Drivers at Millis Transfer Recognized for Safe Driving Practices

Millis Transfer Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of twelve new drivers to their One Million Mile Safe Driver Club. Along with the impressive driving accomplishments of these outstanding industry professionals, the company is extremely proud to recognize two additional drivers for their achievement in being named to the Millis Transfer Two Million Mile Safe Driver Club. “Safety has always been a top priority for Millis Transfer. The diligence of these drivers is part of what makes Millis Transfer not only one of the best carriers in the industry, but one of the safest fleets on the road,” Dan Millis, Safety Director of Millis Transfer, said. “Our drivers demonstrate remarkable skill and precision, setting a standard that few ever accomplish. We extend our congratulations to each of these professionals. They are an exemplary part of our team and we are pleased to recognize this milestone in their careers.” According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry moves more than 10.4 billion tons of freight annually. As that freight is transported, driving practices of professional drivers are tracked and reported on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration. “Achieving one or two million safe miles makes a tremendous difference, not only for the safety of those on the highway, but for the consumers who rely on the trucking industry to deliver the goods they depend on in their daily lives,” Millis said. “Please join us in thanking each of these drivers for all that they do.” The following drivers are the new members of the Millis Transfer fleet to successfully achieve one and two million safe mile status: One Million Mile Safe Driver Club
  • Paul Buckwald
  • Kieran Chew
  • Jon Cox
  • Oscar Cummings
  • William Dula
  • Bernard Jankowski
  • Larry Lacharite
  • Douglas Niedfeldt
  • Carl Roscoe
  • Wade Slagle
  • Gregory Waycott
  • Michael Wheelock
Two Million Mile Safe Driver Club
  • Andy Carrington
  • Charles Taylor
About Millis Transfer Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., the company is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880. You can also click here to visit the Millis Transfer page on SmartPhoneTrucker.

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Highway Transport employees donate vacation days to colleagues in Texas

Knoxville, Tennessee - Employees at Highway Transport locations nationwide are donating vacation days to colleagues at Highway Transport locations in La Porte, Texas and Freeport, Texas. In the midst of Hurricane Harvey, Marshall Franklin, CFO of Highway Transport, created a leave donation program to assist employees who work at two of Highway Transport’s Texas locations directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Flooding continues, and employees need workplace weather disaster relief… relief in the form of income. Today, employees working and living near Highway Transport LaPorte and Highway Transport Freeport can rest in the assurance that they will receive wages for days missed during the most intense phase of the storm. “Hopefully, our locations in LaPorte and Freeport will be open soon, but the top concern is for human life. We want everyone to return to Highway Transport LaPorte and Highway Transport Freeport safely. As colleagues and friends, we want to do everything we can to help one another. Here at corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, we’ve been receiving reports of employees who have lost homes and vehicles and property. Merly in LaPorte lost her car. The list of loss and destruction goes on and on. Everyone at all Highway Transport locations has been very worried about coworkers who live and work in the communities near Houston. “ Tropical Storm Harvey shifted back out into the Gulf of Mexico then came ashore one final time. The destructive storm ambled slowly over Houston then eastward at a pace of 3 to 5 miles per hour…basically, the speed of someone who is strolling. The slow pace of the system continues to elevate rain levels beyond all expectations. Water levels continue to rise in many Houston neighborhoods. Highway Transport LaPorte and Highway Transport Freeport security camera images are encouraging, but these facilities are officially closed. Rescues are still taking place. Plus, this is not the time for Highway Transport employees to attempt to maneuver around dangerous flood conditions. The official word from HR Director Jean Anne Dugger is, “Please take care.  Your safety and well-being are most important.” REMINDER: It is against Texas law to drive around barricades at flooded roads. Highway Transport received the following update from LaPorte Service Center Manager Colin Bailey: “My wife and I woke up to the water coming up to our second-floor apartment.  So, we had to evacuate by boat, was a boat similar to what the NAVY Seals use to a local church, but now we are trying to get to my son's house in Spring. The rest of my operations team as well as many of our drivers can't get in to the SC.  We are all safe but it may be well in to the weekend before we return to the SC.  On behalf of my driver, operations, and shop/TW team your support and help is appreciated.  We are truly a family.” Highway Transport’s own Christina Nolan shares the following: For Texas HTC employees and their families: I lost everything in a tornado 12 years ago this November. Even though it wasn’t a flood, I know how devastating it can be to lose your home. I know this is a very stressful and painful time. I'm proud to be a part of the Highway family and that they have given us the opportunity to show our support by donating our vacation days to you. As grateful as I am to have the opportunity to help, I wish I could do more. My prayers are with you all for the strength to overcome the challenges you are facing.” Highway Transport is a chemical tanker trucking company in operation since 1948 providing transportation of specialty chemicals throughout the United States and Canada. Highway’s tanker fleet has served chemical manufacturers with the highest quality service and equipment. The longstanding perception of Highway Transport continues to be one of family and tradition. Highway Transport has a presence in the following U.S. cities:
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • LaPorte, TX
  • Freeport, TX
  • Garland, TX
  • McDonough, GA
  • Croydon, PA
  • Florence, KY
  • Joliet, IL
  • Wyandotte, MI
  • Geismar, LA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
Highway Transport has a legacy of steady growth, servicing chemical companies with quality driven service for 68+ years.  Check their web sites at www.hytt.com and Drive4Highway.com or visit their SmartPhoneTrucker page here.

