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20 • February 15-28,

20 • February 15-28, 2018 Perspective thetrucker.com Come by our MATS booth for your FREE copy of The Trucker Newspaper. Stick around for your FREE Bumper Sticker. If you a trucker BOUGHT IT Show a little love on the road. BROUGHT IT BOOTH #66072 In the WEST WING

Business February 15-28, 2018 • 21 117.5 ATA’s Truck Tonnage Index (Seasonally Adjusted; 2000=100) 150.0 145.0 140.0 135.0 130.0 125.0 120.0 JAN - 13 APR - 13 JUL - 13 OCT - 13 JAN - 14 APR - 14 JUL - 14 OCT - 14 JAN - 15 APR - 15 JUL - 15 OCT - 15 JAN - 16 APR - 16 JUL - 16 OCT - 16 JAN - 17 APR - 17 JUL - 17 Freight Transportation Services Index hits all-time high in November; up 0.2% OCT - 17 DEC - 17 THE TRUCKER STAFF WASHINGTON — The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, reached an all-time high in November, rising 0.2 percent in November from October, growing for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). The November 2017 index level of 130.8 was 38.1 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession. BTS’ TSI records begin in 2000. See historical TSI data. The October index was revised to 130.5 from 129.2 in last month’s release. Monthly numbers for April through September were revised up slightly and March were revised down slightly. The Freight TSI measures the month-tomonth changes in for-hire freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. The index measures the output of the forhire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight. The TSI is seasonally-adjusted to remove regular seasons from month-to-month comparisons. Notable increases in trucking, rail carloads, rail intermodal and air freight led the November increase of 0.2 percent while water and pipeline declined. See TSI on p24 m Courtesy: DASEKE/Kye Lee Daseke Chief Financial Officer Scott Wheeler, right, became Daseke’s new president, assuming the role from company founder Don Daseke, left. Wheeler will remain as Daseke’s CFO while Daseke continues serving as company CEO and chairman. ATA tonnage index loses 5.7 percent in December, year-over-year up 3.7% THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES ARLINGTON, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell for the first time since September, losing 5.7 percent in December. In December, the index equaled 142.9 (2000=100), down from 151.6 in November. For all of 2017, compared with 2016, the index was up 3.7 percent. This was the largest annual gain since 2013, when it was 6.1 percent. Compared with December 2016, the SA index increased 5.9 percent, which was down from November’s 7.5 percent year-over-year gain, but still very strong. In October, the index surged 10.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. ATA also revised its November monthly increase in the index down to a 2.1 percent See Tonnage on p24 m The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY The November Freight Transportation Services Index was 4.7 percent above the level of July 2016 of 124.9, which was the highest level prior to 2017. Daseke founder names CFO Scott Wheeler as company’s new president THE TRUCKER STAFF ADDISON, Texas — Daseke, a consolidator and largest flatbed and specialized transportation company in North America, has appointed its Chief Financial Officer Scott Wheeler as the company’s new president. Wheeler assumes the role of president from company founder Don Daseke, who will continue to serve as Daseke’s CEO and chairman. Wheeler will remain as Daseke’s CFO. “I first met Scott when he was the mayor of our home town, Addison, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. When I asked Scott to join Daseke I knew he was a great CFO. I soon learned he was much more. Scott has now been my business partner and confidant for years, and is a trusted leader,” Daseke said. “He was the architect behind our mergers, organizational structure and critical to our success in going public. He has proven to be a great leader and Daseke will continue to greatly benefit from his talents and experience as he takes on this new leadership role. He has the respect of his corporate team, the CEOs of our operating companies, the Daseke board of directors and the public markets. Daseke would be very different if it were not for Scott Wheeler.” In 2015, the Dallas Business Journal named Wheeler as CFO of the Year in its middle market category. In December of 2016, Wheeler was named to the company’s board of directors. Last year, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Dallas Business Journal awarded Wheeler and his fellow board memberwith the Outstanding Directors Award for a public company. Before joining Daseke, Wheeler served as CFO for two companies and was a managing See Daseke on p24 m