Prime News

  • Owner Operators and Fleet Owners Income Opportunity

    Prime Logistics, a division of Prime Inc., proudly announces an exciting new business opportunity intended to enhance your bottom line. This innovative business model has been designed exclusively for qualified individual owner operators and companies operating multiple truck fleets.

    To qualify, provide evidence of a valid contract operating authority, including a minimum of $1,000,000 primary auto liability insurance and $250,000 cargo legal liability insurance. After you've entered into a brokerage agreement and executed a trailer interchange agreement with Prime Logistics, Prime will provide the sales and marketing efforts you need to succeed. Immediately, you'll have the strength of its existing freight network behind you, providing you loads on a dedicated basis. You'll also have access to Prime trailers utilizing the latest satellite tracking and reefer trac technology, as well as drop and hook freight.

    You'll maintain your own company identity and continue to operate under your own business authority.

    When you take advantage of this new program, Prime will pay you 76% of the line haul rate plus any fuel surcharge paid by customers. We will allow you to be on our fuel program, and save an average of 8 cents per gallon.

    Put the proven power of Prime and Prime Logistics to work for you today. This opportunity is available for a limited time only, so don't let it slip away. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-891-7277.

    Sincerely,

    Kim McCowan
    Dir. Logistics Recruiting
    kmccowan@primeinc.com

  • Prime Purchases Assets Of ROCOR International

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has announced that it has agreed to purchase the assets of Oklahoma City based ROCOR International. "This acquisition is important to Prime," said Robert Low, president of Prime, "because it further enhances our core capabilities. We began as a refrigerated carrier and that remains at the heart of our business. The additional capacity of another 850 trucks plus the staff and driver base already in place to support them is good news for our customers throughout North America."

    Prime's fleet currently features 2,500 trucks of which most are operated by independent contractors. The ROCOR fleet, consisting primarily of company drivers, includes 850 tractors and 1,100 trailers. ROCOR sought bankruptcy protection filing for Chapter 11 in August of this year. Shortly thereafter the ROCOR Estate made it's intention clear to sell all assets to the highest bidder. On October 8th Prime offered the prevailing bid for substantially all of the assets of the company. The assets, including support staff, equipment and existing business relationships are considered a near perfect complement to Prime.

    The company will not continue operating as ROCOR. Rather the company will be called RTC division of Prime Inc. and will operate out of its existing Oklahoma City terminal, which will be leased by Prime as part of the purchase agreement. "It is our intent," concludes Low, "to extend our business model - one that combines dedicated associates , superior equipment, modern technology and exceptional customer service - to the Oklahoma City operation so that they may enjoy the same success as we've seen in Springfield."

  • Service and Safety Bonuses Introduced

    Starting on January 4, 2002, Prime drivers earn bonuses for on-time service and safety during a rolling 13-week period. These bonuses are based on the mileage shown on the trip documents that a driver must submit each week within 5 days of completing a trip. The service bonus follows the lead seat of a truck. The safety bonus follows the lead seat for out-of-service incidents. In the case of accidents, it follows the driver responsible.

    In order to qualify for the service bonus, a driver must have had no driver-related service failures in the previous 13 weeks. For the safety bonus, a driver must have had no driver-preventable accidents and no out-of-service incidents during a rolling 13-week period.

    Service and safety bonuses are paid at the same rate. Solos are paid 5 cents per mile for every mile they run each week above 2,400 miles per week, to a maximum of $25 per week. For example, a driver running 2700 miles, would be paid $15 (300 miles x 5 cents). Teams are paid 2.5 cents per mile for mileage over 4,000 each week. So a team running 4700 miles per week would earn $17.50 (700 x 2.5 cents).

  • Winners At Annual Picnic, Driving Championships

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, held its annual Summer Picnic on Saturday, May 25 at Bass Country Inn in Springfield. Prime associates enjoyed games, activities, great food, a live band, swimming, basketball, volleyball and a techno fair. The day's events also featured two competitive events that the public attended.

    The Truck Driving Championships tested drivers' skills on a course designed to simulate various situations drivers actually encounter on the highway each day. The following is a list of the winners of this event. Flatbed Division: 1st Place - David York; 2nd Place - Mark Van Horn; and 3rd Place - Thomas Bayslinger. Reefer Division: Michael Juergensen - 1st Place; Joseph Carberg - 2nd Place, and Gregg Barron - 3rd Place.