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TMC Names Doug McNeel Trainer of the Month for July 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa, September 21, 2017– Doug began his career at TMC in December of 2012 and worked for a little over a year to get some experience under his belt before becoming a trainer in January 2014. Training new hires was certainly Doug’s forte, as he spent 28 years in the military and was a trainer there as well. “I always liked it, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I wanted to do it here,” said Doug. His military experience has helped him transition into his role at TMC. “All of the right tools and assets are always available,” he says. “There’s also that family oriented feeling, and you feel like you’re a part of something important.” “Doug focuses on all of the company policies and processes and does his best to instill these into the guys he trains,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “He truly cares about TMC and the future of the drivers he trains.” “The military taught me many ways to train, but I have to figure out what works best for each trainee and modify my training to each person,” says Doug. “I take a more ‘coaching’ approach, and give them the guidance they need when they need it.” Doug makes sure that all of his trainees know he can be a point of contact, even when they are no longer in the truck with him. “I expect them to call me with questions they have when they are out on their own,” he says. “To me, this is a 24/7 job, even when I’m not on the road.” For those who hope to train in the future, Doug says having patience is a must. Being a people person also helps and making sure you are training for the right reasons. “This job is a lifestyle,” Doug says. “You have to be able to commit to this lifestyle or it won’t work for you.” Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our July 2017 Trainer of the Month, Doug McNeel! About TMC TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com.

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Lone Star (Daseke) Announces Stock Plan for Truck Drivers

Lone Star's parent company, Daseke, has earmarked an estimated $10 million in stock to invest in their employees!

Click here to read an article that includes a radio interview with Daseke CEO Don Daseke, who talks about this exciting new plan on KLRD Radio.

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TMC Names Ed Dolsen Trainer of the Month for April 2017

Des Moines, Iowa-based TMC has named Ed Dolsen Trainer of the Month for April 2017. Ed started with TMC back in 2009 after coming back from deployment. He found TMC by doing some research and decided to apply. After starting to work for TMC, Ed was injured during another deployment and had to take a break from work. He decided to take a job locally when he was able to work again, but shortly came back to TMC. “The money, respect, and equipment of the other company I was at were subpar, which brought me back to TMC,” said Ed. He became a trainer in 2010 and has been a valuable asset to the training team ever since. “I wanted to do my part to get new drivers trained the right way,” said Ed. Ed values the relationships that he forms with his trainees. In fact, that is one of his favorite parts about being a trainer. “Most of my trainees have maintained contact with me since they got their own truck,” he says. “I really like building these new relationships, since it’s hard to meet people out on the road sometimes.” “Ed goes the extra mile to make sure his guys are well prepared to handle this new career,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “He ensures they know he is there for help and support if they need it.” Ed is no stranger to the stresses that over-the-road trucking can bring, especially for new drivers with families back home. “I try to keep a pattern when I train, and I try to make it as low-stress as possible,” he says. “I do my best to keep things light when it’s appropriate, while also maintaining instruction.” Building strong friendships with his trainees, keeping things light, and being patient have been the keys to Ed’s success. “You don’t always get along with your trainees, but you can’t let that get in the way,” he says. “As long as I teach them how to do the job right and they walk away with that knowledge, then I’ve done my job.” Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to TMC's April 2017 Trainer of the Month, Ed Dolsen! About TMC TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit their webpage at www.tmctrans.com or see their profile on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

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Owner Operators – Sign-On Bonuses up to $5,000!

