Prime News

  • 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

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    Two Million Milers

    • Thomas E. Evans
    • James A. Martin

    One Million Milers

    • Carleton E. Buck
    • Omar D. Page
    • Derrick L. Tolbert
  • Prime Inc. Garners U.S. EPA 2013 Smartway Excellence Award

    SmartWayOctober 22, 2013 (Springfield, Missouri.) – Prime Inc. has again been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a prestigious 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award given to organizations that achieve or exceed the fuel reduction and environmental performance goals they are working toward with the help of the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

    “We are very proud to have earned this award,” said Nick Forte, Fleet Maintenance Administrator. “Prime is committed to actively pursuing ways to reduce our carbon footprint, while delivering safe and on-time freight. This recognition tells us we’re succeeding.”

    The SmartWay Excellence Award recognition took place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the annual conference of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Denver, Colo. The SmartWay Excellence Awards, reserved for the top one percent of SmartWay Partners, are the EPA’s highest recognition for demonstrated leadership in freight supply chain goods movement. The EPA based its selection on information received from partners’ annual assessment tool submissions.

    Awardees were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate top environmental performance by adopting fuel-saving technologies and strategies to save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The data  collected helps carriers optimize energy and environmental efficiency as well as supply chain carbon emissions performance within their operations.

    “Protecting the environment for our children and grandchildren is a priority at Prime along with being good stewards of our limited natural resources,” said Forte. “We’re proud to be a SmartWay Partner and to support the EPA’s initiatives.”

  • Prime Inc. Participates in World’s Largest Truck Convoy®

    October 3, 2013, (Springfield, Missouri) –   On September 27, Prime Inc. was a presenting sponsor for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® for Special Olympics, which is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics.  It was a unique one-day event where Prime inc. driving professionals and trucks had the opportunity to allow a Special Olympics athlete to ride along with them in the convoy. The convoy began at 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Mo., and ended in downtown Joplin with a festival featuring live music, food, and trucks on display.

    The event drew 234 trucks, 25 of which represented Prime Inc. and included 33 Prime driving associates. In the convoy were Special Olympian Mark Havin of St. Clair, Missouri who got to ride along in the convoy with Prime associate Jerome Lobo of Springfield, Missouri.  Mark Havin is the younger brother of Andrea Mueller from Prime’s Recruiting Department.  Special Olympian Ashley Dunlap from Nevada, Missouri, got to ride along with Prime’s Mike Rinehart of Sun City, California.

    Following the event, Prime driving associates expressed great pride and enjoyment in taking part in the convoy. “What a sight to see 25 bobtails heading west on I-44. Then in Joplin, 230+ trucks. Very proud to be part of the Prime family,” said Prime’s Brenda Wilson.

    Prime associate Christopher Cunningham said, “I am proud to work for a company that is helping everything they come in contact with. Thank you Prime Inc.”

    According to the Special Olympics web site, the event is a great way to generate support for Special Olympians while highlighting the importance of trucking in keeping our country’s goods moving.  The event brought in a total of over $50,000 in donations which will go to support the Special Olympic athletes and events in the state of Missouri.

  • Want a New Job? | Work for a Company that Appreciates You

    You have probably learned to take the good with the bad at work, but if you desperately want a new job, it is time to start exploring your options. Everyone deserves to work for a company that appreciates them. If you are tired of being compensated based on group norms, feeling under-appreciated, or bumping your head against the glass ceiling, then you want a new job at Prime Inc.

    When you think about working for a trucking company like Prime, you might not consider the wide variety of positions that need to be filled As much as a successful carrier relies on its drivers, drivers rely on the non-driving associates to keep things running smoothly behind-the-scenes so they can successfully deliver their loads across the country on a daily basis.

    If you want a new job, consider a behind-the-scenes, non-driving job at Prime. A handful of these types of positions include:

    • Operations Manager: In this position, your job is to primarily oversee and assist fleet managers and dispatchers to ensure that Prime Drivers are receiving the support they need while they are out on the road or in the terminal visiting their manager in person.
    • Driver Recruiter: It’s your job to find experienced drivers who want a new job to come drive for Prime as well as encourage those who would like to start a career in truck driving to join the Prime Student Driver program.
    • Staff Accountant: You are responsible for analyzing financial information and preparing financial reports as well as completing other various accounting tasks.

