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  • The Logan Aluminum Outstanding Service Award

    Prime received the 1998 Outstanding Service Award from Logan Aluminum. Prime was one out of three carriers who received an award from Logan Aluminum. This award process evaluated Logan Aluminum transportation partners on parameters including on-time service performance, volume, and claims. Special recognition was given to Prime's exceptional on-time performance, excellent equipment availability and outstanding customer service. Logan Aluminum representative Mo Oelker, Director of Transportation, presented the Outstanding Service Award to Prime Flatbed Director Jim Wilkins and Flatbed Representatives Jim Wright and Dan Scott. The presentation took place at Logan Aluminum in Russellville, Kentucky on December 16, 1998. "We're proud of our operators who earn this honor for Prime, its the dedication and hard work that earned them this honor," said Wilkins.

  • Prime Time Certified Awards

    Prime, Inc., an international refrigerated and flatbed truckload carrier based in Springfield, Missouri, announces the most recent recipients of Prime Time Certified (PTC) Awards for continuous on-time performance.

    November 1998

    Leroy Tillman earned top honors for November with six years of continuous on-time performance, while Mike Waddle achieved the five-year mark. The following operators maintained four years of continuous on-time performance: Cynthia Capps, Bruce Duffy, Griffin Gathers, Vonnia Gray, Richard Mason, and Cathrine and Gary Turner. Shelby Asher, Kimberly Elrod, Larry Lewis, Katherine Locke, Richard Logue, Reginald McClain, and Rick Simpson achieved the three-year level of continuous service during November. The following Prime drivers attained the two-year level of continuous on-time performance for the month of November: John Barrett, Ellen Taylor, Mervin Bell, Elmer Bohner, III, Gregory Charlton, Debrah Drake, James Frazier, Dorothy and Sammy Glidewell, Kenneth Hay, Eddie Ledkins, Jerry Mealey, Reginald Mitchell, Florence and John Perez, Franklin Prue, Wilton Radford, Russel Reed, Brenda Smith, Phillip Susca, and Robert Watson.

    October 1998

    Laverne Falk earned top honors for October with an outstanding nine years of continuous on-time performance while James Paul reached the eight-year mark. Prime drivers Robert Jordan and Frank Stankiewicz hit the seven year mark and Daniel Dohmen, James Field, and Stanley and Carol Selinsky achieved six years of continuous on-time performance. The following Prime drivers achieved the five-year leve3l of continuous on-time performance during the month of October: Larry Ely, William Maupin, Phillip Russell, Eric Thibodeau, Douglas Wenk, and Steve Madsen. David Anderson, Jack Ayars, Eleanor Cates, Randall Scott, Jr., and Don Thornburg reached the four year mark, while William Sampson and David Shaw earned three years of continuous on-time performance for October. The following 13 Prime drivers were awarded two year PTC award: Gabriel Arreola, Clifford Brewer, Tom Fairbrother, Margaret Fisher, Steve and Carla Gadbaw, Garrett Howard, Howard Jenkins, David Kopperman, Levonzell Nowden, Rodney Pond, Billy Rushing, Delbert Scoggins, Clark Shuck, and Nance Crawford.

    September 1998

    Dean Laymon earned top honors for September with an outstanding eighteen years of continuous on-time performance. Harold Treesh achieved the eight-year level, while Lilie Ramsey and Dara Zolnowsky earned the six-year mark of continuous on-time performance. Russell Gookin maintained five years of continuous on-time performance while Charles Cody and Randal Ruddle hit the four-year mark. Prime operators Gale Goss, Gyula Hercz, Larry Johnson, Daniel Joye, Glenn Lundy, and William Vanhauvart achieved three years of continuous service. The following Prime drivers achieved the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of September: Rebecca Archer, Robert Athearn, Edsel Breshears, Gary Broderick, Robert Campbell, Earl Dowell, Robert and Tamberli Zeek,Cheryl Folden, Melodie Henry, Leroy House, Lamorris Jackson, Tony Leonard, Jamie Mercado, Tammy Perkins, and Melvin Wyatt.

