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  • Prime Teams with Great Dane in Paying Tribute to Racing Legend Dale Earnhardt

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently teamed with Great Dane Trailers, of Savannah, Georgia, in the transport of a trailer dedicated to the memory of the late Dale Earnhardt, legendary NASCAR driver.

    Earnhardt died on the track of the Daytona 500, on February 18 of this year, when his car slammed headfirst into a concrete retaining wall a few hundred yards from the finish line. His friends at Great Dane later decided to honor him with a photo collage on one of their trailers. Earnhardt worked as a mechanic at the company's Charlotte, North Carolina, branch in 1975. "We wanted to pay tribute to a former employee and great race car driver," says Rob Fortney, director of National Accounts at Great Dane.

    Transport Graphics, of Springfield, Missouri, designed the trailer graphics, Gregory, Inc., of Buhler, Kansas, printed the design on 3M Scotch print, and Transport Graphics installed it on the trailer. Great Dane then asked Prime to transport the trailer to Louisville, Kentucky, where it was part of Great Dane's exhibit for the Mid America Trucking Show. The show, held March 22-24, is the largest truck expo in North America.

    Prime readily accepted Great Dane's offer to haul the trailer. "We have a great relationship with Transport Graphics and Great Dane," says Don Lacy, director of safety and recruiting at Prime. "Great Dane is our primary trailer supplier." Steve and Becky McComb, owner-operators with Prime for a number of years, hauled the trailer. "It was an honor," they say. According to Fortney, the couple "handled the trailer with a lot of TLC."

    The McComb's, who reside in Oregon, are heavily involved in the trucking industry. They volunteer for a number of recruiting activities, such as truck shows, and are members of the national "Trucker Buddy" program. Becky has written articles for "Women in Trucking" magazine, including one on home schooling. They hauled the trailer to Louisville, back to Springfield, then on to Savannah, where Great Dane is storing it. The company hopes to donate it to Dale Earnhardt, Inc., pending approval by the corporation and Earnhardt's wife Teresa.

  • Prime Expands Website Capabilities

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently expanded its website capabilities to include a new on-line customer service: Proof of Delivery.

    Customers already set up for Load Tracing can now quickly and conveniently retrieve copies of original Bills of Lading from Prime's website. By choosing the load for which a Bill of Lading is needed and clicking on the Proof of Delivery option at the top of Prime's Load Tracing screen, customers can view, rotate and print the document as well as zoom in on any portion of it, including the signature.

    Also under Load Tracing, Prime offers the ability to graphically give the temperatures of a trailer from the time it is loaded until it is delivered, making it possible to view the temperatures of the load during transit.

    Prime's website also includes another convenient customer service: Load Tendering. With this feature, customers can enter load information and send it to Prime electronically, notifying Sales Coordinators of a load being offered. Upon receipt of notification, the Sales Coordinator for that area determines whether Prime can handle the load and either accepts or declines the load.

    In addition to customer services, PrimeInc.com features driver services, including Viewing Settlements. The website also allows users to send a Message to a Truck, and gives Fuel Prices to driver associates.

    Other features include on-line applications for Driving Opportunities in Prime's Refrigerated, Flatbed and Liquid Bulk Divisions and for Non-Driving Opportunities throughout the company.

    Visitors to www.primeinc.com can also contact Prime Management and Customer Service Representatives via e-mail by clicking on their photographs under Key Personnel and Sales Territories. In addition, they can request Rate Quotations from Prime Sales staff.

    On Prime's homepage, users of www.primeinc.com can perform a Screensaver Download, choosing from 12 scenic photographs featuring Prime trucks.

  • Prime Partners with Springfield Public Schools

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has partnered with the Springfield R-12 School System in providing community-based instruction to high school, special education students. "We are excited about our partnership with the Springfield Public School System in participating in the BASE project," says Steve Crawford, General Counsel, Prime Inc. "We are optimistic that the project will be rewarding for everyone involved."

    The Business Associated Student Education (BASE) project is designed for high school students 16 and older with an identified disability who have demonstrated a need or desire for vocational training outside the classroom. The project's mission is to develop and expand students' vocational competencies and work-related skills before they leave high school in order to ensure that they will be more capable when entering the labor market.

    "At Prime Inc., we have a very talented family of associates who are eager to share their time and resources with the students of the BASE program," says Crawford. Prime employs approximately 550 non-driving associates in Springfield and has worked with BASE project staff to help place students in areas in which they show interest and promise. The students will "job shadow" a diverse group of Prime employees in an effort to develop career awareness, learn and practice specific job tasks, and model positive social skills.

