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  • Family Atmosphere Extends Beyond CDL Driving Jobs at Prime

    Prime Inc. has earned a reputation for providing a family-like atmosphere for its associates. In fact, it’s one of the reasons many associates who take CDL driving jobs with Prime stay on with the company for years and years. But at Prime, the “family atmosphere” is more than a gimmick or slogan; in many cases it’s literal, and it isn’t confined to just truck drivers. Married partners and relatives of all combinations are commonplace throughout the Prime organization, both on the road in CDL driving jobs moving freight and in the offices handling the administration side of the business. A great example of two family members making a living at Prime are Linda San Paolo and Angela San Paolo-Gomez, a mother and daughter who have been working in the same facility for almost 20 years.

    Linda joined the company in 1994 after being introduced to the Human Resources Manager by her cousin, who was also working for Prime at the time. She had worked with other companies and was looking for a change when she found a home at Prime. Her daughter, Angela, was hired on with Prime a year later after having lunch with her mom at work and being offered an application by the Switchboard Operator, Amy Compton-Breiner. Although the two have always worked in different departments during their time at Prime, they try to speak daily, or at least say hello as they pass in the hallways and catch up on the weekends. Both say that just getting to see each other daily has helped to strengthen their relationship, both personally and professionally. It helps that their desks are located less than 30 feet away from each other.

    Angela left her job that she held during college as a Restaurant Manager to join Prime in December of 1995 to work as a Switchboard Operator. She then moved to the Driver Payroll department where she worked until 2003. The next 6 years she spent working with Wil-Trans, a company that hauls freight for the Logistics Division of Prime. In 2009, Angela returned back to Prime as a Driver Recruiter where she has remained and says she loves it. She states that from the beginning they were aware that this was business and that they had a job to get done. She adds, “Some days it’s a simple hello or smile as we find ourselves to be pretty busy most of the time. If there is every anything I need, I like knowing I can go to my mom and trust her advice!”

    Linda previously worked for French’s Mustard Company for 15 years in Sales & Marketing, and, prior to that, she worked for Litton Industries for 7 years in the Payroll Department. She decided to join Prime in August of 1994 with the suggestion and help of her cousin. During her years at Prime, Linda has worked in both the Safety and Driver Personnel departments. She currently handles a multitude of responsibilities in the Driver Personnel department to help with the management and oversight of paperwork for thousands of current drivers’ files as well as that of incoming applicants. She states that she likes working with her daughter because it’s great to know that if either one of them has a situation or emergency arise, they can be there for each other to assist or offer advice… as well as carpooling during any ugly weather conditions. Linda adds, “We have always been very close so being able to see each other and talk with each other often strengthens our relationship even more. When my husband (Angela’s father) was in the hospital in St. Louis with a serious illness, Angela was my rock here at work—just being able to talk to her and hug her everyday helped me through a very difficult time.”

    While Linda brought a member of her family to Prime, Angela has actually raised her family while working at the company and knows many other families that have done the same. Linda sums it all up by saying, “I see so many family members working together here – husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, and parents whose children have grown up and are now working for Prime. It’s great to know that we work for a company that is willing to allow family members to become a part of this team. Having a wonderful on-site childcare program goes a long way with the associates; so when Prime says ‘Families Welcome’, they really mean it.”

    Not only do Linda and Angela enjoy working together as family members, they also both love being a part of the Prime family. Linda says her favorite part of working for Prime is getting to work with so many great associates and meeting so many of the Prime drivers every day, every week, every year. . Angela agrees, adding that she enjoys every aspect of her job, especially the way people treat each other with kindness, friendship, and respect. “Working for Prime is truly like working with one big family!”

