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NextTruck Introduces New Web-Only Business Model

CROSSVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — NextTruck, the nation’s premier source for semi-trucks and trailers for sale, has introduced a new web-only business model built around the concept of “List for Free, Pay for Results.”

“The new business model is based entirely on our popular website, and it’s really quite simple,” said Amy Looper, general manager. “If you are a seller, you just list your inventory completely free on NextTruckOnline.com and pay only for the email and phone leads that you receive,” she added.

Looper said that the online publication’s new approach to advertising offers a great value to NextTruck’s customers with a “pay only if we perform approach.”

“Our goal is to deliver an optimal product giving sellers the highest degree of confidence to list their items on the NextTruckOnline.com site,” commented Looper. “We’re literally taking the risk out of knowing if advertising works. You’ll only pay for the results you receive, so it’s really like an advertising guarantee,” she concluded.

NextTruckOnline.com benefits its advertiser companies by precisely targeting and effectively reaching active buyers and drivers of new and used commercial trucks and trailers. The site features thousands of listings for trucks, trailers, industry services, parts and accessories.

Buyers can find listings on the site for all types of trucks, including box trucks, cab and chassis, day cabs and sleeper trucks. According to Looper, trailer listings are very popular on the site as well. Top trailer categories include dry vans, grain trailers and refrigerated trailers.

The inventory-intensive website, produced by TAP Publishing Company in Crossville, TN, is continuously updated and provides extensive, detailed searches by numerous criteria. The site also features upcoming auctions and events, as well as other industry resources.

For more information, email Amy Looper, general manager, at alooper@nexttruckonline.com, or call 866-783-5137 or 931-707-3800.

ATA Recognizes Industry Award Winners

Grapevine, Texas – Members of American Trucking Associations took time out during ATA’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition here to recognize the winners of several of the industry’s most important honors.

“Through the course of the year, ATA hands out a variety of awards,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said, “these awards provide goals for us all to strive for and examples of professionalism and dedication to follow. While we’re proud of the efforts of all our members and their employees, these champions have gone above and beyond in their commitment to safety and professionalism.”

The award winners recognized by ATA were:

 2011 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion Paul Phillips, a Con-way Freight driver from Coarsegold, Calif.;

 2011 Technology and Maintenance Council SuperTech Grand Champion Jeffrey Schlecht, a technician with the Omaha Truck Center, Norfolk, Neb.;

 Rickey Oliver, a Brookhaven, Miss.-based driver for WalMart Transportation, 2011 National Truck Driver of the Year, sponsored by Custard Insurance Adjusters; and

 Alfred LaCombe, safety director with Dupre’ Logistics, Lafayette, La., 2011 National Safety Director of the Year, sponsored by: Great West Casualty Company.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.

AVERITT EXPRESS: PAY INCREASE FOR TRUCKLOAD DRIVERS

Cookeville, TN based, Averitt Express has made a practice of setting new standards since opening its doors in 1971. With a commitment to improve the quality of life of their associates, year after year, the 40 year old company announced a pay increase that took effect on October 3, 2011 for Regional Truckload drivers.

Averitt’s focus on growing the company the right way keeps team members moving forward. Averitt’s Regional Truckload associates in all of the Northern domiciles now have a starting pay of 42.5 cpm, Regional Truckload associates in the Southern domiciles will have an increased top-out pay of 42.5 cpm. Local drivers and dock associates will also enjoy an increase in pay.

Averitt’s commitment to safety, competitive pay, outstanding benefits packages, and weekly hometime are only a few of the many rewards that their drivers receive. If you’re interested in building a better career with a carrier that’s more family than company, talk to a recruiter today. Call 888-362-8603 or apply online at AVERITTcareers.com. Averitt is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nominations Now Open for TCA’s Best Fleets to Drive For Contest and Survey

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Now through October 31, 2011, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) will accept nominations for its 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey. Company drivers and owner operators may nominate trucking companies by completing an application form on www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

Now in its fourth year, Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual evaluation of the best employers in the trucking industry. CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions, conducts the survey for TCA.

The survey is open to all for-hire trucking companies with 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Participating fleets will be evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current human resources best practices, and the resulting survey data becomes an excellent source of industry success stories in the areas of benefits, professional development, driver and community support, safety record, and company culture.

For 2012, some new questions have been prepared for participants. For example, in addition to driver retention scores, nominated fleets will be asked what percentage of their drivers have remained with the company for various periods of time (one year, five years, 10 years, etc.). This will shed light on how some companies can demonstrate similar turnover numbers, but in reality have very different retention situations.

