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  • Don Lacy Named TCA's Safety Professional of the Year

    Springfield, Missouri – Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) named Prime Inc. director of safety Don Lacy as the 2011 Safety Professional of the Year. This award, also known as the Clare C. Casey Award, was presented to Lacy during the 30th annual Safety and Security Annual Divisional Meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on May 16, 2011.

    “TCA’s prestigious Safety Professional of the Year award recognizes those whose actions and achievements profoundly contribute to promoting trucking safety programs, procedures and overall better safety on our highways,” said Robert E. Low, president of Prime inc. “We are honored to have one of these award recipients as a part of our staff. Under Don’s leadership, Prime now has the best safety record ever in our 40-year history.”

    Lacy, who has focused on driver safety for over 46 years, was an Operations Manager for Prime from 1989-1991 before re-joining the company as director of safety in 1996. Today, he is directly responsible for the safety initiatives and directives for the company’s nearly 5,000 drivers and its fleet of more than 4,000 trucks. Lacy also implemented numerous initiatives that have increased safety awareness and cost savings at Prime, including the establishment of “Prime University,” the company’s sophisticated training center; weekly safety and communications meetings with drivers; and safety programs in safety technology, rollover prevention and electronic log implementation.

    “I am truly honored to have been named the 2011 Clare C. Casey Award recipient,” said Lacy. “Keeping drivers and the public safe on the road has always been my top priority. I couldn’t have achieved all these things without the support of Prime and our exceptional drivers.”

    For more information about Prime inc., please call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

  • Update on Prime's Involvement in Joplin

    Springfield, Missouri – Prime Inc., a refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company based out of Springfield, Missouri, is well known for making a difference in the community and surrounding areas.  The recent devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri provided yet another opportunity for Prime and the company’s associates to step up and make a difference.

    Last week, Prime sent two 53 foot refrigerated trailers to Joplin filled with food, water, clothing and supplies for victims of the devastating tornado.  All of the supplies were donated by Prime and the community of Springfield, Missouri.

    Dozens of Prime associates have stepped up to help the victims.  A chef within the organization is on site with the American Red Cross Joplin preparing food for the City of Joplin disaster victims and its volunteers.  Prime associates and President Robert Low have also contributed over $10,000 for food and supplies to the local Red Cross.

    In addition, Prime supplied water to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, the only working hospital in the area.  Because there was no running water in the area for nearly a week, Prime utilized their Tanker trucks to pressurize the water to get it pumped to the hospital while also transporting water from a nearby city with the company’s tanker trucks.

    “We are only doing our part,” said President of Prime Inc. Robert Low.  “We have business interest on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I vividly recall the devastation left there in the wake of Katrina and how important and appreciated the relief efforts were to our 1,100 Biloxi associates whose homes and personal belongings were destroyed.  Joplin is reminiscent of that same devastation; our hearts go out to all the people affected.  It’s our chance to do for others what others did for us.”

    The recovery rebuilding efforts in the Joplin, Missouri will continue for months and years to come, and Prime is committed to being a big part of those efforts.  For more information on the relief efforts supported by Prime Inc. visit Prime on Facebook or Flickr.

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Million Mile Achievements

    Springfield, Missouri – Seven exceptional drivers were recently recognized by Prime inc. for reaching one million or three million miles of safe driving for the company.

    “This milestone takes a lot of hard work, attention to detail and a high-level of professionalism on the road,” said Don Lacy, Prime Inc. director of safety. “Safety is our number one priority here at Prime and we are honored to recognize our driving associates who achieve a million miles or more without a preventable accident.”

    Driving three million safe miles was Larry Lewis.  For this achievement, Lewis received a check for $5,000, a 3-million-mile leather jacket, a decal for his truck, a jacket patch and an individualized plaque in the Prime Hall of Fame in Springfield, Missouri.

    Drivers who reached a million miles and have been at Prime for seven years with no preventable accidents reached the Gold Million level. They were: Karrie L. Mann, James H. Patrick, David M. Smith and Gary Vandokkenburg. The Silver Million level was awarded to drivers with three consecutive years at Prime having no preventable accidents plus four years with a previous carrier with no preventable accidents. They were: Michael J. Benisz and Charles E. Jones.

