Prime News

  • New Lease Contractor Gets Jet Service To Orientation

    Prime Inc. recruiter, John G. Brown, was attempting to arrange travel to orientation for new contractor, Brian J. Whitfield of Picayune, Mississippi. Unable to arrange the normal bus travel, he contacted travel rep Jeannie Eisenhart to check on car rental. She also schedules Prime's corporate jet and realized it was planned to depart from Gulfport, Mississippi, with Prime CEO Robert Low and CFO Dean Hoedl on board. The pilots were contacted and Mr. Whitfield boarded the plane, resulting in reduced transportation costs and Mr. Whitfield' early arrival to orientation.

  • Prime Making A Difference In Kids Lives

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated and flatbed truckload carrier based in Springfield, Missouri, announced that it raised over $6,600 for The Nurturing Center, a childcare center located in downtown Springfield. In order to raise the funds, the Prime Kids Learning Center committee invited all Prime and Nurturing Center children and families to participate in a Halloween party on Friday, October 29. Children were treated to cookies, punch, games, prizes and other fun and exciting activities. In addition to encouraging donations of much needed items to The Nurturing Center, Prime held an inter-office contest to raise money to be used to purchase educational items. Donations of $3,309.36 were collected between October 18-22 and Prime donated an equal amount, placing the total contribution to The Nurturing Center at $6,618.72. A portion of the proceeds were used to replace the flooring in one large room at The Nurturing Center. Labor and materials for this project were provided at cost by Wilkerson Commercial Flooring. Constructive Playthings provided a diaper changing table at a discounted price. $735 worth of fencing materials and labor were a gift from Fence By Carnahan-White.

  • Prime Rewards Driver Associates For On-Time Performance

    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.

    James Daniel Paul was awarded top honors for achieving 7 years of on-time service at Prime. Alphonzo Crawford and Gene Pace were each awarded top honors with six years of continuous on-time performance. Aris Garfield, Mike Crawford and James Cauble were each recognized for five years of distinguishable service excellence. In addition, Ervin Jackson, Douglas Kline, Thomas Schumacher, and Raymond Davis surpassed the four year mark for continuous on-time performance with the company.

    Prime driver associates Daniel Henry, Glen Horack, Richard Lloyd, Bryant McIlveene, Jane McIlveene, David Nichols, Charles Pierce, and Eddie Taylor were honored for providing three years of service excellence to Prime customers.

    The following driver associates were also honored for achieving two years of continuous on-time service: Denise Allen, Virgle Allen, Roberto Alonzo, Steve Boisvert, Deborah Bonds, Wade Brothers, Stephen Browne, Robert Dobson, Mark Evans, Terry Huff, William Jones, Frank Launer, Julio Lopez, Kenneth McQuillin, Charles Norwood, Dwayne Pennyman, Michael Richardson, James Saylor, James Smith, Nicholas Thompson, Eric Vaughn, George Waldron, Stephen Yarbrough, James Wilson, and Mark Evans.

    PTC Awards, which distinguish driver associates at Prime 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 driver associates receive a 10-karat gold ring with one diamond. One diamond is added for each subsequent year of continuous on-time performance.

  • 1999 Lease Completions

    Prime presented checks to the following driver associates for successfully completing their truck leases through Prime's Success Leasing program.

    (November, 1999) Glenn Beavers, who started with Prime in June of 1997, received $6,327.02 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Glenn has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery in addition to two years of accident-free delivery. Glenn resides in Geneva, Indiana, and completed his lease in 113 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Michael Wade Pache of Struthers, Ohio, has been with Prime since June of 1997. Michael received $12,026.78 upon the completion of his 128-week lease. Michael has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has one year of accident-free driving.

    (November, 1999) Leroy Charles House received $14,722.97 for the completion of his 153-week lease. Leroy, who joined Prime in September 1996, has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance. Leroy lives in Rialto, California.