    Prime is known for offering outstanding opportunities to drivers and non-drivers alike. If you need a new job though, don’t just take our word for it. Consider what these associates have to say about working for Prime:
    • “I love working for Prime… because I am rewarded for my individual effort and performance, not compensated based on a group norm.” –James Ely, Operations Manager
    • “I speak with people on a daily basis who work for other companies and feel that they are just a number. I love being part of a company that not only tells you that you are family but actually follows through and treats you like you are valuable.” –Lane Williams, Driver Recruiter
    • “I love working for Prime because I have fun every day that I come in to work.  It’s like working with a big family.” –Megan McMullin, Staff Accountant

    If you want a new job and you’re ready to make your move, please visit the Prime website today to learn more about jump-starting your new career in the trucking industry.

  • Listen in on our September 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in iTunes
    Prime FeedBurner Safety Podcast
    Prime BuzzSprout Safety Podcast

    In this release: Chain Information, CSA Numbers, Read Signage, Medical Card on File, Million Mile Club, Brakes, RPMs, Driver Testing and Referrals, GPS, Prime Mobile App, Prime Reward Points, Driver Fitness, Business is Ramping Up, Robert Low.


  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Gold Millionaires

    Three Million Miler

    • Allan Raffay

    Two Million Milers

    • Emily D. Plummer
    • Eddie Lee Taylor, Jr.

    One Million Milers

    • Micheal McGonigal
    • Gary V. Plummer
    • Jo Lynn Vine

    Silver Millionaire

    • Paul E. Aszman, Sr

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

  • Prime Inc. Program Aims to Improve Health of Truckers

    Reposted from the Springfield News-Leader. Written by Thomas Gounley.  Photo by Dean Curtis/News-Leader.

    Siphiwe Baleka, Prime's driver fitness coach, finds ways to help truckers be active. / Dean Curtis/News-Leader

    As part of Prime Inc.’s efforts to improve driver health and wellness — not to mention attract employees — the company’s expansive headquarters on North Mayfair Avenue in Springfield have long contained a basketball court, fitness classes and gym stocked with the latest exercise equipment.

    The trouble, however — particularly in an industry with more overweight and obese individuals than the general population — is that most of the company’s drivers spend far more time on the road than they do at headquarters.

    Now, the company is trying to convince them to take the fitness mindset in the cab with them.

    “What you need is an element where you can reach them in the truck everyday,” said Siphiwe Baleka.

    Baleka is in his second year as Prime’s driver fitness coach — a newly created role that developed out of the former college athlete’s own effort to battle weight gain after becoming a driver. The company’s new Driver Health and Fitness Program, he said, is modeled less on the idea that drivers are just making bad choices for their health and more on the belief that the occupation naturally lends itself to health challenges — but that those negative effects can be mitigated.

    “It’s a biochemical, hormonal result of the occupation,” he said of drivers’ weight gain. “The industry didn’t understand that.”

    Baleka was burned out from another job and short on funds when he joined Prime as a driver in 2008, he said. He was used to fitness, having swam competitively in college. Still, he gained 15 pounds on his 140-pound frame in two months — and realized that trend could easily continue.

    “I got scared,” he said. “I did the math.”

    As he drove over the next several years, he said, he tried different diet and exercise regimes to see what meshed with his lifestyle. He started carrying a bicycle in his cab, then added a backpack with a wetsuit inside.

    His three-year lease of a truck expired in December 2011. In April 2012, he finished Ironman South Africa — a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride followed by a marathon — in 11 hours and 59 minutes, good enough for fourth in his age group.

    The in-cab experimentation led to Baleka’s Fitness Trucking DVD series, which is sold in Prime’s on-site store.

    “I realized there’s a fitness program designed for everyone in America, except for long-haul truckers,” he said.

    At the same time as developing the series, he said, he approached Robert Low, president and founder of Prime, about a role on staff. He started in his current position in June 2012, he said, and the company’s Driver Health and Fitness Program began the next month.

    As of spring 2013, Prime was the 19th-largest employer in the Springfield metropolitan statistical area, which includes Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties, according to the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The company had 852 local full-time equivalent employees, according to the chamber, and 3,500 company-wide.

    But the company’s impact is actually broader than than that. Many of Prime’s drivers are lease operators, or independent contractors. The company has approximately 6,200 drivers, according to Baleka.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69.2 percent of U.S. adults age 20 years and over are overweight, with 35.9 percent of them classified as obese. A 2007 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, meanwhile, found that 86 percent of truck drivers are classified as either overweight or obese.