    For passing the one million mile mark, the drivers were given an engraved plaque and watch, a certificate and a lapel pin.  Plaques bearing the names of all of these individuals will also hang in Prime’s Hall of Fame.

    Congratulations to Prime’s million and three million milers.  For more information on Prime’s services or career opportunities, visit our Careers page. For more information on the Millionaire Program, click here.

  • Voice Your Opinion: Keep the Current Hours-of-Service Rules

    Keep the Current Hours-of-Service Rules (HOS) Requirements for Commercial Truck Drivers.

    The FMCSA has proposed revisions to the regulations for hours of service for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.  We would like to encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting your thoughts to the FMCSA.  This news release has information on the proposed changes as well as how to express your opinion.  All comments received by the FMCSA will be posted to under “Proposed Rule” FMCSA–2004–1960.

    Since 2004, the U.S. trucking industry has been operating under a set of safety rules that govern rest periods, work shifts, and driving hours for commercial truck drivers. These rules were developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) based on an exhaustive review of available research on the science on driver alertness and working hours, and strike the crucial balance between safety and economic vitality.

    Source: Safe Driver Hours

    These changes – if implemented – will result in a number of adverse consequences:

    • A reduction in pay due to less wage-earning time each day;
    • The need for additional, inexperienced, potentially unsafe drivers;
    • Increased freight costs causing a devastating impact on a fragile US economy.

    To voice your option, visit

    All Property Carrying Drivers and Motor Carriers All Property Carrying Drivers and Motor Carriers
    Minimum Off-Duty Hours Between Shifts 10 consecutive hours Same as current rule.
    Total On-Duty Window in Each Shift 14 consecutive hours Significant Changes -14 consecutive hours with release from duty required at end of driving window; Only 13 hours of the 14 hour window are productive work due to new “rest break” requirements described below; 14 hours window is extendable to 16 hours twice a week to accommodate for issues such as loading and unloading at terminals or ports, however, drivers are still limited to 13 hours on-duty.
    Total Hours
    24 hours 24-26 hours
    Maximum Driving Hours 11 10 hours of maximum driving time and 11 hours of maximum driving time are proposed for comment; FMCSA’s “currently preferred option” is 10 hours.
    Limit on Consecutive Hours Driving None May drive only if it has been 7 hours or less since last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes
    Mandatory Rest Break During Shift None At least 60 minutes of rest break time during each On-Duty Window; may be taken in one block or broken up into two 30 minute rest breaks
    Maximum Cumulative On-Duty 60 hours in 7 days
    70 hours in 8 days*
    *for carriers that operate 7 days a week
    Same as current rule.
    All Property Carrying Drivers and Motor Carriers All Property Carrying Drivers and Motor Carriers
    Cumulative On-Duty “Restart” Voluntary: 34 consecutive hours off-duty resets a drivers cumulative on-duty back to zero (or restarts a drivers 60 hour weekly clock) at any point in a driver’s 7 day cycle Voluntary: The length of the restart period is variable since it must include two consecutive off-duty periods from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Drivers would be allowed to use this restart only once during a seven-day period.
    Sleeper Berth: Splitting Off-Duty Time Team and Solo Drivers:2 periods totaling > 10 hours; 1 period must be at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth; second period of time may be spent either in or out of the sleeper berth. Same as current rule
    On-Board Recorders Voluntary Use Same as current rule
    Federal Exceptions & Exemptions All existing exemptions and exceptions remain. Slightly modified Oilfield exemption, and removed 16 hour provision in 395.1(o).
  • Prime Inc. Announces 2010 Drivers of the Year

    Springfield, Mo. - Prime Inc. recently named its 2010 Contractor of the Year award recipients. The best drivers in each division are honored with this annual award for exhibiting exceptional service, safety practices, professionalism and productivity. Winners are hand picked from among each department’s recipients of Prime’s Contractor of the Month awards for the previous year, based on several factors, including mileage, on-time deliveries, driving record, fuel consumption, productivity and customer service.

