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April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Featured in Online Photo Galleries

By Deborah Lockridge

New photo galleries featuring HDT's 2013 Truck Fleet Innovators have been posted online at Truckinginfo.com. Enjoy a more casual side of some of this year's Innovators, from Kevin Burch making eggs for his drivers to Robert Low shooting some hoops in the company gym, as well as some more images and details about equipment.

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March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT Fleet Innovator Robert E. Low Shows Appreciation for his Drivers

Robert Low, President and Founder - Prime Inc., Springfield, Missouri

By Deborah Lockridge

Prime Inc. is headquartered in Springfield, Mo., the “Show-Me State,” and President Robert E. Low says showing drivers genuine appreciation is the key to the company’s relatively low turnover rate and tremendous growth over the years.

Tags: Awards, Prime Inc.

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Trent Dye has the Personal Touch

Trent Dye, Paramount Freight Systems, Jeffersonville, Ohio.

By Deborah Lockridge

“Drivers don't leave companies, they leave people,” says Trent Dye. It's that philosophy, put into action in various ways, that has helped him lead Paramount Freight Systems to be the owner-operator winner two years in a row in the Truckload Carriers Association's “Best Fleet to Drive For” competition. And at press time, he was hoping for a three-peat. It's also helped drive the success of a company that was founded as the nation was going into the Great Recession in 2008.

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March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT Fleet Innovator Joe Cowan Building a Dream at Cowan Systems

Joe Cowan, President - Cowan Systems LLC, Baltimore, Maryland

By Oliver Patton

Early on, Joe Cowan had his sights set on football. He had a chance to play for the Baltimore Colts, but could not forget another dream he'd had since he was a boy.

Tags: Awards, Cowan Systems LLC

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT Fleet Innovator Kevin Burch is A Hands-On Leader

Kevin Burch, President - Jet Express, Dayton, Ohio

By Oliver Patton

Three years ago Kevin Burch, 55 at the time, slipped away from his president's office at Ohio-based Jet Express and went to driving school to get his commercial driver’s license.

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October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Nominations Open for HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

By Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking editors are now accepting nominations for 2013 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Treating Drivers Right Keeps Nussbaum Turnover Low

Nussbaum Operations Manager Doug Bradle demonstrates the company's dispatch system. The company's IT staff customized TMW solutions to give it more insight and help drivers get home more.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

How does a trucking company with a 500-plus-mile average length of haul keep its driver turnover down around 30% when the industry average is over 100%

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Truck Fleet Innovators Tackle Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A combination of driver training and monitoring with careful attention to truck specs and being willing to try unconventional technology all contribute to fuel savings for HDT's 2012 Truck Fleet Innovators

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Bill Malone -- Investing in alternative fuels

For Bill Malone, president of Enviro Express, trucking was a way to fulfill his goal of being an entrepreneur

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Mike Jeffress - Setting Maintenance Trends

When asked about himself, Mike Jeffress claims it's "a pretty short story," but just about anyone who knows him would disagree

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: John Fershtand -- Making It All Add Up

John Fershtand

John Fershtand, director of fleet operations and energy management for Ben E. Keith Foods, is a math whiz who loves anything on wheels.

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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Phil Braker -- Setting New Ideas in Motion

Phil Braker

Nussbaum Transportation's very company motto signals its approach to innovation: "Setting new ideas in motion.

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators Talk About Sustainability

C.R. England tests new fuel-efficient equipment and focuses on driver behavior to improve mpg.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators were honored for their industry leadership in areas such as driver safety, logistics and maintenanc

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators Weigh In on Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

No silver bullet "Fuel economy is one of our top priorities,

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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators on the Driver Shortage

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

If you bring up the challenges of carriers today with any fleet manager, the topic of driver shortage is almost certain to come up

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators - Making Sure It Works

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

All trucking is competitive, but the corner occupied by Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. is particularly tough

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators: Practical Trucking, Predictive Modeling

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

C.R. England has always been a company that relies on the practical solution. Back in the 1940s, mechanical refrigeration was new and unreliable, so England cooled its trailers by blowing air across a pile of ice with a belt-driven fan.

