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  • Why a Technician Competition?

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday January 14, 2009
    From an outsider’s perspective, it may be easy to think SuperTech is just a frivolous, expensive idea. But as I’ve learned from many Technology and Maintenance Council members, this is absolutely incorrect.  In a conversation I recently had with...
  • Rest Stop

    By Amanda Schuier - Wednesday January 7, 2009
    July is months away, and I’m certainly aware that the date is only getting closer. But, since we’re enjoying a little break in the planning, I thought this would be a good opportunity to go “behind the scenes” to introduce you to the rest of our...
  • Do You Network?

    By Mark O'Connell - Wednesday January 7, 2009
    We like to start out every new year with a fresh view of the fleet maintenance industry, and one way we do that is to survey our readers, to get their thoughts on industry issues and trends. We recently surveyed readers on their involvement in maintenance...
  • Merry Christmas!

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday December 18, 2008
    It's a little hard to concentrate on work this week, with Christmas now exactly one week away. The biggest excitement of all is that in two days my oldest daughter will be coming home from college, and bringing her roommate with her. The fact that her...
  • Date, Location... Now What?

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday December 18, 2008
    After the first couple of meetings of the SuperTech Steering Committee, we found ourselves a little overwhelmed. We have the date and we have the location, but now what?   As we sat down around our long oval table, the one problem we got stuck on was...
  • Booked Solid

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday December 11, 2008
    I had an interesting experience this week. I drove south to Woodstock, Illinois, with a winter storm warning hanging over my head, to pay a visit to Gordon Botts, owner of Botts Welding, an independent heavy-duty truck shop. The primary reason for my...
  • Location, Location, Location

    By Amanda Schuier - Thursday December 11, 2008
    My mind is spinning, thanks to all the wonderful comments and suggestions I’ve received since the launch of the blog. Please don’t be shy, feel free to comment anytime.  The SuperTech Steering Committee (STSC for ease of use) had a teleconference...
  • December, 2009

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday December 4, 2008
    At this time of year it's customary to look over the previous twelve months and talk about the events that shaped the industry over that time. Right now I'm more interested in what the next twelve months will bring. A year from now there will be no...
  • The Road to Nebraska SuperTech

    By Amanda Schuier - Monday December 1, 2008
    The exact series of events leading up to my involvement with SuperTech may be a bit hazy, but I do distinctly remember a friendly email from Larry Johnson. Johnson, Nebraska Trucking Association President, had recently heard of the SuperTech competition...
  • No Bailout

    By Mark O'Connell - Thursday November 20, 2008
    Apparently, the American government can fork over $700 billion of our money to Wall Street gamblers to pay for executive bonuses and meetings at luxury resorts, but it can't spare $25 billion to tide over the big three automakers and save 3 million...