Have you heard the latest news from Forward Air? They're looking for top Owner Operators to run OTR, Dedicated and Expedited Routes. Sign-On Bonuses up to $5k. Lease Purchase Program Available. Click here to visit the Forward Air page and learn more!

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Forward Air Kicks Off Driver Appreciation Events Nationwide!

Forward Air Driver Appreciation Events are kicking off on September 2nd, and the company is holding events all over the U.S. Join them as they show how much they appreciate their Fleet Partners, Company Drivers & all the wonderful men and women who make it possible for Forward Air Transportation Services to be the industry leading carrier of choice! DATE LOCATION(S) TIME / NOTES
  • September 2nd Salt Lake City, UT / Denver, CO Donuts & Pizza
  • September 6th - 9th Tulsa, OK Bagged Lunch on Outbound Routes
  • September 6th - 9th Oklahoma City, OK Bagged Lunch on Outbound Routes
  • September 6th - 9th Laredo, TX Coffee & Donuts in the AM and Refreshments & Appetizers throughout the week
  • September 7th Harrisburg, PA Cookout Dinner 11 PM - 3 AM
  • September 7th * *Kansas City, MO * * Lunch
  • September 9th & 12th McAllen, TX Donuts on the 9th / Cookout on the 12th
  • September 9th Phoenix, AZ Donuts & Pizza
  • September 9th Chicago, IL (ORD) Nighttime Dinner
  • September 11th - 12th Portland, OR Pizza on the 11th (PM) / Donuts on the 12th (AM)
  • September 11th - 17th All Solutions Locations Lunch Cook-out - Burgers & Hot Dogs
  • September 12th San Diego, CA / Las Vegas, NV Donuts & Pizza / Breakfast
  • September 12th - 16th All CST Locations Cook-Out
  • September 13th - 15th * * Columbus, OH * * Breakfast & Lunch Cook-Out
  • September 13th Des Moines, IA Breakfast
  • September 14th Cedar Rapids, IA See Manager for Details
  • September 14th Jacksonville, FL Breakfast Sandwiches & Pizza for Lunch
  • September 15th Detroit, MI / Cleveland, OH / Houston, TX Donuts & Pizza / Cookout / Cookout
  • September 15th Miami, FL Pizza & Snacks 5 PM - 7 PM
  • September 15th Austin, TX Donuts & Coffee in the AM
  • September 15th - 16th New Orleans, LA Donuts & Pizza
  • September 16th San Antonio, TX BBQ Dinner
  • September 19th * * Los Angeles, CA * * / Moline, IL Lunch / Donuts & Sandwiches
  • September 20th Charlotte, NC / Indianapolis, IN Breakfast / Late Dinner, Early Breakfast 11 PM - 4 AM
  • September 21st Evansville, IN Lunch & Dinner
  • September 21st * * Sacramento, CA * * Lunch 11 AM - 4 PM
  • September 22nd Rock Tavern, NY Dinner 11 PM - 3 AM
  • September 23rd Memphis, TN Lunch & Dinner
  • September 23rd El Paso, TX Lunch & Dinner
  • Septmeber 26th - 27th * * Atlanta, GA * * Lunch & Dinner
  • October 4th - 5th Dallas, TX Lunch
 

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Boyd Brothers Now Guarantees $900/Week

Boyd Brothers Transportation, Inc. guarantees $900 a week for 8 weeks for new drivers that join their company.    Clayton, Alabama. Starting a new career in transportation should be exciting and fulfilling, that’s why Boyd Bros. implemented a $900 per week guarantee earlier this year. The program was designed to take the uncertainty out of changing carriers and has really made an impact with drivers. The $900 per week guarantee allows drivers to shift from van to flatbed without financial risk. Transitioning to Boyd has never been easier now that Boyd Bros. gives drivers an opportunity to polish their flatbed techniques and get comfortable with their new role. Drivers now have the assurance that they will have ample time to learn the system and be successful. Jeff Hopkins, Boyd Bros. VP of Operations said, “We implemented the minimum pay for the first few weeks of truck assignment to give a level of security to our newest drivers that will protect them financially from situations that might be detrimental to them in the first few weeks of transitioning to Boyd Bros. We extended the period to 8 weeks as an added level of security to help with the transition.” Boyd Bros is happy to take the risk out of making a career change. Chris Cooper, President of Boyd Companies said, “Guaranteeing a base pay for 8 weeks, helps our team members take their time learning a new company. This also sets a baseline pay for their family, that’s easily attainable once they become acclimated with their new professional home. The average Boyd driver makes much more than our $900 guarantee.” Founded in 1956. Boyd Brothers Transportation, Inc., an Alabama based flatbed truckload carrier that provides OTR, regional and logistics services throughout North America. To find out more about Boyd Bros. Transportation or to apply for a driving position, visit www.driveforboyd.com or contact a recruiter today by calling 888-485-8717.