    “Our drivers are a key component of Prime’s continued success,” said Stan Auman, Prime inc. dispatch manager in the refrigerated division. “The 2010 contractors of the year are the perfect example of hard work and dedication.”
    The following individuals were recognized with Prime’s 2010 Contractor of the Year awards:

    • Kirk V. Allen: Refrigerated Division Solo Independent Contractor
    • Rickie Branham & Ernest Medina: Refrigerated Division Team Independent Contractor
    • Luther Smith: Refrigerated Division Company Driver
    • David Rundle: Flatbed Division Independent Contractor
    • Terry W. Riley: Flatbed Division Company Driver
    • Michael A. Tucker: Tanker Division Independent Contractor
    • Tracy J. Vierhout: Tanker Division Company Driver

    “These drivers have proven their commitment to on-time delivery, fuel efficiency and safety, as well as customer service,” said Auman. “It is an honor to recognize these drivers as part of the Prime family.”

    Each 2010 Contractor of the Year receives a personalized achievement plaque on permanent display in Prime’s Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mo. They also each receive a free Prime jacket, $1,000 cash and a $25 voucher for the Prime store.

    Congratulations to Prime’s 2010 Contractors of the Year.  For more information on Prime’s services or career opportunities, please call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

  • Prime Inc. Expanding Pittston Service Operations Center

    Pittston, Pa. - Prime Inc. is expanding the existing company location in Pittston, Pa. We are rebuilding the facility, creating more amenities and extras than any other location of its kind in the region.

    Prime Inc., one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is investing nearly $17 million in an expansion project that will include a total renovation of the location and major improvements dedicated to the comfort and convenience of the carrier’s associates and contractors. Construction on the facility began this summer, and completion is targeted for December, 2011.

    When complete, the unique facility will include work-out equipment, 24-hour café, private sleeping rooms, hair salon, laundry, showers and a new driver’s lounge. The expansion will also include a new operations area, a full service shop, training center, state-of-the-art fuel center and a truck/trailer wash with detail shop.

    “Prime continually looks for ways to make our associates’ experience with us better. The investment dollars required for this dynamic, exciting expansion is well worth it to us here at Prime,” says Adam Landau, Prime’s manager in Pittston. “This will be a major improvement for all associates.”

    Mr. Landau adds that the expansion will provide the capability to add more jobs and revenue to this region. “Now is a great time to join Prime as we have many new opportunities developing,” he says.

  • Prime Inc. Promotes Awareness, Treatment of Sleep Apnea

    In 2001, Prime Inc. set out to learn all it could about sleep disorders and fatigued driving, two critical issues facing the trucking industry. As part of the effort, Prime invited Dr. William C. Dement, the “father of sleep medicine,” to visit the company and conduct a seminar involving a group of Prime and CFI drivers.

    From Dr. Dement, we learned about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and some of the telltale signs and symptoms of the sleeping disorder that affects more than 20 million Americans, including many drivers. Dr. Dement even demonstrated the “choking” or gasping for breath sounds associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

    The reaction from drivers was very interesting; they were engaged and wanted to know more. Several members of the group, including myself, volunteered to undergo a sleep test or PSG (polysomnogram) at a local medical center that had a sleep lab and a sleep specialist. Soon our group of drivers became the lab’s best customers.

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not an overly complicated disease. In many cases, it can be easily treated with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or blower to aid breathing while asleep. After a period of adjustment, the benefits come quickly: more energy, less daytime drowsiness, lower blood pressure, loss of weight and most important of all, a safer driver.

    In 2009, Prime opened its own sleep lab at our Training Center and partnered with a vendor who helped us reduce the down time for treatment from one week to less than 15 hours. The results have been gratifying for the company as well as the drivers. You know the effort and cost of the program is well worth it every time a driver looks you in the eye and says, “You saved my life. I feel better than I have in years.”

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been the subject of considerable misinformation and misunderstanding, which is why educating our drivers about this disorder is so important. At Prime, we feel we have an obligation to our drivers to take a proactive role in promoting better health.

    Don Lacy is the Director of Safety at Prime Inc.

  • Cliff and Wanda Humphrey of Prime Inc. named TCA Highway Angels

    Springfield, Mo. – Cliff and Wanda Humphrey, team drivers for Prime Inc., of Springfield, Missouri, have been named Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angels for stopping to help at the scene of a horrific accident.

    On July 19, 2010, the Humphreys were driving eastbound on I-40 through rural New Mexico. As they approached Exit 243, they heard the unmistakable bang of a forceful collision and saw a huge fireball and smoke where the overpass crosses the interstate. A passenger car, which had been the rear escort vehicle for a convoy moving the body of a huge, wind-powered generator, had been hit by a van and shot out of the cloud - on fire - into the left lane.