    Most people blame the health of truck drivers on their personal decisions, Baleka said, citing common perceptions. They eat too much. They eat the wrong things. And they’re lazy.

    But those people are wrong, he said.

    “The reasons why drivers are overweight are not what you think,” he said.

    Drivers who voluntarily participate in the the company’s program, he said, wear an armband that tracks various factors and keep a food log that tracks calorie intake. That data, he says, shows that most drivers’ problem isn’t a calorie surplus — it’s a slow metabolism.

    Various aspects of the truck driver lifestyle — like irregular sleep schedules — naturally slow one’s metabolism, Baleka said. Truck driving in particular is a very stressful activity — you’re on deadline and driving in traffic — and each stress event releases cortisol.

    “It tells your body to store fat in the abdominal area,” he said.

    But Baleka says he can counteract that. If drivers increase their metabolic rate to a high intensity for just four minutes a day — primarily by performing body weight exercises in or near their truck — over the course of the 13 weeks, he said, their metabolism will increase permanently.

    Baleka’s program boils down to two things — four minutes of activity and a reduction of carbohydrate intake. He works with what most truckers already eat — for example, encouraging them to get a six-inch sub with double meat at Subway instead of buying a foot-long sub.

    “I’m not going to tell a driver you’ve got to bake salmon or grill asparagus in your truck, because that’s never going to happen,” he said.

    Since Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Program began, he said, approximately 200 people have enrolled — many after a health scare.

    “The vast majority of drivers who come to me come to me because they’re afraid,” he said.

    Of those 200, Baleka said, 62 percent have completed the program, with an average weight loss of 20.3 pounds over the 13 weeks. Individuals in the first four classes of the program decreased their average BMI from 38.3 to 35.6. Individuals with BMIs over 25 are classified as overweight; those over 30 are classified as obese. Prime reimburses the $300 cost of the program for those who complete it.

    Lease Operator Letitia Clayborne lost 20 pounds in the program.

    “I thought it’d be hard, but it wasn’t,” she said.

    Rather than deprivation, the program encouraged frequent meals, she said.

    “You’d be like, ‘Man, I have to eat again,’” she said.

    Over the past year, Baleka said, about 30 drivers have bought folding bikes that they can take with them on the road. Twice a year — in May and September — the company holds a month-long challenge to see who can rack up the most miles; the May winner rode 538.99. Earlier this month, the company hosted a “Fittest of the Fleet” competition during its company picnic — an idea Baleka would like to see incorporated by other companies.

    While it can be difficult to determine the return on investment of health initiatives, Steve Wutke, Prime’s vice president of sales and marketing — who was shooting hoops at noon on Thursday — said the company just inherently knows it has made “a lot of progress.”

    “We’re all in on it.”


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

    August 2013 Awardees Include:

    Jerry Cochran

    Refrigerated Division

    Charles McKinney

    Flatbed Division

    Alexander Lambert

    Tanker Division

    Charles Carpenter

    Company Tanker Division

    Tim Mlack

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Thor C. Sheneman

    Company Flatbed Division

    Christine Stratton & Kari Rico 

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Mobile Version 1.4 is Now Available

    Prime Mobile Version 1.4 is Now Available

    Android app on Google Play      
    Prime Mobile App Version 1.4 What is new?
    • Ability to send pictures and documents directly to various departments within Prime.                               
    • When scanning trip documents, recent trips will be listed and selectable.  This feature reduces the amount of clicking required and reduces the chances of incorrect trip number entry.
    • The landscape orientation is available when composing messages.  This feature is very useful on phones that only have on-screen keyboards.


  • Happy National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week

    Prime is so grateful for not only our drivers but every driver across the country this week and all year long. This country depends on your dedication and hard work to get the goods we need everyday. Make an effort to thank a truck driver in your life today.



  • Listen in on our August 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in iTunes
    Prime FeedBurner Safety Podcast
    Prime BuzzSprout Safety Podcast

    In this release: Stake Holders Information, Safe Winter Driving, Tires and Fires, Big Do's and a Couple of Dont's, Andrea, Get Medical Card on File, Hazmat and Canada, Live Loaded Calls, Navigation and Prime Mobile App, Your Services Means Sales, Robert Low, Prime Picnic Contest and Results.