    If you want to work for a company that offers a family atmosphere, whether as a part of the administrative team or in one of the available CDL driving jobs, visit the Prime Inc. website at www.driveforprime.com for more information, or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (March 2014)

    March 2014 Awardees Include:

    Edmund Gibbons

    Refrigerated Division

    Ervin Ray Jackson

    Flatbed Division

    James F. Daniel

    Tanker Division

    Douglas L. Adams

    Company Tanker Division

    Sergei M. Kondratjuk

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Timothy W. Peck

    Company Flatbed Division

    Michael Davis & Jennifer Butters 

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (February 2014)

    February 2014 Awardees Include:

    Frank D. Buck

    Refrigerated Division

    Scott Applegate

    Flatbed Division

    Benjamin L. Johnson

    Tanker Division

    Ralph W. Hudson

    Company Tanker Division

    Nils V. Pontenstein

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Lavontee Childress

    Company Flatbed Division

    Gary B Washington

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    One Million Milers

    • James E. Conaway
    • David E. Greenwald
    • Larry J. Otteni, Jr.
    • Dwayne A. Ritt
    • Kevin E. Thompson

    Silver Millionaires

    Silver Millionaires

    • Timothy M. Burris
    • Roland W. Eggert
    • Randy Leffingwell

    Click here to read more about Prime's Driver Awards.


  • Prime Inc. drivers featured in Men's Health magazine

    April issue shows readers what truckers can teach them about fitness

    SPRINGFIELD, Missouri. – March 13, 2014 – Prime Inc., a transportation company with more than 6,000 refrigerated, flatbed and tanker operators, is pleased to have drivers Rodney McCloud and Justin Boschee featured in the April issue of Men's Health magazine.

    Prime, Inc.'s Fittest of the Fleet competition, August 2013 Prime, Inc.'s Fittest of the Fleet competition, August 2013

    Prime, Inc. Photo L-R: Robert E. Low (Prime Inc. President & Founder), Rodney McCloud (Driver, Riverdale, GA), Justin Boschee (Driver, Puyallup, WA), Joe Kita (Men's Health Writer) and Siphiwe Baleka (Prime Inc. Driver Health and Fitness Coach, Springfield)
    The issue hit newsstands yesterday, and features McCloud, Boschee and the company's Driver Health and Fitness (DHF) Coach Siphiwe Baleka. The eight-page spread titled, "Hit The Road Jacked" written by Joe Kita with photographs by Andrew Hetherington, asks readers what can truckers teach them about fitness.

    "Plenty," says Kita. "If they can stay in shape despite 300 days on the road a year, then you have no excuses. Get ready to lose that trailer and gain some horsepower."

    The article continues by citing recent statistics on the health of drivers. "A 2014 survey of long-haul truck drivers by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 69 percent are obese, 17 percent morbidly so. A recent Gallup-Healthways analysis revealed that transportation workers, including truckers, are the fattest and have the highest risk for chronic health problems of any occupational group."

    McCould and Boschee share their stories about what inspires them to stay healthy on the road, while Baleka offers nutrition tips, his 7 Rules of On-the Road Fitness, and a menu of 32 body-weight exercises.

    "We are very proud of Rodney and Justin’s accomplishments as safe and healthy drivers," said Baleka. "And we are honored that Men’s Health took an interest in learning about how our drivers are taking proactive steps to lead healthy lifestyles. Hopefully, this will help change the stereotype image about truck drivers."

    McCloud claimed the title of "Fittest of the Fleet" last August at Prime's inaugural competition, and Boschee was runner-up. Boschee also lost 40 pounds through the company's award-winning 13 Week Basic DHF program.


  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    Two Million Miler

    • Douglas H. Shaw

    One Million Milers

    • Terry J. Johnson, Jr.
    • Willie L. Jones
    • Don L. McCormick, Jr.

    Silver Millionaires

    Silver Millionaires

    • Steven B. Thorkveen

    Click here to read more about Prime's Driver Awards.


  • Don Lacy Retires After 25 Years at Prime Inc.

    Don Lacy
    Don Lacy

    Longtime Director of Safety Don Lacy is retiring on April 1 following a 25-year career at Prime Inc.

    Lacy first joined Prime in 1989 for a two-year stint as operations manager. He rejoined the company in 1996 as director of safety where he led a seven-member team, including a registered nurse, and three loss prevention department employees.