    Stopping their truck about 200 feet from the crash, Wanda called 911 while Cliff grabbed a fire extinguisher and began spraying the flames. The driver from the lead escort vehicle ran down the embankment yelling that his wife and son were inside the burning car. He ran to the driver’s door and tried to open it, but the impact of the collision had crumpled the rear of the car and warped the center post, hopelessly jamming the door. He screamed to his wife to “Get out, get out!” The wife was in the driver’s seat, unresponsive and slumped to her right with her head in the center armrest. The son was in the back seat.

    Cliff joined the man in trying to force the doors open, but to no avail. By now, his fire extinguisher was exhausted, and the whole interior of the vehicle was aflame. Cliff and the man stood about two feet from the car, trying to reach through the window to get to the woman’s seatbelt, but the heat and flames were too intense and kept driving them back. The husband repeatedly grabbed the scorching edge of the door, but could not pry it open. Although two or three vehicles stopped and several people were spotted watching from a distance, no one else helped, and eventually everyone but the Humphreys left the scene.

    Tragically, because of the remote location of the accident, the police did not arrive until 30-45 minutes after the 911 call was placed. The fire trucks and paramedics took even longer. There was nothing the Humphreys could do except watch helplessly as the wife and son perished in the fire in front of the desperate husband and father.

    “In this business, I accept the fact that there are going to be accidents and that I might get involved with them sometimes,” said Cliff Humphrey, a seasoned truck driver who has helped many people during his 37 years on the road. “But this was truly the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I felt so helpless because there was nothing I could do. If I could have climbed through the window to save those people, I would have.”

    The Humphrey’s story does not end there. While Cliff, Wanda and the man dealt with the horrors taking place in front of them, they began to notice some popping sounds. There had been a gun in the car, and now bullets were ricocheting around them; the tires were also exploding, and the horn and emergency lights were turning on and off as the car’s systems failed. Despite this chaos, Wanda, who was standing a few feet away, had the presence of mind to notice that both Cliff and the man (who was in shock by this point) were standing in pools of burning gasoline from the ruptured gas tank. Cliff took the man’s arm and was maneuvering him away from the car when Wanda yelled out that the man’s slacks were on fire. Cliff and Wanda instinctively scooped up handfuls of dirt from the shoulder of the road to smother the flames. The man suffered serious burns on his legs, but survived. If Wanda hadn’t warned him, it is possible that all of his clothes could have caught on fire; he might have lost his leg, or worse.

    Prime Inc.’s John Hancock says he feels the Humphreys showed great courage with their actions and is very proud to call them part of the Prime family of drivers and associates. “I not only have the privilege of working with Cliff and Wanda, but also consider them to be personal friends of mine,” says Hancock. “They are the type of people that would go out of their way to help anyone in need, so I am not at all surprised that they put themselves at risk in order to help someone else. Cliff and Wanda are what I would consider the perfect example of what every company strives to have as a representative of their business.”

    As Highway Angels, the Humphreys have received lapel pins, certificates, and Angel patches they can place on their hats or clothing. Prime Inc. also received a certificate acknowledging that two of its drivers are Highway Angels.

    Since its inception in August 1997, the Highway Angels program has recognized hundreds of drivers for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.

  • Prime Inc. Announces Increase in Tanker Driver Pay

    Springfield, Mo. - Prime Inc., a refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company, has announced an increase in tanker starting pay.  Company associates in the Prime Tanker Division can now earn 41 cents per mile for starting pay.  This increase in pay adds to a substantial list of driver benefits, as well as excellent home time for drivers in the Tanker Division.“It has always been our policy at Prime to share our growth and success with our drivers,” said John Hancock, Prime Inc. director of training and driver recruiting. “As the Tanker Division at Prime experiences gains, we are passing on this success to our fleet through an increase in driver pay.”

    Unlike many other companies in the trucking industry, Prime Inc. did not decrease driver pay when the economy slowed.  “This is a true increase in pay for our tanker drivers – we’re not getting back to where we were before the tough economy hit.  Prime never cut driver pay during the volatile economic conditions of the past couple of years,” said Hancock.

