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  • Prime Inc Introduces New Service Vehicles into Fleet

    Prime Inc., North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, has recently released multiple service vehicles into their fleet. The company understands the value of the drivers’ time out on the road, and they constantly are looking for new ways to improve their fleet’s efficiency from coast to coast. One of their recent ideas was to implement additional service vehicles across the country to assist with maintenance needs for their 6,000+ tractors and 10,000+ trailers.


    Prime is currently operating six service trucks based out of the following locations:

    • Nashville, TN
    • Altus, OK
    • Pittston, PA
    • Springfield, MO
    • Laredo, TX
    • Salt Lake City, UT

    The company has plans to add three more service vehicles to their fleet in the coming months which will be based in the following locations:

    • Denver, CO
    • Chicago, IL
    • Pierson, FL

    The service trucks circulate around Prime’s customer locations and trailer dropyards and are equipped to replace the following items: tractor and trailer tires & wheels, brake components, lights, batteries, chute repairs, and annual inspections. If Prime drivers have an emergency on the road, the company can dispatch one of their service trucks in the area to the scene to assist the driver. If you have any ideas or questions regarding these vehicles, please email primeinc@primeinc.com.

  • Prime Inc. Announces Inaugural Driver Advisory Board

    Prime Inc., North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, announced their new Prime Driver Advisory Board. The company prides itself on having an open door policy and a culture of transparency with its in-house and driving associates. With more than 7000 active drivers, they wanted to create an additional option to provide drivers a formalized platform to give them an even bigger voice and impact on company decisions and issues as well as to create strong advocates for company changes, updates, and driver concerns.  

    “We have always attempted to stay close to our drivers, but as Prime has grown, it becomes harder to do.  The Driver Advisory Board is another way for us to collaborate and listen even better to the folks that make the wheels turn and deliver the loads safely and on time.  Open dialogue and great communications with our drivers will make us a better company and an even better place to drive,” stated Robert Low, Founder and Owner of Prime Inc. 

    On Friday, Oct 28th, the selected drivers attended the first introductory meeting at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO. Drivers and management engaged in conversation and presentations on topics including safety, maintenance, training, customers, and more. A third-party moderator kept the conversations and ideas flowing during the event.


    The Prime Driver Advisory Board is comprised of professional truck drivers from each of their primary divisions with experience levels ranging from less than a year to over 20 years. The honorary drivers went through a selection process consisting of qualification, nomination from their fleet manager, and submission of driver information and essay. The board members will serve terms consisting of 2 years and participate in multiple meetings per year.

    Prime Driver Advisory Board Members:

    ·        Brandon Kelly (Refrigerated Division, 2 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Mark Trouten (Refrigerated Division, 11 Months Prime Service)

    ·        Brian Fletcher (Refrigerated Division, 1 Year Prime Service)

    ·        Paul Waychoff (Flatbed Division, 1 Year Prime Service)

    ·        Michael Hammonds (Flatbed Division, 6 Months Prime Service)

    ·        Tiffany Hanna (Refrigerated Division, 1 Year Prime Service)

    ·        James Jackson (Refrigerated Division, 4 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Craig Koberczky (Flatbed Division, 3 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Jacob Frazier (Flatbed Division, 9 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Kingswood (Woody) Sprott (Tanker Division, 3 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Shelby (Wayne) Asher (Refrigerated Division, 22 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Glenn Horack (Refrigerated Division, 23 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Keith Luce (Refrigerated Division, 11 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Jerald Thomas (Flatbed Division, 12 Years Prime Service)

    ·        John Bodenchak (Flatbed Division, 16 Years Prime Service)

    ·        Timothy Ryan (Tanker Division, 17 Years Prime Service)

    Prime would like to congratulate the drivers chosen for the Driver Advisory Board. The company looks forward to continued communication, ideas, and improvement brought forth from this group of associates. Prime is working on a website for current drivers to communicate with the board members. Once this site is completed, the company will provide more info on how to access and utilize it. If you have any questions or ideas regarding the Prime Driver Advisory Board, please send your communication to primeinc@primeinc.com.  

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    Prime Ways (Volume 1 Issue 3)

    Check out the latest edition of our Prime Ways magazine with features on our associates, facilities, programs, and much more! Our cover story for this issue highlights multiple ways in which our drivers eat and cook while out on the road and living in a truck. 


