Tonnage from trucking jobs decreases

June 1st, 2017

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 2.5% in April, following a 1.1% decline during March.

In April, the index equaled 134 (2000=100), down from 137.4 in March. The all-time high was 142.7 in February 2016.

Compared with April 2016, the SA index fell 1.8%. In March, the index rose 0.6% on a year-over-year basis. Year-to-date, compared with the same four months in 2016, the index is off 0.3%. For all of 2016, tonnage was up 2.5%.

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 132.6 in April, which was 7.8% below the previous month (143.8).

“I have to admit that April’s contraction is a bit surprising, especially considering the anecdotal reports I’ve been hearing from fleets regarding freight levels,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “It’s not necessarily that tonnage levels fell in April that is surprising, but the size of the decrease. One explanation is that housing starts fell substantially in April as well, and residential construction generates heavier truck freight.

“Despite the fact that tonnage is down a total of 3.6% over the last three months, I still expect moderate growth going forward as key sectors of the economy continue to improve slowly,” he said.

Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 70.1% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods.

Trucks hauled nearly 10.5 billion tons of freight in 2015. Motor carriers collected $726.4 billion, or 81.2% of total revenue earned by all transport modes.

Kansas Motor Carrier Association announces their 2016 Safety Professional of the Year

May 27th, 2017

Liberal, KS – National Carriers is pleased to announce Safety and Compliance Director, Jill Maschmeier has been named 2016 Safety Professional of the Year by the Kansas Motor Carrier Association. Maschmeier joined National Carriers in 2000.

KMCA released this statement:  The Safety Management Council continues a program to recognize exemplary effort demonstrated by a safety professional. Company safety directors have the responsibility of balancing company operational objectives while overseeing our professional driver corps and encouraging and modeling a safety culture. Among the nominating criteria for the safety professional of the year are:

Success in advancing highway and industrial safety in the fleet,

Relationship and cooperation with government officials,

And, methods of meeting and solving safety problems facing the nominee’s fleet.

As always, the competition was very tight between the nominees. In selecting the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year, the judges were particularly impressed with the dedication of our honoree because of the numerous examples of a positive attitude and a tireless dedication to highway safety. This is what the nominator said of our honoree:

The nominee’s dedication is unparalleled. This person is totally committed to Safety not only for our company but for the motoring public as well. In my role as a Risk Consultant I am fortunate to interact with many fleet Safety Directors and there are few who can match the nominee’s focus, work ethic and stamina. The nominee loves what they do and it shows in the results. It is a privilege to recommend this nominee for this well-deserved award.

Please join me in saluting someone who is greatly respected by her peers and drivers. – The 2016 Safety professional of the year is Jill Maschmeier, National Carriers! Congratulations Jill!

About National Carriers, Inc.  

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.” Our team consists of only the Elite driving and office professionals.

About KMCA

Chartered by the State of Kansas as a non-profit corporation on August 11, 1936, KMCA through the intervening years consistently has provided the progressive, organized leadership that has helped the transportation industry improve its services to the public and to achieve its present stature.

With its membership of more than 900 companies, representing all types of motor carrier operations and allied enterprises, KMCA is able to speak with authority as the voice of the transportation industry.

 

National Carriers, the First Food Carrier in the USA Certified for New FSMA Regulations

May 14th, 2017

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Iron Apple is pleased to confirm that National Carriers has recently met the Iron Apple Certification Requirements for FSMA – Food Safety Transport Regulations. The new FMSA Regulations went into effective on April 6, 2017 and impact thousands of the food shippers, brokers, and carriers in the USA and Canada.

SAI Global recently completed the third-party validation audit and certification at the National Carriers headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Jim Franck, President of National Carriers commented, “We have been partnering with Iron Apple for a number of months in the key areas of FSMA Training for drivers, and setting up our personnel with the proper policies and procedures to meet the new FSMA Requirements in order to deliver the best quality and value for our customers. Iron Apple has been a responsive partner with exceptional service to help us prepare for FSMA well in advance.”

“National Carriers have been very diligent in the planning and implementation of the Iron Apple web based training and compliance program,” commented Hugh Latimer, Iron Apple COO. “Jim and the entire National team are a pleasure to partner with, and are truly committed to the highest quality standards related to all the new FSMA Regulations.”