  • Prime Hosts First Ever Fittest of the Fleet Competition

    For the first time ever, eleven professional truck drivers competed for the title “Fittest of the Fleet” during Prime Inc.’s annual company picnic on August 31, 2013. The competition was created by Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Director Siphiwe Baleka to further transform the commercial truck driving industry by creating a culture of fitness within it. Each driver competed in three timed events testing their strength speed, endurance, agility and athleticism. Rodney McCloud took the Men’s title while Aimee James took the Women’s title.

    Event number one consisted of two rounds of ten dumbbell squat thrusters, twenty kettle bell swings, thirty push-ups and sixty jump ropes. The men used two 20 lb. dumbbells and a 20 lb. Kettlebell. Ms. James, the only female competitor, used 10 lb. dumbbells and a 10 lb. Kettlebell. “It looks easy on paper,” said Baleka, “but it is absolutely grueling. Drivers really struggle to get through that second round.” Rodney McCloud won the first event in a time of 4 minutes and 50 seconds, beating second place finisher George Robertson who finished with a time of 5 minutes and 31 seconds. Proving that she is every bit of a competitor as the men, Aimee James finished with the second fastest overall time of 4 minutes and 55 seconds.

    The second event featured a single round of 20 burpees, a twenty yard sprint, 20 more burpees, another sprint, and 20 more burpees to finish the round. According to Baleka, “Event two started at noon. It was well over ninety degrees, and the competitors only had an hour rest after the first event. I kept telling them that whoever was going to win had to earn it.” For the second time, Rodney McCloud edged out George Robertson, finishing in 3 minutes and six seconds. Mr. Robertson finished in 4 minutes exactly. Aimee James finished in 5 minutes and 9 seconds (the fifth fastest time overall).

    In the third and final event, the drivers had to exit the truck, quickly dolly down the landing gear, carry an 80 lb. sandbag to the rear of the trailer, complete 20 knee-to-chest sit ups, open the trailer door and run to the back wall, run back and exit the trailer, close the trailer doors, carry the sandbag again around to the passenger side, drop the sandbag and duck under the trailer to the opposite side, dolly up the landing gear, duck back under the trailer, pick up the sandbag and carry it around the front of the tractor back to the driver’s door, do five front squats with the sandbag, enter the truck, and close the door. “In all three events, drivers started and finished in the driver’s seat. We wanted to utilize the truck and some of what truck drivers do every day,” said Baleka. Justin Boschee finished event three with the fastest time of 2 minutes and 29 seconds. Rodney McCloud finished just six seconds behind, while David Nelson was another three seconds behind in a very close and exciting race. Aimee James finished in 3 minutes and 51 seconds.

    At the end of the day, Rodney McCloud scored 145 points to win the Men’s Division. Justin Boschee took second place with 130 points, and George Robertson took third place with 121 points.

    The Top Five Overall were Rodney McCloud with 145 points, followed by Justin Boschee with 125 points, George Robertson with 116 points, Aimee James with 107 points, and David Nelson with 98 points.

    The Fittest of the Fleet competition started at Prime and is now challenging other carriers to host their own event using the same format in order to bring together the champions of each fleet into a national competition. To qualify for the National Fittest of the Fleet competition, drivers must win their carrier’s title. For more information on how to get your carrier involved, contact Siphiwe Baleka at Prime, Inc by emailing


  • Prime Inc. Announces Pay Increase For OTR Company Drivers

    Stronger fiscal performance this past year for Prime Inc. has resulted in increased revenue for its OTR Company Drivers, Independent Contractors, and Associates. Over-the-road Company Drivers (paid on the OTR per mile basis) started receiving a one cent per mile increase for any loads dispatched after August 3, 2013. In addition, line haul revenue for Independent Contractors increased four cents per mile during the last year.

    "That success also meant raises for in-house associates," John Hancock, Prime Inc. Director of Recruitment and Driver Training, said. "Performance from everyone throughout the Prime family has resulted not only in increased revenue but in improved services across the board. The little things have made a big difference."

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were an estimated 793,470 truck drivers employed at the end of 2012. Median pay for these drivers is reported at $37,770 per year or $18.16 per hour.

    "Our drivers continually make above industry standards. That is important to us," Hancock said.