    Tanker driver openings are now available in many different locations throughout North America, including Fort Wayne, Ind.; Decatur, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Columbus, Ohio; Raleigh, N.C.; Chicago, Ill.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

    “Not only do our drivers in the Tanker Division have great earnings, but they also drive some of the best equipment on the road,” said Hancock.  “Prime offers access to great equipment for driver associates and independent contractors.”

    For more information about the driving opportunities at Prime Inc., please call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

  • Prime Inc. Partners with Kids Against Hunger to Feed Starving Children in El Salvador

    Springfield, Mo. - Prime Inc. recently partnered with Kids Against Hunger – Springfield, Inc. (KAH – Springfield) to package meals for starving children in El Salvador. Employees from every department at Prime Inc. assembled 22,680 meals in just two hours.

    “We’re very proud of our Prime staff for their hard work and commitment to helping those who are less fortunate,” said John Hancock with Prime Inc. “Kids Against Hunger is making a huge impact in children’s lives and we’re so glad we were able to get involved.”

    Karen Brigham, former Prime Inc. management information system manager, founded KAH – Springfield in 2007. The organization, which is based on a passion for feeding children in the United States and around the world, relies solely on volunteers to accomplish the necessary organizational tasks and complete meal packaging and distribution.

    “Prime has been very supportive of our mission, both financially and by volunteering their time,” said Brigham. “The people at Prime are some of the most generous people I know, and they really worked hard to help us feed people around the world.”

    Serving this charity meant a lot to a number of associates at Prime. “You always hear that it’s a small world, and this instance proved that more than ever for me,” said Hancock. During the process of working with Kids Against Hunger, I discovered the packaged meals that were being created by Prime employees were going to help the mission efforts of Kenton and Elsie Moody in El Salvador. The Moody’s happen to be friends of Hancock from his days in college.

    KAH – Springfield meal packages contain a rich and easily digestible rice-soy base and include dehydrated vegetables, vegetarian chicken flavoring, 21 essential vitamins and all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition. Formulated by food scientists, the meal goes beyond simply feeding the children and provides them with better health, reversing the starvation process and promoting their mental capacity to learn. The food is also designed to accommodate the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world.

    About Kids Against Hunger – Springfield, Inc.

    KAH – Springfield focuses on feeding hungry children in Springfield, Mo., and starving children around the world through educating and engaging the people of Springfield to aid in the Fight Against Hunger. As a satellite packaging location licensed through KAH headquarters in New Hope, Minn., KAH - Springfield is an independent non-profit organization that relies solely on volunteers to help prepare, package and ship meals locally and across the globe. To date, KAH – Springfield has packaged and distributed well over two million meals to families in need. For more information about KAH – Springfield, please visit

  • Prime Inc. Honors Fallen Soldiers With Wreath Delivery

    Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremonies to take place December 11, 2010 across America.

    Springfield, Mo. – Prime Inc. recently announced its participation in this year’s “Wreaths Across America™ Day”, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. EST. Held annually on the second Saturday in December, the custom of placing wreaths on veteran graves across America relies on the help of volunteers, active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.

    Prime Inc.’s participation in the event has become an annual tradition for the company. This year, the company has not only donated a truck for the cause, but a driver and several thousand dollars to purchase wreaths in Springfield, Missouri.

    “We are honored to be able to pay tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said John Hancock, Prime Inc. director of training and driver recruiting. “It is Prime’s hope that every grave is decorated for the holidays to signify just how important their service was to our country.”

    The Missouri Highway Patrol will escort Prime Inc.’s driver through the state to deliver wreaths in Bloomfield, St. Louis, St. James and Springfield. Ceremonies around the nation will be performed in unison at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 11. Each ceremony will include a flag ceremony, the traditional playing of “Taps” and a 21-gun salute. One member from each branch of the military will place a wreath on a grave.

    About Wreaths Across America™

    Wreaths Across America™, a non-profit 501-c3 organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project. The Arlington Wreath program began with the donation and laying of 5,000 Christmas wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington in 1992. The program was expanded in 2006 to create Wreaths Across America™, providing wreath donations nationwide. The wreath laying, held annually on the second Saturday of December, is now in its 19th year of existence with over 450,000 wreaths placed on a veteran’s grave.