 About National Carriers

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.” Our team consists of only the Elite driving and office professionals.

About Iron Apple International

 Iron Apple International is a leading supplier of professional food safety solutions to companies involved in the transportation of food products throughout North America. They are the first firm to develop a FSMA /HACCP program for distribution centers and warehouses. The Food Safety Solution that simplified compliance with these new Canadian and US regulations has been developed and tested over the past three years.

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Award goes to driver jobs

May 9th, 2017

A new award is going to boost the image of those with driver jobs.

American Trucking Associations has announced the beginning of its search to find and honor trucking’s greatest industry advocates with this year’s Mike Russell Trucking Image Award.

“The trucking industry has seen increasing respect in Washington in recent months, but we still have work to do on improving the image of our industry throughout North America,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The Mike Russell Trucking Image Award recognizes the time and energy put into shaping a stronger image of trucking by the men and women who work tirelessly to spread our industry’s message of safety, essentiality and professionalism.”

Sponsored by HireRight for the third consecutive year, the award is given to an individual, motor carrier, trucking organization and industry supplier who exhibits a commitment to helping all trucking industry stakeholders by showcasing the industry’s essentiality, safety-first mentality, and professionalism.

“ATA believes that the image of our industry can only improve when trucking professionals and drivers go out and tell our story,” said ATA Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs and COO Elisabeth Barna. “Studies have shown time and again that when members of the general motoring public meet a trucking professional they are significantly more likely to have a positive view of our industry.”

“Any attempt to move the needle in the right direction for our industry’s perception is honorable and HireRight is excited to have the opportunity to sponsor the Mike Russell Trucking Image Award for the third year in a row,” said Steven Spencer, managing director of transportation, HireRight. “We look forward to seeing creative, effective campaigns nominated for this award.”

The Mike Russell Trucking Image Award celebrates companies, organizations and individuals who imaginatively generate positive awareness of the trucking industry. Image and outreach efforts, like Trucking Moves America Forward, help ATA counter a seemingly endless chain of anti-truck messages played out in the national media. Without the support of these leaders, the benefits of an improved image of the trucking industry would not be possible.

 

 

National Carriers Drivers Reach Milestones

May 2nd, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. has recognized the following professional drivers for five years of accident free driving. Ray Rose of Euless, TX, John Harner of Springfield, TN,

Kurt Knox of Fort Worth, TX and Margarito Neave of Liberal, KS. Each driver was presented a red ruby ring to commemorate their accomplishment.

Tommy McMahon was recognized for driving one million miles without an accident while working for National Carriers. He was presented a commemorative hat, jacket and trophy for his outstanding accomplishment. He began driving for NCI in 2010 and lives in Jasper, TX.

National Carriers, Inc. is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.” Our team consists of only the elite driving and office professionals.

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Diverse Trio Named As Drivers of the Month

April 27th, 2017

Irving, TX – National Carriers is pleased to announce our Drivers of the Month for the first quarter of 2017. Dmitry Kompaneyets, January, Kenrick Persad, February and Anthony Higginbottom has been named March Driver of the Month. Combined, they have not had any service failures this past year while driving over 350,000 miles without a preventable accident. Kompaneyets and Higginbottom drive on the NCI 48 State Fleet and Persad operates within the NCI Southwest Regional Fleet.

Born in Russia, Dmitry Kompaneyets became a citizen of the United States in 1999. He began driving truck with a small company in the Dallas area, then moved to National Carriers in 2000. Over the past 17 years, he has delivered freight throughout the nation both as an owner operator and now as a company driver.

When asked why he stays with NCI Kompaneyets replied, “NCI takes care of their drivers. If you have a problem with operations or settlements, someone is there to help you. They have the best management of any company I know of.”

A native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenrick Persad became a US citizen in 2005. He joined NCI in 2015 as a company driver. After conducting online research, Persad selected employment at NCI due to the options offered to drivers and the company’s outstanding reputation. He is an operator who leases a truck through NCI and transports freight on the Southwest Regional Refrigerated Fleet.