    August 1998

    Clarence and Gladys Cobb and Ricky Ramsey earned top honors for August with six years of continuous on-time performance while James Bouland, Stella Cook, and Kirpal Singh reached the five-year mark. Prime operator Daryl Curl achieved four years of continuous service as Judy and Thomas Baker, Barbara Jasper, James Mahoney, Bente Simerman, and Jack Welch have attained the three-year level. The following Prime drivers achieved the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of August: Jimmy Behel, Brian Dean, Carrie Garr, Catherine Lowry, Dawn Martinez, Tom Neuenschwander, Michael Pautard, Jr., Tim Prouty, Ricky Summers, Buster Taylor, Thomas and Kathy Weaver, Richard Wiesbrock, Duane Winkel, and Ken Yeoumans.

    July 1998

    Jim Hawkins and Gregory Williams earned top honors for July with six years of continuous on-time performance while George and Kathleen Garra and Ira Miley reached the five-year mark. Prime drivers Perry Allee, Antonio Crawford, Buddy Hall, Pierre Fulmore, Roger Lyke, and Rodney Whitman hit the three-year mark. The following 12 Prime drivers achieved the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of July: Phyllis and Michael Brown, Thomas Coss, Derrick Dibbern, Carol Dickinson, Edmond Dunlap, Gary and Charles Bonnie, James Moore, Curtis Sanders, Gail Wallace, and Fred Wilson.

    May 1998

    Woodrow Richardson earned top honors for May with an outstanding nine years of continuous on-time performance. Sherry Lewis achieved the eight-year level. Frank Sheets maintained five years of continuous on-time performance while Robert Estep Jr. hit the four-year mark. Prime operators Paul Duguay, Richard Johnson, and Deborah Winfred all achieved three years of continuous service. The following Prime drivers achieved the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of May: Marek Derlicki, Robert Fulwider, Orval Graham, Norman Grube, Phillip Pendergrass, Thomas Richards, and Peyton Walmsley.

    April 1998

    Gene Pace earned top honors for April with five years of continuous on-time performance while Christina Sanders reached the four-year mark. The following Prime drivers achieved the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of April: Kathleen Bartlett, Randolf Bartlett, Judy Harrington, Chris Haynes, Emile Radulescu, Michael Rolko, John Sampley, Freddie Thomas, and James Wilson.

    March 1998

    Tim and Ginger Craven earned top honors for March with five years of continuous on-time performance. In March, Prime drivers James Cauble, Dan Clark, and Alfielia Lamb achieved four years of continuous service while Gene Ghierca and Larry Patterson reached the three-year mark. The following drivers reached the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of March: Parsy Barto, Lester Clark, Mike Cody, Luis Erazo, Patrick Garrison, Rodney Hood, David Jetton, Norma Kinsey, Tom Overbey, Beverly Ruddle, George Tant, Eddie Taylor, and Petr Vabson.

    February 1998

    James Paul earned top honors for February with an impressive seven years of continuous on-time performance at Prime. Darold Brown maintained six consecutive years of performance excellence as James Wright and Marie Cryder reached the five-year level. Prime drivers Ray Dillard and Eileen O'Dell achieved four years of continuous service while Richard Claring, Albert Coker, Loyd Gruver, Ervin Jackson and Randall Scott hit the three-year mark. The following drivers reached the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of February: Hani Asmar, Jim Atnip, Gene Friday, Brian Gardner, Felix Knowles, Larry Newton, Dennis Nunnley, Thomas Prosser, Doris Reed, Williams Reed and Terry Young.

    January 1998

    Ed Valentine earned top honors for January with an impressive eight years of continuous on-time performance at Prime. John Conway maintained six consecutive years of performance excellence. Prime drivers Clarence Cobb, Charles O'Dell, and Carmen Lindsey achieved four years of continuous service while Jerry Chillis, Danny Redinfo, and Thomas Scott hit the three-year mark. The following drivers reached the two-year level of continuous on-time performance during the month of January: Taymond Case, Diane Dakan, Raymond Davis, Beverly Duncan, Doug Fogal, Arthur Harrington, Lonnie Hockett, Barbara Jasper, Doug Kline, Hila Kimsey, Larry Lewis, Roger Lyke, Gregory Meyers, Cathy Mitchell, Donald Mitchell, Charles Murray, Wilford Sanders, Thomas Schumacher, Thomas Scott, Mike Settle, and Penny Settle.

