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  • Wabco and Cummins ink air compressor deal
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Wabco and Cummins have entered into a long-term agreement to manufacture and supply air compressors for global markets. The compressors will be produced at the Wabco Compressor Manufacturing facility in Charleston, S.C. The business unit is owned…
  • Paccar Parts distribution centre opens in state of Washington
    RENTON, Wash. – A new 160,000 square-foot, $32 million Paccar Parts distribution facility, servicing dealers in Western Canada and North-western US, is now fully operational. “By investing in the latest technology and more than doubling the square footage, we are…
  • Cooper adds to Roadmaster line with RM332 wide-base tire
    FINDLAY, Ohio – Cooper Tire and Rubber Company introduced the new RM332 WB heavy-duty wide-base tire, adding to its Roadmaster line of commercial tires. Designed for the steer axle in mixed service applications, the RM332 WB boasts a rib-type tread…
  • AT CAPACITY?
    Where does capacity sit right now, and where is it going?
  • All about DIP financing
    Debtor in Possession (DIP) financing describes the financing obtained by an insolvent debtor while that debtor is restructuring its business. The term DIP financing originated from the American practice in Chapter 11 proceedings under the US Bankruptcy Code. During a…
  • Titanium outsources North Bay shop
    NORTH BAY, Ont. — Titanium Transportation Group announced it has outsourced its on-site North Bay mechanic shop to Lewis Motor Sales. The shop was acquired as part of Titanium’s acquisition of ProNorth Transportation. Lewis Motor Sales is a third-party franchise…
  • OPEC meeting freeze-a-thon ends up a fizzle-flop
    The OPEC-o-pods and Putinoids certainly huffed and puffed and had the Wall Street speculators reacting in confused anticipation of the outcome of the freeze-a-thon that ended up being fizzle-flop. When I was asked if I was surprised that the fretful…
  • Cummins and DriverTech offer collaborative onboard computing system
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Cummins Inc. and DriverTech announced April 26 that the Cummins Connected Diagnostics application is now available to customers using DT4000 from DriverTech. Calling it the ‘transportation industry’s most powerful and cost-effective onboard computing system,’ Cummins…
  • Cummins Connected Diagnostics now available with DriverTech DT4000
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — DriverTech and Cummins revealed today that the Cummins Connected Diagnostics application will now be available to customers using DT4000 from DriverTech. The companies said that Connected Diagnostics enhances the DriverTech capability for customers with Cummins power by leveraging…
  • New solar panels keep transport refrigeration unit battery charged
    ATHENS, Ga. – In an effort to maintain peak performance of transport refrigeration unit batteries in a more environmentally sustainable way, Carrier Transicold has expanded its line of Thin Film Flexible Solar Panels to now offer 18.5 watt and 9.24…
  • Utility sells its 75,000th trailer at Glade Spring plant
    GLADE SPRING, Va. – Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company’s Glade Spring, Va. manufacturing plant recently celebrated the sale of its 75,000th 4000D-X Composite dry van trailer. “This is a powerful testament to the character of our Glade Spring employees,” said Craig…
  • Stemco, Ridge Corp. come to terms to end trailer tail lawsuit
    LONGVIEW, Texas — Stemco has announced it reached a settlement with Ridge Corporation regarding alleged patent infringements involving ATDynamics’ trailer tail technology. Stemco now owns ATDynamics. The agreement between the two companies, the terms of which were not disclosed, allows…
  • Mitsubishi Fuso names new director of product management
    LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Otto Schmid has made the move from Daimler AG to the position of director of product management with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. Schmid comes directly from his role as project lead at customer service for…
  • Driving the International HX620
    New HX Series could represent a severe-service revival for International
  • Yellow Dog sharpens its pencils and prepares for the future
    CALGARY, Alta. – It’s a family affair at Yellow Dog Trucking. Ken Bader is the general manager of the Calgary-based intermodal trucking company, which launched in 2004 when his cousin, Gary Bader, president and CEO, started the business with his…
  • A genius idea for IFTA/IRP managers
    The other day, I saw a quote by Albert Einstein who apparently proclaimed, “The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.” I guess Albert never had to file a fuel tax return or license a truck.…
  • Communicating to all generations
    Employee engagement is the buzzword of the 21st Century, but according to a 2013 Gallup survey of US businesses, most employees think their employers are doing a poor job of engaging them. The survey found only 30% of US employees…
  • Doing its part
    Manitoba driver training school teaches students about life on the road
  • Drivers can still ‘roll strong’ to a healthier lifestyle
    If you read my column last month, you would have gained an understanding of how important I feel it is that truck drivers make an effort to maintain good health. You also would have read about my disappointment that Snap…
  • Trucking outlook for Manitoba
    MTA executive director Terry Shaw sits down with Truck West