Harassment is another new topic. Although most companies have policies in place that cover the office environment, the survey will now ask how companies ensure that their people are not subjected to (or become perpetrators of) harassment at customer sites, truck stops, on the CB, etc. In addition, the survey will ask for the numeric targets that fleets seek for continuous improvement of things like their collision rates and retention scores.

“When it comes to the new questions we’ll have on this year’s survey, the answers will help us not only to score fleets against general management best practices, but to provide a better picture of what’s really going on in the industry,” said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. “That’s what everybody wants to know.”

Participating in the survey is an experience that can be both enlightening and motivating. Describing his company’s experience as a first-time nominee last year, Keith Tuttle, president of Motor Carrier Service, Inc., of Northwood, Ohio, said: “We learned what we were doing right and some things we needed to improve on in our everyday practices. We had no idea how much the survey probed into the very core of how we and others operate their business. Clearly, this program identifies the best fleets… it is not just luck!”

Outside of the industry, Best Fleets is an excellent public relations tool and a unique way to combat the driver shortage. “Is there a better way to attract prospective drivers or enlighten people about our industry?” asked Gary Salisbury, TCA’s chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Arkansas. “This survey spells it all out: the best trucking companies offer solid pay, strong benefits, and great support for their people. It really accentuates the positives.”

Once a company driver or owner operator has nominated a fleet and the company has agreed to participate, interviews will be conducted with senior management and a random sampling of the company’s drivers. Top finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For, and the highest scoring fleets in each of the Company Driver and Owner Operator categories will be named that category’s overall winner.

To view best practices from last year’s survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

CalArk International Names

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CalArk International is honored to announce that Charles and Helen Mikus of Yorktown, Texas have been chosen as the company’s 2010 Drivers of the Year.

The husband-and-wife team have driven with CalArk for three years. Charles is a 23-year veteran of trucking who convinced his wife to join him as his team member in 2000. Before driving, Helen stayed at home with the couple’s three children and also worked as a substitute teacher for grades 1 -12. Her teaching ability enabled the Mikuses to later bring their daughter Charlotte on the road with them, since Helen was qualified to meet all her home schooling requirments.

When asked what they had liked most about their years in trucking, Charles and Helen state, “It’s the flexibility trucking gives us to accept dispatches and then be left alone to plan our routes and get the mission accomplished to deliver the load on time.”

As 2010 Drivers of the Year, Charles and Helen Mikus will receive their choice of  a $2,500 cash prize or a cruise to the Caribbean.

CalArk Trucking has establishing a strong reputation for on-time, reliable delivery, serving the 48 contiguous states, Mexico and Ontario, Canada since it was founded in 1975.

Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, CalArk serves customers as a full truckload irregular route general commodities carrier with 800 tractors, 2,200 dryvans and 200 refrigerated units. It maintains terminals in Little Rock, AR; Mabelvale, AR; Malvern, AR; Taylor, MI; Hurricane Mills, TN; Garland, TX; Laredo, TX ; Monterrey, MX; Queretaro, MX.

 

For more information, please contact CalArk at 888-4-CalArk or visit

www.calark.com.  

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When Osama Bin Laden Was Pronounced Dead, Midnight Trucking Radio Network Reported it Immediately LIVE!

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With the recent world news and disasters in the U.S., one syndicated radio program, The Midnight Trucking Radio Network has maintained a key focus:  to be on top of the world news as it happens.  The Midnight Radio Network has done this by consistently providing up to the minute news, information, and weather live, overnight with hosts Gary McNamara and Eric Harley. 

“When the big news that Osama Bin Laden was pronounced DEAD we announced it LIVE, immediately,” Eric Harley said.  “And we also made the sincere journalistic commitment of providing all night news coverage of  9-11, Katrina, tornados, hurricanes and the shuttle disaster.  The news of these world changing events are reported by our team right then, not hours later!” 

“While our competitors are talking about issues from the “Alien Nation, Midnight Trucking Radio Network is covering Our Nation Now!” said Midnight Radio Network Marketing Manager Mindy Baker. 

The show’s Katy-Award Winning Hosts, Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, together bring the show over 40 years of broadcast experience.  The Midnight Radio Network’s on-air talent, combined with strongly branded resources, enable the team to deliver a quality broadcast and maintain the highest standards in the industry. Eric and Gary engage their millions of listeners and callers with the major issues of the day including current events, legislation, popular culture, family issues, news and information, detailed national weather forecasts, safety tips and interviews with informative guests. 