    PTC Awards, which distinguish Prime driver associates for their outstanding pick-up and on-time delivery performance, include patches, polo shirts, sweaters, jackets, leather bags and portfolios. After two years of continuous on-time performance, Prime operators receive a 10-karat gold ring with one diamond. One diamond is added for each subsequent year of continuous on-time performance.

  • LHP Transportation Services named a top 100 minority-owned company

    LHP was ranked number sixty in the "MBN 100" among all minority-owned companies in the United States. The list is a compilation representing all ethnic minority backgrounds, nominated by major corporations, and ranked by gross revenues. Since the company's inception only five years ago, LHP has raised it's gross revenues over 30 times that of it's first year results to exceed $12.2 million in 1998. Lee Hampton, president of LHP, was individually recognized for the achievement by James Abbott, executive director of the Minority Supplier Council.

  • Ribbon Cutting for Prime Plaza Maintenance Facility

    Prime conducted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its new Plaza inspection and fuel facility on April 2, 1998 at 11:00 a.m.. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Roger Wilson and Prime founder and president Robert Low were the keynote speakers.

    The 30,000 square foot structure, designed by Slone Architects and built by Killian Construction, is an eight-bay entry inspection and fuel facility for Prime equipment. The Plaza also houses Prime's driver lineup, permit, log, road assistance, and security personnel departments.

    The Plaza building is the first phase of a three-year, $15 million, 26.1 acre expansion of Prime's current terminal facilities. Phases two and three, the Commons driver amenity facility and the new shop service/repair facility, are projected for completion by 2000. The total expansion project will employ an additional 250 in-house associates and an additional 1,000 driver associates.

  • 1998 Contractors of the Month

    October 1998 - Refrigerated
    Frank Prue is the Prime Refrigerated Division Contractor of the Month for October. Since joining Prime in November, 1996, Prue has had no cargo claims or no service failures. He has achieved the three-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance earning him a gold ring with one diamond. Prue has completed a three-year lease with Prime's Success Leasing program and is currently working on his second. In the month of October, Prue logged 14,332 miles at an average fuel cost of 18 cents per mile.

    October 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division named Clarence Taylor its October Contractor of the Month. Taylor has a flawless record of no service failures, accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints since joining Prime in September, 1997. He has achieved the two-year level Prime Time Certified Award for on-time performance. During the month of October, Taylor has logged 15,066 miles at an average fuel cost of 18 cents per mile.

    September 1998 - Refrigerated
    Buddy and Alisha Hall are the Prime Refrigerated Division Contractors of the Month for September. Since joining Prime in July, 1995, the Halls have had no cargo claims or motorist complaints. They have achieved the three-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance earning them each a gold ring with one diamond. The Halls have completed a three-year lease with Prime's Success Leasing program and are currently working on their second. In the month of September, the Halls logged 25,633 miles at an average fuel cost of 19 cents per mile. "Buddy and Alisha are hard workers and they always get the job done accurately," said fleet manager Steve Larsen.

    September 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division named Robert and Judy Morris its September Contractors of the Month. Morris' have a flawless record of no service failures, accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints since joining Prime in March, 1995. They each earned a gold ring with two diamonds for achieving the three-year level Prime Time Certified Award for on-time performance. During the month of September, the Morris' have logged 19,905 miles at an average fuel cost of 21 cents per mile. "Robert and Judy always give 110% to their job and the customers," said fleet manager Don Walcher. "They are always on- time and are very customer service oriented."

    August 1998 - Refrigerated
    Carris Toothman is the Prime Refrigerated Division Contractor of the Month for August. Since joining Prime in October, 1996, Toothman has had no accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints. He has achieved the one-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance. He is currently starting on his third year of his three-year lease with Prime's Success Leasing program. In the month of August, Toothman logged 22,630 team miles at an average fuel cost of 17 cents per mile. "Carris is an outstanding individual and a dedicated worker," said fleet manager Stan Auman.