    During his tenure, Lacy spearheaded numerous safety and communications initiatives for the company’s 6,400 drivers and its fleet of more than 5,000 trucks, including the creation of the “Prime University” training center, the establishment of weekly safety meetings and downloadable podcasts, and the implementation of the latest technological developments, including rollover stability control, lane departure warnings, and forward-looking radar.

    Throughout his career, Lacy has been a tireless advocate for driver safety, serving on several boards and committees including: Professional Truck Driving Institute; Truckload Carriers Association Safety Group, Safety & Security Division, and Independent Contractor Division; American Trucking Association Council of Safety Supervisors; Commercial Motor Vehicle Section National Safety Council; Oklahoma Motor Carriers; and the Missouri Bus & Truck Association.

    He has also served as an expert panel member of the American Transportation Research Institute, spoke at numerous industry events, and developed and implemented more than 30 safety programs.

    Lacy’s accolades include: 2011 Claire C. Casey Safety Professional of the Year Award from Truckload Carriers Association; 2010 Fleet Safety Improvement Award from the Truckload Carriers Association; 1978 Safety Man of the Year from Missouri Bus and Truck Association; 1977 Missouri Safety Director of the Year.


  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    Two Million Miler

    • William V. Maupin

    One Million Milers

    • John E. Cole
    • Vincent C. Harrison
    • Brett A. Lucas
    • Earl F. Waddle, Jr.

    Click here to read more about Prime's Driver Awards.


  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (January 2014)

    January 2014 Awardees Include:

    Johannas A. Gibson

    Refrigerated Division

    Rolyn D. Barksdale, Sr.

    Flatbed Division

    Donald R. Royal

    Tanker Division

    Robert Schumacher

    Company Tanker Division

    Paul Tiltscher

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Michael Shilling

    Company Flatbed Division

    Clifford Wilkinson & Kevin Hill 

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (December 2013)

    December 2013 Awardees Include:

    Bonny Jean Fisher

    Refrigerated Division

    Remick E. Tolbert

    Flatbed Division

    Tracy J.   Vierhout

    Tanker Division

    Douglas Adams

    Company Tanker Division

    Eugene Mark Ton

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Richard Barber

    Company Flatbed Division

    Ezekiel Bibby & Aziz Ibrahim

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    Two Million Miler

    • Janine S Hackman

    One Million Milers

    • Phillip D. Prince
    • Stacey S. Woodward

    Click here to read more about Prime's Driver Awards.


  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (November 2013)

    November 2013 Awardees Include:

    Letitia U. Clayborne

    Refrigerated Division

    Robert F. Saling

    Flatbed Division

    Guillermo Girona

    Tanker Division

    Nicholas Q. Kenney

    Company Tanker Division

    Kevin O. Boyd

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Richard Banul

    Company Flatbed Division

    Barbara Van Zant & Iris L. Lane

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Truck Driver Training Goes Cutting Edge at Prime Inc.

    Prime inc. goes above and beyond the traditional methods of truck driver training to ensure associates get the best and most modern instruction possible for success on the road. Prime uses computer-based training methods and driving simulators for all new truck drivers, whether they’re signing up for the Prime Student Driver Program or transferring from another carrier.  A great deal of time and thought has gone into the truck driver training program, and it is evident in the quality of the associates working for Prime today.

    Leigh Anne Pettit Sunset over Training Pad 300x225 Truck Driver Training Goes Cutting Edge at Prime Inc

    Photo by: Leigh Anne Pettit

    New truck drivers begin their careers with Prime by attending a 3 or 4 daylong orientation. The classes are a combination of hands-on training and class work; the classroom portions are computer-based, and students work at their own pace. This keeps the material fresh, and periodic knowledge checks ensure that new associates understand the material. Feedback is instantaneous. Unlike other orientation and training programs designed to just “check the box” for new drivers, Prime is invested in truck driver training. Prime takes great care in making sure new associates have all of the materials, knowledge and skills they need to be successful.

