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Werner’s 2Q Income Improves

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Werner Enterprises said late Wednesday its second-quarter profit rose, as freight shipments strengthened and overall industry capacity fell.

Net income improved to $20.9 million, or 29 cents a share, from $12.7 million, or 18 cents, a year ago. Revenue rose 15% to $463.5 million.

"More of the improvement in the freight market over the last six months can be attributed to a decreasing supply of truck capacity rather than rising demand," Werner said, adding that "both factors are helping the freight market improve."

Freight shipment load counts continued to strengthen throughout each month of second quarter, following growth earlier this year, the company said.

Average revenues per total mile increased 2.2% from a year ago, and 2.3% sequentially from first quarter of this year.

Werner Enterprises is ranked No. 14 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

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Four Covenant Transport Drivers Join an Elite Safety Group

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Professional drivers Steve Goodwin, Theresa Goodwin, Jeff Johnson and Tina Weaver achieved career milestones in July 2010 by being inducted into Covenant Safety Department's 40 Club.  Each 40 Club member has driven one million consecutive miles for Covenant without a preventable accident, equal to 40 times around the globe.

Steve Goodwin Theresa Goodwin Jeff Johnson Tina Weaver

Pictured above (L to R):  Steve Goodwin, Theresa Goodwin, Jeff Johnson & Tina Weaver

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Covenant Transport Drivers Compete at the ATA Nationals

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Two Covenant Transport drivers will compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio August 3 - 7, 2010.

Professional drivers Charles "Chuck" Norris and George Jefferson will represent Covenant Transport and the states of California and Tennessee, respectively, in the Sleeper Berth Class at the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio August 3 - 7, 2010.  Participation in state and the national truck driving championships requires that drivers be accident-free and employed by one company during the previous 12 months.  Chuck is a 12-year veteran with Covenant and a member of Covenant's 40 Club for exceptional safe driving. He is from Fairmont, West Virginia. George has been with Covenant nine years and is from Buffalo, New York.

Chuck Norris George Jefferson

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Covenant Transport Staff Changes

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Announcement from Covenant Transport:

Melanie Collier has taken over as internal recruiting director.  Kim southerland has moved to safety.  We want to make sure the schools know just in case they are trying to reach Kim.

Melanie can be reached at 423 463 3030 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our structure is:

Rick Towe Senior VP of Recruiting

Melanie Collier Director of Internal Recruiting

Jamey Moon Director of External Recruiting

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Fleets Pursue Qualified Drivers as Freight Grows, Rules Tighten

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From Transport Topics:

Seeking to capitalize on an ever-tighter market, many fleets are racing to sign up qualified drivers as freight demand rises and stiffer federal driver standards loom, experts said.

"We can still find drivers, but we have to search harder," Steve Brantley, manager of driver resources for USA Truck, Van Buren, Ark., told Transport Topics. "There are more loads to be moved."

"The market has become more competitive for both owner-operators and experienced drivers," said Brooke Willey, vice president for human resources at CRST International. The company seeks drivers for 700 new trucks it will add by the end of 2011.

"The ability to expand our driver recruiting efforts and identify ways to attract drivers will be the key to that ultimate growth," Willey said.

Bert Johnson, human resources director at Con-way Truckload, Joplin, Mo., agreed that it's more difficult to find drivers.

"Our emphasis has been on hiring to meet normal driver turnover," Johnson said.

So did Ron Massman, president of The Dependable Companies.

"Our biggest challenge these days is to find good, qualified drivers," Massman said, citing a "very, very positive upturn in business."

The recruiting drive embraces websites, video and newspaper advertising and also includes some other less-than-truckload fleets.

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CSA2010 Rollout - What is Happening and When?

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FMCSA has developed a revised schedule for the roll out of CSA 2010 in line with its commitment to launch this program in the most effective way possible.  The rollout schedule is designed to methodically step federal and state enforcement staff, as well as the motor carrier industry, into the program one stride at a time - increasing the safety benefits through better understanding and increased accountability for good safety performance.  The rollout timeline is outlined below:

  • Summer 2010
    • June 30th - The Operational Model (Op-Model) Test will end.
    • July - The four "50/50" Op-Model Test states, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey, will join the five 100% Op-Model Test states in implementing the program.
    • August - Motor carriers will be able to see an assessment of their violations based on the new Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) which will replace SafeStat later in 2010.
  • Fall/Winter 2010
    • SafeStat will be replaced by the CSMS. CSMS will be available to the public, including shippers and insurance companies.
    • FMCSA/States will prioritize enforcement using the CSMS.
    • FMCSA will begin to issue Warning Letters to carriers with deficient BASICs.
    • Roadside inspectors will use the CSMS results to identify carriers for inspection.
  • Winter 2010 - Safety Fitness Determination Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is scheduled to be released.

2011 - Enforcement staff will be trained, and new interventions will be implemented State-by-State

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Kenworth bags big T700 order

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Jun 24, 2010 9:34 AM

Refrigerated carrier Stevens Transport has ordered 500 of Kenworth Truck Co.’s new T700 Class 8 tractor, looking to boost the fleet’s overall fuel efficiency numbers with these new trucks.

“Aerodynamic trucks are an integral part of our business strategy and the Kenworth T700 will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency and lower emissions,” said Steven Aaron, Stevens chairman & CEO, adding that Dallas, TX-based Stevens is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program, meaning its fleet meets voluntary fuel efficiency and environmental performance targets.

Stevens, which purchased these 500 T700s through MHC Kenworth of Dallas, spec’d these tractors with Kenworth’s 75-inch Aerodyne sleeper and 400-hp Cummins ISX engine.

The T700 is the designated replacement for Kenworth’s T2000 highway tractor and is designed as a high-roof aerodynamic long-haul tractor that offers 8 ft. in interior sleeper height – making it ideal for team operations, said Bill Kozek, the company’s GM.

“It also offers a 3% improvement in [aerodynamic] drag compared to our T660 highway tractor, which translates into a 1.5% gain in fuel efficiency,” he noted. “This order from Stevens is a great way to help launch the T700 into the North American market.”