    August 1998 - Flatbed
    Russel Gookin has been named Prime's Flatbed Division Contractor of the Month for August. In the month of August, Gookin averaged 13,111 solo miles and a fuel cost of 20 cents per mile. Gookin has a flawless record of no service failures, accidents or motorist complaints. He has earned the five-year level Prime Time Certified Award for on-time performance, earning him a gold ring with three diamonds. Upon completion of this lease, Gookin has started on his second consecutive lease with Prime's Success Leasing program. "Russell is very proud of what he does and gives 110% every time he is out on the road," said fleet manager Don Walcher.

    July 1998 - Refrigerated
    John and Terri Weeks are the Prime Refrigerated Division Contractors of the Month for July. Since joining Prime in April, 1994, the Weeks have had no cargo claims or motorist complaints. They have achieved the three-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance earning them each a gold ring with one diamond. The Weeks have completed a three-year lease with Prime's Success Leasing program and are currently working on their second. In the month of July, Weeks logged 22,423 miles at an average fuel cost of 16 cents per mile. "John and Terri are excellent drivers to work with and they always get the job done accurately," said fleet manager Shane Hensley. "They believe in the Prime system and they know how to make it happen."

    July 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division named John Owens its July Contractor of the Month. Owens has a flawless record of no service failures, accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints since joining Prime in May, 1997. He has earned the one-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance. During the month of July, Owens logged 9,419 solo miles at an average fuel cost of an outstanding 15 cents per mile. "Johnny is an ideal Prime representative," said fleet manager William Signaigo. "He is always on time and is very customer service oriented."

    June 1998 - Refrigerated
    Darold Brown is the Prime Refrigerated Division Contractor of the Month for June. Since joining Prime in April, 1992, Brown has had no service failures, preventable accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints. He has achieved the six-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance earning him a gold ring with five diamonds. He has completed two three-year leases with Prime's Success Leasing program and soon will be starting his third lease. In the month of June, Brown logged 12,922 solo miles at an average fuel cost of an outstanding 16 cents per mile. "Darold dedicates himself to Prime and he is always wanting to excel. He suffered a medical problem the last three weeks before his lease was completed, but Darold did not give up," said driver manager Max Kubin. "I am proud he was selected Contractor of the Month."

    June 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division named Jerri and Gary Lowry its June Contractors of the Month. The Lowrys have a flawless record of no service failures, accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints. During the month of June, the Lowrys logged 16,536 team miles at an average fuel cost of only 16 cents per mile. "Jerri and Gary are a very efficient husband and wife team," said fleet manager Don Walcher. "They are a great asset to Prime and our customers."

    May 1998 - Refrigerated
    Charles McCall is the Prime Refrigerated Division Contractor of the Month for May. Since joining Prime in July, 1991, McCall has had no accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints. He has achieved the four-year level Prime Time Certified award for on-time performance earning him a gold ring with three diamonds. He has completed one three-year lease with Prime's Success Leasing program and is currently working on his second. In the month of May, McCall logged 14,421 solo miles at an average fuel cost of 21 cents per mile. "Charles is an outstanding individual and a very hard worker," said fleet manager Shane Hensley. "He is always willing to help out."

    May 1998 - Flatbed
    David Hahn is the Prime Flatbed Division Contractor of the Month. Hahn has a flawless record of no service failures, accidents, cargo claims or motorist complaints. He has earned the one-year level Prime Time Certified Award for on-time performance. During the month of May, Hahn logged 9,419 solo miles running exclusively intrastate Texas loads at an average fuel cost of only 17 cents per mile. "David is an ideal Prime representative," said fleet manager Kelly Woodard. "He is always on time and is very customer service oriented. He has earned this award and all of the respect that accompanies it."

