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

    April 2014 Awardees Include:

    Howard M. Thompson

    Refrigerated Division

    Jerry A. Fletcher

    Flatbed Division

    Robert W. T. Jones

    Tanker Division

    David J. Shannon

    Company Tanker Division

    Paul Tiltscher

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Anthony J. Bessette

    Company Flatbed Division

    Theresa K. Medlin & Randy W. Medlin

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Drivers Jason And Heather Davis Take It Off Road

    Prime team drivers Jason and Heather Davis went off road and recently competed at the USA BMX Dixieland Nationals in Atlanta, GA on April 26th and 27th. Jason, who is a former BMX Pro racer, competed in two races and is attempting to qualify into the top 8 riders in the men’s 41- 45 Intermediate Division. Heather is already qualified and placed 4th in the 31 & Over Girls race on Saturday and 3rd in Sunday’s race.

     

    “I had sugar issues,” joked Jason. “I almost didn’t race. You tell yourself just go out there and have fun, but once you have been competitive, it gets pretty serious.” Jason and Heather are just another example of Prime drivers who find a way to train and compete while living out of their trucks. In 2012, Jason won the first ever Prime Bicycle Challenge, competed in a Revolution 3 triathlon series race, and competed in the 2012 BMX National Championships. “Overall, I ended the (previous) year #68 out of 364 riders in my district. I’d like to improve on that and hit top 20. That means more racing.”

     “It’s amazing how many dedicated athletes we have in our fleet,” said Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness coach. “We are getting a reputation for being the healthiest fleet in the country, and we are attracting both current and former athletes who want to drive for Prime because they see an opportunity to make great money, train, travel, and compete across the country. We have a former pro basketball player, an Olympic track and field athlete, former college football players, even para-gliders and skydivers. You just never know who is behind the wheel.”

    Heather Davis is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity to drive and compete. Asked about her goals for 2014, Heather said, “These other girls are always trying to beat me. This year I will make it into the top five.”

     

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    One Million Milers

    • James C. Harmon
    • Shelia E. Harmon

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


  • Prime Drivers on the Road to Fitness 2014

    At Christmas 2012, Prime Driver James Peters weighed 340 lbs. He enrolled in Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Program weighing 282.8 lbs. and finished at 257 lbs. Today, James drives at a slender 225 lbs. He is just one of the examples of hundreds of Prime drivers who have committed to improving their health.

    “We just finished our April Walk Run Challenge and Steve Thorkveen was the winner with 195 miles. This month, we have our May Bicycle Challenge, and in August, we have our Fittest of the Fleet competition. Drivers like Jerry and Cathy Byrd are competing in 5k races, we have several drivers competing in the Revolution 3 Triathlons this year, and Crystal Logan is competing in a Tough Mudder event in Chicago,” said Driver Health and Fitness Coach Siphiwe Baleka. “Our drivers have gone way beyond just losing 10 lbs. They are coming off medication and changing to a fitness lifestyle while on the road.”

    In addition to the 13-week fitness coaching program, Prime offers its drivers the Montague Paratrooper fold-up mountain bike and other fitness products in the company store. According to Baleka, “Robert Low made a commitment to improving the quality and longevity of life for his drivers. We do everything we can to give them the best equipment, the best safety training, and the best opportunities to stay healthy on the road. Our drivers are changing the image of the American truck driver and proving that you can have an active lifestyle while delivering the nation’s freight.”

    Baleka, a former Prime driver himself, leads by example. This past weekend he competed in the United States Masters Swimming 2014 Spring National Championships in six events, earning three top ten finishes.


     

  • 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.

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