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Visit Top Companies at the Mid-America Trucking Show

If you're near Louisville, KY, consider visiting the Mid-America Trucking Show, held each year at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The show attracts 70,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad and is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. MATS runs through Saturday, April 2nd, at 4pm. Check out the photos below, and be sure to visit these companies if you make it to the show. If you can't attend, look for many of the show's top employers right here on SmartPhoneTrucker.   Visit Boyd Bros. at the Mid America Truck Show, booth 67057. Ask about Boyd's 2 cent per mile Christmas bonus and $900 per week guarantee! Click the image below to learn more. mats - boyd   Roadrunner offers Intermodal Opportunities for CDL-A Company Truck Drivers and the chance to be home every day! Click the image below to learn more. mats - roadrunner   Owner Operators can earn a $3,000 Sign On Bonus at Atlas. Visit Atlas at booth 69077. Click the image below to learn more. mats - atlas   Regional, dedicated, and a whole lot more! Visit JBS Carriers at booth 66188. Click the image below to learn more. mats - jbs You can learn more about the companies below by visiting their booths at MATS. Visit Averitt Express at booth 62020. mats - averitt   Visit Knight Transportation at booth 69196. mats - knight   Visit NFI at booth 63032. mats - nfi Visit XPO Logistics at booth 65052. mats-xpo logics Visit Walmart at booth number 63016. mats-walmart  

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Stephen Selig to Retire as Maverick President and COO; John Culp Named as Successor

Maverick USA, Inc. has announced the pending retirement of Stephen Selig, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Selig will retire from the company effective December 31, 2015. John Culp, who currently serves as Maverick’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role of President and COO on January 1, 2016. Selig has been the company's President and COO since January 1, 2001. He joined Maverick in 1984 as a Sales Manager.  At that time, Maverick posted sales of $5.1 million and operated approximately 50 tractors. Maverick’s Chairman and CEO Steve Williams commented that, "Stephen has led our organization as President for half of his 32 years; through some very challenging times. The cornerstone of his leadership has been his personal character and work ethic which has gained the respect and trust of our employees, our customers, and our competitors." Culp joined Maverick in 1989 as Vice President of Finance and was named Executive Vice President and CFO in 1995. "I am excited to have this opportunity to lead Maverick, particularly given current industry challenges and the unprecedented opportunities that come with them,” he said. "Over the next few years I think our industry will experience step change of a magnitude not seen since trucking was deregulated in 1980.  Our management team is well positioned to seize these opportunities and is committed to continue to provide our customers the value added transportation services they expect.” Founded in 1980, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and operating over 1,500 units, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more about Maverick Transportation visit the website at http://www.drivemaverick.com. You can also connect with Maverick on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Penske bringing truck driving jobs to Findlay, Ohio

The Findlay Courier reports that Penske is bringing 25 trucking jobs to Findlay, Ohio, and possibly 75 within a year, as Penske Logistics sets up operations on Findlay’s northern end.
The Penske trucking jobs will pay $60,000 to $70,000 per year on average, a 401(k) and a $3,000 signing bonus. Performance bonuses also will be offered.
Click here to read more ... or click here to see Penske jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker!

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Share your ads via social media and expand their reach!

Every SmartPhoneTrucker listing has a green button like this: expand Once you click the green button, at the bottom of each ad, you’ll see a strip of share buttons like this: share When you share your ads via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, you extend their reach enormously and make them easier for drivers to find. It’s one more way to get even more hires from your SmartPhoneTrucker listings. Do you have a good idea that you’d like to share? Send it to us at Support@SmartPhoneTrucker.com.

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Maverick USA. Inc. Announces Acquisition of Flanary and Sons Trucking, Inc.