    April 1998 - Refrigerated
    Charles Gary was chosen as Prime's Refrigerated Division Contractor of the Month for April. Gary has had no preventable accidents, service failures, cargo claims, or motorist complaints since joining the Prime Refrigerated team in June, 1995. Gary logged an outstanding 25,375 team miles in the month of April at an average fuel cost of only 17 cents per mile. He has achieved the one year and six month level Prime Time Certified award for continuous on-time performance. "Charles is an exceptional operator," says fleet manager Ronnie Welker. "He is hard working and committed to giving customers the best possible service available."

    April 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division selected Tim Prouty as its April Contractor of the Month. He logged 15,420 solo miles in April, averaging a fuel cost of 18 cents per mile. Since joining Prime in August, 1996, Prouty has not had a single service failure, cargo claim, or motorist complaint and has earned the one-year level Prime Time Certified award for continuous on-time performance. "Tim is truly one of a kind," says fleet manager Don Walcher. "He is tops in every category, from on-time delivery to customer service."

    March 1998 - Refrigerated
    William Adkins was chosen as Refrigerated Division Contractor of the Month for March. Adkins has had no preventable accidents, cargo claims, or driver complaints since joining the Prime Refrigerated team in April, 1994. He has achieved the two-year level Prime Time Certified award for continuous on-time performance earning him a gold ring with one diamond. Adkins logged an outstanding 21,708 team miles in the month of March at an average fuel cost of 18 cents per mile. He is now on his second consecutive three-year lease after receiving a payout of $20,538 upon completion of his first lease in July, 1997. "Bill is a Prime example of what a driver can achieve through hard work and attention to detail, "says fleet manager Max Kubin. "Nothing is too much to ask of Bill; the word "can't" doesn't exist in his vocabulary."

    March 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division has chosen David Cole as its March Contractor of the Month. He logged 19,808 team miles in March, averaging a fuel cost of 19 cents per mile. Since joining Prime in September, 1993, Cole has not had a preventable accident, service failure, cargo claim, or driver complaint. He has reached the four-year level of Prime Time Certified awards, earning him a gold ring with three diamonds. "David continually strives for perfection, " says fleet manager Don Walcher, "He takes pride in his driving and works hard at being one of the best."

    February 1998 - Refrigerated
    Prime's Refrigerated Division has chosen Ron Cochran as its Contractor of the Month for February. Cochran has had no accidents, cargo claims, or complaints since joining the Prime refrigerated team in November, 1991. He has earned the three-year level Prime Time Certified (PTC) award for continuous on-time performance. Cochran logged an outstanding 21,442 team miles in the month of February at an average fuel cost of 24 cents per mile. "Ron is very devoted to his profession," says fleet manager Wally Anthony. "Drivers don't get much better than this."

    February 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division has selected Joe Dewett as its February Contractor of the Month. He logged 14,869 miles in February, averaging a fuel cost of 21 cents per mile. Since joining Prime in September, 1997, Dewett has not had an accident, service failure, cargo claim, or complaint and has reached the six-month level of Prime Time Certified (PTC) awards for continuous on-time performance. "Ron is a die-hard driver," says fleet manager Don Walcher. "He gets up from every setback only letting each one make him stronger."

    January 1998 - Refrigerated
    Jim and Cynthia Patrick were selected as January's Refrigerated Division Contractors of the Month. They have not had an accident, service failure, cargo claim or complaint since joining Prime in March, 1996. The Patricks logged 16,973 miles during the month of January at an average fuel cost of 18 cents per mile. "Jim and Cindy are honest, reliable people," said fleet manager Shane Hensley. "They have balanced their priorities by raising two kids while on the road." Now on their second consecutive lease with Prime's Success Leasing program, the Patricks take time off during the summer to spend with their children.

    January 1998 - Flatbed
    Prime's Flatbed Division has chosen Russ and Cheryl Folden as its January Contractors of the Month. They logged 13,777 miles in January averaging a fuel cost of 20 cents per mile. Since joining Prime in June, 1996, the Foldens have never had an accident, service failure, cargo claim, or complaint. "Russ and Cheryl are out there to help the company as much as themselves," said fleet manager Brett VonWiller. "In addition to being great drivers, they are also great friends of mine."