    (November, 1999) John Elvin has been with Prime since August 1993. John received a lease completion incentive of $90,098.26 for a lease he completed in 155 weeks. John has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has five years of accident-free driving. He resides in E Windsor, New Jersey.

    (November, 1999) John Fuller, who joined Prime in July of 1996, received $8,487.86 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. John has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and resides in Mishawaka, Indiana. John completed his lease in 156 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Aldon C. Dixon, Jr. of Milo, Maine, has been with Prime since August 1997. Aldon received $15,956.31 upon the completion of his 119-week lease. Aldon has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free driving.

    (November, 1999) Frederick (David) Kousky II has been with Prime since July of 1997. David received a lease completion incentive of $14,180.26 for a lease he completed in 112 weeks. David, who has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance, resides in Johnson City, Indiana, and has two years of accident-free delivery

    (November, 1999) Samuel O. Hodge, who started with Prime in January 1999, received $5,538.49 for the successful completion of a lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Samuel, who has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, resides in Ocala, Florida, and completed the lease in 44 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Lawrence Wesley Moore of Fairview Height, Illinois, has been with Prime since November 1994. Lawrence received $8,874.13 upon the completion of a 196-week lease. Lawrence has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance.

    (November, 1999) Albert Chaparro, who joined Prime in December 1997, received $6,961.95 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Albert has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has two years of accident-free driving. Albert resides in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and completed his lease in 117 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Clifford R. Baumeister has been with Prime since November 1997. Clifford received $13,247.34 upon the completion of his 106-week lease. Clifford has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and two years of accident-free, on-time delivery. Clifford resides in Marksville, Louisiana.

    (November, 1999) Ken Charles Yeoumans has been with Prime since August 1996. Ken received a lease completion incentive of $17,312.31 for a lease he completed in 156 weeks. Ken, who has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has three years of accident-free driving, resides in Bonners Ferry, Indiana.

    (November, 1999) Janice Y. Stewart, who started with Prime in December 1996, received $11,389.61 for the successful completion of her lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Janice has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Janice resides in Camdenton, Missouri, and completed her lease in 153 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Warren T. Davis of Utica, New York, has been with Prime since February 1998. Warren received $11,440.88 upon the completion of his 92-week lease. Warren has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has one year of accident-free driving.

    (November, 1999) Billy Eugene Gryner, Jr. received $16,302.59 for the completion of his 156-week lease. Billy, who joined Prime in September 1996, has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has three years of accident-free driving. Billy lives in Keiser, Arkansas.

    (November, 1999) Abdoulaye Pene has been with Prime since June 1996. Abdoulaye received a lease completion incentive of $12,104.13 for a lease he completed in 151 weeks. Abdoulaye has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has one year of accident-free driving. He resides in Decatur, Georgia.

    (November, 1999) Johnny O. Caldwell, who joined Prime in September 1997, received $6,293.19 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Johnny has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and resides in Monroe, Louisiana. He completed his lease in 113 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Mario Kelvin Arredondo of Carthage, Missouri, has been with Prime since November 1997. Mario received $7,250.95 upon the completion of his 75-week lease. Mario has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has one year of accident-free delivery.

    (November, 1999) Larry E. Reed has been with Prime since June 1990. Larry received a lease completion incentive of $9,618.52 for a lease he completed in 156 weeks. Larry, who has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance, resides in Azle, Texas.

    (November, 1999) Buddy Hall of Calumet, Oklahoma, has received a lease completion incentive of $10,976.01 for a lease he completed in 108 weeks. He has several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has four years of accident-free delivery. Buddy has been with Prime since July of 1995.

    (November, 1999) John Pansa Weeks of Sandia, Texas, has been with Prime since April 1994. He has received an incentive of $15,722.90 for the completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. John has numerous awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has four years of accident-free driving. His lease was completed in 104 weeks.

    (November, 1999) Robert L. Montag, Jr. of Volhermoso Spring, Alabama, has successfully completed his lease with Success Leasing, Inc in 157 weeks. For this, he received an incentive of $24,349.64. Robert has been with Prime since September 1995 and has several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance. He has had four years of accident-free driving.