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

    July 2013 Awardees Include:

    Dillip Ramnanan

    Refrigerated Division

    Curtis Lee Gibbs 

    Flatbed Division

    Glenn E. Ford

    Tanker Division

    Nicholas Q. Kenney

    Company Tanker Division

    Sergei Kondratjuk & Val Petrov 

    Company Refrigerated Division

    Jason Patterson

    Company Flatbed Division

    Jere Nichols & Bo C. Bryan 

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Need a New Job? | Tips to Get Ahead in Your Career

    Are you stuck in a dead-end career and feel as though you need a new job, but you’re too afraid to quit because of the poor economy? Perhaps you’ve been laid off or you haven’t been able to find a job since graduating from college. Whatever your situation, you need a new job that pays well and fits your lifestyle, a job that can take you places in your career.

    Have you considered a career in truck driving? Prime, Inc. is the ideal carrier to join if you want to get your career rolling down the right track once again. There are many reasons why starting your trucking career with Prime could be a perfect fit for you.

    Job Availability

    According to CNN, there are approximately 200,000 trucking opportunities available, many from Prime. Joan McKinsey, a recruiter from Prime Inc., explains that people from all walks of life have found jobs with Prime, from ex-lawyers to ex-teachers.

    Apprenticeship Training

    While many trucking carriers require their drivers to have one or more years of truck driving experience, Prime gives you the opportunity for on-the-job training with absolutely no prior trucking experience.

    At Prime, you can start training before you obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) through the Prime Student Driver (PSD) program. Prime’s PSD program begins by you obtaining a CDL permit. Then, you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for over 75 hours of one-on-one training. And this training won’t consist of you simply driving circles in a parking lot or solely spending time a classroom; you’ll experience real-world, behind-the-wheel training from an experienced driver who knows what it takes to be successful as a truck driver. After 75 hours of training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, MO, for final CDL testing and obtain your Class A CDL. Then, you can enter our program with guaranteed pay of $600 per week (provided you are available for work) while you finish the last step of training which consists of 30,000 miles in a Prime truck out on the road.

    Income Potential

    Prime offers every new driver a competitive base pay. As you prove your ability to drive exceptionally, you will be rewarded with higher pay according to the company’s pay for performance model. Depending on the number of miles you drive as well as the truck model, you can expect to earn $750 to $1000 as a new driver at Prime. The earning potential is even higher for independent contractors who operate and care for their own trucks.


    You can expect great benefits from the moment you sign on with Prime. These include driver amenities at Prime’s headquarters and other Prime terminals across the country. At Prime’s headquarters in Springfield, MO, as well as at our second largest terminal in Pittston, PA, you can take advantage of amenities including a fitness facility, laundry facilities, free showers, full-service café, company store, salon & spa, and more. For company drivers, you can enjoy paid vacation, late-model trucks, award and recognition programs, a 401(k) retirement plan, and more. For independent contractors, you can look forward to access to Success Leasing to get yourself into your own truck with no money down, a Retention & Rewards program (to give you long-term benefits similar to those in a retirement plan), award and recognition programs, and more. Both independent contractors and company drivers have access to incentive pay for recruiting new drivers as well as for becoming a professional Driver Trainer and training new drivers in the Prime Student Driver program. Anyone who needs a new job can experience all of these benefits and more when they start a new career with Prime.

    Don’t wait a moment longer if you need a new job. Visit the Prime Inc. website and connect with us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook to jump-start your new career today.

  • Jobs After the Military | What You Can Do With Your MOS

    If you were recently discharged from active duty and wondering what you can do with your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), it’s time to start looking for jobs after the military. Even if you have yet to say good-bye to military life, you can plan ahead by pinpointing the industry you wish to join when the time comes.

    Some of the best jobs after the military are truck-driving opportunities. Many of the skills that helped you succeed in the military can help you transition to a career in the transportation industry. Here’s a look at three skills that translate seamlessly into trucking jobs after the military.

    • Good work ethic: Military personnel are used to running on a tight schedule which translates well to the trucking industry where being on time is very important. At Prime, we value on-time service through our Prime Time Certified program (PTC). The PTC award program recognizes driver associates who achieve continuous outstanding on-time performance throughout the year (quarterly, semi-annually, and annually). Awards include patches, belt buckles, shirts and sweaters. At the two-year level, associates receive a gold ring with one diamond. With every additional year of continuous on-time service, a diamond is added to the ring.
    • Discipline: In an industry where a carrier’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scores are based on driver safety, it’s imperative for companies to hire disciplined drivers that take their job seriously. There’s no better way to prove how regimented you are than having an honorable discharge from military service on your résumé. Prime considers safety to be our highest calling. We rely on our drivers to keep themselves, their freight and equipment, and the motoring public safe as they transport loads across the country.
    • Driving experience: Were you a Motor Transport Operator in the military? If so, Prime accepts DA Form 348, and all you will need to do is obtain your Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).You’ll be ahead of other new drivers because of your hands-on experience driving large vehicles. Prime also welcomes military veterans with no prior driving experience to join the Prime Student Driving program to help them get their CDL.