Maverick USA, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Flanary and Sons Trucking, Inc. (FAST), based in Church Hill, TN.  Through the purchase, Maverick acquired substantially all of the assets of FAST, including approximately 75 tractors and 175 trailers. FAST, founded in 1984 by Curtis Flanary, is privately held and family owned. The company services the architectural flat glass market in both the United States and Canada. While founder Curtis Flanary will be retiring, Shon Flanary, the company’s President, and his brothers, Aaron and Andre Flanary, will join Maverick with the acquisition and continue to work out of the office located in Church Hill, TN. "With increasing regulatory and industry challenges, we felt joining a larger company with greater resources provided the best long term growth opportunity for FAST,” said Shon Flanary. “We are confident this acquisition will allow our employees to grow and the company to better serve the glass industry.” Stephen Selig, President and COO of Maverick said, "FAST is an outstanding glass carrier that shares the same core values and desire for excellence that Maverick does.  We are very excited to combine our expertise and resources with that of FAST to offer our customers premier specialized glass freight services throughout North America." Maverick USA, Inc. is the parent company of Maverick Transportation, LLC based in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Maverick operates over 1,400 units providing OTR and dedicated services to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. For more information, visit www.maverickusa.com or call (800) 289-6600.  You can also connect with Maverick on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Werner Announced Dedicated Local Runs for Dallas and Ardmore Drivers

Omaha-based Werner Enterprises has announced a Dedicated Local runs for driver living within 40 miles of Dallas, Texas or Ardmore, Oklahoma. The position pays a $2,500 sign-on bonus for qualified drivers, and offers weekly home time. The company reports average annual earnings of $50,000, with solos averaging $52,000 per year and trainers averaging $75,000 per year. (more…)

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Maverick Transportation Announces Driver Pay Increases and Incentive Pay for Experience for 2015

Maverick Transportation has recently announced several changes to their driver pay scale for 2015, including pay for experience and significant increases to mileage pay in all divisions.  These pay increases will impact all incoming and current drivers and became effective January 4th, 2015. With Maverick’s new pay for experience program, drivers with at least one year of over the road driving experience will be slotted in higher starting pay ranges, and these rates will increase for each year of verifiable driving experience. These increases will bring experienced drivers W2 pay averages to between $60,800 and $66,500 depending on how many years of experience and what division they drive in. Drivers without experience that come in as part of Maverick’s industry leading student program also received mileage increases. Students that come to Maverick with a brand new Class A CDL or less than 6 months of driving experience can now expect to average over $53,000 their first year. Those that come to Maverick with 6-12 months of experience will average closer to $57,500. Many of Maverick’s dedicated accounts also received pay increases. “This is a significant pay increase across the board for all Maverick drivers,” said Director of Recruiting Brad Vaughn. “We are looking for the most professional and safest drivers on the road. Maverick’s pay package, extra incentives for experienced drivers, training, equipment, and overall recruiting package is truly second to none.” This announcement comes on the heels of the Grand Opening of Maverick’s new $3.5 million driver training center, their new introductory pay for performance program, and their recent announcement regarding a partnership with Arkansas State University (Newport) to sponsor students looking to obtain their Class A CDL for the first time. Founded in 1980, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and operating over 1,400 units, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more about driving opportunities or specific pay scales available with Maverick Transportation, call the recruiting department at 800-289-1100 or visit the website at www.maverickusa.com. You can also connect with Maverick on Facebook or on Twitter @drivemaverick.

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Women in Trucking and Girl Scouts of America … Moving Toward the Mission

The Women In Trucking Association’s primary purpose is to increase the percentage of women in the trucking industry. In an effort to provide exposure to young girls who might not have considered a career in trucking, we initiated a Transportation Patch for the Girl Scouts of America.

In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the curriculum was designed to provide the girls with insight into the trucking industry. The event was planned for October 13th, which was Columbus Day and there was no school scheduled.

Olive-Harvey College in the southeast Chicago area hosted the event and provided a meeting area for the girls to listen and learn about trucking, as well as two tractor-trailers for the girls to climb in and learn about. Joanne Ivory is the Associate Dean of the college and coordinated the event.

The day began with a welcome from Ms. Harvey in the auditorium, followed by a short talk about careers in the trucking industry by Women In Trucking President/CEO, Ellen Voie. A video about trucks was provided by J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

The keynote speaker was Dr. H. Lenora Hardee, who talked about her job as Chief Technical Engineer at Navistar, Inc. Dr. Hardee told the girls about the importance of truck cab design and how it relates both to comfort for the driver as well as aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. She explained that a proper fit is crucial and asked the younger girls if they felt comfortable in the auditorium chairs when their feet couldn’t reach the floor. She showed them photos of mannequins in cabs and how the pedals, steering, and seats must allow the driver to be able to reach all of them.