    (November, 1999) Patrick John Garrison has been with Prime since February 1996. He has received a lease completion incentive of $21,372.24 for a lease that was completed in 154 weeks. Patrick has many awards for excellent performance and has three years of accident-free delivery. He resides in Clinton, Iowa.

    (November, 1999) Juan Jose Guerra of San Antonio, Texas, has been with Prime since April 1997. He has received an incentive of $12,253.87 for the completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Juan completed his lease in 135 weeks and has numerous Prime Time Certified awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Juan has also had two years of accident-free driving.

    (November, 1999) Buster Lee Taylor has received a lease completion incentive of $19,741.72 for the successful completion of his 156 -week lease. He has been with Prime since August 1996 and has several awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Buster resides in Denton, Texas.

    (November, 1999) John Conway has been with Prime since February 1991 and has completed his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. in 153 weeks. He has received an incentive of $18,842.21 for doing so. John has many Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has eight years of accident-free driving. He resides in Moberly, Missouri.

    (November, 1999) Robert Glenn Athearn of Pinedale, Wyomming, has been with Prime since September 1996. He has successfully completed his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. in 141 weeks. For this, Robert received an incentive of $7,144.72. He has also received numerous awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and is three years accident-free.

    (November, 1999) Jerry T. Hudson, who resides in Kankakee, Illinois, has been with Prime since November 1997. Jerry received a lease completion incentive of $5,315.13 for fulfilling his lease requirements in 101 weeks. He has several awards for excellent performance and timely delivery.

    (November, 1999) Gary A. Johnson of Vancouver, Washington, has been with the Prime family since March 1998. He has received a lease completion incentive of $5,759.43 for a lease that he completed in 77 weeks. Gary has many Prime Time Certified awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. He has also had one year of accident-free delivery.

    (November, 1999) Danny Everett Womack has been with Prime since July 1992. He had a 154-week lease, which upon completion paid an incentive of $12,914.48. Danny possesses many awards for superb performance and timely delivery and has five years of accident-free driving.

    (November, 1999) Larry Brown of Port Chester, New York, has been with Prime since May 1996. He has received a lease completion incentive of $8,304.51 for a lease that he completed in 149 weeks. Larry has had one year of accident-free driving and has numerous awards for excellent performance.

    (November, 1999) Donald Ray Clayton, Jr. has been with Prime since May 1994. He fulfilled his lease agreement in 157 weeks and received an incentive of $14,148.83 for doing so. Donald has many awards for excellent performance and timely delivery and has four years of accident-free delivery. He resides in Archdale, North Carolina.

    (November, 1999) William Anthony Owensby of Mesa, Arizona, has been with Prime since April 1997 and received $11,175.24 for the completion of a 129-week lease. William has several Prime Time Certified Awards and has two years of accident-free delivery.

    (November, 1999) Bruce Wayne Latner of Victorville, California, has had several awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery given to him since he started with Prime in August 1996. Bruce also received a lease completion incentive of $17,935.23 for his 155-week lease. In addition, Bruce has had three years of accident-free delivery.

    (October, 1999) James Mahoney, who started with Prime in June of 1992, received $7,005.17 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. James has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. James resides in Delta, Colorado, and completed his lease in three years.

    (October, 1999) Grace Odom of Denison, Texas, has been with Prime since July of 1988. Grace received $15,066.74 upon the completion of her three -year lease. Grace has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has four years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Melvin Gillham received $6,792.33 for the completion of his one-year lease. Melvin, who joined Prime in July 1997, has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free driving. Melvin lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.

    (October, 1999) Michael Pautard has been with Prime since June 1994. Michael received a lease completion incentive of $5,189.43 for a lease he completed in 64 weeks. Michael has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has five years of accident-free driving. He resides in Cocoa, Florida.

    (October, 1999) Earl Cado, who joined Prime in August of 1995, received $9,398.28 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Earl has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has one year of accident-free driving. Earl resides in Radcliff, Kentucky, and completed his lease in three years.

