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  • Prime Inc Recognizes Drivers at the 2017 Night of the Millionaires

    Prime Inc. hosted its third annual ‘Night of the Millionaires’ event on March 6, 2017 to recognize drivers who achieved at least one million safe miles driving for the company. The event, held at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO, honored nearly 500 Prime drivers who have driven at least one million miles without a preventable accident. The company honored new inductees who earned their one million miles of safe driving in 2016 by recognizing them on stage and providing them with a commemorative plaque to take home. The company also displays a second plaque to celebrate these drivers in the hallways of the Springfield, MO and Pittston, PA terminals. 

    Click here to view the event photos!


    “We are very pleased to be able to honor our safest drivers each year with the Night of the Millionaires banquet,” said Steve Field, Director of Safety at Prime, Inc. “Safety is so important to all of us in our industry, and this special evening allows us to honor some very exceptional driver associates with recognition. Reaching the one million or more safe miles achievement is something very outstanding in our industry, and it uniquely identifies those drivers who are the best. We are very fortunate that each year we have been able to recognize more drivers than the previous year.”

    Prime would like to congratulate the following drivers for their safe million mile status: 

    Three Million Mile Drivers (21 Years of Safe Driving):

    Willard Boyd
    Eugen Ghiurca
    Henry Manning
    Woodrow Richardson
    Gary Turner
    Roger Tweedy
    Leslie Walter

    Two Million Mile Drivers (14 Years of Safe Driving):

    Kenneth Adams
    Jamie Garcia Jr
    Albert Lambert
    Gabriel Arreola
    Don Garrow
    Steve Marsh
    David Ausemus
    Gino Gerald
    Jerrold Root
    Michael Baptist
    Donald Goetz
    Joseph Root
    Julie Barnett
    Samuel Gonzales
    Theodore Shaw
    Jack Battle
    Andre Green
    Randy Soria
    Franklin Davis
    Kenyon Green
    Jerey Villafuerte
    Daniel Dodds
    Walter Gregory
    Thomas Washington
    Jamie Garcia
    Junior Jenkins

    One Million Mile Drivers (7 Years of Safe Driving):

    Gary Adams
    Arthur Goldston
    Larnce Moore
    Taj Adams
    Antonio Gonzalez
    Lynda Moore
    Jose Andrade
    Nelson Goodley
    Mary Murray
    Charles Baker
    Kenyon Green
    Michael Neal
    Jack Battle
    Bruce Greeninger
    Sheila Nevels
    Richard Benham II
    Timothy Grimes
    Cary Nickolson
    Warren Beyer
    Jerry Haecker
    Jose Orellana
    Joel Bishop
    Narward Hartman III
    Kevin Owens
    Walter Bloom
    Andrew Healy
    Thomas Parker
    Gideon Boots
    Steven Henderson
    Steven Parrish
    Pernell Brodie
    Roberto Herrera
    Patricia Potts
    Roderick Brown
    Lee Howard SR
    Troy Potts
    Paulette Brownley
    Jerey Hubbart
    Douglas Pounds
    Fenton Buchanan
    Michael Hutchinson
    Barbara Price
    Jerry Byrd
    Shannon Hydar
    Gary Rhone
    Shirley Carey
    Johnny Jackson
    Harry Riley II
    Teodore Castellano
    Charles Jameson
    David Robinson
    Shawn Castillo
    Angela Johnson
    Jerry Rogers
    Mark Clements
    Calvin Johnson
    Tona Rollins
    Craig Coates
    Keron Johnson
    David Santoyo
    Jose Coelho
    Yvonne Johnson
    Clayton Saxer Jr
    Daniel Collins
    Thomas Jones
    Christine Shaw
    Jason Conway
    Jason Kendall
    Kimberly Shaw
    Michael Cope
    Susan Kleinhampl
    Theodore Shaw
    Michael Cramer
    Dion Kitchen
    Thor Sheneman
    Lee Crumbly
    Richele Lake
    Bruce Sherman
    Franklin Davis
    Cornelius Lampkins
    Charles Smith Jr
    Patrick Davis
    Bobby Lane
    Randy Soria
    Thomas Dawson
    Hiram Lastinger Jr
    Randy Starkes
    Matthew Dean
    Jerry Lawrence
    Charles Starnauld
    Roosevelt Deener
    Richard Layton
    Roland Strobel
    David Dickson
    Keith Luce
    James Stroud
    Gwendolyn Dison
    Hernandez Luckett
    John Sumy
    William Eastrich
    Robert Lyon Jr
    DeVonte Taylor
    Adam Engelhardt
    Jesse Mack
    Richard Tillinghast
    Chris Farrar
    Korey Martin
    Miroslaw Tlalka
    Horatiu Firica
    Ramon Martinez
    Octavian Tudor
    Larry Flanagan
    Bruce McClendon
    Jeery Villafuerte
    Anthony Flood
    David McKenzie
    William Walton
    Nicholas Frisbie
    Troy McKinney
    John Wankel
    James Gantt II
    George McLean
    Thomas Washington
    John Garcia
    Randy Medlin
    Dennis Wesselman
    Scott Garl
    Theresa Medlin
    Karl Wiggins
    Gino Gerald
    Sherron Mitchell
    Jeery Wilson
    Jerey Gibson
    Donald Monroe
    George Wolf
    Wesley Gilliland
    Joey Moore
    Randy Womack
    Charles Yordy

