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Kevin Burch, president of Ohio-based Jet Express, Burch was born into the business. His dad was...
Three years ago Burch went to driving school to get his commercial driver’s license. Jet's success is unusual on a couple of counts. Not only does it stick to the one line of...
Jet delivers its 300 to 400 daily shipments on time 99% of the time, but when a load is delayed... Jet management are the “cooks” for the drivers at safety meetings. Here Kevin Burch is cooking...
Cowan was running his father's company's public warehouse operation, and within that entity...
Cowan Systems is now running about 1,700 Navistar or Peterbilt tractors and 4,000 Wabash...
Cowan's lightweight trailer spec includes composite wood floors that are strong and lightweight,...

HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovator Joe Cowan

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. “When you're a kid, you're so proud of what your father created,” he says. His father, W.T. Cowan, had founded and built a less-than-truckload business that served the Mid-Atlantic out of Baltimore.

Robert Low bought his first truck while in college. Prime grew so fast that he had to declare...
Robert E. Low, founder and president of Prime Inc., is a 2013 HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.
Low believes helping drivers be healthier is extremely important. He sometimes catches a...

HDT 2013 Truck Fleet Innovator Robert E. Low

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.

At the core of the new VNX heavy-haul and vocational tractor is a Volvo integrated powertrain...
Volvo's new VNX is a heavy-haul, high-performance model designed for extreme gross weight...
The VNX features Volvo’s full-size daycab equipped with the company’s ergonomic dash, ample...

Volvo Trucks at MATS 2013

Volvo made news at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show by making its automated I-Shift transmission standard on trucks with Volvo engines and by making good on its promise to go more aggressively after the vocational market with a new heavy-haul model, among other announcements.

Kenworth latest, the T880, is the successor to the venerable T800. It features the same...
With a low-sloped hood and wide open visibility, the T880 is available in 122.5-in. and...
The DPF/SCR unit is stacked under the passenger door, allowing more frame space for peripherals...

Kenworth's new T880

Kenworth unveiled the versatile T880 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. It can be configured to do almost anything, from heavy-haul to a straight truck. It's the successor-in-waiting to the venerable T800 which has been in service for more than 20 years. Kenworth has no immediate plans to phase out the T800. 

The new Model 567 from Peterbilt is available in two BBC configurations – the 121-inch and...
The Model 567's Metton hood is highly resilient, absorbing many impacts that would shatter or...
Maximum forward visibility is achieved through a panoramic windshield that features integrated...

Peterbilt's new Model 567

Unveiled at the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Peterbilt's all-new vocational Model 567 is the result of extensive product research and development. Standard is a durable, new aluminum cab that went through rigorous testing at the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Some of this year's contestants at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship during MATS 2013. Photos by...
MATS 2013 PKY Truck Beauty Championship
MATS 2013 PKY Truck Beauty Championship

MATS 2013 PKY Truck Beauty Championship

The 24th annual Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship has become a star attraction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, celebrating North America's heavy-duty, working show trucks. Here's a sampling of some of this year's contestants that caught our eye. (Photos by Evan Lockridge)

Alliance Truck Parts gets attention with their bright yellow and black color scheme and their...
HDT sales and editorial staff are up early on Friday morning to attend the HDMA Breakfast...
Watch for a QuickSpin report on Kenworth's new T880 in an upcoming issue of HDT.