  • Prime Hosts Meeting with Missouri Highway Patrol/State Legislators

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently hosted a breakfast meeting with members of the Missouri Highway Patrol and Missouri State Legislators.

    "It was an opportunity for us to get to know one another and to work together to combat the problems we're facing since September 11," says Randy Price, directing manager, corporate security, Prime Inc. Price, Prime President Robert Low, and Director of ACE training programs John Hancock opened the meeting with a discussion on the effects of the national crisis on loads and transit.

    They then turned the meeting over to members of the Missouri Highway Patrol, including Colonel Roger Stottlemyre, Superintendent, and his executive command staff, along with state troopers from Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D, headquartered in Springfield.

    "This is a cooperative effort between Prime, the Highway Patrol and state lawmakers," says Price. "In trucking, we'll see a lot of measures that will change the face of the industry." Nearly 15 Missouri State Legislators attended the meeting, including Speaker of the House Jim Kreider and Senator Roseann Bentley.

    Long before September 11, Prime had taken a proactive approach to security, assisting law enforcement agencies nationwide; however, Price says the crisis has "opened our eyes on what we have to deal with." "It has thrown a wrench in our whole operation," he says. "A drop-and-hook that used to take 15 minutes has turned into a several-hour endeavor."

  • Prime Raises Nearly $33,000 for United Way

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently raised nearly $33,000 for United Way of the Ozarks.

    "We are proud of our continued partnership with United Way," says Steve Crawford, General Counsel, Prime Inc. "The organization is a true model and community leader." "Each year, United Way's achievements and accomplishments exceed our expectations," he says. "It is a pleasure to work with such a charitable and generous organization."

    Prime kicked off its annual United Way fundraiser with a dress-down day. Associates who chose to pledge $2 each to United Way for the opportunity to dress casual for a day raised a total of nearly $350. In addition, the company raised more than $27,350 in associate pledges and more than $5,100 in corporate pledges.

    The United Way of the Ozarks provides funding to 28 local human service agencies focusing on direct services and problem prevention programs. The local chapter of United Way also responds to problems including homelessness, drug abuse and illiteracy.

    Prime wrapped up its two-week fundraising campaign with meetings and guest speakers from three of the agencies United Way of the Ozarks supports: The American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America and Boys & Girls Town of Missouri.

  • Prime's Jeff and Jean Bender Earn Keys to New Truck


    Jeff and Jean Bender, contractors for Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, have earned the keys to a new truck through the company's recruiting program.

    According to the program, anyone who recruits 20 or more drivers for Prime within a year qualifies for the use of a new truck for a year. The Bender's, of Inverness, Florida, have recruited 30 drivers to date and expect to reach 40 by the end of December. Any recruits over 20 apply toward next year's contest.

    They were presented the keys to a 2002 Freightliner at Prime's annual holiday party on November 23. Jeff Bender, retired Air Force, helped design the graphics for the truck, which include an Americana theme featuring eagles and American flags, the Air Force motto "Aim High," and the couple's names on the doors.

    According to Don Lacy, Prime's Director of Safety and Recruiting, the Bender's success in recruiting is due partly to prior business experience. "Jeff doesn't oversell the program," says Lacy. "He uses a mentoring technique and advises the people he refers to call him if they need help."

    Thus far, the Bender's main focus has been on recruiting experienced team drivers. They use their own records to authenticate Prime's program and the potential for success. Between the free use of a truck for a year, valued at $35,000, and recruiting bonuses totaling more than $20,000, the two have earned in excess of $55,000 for their recruiting efforts.

  • Prime Recognizes Contractor Jeffery Bender for his Recruiting Efforts

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has recognized Jeffery Bender, of Inverness, Florida, as a top recruiter for the company.

    Bender, a professional driver for more than 20 years, joined Prime in May 2000 as an independent contractor. He has recruited 10 drivers for the company since the first of the year and has thus far earned $19,000 for his efforts. Bender received $1,000 for each recruit, for a total of $10,000, and now qualifies for 13 weeks of free truck payments, valued at $9,000.

    As a top recruiter, Bender has brought a number of experienced teams to Prime. "He presents a good image," says Don Lacy, Director of Safety and Recruiting. "He's doing well, so he can sell that to other people." Ninety percent of Prime's applicants are through referrals.

    Bender is expected to recruit another 10 drivers by the end of the year and will then receive a special bonus. Lacy says, "He is well on his way to qualifying for the use of a truck for one year."

  • Prime Salutes America/Drivers at Annual Holiday Party

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently saluted America, her best drivers, and Prime Associates at its annual holiday party held November 23 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Springfield.

