being patronized by some of the shippers and receivers,” Tina said. As many women in trucking who run with their husbands, Tina takes care ofpaperwork including making financial decisions. Tom, on the otherhand, takes care of working with their drivers andall mechanical things. This does not mean Tina does not know mechanical; she can handle anythingrequired on the truck. To read Tina’s full story visit the Women In Trucking website. Tina and Tom will be working at the Expedite Expo both at the forums and theLoad One booth (B-4). To learn more about expediting and to meet them,plan on attending the 2015Expedite Expo on July 24-25 inWilmington, Ohio at the Roberts Convention Centre. View the full article
  7. News Release Global Headquarters: 200 Innovation Way, Akron, Ohio 44316-0001 Media Website: www.GoodyearNewsRoom.com Contact:Mike Manges 330-796-6380 michael_manges@goodyear.com Goodyear Expands Offerings At Three CommercialTire & Service Center Retread Plants Fleets Can Access New Goodyear Tires,24/7 Emergency Roadside Service AKRON,Ohio, May 27, 2015 – In aneffort to better service fleets, Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centerretread plants in three important, high-traffic areas have opened sales andservice departments, giving trucking operations even more options within thealready-expansive, nationwide Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network. “Ourretread plants in Bremen, Ga.; Vernon, Calif.; and Walnut, Calif.; now offernew Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly brand truck tires, including Goodyear’s new FuelMax LHD G505D and Fuel Max LHS super- fuel efficient long haul tires,” saidPaul Wanstreet, president of Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers. Inaddition, the three service centers offer Goodyear-Fleet HQ 24/7 EmergencyRoadside Service to help get trucks up and running. Since2007, the Goodyear-Fleet HQ 24/7 Emergency Roadside Service program has helpedmore than one million trucks return to service and boasts an industry-leadingroll time of two hours and 11 minutes, on average. “Whena truck goes down, there’s no time to lose,” said Wanstreet. “No other tiremanufacturer matches Goodyear’s expertise in helping trucks return to servicewith a roll-time of two hours and 11 minutes.” GoodyearCommercial Tire & Service Center retread plants offer Goodyear’s full lineof retread products, including those that contain Goodyear’s splicelessUniCircle Technology, which helps enhance tread wear and traction. “Thesenewly opened sales and service departments make it even easier for fleets toaccess premium Goodyear truck tires and services to help lower their operatingcosts,” said Wanstreet. Customerscan contact the sales and service departments around the clock by calling (330)345-8229. “Welook forward to continuing to provide the industry-leading products andservices that fleets have come to expect from Goodyear.” About Goodyear CommercialTire Systems GoodyearCommercial Tire Systems offers The Total Package Solution of industry-leadingtires, services and profitability tools to help commercial trucking fleetslower their total cost of ownership. To learn more, visit www.goodyeartrucktires.com.For more information about Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers, goto www.goodyearctsc.com. -0- View the full article