    For more information on Prime’s Millionaires Club, visit primeinc.com/millionaires-club

  • Prime Inc. Hosts 2017 CDL Instructor and TNT Trainer Banquet

    Prime Inc, North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, hosted its annual banquet to recognize its top CDL Instructors. This year, the company decided to add recognition of TNT Trainers to the existing event which was held at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO on April 13th. CDL Instructors are responsible for training someone to earn their Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL). TNT Trainers are responsible for training someone who has obtained their CDL. Both instructors and trainers are vital to the success and safety of Prime's growing fleet and Prime Training Program. If someone is completing the entire Prime Training Program, they will have both a CDL Instructor and TNT Trainer, sometimes the same person.

    "I would like to congratulate all of the instructors and trainers who qualified and were invited to the instructor and trainer banquet. This year, we recognized the largest group ever. Although we had only 4 individuals who received first place, the entire Prime group is the very best in the industry. Congratulations to all who were invited to attend and thank you for all you do," stated Stan Kasterke, Prime Training Program Manager. 

    In 2016, the Prime Training Program helped 2,618 people from across the country obtain their Class A CDL. The Top 15 CDL Instructors recognized at the event assisted 256 of those people earn their license this past year. 

    Click here to view the event photos!

    Prime would like to congratulate this year's winners and thank all of our trainers and instructors for their continued hard work, patience, and dedication! If you are interested in becoming an instructor or trainer for Prime, contact your Fleet Manager for more information.

    Rookie of the YearChristopher Soroka
    First Runner Up-CDL Instructor of the YearDanny Gibbons
    CDL Instructor of the YearJustin Humiston
    Tanker Trainer of the YearSergio Demarchis
    Refrigerated Trainer of the YearRoland Strobel
    Flatbed Trainer of the YearBill Whoberry


    Top CDL Instructors for 2016:

    CDL InstructorDivisionFleet Manager
    Scott DahlstromRefrigeratedScott Meadows
    Robert DittmarRefrigeratedAaron Ward
    Zine DouceneRefrigeratedScott Meadows
    Danny GibbonsFlatbedZack Teisher
    Tim HicksRefrigeratedLance Brightshue
    Justin HumistonFlatbedJon Murray
    Jay JesmerRefrigeratedCheryl Lane
    Jody JuhlFlatbedJon Murray
    Carlos LazosRefrigeratedRyan Sullivan
    Barrie NadinRefrigeratedJames Harmen
    Mark RollerRefrigeratedJack Ewing
    Christopher SorokaTankerDominic Rogers
    Timothy TaylorFlatbedZack Teisher
    George WolfRefrigeratedDerek Hausman
    Randy WomackRefrigeratedDerrick Spivy


    Top TNT Trainers for 2016:

    TNT TrainerDivisionFleet Manager
    Aaron AndersonRefrigeratedAaron Ward
    Christopher BellRefrigeratedRyan Sullivan
    Malcolm CallawayFlatbedDon Walcher
    Jacob CasfordRefrigeratedChris Martin
    Anthony ChildsRefrigeratedTimothy Mlack
    Dennis ClimerFlatbedKelly Woodard
    Jonathan CumingsRefrigeratedOakland Morrison
    Sergio DemarchisTankerChase Darling
    James FarrRefrigeratedDarren Rook
    Jarmaine FarrellTankerDominic Rogers
    John KinneyRefrigeratedRyan Powell
    Kevin MarquisRefrigeratedJeff Allie
    Lawrence MintonRefrigeratedBarry Pahler
    Brian MosesTankerDoug Adams
    Gary RubsamRefrigeratedDavid Hoover
    Roland StrobleRefrigeratedRollie Kendall
    Bill WhoberryFlatbedBill Thompson
    Timothy WylieRefrigeratedNick McGill
  • Listen in on our March 2017 SAFETY MEETING online!

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  • Prime Inc Easter Egg Hunt 2017

    Prime Inc hosted the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at both of its terminals in Springfield, MO and Pittston, PA. Over 100 kids of Prime Associates were able to enjoy the festivities including an egg hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. 