    More than 1,400 driving and non-driving associates attended the event held in their honor. Festivities included a reception, motivational speeches, dinner, live entertainment by the Domino Kings and Memphis All-Stars, dancing, and karaoke. An inspirational video entitled "America's In Her Prime" was the highlight of the evening. Footage included the September 11 tragedy and Prime drivers across the nation.

    Prime also honored members of its Millionaire program for having achieved in excess of one million miles with the company and introduced the winners of its 2001 Recruiting Contest. Jeff and Jean Bender, of Inverness, Florida, were presented the keys to a 2002 Freightliner show truck to use for one year for having recruited 30 Prime drivers.

    Prime's annual holiday party is one of many ways the company honors its associates for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

  • Prime Presented Carrier Of The Year Award

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has been selected by Owens Corning/Cultured Stone as its Carrier of the Year.

    Presented to Prime on March 20, the Logistics System Excellence Award North America 2001 was inscribed, "In recognition of the outstanding efforts of your operations and driver communities to provide our customers with superior service and on-time performance." According to Jim Wilkins, Director of Prime's Flatbed Division, "The distinctive carrier service award is presented annually by Owens Corning/Cultured Stone to pay tribute to a supplier for the performance by the entire organization for providing them with exceptional customer service. This honor belongs to every Prime associate, those in operations, the support staff and especially our driver associates who are out there on the front lines every day making it happen."

  • 2001 Annual Holiday Party

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently saluted America and her best drivers, Prime Associates, at its annual holiday party held November 23 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Springfield.

    More than 1,400 driving and non-driving associates attended the event held in their honor. Festivities included a reception, motivational speeches, dinner, live entertainment by the Domino Kings and Memphis All-Stars, dancing, and karaoke. An inspirational video entitled "America's In Her Prime" was the highlight of the evening. Footage included the September 11 tragedy and Prime drivers across the nation.

    Prime also honored members of its Millionaire program for having achieved in excess of one million miles with the company and introduced the winners of its 2001 Recruiting Contest. Jeff and Jean Bender, of Inverness, Florida, were presented the keys to a 2002 Freightliner show truck to use for one year for having recruited 30 Prime drivers.

    Prime's annual holiday party is one of many ways the company honors its associates for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

  • Prime Honors Associates At Annual Party

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently hosted its annual holiday party. More than 1,450 driving and non-driving associates attended the event held in their honor.

    Festivities included a reception, inspirational speeches, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and karaoke. A video entitled "The Power of One," focusing on the importance of each individual at Prime, was the highlight of the evening.

    A special tribute was given to drivers who are members of Prime's Millionaire program, having achieved in excess of one million accident-free miles. Also honored were winners of the Prime 2000 Recruiting Contest. Twenty-four drivers shared more than $100,000 in cash rewards for recruiting other associates to Prime.

    The annual holiday party is one of many ways Prime honors its associates for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

  • Automatic External Defibrillator Help Increase the Survival Rate

    Springfield, Mo. – Prime, Inc. today announced that it has deployed automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), one of the country's leading medical emergencies and causes of death. Prime Inc. has 3,000 employees.

    Prime Inc. has purchased two Agilent Technologies' Heartstream FR2 AEDs, which will be placed throughout the facility. The devices will be located in various locations throughout the company including the Main Terminal Building, where most of the company's associates are located, and the New Millennium Building, which houses gym and workout facilities, to allow for the timeliest response in the event of an emergency. Twenty company employees recently completed a training program to use the new devices.

    The Heartstream AED will be used to apply defibrillation therapy, or an electrical charge to the heart, to SCA victims. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the U.S. survival rate from SCA is 5 percent, largely because life-saving defibrillation-the definitive treatment for SCA-does not reach victims in time. The deployment of AEDs will dramatically decrease the time it takes to reach victims.

    "We have been looking into implementing this program for some time," said Dave Johnson of the Prime Inc. safety department. "The American Heart Association has said that each minute from the time of attack until defibrillation reduces a victim's chance of survival by 10 percent, making this essentially a race against time. By equipping Prime Inc. with defibrillators we will be able to significantly cut the time it takes to treat victims. The Heartstream AED gives us a dependable, easy-to-use and low-maintenance device that will help save lives."

    About the Agilent Technologies Heartstream FR2 AED

    The Heartstream FR2 AED is a breakthrough in defibrillation technology that makes it practical for broad groups of emergency first responders (emergency medical technicians, fire-department personnel, police officers, security guards, flight attendants and other authorized first responders) to deliver time-critical defibrillation therapy to victims of SCA. The Heartstream AED is the only FDA-cleared AED with low-energy SMART Biphasic technology. It was designed specifically to make the implementation of early-response programs practical in communities, industrial settings, and other public and private facilities.