    In addition, several of the participants in the picnic competition qualified for the state competition which was held in Joplin, Missouri. Here are the winners at the state level:

    From left to right:

    • Joseph Carberg, 3rd Place Tank Truck Class
    • Thomas Miller, 2nd Place Sleeperberth Class
    • Russ Gookin, 2nd Place Flatbed Class

    Others who qualified and participated were Randall Barron, Bob Conger, Bill Girdler, Duane Grimme, Steve Yarbrough, Charlie Hibbard, Michael Juergensen, and David York.

    The Truck Pride & Polish Competition determined who has the best looking, best cared for trucks at Prime. The following prizes were awarded in both Owner Operator and Lease Operator categories: Best In Class, owner operator was Linda Martinez; Best In Class, lease operator went to Tomas Aranda, who also won Best In Show and the People's Choice Award. Thomas also won 1st Place in Pride & Polish in conjunction with the Los Vegas trucking show.

  • Prime Wages War on Drugs and Terrorism

    Membership in the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC), a business-led, Customs-supported alliance created to combat the smuggling of contraband via commercial trade, is a "Prime" example of the company's proactive approach to the war on drugs and terrorism.

    The BASC was initiated in March 1996. Prime Inc. was introduced to the program in September 1998, when company representatives were invited to Laredo, Texas, to hear more about it. Upon learning the BASC's primary objective is to combat the movement of illicit narcotics via commercial shipments, Prime requested participation in the program as a business partner. The company's application was accepted in October, and Prime has been actively involved in the coalition ever since.

    Although the BASC is a voluntary program for businesses, with no Customs-imposed mandates, corporate participants are expected to set self-imposed business standards that will significantly deter narcotics traffickers and terrorists. As part of the application process, Prime was asked to mark a checklist, noting the measures the company was currently taking to deter narcotic smuggling. The checklist and Prime's markings are as follows:

    X - Policies and procedures governing Anti-Smuggling concerns.
    X - Conduct background checks on employees: (X) Criminal (X) References ( ) Other
    X - A drug free workplace policy.
    X - Perform drug testing: (X) pre-employment (X) random (X) reasonable suspicion
    X - A drug awareness program: (X) training (X) printed material (X) posted notices
    X - Employee identification procedures: (X) photo (X) color coded (X) visible at all times
    X - Facility security: (X) perimeter fence (X) security guards (X) lighting (X) controlled access
    X - Segregated parking: (X) employees (X) visitors (X) trucks
    X - Procedures for reporting the discovery of illegal drugs: (X) internal (X) external
    X - Procedures for reporting illegal drug use.
    X - Employee incentive for reporting illegal drug activity.
    X - An employee policy manual.
    X - Site map identifying secure areas within the facility.
    N/A - Limited access to shipping / receiving areas
    N/A - Limited access to conveyances.
    X - Maintain control of all conveyances.
    X - Maintain control of all seals.
    X - Inspect empty conveyances.
    X - Seal, lock and secure all loaded trailers / containers.
    X - Procedures for reporting suspicious shipments: (X) internal (X) external
    X - System to track movement of shipments: (X) manual (X) computerized
    X - Training of personnel to identify suspect shipments.
    X - Procedures for controlling / processing documentation.
    X - A policy requiring signatures for the following transactions; (X) paperwork preparation; (X) affixing of seals; (X) breaking of seals; (X) physical piece counts; (X) trailer inspections; (X) driver checklists
    X - Anti-drug agreements with other business partners: (X) written (X) oral
    X - Time controls for preparing documentation; movement of shipments; and unloading shipments upon arrival. (X) Procedures for making notifications if significant delays exist in any of the aforementioned.

    Prime has benefited from the company's participation in the BASC program. "Since we have been working proactively with U.S. Customs, we have an even stronger relationship with them," says Randy Price, Director of Corporate Security at Prime Inc. "Law Enforcement tend to trust coalition business partners and known associates, so we have experienced benefits with our participation in the program."

    Prime actively assists law enforcement agencies nationwide on a daily basis and is continually enhancing security procedures. The company anticipates cooperating with government entities even more in the future. "We look forward to working with Director Tom Ridge and the newly formed Office of Homeland Security in the war on drugs and terrorism," says Price.

  • Prime Rewards Operators for On-Time Performance

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently rewarded 48 operators for their continuous on-time performance.Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently rewarded 48 operators for their continuous on-time performance.