  8. Like or hate your dash cam? Tell us about it. Does your company require or prohibit dash cams?
  9. Shell Rotella SuperRigsWill Host a Full Weekend of Activities Pre-registration ensures VIP parking for all the events Contestants will be rolling into the 33rd Annual ShellRotella SuperRigs in only a few weeks. Judging will begin at 7:30 a.m. onThursday, June 11 and run through 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 at Retama Parkin Selma, Texas. The weekend will be filled with events and activitiesfor truckers and their families. Highlights include $25,000 in cash andprizes, truck parade and light show, horse racing, the SuperRibs BBQ Cook-offand more. There will also be free concerts on Thursday and Friday nightby Texas musician Phil Pritchett. In addition, selections for the 2016Rotella SuperRigs calendar will be made. Admission is free and truckers that pre-registerby May 31st will receive VIP Parking at SuperRigs. When registering,drivers can also select the categories in which they would like tocompete. A SuperRigs preview video is posted at the Shell Rotella YouTubepage. View the full article
  10. PRESS RELEASE Jackson, MS – May 6, 2015 Miller Transporters, Inc. bulkcarrier based in Jackson, MS and National Tank Truck Carrier member, waspresented the Platinum Award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2015National Safety Awards Program. Thismarks the second consecutive year that Miller has been awarded the NationalSafety Awards Program’s highest honor. The National Safety AwardsProgram recognized carriers in similar operations (truckload and less thantruckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable accidentresults. Carriers are eligible toreceive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Participatory award. This past year, the National Safety AwardsProgram drew over 675 participants from across the country. “To be recognized by GreatWest Casualty Company is a very high honor. We appreciate their involvement in our safety processes and thecontinuous improvement that has brought us,” said Miller Transporters, Inc.President, Lee Miller. Great West Casualty Company isthe nation’s leading provider of property and casualty insurance for thetrucking industry. Please visit https://ssl.gwccnet.com/truck for moreinformation about the National Safety Awards Program. ==== For more information, please contact Steven Tapscott (601) 709-5901 or stapscott@millert.com View the full article
  11. For Immediate Release May 11, 2015 Contact: David Heller, PTDI Program Director (703) 647-7015 or dheller@truckload.org PTDI Certification at Military Facilities Ensures Safety, Marketability, and Proper Training Alexandria, Virginia – The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has certified the first contract training course at a U.S. Army installation and a second U.S. Air Force truck driver training course, broadening both the marketability of veterans and the pool of properly trained military drivers. “The truck driver training program is ideally suited for a soldier transitioning out of the military, coming back from overseas, or retiring from the service,” said Harry Kowalchyk, president of National Tractor Trailer School, Liverpool, New York, which offers a PTDI-certified contract training course at Fort Drum, in upstate New York. “Many do not have strong, marketable skills that can help them easily transition into the private sector. Now, with PTDI, when they enter the civilian sector, they have completed a certified course that is nationally recognized.” Regional Equipment Operator Training School (REOTS), Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, is the second of two USAF truck driver training sites to attain PTDI certification and the second ever Department of Defense course to be certified. REOTS is part of the 201st RED HORSE Squadron of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and was selected as venue for truck driver training because of REOTS’ mission to provide skill level, upgrade, and proficiency training for Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard USAF Civil Engineers (CE). With tractor trailer operations being an integral part of CE’s mission, ensuring Airmen were properly trained to drive on a military installation as well as on public roadways was imperative. As a result, the Air Force began looking at ways to improve training and turned to PTDI. Impressed by how much he learned going through the PTDI certification process, TSgt. Joshua Neely, lead instructor of the REOTS truck driver training program, said he now has more knowledge of what it takes to put safe drivers behind the wheel. “With PTDI, we realized how much we missed,” Neely said. “We are training to industry standards now, and it has significantly increased our Airmen’s capabilities. This program has broadened the amount of people we have available who can drive tractor trailers for the military. And from the civilian side of it, they can leave the military with this certificate and be more marketable to carriers ready to hire drivers.” Ensuring proper training and public safety overall have been significant motivators for REOTS. “It’s been a huge strengthening of the professionalism and confidence of our instructors,” said CMSgt Paul F. Swenson, Commandant. “We can see the benefits all across the board.” “Our primary reason and focus for providing truck driver training at REOTS is to ensure we are able to complete any mission and be safe in the performance of our duties. From an international perspective, it helps us to better meet our federal and state mission to respond with properly trained Airmen, ensuring we get the right capability at the right place at the right time and do it safely.” Kowalchyk sees similar benefits at Fort Drum. “Soldiers are taking this course for upward mobility within the army. The army needs qualified drivers to transport goods and supplies to its installations throughout the world, and this program helps answer that need.” “But, in addition, graduates of this program find themselves in a career that’s in high demand, with a good