    (October, 1999) Virgle Allen of McLoud, Oklahoma, has been with Prime since September 1995. Virgle received $13,864.76 upon the completion of his three-year lease. Virgle has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Shawn Mason has been with Prime since January 1998. Shawn received a lease completion incentive of $6,855.41 for a lease he completed in 74 weeks. Shawn, who has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance, resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    (October, 1999) Robert Dobson, who started with Prime in December 1996, received $6,979.63 for the successful completion of a lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Robert, who has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, has two years of accident-free driving. Robert resides in Springfield, Missouri, and completed the lease in 130-weeks.

    (October, 1999) Michael Tadlock of Florence, Mississippi, has been with Prime since August 1995. Michael received $9,797.74 upon the completion of a 180-week lease. Michael has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and four years of accident free, on-time delivery.

    (October, 1999) Rodney Hood, who joined Prime in April 1996, received $8,813.55 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Rodney has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has one year of accident-free driving. Rodney resides in Canyon Lake, Texas, and completed his lease in three years.

    (October, 1999) William Thompson has been with Prime since June 1997. William received $6,396.21 upon the completion of his 113-week lease. William has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and two years of accident-free, on-time delivery.

    (October, 1999) Donald Carter has been with Prime since January 1987. Donald received a lease completion incentive of $21,386.07 for a lease he completed in three years. Donald, who has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has ten years of accident-free driving, resides in Boliver, Missouri.

    (October, 1999) Raymond Host, who started with Prime in November 1992, received $6,387.07 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Raymond has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Raymond is also two years accident-free. Raymond resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and completed his lease in 164 weeks.

    (October, 1999) Raul Rivera of Harlington, Texas, has been with Prime since November 1997. Raul received $10,175.71 upon the completion of his 93-week lease. Raul has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Thomas Flanagan received $11,614.10 for the completion of his three-year lease. Thomas, who joined Prime in September 1992, has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has four years of accident-free driving. Thomas lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    (October, 1999) Charles Scalan has been with Prime since April 1990. Charles received a lease completion incentive of $9,590.91 for a lease he completed in three years. Charles has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has eight years of accident-free driving. He resides in Cape Coral, Florida.

    (October, 1999) Luther Thompson, who joined Prime in March1996, received $18,494.89 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Luther has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has three years of accident-free driving. He resides in Conley, Georgia, and completed his lease in three years.

    (October, 1999) Nona Timms of Everton, Missouri, has been with Prime since January 1998. Nona received $7,676.34 upon the completion of her 86-week lease. Nona has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has one year of accident-free delivery.

    (October, 1999) Harry Haynes has been with Prime since November 1997. Harry received a lease completion incentive of $5,759.43 for a lease he completed in 88 weeks. Harry, who has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and one year of accident-free delivery, resides in Yarnell, Arizona.

    (October, 1999) Patrick Logan of Jackson, Missouri has received a lease completion incentive of $6,592.36 for a lease he completed in 66 weeks. He has several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has been with Prime since June of 1998.

    (October, 1999) Thomas Aranda has been with Prime since December 1992. He has received an incentive of $14,194.77 for the completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Thomas has numerous awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has seven years of accident-free driving. His lease was completed in three years.

    (October, 1999) Napolean Lilly of Carbondale, Illinois, has successfully completed his lease with Success Leasing, Inc in three years. For this, he received an incentive of $7,889.31. Napolean has been with Prime since April 1996 and has several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance. He has had three years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Owen Tutt has been with Prime since April 1994. He has received a lease completion incentive of $10,128.19 for a lease that was completed in three years. Owen has many awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free delivery. He resides in Spanaway, Washington.

    (October, 1999) Terry Huff of Glasgow, Kentucky, has been with Prime since March 1997. He has received an incentive of $15,978.42 for the completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Terry completed his lease in 131 weeks and has numerous Prime Time Certified awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Terry has also had two years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Mark Criddle has received a lease completion incentive of $7,513.83 for the successful completion of his three-year lease. He has been with Prime since April 1995 and has several awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Mark resides in Downey, Idaho.