    Each quarter, the company gives Prime Time Certified (PTC) awards to operators who deliver all loads on time, with no service failures. The awards, which increase in value for every three months of on-time performance, are as follows:

    • 3 months: Two patches
    • 6 months: $25 in Prime Bucks, redeemable at Prime's company store, cafeteria, or Prime Time Spa
    • 9 months: $25 in Prime Bucks
    • 12 months: Jacket and PTC hat
    • 18 months: Duffle bag
    • 24 months: Ring with a diamond
    • Each additional 6 months: $50 in Prime Bucks
    • Each additional year: An additional diamond for ring

    The following operators have achieved at least 24 months of on-time performance and have earned a ring with a diamond:

    • Nancy Barnett
    • Stephen Campbell
    • Christopher Ewing
    • Andre Green
    • Benjamin Luchich
    • Sandra Paananen
    • Alexander Schulz
    • Thomas Washington
    • James Bazinet
    • Aldon Dixon, Jr.
    • Naomi Gelles
    • Willie Hobson
    • Arshad Mahmood
    • Margaret Prue
    • Christine Teixeira
    • Jerry Brinegar
    • Patricia Dixon
    • Richard Graham
    • Joan Holmes
    • Ira Miley
    • Patricia Rowland
    • Mark Wahlsmith

    In addition, the following operators have achieved at least 3 years of on-time performance and have earned another diamond for their ring:

    • David Ames
    • Veronica Clay
    • Carol Cordrey
    • Curtis Fiedler
    • Carl Hale
    • Teresa Kline
    • Karen Nichols
    • Bernard Price
    • Terrie Wieland
    • Jimmie Atnip
    • John Conway
    • TPeter Delnegro
    • Ronald Goodwin
    • Linnie Hodapp
    • Donald Miller
    • Arnulfo Padilla, Jr.
    • David Sisson
    • Floyd Carpenter
    • Anthony Copp
    • Dwaine Elder
    • Ralph Gouldsmith
    • Clint Jackson
    • Christopher Moyers
    • Mario Preston
    • Maurice Wheeless
  • Prime Upgrades to Carrier Transicold Refrigeration Systems

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, has upgraded its refrigerated fleet with Carrier Transicold refrigeration systems. Prime signed an agreement with Carrier Transicold to purchase 50 Carrier Ultima 53 refrigeration systems, with the option to purchase an additional 30 systems.

    Ultima 53's are equipped with the latest electronics and feature state-of-the-art microprocessor control systems. The flash configuration systems can be programmed for performance from a personal computer (PC).

    The purchase from Carrier Transicold, a division of Carrier Corporation, is Prime's first since 1997. "Our decision was based largely on the performance of the units," says Les Hazen, Director of Maintenance, Prime Inc. Carrier Corporation is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation.

  • Robert Templin Member of The Midnight Trucking Radio

    Robert Templin, independent contractor for Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently became a member of The Midnight Trucking Radio Network's Million Mile Club.

    The Midnight Trucking Radio Network, including WBAP 820AM Radio in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas listening area, enters two drivers into its Million Mile Club each week during The Midnight Trucking Radio Network Show. To be eligible for club membership, a driver must have driven at least a million miles without a preventable accident. Templin, who has driven in excess of two million miles without a preventable accident and is a Prime Gold Millionaire, was named new club member for the week of February 18, 2002.

    "We're very proud of Robert," says Max Kubin, fleet manager. "He is not a typical steering wheel holder or electronic cowboy; he's the professional's professional. He is very articulate and is always cognizant of customer service.

    "Robert is an independent contractor," says Kubin, "but he's a company man at heart; he takes good care of the equipment and genuinely cares about people. I wish we had a whole bushel basket just like him!"

    Templin has been with Prime's Refrigerated Division for more than 10 years. He has received numerous Prime Time Certified (PTC) awards for continuous on-time performance and has visited with students across the country through his participation in the "Trucker Buddy" program. In his spare time, the Batesville, Arkansas resident is an entrepreneur. He sells dental insurance plans and phone plans and also promotes wrestling.

  • Accident Prevention Program

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, is "taking charge" of safety by utilizing a proven accident prevention program known as the Smith System®. "We're taking charge in the industry," says Ken Beagley, Smith System® Instructor. "We're making every attempt to improve our drivers' road awareness and make Prime a safer, better company."

    Prime offers the Smith System®, a driver-training program introduced by Harold L. Smith in 1948 to teach drivers eye-mind coordination, as a one-day course to drivers of trucks leased through Prime. The program teaches five keys to space cushion driving, all aimed at keeping drivers from being involved in an accident.

    The course combines classroom and on-the-road training and focuses on all aspects of driving, including backing and parking. Smith System&ref; certified trainers instruct students on how to look ahead, maintain appropriate following distances, keep their eyes moving, look for ways out of bad situations, and make sure other drivers see them.