starting salary, plus the benefits of an apprenticeship from the GI bill.” Offering the only tractor trailer program with a PTDI-certified course on an army installation, Kowalchyk knows that the PTDI certification provides additional reassurances to employers as well as the army. For Lakina Griffin, who, along with her husband, retired from the army and became part of a husband/wife truck driving team for H.O. Wolding, the Fort Drum program offered excellent preparation for their career transition. “The training was exceptional,” she said. “Now that I’m out there I see that we needed everything we learned and more.” TSgt. Joseph Prudish, co-lead instructor at REOTS, has received similar responses from Airmen attending the course. Reservists and guardsmen have capitalized on using the truck driver training at REOTS to pursue a civilian truck driving career. “After some of our guardsman and reservists leave here and obtain employment with a carrier, they have a total understanding of how PTDI has helped them,” Prudish said. “It also enhances the marketability of active duty personnel transitioning from the Air Force into the civilian sector. Now our truck driver training program has a waiting list.” ### PTDI is a national, nonprofit organization established for the twofold purpose of developing uniform industry skill, curriculum, and certification standards for entry-level truck driver training and motor carrier driver finishing programs, and certifying entry-level truck driver training courses at public and private schools and driver finishing programs at carriers for compliance with PTDI standards. PTDI is based in Alexandria, Virginia. View the full article
  12. For Immediate Release November 21, 2014 Contact: Deborah Sparks, Vice President, Development (703) 838-1950 or dsparks@truckload.org Truckload Carriers Association Releases Updated Logo New design modernizes the previous logo, which dates back to the 1980s Alexandria, Virginia -- The Board of Directors of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has adopted a revised logo to represent the organization. The new design is the result of a two-month effort by TCA’s Communications & Image Policy Committee, led by co-chairs Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Transportation Group of Findlay, Ohio, and Wendy Hamilton, senior manager of sales marketing and training for Pilot Flying J of Knoxville, Tennessee. Although the logo maintains the same general shield design and colors as before, the new look is more modern, print-friendly, and easier to read, especially when reduced to small sizes. The outline of the United States — which had carried over from previous logos used in the 1980s — has been eliminated to better reflect TCA’s mix of both U.S. and Canadian members. A road now circles around the logo, moving in an upward direction, which represents new horizons, higher education, and more efficient ways of doing things. It also points the way to new members, new relationships and networking opportunities between those members, and more prosperity for those members who take advantage of all the resources that TCA provides to them. The logo update is the first major change since TCA’s new president, Brad Bentley, began leading the organization about a month ago. “Our new leader is a direct reflection of where we're going in the future and the connections we are forging with both our current and potential members. Our hope is that our new logo reflects that,” said Shepard Dunn, president and CEO of Bestway Express, Inc., of Vincennes, Indiana, and the chairman of TCA. “The logo is fresh, it's new, it connects with a new generation, and it captures who we are.” For further information on TCA and its activities, please visit www.truckload.org and follow the organization on Facebook—www.truckload.org/Facebook—and Twitter—www.truckload.org/Twitter. # # # TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.
  13. Check these web sites for great info, Professional Truck Driver Institute, PTDI, http://ptdi.org/ PTDI works with carriers and schools with minimum training requirements. Not all schools have the same requirements to "pass" as a truck driver. PTDI does a great job with this. Another one is National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) http://napftds.org/ this is an organisation for publicly funded schools, Vocational or tech schools. Both of these are great resources for truck driver training and can give you options for training in your area.
  14. If some one wanted to take part in your testing how would they get in touch with you? Brian
  15. According to Kelly Anderson CEO of Impact Transportation Solutions, Inc. It is an industry standard of care for carriers to verify all employment for at least the three previous years. Most fleets want W2’s, pay sheets or some other tangible evidence of what a driver was doing for all periods of time within the last three years. Some fleets will except letters of verification from established businesses and/or clergy.
  16. According to Ellen Voie CAE, President/CEO of Women in Trucking "The Census bureau shows 5.2% for 2009, which are the latest figures available. I would guess it's closer to six percent by now." Ellen can be contacted here, http://www.womenintrucking.org Brian
  17. you can check with most any van lines, they should ne able to do what you need.
  18. A few of the larger fleets have extended the trade cycle of their trucks and now have an older fleet than they normally like. What about you owner operators? have you kept your truck longer because of the economy? Brian
  19. What do you want to run from the inverter? if its just a small TV or laptop a small inverter would work, if you are planning on a microwave and more then things change.
  20. oldrs, If you haven't already done so submit your app on Truckdriver.com, any company that has what you are looking for, van, flat, local OTR, etc, will contact you.
  21. Welcome Ruthie, thanks for registering to the new forums. you're blog and posts here are always welcome. Brian
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