    (October, 1999) Milton Harrington has been with Prime since May of 1996 and has completed his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. in three years. He has received an incentive of $15,693.53 for doing so. Milton has many Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has three years of accident-free driving. He resides in Tacoma, Washington.

    (October, 1999) Jerry Major of Anniston, Alabama, has been with Prime since June 1993. He has successfully completed his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. in three years. For this, Jerry received an incentive of $12,686.15. He has also received numerous awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery.

    (October, 1999) Ralph Nichols who resides in Phoenix, Arizona, has been with Prime since December of 1997. Ralph received a lease completion incentive of $11,781.24 for fulfilling his lease requirements in 83 weeks. He has several awards for excellent performance and timely delivery.

    (October, 1999) Linda Gonzales of Corbin, Kentucky has been with the Prime family since November 1994. She has received a lease completion incentive of $7,958.46 for a lease that she completed in 70 weeks. Linda has many Prime Time Certified awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. She has also had four years of accident-free delivery.

    (October, 1999) Robert Grubbs has been with Prime since July of 1998. He had a one-year lease, which upon completion paid an incentive of $8,120.84. Robert possesses many awards for superb performance and timely delivery and has one year accident-free driving. He resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

    (October, 1999) Frank Neogra of Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania has been with Prime since August of 1998. He has received a lease completion incentive of $6,480 for a lease that he completed in 58 weeks. Frank has had one year of accident-free driving and has numerous awards for excellent performance.

    (October, 1999) Joseph Holden has been with Prime since September 1997. He fulfilled his lease agreement in two years and received an incentive of $10,046.24 for doing so. Joseph has many awards for excellent performance and timely delivery and has two-years accident-free. He resides in San Antonio, Texas.

    (October, 1999) Lonious Brown of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has been with Prime since July of 1996 and received $11,416.15 for the completion of a three-year lease. Lonious has several Prime Time Certified Awards and has one year of accident-free delivery.

    (October, 1999) David Hopkins of Junction City, Kansas, has had several awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery given to him since he started with Prime in March of 1996. David also received a lease completion incentive of $6,481.86 for his three -year lease.

    (October, 1999) Andrelious Brown of Atlanta, Georgia has been with Prime since March 1997 and received an incentive of $5,815.44 for completing a 133-week lease. Andrelious has been accident-free for two years and has a variety of awards for superior performance on timely delivery.

    (October, 1999) Marion Pardlow has been with the Prime family since December 1993. He has received $12,515.66 for completing an 84-week lease. Marion has many awards for exceptional performance and has two years of accident-free delivery. He resides in Chandler, Arizona.

    (October, 1999) Eddie Barrett of Apple Valley, California, has been with Prime since April of 1997. He has received a lease completion incentive of $12,228.25 for the fulfillment of his 127-week lease. Eddie has many Prime Time Certified awards for superior performance and timely delivery and has two years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Rodney Thweatt has received an incentive of $5,878.59 for the satisfactory completion of his 96-week lease. Rodney has been with Prime since November 1997. During this time, he has accumulated a variety of awards for exceptional performance and on-time delivery. He also has had one year of accident-free driving. Rodney resides in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

    (October, 1999) Ralph McGuire of Springfield, Missouri, has been with Prime since June of 1995. He has accepted a lease completion incentive of $6,737.84 for the completion of his three-year lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Ralph has been the recipient of many Prime Time Certified awards for superior performance and on-time delivery.

    (October, 1999) Gralin Manning of Columbia, South Carolina, has been with the Prime Family for six years since his start date in April 1993. Gralin has received an incentive of $8,285.16 for the completion of a three-year lease. Gralin has also been the receiver of many Prime Time Certified awards for exceptional performance and punctual delivery. He is five years accident-free.