    For more information about Wreaths Across America, please visit

  • Prime Inc. Raises Min Pay Per Mile To 95¢ For Reefer And Flatbed Division

    Springfield, MO. – Prime Inc., headquartered in Springfield, MO., which pays its contractors 72 percent of revenue, has again raised its minimum guaranteed revenue for independent contractors in its refrigerated and flatbed divisions, ensuring no less than $95,000 for every 100,000 miles completed. This enhancement in guarantee still allows the operator to share in gains of the marketplace but have the assurance that it will never be lower than 95 cents per mile.

    “We believe contractors should be paid on percentage of the revenue,” says John Hancock, Prime’s recruiting director. “If they are only being paid on a flat per mile rate, they’re not benefiting from the potential of the marketplace. At Prime, our operators immediately reap the rewards when the marketplace moves upward.”

    Hancock notes at Prime independent contractors also get 100 percent of the fuel surcharge and this guaranteed minimum revenue also includes all authorized miles, loaded or empty.

    According to market insiders, a shift in supply and demand will soon drive load revenue higher. Due in part to carrier failures and fleet size reductions over the past few years, the supply of capable carriers and qualified drivers has shrunk while demand has steadily grown. Accordingly, pricing potential will increase as demand strengthens in spring/summer.

    “We’re confident in our ability to reach in the marketplace and deliver superior earnings to our operators, and they get that immediate reward. We are confident enough of our freight network to pay 72 percent and still go no lower than 95¢ per mile plus 100 percent of the fuel surcharge,” says Hancock. “If you’re considering making a change, this is a great opportunity for you here at Prime. We understand you need to share in the market, yet still have this 95 cents in place as a stopgap.”

    The latest increase in pay is effective immediately, making now an ideal time to join the Prime team. For more information call 1-877-PRIME-JOB or apply online.

  • Prime Driver Named Missouri’s 2009 Driver Of The Year

    Springfield, Mo. – Prime Inc. announces Harvey Williams as Missouri’s 2009 Driver of the Year. An Independent Contractor in the Refrigerated Division, Harvey drives team with his wife Sue. Of this prestigious honor Harvey stated, “We’ve wanted this for a long time. We just love it. You can’t go higher than this as far as I’m concerned.”

    A career driver, Harvey has driven over 6 million miles accident-free. His father, who drove a truck and was also a crop duster, taught him the importance of safety from the beginning of his career. Harvey’s father used to share his secrets to safe driving. “Just watch what you’re doing. Keep your head moving all the time,” Harvey said of his father’s advice. “Before you ever get in your truck you go around your truck and you inspect everything. Make sure that everything is taken care of that pertains to safety,” he added.

    Harvey contributes his success to his partnership with his wife of 43 years. “I couldn’t have done it without her. Anything that I have done, Sue has done with me.”

    Harvey has been with Prime Inc. for nearly 11 years, “There’s nothing in this world that we wouldn’t do for Prime or they wouldn’t do for us. The equipment that we drive is the best equipment on the highway.”

    Don Lacy, Director of Safety for Prime Inc. explained, “Safe driving is one the most important factors in choosing a driver of the year. Hard work, dedication and productivity complete the criteria. Harvey Williams’ superior record and work ethic make him a worthy recipient of this award. We are proud to have him as a member of our Prime family.”

  • Overdrive Magazine picks Prime Inc. Driver as the Best

  • Prime Inc. Announces 2009 Drivers of the Year

    Springfield, Mo. - Prime Inc. announced in January 2010 that the following drivers deserve the distinction of being Prime's elite:

    • Larry Arnim, Jr.: Refrigerated Division Solo Independent Contractor
    • Robert & Leslie Montag: Refrigerated Division Team Independent Contractor
    • James & Susan Bohlen: Refrigerated Division Company Driver
    • Daryl Curl: Flatbed Division Independent Contractor
    • Johnny Burris: Flatbed Division Company Driver
    • Ron Lucier: Tanker Division Independent Contractor

    These five categories comprise the entire Prime fleet. There are approximately 5,000 independent contractors and company drivers at Prime Inc. Prime's DOT Recordable Accident Frequency for the 2009 calendar year was under one half of a percent, and the DOT Recordable Preventable was .16 of a percent. These two numbers are well below the industry average. Safe driving is the most important criterion in determining Prime's driver of the year. Hard work, dedication and productivity round out the rest. Prime dispatchers and supervisors from each division voted for the recipients of this prestigious award.

