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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: September 18, 2013

Posted in: Industry Trends & News

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In today’s information-overloaded business world, we often find ourselves deluged with literally hundreds of news items from dozens of sources. While it is likely impossible to read every article and remain productive, by not doing so we risk missing the one article that could change a key business practice or thought process. And that is where the NATSO Foundation’s newest publication, Biz Brief, provides assistance! The NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief is a daily collection of the most relevant business intelligence for truckstop and travel plaza operators. 

While we think the Biz Brief is a must-read every day, if you only read ten news articles this week, these ten most-clicked Biz Brief articles are the ten to read. 

  1. Alabama Loses 1 Million Tons of Freight
    International Paper has announced the planned closing of its Courtland, Ala. paper products plant, eliminating 1,100 jobs. The Courtland facility currently produces 950,000 tons of product per year. Truck traffic on Interstate 65 will likely see a related decrease in coming months. Click here to read more >

  2. Peterbilt Dealership Has 70 Service Bays
    Jackson Group Peterbilt has opened a new dealership featuring 70 service bays in a 128,000 square foot facility in Salt Lake City. Six of the service bays are dedicated to the repair and maintenance of natural gas vehicles. The Jackson Group currently operates nine dealerships. Click here to read more >

  3. Love's Acquires Ohio Truckstop Location
    Love's Travel Stops has purchased the former Prime Fuel facility in Springfield, Ohio, on Interstate 70. The business will employ 60 people and aims to open in 2014. Click here to read more >
  4. Minnesota Seeks Huge Gas Tax Increase
    A transportation finance advisory committee formed by Minnesota's governor is recommending, among other initiatives, a 38.5 cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax. The committee proposes a 10 cent increase in the first year and 1.5 cents in each of the following 19 years. The suggestions are solutions to a $50 billion shortfall in Minnesota's transportation funding. The state maintains 140,000 miles of roads and 20,000 bridges. Click here to read more >

  5. Petro GM Wins First Harriet Tubman Award
    Tracy Mullins, general manager of the Petro Stopping Center in Spokane, Wash., has won the first annual Harriet Tubman award from Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). Mullins, who has been trained to help identify and report potential signs of human trafficking, took action that prevented the possible human trafficking of two minors. Click here to read more >

  6. LTL Carrier Adds 100 CNG Tractors
    Central Freight Lines, a Waco, Texas-based LTL carrier, has purchased 100 new CNG-powered Freightliners. Central Freight Lines is also partnering to build natural gas filling stations throughout Texas. The company currently operates 1,600 vehicles and 51 terminals in the Southwestern U.S. Click here to read more >

  7. Superior Court Judge Hears Travel Plaza Case
    Superior Court Judge David Lee heard a case from the Statesville, N.C. Board of Adjustments regarding the proposed construction of a new Love's Travel Stop. A citizens group is appealing a previous ruling by Statesville permitting the project. The group argues that the Board of Adjustments erred in its decision by not properly considering the traffic impacts of the new Love's facility. The travel stop will be located near exit 154 of Interstate 40. Click here to read more >

  8. Colonial Pipeline Seeks Long-Term Customers
    For the first time ever, Colonial Pipeline is offering discounts to customers willing to make long-term volume commitments. The offer is for the movement of gasoline and diesel and seeks a commitments of 10 years. Colonial stresses that this is not an indication of volume shortages, but rather is intended to solidify committed volumes for the future. Click here to read more >

  9. Personal Habits for Leaders
    A balance of work, health and relationships is not as difficult as it sounds if you develop certain personal habits. Appropriate rest, necessary breaks, and exercise are musts to help develop a healthy balance. Become a great listener. And prioritize personalrelationships. Treat personal relationships like you do business tasks and move them to the top of your to-do list. Click here to read more >

  10. ACA Mandate Delay Will Save $35 Billion
    The Congressional Budget Office has issued a report suggesting that a one-year delay of the individual mandate would save $35 billion between 2014 and 2023. Additionally, tax revenue would also grow by more than $12 billion as fewer employees would move on to employer-provided healthcare. This would make more compensation taxable and drive up income tax revenues. Unfortunately, delaying the mandate is projected to add 11 million Americans to the rolls of the uninsured. Click here to read more >

I might be biased, but I think if you aren't receiving Biz Brief, you are missing out! Not a subscriber? Be sure to submit a request to be added to the email list. Already receive it and have feedback for me? Be sure to email me at editor@natso.com.

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Roger Cole

Roger Cole

Roger Cole serves as edior of the NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief. The Biz Brief is a daily e-newsletter created to provide readers with business intelligence tailored specifically for truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators. Cole shifts through hundreds of news sources daily, selects the most relevant and timely news and then editorially distills it into a must-read briefing.