    (October, 1999) Arnold Stevens of Sonora, California, has received a lease completion incentive of $12,019.14 for the satisfactory completion of his 96-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. He has been with Prime since October 1996 and has received many awards for superior performance during this time. Arnold has had one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Edward Stanhope of Bolivar, Missouri, has been with Prime since April of 1997. During this time he has received several awards for exceptional performance and on-time delivery. Edward has recently accepted an incentive of $8,289.47 for the completion of his 103-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. He also has had two years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Michael Brown has been with the Prime family since July 1996. During this time, he has received numerous awards for superior performance and has had three years of accident-free driving. In addition, he has received an incentive of $23,448.15 for the completion of his three-year lease. Michael resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

    (October, 1999) Tresia Adams of Meridian, Mississippi, has been with Prime since April of 1997. She has accepted a lease completion incentive of $10,656.61 for the satisfactory completion of her 128-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. During Tresia's time at Prime, she has received many awards for exceptional performance and timely delivery. She also has had one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Thomas Hogan of Florissant, Missouri, has received a lease completion incentive of $11,549.27 for the successful fulfillment of hi s three-year lease. Thomas has been with Prime since June of 1996. During this time, he has received several Prime Time Certified awards for superior performance and timely delivery and has had two years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Karl Blanton has been with Prime since June of 1997. He has accepted an incentive of $13,484.74 for the successful completion of his 110-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Karl has also received a variety of awards for superior performance and on-time delivery and is seven years accident-free. He resides in Springfield, Missouri.

    (October, 1999) Garland Branch of Denton, Texas, has been with Prime since May 1992. He has received a lease completion incentive of $15,160.72 for the fulfillment of his three-year lease. Garland has many Prime Time Certified awards for exceptional performance and has had one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Eddie Vineyard of Dwight, Kansas, has accepted a lease completion incentive of $5,338.97 for the satisfactory fulfillment of his 92-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Eddie has been with Prime since January 1998, during which time he has accepted several awards for exceptional performance and on-time delivery. He has had one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Edwin Markham has accepted an incentive of $7,683.22 for the completion of his three-year lease. He has also received several awards for exceptional performance since his start date of February 1996. Edwin is of Spokane, Washington.

    (October, 1999) Carter Williams of Manhattan, Kansas, has accepted a lease completion incentive of $8,017.30 for the fulfillment of his 93-week lease. Since Carter started with Prime in December 1997, he has received many awards for exceptional performance and on-time delivery and is one year accident-free.

    (October, 1999) William Olson has been with Prime since September of 1997. He has received a lease completion incentive of $13,812.68 for the successful completion of a 109-week lease. William has several awards for superior performance and timely delivery and is from Columbia, Maryland.

    (October, 1999) William Brakefield of Shawnee, Oklahoma, has been with the Prime family since February 1998. He has accepted an incentive of $5,124.82 for completing a 70-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. William is one year accident-free and has many Prime Time Certified awards for exceptional performance.

    (October, 1999) Daniel Henry of Pace, Florida, has been with Prime for three years since his start date of March 1996. He has accepted an incentive of $15,606.59 for the satisfactory completion of a three-year lease during which he received numerous awards for superior performance and timely delivery. Daniel has also remained accident-free for two years.

    (October, 1999) John Dorsett has been with Prime since January 1997 during which time he has earned many awards for exceptional performance. In addition, John has received a lease completion incentive of $7,791.27 for the satisfactory completion of a 131-week lease. John is of Lexington, North Carolina.

    (October, 1999) Jeffery Sheets has been with Prime since January 1997 and has accepted an incentive of $7,305.08 for the completion of his 118-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. He also has received many awards for superior performance and timely delivery and has two years of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) David Ames of Accord, New York, has been awarded $7,281.68 for the completion of his 62-week lease. In addition, David has received many Prime Time Certified awards for exceptional performance and has had one year of accident-free driving since his start date in June 1996.