    In addition to computer-based classroom training, all new truck drivers get seat time in one of four state-of-the-art driving simulators. Even if they’ve never sat in a tractor-trailer before, the simulators let drivers experience driving, shifting, control, and backing in a safe environment before they ever head out to the training pad. Experienced drivers new to Prime also get to sit at a simulator as a part of their truck driver training and orientation. It evaluates their skills coming in and shows where additional or focused training may be needed to enhance their truck driving skills.

    Truck Driver Training 300x210 Truck Driver Training Goes Cutting Edge at Prime Inc
    The simulators can present a variety of driving conditions to a truck driver. They can simulate the effects of snow, ice, glare, and night driving. They can also simulate any type of surface, from a two-lane mountain road to a prairie interstate. When combined, these two sets of conditions can provide opportunities for truck driver training that can’t be found anywhere else. Because even seasoned drivers might never have driven in all conditions, the simulator lets them experience those conditions before they have to deal with them for the first time while on the road.

    Prime’s goal is to provide the best training available for all associates and allow them to be successful in their careers which is why so much has been invested in the training programs. Computerized training systems and driving simulators are expensive to buy and maintain, but it is money well spent. By giving drivers the knowledge and skills they need in a safe and interactive truck driver training facility, they head out better prepared to face any challenges they may encounter. Traditional training, merged with cutting-edge technology, provides a world-class training experience for new truck drivers at Prime.

  • Listen in on our November 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in on our November 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in iTunes
    Prime FeedBurner Safety Podcast
    Prime BuzzSprout Safety Podcast

    In this release: What's Important, Health and Wellness, Prime Smart Phone Program, HAZMAT, Technology Update, Winter Driving, Deer Hits and Accidents.

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    Two Million Milers

    • Rudy E. Coronado
    • Baron G. Mosley

    One Million Milers

    • Micheal McGonigal
    • Gary V. Plummer
    • Jo Lynn Vine
    • Johnnie Becton
    • George Cummins
    • Matthew Foley
    • Terry J. Johnson, Sr.
    • Iris L. Lane
    • Danny K. Mead
    • Michael M. Sparks

    Click here to read more about Prime's Driver Awards.


  • Prime Inc. Supports Wreaths Across America

    Wreaths across america 300x199 Prime Inc. Supports Wreaths Across America Every year, since 1992, ­Wreaths Across America has strived to expand the annual tradition of laying wreaths on fallen veterans’ gravestones. Once, the only place wreath-laying took place was Arlington National Cemetery, but today, volunteers gather at more than 800 participating locations throughout the 50 states to simultaneously perform this symbolic ritual on the second Saturday in December. This year, the event will take place at noon EST on Dec. 14.

    Wreaths Across America 2012 299 300x200 Prime Inc. Supports Wreaths Across America

    Prime Inc. has proudly supported ­Wreaths Across America for several years now by contributing money, time, qualified drivers, and equipment to deliver wreaths to veterans’ cemeteries across the country.  Prime has always been a strong supporter of our veterans and troops currently serving. This year, they will add 100 new trailers with the slogan “Support Our Troops-We Will Never Forget” and the Wreaths Across America logo to their existing fleet bringing the total of these patriotic trailers to 151.

    Wreaths Across America 2012 185 300x200 Prime Inc. Supports Wreaths Across AmericaIt’s only with the help of generous trucking companies, volunteers, and active organizations that Wreaths Across America can take place. The goal of this special day is to remember, honor, and teach about the service and sacrifices American veterans have made for our country over the years. It’s particularly important to teach younger generations about the freedoms Americans enjoy today that came at such a great cost.

    The symbolism of a beautiful wreath adorning every gravestone is often emotionally overwhelming for family members of fallen veterans. As the late philanthropist Pierre Claeyssens once said so eloquently, “To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worst.” That’s why ­Wreaths Across America exists: to honor and remember fallen soldiers, recognize the sacrifices of surviving family members, and make sure our children know how they came to enjoy the freedoms they have today.

