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Times and Wars Have Changed, But Military Vets Still Need Jobs

The “Hiring Military Veterans” feature in the current issue of Heavy Duty Trucking was an easy assignment for me to take on, because I was in the Army from 1965 to ’67 and afterwards went to work “in the real world” – anywhere outside the service. Jobs were plentiful for a while, so no complaints from me. And I appreciate the service and experience of millions of other vets, then and now.

November 19, 2013

Sad Work: Delivering the News of JFK’s Assassination

Sad Work: Delivering the News of JFK’s Assassination

What were you doing 50 years ago, when you heard that JFK had been assassinated? If you’re age 55 or older, you probably remember that moment clearly, sociologists say. Senior Editor Tom Berg, who’s now 70, recalls how news of the event directly affected his part-time truck-driving job.

November 21, 2013

Wabash Builds Its 500,000th DuraPlate Van

Wabash Builds Its 500,000th DuraPlate Van

Half a million is a lot, especially when it describes how many big 53- by 102 trailers have been made by one manufacturer. Wabash National Corp. last week said it had produced its 500,000th DuraPlate model since introducing it 17 years ago. Senior Editor Tom Berg has the story in this Trailer Talk blog.

December 16, 2013

North Dakota’s Cold and Hot, Thanks to Weather and the Bakken Boom

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at a photo of a frigid scene in North Dakota and spots a lone semitrailer, parked perhaps with a load of processed feed, waiting to be offloaded. He wondered, will that trailer even roll? The photo sparked a conversation with a North Dakota trailer dealer for his Trailer Talk blog.

January 7, 2014

‘Super Cube’ Rig Among Finalists for TWNA Tech Achievement Award
Cold in Roanoke, a Shiny Overnite Rig, and a Volunteer Named Wizzy. How About That?
Passing Thru Zanesville: Forlorn Trailers, the ‘Y-Bridge’ and a ‘Telltale’ Warning
YouTube Videos Show Exactly What Happens at Low Overpasses

‘Fool’ Web Story Notes Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck MPG Number

Except for highway wrecks, it isn’t often that the general news media get interested in big rigs. But one online outlet, www.fool.com, now has a story about the SuperTruck project, specifically the Peterbilt-Cummins vehicle recently displayed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s announcement about fuel economy standards for commercial trucks.

February 24, 2014

You Don’t Need to Hammer on These Thin LEDs to Appreciate a Bright Idea
X-Ray Van, Old Winnebago Take Doctor’s and Nurses’ Medical Care to the ‘Hollers’
One Kingpin Locked, Another Bare in North Carolina

One Kingpin Locked, Another Bare in North Carolina

This intelligently locked reefer trailer was parked in a small truckstop in western North Carolina. Three slots away was a loaded flatbed with its kingpin bare, just waiting to be swiped.

May 6, 2014

Big-Fleet Demand for Vans Leads Surge in Trailer Orders
Get to Know Hucktainers, Says Alcoa Fastening Systems

Get to Know Hucktainers, Says Alcoa Fastening Systems

The compact Hucktainer has a head, sleeve and pintail, and is installed quickly with a special tool, clamping together the wall and sill materials and crimping off the excess length of the sleeve in a spiral-locking process.

June 6, 2014

Done Properly and Legally, Supplemental Signal Lights Enhance Safety

Done Properly and Legally, Supplemental Signal Lights Enhance Safety

The Transportation Safety Equipment Institute reports that its member companies are seeing an increase in requests to add innovative lighting devices, and questions arise about their legality. Senior Editor Tom Berg takes a closer look in his Trailer Talk blog.

June 16, 2014