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  • Construction Projects

    Growth is a good thing.  We will continue to expand our facilities to accommodate the comfort and convenience of our associates.  This website was built to better communicate our expansion details and progress.  Our current projects include expansion and site improvements within our Springfield, MO and Salt Lake City, UT terminals.  In order for Prime to remain one of the most successful transportation companies in the Industry we must strategically build our infrastructure in a way that fosters the ultimate in productivity and comfort.  

    To learn more, please visit www.primeinprogress.com

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  • Prime Inc. | National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week 2015

    Join Prime in celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, September 13-19, 2015. This annual event, sponsored by American Trucking Associations (ATA), honors our nation's drivers for their commitment to excellence. Prime has added the "wellness" portion to this event in an effort to remind all drivers that their health is important to us, their families, and the safety of our nation's highways.

    During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.2 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe. Truck drivers keep America moving!

    Think about it... virtually any finished product you buy is handled by a truck driver at some point--food, fuel, medicine, clothing, furniture--the list could on for days! Drivers keep the country’s economy afloat, and it's important to pay tribute to these hard-working men and women.

    Prime, Inc. wants to spread the health and fitness culture within the trucking industry, and also encourage others to focus on the importance of drivers. This is the perfect opportunity to reflect and appreciate those that deliver our nation's freight safely and securely, while also promoting healthy lifestyles for truck drivers. National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week has not one, but two goals!

    Prime will be providing complimentary meals for our drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week:

    Springfield, MO: September 18 – Complimentary Lunch and Dinner

    Pittston, PA: September 18 – Complimentary Lunch and Dinner

    Salt Lake City, UT: September 17-18 – Complimentary Lunch

    Denver, CO: September 18 – Complimentary Lunch

    Prime Floral: September 18– Complimentary Lunch

    Decatur & Savannah Kleen: September 17 – Complimentary Lunch

    Walmart Locations: September 18 – Complimentary Lunch

    Prime Rewards Points to Drivers:

    • 5,000 points ($50) – A Seats
    • 3,000 points ($30) – B1, B2 & C Seats

    Prime Rewards Points may be used in Prime’s onsite company store (in the MO, UT, and PA terminals), salon & spa (in MO and PA terminals), and café (in MO and PA terminals).Truck Driver Appreciation

    In addition to ATA's annual National Truck Driver Appreciation WeekTrucking Moves America Forward is showing their involvement this year. Its mission is to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.

    Trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. Whether you’re a professional truck driver or you have loved ones who dedicate themselves to the industry, let's come together to say THANK YOU to our wonderful drivers not just during National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, but every day throughout the year! Stay healthy and safe out there :)

    Connect with Prime on Facebook and Twitter to tell us how much you appreciate the truck driver in your life!

    Stability. Opportunity. Strong Freight Network. Great Pay. That's Prime, Inc. Get on the road to a new and exciting truck driving career and APPLY today.

     

  • Orge and Punsal Claim the Title of 2015 Fittest of the Fleet

    North America’s premier refrigerated, flatbed, intermodal, and tanker trucking company Prime, Inc. challenged other carriers to compete at its third annual Fittest of the Fleet competition on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Prime’s headquarters in Springfield, MO. Eight transportation carriers from across the country entered drivers in the competition. At the end of the day, it was Prime’s Enoch Orge who won the Men’s competition, while Jennifer Punsal from USA Truck won the women’s competition.


    “This year’s competition was definitely the toughest and most competitive,” said Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Coach and creator of the event. “In addition to bodyweight exercise, we used battle ropes, slam balls, sand bags, and pull up bars. The three events were a little longer than in previous years, too. In order to claim the title, ‘Fittest Truck Driver in America’, you are going to have to earn it!”
    In each of the events, the driver starts in the truck, must exit the truck, and finish by entering the truck and closing the door. The first event consisted of three rounds of 10 alternating arms and side shuffle using the battle rope, 15 push-ups, 10 Russian twists with the battle rope, and 15 jumping jacks with the battle rope. Finishing in third place was James Peters of Prime. Finishing in second place was Bryan Hutchinson, also of Prime. Winning the men’s event with a time of 4 minutes and 31 seconds was Enoch Orge, also of Prime. Jennifer Punsal won the women’s event.