  • Technology Today - Weigh Station Bypass System

    Weigh Station Bypass System Offers Non-Stop Innovations

    Prime Inc. recently signed up for PrePass, the nation's first electronic weigh station bypass service which was designed, developed and operated by Lockheed Martin IMS. "We did so," according to Robert Low, president of Prime, "because PrePass is good for everybody in the industry. Everybody wins. Trucks keep moving, safety is enhanced and pollution is reduced."

    PrePass allows trucks to be weighed at highway speeds and have their state-required credentials checked without stopping. Launched in California in 1995, PrePass utilizes innovative automatic vehicle identification technologies, weigh-in-motion sensors and transponders to electronically weigh and identify trucks as they approach weigh stations. After trucks are weighed and their credentials checked, an in-cab transponder lets drivers know if they can bypass the weigh station.

    Tests conducted by Prime on numerous trucks proved highly successful among driver associates. According to one Prime driver associate, "It was well worth the 99¢ charge to bypass the weigh station. It saved me time, fuel and the hassle of waiting at the weigh station." Fees assessed to the truck by PrePass are deducted from monthly settlements and there is no charge for equipment to be installed.

    Safety is enhanced because congestion at weigh stations is reduced. Air quality and fuel efficiency are also improved because trucks aren't required to idle for extended periods of time at weigh stations. Productivity and driver morale increase because drivers are able to drive more miles and loads reach their destinations sooner.

    Prime Inc. is committed to pursuing innovative new technologies such as PrePass in ongoing efforts to meet the challenges of the trucking industry as the next century unfolds.

  • Operator Pursues Art Career While On The Road

    Veronica Escudero, a co-driver in Prime's Refrigerated Division with her husband Jose Velazquez, is also a successful painter from Glendale, Arizona. She received her Fine Arts Degree from Arizona State University in 1984 and has exhibited her works at many prestigious shows in New York, California, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas among other states. Many of Escudero's works have initiated from over-the-road driving. "I definitely get inspired while I'm driving," said Escudero. "I actually became a driver to get 'visual food' for my art. The inspiration I get while driving is subconscious," she added. "I gather color combinations and ideas to feed off of when I start painting my abstracts."

    Escudero is primarily concentrating on mural painting at this point and has recently hosted shows in several cities across the country. "Prime has been great about working with me and my husband," said Escudero. "I can go out for a month at a time to see my husband and gather ideas on the road, but then return home to concentrate on my art. I really appreciate how much Prime has worked with us."

    Escudero and Velazquez joined Prime in 1995 and recently earned a $21,197 bonus for the completion of their first three-year lease in Prime's Refrigerated Division. They have also achieved the two-year level Prime Time Certified Award for on-time performance earning them each a gold ring with two diamonds.

  • Big Bubba® Flatbed Trailers

    In keeping with a long-standing tradition of maintaining the most modern fleet of equipment in the industry, Prime is pleased to announce it has added the strength of Reitnouer Big Bubba® trailers to its flatbed fleet. These lightweight aluminum trailers are the most advanced flatbed trailers in the industry.

    Big Bubba® flatbed trailers have a hauling capacity of 55,000 pounds in any 4-foot span, which is 5,000 pounds more than typical flatbed trailers. Prime anticipates having 162 new Big Bubba® flatbed trailers in service by the end of the fiscal year.

  • Montell's Preferred Supplier Award

    Prime is the proud recipient of the 1997 Montell Polyolefins Preferred Supplier Award. The award was given to Prime Inc. in recognition of outstanding performance for transportation services supplied to Montell's North American customers. The Preferred Supplier Award is part of Montell's Core Carrier program. Since the inception of this program, Prime has "surpassed our every expectation and provided one of the finest levels of service we have ever had from carriers," according to Robert Granatelli, Montell Transportation Services Manager. Montell Polyolefins is a world leader in the production of multipurpose polyolefin plastic materials. Prime's transportation partnership with Montell began in 1990.