    Thanks to the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012, you can obtain your CDL while still on active duty even if you’re stationed somewhere other than your home state. By getting ahead of the game, you’ll be that much closer to landing one of the various truck driving jobs after the military. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) points out that 43 states offer a military skills test waiver if you can show documentation of at least two years of driving experience while in the armed forces.

    Prime is the perfect place to use your skills you have obtained in the military and transform them into a successful and rewarding career. Here at Prime, Veterans are an important piece to the puzzle. We have programs to help you earn a college degree while you are on the road through our Prime Success Scholars program in partnership with Bethel University.We honor our Veterans by annually participating in the Wreaths Across America program, recognizing our Veterans at our weekly Friday Morning Meetings at our Missouri and Pennsylvania terminals, and partnering with our local VFW chapter for our onsite Veterans Day service at our headquarters in Missouri. We appreciate and value the sacrifice of the men and women who have served this great country.

    Getting started with jobs after the military doesn’t need to be a challenge. You simply need to plan ahead and know where to look.

  • Fitness Friday with Siphiwe Baleka: DHF Class 12 Update

    Trucking Jobs1 Fitness Friday with Siphiwe Baleka: DHF Class 12 UpdateTwenty-five drivers started Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness (DHF) Basic 13 Week Program and just completed their first week of logging their nutrition and exercising for 15 minutes each day. This is the largest DHF class ever at Prime. That is reflected in the fact that their collective weekly review took up 31 pages! That’s a new record.

    Here’s how the class compared to the first 4 DHF classes for week #1: 

    Group Numbers Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 12
    Total calories burned: 28,804 17,343 29,667 77,632
    Average calories burned: 3,601 3,469 3,708 3,375
    Total calories consumed: 18,428 8,154 13,577 43,234
    Average calories consumed: 1,418 1,631 1,697 1,879
    Total calorie deficit: 17,717 9,189 16,090 34,398
    Average Calorie Deficit: 2,214 1,839 2,011 1,496
    Average meals logged: 3.9 3.9 4.25 4.6
    Total Average activity: 766 min 397 min 1,027 min 1,726 min
    Average activity: 96 min 79 min 128 min 75 min
    Total vigorous activity: 51 min 4 min 47 min 75 min
    Average vigorous activity 6.4 min 0.8 min 5.9 min 3.3 min

    Overall, the class is off to a very good start. 23 out of 25 drivers in this class had enough data to review in the first week. That’s really good.

    So, as a group, the DHF Class 12 is averaging 3,375 calories burned per person per day. Interestingly, that’s lower than any of the first 4 classes. They are also consuming an average of 1,879 calories per person per day which is higher than any of the first four classes. The good news is that there is lots of room for improvement.  Class 12’s average meal frequency is 4.6 meals per day – higher than any of the first four classes which is good. Their average physical activity was 75 minutes which was lower than any of the first four classes, while their average vigorous activity was 3.3 minutes which ranks third out of five classes. So, DHF Class 12 is consuming more calories and eating more frequently while burning less calories and getting less physical activity compared to the first 4 classes.

    Congratulations to Dustin Davidson and Jerry Byrd, both of whom logged a perfect 6.0 meals a day for Week #1!  Congratulations to Dustin as well, who averaged 13 minutes of vigorous activity, followed by Clifford Wilkinson (12 minutes), Johnny Jackson (10 minutes) and Nancy Perkins (8 minutes). Finally, the highest average carbs was 378g per day while the lowest was 102g per day. Ironically, both of these drivers are in the same truck! LOL!