    The second event consisted of 50 slam ball thrusters, 40 sit ups, 30 alternating lunges, 20 slam balls, and 10 burpees. During the reps, the drivers had to run to a cone about the length of a trailer and back every minute. The men used a 30 lb. slam ball and the women used a 20 lb. slam ball. Enoch Orge finished in third place while Antonio Davila of Henderson Trucking finished in second. Winning the men’s second event, with a time of 6 minutes and 5 seconds, was Chad Kester of Halvor Lines while Jennifer Punsal won the women’s event.
    In the final event, drivers had to exit the truck, dolly down the landing gear, do 5 burpees, pick up an 80 lb. sandbag and carry it to the back of the trailer, do 30 mountain climbers, open the trailer doors, enter the trailer and touch the front wall, exit the trailer, close the trailer doors, do 5 pull-ups, pick up the sand bag, carry it to the landing gear on the passenger side, drop the sandbag and crawl under the trailer, dolly up the landing gear, crawl back under the trailer, do 5 more burpees, pick up the sandbag, carry it around the front of the truck to the driver’s side, put the sandbag on the shoulder and do 8 squats, drop the sandbag, then enter the truck. In a very close event, Antonio Davila finished third with a time of 3 minutes 24 seconds. Chad Kester finished second with a time of 3 minutes and 18 seconds, and winning the event was Enoch Orge with a time of 3 minutes and 17 seconds. Jennifer Punsal completed her hat trick, winning the third event for the women.


    Enoch Orge and Jennifer Punsal each won $500 courtesy of Peterbilt of Springfield, a one year membership to Gold’s Gym, and a one year Pro+ Membership on the Workout Trainer app by Skimble, Inc.
    “The event seriously challenged me and it was not a laughing matter,” said Orge, the new champion. “As a result of being a part of this event and seeing the standards that were expected of us, I will continue to improve on my fitness levels and keep pushing forward.”
    For more information about the competition or to schedule interviews with the winners, contact Siphiwe Baleka at sbaleka@primeinc.com


  • Prime Inc. to Host National Fittest of the Fleet Competition

    North America’s premier refrigerated, flatbed, intermodal, and tanker trucking company Prime, Inc. is challenging truck drivers from carriers across the country to compete at its third annual Fittest of the Fleet competition on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Prime’s headquarters in Springfield, MO.

    IMG_9573The annual fitness competition was created by Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Coach, to showcase drivers who have made fitness a daily part of their truck driving career and to find out who is the fittest truck driver in America. Past champions have appeared in the media, including a feature in the April 2014 issue of Men’s Health magazine.

    “This year’s competition is going to be a lot tougher. Already, drivers from Landstar, US Express, and PI&I have registered,” says Baleka. “We have drivers who were three-sport athletes in high school, all-star athletes in college, marathoners, even a former professional tennis player who plays tennis and volleyball during his breaks. Most of these guys are exercising with intensity every day while out on the road.”

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    Randee Lewis, 2014 Fittest of the Fleet Winner

    The competition is grueling. All drivers compete in three maximum effort events during the day, scoring points based on their finish in each event. The events can take from three to eight minutes to complete and are comprised of bodyweight exercises, fitness equipment, and even use of the truck. In 2014, Peterbilt sponsored the competition and put up prize money, which was claimed by twenty-seven year old Randee Lewis. In 2015, Peterbilt has doubled the prize money and the goal is to make it a truly “national” competition.

    “We have reserved 30 competition slots for drivers from other fleets across America. We can do a lot to promote both driver image and fitness by exhibiting those truck drivers who are in peak physical condition,” says Baleka. “Whoever wins this year’s competition is going to be the fittest driver in America and a spokesperson for the movement.”

    For more information about the competition, including eligibility, a highlight video, and online registration, visit http://driverhealthandfitness.com/dhf-athletic-division/fittest-driver-at-prime/or contact Siphiwe Baleka at sbaleka@primeinc.com

     

    About Prime Inc.

    Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime, Inc. is North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, MO, Prime's personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company's growth remains steady and well managed.

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  • Bendix Demonstrates Advanced Active Safety Technologies To Prime Inc.

    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC will be offering a demonstration of the newest innovations in advanced commercial vehicle active safety technologies to Prime Inc., continuing its efforts to educate the commercial vehicle industry about the value and importance of safety advances.

