abc Fox Montana: Montana Treasure: 50 Years, 50 States of trucking for Larry Spiekermeier

He’s earned the nickname ‘Trusty Trucker’ and rightly so.

Larry Spiekermeier of Plains, Montana has logged 4 million accident-free miles carrying heavy truck loads.

Angela Marshall takes you on a ride to meet this week’s Montana Treasure.

You might recognize this smile and laugh.

Larry Spiekermeier became an instant celebrity as the ‘Trusty Trucker’ to haul the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree.

His call to the open road began in 1968 as a way to pay for college.

“And once I’d seen how much money I could make driving truck, I never went back,” Larry Spiekermeier said. “And here I am, driving truck, for 50 years.”

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FreightWaves: Trucking jobs keep climbing as the job market stays strong

The U.S economy added over 300,000 jobs in January, marking the best monthly performance in nearly a year. Transportation and logistics employment continued to increase at an impressive pace, led by healthy gains in warehousing, parcel and trucking jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the economy added an impressive 304,000 workers to payrolls in January, up from a downwardly revised 222,000 gain for December 2018. January’s gains far exceeded consensus estimates of 170,00 and is the strongest monthly gain since the 324,000 jobs added in February 2018. Job growth has averaged 241,000 per month over the last three months and 234,000 per month over the last year.

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FleetOwner: Meet the new America’s Road Team

A new team of 18 professional truck drivers were named to the 2019-2020 class of America’s Road Team, the American Trucking Associations announced this week. The drivers will immediately begin their service as trucking industry ambassadors to the general public, elected officials and members of the media.

“These drivers represent the diverse experiences of the 3.5 million professional drivers across the country and will be able to bring their unique stories to new, critical audiences as part of America’s Road Team,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “ATA is very excited to begin working with this group of professional, respected drivers and see them continue spreading the positive image of the trucking industry. We are extremely proud of them, as are their companies and families.”

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WQAD8: Big rig drivers keep on trucking through blistering Midwest cold snap

Even as authorities have advised the public to avoid traveling amid forecasts for a record cold snap across the Midwest this week, truck drivers are pushing through the bone chilling weather.

“We’ll still be out there,” said truck driver Alan Brooks. “We’ve got to. I mean, if we don’t, everything shuts down.”

He settled in for the night on Tuesday at Iowa 80 Truckstop in Wallcott, Iowa after a short haul route from central Illinois. But even as temperatures plummet into the -50 degree range with the windchill on Wednesday, he said he’d be back out on the road.

“We’ve got loads to deliver,” said Les Ball, who stopped in Iowa on a long haul trip from North Carolina to the north Chicago suburbs to Kansas. “We’ve got customers to serve,” he said.

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BulkTransporter: TMAF shines lights on industry’s charitable holiday efforts

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), an industry-wide education and image movement, is sharing the industry’s honorable charity efforts during this holiday season after an industry-wide call for submissions through email and social media.

“From participating in efforts to feed the hungry and support our veterans, to collecting and delivering toys, shoes and other donations for those in need, the trucking industry has always taken great pride in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express.

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The Advocate: Letters: Holidays brought to you by trucks

While we reflect on our blessings, we don’t always stop to think about those who make the holidays possible, such as the truck drivers here in Louisiana, delivering the holidays to our communities.

Many consumers may be surprised to learn that all of the goods that make the holidays so special were delivered to us by a truck. The coat on your back, food in your fridge and presents under your tree traveled sometimes thousands of miles in a tractor-trailer to the store and then to your home. Sometimes they bring it straight to your home. And behind the wheel of that truck is one of 3.5 million professional truck drivers who goes from one stop to the next, making deliveries door-to-door at local stores and then getting right back on the road to travel to the next destination. These hardworking professionals work throughout the winter to make sure we have everything we need for our holiday celebrations.

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American Military News Op-Ed: The trucking industry’s commitment to hiring veterans

As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, the trucking industry remains committed to hiring military veterans. Read more in American Military News from pro truck driver, Gary Helms of Covenant Transportation in Tennessee and TMAF member.

America continues to be the greatest country and strongest symbol of democracy in the world. As a military veteran and professional truck driver, I am a strong believer that providing our service members with the resources they need while transitioning from the military into civilian life is the least we can do to repay our veterans. That is why I am proud that the trucking industry is committed to doing our part and providing job opportunities and career paths for those who have sacrificed.

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FLEET OWNER: Big news for trucking in the fight against human trafficking!

A number of trucking industry leaders were among those named to the Department of Transportation’s new advisory committee on human trafficking.

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao has named a total of 15 members to the board, including Nicole Clifton, vice president of global public affairs for United Parcel Service (UPS), Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Transportation Group; and Kendis Paris, executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking.

The group is tasked with crafting strategies for identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking, recommending changes to DOT programs to combat human trafficking, and developing best practices for state and local transportation stakeholders.

“Members of this committee have extensive experience in combatting human trafficking, and the department looks forward to receiving their recommendations and reports,” said Chao.

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Fox News Online: TMAF’s co-chair Kevin Burch authors a piece about the importance of recognizing our nation’s drivers – the face of the industry.

While your Labor Day weekend may have been stocked with food, refreshments, barbeque grills, beach toys and lots of other fun items, truck drivers across America made that happen. They were busy traveling and making deliveries door-to-door and then getting back on the road to the next safe delivery.

Chances are you saw a truck on the road while you were heading out with your family to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, or on your way to the store to pick up school supplies for your child’s first day of school. That’s because trucks are on the road with us every day, rain or shine, including weekends and holidays. Millions of trucks travel our roads every day, and behind the wheel of that truck, regardless of the weather or terrible traffic, is one of 3.5 million hardworking truck driving professionals who is working to deliver the goods that keep our lives supplied and the economy moving forward.

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Overdrive: Trucking Moves America Forward Building Momentum

Trucking industry image group Trucking Moves America Forward has been gaining momentum inside and outside the trucking industry, growing its online and social media presence and starting more conversations about how the industry is perceived, according to TMAF co-chair Kevin Burch at the Great American Trucking Show.

He says with the group now in the middle of its fourth year, people throughout the industry are no longer have asking what “TMAF” stands for and means.

“We can tell the momentum is there,” he says. “President Trump really helped us when he called us heroes when we were at the White House. When we pinned the President with the ‘I heart trucks’ button, it became a conversation piece.”

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