  • Prime Rewards Operators for Lease Completion

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has rewarded lease completion incentives to operators who completed leases with the company in July and early August.

    David A. Nelms received a check for $12,312.89 upon completion of a 93-week lease. He has been with Prime for nearly two years.

    David W. Meeks completed a 119-week lease for a cash incentive of $9,541.41. He joined Prime more than four years ago and has driven accident-free for four years.

    Claude A. Stewart received a check for $12,001.05 upon completion of a 156-week lease. He has been with Prime for more than three years and for two years has driven accident-free.

    John W. Nail completed a 131-week lease for a cash incentive of $12,843.92. He joined Prime more than two-and-a-half years ago and has driven accident-free for two years.

    Keith A. Carter received a check for $12,099.13 upon completion of a 155-week lease. He has been with Prime for nearly four years and for one year has driven accident-free.

    Cedric W. Sims completed a 154-week lease for a cash incentive of $12,636.22. He joined Prime more than nine years ago and has driven accident-free for three years.

  • Prime Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, will join a nationwide celebration for truck drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, August 12 - 19. The fifth annual event, sponsored by American Trucking Associations (ATA), honors the nation's drivers for their commitment to excellence.

    "Prime has a long-standing tradition of attracting and retaining the best professionals in the trucking industry," says Robert E. Low, President of Prime Inc. "National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is just one of the opportunities we take to show how much we appreciate the outstanding men and women we are proud to call Associates." The company will honor its professional operators in a number of ways. Each of Prime's 3,000 Professional Contract Operators will receive a debit phone card, good for 100 minutes, to use in "connecting" with their families while on the road. In addition, each Prime Associate will receive a free lunch one day during the week, cooked and served in the "North Star Grille" by Prime's management team. Prime has also recognized its drivers with Driver Appreciation posters. Both the company and its top shippers and receivers have displayed the posters in prominent locations throughout their facilities.

    "National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is the highlight of the year within the trucking industry," says Walter B. McCormick, Jr., ATA president and CEO. "It brings together the many different elements of the trucking industry in a week-long celebration of our most valuable people --- our professional truck drivers." Last year's appreciation week, one of the most successful ever, included a proclamation by President Clinton recognizing America's truck drivers, daily advertisements in USA Today, and the Goodyear Blimp appearing at sporting events nationwide to thank truck drivers. Trucking companies celebrated with picnics, cookouts, and gifts for drivers.

    The "Super Bowl of Safety," ATA's 2000 National Truck Driving Championship, on August 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, kicks off this year's celebration. Some 350 drivers from 49 states and the District of Columbia will compete in the largest safe driving event in the nation, sponsored by Mobil.

    Safe, professional drivers are the cornerstones of America's shipping. The trucking industry generates $372 billion in revenues annually and employs more than nine million people. "At Prime," says Low, "our drivers are committed to the safe, on-time delivery of every load."

  • Prime Wins 'Quest for Quality' Award

    August, 2000 – Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has won the 2000 "Quest for Quality" Readers Choice Award, in recognition of outstanding performance. Company representatives have been invited to the 17th Annual "Quest for Quality" Awards presentation dinner, to be held Wednesday, September 20, at the Omni Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where they will receive the prestigious award.

    "Quest for Quality," conducted by the magazine Logistics Management & Distribution Report, is the most comprehensive customer satisfaction survey in the transportation industry. Each year, the magazine asks a representative sample of shippers to complete an evaluation of the carriers they use. Timeliness of service, condition of equipment, and level of customer service are only a few of the areas measured. Survey results, representing the "best-of-the-best" in the market, will appear in the August issue of Logistics Management & Distribution Report.

  • Prime Celebrates Grand Opening of New Millennium Building

    Prime Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Millennium Building, an amenities center unlike anything in North America.

    In honor of the occasion, Prime hosted an invitation-only reception and ribbon cutting on Friday, June 9, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker for the evening's events was Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert.

    The Millennium Building is a testament to Prime's unparalleled commitment to professional drivers. The facility, designed to meet the needs of Prime Associates and their families, features the following:

    • Learning Center/Childcare Facility
    • Short-Term Sleep Rooms
    • Private Quiet Rooms
    • Smoking/Non-Smoking Lounge
    • Chapel
    • Private Shower Suites
    • Laundry
    • Barber/Beauty Shop
    • Doctor's Office
    • Food Court, Deli and Restaurant
    • Company Store
    • Mail Center/Banking
    • Concierge
    • Movie Theatre
    • Game Room
    • Fitness Center
    • Basketball Court
  • Prime Wins Advertising Award

    Prime Inc. recently won the Harvey Communication Measurement Award for advertising.