    The May 19th event is taking place at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, in Springfield, MO, the headquarters of Prime Inc., one of the nation’s largest trucking companies. This event is open to interested individuals who would like to view this safety technology between 1 pm and 4 pm.

    Bendix, a North American leader in active safety and brake system technology, demonstrated how its innovations help improve highway safety by mitigating rollovers and loss of control, helping to prevent rear-end collisions, monitoring tire pressure and temperature, and reducing stopping distance.

    Through ride-and-drive demonstrations, presentations by Bendix experts, and an in-hangar display showcasing the latest technologies, participants will witness the effectiveness of the company’s innovative safety products: Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program; Bendix® Wingman® ACB – Active Cruise with Braking; SmarTireby Bendix tire pressure monitoring system; and Bendix® air disc brakes.

    Prime’s acquisition of over 4000 new trailers this summer will include the Bendix disk brakes and advanced trailer roll stability system. Prime currently specs other Bendix safety products as well, including the Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program full-stability system and Bendix® Wingman® Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, on its Peterbilt®, Kenworth®, and International® Class 8 tractors. In addition, Prime provides AutoVue® Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS on all its tractors, which number more than 5,000.

    “Our commitment to safety – one of Prime’s core principles – was a key factor in our choice of Bendix technologies,” said Paul Higgins, director of maintenance for Prime Inc. “Bendix shares that corporate philosophy, and we’re pleased to count them as a valued partner in the critical work of helping to make our fleet and the highways safer.”

    The ride-and-drive demonstration at the Prime Inc. event highlights Bendix ESP and Bendix Wingman ACB. Bendix ESP is a full-stability system that helps drivers mitigate rollover and loss-of-control situations on dry, wet, and snow- and ice-covered roadways. Unlike roll-only systems, full-stability systems are more comprehensive, addressing both roll and directional stability. The technology recognizes and mitigates conditions that could lead to rollover and loss-of-control situations sooner on dry surfaces and in a wider range of driving and road conditions.

    The Bendix Wingman ACB – Active Cruise with Braking system is designed to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions by delivering always-on proactive alerts and active interventions, when in cruise control, to help the driver maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle. In addition, the Bendix Wingman ACB system provides stationary object alerts, giving drivers up to a three-second warning of a metallic object, such as a stalled car, blocking their lane of travel.

    All Bendix® ADB 22X air disc brakes exceed the newly mandated reduced stopping distance regulations. Bendix air disc brakes are proven to significantly reduce stopping distances for commercial vehicles; virtually eliminate brake fade with no degradation of stopping power; enable a passenger car-like feel; and permit straight, stable stops while delivering increased brake life and reducing maintenance costs. Bendix brand air disc brakes are compatible in a variety of combinations with North American tractor and trailer air drum foundation brakes. Bendix® foundation drum brakes, disc brakes, automatic slack adjusters, and combination spring brakes are produced and made available by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC under the Bendix® brand name.

    For more information about these and other commercial vehicle technologies, visit www.bendix.com.

     

    About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC

    Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, air brake charging, and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 2,000 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle performance, safety, and overall operating cost. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Acuña, Mexico; Bowling Green, Ky.; Huntington, Ind.; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit www.bendix.com. Follow Bendix on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS.

     

    About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC

    Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheel-end foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Mich., and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky. For more information, call 1-866-610-9709 or visit www.foundationbrakes.com. Follow Bendix on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS.

  • Congrats to these new Class A CDL Holders! Trifectas-March 2015

     

    Over 80 PSDs got a "trifecta" in the month of March! Congrats to these Prime Student Drivers. A "trifecta" means that the student passed all 3 parts of the exam (pretrip inspection, backing, & road test) on the 1st try. A "trifecta" also means a $250 bonus for the student and a $875 bonus for the CDL Instructor who trained the student. (Pay based on non-spouse training.)

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    With our Prime Student Driver (PSD) Program, you’ll get everything you need to launch your new truck driving career. We’ll take you every step of the way: from applying for your CDL-A learner permit, to an apprentice-style training program, to starting your first day as a full-time Prime truck driver.
    Plus, after you get your CDL-A, you’ll be paid a guaranteed minimum of $700 weekly while training as a truck driver. Learn more about our PSD Program by visiting www.driveforprime.com or calling the Prime Recruiting Department at 888-664-9121!