The girls were then led outside to where to tractor-trailers were parked and numerous instructors were available to talk to them about the skills needed to drive a truck. Older Scouts were allowed to climb into the trucks and see the view from the driver’s seat. They learned about the parts of the tractor and trailer and the importance of maintaining the equipment for efficiency and safety.

Ms. Ivory had activities ready for the girls when they returned to the auditorium. First, they were given maps and asked to identify things on the maps and to look at the geography of the rivers, roads, and state borders. They were then provided with cardboard trucks to assemble and to take home after the event.

Averitt Express provided a pizza lunch and snacks of chips were donated by Frito-Lay. The Girls Scout Troop provided fruit drinks for the Scouts and their chaperones.

At the end of the event, each Girl Scout was presented with the first ever Transportation Patch for her sash. They were all surprised to receive goodie bags from Women In Trucking Association with items from corporate members and sponsors. The cost of the patches was paid for by C. H. Robinson, Inc.

There were eighty-four girls ranging in age from four to thirteen who attended the Girl Scout day at Olive-Harvey College. Accompanying the girls were many moms and dads who were also told about potential jobs available in the trucking industry.

The day was truly a historical opportunity to launch an initiative that will introduce the next generation of girls to careers as drivers, mechanics, engineers, managers and company owners.

Women In Trucking Association and the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana have finalized the curriculum, which will be shared with troops across the country that can offer the same patch in their area.

We are truly proud of initiating this opportunity to share the trucking industry and its importance to these girls. More importantly, we are supporting our mission to increase the percentage of women employed in the trucking industry by introducing these girls to career opportunities at a young age.

For more information about the Transportation Patch and how to present the curriculum to your local troops, call Women In Trucking Association at 888-464-9482.

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New Owner Operator Maintenance Supports Program at Interstate Distributor

Interstate Distributor, a trucking company known for its commitment to safety, service and operational excellence, has launched its new Maintenance Support program for Owner Operators and Lease Purchase drivers. Interstate’s primary goal is to offer several choices for Operators when signing on with the company.  The new Maintenance Support program is the newest option available to save Operators money on repairs and receive discounts on labor, parts and tires.  The program also offers Operators the option to establish a pre-paid Maintenance Fund to use for future expenses. Highlights of the program include a $1,000 sign on bonus applied to the Owner Operator’s Maintenance Fund, $75 per hour shop rate at the company’s maintenance facilities, discounted pricing on repair parts and tire purchases, and Interstate corporate pricing at thousands of vendors.  Owner Operators also receive the option to make weekly contributions to their Maintenance Fund as well as optional tow and breakdown coverage. “Breakdowns are the single largest contributor to Owner Operator failures,” said Interstate Distributors’ Vice President of Maintenance Martin Singh. “Interstate is committed to leveraging our size and corporate discounts to provide Operators competitive services, parts and support.  By cutting costs to our Operators, they are more successful and can continue to build their business.” Operators are able to establish their own Maintenance Fund by designating a transfer of existing funds or by deducting a fixed amount from their settlements.  Funds are accepted at Interstate’s shops as well as some external vendors.  Operators also receive free annual DOT inspections on their anniversary month. Interstate Distributor has experienced solid growth this year as it expands operations, divisions and customer service in support of its Fortune 500 customer base.  In order to keep up with demand, the company continues to focus on partnering with Owner Operators, Lease Purchase candidates and small to medium-sized carriers with their own authority. About Interstate Distributor Co. Headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., Interstate Distributor Co. is a preferred carrier of choice for driving associates and many Fortune 500 companies.  Interstate has terminals and facilities located in major markets throughout the United States, Western Canada and along the Mexican border to support regional and transcontinental business.  Additional divisions include dedicated fleets, expedited teams, specialized and refrigerated equipment and intermodal service. At Interstate we proudly provide a safety first culture and family friendly culture. For more information, see Interstate Distributor ads on www.SmartPhoneTrucker.com or visit www.DriveInterstate.com.

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Welcome to the better-than-ever SmartPhoneTrucker!

Welcome to the better-than-ever SmartPhoneTrucker! For our fourth anniversary, we’ve upgraded nearly every aspect of our site, and we hope the result is a website that you’ll like even more!

We still allow drivers to browse all of our truck driving jobs, with the latest jobs at the top of the list. Or you can search by city, driver type, freight type, run type, or company. We think it’s the best way to help professional drivers find motor carriers with high-paying trucking jobs, steady freight and quality home time in their own back yard.

Enjoy, and happy job hunting!

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