  • Johnson Wax's National Truckload Carrier Award

    For the second consecutive year, Prime has received S.C. Johnson Wax's National Truckload Carrier of the Year Award. The national award process evaluated S.C. Johnson Wax transportation partners on parameters of service, operations, pricing, administration, technical resources, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Special recognition was given to Prime's exceptional 100% EDI compliance, 99.44% on-time performance, excellent equipment availability, and outstanding customer service. S.C. Johnson Wax representatives Milt Morris, General Transportation Manager, and Dennis Westerfield, Business Resource Manager, presented the National Truckload Carrier Award to Prime President, Robert E. Low, and Prime Vice President of Sales, Steve Wutke. S.C. Johnson Wax also presented Prime associates Brad Quinn and Jim Lewis its Customer Service Person of the Year Award. Each associate was presented a crystal trophy by Morris and Westerfield recognizing his achievement. Quinn and Lewis were chosen as having the best customer service among all representatives who worked with S.C. Johnson Wax in 1997. They were particularly noted for their ability to respond quickly and efficiently to last minute and long distance loads.

  • Service Award From Diamond Pet Foods

    Diamond Pet Foods has presented Prime with its 1997 Quality Service Award. This is the second consecutive year in which Prime has received this prestigious honor. The award is given annually in recognition of commitment to service and quality. Diamond Pet Foods defines its criteria for exceptional transportation service as, "...deliveries met in a timely manner. The occasional rush load is accepted and handled with good cheer. Loads show up in clean containers with courteous drivers."

    Prime's transportation partnership with Diamond began in 1994. Diamond Pet Foods was founded in 1970 and is based in Meta, Missouri. Diamond produces and distributes pet foods to the United States and 27 foreign countries.

  • 1997 Contractors of the Year

    Refrigerated

    Jim Putnam gives it his all 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A workaholic who is totally committed to his driving career and his family, Jim has this to say about his attitude: "When I'm on the road I give Prime 110%. When I'm at home, I give my son Bobby 110%. That's just how I am. I've always been that way." Primarily because of his dedication to safety, exceptional customer service and hard work, Jim was named Prime Refrigerated Division's 1997 Contractor of the Year.

    Jim, who lives on a 5-acre farm in Knobnoster, Missouri, joined Prime over seven years ago because he liked the idea of being his own boss and he felt that he had the discipline and the drive to succeed. "When I first came to Prime I had no idea what it took to be an independent contractor, but they're so helpful and they have a great program," Jim continues. "Why not let Prime get you going without putting several thousand dollars down on a new truck?"

    Jim decided while he was in the Army that he wanted to be a professional truck driver. "Driving has always felt like the natural thing for me to do," Jim says. "After graduating from a driving school south of St. Louis, I heard about Prime's lease program and I had to check it out. I'm glad I did. I'm happy here. I plan to be at Prime until they run me off."

    Flatbed

    You may never meet anyone more committed to the trucking industry than Ed Valentine. Ed, Prime's 1997 Flatbed Division Contractor of the Year, is equally dedicated to his bride of over fifty years, Wilma Valentine. Driving trucks since before the couple was married, Ed met Wilma when he was delivering ice to a peach farm in Southern Illinois where Wilma worked. They were married on November 24, 1947.

    "Driving for Prime is a family affair in the Valentine household," says Wilma, who became Ed's co-driver when they joined Prime in June, 1989. She continues, "When Ed and I came to Prime, so did our son, his wife and our son-in-law. Our son kept the flatbed truck that he and Ed drove. Ed and I then drove a reefer for about fifteen months, then we switched back to flatbed and we've been running flatbed ever since."

    Ed logged his millionth mile for Prime in September and is a Gold Level member of the company's Millionaire Program. He has maintained a 100% on-time delivery rate throughout his nine years with Prime.

    The Valentines' six children treated them to a trip to Hawaii for their 50th wedding anniversary. "We plan on retiring in about a year," says Ed. The Valentines, who also have fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, now live in Harrison, Arkansas. According to Ed, "When we retire, we're going to hit the road again in our camper trailer and visit places we haven't see yet." Ed and Wilma are no doubt "in it for the long haul."

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