  • Prime, Inc. Makes Headway in its Efforts to Reduce Sleep Apnea for Drivers

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorder facing commercial truck drivers. OSA causes the upper airway to collapse during sleep, depriving the body of oxygen and causing poor quality sleep. Drivers with OSA may suffer excessive daytime sleepiness, which can impair performance and increase the risk of accidents. Furthermore, it increases risk for serious health conditions.

    Prime recognizes the disorder as a large issue within the transportation industry and is taking steps to prevent OSA and raise awareness among others.

    In 2009, Prime drivers were provided access to medical screening for sleep apnea to help identify and treat its symptoms. By 2010, Prime established an onsite sleep lab, arranging for some of the most cost-effective sleep apnea treatment programs specifically for truck drivers. In 2014, Prime began to look more closely at both preventing sleep apnea as well has treating the most chronic and severe cases.

    “Plenty of research shows that obese drivers with obstructive sleep apnea cause more accidents than non-obese drivers without OSA,” says Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Coach. “Prime is committed to making safer highways by making healthier, safer drivers.”

    In February 2013, Prime Driver James Peters tested positive for sleep apnea with a baseline apnea/hypopnea (AHI) index of 50.5 events per hour. He enrolled in Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness (DHF) Program weighing 283 lbs. Today, Peters drives at a slender 225 lbs. Recently, Peters re-tested for sleep apnea; this time having just 1.2 AHI events per hour. Peters was the second Prime driver with chronic and severe sleep apnea to lose more than 100 lbs. and come off of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine this year.

    “The drivers who are in the mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea group tend to be the ones who struggle the most with CPAP compliance,” says Heather Moenkhoff, Manager of Cardinal Sleep Lab. “They do not see a huge benefit from CPAP, because they are not experiencing the symptoms or having the detrimental effects from it yet. These are good people and good drivers; they just struggle with acclimating to therapy because they are in that mild range.

    A recent audit was conducted at Prime and took a look at 175 drivers that enrolled in its DHF program, 86 of whom were tested for OSA and 75 were put on CPAP. Thirteen of those drivers lost 10% or more of their body weight, 39 drivers lost more than 7% of their body weight, and 62 drivers lost more than 5% of their body weight.

    “We have been very successful helping these drivers lose weight. While it’s too early to tell the overall effect, we’ve had several drivers re-test negative for OSA or come off the CPAP machine,” said Baleka.

    According to Moenkhoff, “If we can offer them this option along with CPAP compliance for 13 weeks and prove that this group can actually come off therapy with a lifestyle change, we all win. Not only do they improve their health and come off therapy, but Prime will also retain a valuable associate and the overall compliance numbers will increase. Even the drivers who do not come off therapy can see the actual benefits of fitness and wellness through the sleep study result comparison.”

    For more information, contact Siphiwe Baleka at Prime, Inc. at sbaleka@primeinc.com

  • The 15/4 Movement at Prime

    Over the past few years, I have said that we are starting a “movement” here at Prime. I knew that the success that hundreds of Prime drivers have had losing weight would catch the attention of America and inspire the country to fight the War Against Obesity. This is why major media has been reporting about what is happening with the Driver Health and Fitness (DHF) program.

    Now is the time that Prime can take the national spotlight and lead what I am calling the 15/4 Movement. It’s what we have been telling Prime drivers for the past three years. You can get great results from just 15 minutes of exercise a day, and within those 15 minutes, 4 minutes of vigorous exercise. Even on those days when you are just cramped for time, you can still move for 4 minutes with maximum intensity and burn as much fat as one hour of moderate activity like jogging or the elliptical machine. Because this is so effective, we have put together the 4 Minute Exercise Plan that you can do anywhere, anyplace, anytime. You don’t need any equipment and you don’t need to change clothes, either. http://driverhealthandfitness.com/1211-2/

    Imagine all across America, at truck stops, rest stops, shippers and receivers – wherever a Prime truck is parked, you can see a Prime driver doing the 4 Minute Exercise Plan right on the side of the truck! If the 6,700 drivers at Prime would make this a habit, and we get the national media to cover it, filming Prime drivers across the country, we will definitely start the next exercise craze! America will start to “Get it in when they can fit it in” for 4 minutes a day just like the drivers at Prime. The national media is ready to pick up this story! The question is, “Is Prime ready?” Is Prime Ready to lead the next fitness movement in America?