Mom’s Second Podcast & Beyond…

My Mom is podcasting and is doing pretty well for an 81-year-old! Here are more of her brief podcasts:

Podcast number “2 Squirrels Get Ready For Winter:”

http://m.podshow.com/media/2888/episodes/33208/rvidiots-33208-10-27-2006.mp3

Podcast number “3 Full Days:”

http://m.podshow.com/media/2888/episodes/33630/rvidiots-33630-10-29-2006.mp3

Podcast number “4 Leaves Flying:”

http://m.podshow.com/media/2888/episodes/33745/rvidiots-33745-10-30-2006.mp3

You can email her feedback at rvidiots@gmail.com.

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Mom’s First Podcast…

My 81-year-old Mom posted her first podcast this afternoon. I’ve gotten her set up with a free Podshow account and set up with CastBlaster, which, once it’s set up, simplifies podcasting to a series of simple clicks and a minimum of technical fuss. Her podcast is located at http://rvidiots.podshow.com. Here’s the direct link to her […]

Lucna Coil “Closer” Exclusive Song Debut…

I debut the Lucuna Coil song “Closer” in episode 402. Through an agreement with with the Podsafe Music Network, Lacuna Coil debuts “Closer” to the world of podcasts several days BEFORE it will be released for radio airplay! Here’s the link to episode 402:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/33050/truckertom-33050-10-26-2006.mp3

Competition In Podcasting?…

I’ve always been pretty lucky in that I generally get lots of feedback. Only upwards of 5% of any audience ever responds or tries to participate in radio shows. I think likely translates over to podcasts, though podcast listeners do tend to be a bit more participatory.

As a Rush Limbaugh listener I’ve never tried […]

Conversation With Bruce Murray…

In episode 396 I included a 40-minute-long conversation I had with Bruce Murray that does the Zedcast podcast. Here’s the direct link to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/31690/truckertom-31690-10-18-2006.mp3

Hear Bruce talk about fun things he does in his day job, such as baste turkey with motor oil to get that just so-so appetizing look…

Here’s a photo […]

Rotating GIF From Chris Marquardt…

My friend Chris Marquardt took several photos of my head while we were at the 2006 Podcast & Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California. Here it is:

Origination Of Man’s Ego…

How man came to exist is one of those things we can never really know for sure one way or another. Clearly humanity or the universe didn’t just “randomly happen.” We can speculate endlessly on how everything came to be.

Much more interesting to me is the question of ego — how did man’s ego […]

Love Storm video…

I just produced a video for the song “Love Storm” by Richie Havens. Here’s the link to the video:

http://m.podshow.com/media/1166/episodes/31029/videovoom-31029-10-14-2006.m4v

Dr. Joel Wallach Interview…

I interviewed Dr. Joel Wallach of Youngevity regarding crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s recent death by a getting stung in the heart by a Stingray. We also talked about many other topics. Here’s the link to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/30836/truckertom-30836-10-13-2006.mp3

Brad Gibson Interview…

In the latest episode of my podcast, 389, I included the interview/conversation I had with podcaster and blogger Brad Gibson at the 2006 Podcast & Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California held at the tail-end of September. Here’s a direct link to the MP3 audio:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/29930/truckertom-29930-10-09-2006.mp3

Brad is a great guy to hang around with!!!!!

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