Prime Inc., a leading international refrigerated, flatbed and liquid bulk truckload carrier headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, recently hosted a breakfast meeting with members of the Missouri Highway Patrol and Missouri State Legislators.
“It was an opportunity for us to get to know one another and to work together to combat the problems we’re facing since September 11,” says Randy Price, directing manager, corporate security, Prime Inc. Price, Prime President Robert Low, and Director of ACE training programs John Hancock opened the meeting with a discussion on the effects of the national crisis on loads and transit.
They then turned the meeting over to members of the Missouri Highway Patrol, including Colonel Roger Stottlemyre, Superintendent, and his executive command staff, along with state troopers from Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D, headquartered in Springfield.
“This is a cooperative effort between Prime, the Highway Patrol and state lawmakers,” says Price. “In trucking, we’ll see a lot of measures that will change the face of the industry.” Nearly 15 Missouri State Legislators attended the meeting, including Speaker of the House Jim Kreider and Senator Roseann Bentley.
Long before September 11, Prime had taken a proactive approach to security, assisting law enforcement agencies nationwide; however, Price says the crisis has “opened our eyes on what we have to deal with.” “It has thrown a wrench in our whole operation,” he says. “A drop-and-hook that used to take 15 minutes has turned into a several-hour endeavor.”