    (October, 1999) Keith Teague of Berryville, Arkansas, has been with Prime since July 1997. During this time, he has received several awards for superior performance and has had two years of accident-free delivery. In addition, Keith has accepted a lease completion incentive of $16,402.90 for the successful completion of a 99-week lease.

    (October, 1999) Adeyinka Adetunji of Little Rock, Arkansas, has been with the Prime family since February 1998. Adeyinka has received an incentive of $5,500.53 for the completion of a 42-week lease and many awards for exceptional performance and timely delivery.

    (October, 1999) Theodore McDade of Clayton, New Mexico, has received a lease completion incentive of $6,105.28 for fulfilling a 66-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Since his start date in July 1998, Theodore has received numerous awards for superior performance and has one year of accident-free delivery.

    (October, 1999) William Schafer has been with Prime since July 1997. He has accepted many Prime Time Certified awards for exceptional performance and timely delivery. In addition, William has received a lease completion incentive of $8,933.71 for satisfying a 116-week lease.

    (October, 1999) Randy Patton of Riverdale, Georgia, has been with Prime since September 1996. He has received an incentive of $8,351.64 for the completion of a three-year lease. During this time, Randy had two years of accident-free driving and received many awards for superior performance and timely delivery.

    (October, 1999) Charles Hibbard of Nixa, Missouri, has been with the Prime family for two years since his start date in July 1997. Charles has recently been the recipient of many Prime Time Certified awards for exceptional performance and an incentive of $14,546.25 for the completion of a 115-week lease. In addition, Charles has had one year of accident-free driving.

    (October, 1999) Daniel Joye has been with Prime since September 1995. During this time, he has accepted a lease completion incentive of $19,670.08 for the satisfaction of a 184-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. and been the recipient of numerous awards for superior performance and timely delivery. Daniel is from Waynesville, Missouri.

    (October, 1999) Timothy VanBlargan of Mingo Junction, Ohio, has been with the Prime family since June 1998. He has received a lease completion incentive of $6,808.74 for a 67-week lease with Success Leasing, Inc. While Timothy has been with Prime, he has received many awards for exceptional performance and has one year of accident-free delivery.

    (October, 1999) Daniel Joye received $19,500 for the successful completion of his
    3 1/2 year lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Daniel also received another diamond for his Prime Time Certified accomplishments for excellent performance and on-time delivery.

    (October, 1999) Thomas Cain received a Prime Time Certified ring for two years of excellent performance and safe, on-time delivery.

    (October, 1999) Doug Phillips received his Prime Time Certified ring for two years of excellent performance and safe, on-time delivery.

    (August, 1999) Randall Crouse, who started with Prime in February, 1996, received $6,539.21 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Randall has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has three years of accident-free driving. Randall resides in Puyallup, Washington, and completed his lease in three years.

    (August, 1999) William West of Ellington, Connecticut, has been with Prime since October 1997. William received $9,524.96 upon the completion of his 94-week lease. William has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has one year of accident-free driving.

    (August, 1999) Roy Ijams received $18,138.03 for the completion of his three -year lease. Roy, who joined Prime in May 1993, has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has six years of accident-free driving. Roy lives in Marshall, Arkansas.

    (August, 1999) Roberto Alonzo has been with Prime since March 1997. Roberto received a lease completion incentive of $12,117.92 for a lease he completed in 125 weeks. Roberto has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free driving. He resides in Southgate, California.

    (August, 1999) Frank James, who joined Prime in September 1996, received $8,980.78 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Frank has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free driving. Frank resides in Rustburg, Virginia, and completed his lease in 148 weeks.

    (August, 1999) Michael James of Washington, DC, has been with Prime since January 1997. Michael received $7,183.37 upon the completion of his 134-week lease. Michael has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free driving.

    (August, 1999) Arnold Schwertner has been with Prime since January 1997. Arnold received a lease completion incentive of $7,917.42 for a lease he completed in 120 weeks. Arnold, who has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance, resides in Floydada, Texas.

