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  • Prime Inc. Hosts Driver Training Development Meeting

    Springfield, Missouri, February 8, 2019 – Prime Inc, North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, hosted a Driver Training Development Meeting at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO on Thursday, January 31st. The meeting was attended by Prime associates from the training, operations, IT, and recruiting departments as well as by Prime Instructors and Trainers representing each of Prime’s divisions.

    The Prime Student Driver Program started in 2002 out of the concept to help Prime Drivers train their spouses to get their CDL. Since the creation of the PSD Program, it has evolved and grown bigger every year helping thousands of new drivers from across the nation to obtain their Class A CDL through hands-on, one-on-one training in the real world. Prime has continued to innovate over the last decade to improve the process and skills being passed on to students and trainees. They are always looking for ways to create an even better experience for their fleet, new and old.

    The idea to hold this training-specific meeting was sparked by conversations from the Prime Driver Advisory Board (DAB) Meeting held in November 2018. The DAB members agreed that the training program offered by Prime is one of the best in the industry but that the company could make it even better through some updates to the curriculum, expectations, and training materials provided to new drivers and to trainers/instructors.

    The training meeting was coordinated by Stan Kasterke, Prime Training Program Manager, and covered the following topics: program stats; training program criteria, placement, and retention; safety and accident stats/review; Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) explanation and criteria, trainer expectations, and collection/documentation of training. This event was a starting point for program improvement and opened up opportunity for dialogue and innovation from both driving and non-driving associates. Next steps following the meeting? All attendees were asked to review current curriculum for CDL Instruction and TNT Training phases and provide feedback on updates and changes within the next 2 weeks.

    “A successful program doesn’t happen from one person’s work or ideas; success comes from a group of people coming together with focus and intent,” states Stan Kasterke. “The Prime training program has proven to be successful in helping individuals become safe professional commercial vehicle operators, and making Prime #1 because of our on the job training program. This meeting is the start of building on a strong base, but going to the next level for those who rely on our company as an industry leader.”

    If you would like to learn more about the Prime Student Driver Program, visit


    About Prime, Inc.  
    Prime, Inc. is North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, logistics and intermodal transportation company. Company driver and independent contractor opportunities available in all divisions. New drivers can earn their Class A CDL through the Prime Student Driver Program with new classes starting weekly. At Prime, we have built a strong and enviable reputation for providing superior transportation services throughout North America. Our commitment to providing unsurpassed world-class customer service continues as we seek new methods, technical advances and systems which enable us to meet the ever-increasing demands of the shipping industry. 

  • Orge and Punsal Claim the Title of 2015 Fittest of the Fleet

    North America’s premier refrigerated, flatbed, intermodal, and tanker trucking company Prime, Inc. challenged other carriers to compete at its third annual Fittest of the Fleet competition on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Prime’s headquarters in Springfield, MO. Eight transportation carriers from across the country entered drivers in the competition. At the end of the day, it was Prime’s Enoch Orge who won the Men’s competition, while Jennifer Punsal from USA Truck won the women’s competition.

    “This year’s competition was definitely the toughest and most competitive,” said Siphiwe Baleka, Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Coach and creator of the event. “In addition to bodyweight exercise, we used battle ropes, slam balls, sand bags, and pull up bars. The three events were a little longer than in previous years, too. In order to claim the title, ‘Fittest Truck Driver in America’, you are going to have to earn it!”
    In each of the events, the driver starts in the truck, must exit the truck, and finish by entering the truck and closing the door. The first event consisted of three rounds of 10 alternating arms and side shuffle using the battle rope, 15 push-ups, 10 Russian twists with the battle rope, and 15 jumping jacks with the battle rope. Finishing in third place was James Peters of Prime. Finishing in second place was Bryan Hutchinson, also of Prime. Winning the men’s event with a time of 4 minutes and 31 seconds was Enoch Orge, also of Prime. Jennifer Punsal won the women’s event.

    The second event consisted of 50 slam ball thrusters, 40 sit ups, 30 alternating lunges, 20 slam balls, and 10 burpees. During the reps, the drivers had to run to a cone about the length of a trailer and back every minute. The men used a 30 lb. slam ball and the women used a 20 lb. slam ball. Enoch Orge finished in third place while Antonio Davila of Henderson Trucking finished in second. Winning the men’s second event, with a time of 6 minutes and 5 seconds, was Chad Kester of Halvor Lines while Jennifer Punsal won the women’s event.
    In the final event, drivers had to exit the truck, dolly down the landing gear, do 5 burpees, pick up an 80 lb. sandbag and carry it to the back of the trailer, do 30 mountain climbers, open the trailer doors, enter the trailer and touch the front wall, exit the trailer, close the trailer doors, do 5 pull-ups, pick up the sand bag, carry it to the landing gear on the passenger side, drop the sandbag and crawl under the trailer, dolly up the landing gear, crawl back under the trailer, do 5 more burpees, pick up the sandbag, carry it around the front of the truck to the driver’s side, put the sandbag on the shoulder and do 8 squats, drop the sandbag, then enter the truck. In a very close event, Antonio Davila finished third with a time of 3 minutes 24 seconds. Chad Kester finished second with a time of 3 minutes and 18 seconds, and winning the event was Enoch Orge with a time of 3 minutes and 17 seconds. Jennifer Punsal completed her hat trick, winning the third event for the women.

    Enoch Orge and Jennifer Punsal each won $500 courtesy of Peterbilt of Springfield, a one year membership to Gold’s Gym, and a one year Pro+ Membership on the Workout Trainer app by Skimble, Inc.
    “The event seriously challenged me and it was not a laughing matter,” said Orge, the new champion. “As a result of being a part of this event and seeing the standards that were expected of us, I will continue to improve on my fitness levels and keep pushing forward.”
    For more information about the competition or to schedule interviews with the winners, contact Siphiwe Baleka at

  • PSD Program Newsletter-March 2015

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