    Written by: Siphiwe Baleka, Driver Health and Fitness CoachSiphiwe Baleka is a former Prime Driver who completed a lease with Prime Inc. After seeing himself the effects of long haul truck driving, he created the Driver Health and Fitness program at Prime. Interested in learning more about the Prime Driver Health and Fitness program? Visit www.driveforprime.com for more info.



  • The 5 Main Rules of Trucking


    1. A load that starts out screwed up will stay screwed up until the trailer is empty.
    2. You can’t keep a good trailer… or get rid of a bad one.
    3. If you wash your truck, rain will most definitely fall from a clear blue sky.
    4. The harder the wind blows, the more likely it will be a headwind if you’re heavy or a side wind if you’re light.
    5. If you’re early, they won’t take you. If you’re late, they won’t take you. If you’re on time, they would’ve taken you yesterday.

     Written by Cliff Humphrey

    Cliff Humphrey has been hauling freight for Prime since 1990. Cliff is a 3-Million Mile Safe Driver and a recipient of the Highway Angel Award. Cliff is married to his lovely wife Wanda (pictured on left next to Prime Owner & President Robert Low).



  • The Student's First Ride

     

    Sweat trickles down their spine as this climb up and into the driver’s seat for the first time. They wonder why suddenly they can’t remember the gears. After all, it’s a simple count from one to ten. White knuckles grab the steering wheel with a death grip as the truck begins to roll.

    Their instructor tells them to keep going straight to make a turn and they silently question their teacher’s ability. Everyone knows that in order to make a turn in a vehicle, one has to “turn” the vehicle. Eternities later, they follow the command to turn and hand over shaking hand on the wheel moves the truck in a new direction.

    Cars whiz by. Traffic lights change. Streets get narrow. And then, as it begins to rain, the student realizes they have surely made a terrible mistake to think they could ever become a truck driver. They want to quit. Immediately. There’s just one problem. They’re driving and there is no safe place to pull that big rig over to abandon the driver’s seat. So they drive. And grind gears. And shake. But they drive.

    As the sun finally begins to set in the western sky, the student lets out the breath they only just realized they’d been holding all day. They gaze glassy eyed in the direction of their instructor who pats them on the back and congratulates them on a job well done. The weary and confused student can’t believe it was a good day. They feel they didn’t do anything right. They’d had so much trouble finding the gears, they’d considered calling a search and rescue team. And they feel like they’ll never get it right.

    The instructor smiles and points out to them they successfully navigated from where they were to the place they needed to be. They not only were not late, they were on time. They didn’t hit anyone. They solved every problem that arose and corrected every mistake they made. At the end of the day, that’s what successful trucking is all about.

    The student drinks in that truth, climbs up into the top bunk and as they pull covers over their head, they finally allow their muscles to relax. And as the hum of the reefer motor lulls them into sleep, they realize that they are meant to be a trucker. Tomorrow, they will get up and do it again. They will endure the rigors of the road again. They will solve every problem they face. They’ll correct the mistakes they make, because now they have crossed over into the world of trucking. They ARE a trucker and no matter what tomorrow brings, today they have completed the student’s first ride.


    Written by Reba Hoffman

    Reba J. Hoffman joined Prime in 2014 after spending a year riding her bicycle alone around the country helping women victims of violent assault. A therapist by trade, Reba uses her understanding of people and how they tick to help them live their dream of being a trucker by serving as a PSD instructor. When out of her truck, you’ll find her somewhere in the wilds of nature.



     

  • Prime Honors Top CDL Trainer Justin Humiston with ‘Instructor of the Year’ Award

     

    Premier trucking company Prime, Inc. recently recognized driving instructor Justin Humiston as its top CDL Instructor for 2014. The honor was officially awarded at the company’s annual ‘Instructor of the Year’ banquet held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Springfield Hotel and Oasis Convention Center. Prime’s CDL Instructors are responsible for training new students while they work towards earning their Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The aspiring new drivers come without any prior experience driving commercial vehicles as they embark on the three to four weeks of initial training with one of the certified instructors.