    Brian Singleton, a refrigerated division dispatcher for Prime, Inc., works with Larry Arnim, and said the Independent Contractor of the year was more than worthy of this award.

    "Larry's success stems from his constant proactive approach to his business," said Singleton. "He
    is always looking at ways to maximize his hours. Larry calls his receiver on just about every single load to ask if they will accept an early delivery. If they accept this request, he calls me to make sure that I am aware of the new appointment time. Larry's 7.5 MPG fuel average doesn't hurt his success either."

  • Prime Inc. Announces 2008 Drivers of the Year

    Springfield, Mo. – Prime Inc. announced that the following drivers deserve the distinction of being Prime's elite:

    • Thomas Hogan: Refrigerated Division Solo Independent Contractor
    • Barbara Van Zant & Iris Lane: Refrigerated Division Team Independent Contractor
    • Douglas Slocum: Refrigerated Division Company Driver
    • Anthony McNabb: Flatbed Division Independent Contractor
    • Charles Plant: Flatbed Division Company Driver
    • John Shannon: Tanker Division Independent Contractor

    These six categories comprise the entire Prime fleet. There are approximately 3,500 independent contractors and company drivers at Prime Inc. Prime's DOT Recordable Accident Frequency for the 2008 calendar year was close to one half of a percent, and the DOT Recordable Preventable was .25 of a percent. These two numbers are well below the industry average. Safe driving is the most important criterion in determining Prime's driver of the year. Hard work, dedication and productivity round out the rest. Prime dispatchers and supervisors from each division voted for the recipients of this prestigious award.

    Scott McKnight, a fleet manager at Prime Inc. has good things to say about his Team drivers. "Barbara Van Zant and Iris Lane are dedicated to be the best. They have had no service failures since starting with Prime and have acquired a 2 million mile safe driving award. They truly have the customers' best interest at heart when it comes to the integrity of the freight upon delivery," stated Scott.

  • Prime Inc. Announces Driver of the Month

    CEO Praises Work Ethic of 20-Year Veteran

    Springfield, Mo. – Bryan Elmer has been named trucking company Prime Inc.’s driver of the month for February. Elmer has worked as an over-the-road driver for 28 years, having spent the last 20 of those years with Prime Inc.’s Refrigerated Truck Division. “Bryan Elmer is a perfect example of a Prime driver—loyal, hard-working and customer-focused,” said Robert Low, founder and CEO of Prime, Inc. “I am pleased to present this honor to such a fine person.”

    Elmer continues to enjoy driving because he has what he calls a “passion for the road.” “I get to see something different everyday. How many people can say that about their job?” says Elmer. Elmer also continues to enjoy driving for Prime because, “Prime is always thinking about what’s best for their drivers.” One example of that focus is Prime’s Road Assist Program. This program helps the driver get back on the road as quickly as possible when breakdowns occur. “One time in particular the lug nuts became loose and one of the tires became un-drivable. Using wireless communications technology, Prime was able to detect the problem, locate the nearest service station and even notified the service station that I was coming in and what the problem was,” he explains. Elmer said because of Prime’s assistance, his downtime was minimal.

    One of the highlights of Elmer’s career is Prime’s celebration of his 20-year anniversary with the company. “I received a message from my fleet manager at the company’s headquarter in Springfield to stop in on his next trip through town. When I arrived, they had a limousine waiting for me and I was taken out for dinner and a night out on the town,” the driver says. “Other companies don’t do things like that. That night was just one thing in a long list that shows Prime cares about their drivers.”

    Founded in 1970, Prime Inc.’s corporate headquarters are located in Springfield, Missouri. For more information on Prime Inc., visit Professional drivers are encouraged to stop by Prime’s terminal at the intersection of Interstate 44 and Highway 65 in Springfield, Missouri.

    “Prime and its drivers are active participants in the Highway Watch program,” said John Hancock, Director of Training and Driver Recruitment. “It is also just as important for us to encourage other groups that regularly travel the nation’s roadways to take advantage of this unique training.”

  • Prime Inc. First in Missouri to Use New Homeland Security Training

    March 23, 2005 – Prime Inc., North America’s largest refrigerated carrier, is partnering with the Missouri Motor Carriers to distribute a new audio CD that will train drivers on how to be part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Highway Watch program. Prime is the first trucking company in Missouri to utilize this training format.