    (August, 1999) Ronald Mosley, who started with Prime in April 1990, received $9,547.93 for the successful completion of a lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Ronald, who has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, has three years of accident-free driving. Ronald resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and completed the lease in three years.

    (August, 1999) Jeffrey Otte of Boise, Idaho, has been with Prime since January 1998. Jeffrey received $6,111.28 upon the completion of a 64-week lease. Jeffrey has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and one year accident free, on-time delivery.

    (August, 1999) Jerry Bilbrey, who joined Prime in November 1993, received $9,531.36 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Jerry has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has three years of accident-free driving. Jerry resides in Woodriver, Illinois, and completed his lease in 91 weeks.

    (August, 1999) Sam Tomlin has been with Prime since November 1996. Sam received $6,035.53 upon the completion of his 79-week lease. Sam has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and three years of safe, on-time delivery.

    (August, 1999) Edward Clopp has been with Prime since September 1997. Edward received a lease completion incentive of $7,685.38 for a lease he completed in 95 weeks. Edward, who has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance, resides in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

    (August, 1999) Harold Hobart, who started with Prime in December 1996, received $5,224.56 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Harold has also received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Harold resides in Danberry, Connecticut and completed his lease in 102 weeks.

    (August, 1999) Travis Sumner of Jacksonville, Florida, has been with Prime since September 1997. Travis received $5,547.23 upon the completion of his 80-week lease. Travis has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery, and has one year of accident-free driving.

    (August, 1999) Clayton Howery received $5,444.82 for the completion of his 67-week lease. Clayton, who joined Prime in April 1998, has received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery. Clayton lives in Waynesville, Missouri.

    (August, 1999) Lawerence Teague has been with Prime since September 1996. Lawerence received a lease completion incentive of $6,842.94 for a lease he completed in 147 weeks. Lawerence has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has two years of accident-free driving. He resides in Wichita, Kansas.

    (August, 1999) Hani Asmar, who joined Prime in February 1996, received $7,273.55 for the successful completion of his lease with Success Leasing, Inc. Hani has received several Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and has two years of accident-free driving. He resides in Dengman's Ferry, Pennsylvania, and completed his lease in 142 weeks.

    (August, 1999) Eduardo Martinez of Homestead, Florida, has been with Prime since June 1996. Eduardo received $7,930.42 upon the completion of his 119-week lease. Eduardo has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent performance and on-time delivery and has three years of accident-free delivery.

    (August, 1999) Paul Fillingim has been with Prime since January 1998. Paul received a lease completion incentive of $9,881.94 for a lease he completed in 79 weeks. Paul, who has also received numerous Prime Time Certified Awards for excellent p performance and one year of accident-free delivery, resides in Cantonment, Florida.

  • Prime To Outfit Trailers With Thermoking Magnum Refrigeration Units

    Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated and flatbed truckload carrier based in Springfield, Missouri, announces that it will be adding the quiet-running and highly-efficient ThermoKing Magnum Whisper Edition refrigeration units to its fleet in June 1999.

    This innovative trailer refrigeration unit features a simple, yet very efficient compressor design which can generate a cooling capacity of 30,000 Btu/hr at -20 degrees F with a 100 degree F ambient temperature. That calculates to 20% more capacity for deep frozen cargo than is available from any other system in the industry. In addition, the ThermoKing Magnum Whisper Edition utilizes revolutionary Smart Set TM technology which operates on a narrow temperature band and allows cool, moist air to circulate throughout the entire cargo area which is ideal for produce shipments.

    Prime relies heavily on such reliable advanced technology in the international transport of millions of tons of temperature sensitive freight which is hauled by its Refrigerated Division annually.

    Evaluating and implementing new technologies as they emerge has enabled Prime to continually enhance its reputation as an industry leader in the safe, cost-effective transport of temperature sensitive goods. Prime is committed to seeking innovative solutions to the modern demands and requirements of shippers nationwide. Those seeking further information about Prime's Refrigerated or Flatbed fleets are encouraged to contact Prime toll free (1-800-848-4560).

  • 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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