    "The benefits of this program are not only avoiding accidents and understanding other drivers," says Beagley. "The program also helps professional drivers reduce fuel costs by 10 to 15 percent and maintenance costs by as much as 33 percent."

    Classroom training, open to non-driving Prime Associates as well as driving Associates, is conducted at the Bass Country Inn in Springfield, Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Associates who qualify are rewarded $100 for completing the course.

  • Update to OOIDA Lawsuit

    In an important recent development, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri denied OOIDA's motion for Class Certification in the pending action against Prime. OOIDA, a non-profit trade organization, had originally filed the complaint against the company in 1997 alleging federal leasing violations.

    According to Steve Crawford, Prime's General Counsel, "Basically when the Court denied the class certification, it eliminated absent owner operators for the case. This is exactly the ruling we had anticipated in connection with this matter. Although we expect OOIDA to petition for appeal, we have a great deal of confidence in the Court's ruling and basis upon which it was made." Crawford continued, "While this decision could end this protracted litigation, it has not given us the opportunity to address the underlying allegations, which we maintain are without merit."

    Crawford stressed that attorney's for Prime have done "an excellent job representing the interests of our company." Prime is represented by Jim Sullivan of Shugart, Thompson & Kilroy, Kansas City, Missouri as well as Arthur Curtis of Greene and Curtis, Springfield, Missouri.

  • Installation of VORAD System in Fleet

    According to Robert Low, president of Prime Inc., "It remains our first priority to continually seek and implement systems which enhance safety for our drivers and for the driving public with whom our operators share America's roads. That is why we are installing Vorad systems on every new truck we add to our fleet." Prime Inc. is a leading international truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri with refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk divisions servicing an expansive customer base throughout North America.

    The Eaton VORAD EVT-300 Collision Warning System is considered the most advanced, most sophisticated, most effective accident avoidance system ever developed. This high frequency radar system transmits radar signals from the front and sides of the truck alerting drivers to take evasive action in order to avoid impending accidents. The system features highly advanced technology that tracks up to 20 vehicles at a time and provides drivers with fast, precise warnings. "Our intention is quite obvious," Low continues, "and that is to avoid accidents, injuries and cargo claims. This technology features proven potential for protecting drivers and that's exciting to me."

    The "SmartCruise" option on the VORAD system enhances driver convenience and safety by maintaining driver pre-set speed and following intervals while cruise control is engaged. In addition, "SmartCruise" functions around curves and in adverse weather conditions while also monitoring traffic on the other side of upcoming hills.

    Low concludes, "Though this an expensive undertaking, we anticipate a measurable reduction in accidents and cargo claims and consider any investment which makes the roads safer for all, to be an essential investment."

  • Associates benefit from Education Assistance Program

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, is pleased to acknowledge several company associates that are currently participating in the company's Education Assistance Program.

    The program is designed to assist Prime associates in seeking further educational opportunities that directly improve specific skills and duties relative to their position at Prime. After six-months of employment, associates can become eligible for tuition reimbursement. Prime's remuneration schedule pays 100% for A's, 90% for B's, and 80% for C's to qualifying students upon the presentation of grade sheets and proof of payment.

    Individuals currently enrolled in the program are Jason Allen, Trailer Maintenance; Kristina Atkeson, Accounting; Jeff Chism, Claims; Nick Forte, Wash Bay; Mary Gannaway, Management Information Systems (MIS); Tom Iacavoni, Flatbed Sales; Kelly Johns, Road Assist; Jason Kristek, Detail Shop; Jason Leeper, Trailer Maintenance; Bobbie Shelton, Shop; Juita Suria, Accounting; and Jeremy Thrasher, Trailer Maintenance.

    Current Prime associates Chad Clay, Tanker Dispatch, and Amy Compton, Logistics-Brokerage, recently completed their MBA's while enrolled in the program.

  • Safety Identification Program To Protect Children

    August has been designated as Child Protection Month by the Prime Kids Learning Center, which is located inside Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.

    The company's Security Department will be providing fingerprinting and taking DNA samples of associates' children. Parents will receive a kit, which can be updated annually or as necessary, containing their child's fingerprints. The packet will also feature a slot for a current photo of their child, as well as a place to record the child's height, weight and any identifiable markings or unique physical traits.

