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TMC’s Kyle Lee named Trucking's Top Rookie
From Overdrive website.

TMC Transportation's Kyle Lee was named the winner of the third annual Trucking's Top Rookie contest and has won $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Lee was selected from 10 finalists in attendance, which was narrowed down from 46 original nominations.

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Where the Raises Are: Trucking and Academia
By Catherine Rampbell
From the New York Times website.

The two categories that have shown the biggest year-over-year increases in total compensation are (1) occupations in transportation and material moving and (2) employees at junior colleges, colleges, universities and professional schools.

So what do truckers and professors have in common? Ms. Swonk observes that their jobs are both hard to either outsource or automate, unlike a lot of other occupations.

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Wanted: 400,000 truck drivers
By Chris Isidore, senior writer
From the CNN website.

NEW YORK ( -- Can't find a job? Maybe it's time to take your search on the road.

The U.S. trucking industry will need to hire about 200,000 drivers by the end of this year, and will need to add another 200,000 by the end of 2011, according to the state of logistics report from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

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Study Finds Factories, Exports to Boost Freight Through 2021
By Rip Watson, Senior Reporter
This story appears in the May 17 print edition of Transport Topics.

Fueled by renewed growth in the export and manufacturing sectors, trucking will resume solid growth between now and 2021, according to a new study released on May 13.

The latest Freight Forecast report, commissioned by ATA and written by IHS Global Insight and Martin Labbe Associates, projected freight tonnage growth across all transport modes of 25% and growth of 30% for trucking between now and 2021. Total tonnage across all modes fell 14% last year from 2008 levels.

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Werner and TL Brethren in Line for Freight Bounce
From The Gerson Lehrman Group Website

Werner Enterprises, the nation's third-largest truckload carrier, says it is seeing increasing evidence of a solid economic turnaround which will help the nation's trucking companies increase freight volumes and rates. "The worst is in our rear-view mirror," Werner COO Derek Leathers tells the Omaha World-Herald.

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Opportunities in trucking? That’s a big 10-4
From The MSNBC Website

Hiring is increasing and attracting many who have seen careers dry up

Porfirio Colindres has worked in construction and cleaning jobs long enough to weather several economic downturns, starting with 1989 when he moved to the United States from El Salvador. But the prolonged one where he now lives, near Boise, Idaho, has made steady work hard to find since 2007

This month, after a 150-hour course, Colindres earned his commercial driver's license, or CDL, and started looking for a truck-driving job.

The hiring outlook is improving for trucking, experts say, and it is attracting many people from fields where jobs have dried up. As many professions become more specialized, truck driving continues to require few classroom-based skills.

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Freight Index Jumps 12.9 Percent
From The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Strong growth from last year comes with signs of stability in demand, pricing

The Cass Freight Index of U.S. shipping demand grew 12.9 percent in April, according to the measure released Monday, the strongest year-over-year expansion since the global economic downturn took hold.

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Truck Tonnage Jumps 7.5%
From Transport Topics Website

U.S. truck tonnage jumped 7.5% in March from a year ago, the fourth straight year-over-year increase, American Trucking Associations said.

The increase was the biggest since January 2005, and in the first quarter tonnage rose 4.9% from the same period last year, ATA said late Tuesday in its monthly seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index.

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Most Fleets Report Profit Gains, Expect Stronger Second Quarter
By Rip Watson, Senior Reporter
This story appears in the April 26 print edition of Transport Topics.

Most publicly traded trucking companies have reported improved first-quarter earnings, adding evidence that the economic recovery is moving forward and offering hope that the second quarter will be even stronger.

Earnings rose 57% at Werner Enterprises Inc., by 24% at Landstar System Inc., 22% at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., 20% at Ryder System Inc. and 5.1% at Knight Transportation. Forward Air reported a profit and reversed a year-ago loss.

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Hero Truck Driver Saves Girl's Life
From ATA Website

When Werner Enterprises truck driver Dave Nelson made the decision to pull off the road to help a stranded motorist recently, he saved the life of a seven-year-old girl.

Vicki Carter and her mother, Pam, were traveling along Interstate 20 near Birmingham, Ala., on the way to pick up father and husband Air Force Captain Ryan Carter in Texas when their car ran off the road and hit a sign. Pam jumped out of the car and tried to flag down help for her daughter, but only Nelson stopped

“She was literally out in the road,” Nelson recalls. He moved Pam Carter to safety as she explained that her daughter was still in the car and needed help.

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Trucking Industry Sees Business Rebound
Uptick Could Be Sign Of General Improvement OMAHA, Neb. -

After a tough winter and a major economic slowdown, the metro's largest trucking company said business is starting to rebound.

"It's been real tough," said Wisconsin truck driver Carrie Olson.

She said that the last two years have been brutal for anyone who drives a truck for a living. The last few weeks, the sun seems to have come back out.

"Absolutely. It's coming back," she said.

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Job openings rise in several sectors in February
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer – Tue Apr 6, 3:06 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Job openings rose in several sectors of the economy in February, including retail, manufacturing, transportation, restaurants and hotels, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

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Couples as truckers? Industry says a big 10-4
Demand prompts recruitment of older married drivers to take to the road

Joey and Terri Lynch made more than $100,000 last year sharing a long-haul trucking job.

Jim and Eva Sisler began traveling the country nearly 10 years ago, a couple of empty nesters in their 50s with a desire to see new places and build some assets before retirement.

Driving from California to New Jersey in two days, using layovers to visit historic sites in the South or ethnic restaurants in Chicago, the Sislers pack in a lot. Back in Montana, they revel in the simple pleasures of home. It’s a nice change from life in an 18-wheel truck

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