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  • Something’s Got to Change | Written by Reba Hoffman

    The presents have all been opened, some were returned for exchange. Surely, Aunt Gertrude did not expect you to wear that sweater out in public… did she?! The last of the green bean casserole went to the dog and the fruitcake has been devoured (ok, I know you didn’t really eat the fruitcake but I won’t tell grandma if you won’t). Christmas is a memory and today you find yourself staring right into the face of a brand-new year.

    You’ve been here before. Years of water have rushed under the proverbial bridge and here you are wondering if you’re going to have another year just like all the previous ones. The answer is yes! Or no! Your choice!

    Day after day, you get up, brush your teeth, half-pour half-spill a cup of java and slosh it down your throat while you mindlessly weave through traffic to get to your job. If you’re a driver, you take your two-step commute from your bunk to the driver seat, crank ‘er up and head down the road for another eleven-hour shift down the same roads you’ve driven down before. Nothing new. Nothing different. Something’s gotta change!

    What’s got to change? The way you view your job. You may think you just work for a wage and hopefully at the end of the week, you take it to buy the bacon you bring home. What you don’t realize is you serve a bigger cause… a much larger and noble purpose without which America would be as barren as the Mojave Desert in February.

    Whether you are in Orientation or Operations, you are critical to the success of America. It doesn’t matter whether you clean the showers or protect the assets, we can’t do this without you.

    Your jobs are not just jobs. They are the glue that holds America together. Each and every one of you is a necessary spoke in the wheel of America the Beautiful. Without you, America will cease to exist.

    I am grateful for the men and women who serve in our military and emergency services. They risk their own life each and every day to ensure the safety and freedom of us all. Aside from those roles, there is no more patriotic act than to choose to serve in the transportation industry.

    What you do is honorable and noble, necessary and life changing. Sitting at your desk or laying under the chassis of a Pete with grease in your face, you may not see it. But the heartbeat of America alive and well, and is made possible by, well… YOU!

    On behalf of a grateful nation, I would like to thank each and every person at Prime for your role in making America great. Thank you for coming to work day after day, doing what you are so good at. Your hard work and dedication is the fabric upon which our great nation was founded and centuries later, YOU keep the flame of freedom burning hot.

    I salute you men and women of Prime. May your new year be prosperous in greater measure than you’ve had before. May your days be filled with joy and peace, and on those days when you feel you are not important, may someone cross your path and remind you how much of a difference you actually make.

    Happy New Year fellow Prime-ates!

  • Prime Inc Announces Revamped Driver Referral Program

    Prime Inc., North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, has released a new and improved Prime Driver Referral Program this month. Prime understands the value of their associates referring people to join the company and wanted to make it easier for those people to understand how they can earn money for helping recruit new drivers. The company took a look at their long-standing driver referral program which has been very beneficial over the years to both the company and to their drivers. In 2015, Prime paid out over $400,000 in driver referral incentives. After reviewing the current details and gathering feedback from drivers, they decided the program needed to be simplified and created a more streamlined process and incentive pay breakdown. 


    How It Works

    ·        Earn $100 when referred driver hauls first load.

    ·        Earn $500 when referred driver stays 6 months. 

    ·        Earn ¼ cpm on every mile referred driver runs after 6 months. 

    ·        Earn $1000 when 3 referred drivers stay 6 months. 

     

    Earnings Example: 

    Refer 3 drivers who stay at least 6 months, and you would earn $2800 not including the additional mileage pay! 

     

    Program Rules: 

    ·        The person that is referred must run under Prime’s operating authority (A, B1, B2, C, or D Seats) as a company driver or independent contractor. 

    ·        All active Prime Driver Associates under Prime’s operating authority (A, B1, B2, and C Seats) are eligible to receive Prime Inc Driver Referral Program pay. 

    ·        To earn bonus at 6 months longevity pay and mileage pay, referred driver must be an A Seat. 

    ·        No driver referral bonus will be earned for referring a rehire (previous Prime Driver). 

    ·        To earn referral, referred driver must list Prime Driver’s name or driver code on application. 

    ·        For more information, contact Prime’s Recruiting Department. 

    ·        Program is effective as of December 1, 2016 until further notice or cancellation. (Prime reserves the right to modify the program at any time.)

     

    For any questions or feedback, please contact Prime’s Recruiting Department at 800-224-4585 or email primeinc@primeinc.com. Prime would like to thank all of the drivers who have continued to help the company grow by referring qualified and safe drivers to apply. 

     

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    Prime Ways (Volume 1 Issue 4)

  • 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

    Prime in Progress

  • 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.)

     Check out the photo gallery on our Facebook page!

    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.



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