    Harvey Research, Inc., consultants in communications research since 1953, presented the award to Prime in recognition of advertising that achieved outstanding readership response. Measured through personal, face-to-face interviews with a national sample of readers of Newport Communication's roadSTAR magazine, readership response ranked Prime among the ten highest scoring advertisers. The company was awarded a certificate and plaque.

    Sparlin Advertising Associates, Joplin, Missouri, created the ads that won Prime its award. The full-service advertising agency is highly recognized for its contributions to the trucking industry.

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Year: 2000

    Refrigerated

    Prime Inc. announces the recipients of their Contractor of the Year 2000 Awards. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and will represent Prime throughout the year 2000 at a variety of truck shows and other promotional events.

    Bob and Sheila Conger are Prime's 2000 Contractors of the Year for the company's Refrigerated Division. A professional driver for over thirty-two years, Bob was joined on the road by his wife, Sheila, eight years ago and the couple have driven team ever since.

    The Congers are originally from the Northeast and now reside in Berkshire, Vermont. They have two adult sons and four grandchildren. Occasionally, for several weeks at a time, they enjoy taking their grandchildren with them across the country. Though the couple claim to be "far too busy for hobbies," Bob is an avid deer hunter and they both enjoy spending time with the family as often as possible.

    Flatbed

    The Year 2000 Contractor for Prime's Flatbed Division is Bill Girdler, who has been with Prime since 1992. Bill, a driving professional since he was seventeen, has earned numerous PTC (Prime Time Certified) Awards for continuous on-time performance and has been recognized for six consecutive years without a service failure. According to Bill, who owns his 1996 Freightliner, "I wouldn't be able to do this if not for the wonderful support from Prime and from my wife, Karen."

    Originally from Sumerset, Kentucky, Bill now lives in Pomona, Missouri, with Karen and their five children. "In my spare time, I enjoy deer hunting and fishing, but nothing is more important to me than spending time with my family," says Bill.

    Contractors of the Month are selected by Prime's Refrigerated and Flatbed Divisions based on their on-time performance, profitability and safety records. Considered the elite members of Prime's fleet, these drivers automatically qualify for the prestigious Contractor of the Year award once they have received the monthly honor.

  • French Student sees America from the Cab of a Prime Truck

    Two Prime driver associates have taken hospitality to the highway! Eleanor Cates and Jack Ayers, team operators at Prime Inc., recently hosted Ghislaine Symphonie, a 24 year-old graduate student from Paris, France on their truck for two weeks.

    Symphonie, who has her bachelor's degree in English, is working on her Master's degree in American Literature at the University of St. Denis in Paris, France. She is very interested in the American culture and aspires to become a professor after graduation, possibly in the United States or Canada.

    Symphonie first visited the United States as a foreign exchange student in third grade when she lived with Eleanor and her daughter, Shannon. The families stayed in touch through the years with this being Symphonie's fourth visit to the United States. This time she requested to see as much of America as possible so Cates and Ayers suggested going over the road with them. After completing the required passenger permit forms, she joined them on the road. While traveling across the American countryside was routine to Cates and Ayers as drivers with an irregular route carrier, it was an adventure to Symphonie.

    During her two weeks on the road, Symphonie saw fifteen states and covered over 6,000 miles. A few of her favorite sites were Donner Pass, Columbia River Gorge and Peugeot Sound. "I was Amazed with all of the wide open territory and the rivers that seem as wide as oceans," said Symphonie of the American countryside. She added, "I really appreciate the opportunity that Prime gave me to travel with Eleanor and Jack--it was an incredible visit!"

    "We feel very fortunate to work with a company that has such a liberal passenger program. It was wonderful to share America with Ghislaine on the road. There's no better way to see the countryside that from the cab of a truck," said Ayers.

    Cates added, "Its great to have the freedom of Prime's passenger program--which includes having our two cats on board. We were able to show Ghislaine our favorite parts of the country by working with our dispatcher to get loads in certain areas during her two-week visit. I'm sure it was a visit that she won't soon forget!"

  • Prime Honored For "No-Zone" Safety Program

    Prime Inc. announces that the company has been presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Missouri State office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The honor was bestowed on Prime for its ongoing promotion of public education and highway safety through the nationally recognized "No Zone" program. Prime's fleet includes a "No-Zone" trailer that is routinely used for hauling freight and is displayed at numerous recruiting events, truck shows and public schools as part of their vital public safety program. Those seeking additional information about Prime or the "No Zone" program are encouraged to contact Prime toll free (1-800-848-4560).

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