Eric Harley’s career spans over two decades. He has entertained listeners all over America with his insight and humor.   His passion for radio and love for the trucking industry came together as he became part of a legendary radio program just as it was going nationwide. Eric is proud to be able to say he was there the first night The Midnight Trucking Radio Network hit the air!

Gary McNamara has been a part of talk radio since 1989.  Gary’s first radio gig was in Marshall, TX. , and he has been talking ever since to people all over the country, from his hometown of Buffalo, NY, to Portland Oregon, with stops in Rockford and Chicago, IL, until he arrived on the scene at WBAP in Dallas-Ft. Worth 2000.

A FEW WORDS FROM THE MIDNIGHT RADIO NETWORK AFFILIATES’ PROGRAM DIRECTORS:

 

“We broke at the top of the hour for network news.  Other than that, we aired the MRN coverage Of Osama Bin Laden in its entirety.  Great job!”

Dennis Lowe, AM Operations Manager, KWLO/KXEL


“We stayed with MTRN instead of going elsewhere since the guys

were live. Thought they did a fine job and was glad they were on

the air.”

Jim Horn WSBA

 

“I was impressed and glad that MRN was covering the Osama Bin Laden story.  It was the first I heard the news too!”
Frank Wilt, Program Director, VerStandig Broadcasting, Harrisonburg, VA

 

“FOX NEWS ABILENE stuck with your coverage, I thought it was excellent!”

Richard J. Doud, Doud Media Group, KFNA and KORO

 

“The Midnight Radio Network provided excellent coverage of this monumental event in our lifetime.”  Eric and Gary are at the top of their game.” 

Tyler Cox, Operations Manager, WBAP 820


Two Truck Drivers in Running for National ‘Carhartt Tough’ Contest

Voting to take place from Feb. 1 – 28 at www.CarharttRental.com

Truck Drivers, John Irish from West Allis, MN and Bubba Peters from Seattle, WA are two of 12 finalists in the national Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest. Voting will take place through Feb. 28 at www.CarharttRental.com, and two grand prize winners will be selected based on the public’s votes.

John works long days as a Truck Driver, delivering shingles to buildings ranging from one to four stories high. John’s tough job takes him up and down rooftops while carrying 100 pound bundles, and his daily routine requires him to lift thousands of pounds of shingles while on steep angles.

Bubba is a Tow Truck Operator whose hard work and courage on the job has kept people from harm’s way.  Through 20-hour shifts in freezing temperatures, Bubba has helped to tow dangling buses off of a bridge so that they would not plummet to the freeway below.  John and Bubba are “Carhartt tough!”

The Are You Carhartt Tough? contest began last February and has generated hundreds of nominations. Each of the 12 quarterly finalists will be featured on the contest’s web site where the public will be encouraged to vote.  Two grand prize winners will be chosen based on public votes.

The contest was created in conjunction with a new partnership between Carhartt, the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium work wear for over 120 years, and Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS), North America’s largest uniform supplier, and the roll-out of the new Carhartt Rental Workwear line, which is available exclusively through Cintas (www.cintas.com/carhartt).

“This contest is really a reflection of our companies,” says Chuck Helmes, Director of Garment Strategy at Cintas Corporation. “Both Carhartt and Cintas are known for providing tough products and dependable service, and we want to celebrate workers who reflect those same characteristics.”

With Ducks Unlimited acting as media sponsor, contest organizers have reached out to the American workforce to identify people who are strong, dependable, resilient and rugged.  The two grand prizes include a weekend duck hunt trip designed by Ducks Unlimited or a trip for two to The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in 2011.

The other ten quarterly finalists are:

· Jonathan Backus, an Electrical Lineman from Hampton, VA
· Cori Dixon, a Pig Farmer from Kutztown, PA
· Tim Zweber, a Dairy Farmer from Elko, MN
· Steve Nicholson, a Firefighter from Quincy, CA
· Joanna Davis, an Electrician from Minot, ND
· Elizabeth “EJ” Robertson, a Laborer/Journeyman from Peoria, IL
· David Huskins, a field Technician from Denver, CO
· Peter Lindbeck, a Heavy Machinery Operator from Brownsville, MN
· Matthew Clark, a Snowmaker from Boalsburg, PA
· Gabe Butler, a Navy Diver from San Diego, CA

For high-resolution, downloadable photos of the finalists, visit: http://www.cintas-corp.com/customer_applications/CarharttRental/images.asp.
“This is a great way for two well-respected work wear brands to showcase the men and women behind some of the toughest jobs out there,” said Steve Carter, Vice President of Corporate Sales for Carhartt. “Our customers work hard and play hard, and these are two fabulous prizes that we look forward to presenting to our top two finalists.”

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