    Instructors at the Prime Kids Learning Center will be discussing basic but vital safety issues with each class on an age appropriate level. A few of the topics include teaching children to know their parents names as well as phone numbers and addresses, when and how to dial 911, dealing with strangers and stranger anxiety. "You can never be too careful," says Kristal Glenn, Director of the Learning Center. "This program is intended to help parents protect their children by having important information readily available in case of an emergency."

  • Prime Ranked Top Refrigerated Carrier In The United States

    In a recently released report, Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, was recognized as the number one refrigerated carrier in the United States.

    The Top 100 Carriers report, compiled and issued annually by Transport Topics, also ranked Prime third in the nation for the Best Net Profit Margin category; seventh for Best Operating Ratio; and thirty-fourth for Gross Revenue. Of all North American carriers, Prime ranked ninth for Best Revenue Growth.

    Transport Topics has been publishing its annual rankings of the 100 largest trucking companies since 1989 with the goal of accurately documenting the size and scope of the most dominant carriers and providing analysis of the trends that shape the industry.

  • Proofs of Delivery Available on Prime's Website

    You can now quickly and conveniently get copies of original Bills of Lading right from Prime's web site, if you are already set up for Load Tracing. Bills of Lading can be viewed and printed right from your PC.

    • No more phone tag to request a copy of the proof of delivery.
    • No more waiting for it to be faxed from Prime.
    • No more calling Prime to get the name of the person who signed the Bill of Lading.
    Just click on the "Proof of Delivery" option at the bottom of the Load Tracing screen at www.primeinc.com. Then click on the load that a Bill of Lading is needed for, and an image of the BOL will be display.

    Using viewing software you will be able to display, rotate, print and even zoom in on any portion of the document, such as the signature.

    For two years, customers have had the convenience of tracing their loads in real time on Prime's web site. They no longer need to call Prime to find the information they need. They can choose to see data on:

    • Loads by origin or date
    • Current orders
    • Delivered orders
    • Individual orders by Prime's or the customer's reference number
    For each load, customers can see:
    • Current position
    • Track movement of load
    • Stopoff information
    • Next via point and its distance from the truck
    • Estimated time of arrival
    • Temperature settings
    Special colors and reverse images enable customers to quickly identify:
    • Orders with a scheduled delivery today
    • Loads driven by teams
    • Potential late loads
    Customers can easily send messages directly to their Prime sales coordinators, who are notified immediately when they have a message, so they can respond quickly to questions, requests or changes to a load.

    If you would like to trace your loads on Prime's web site, please contact your sales coordinator or telemarketer.

  • Accounting Services Offered at Prime's Terminal

    Hours

    • 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, and by appointment
    • During tax season, January 1 to April 15: 7:00am to 7:00pm-Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday

    Service

    • Bookkeeping for owner operators.
    • Business consulting: Helping drivers understand their business so they can become more profitable.
    • Federal and state tax preparation, including estimated taxes and returns for prior years.
    • IRS problem resolution support, contacting the IRS on the client's behalf, and assisting in negotiations.

    Fees

    • Very reasonable fee schedule.
    • For fee schedule, please contact Perryman & Associates.

    For an appointment, call Perryman & Associates at 888-395-2614, 417-521-3923, or in-house extension 3923. You can also visit their website.

  • Prime Refrigerated Bears Precious Cargo

    At Prime, all cargo is precious. But on November 17, 2000, the cargo was not only precious; it was extraordinary. Refrigerated's David Jewell, truck #88408, was dispatched to the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, where a 600-pound polar bear was loaded into his truck for transport to Los Angeles, California.

    Kanook, a 16-year-old female polar bear who has been a resident of the Reid Park Zoo for the last four years, was acquired by Sea World Australia, south of Brisbane. Sea World contracted Hellman Worldwide in Australia to handle the logistics for Kanook's transport to her new home "down under." Hellman's Florida office, Hellman Perishable Logistics, chose Prime, the company's preferred carrier, to transport the polar bear from the zoo to Los Angeles, where she would board a Qantas Airways chartered flight to Australia.

    A zoo supervisor shot the polar bear in the right front shoulder with a tranquilizer dart before loading her into the truck. After her traveling crate was secured, a veterinarian injected her with Naltrexone, which reversed the effects of the tranquilizer. Zookeepers traveled with the polar bear to Los Angeles. The group arrived safely at the Qantas Airways freight facility the following day, November 18.

    Kanook will be paired with Ping Ping, a two-year-old male on his way to Sea World from the Beijing Zoo. They will be Australia's first resident polar bears. Their new home, a six-million-dollar enclosed exhibit, was scheduled to open to the public on December 26.

  • 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.

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