    Prime was proud to award Justin Humiston as its top CDL Instructor earlier this month. Humiston was one of hundreds of CDL Instructors at Prime who collectively helped over 1800 Prime Student Drivers earn their Class A CDL in 2014. Originally from Millville, DE, Humiston has been with the company since 2010 and currently works in the Flatbed Division. Over the course of last year alone, he trained 21 Prime Student Drivers–empowering them to earn their CDL certification and in becoming exceptional commercial truck drivers for the company.

    “He takes the time to make sure his students earn a license and not just a piece of plastic. His only concern is making sure the student is successful. He will always find a way to help a student understand what to do and why to do it,” commented one of the Prime Student Drivers trained by Humiston.

    Another of Humiston’s previous Student Driver continued, “He is more than a great instructor; he cares for his students. He goes the extra mile.”

    In addition to recognizing the top CDL Instructor at the annual awards ceremony, the banquet accolades were presented to 14 other instructors–determined by the total number of trained students who remained working for the company following certification; the cumulative test scores for each of the three required tests (vehicle inspection, backing, and driving); and the number of student drivers who earned first-time passes.
    The other recipients honored as top instructors following Humiston were John Carrigan, Danny Gibbons, and Jeff Bridwell. Additional honorees included Kenny Pack, John Lewis, Orain Jones, James Fuller, Keith Luce, Daniel Alder, Scott Fisher, RayHancock, Darron Watkins, Edwin Peig, and Timothy Wiemer.

    For more information about Prime, Inc. and their Student Driver Program, visit driveforprime.com



  • Prime, Inc. Studies the Body Composition and Metabolism of Truck Drivers

    North America’s premier refrigerated, flatbed and tanker trucking company Prime, Inc. continues to innovate in the field of driver health and fitness. Today, they announced additional results of its yearlong truck driver body composition study.

    From April 2014 to March 2015, Prime—using bioelectric impedance technology—measured the weight, body fat, water weight, muscle mass, physique ratings, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age, bone density and visceral fat ratings of 770 drivers. They also recorded the weight and BMI of 2,319 drivers. The results showed that the average weight of both men and women combined is 232 lbs. with a 33.04 BMI and 34% body fat. The drivers also averaged 148 lbs. of muscle, a basal metabolic rate of 2,056 calories, a bone density of 7.5, and a visceral fat rating of 15 (a score of 12 or less is considered normal and healthy.) While 58% of Prime’s fleet is obese, it is 11% below the national average according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

    “The combined averages themselves don’t tell us a lot,” says Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Coach and creator of the study. “It’s when you look at the data in more detail that we start to learn a lot.” As an example, Baleka shows that the average BMI of new drivers increases from 32.05 during the first 60 days on the job to 33.44 by the end of the first year. By the end of the third year, it reaches a maximum average of 35.79 while drivers with five or more years of driving had an average BMI of 35.10.
    “What’s alarming is that male drivers between the ages of 56 to 60 years had an average BMI of 33.95, the highest of any age group. The average BMI for male drivers 61 to 65 then drops to 31.00. Why? Because at that age, the heaviest drivers are choosing to leave the industry, becoming too sick or unfit to drive or passing away,” says Baleka.

    According to some studies, the average life span of long haul drivers is just 61 to 65 years of age. Prime’s body composition study lends some support to that as well as confirming NIOSH‘s own conclusion in the National Survey of US Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury that “working conditions common to long-haul trucking may create significant barriers to certain healthy behaviors; thus, transportation and health professionals should address the unique work environment when developing interventions for long-haul drivers.”

    Currently, about 38% of Prime, Inc.’s 6,700 drivers have enrolled in their Driver Health and Fitness program. Baleka uses the body composition data collected to coach those drivers and teach them how to improve their metabolism so that they burn fat at an accelerated rate while driving. Baleka has measured up to an 8% improvement in metabolic efficiency. Because the program has successfully helped drivers lose weight, reduce medication and decrease the incidence of sleep apnea, it has been featured in such magazines as Men’s Health, Sport Illustrated, Huma Resources Executive, and The Atlantic. It was also recently featured in a video segment for Fox Sports.

    For more information on Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness programs, visit driverhealthandfitness.com or contact Siphiwe Baleka at sbaleka@primeinc.com



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