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators: The Efficient Shop

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Sometimes, innovation is in the details. Take Terry Clouser's invention to help technicians save time and effort when checking to make sure all the lights on the front of the truck work: a mirror.

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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Innovators talk about regulations, technology and drivers

Innovators, from left, Clouser, England, Baumann, Burg and Johnson.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

At a time when industry analysts are predicting the worst driver shortage trucking has ever seen, thanks in large part due to the unprecedented shifting regulatory environment, some of trucking's most innovative leaders are embracing some of those changes but doing battle on other fronts

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March 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators - Three Outstanding Trucking Executives

On this page you'll find links to articles about some extraordinary trucking industry leaders, the winners of Heavy Duty Trucking's annual Truck Fleet Innovator awards.

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November 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Going Green

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators talk about what their companies are doing to help the environment and their bottom line.

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September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on The Driver Shortage

By Deborah Lockridge Editor & Diana Britton Managing Editor

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on the coming capacity crunch and driver shortage.

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on CSA 2010

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on the FMCSA's new enforcement program.

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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Being a Good Fleet to Drive For

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Last month, we introduced you to our 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators. Throughout the year, we'll be sharing their insights on various issues important to the industry. This month, our innovators talk about how they make their companies a good fleet to drive for.

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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Highway Congestion

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on congestion and infrastructure investment.

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June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Truck Fleet Innovators on Spec'ing For Safety

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on how equipment and technology can improve safety.

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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on E-Logs: A New Era

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on and experiences with electronic logs.

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Tom Voelkel, President/COO, Dupre Logistics

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

As a child, Tom Voelkel's parents instilled in him a strong work ethic. The current president and chief operating officer of Dupre Logistics got his first job, cutting grass, at age 8

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Jim Mickey, President/Co-Owner, Coastal Pacific Xpress

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Jim Mickey insists he's not doing anything innovative. Trucking, he says, is a simple business: You show up on time and do a good job

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Jim Burg, President/CEO, James Burg Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

When Jim Burg bought his first truck in 1984, he thought he was embarking on a lifelong career as a single-truck owner-operator

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Ben Bauman, President/CEO, Bolt Express

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

When Ben Bauman thinks about the accomplishment he is most proud of, he thinks about helping and supporting his son, who won two gold medals in the world championship of Taekwondo at the age of 16

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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators: Doug Duncan, President/CEO, FedEx Freight

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In February 2001, when FedEx Freight was first established through a series of acquisitions, including Viking Freight, the less-than-truckload sector was still trying to differentiate itself from the rest of the trucking industry

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Technology Trailblazer: Jaquelyn Barretta, CIO, Con-way, Inc.

Like many of HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators, Jacquelyn Barretta followed in her father's footsteps - but it was into the world of information technology, or IT, rather than trucking

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

A Vision Fulfilled: Kevin Knight, Chairman/CEO, Knight Transportation

We are in the "Mother of all Recessions," Kevin Knight agrees, but he's optimistic. His company, Phoenix-based Knight Transportation, was conceived and bred to succeed in the toughest of times

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Innovation Driven by Necessity: Donald G. Oren, Chairman, Dart Transit Co.

Dart Transit is largely responsible for two innovations that are key parts of today's truckload industry: 53-foot trailers and the use of independent contractors as drivers

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Preparing for Change: Ray Kuntz, Chairman/CEO, Watkins and Shepard Trucking

'I have long advocated for the industry to better prepare itself to deal with change, and one way to do so is to better anticipate the challenges ahead.

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Leading By Serving W.T. "Tobin" Cassels III, President, Southeastern Freight

You could make the argument that W.T. "Tobin" Cassels III is not exactly an innovator, since his role model goes back more than 2,000 years. As the third-generation leader of Southeastern Freight Lines

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May 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

You Can't Do It By Yourself: Don Bowman, Chairman, D.M. Bowman, Inc.

When he climbed into his truck in 1959 to deliver his first load, a dumper full of coal, Don Bowman did not envision the large, successful truckload enterprise that D.M. Bowman Inc. would become over the next 50 years.

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