As the country recovers from the pandemic, more people are planning for summer fun. As we start to return to our normal lives, the trucking industry is responding in support of our country. There are lots of great things happening around the industry! Here are some of our favorites.

In-person Summer Festivals are Back!

On June 18th and 19th, the Macungie, Pennsylvania Antique Truck Club of America’s annual national meet returned as an in-person event. This year’s gathering was significant as the organization celebrates its 50th year, or as they like to call it, their “semi-centennial.” This year’s festival still had some common-sense health precautions in place, but the festival’s organizer and Mack Museum curator, Doug Maney, was excited to bring the show back to the public. If you’d like to hear more about the event, you can check out Maney’s podcast on Truckers News.

“Summer is a Go” Pilot Flying J Road Trip Giveaway

If you’re ready to hit the gas this summer, be sure to make sure you’re qualified for the Pilot Flying J “Summer is a Go” road trip giveaway! This contest is open to anyone. All you need to do to qualify is share a photo of your summer road trip adventures between May 24 and September 5 on the Pilot Flying J Facebook page, or post on Instagram and Twitter with a #SummerIsAGoGiveaway hashtag and tag @PilotFlyingJ. If you include a Pilot Flying J mug or cup in your photo, you double your chances of winning! You can win $5000 in free fuel, so it’s definitely worth entering! Be sure to check out the Pilot Flying J site for full contest details.

Bettaway Supports Jobs Training Program for Adults with Autism

The New Jersey-based Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) provides job training and on-campus work placement for people with a wide range of abilities and support needs. But when Covid hit, the demand for on-campus workers dried up, and those who benefited from the program found themselves out of work. Bettaway, one of the largest providers of warehousing, distribution, and supply chain services for beverage producers in the Northeast, stepped in to help

John Vaccaro of Bettaway, whose adult son benefited from RCAAS, realized that he had several jobs that were a good fit for program participants, including data entry, repacking, filling orders, staging inventory, doing product put away and other warehouse tasks. A highly trained team from RCAAS provided training and support for the workers. Because warehousing, shipping, and logistics were all deemed essential services during the pandemic, Bettaway’s positions provided stability through uncertain times. 

Sonwil Logistics Tackles the Driver Parking Problem

Did you know that there are 11 drivers for every parking space that can accommodate a semi-truck? It’s no wonder finding parking is a frustrating experience that can feel downright impossible. The problem often leads to wasted time and illegal parking. That’s why Jason Ickert, president of Sonwil Logistics in Buffalo, New York took to LinkedIn to declare his company’s latest efforts to improve parking for their drivers. 

This innovative, benefit-oriented program offers Sonwil drivers up to $20 per night and an advanced registration system so that they can have a safe parking destination while en route.  “This is going to ensure they can purchase and plan their parking location in advance, rest easier knowing they have a safe space to sleep,” Ickert told Fleet Owner. “Also, they’ll be more productive since they don’t have to knock off earlier than the end of their HOS to find a space for the night.”

TCA Names 2021 Clare C. Casey Award Recipient

Each year, the TCA gives the Clare C. Casey award to a transportation industry professional whose actions and achievements have made a profound contribution to enhancing safety on North America’s highways. This year’s award goes to Tom Boehler, Erb Transport’s director of safety and compliance.

In his role, Boehler’s efforts resulted in the Erb Pro-Drive driver safety incentive program. This program focuses on reducing idling, speed, and hard-braking incidents. The program includes using event recorders in all Erb trucks to enhance driver safety while providing a real-time tool that coaches safe driver behaviors. Boehler also initiated training initiatives, including driver tailgate sessions, online training, and semi-annual driver meetings to cover ongoing safety topics.

Erb Transport tweeted, “Congratulations to Tom Boehler, our Director of Safety and Compliance for being named as the 2021 TCA Safety Professional of the Year. Thank you for your dedication to safety and devoting your career to ensuring our drivers and those on the road get home safely.” We at F|Staff echo that sentiment. Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for helping to keep our roadways safer for everyone!

Share Your Good News

Are you a driver, carrier, or logistics professional? Do you know of something great that’s happening around the industry, or are you or your company striving to make a difference? If so, let us know! We might just feature it in a blog post!