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[Marketwire] – Heading into 2013, a number of factors have combined to present a positive outlook for the Trucking Industry. The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index …
Last week, 65 trucking companies hauled 126 loads of fresh remembrance wreaths (about 610,000 in all) to be laid on graves at more than 800 veterans’ cemeteries across the nation. Each cemetery conducted its own special events and wreath-laying ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 15, as part of Wreaths Across America Day, held annually each December.
Trucking companies have donated manpower and equipment to Wreaths Across America, an organization that coordinates veteran services and recognition through a variety of programs, and provides schools with teaching aides for projects throughout the year.
Of the many wreaths that traveled the country, 34 truckloads (representing about 110,000 wreaths – 20,000 more than last year), headed to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., the final resting place for hundreds of thousands of veterans.
It’s a job once viewed as glamorous, but these days, not so much. It involves a lot of time away from home. And it takes a lot of time and money to get the needed training to get a license and a job — but the pay’s not all that great.
Sound familiar? I could easily be talking about trucking, but in this case, I’m referring to an article in the Wall Street Journal about the “pilot crisis.”
I was struck by the similarities between trucking’s driver shortage and the airlines’ pilot crisis.
Last week, the paper reports, more than a dozen major airlines and commuter carriers participated in a meeting to discuss potential solutionsdubbed the “Pilot Supply Summit.”
Trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation and an integral part of the U.S. economy, according to American Trucking Associations’ 2012 American Trucking Trends report.
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