    Having the training in audio format significantly decreases the time needed for training over-the-road truck drivers to recognize potential safety and security threats and avoid becoming a target of terrorists. “Drivers can now be trained as they do their jobs instead of waiting weeks to schedule and participate in an instructor-delivered seminar,” said Robert Low, president and founder of Prime Inc.

    Ross Nichols, Director of Member Services, Missouri Motor Carriers, hand delivered the CD’s to Prime Inc. on Tuesday, March 22nd to begin the process of distributing the CD’s to Prime’s 3,300 drivers. “As this partnership with Prime illustrates, the Highway Watch program is a successful example of the federal government, industry groups, state associations and trucking companies working together for homeland security,” said Nichols.

    “Prime and its drivers are active participants in the Highway Watch program,” said John Hancock, Director of Training and Driver Recruitment. “It is also just as important for us to encourage other groups that regularly travel the nation’s roadways to take advantage of this unique training.”

  • Prime Inc. has Huge Showing at 2004 Missouri State Truck Driving Championship

    PRIME Inc., headquartered in Springfield, MO, had two drivers take home first place trophies and another win a second place trophy at the Missouri Motor Carriers Association’s (MMCA) State Truck Driving Championships over the weekend (June 4 & 5) held in Joplin, MO. Charlie Hibbard (9 yrs. with PRIME) came away with first place in the Flatbed Class. Don Sexton (7yrs. with PRIME) also snagged a first place trophy by winning the Five Axle Van Class. The second place Five Axle Sleeper Berth Class went to Duane Grimme (12 yrs. with Wil-Trans/PRIME). Charlie Hibbard and Don Sexton will be representing the State of Missouri at the National Truck Driving Championship in August 18 – 21, 2004, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Jim Austin, PRIME Inc.’s CDL Programs Manager, was proud of the PRIME drivers’ accomplishments over the weekend. “Drivers who are serious about involving themselves in Truck Driving Championships at this level, do so out of a sense of professionalism and pride in what they do. We couldn’t ask for a better group of professional drivers that are dedicated to show how proud they are of themselves, their industry and of their association with PRIME. I am honored to be allowed the opportunity to associate myself with such professionals,” stated Jim Austin.

    The skills tests at the MMCA Truck Driving Championships were broken up into the nine following classes:

    § Straight Truck

    • § 3 – axle
    • § 4 – axle
    • § 5 – axle

    § Tank Truck

    § Flatbed Truck

    • § 5 – axle sleeper & auto transporter

    § Twins

    There were 165 total drivers from all over Missouri that competed this year. PRIME entered 11 driving professionals into four classes. The competing drivers had to be accident free throughout all of last year in order to qualify. Drivers were judged (by law enforcers) on appearance, industry knowledge and attitude. This competition is not a race but a closed course of precision driving measured by inches. The truck driving championships have been going on for 50 years.

  • Roll Stability Control

    Prime Inc. announces the implementation of "Roll Stability Control (RSC)" on every additional truck to their fleet. Prime adds an average of 80 trucks to their operations per month. Prime Inc. feels the return on investment lies within the safety of their drivers, the transit of customers' cargo, and America's passenger vehicles. Prime is one of the first trucking companies to incorporate RSC into their new 2005 model year fleet trucks. The RSC system device focuses on a vehicle's center of gravity, the lateral acceleration limit (rollover threshold) and wheel speed. RSC is designed specifically to help maintain truck/trailer stability and aid in reducing vehicle rollovers.

    When RSC senses conditions that may result in a rollover, the system can reduce engine torque, engage the engine retarder, apply proper pressure to the drive axle brakes and, if required, modulate the trailer brakes with just enough pressure to slow the vehicle. Although rollovers do not happen that often, they are one of the most prevalent accidents among truckload carriers. "It is estimated that this system will reduce rollovers by 60 percent, states Bill Taylor, Prime Inc.'s Director of Maintenance. Prime experienced $3.2 million in freight, trailer and truck damage last year due to rollovers. We are continually looking at safety and cost saving devices for our equipment, drivers and nation's highways. This [RSC] technology should reduce our costs associated with rollovers to around $1.3 million while increasing safety," Bill Taylor continues.

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