“Driving a truck allows me to be my own boss and to be independent. I see different scenery every day plus driving is in my blood. My dad drove truck. The best thing about NCI is the good communication between the drivers and the office support team,” Persad stated.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Anthony Higginbottom now makes Mississippi his home state. While driving for a large carrier, Higginbottom sought a company that would know him as an individual, while offering consistent year-round freight. In 2010 he choose NCI and operates a company truck on the 48 State Refrigerated Fleet.

Diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure, Higginbottom cautions drivers, “Stay away from fried foods and sodas. Drink water and eat salads while out on the road. Without proper diet and exercise you may find yourself unable to maintain your CDL.”

NCI Spokesperson Ed Kentner shared, “This group of gentlemen represent the best of the “Elite” Fleet. With their varied backgrounds, it is their outstanding work ethic combined with safe driving practices that makes National Carriers proud to recognize these driver for their accomplishments. Each driver received a $500 bonus check and will be a finalist for 2017 Driver of the Year.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017. Monthly award winners receive a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2017.

 

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Aggression and driver jobs

April 8th, 2017

The vast majority of people on the road, including those with driver jobs, express anger and rage while driving, according to a recent survey.

Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.

“Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage,” said Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”

Aggressive driving and road rage varied considerably among drivers:

  • Male and younger drivers ages 19-39 were significantly more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors. For example, male drivers were more than three times as likely as female drivers to have gotten out of a vehicle to confront another driver or rammed another vehicle on purpose.
  • Drivers living in the Northeast were significantly more likely to yell, honk or gesture angrily than people living in other parts of the country. For example, drivers in the Northeast were nearly 30 percent more likely to have made an angry gesture than drivers in other parts of the country.
  • Drivers who reported other unsafe behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding and running red lights, also were more likely to show aggression. For example, drivers who reported speeding on a freeway in the past month were four times more likely to have cut off another vehicle on purpose.

Missing sleep, crash risk, and driver jobs

April 8th, 2017

A new survey estimates that missing even one hour of sleep can double your crash risk when handling driver jobs.

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement, reveals that drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.

 

Managing a healthy work-life balance can be difficult and far too often we sacrifice our sleep as a result,” said Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA. “Failing to maintain a healthy sleep schedule could mean putting yourself or others on the road at risk.”

“Five Million Safe Mile” Drivers Recognized as Driver of the Year

March 29th, 2017

Owner Operators Allen and Sandy Smith have been named Driver of the Year at National Carriers, Inc. Joining the firm in 1987, the Smith team is quickly approaching their 30th anniversary with the “Elite” Fleet. Delivering over 4000 loads during the team’s tenure, they have driven over five million miles without a reportable accident. The award presentation came at the conclusion of the annual NCI Driver of the Year banquet. Among their many gifts was a check for $5,000.

“Not many drivers stay with the same company for 30 years, but, on the other hand, not many companies stay in business that long either. National has been here nearly 50 years. When I interviewed to lease my truck on, I told them I wanted to work for a company that could keep me busy and get me home to West Virginia. National Carriers has done both,” remarked Allen.

President of National Carriers, Jim Franck said Allen and Sandy exemplify the “Elite” Fleet. “They always have a positive, can-do attitude. They go out of their way to be professional in everything they do. They have set a high standard for those who follow in their footsteps. Thank you for all you do. It’s my privilege to work alongside you,” he said.

Director of Operations, Lex Mendenhall shared, “Allen and Sandy are the most unassuming folks you will ever meet. Humble and dedicated, together they form one of the best owner operator businesses in the transportation industry. During a period when freight has seen an economic downturn, the Smiths are experiencing a business uptick. Their business sense is outstanding.”

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

Being part of the Elite Fleet® means enjoying a career worthy of your skills and commitment to excellence. We believe long-term success is waiting for you at National Carriers®, one of the nation’s oldest, most respected and largest carriers. Learn about our exciting opportunities for owner operators as well as company drivers.  If you are interested in a leasing a truck, National Carriers® Leasing Division is the ideal partner to help you get started.

Missing sleep can hinder driver jobs

March 8th, 2017

Missing even one or two hours of sleep can affect driver jobs and raise the risk of crash, according to a recent study.

Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s report, Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement, reveals that drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.