    Twelve drivers logged workouts on the Skimble Workout Trainer app. This is a new app that we are testing for the first time and we plan to make it and a new DHF program available to all drivers in the fleet very soon. DHF Class 12 just finished the DHF Week #1 Challenge using that phone app that actually walks you through each workout and then “tracks” it. Robert Jorgenson was the Challenge winner completing 63% of the challenge, followed by Harold Proctor and Frank Lester, both with 54%. Drivers earn points for each workout they complete based on length of the workout and intensity of the workout. The current Skimble points leader as of 12:45 pm on Wednesday, July 24th is Dustin Davidson with 135 pts., followed by Harold Proctor with 106 points and Frank Lester with 101 pts. Great work team. There are thousands of different workouts for drivers to choose and drivers can create their own workouts, too.  Everyone has been given specific goals to work in order to improve in week #2.

    Want to learn more? Get the DHF DVD in through the Prime company store. For only $14.95, you get two discs full of information and exercises that you can do right from your truck! Give the company store a call to order the DVD at (417)521-3814.

    Want help? Enroll in the DHF 13 Week Program. Go to and click “Get Started”.

  • Why Prime Inc. is a Good Fit

    There are many reasons why someone chooses to enter a career in the trucking industry. For those who drive for Prime Inc., some of the main reasons why they chose to come to drive for this company are the endless support they receive from in-house associates as well as fellow driver associates, the best equipment available, and the extensive freight network. For three drivers, Prime provided not only a job but the support they needed to grow, succeed, and achieve dreams some of them had since they were children.

    Richard Robinson: Traveler

    Richard Robinson overcame what seemed to be insurmountable odds to achieve his dream of becoming a professional driver. When he was 9 months old, both of his legs were amputated below the knee due to a birth defect requiring him to use prosthetics. Because of his disability, Robinson was denied CDL licensing, a requirement to drive large trucks. While working in law enforcement at a prison, Robinson read an online article about Prime Inc. and how they had built a reputation for standing up for associates. He decided to put that to the test.

    “Prime welcomed me with open arms,” Robinson said. “Prime did in a few short weeks what it took me five years to try do to do, putting me through training and standing their ground to get me tested for my CDL. I don’t know how they did it, but they did, and I am so grateful.” With a son leaving for college, Robinson says his position with Prime allows him to travel for weeks at a time “getting paid to be a tourist” and says he cannot imagine doing anything else.

    Shawn Johnson: Soldier, Driver, Athlete

    Shawn Johnson, a driver with Prime Inc. for several years, credits Prime with helping him achieve two dreams he has had since childhood—truck driving and owning his own business. In addition to his duties as a driver with Prime, Johnson is also a staff sergeant in the Army National Guard, and is working toward earning his stripes as a sergeant first class while continuing to drive for Prime.

    “Prime is extremely supportive of my military service,” Johnson said. “In fact, much of the equipment I drive in the Army is similar to those we drive for Prime. The only difference is the paint job and weaponry.” Johnson recently joined Prime’s Athletic Division, a health and fitness group comprised of many members of the Prime family.

    “We run marathons and triathlons all around the country,” Johnson explained. “This is an excellent example of how supportive Prime is, as they recognize my need to stay physically fit for my military duties. Not only that, the Athletic Division includes people who simply want to live healthier lives by losing weight and becoming more fit. Prime Inc.’s dedication to keeping their people healthy is just another example of how much they care.”

    Paul Hess: Trainer

    New drivers learn the ropes from trainers, like Paul Hess, who has been with Prime Inc. since 1999. Hess takes drivers with a CDL permit and over a month-long period prepares them (one on one) to test for their CDL license through the Prime Student Driver Program. He credits Prime with giving him everything he needs to make new drivers road-ready.

    “The training program includes CDL training, and I like the way the program is set up,” Hess explained. “Prime offers all the training a new driver needs to get started with the business. That says a lot about how much Prime cares, not only about new associates, but also about others that share the road with these big trucks. Safety is extremely important to Prime, and their training program makes that clear.”

    Hess says that the most important traits a driver needs are a good attitude and a willingness to learn. Hess jokingly says that he cannot remember life before becoming a Prime Inc. driver.

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

    June 2013 Awardees include:

    Clifton D. Humphrey

    Refrigerated Division

    Bill H. Whoberry

    Flatbed Division

    Bradford Brydie

    Tanker Division

    Fredrick Billings

    Company Tanker Division

    Benjamin R. Beasley

    Company Refrigerated

    Elisha W. Tucker

    Company Flatbed Division

    Jeffrey A. Wilson & Gwendolyn N. Dison

    Refrigerated Team Division

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