    There is no cost to attend a ­Wreaths Across America event, but anyone who feels passionate about this tradition is encouraged to donate or become a volunteer to ensure this powerful ceremony is carried on for years to come.

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (October 2013)

    October 2013 Awardees Include:

    Sidney R. Putnam

    Refrigerated Division

    Kevin P. Doyle

    Flatbed Division

    Robert W. T. Jones

    Tanker Division

    David J. Shannon

    Company Tanker Division

    Jose M. Garcia

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Richard A. Dyer

    Company Flatbed Division

    Glen E. & Karla J. Horack

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Inc. | Truck Driving for All

    Here at Prime Inc., we’re pleased to have such a variety of talented, hardworking drivers on our team. The men and women who drive for us have different backgrounds and future ambitions, but there’s one thing they each have in common: a passion for truck driving and hauling the goods that America needs.

    One of the most popular ways to join our team is through the Prime Student Driver Program. This option gets you on the fast track to becoming a professional commercial truck driver. Thousands of ambitious new drivers have completed the program and joined our team. Here’s a closer look at three drivers who completed orientation together and joined Prime in February 2013.

    Jonathan Alo, Prime Inc. Truck Driver

    Jonathan Alo 300x200 Prime Inc. | Truck Driving for AllBefore becoming a truck driver, Jon was a firefighter/EMT. He decided to leave his job after five years and pursue a career in truck driving. He still spends some of his free time as a volunteer firefighter, but he loves the opportunity to get paid “touring” the lower 48 states as a professional truck driver. In less than a year, Jon has already become a trainer, so he can pass on the skills and knowledge he has acquired at Prime.

    When asked to narrow down what he likes best about Prime Inc., Jon said: “Everything. I love this company, and everything it stands for! Prime is one big family here. Great friends, great people!”

    John Shelby, Prime Inc. Truck Driver

    John Shelby 300x200 Prime Inc. | Truck Driving for AllJohn was a DirecTV installer/service technician before he started his truck driving career with Prime. When he was ready for a career change, he realized Prime Inc. was right for him because he had enjoyed local delivery jobs in the past and was ready to take those skills to the next level.

    When asked why he enjoys working for Prime, John answered: “They treat everyone like family, and they care. When going through the Prime Student Driver Program, my favorite part was the fact that Prime makes sure each student is trained to the best of their ability before going out on their own.”

    Bradley Esco, Prime Inc. Truck Driver

    Bradley Esco 300x200 Prime Inc. | Truck Driving for AllBrad’s pre-trucking career involved operating machinery at a factory that made baked goods. He wanted to change his career when he realized he could earn more money as a truck driver. All it took was a quick Google search and an online application to the Prime Student Driver Program – the rest, as they say, is history.

    When asked how he feels about Prime Inc., Brad stated: “Prime is made up of great people, and they really love their drivers. My favorite part of the Prime Student Driver Program was the hands-on training instead of sitting in a classroom.”

    Despite their different backgrounds, each of these drivers came together and started a lifetime career they truly love.

  • Listen in on our October 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in on our October 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in iTunes
    Prime FeedBurner Safety Podcast
    Prime BuzzSprout Safety Podcast

    In this release: Safety and Chains, Deer Guard, Draining Air Tanks, Driver of the Year, Rollovers, Fuel and Season Lottery, Health Coverage, How Teams Drop Weight, Maintenance Tires, Oil changes, New 2 Million Miler, Tickets, Robert on Holiday Lottery.

     

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (September 2013)

    September 2013 Awardees Include:

    Thomas L. Nickols

    Refrigerated Division

    Curtis Lee Gibbs

    Flatbed Division

    Glenn E. Ford

    Tanker Division

    James W. Banks

    Company Tanker Division

    Micheal S. Hawkins

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Logan W. Kunzler

    Company Flatbed Division

    Michael & Laura White 

    Refrigerated Team Division

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