How TA Looks Out for Their Truck Drivers | Health and Wellness

TransportAmerica Stills 009 201x300 How TA Looks Out for Their Truck Drivers | Health and WellnessAs a company, Transport America’s goal is to create a culture of health and wellness among ­truck drivers. It’s just one way TA looks out for their drivers. To accomplish this goal, TA holds events throughout the year to help drivers develop lasting healthy habits.

Nutrition Blitz

One such event was the Nutrition Blitz held in July. The blitz focused on the benefits of healthy eating, including disease prevention, risk reduction and improvement in overall health. Transport America understands that food options are limited for truck drivers, so a main focus of the July Nutrition Blitz was to help drivers understand some of the healthy alternatives to deep-fried truck stop food.

A truck driver’s schedule is busy, so the Nutrition Blitz was designed with grab-and-go content. Informative, interactive resources made it easy for participants – including drivers, office workers and shop employees – to navigate through the material easily. Available resources included nutrition education, diabetes education, healthy snacking ideas and mini cooking demonstrations.

Exercise Blitz: Introducing the Mini-Stepper

Transport America employees can look forward to another wellness blitz during Driver Appreciation Week. This Exercise Blitz will feature information about the role exercise plays in heart health, muscular strength and stress reduction.

During Driver Appreciation Week 2013, Transport America rolled out the FIT in-cab system, an affordable program that allows users to do upper body, lower body and cardio workouts from the comfort and safety of the cab.

For Driver Appreciation Week 2014, Transport America is proud to provide truck drivers with another exercise tool for health and fitness: the mini-stepper. This compact device is ideal for on-the-go employees. It allows drivers to do complete workouts inside a parked truck or at any location during a break or home time. The mini-stepper targets excess fat, increases cardiovascular endurance and improves the user’s metabolism.

The mini-stepper pilot program is already underway, with a select group of truck drivers testing the exercise device for six weeks leading up to Driver Appreciation Week. Transport America is confident that the mini-stepper will serve as an excellent resource for drivers looking to better their health and fitness.

TA employees are encouraged to participate in upcoming health and wellness events to help build the foundation for a healthier future. To learn more about how Transport America looks out for their truck drivers, please visit the TA website. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube for more information.

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Fuel for Thought | Why Pay is Part of the Great Driver Experience

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Scott Arves 213x300 Fuel for Thought | Why Pay is Part of the Great Driver ExperienceLet’s talk about a common concern among truck drivers: getting the compensation you deserve. Have you decided that it’s time to switch to a carrier that actually “walks the talk” regarding pay? Or are you going to let another year pass by, wishing you could have made what you truly deserve?

While home time, mileage and benefits are important when choosing your next trucking company, we at Transport America aren’t afraid to talk about the subject of pay—because we know we pay better than the other guys.

Let’s set the record straight once and for all: Transport America is a Certified Top Pay Carrier by the National Survey of Driver’s Wages. That means we pay in the top 10% of the industry. We pay our drivers well because we know the only way to have a successful business is to attract and retain the best drivers in the industry. We’re asking a lot of our drivers when we send them out on the road; they deserve to be paid in the top 10% for their hard work.

Even more good news, we just gave a company-wide pay raise; for current and new drivers. I cannot think of a more deserving team than the drivers at Transport America.

So, what’s pay got to do with it? It’s just another way Transport America proves our commitment and dedication to our drivers.

Call us today at 877-838-2320 to learn more. We’d love to start a conversation—right now—about the pay you should be earning.

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Transport America Announces Truck Driver Pay Raise

Theft Prevention 300x150 Transport America Announces Truck Driver Pay RaiseTransport America is a company driven by its dedicated truck drivers. That’s why a company-wide pay raise went into effect September 1, 2014 for all current and new drivers! The increase impacts solo, team and regional drivers as well as owner-operators.

“Not only have we increased entry level pay, but we’ve also enhanced the earnings experienced drivers can achieve within our organization,” says company CEO Scott Arves. “The new pay structure keeps Transport America as a leader among industry pay and one of the first to increase pay among the larger fleets.”

In addition to the pay raise, Transport America has lifted the HazMat endorsement requirement for its Pay for Performance Plan, allowing more drivers to receive financial incentives for exceptional performance.

Some highlights of the truck driver pay raise include the following:

  • New truck driver recruits start as high as $0.40 per mile.
  • Drivers new to Transport America with at least four years of experience start at $0.43 per mile.
  • Owner-operators receive a $0.02 per mile increase.
  • The majority of team drivers receive a pay increase of $0.01 per mile per driver.
  • Solo drivers receive a $0.01 per mile pay increase.
  • Regional drivers enjoy a relaxed HazMat requirement in the Pay for Performance Plan, moving pay forward at an accelerated rate.

Transport America is dedicated to providing “The Great Driver Experience,” a promise that is not only reflected in the truck driver pay raise, but in other aspects of the company as well. For example, drivers have the chance to attend health and wellness events at company terminals every year, and drivers have the final say on truck safety. With this vision and exceptional company values, Transport America is propelling itself forward as one of the top carriers in the US.

If you’re looking for consistent home time, great pay and respect from everyone within the company, it’s time to join the Transport America team. For more information about the truck driver pay raise, please visit the ­Transport America website. Then, find us on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation.

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Fuel for Thought | Driver Appreciation

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Scott Arves 213x300 Fuel for Thought | Driver Appreciation At Transport America, we are more thrilled than ever for Driver Appreciation Week this year! 2014 marks TA’s 30th anniversary, and in celebration, we have some great things in store for our drivers. Here’s a look at what you can expect when you visit any of our Support Centers during Driver Appreciation Week September 14-20, 2014:

 

  • Face-to-face interaction: It’s our intent to have Transport America leaders discuss key business messages with our drivers and gather feedback on how we can be even better. If you have a suggestion, please let us know during the face-to-face interaction time.
  • Wellness blitz: In July, our Nutrition Blitz was a huge success. We’re looking forward to the Exercise Blitz during Driver Appreciation Week when we’ll be unveiling the mini-stepper. This exercise tool helps you achieve better fitness right in your truck. It’s an easy way to add a quick workout to your busy daily routine as a truck driver.
  • Giveaways: We’re offering free gloves and safety glasses for all our drivers during Driver Appreciation Week. Plus, we’ll have food and prize drawings at all Support Centers, including “Drawings of 30” for a special item at each location.
  • 50/50 raffle: All proceeds from the raffle, along with charity baskets located at the Corporate and Birmingham Support Centers, go to the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s a great cause we’re proud to be part of.
  • Safe work methods: Stop by to learn some important safety information.
  • Red Wing Boot Mobile: This will be available at most Support Centers during Driver Appreciation Week.

 

Our drivers are the face to our customer and the heart of our organization, Driver Appreciation Week is exciting as it gives us a great opportunity to thank our folks for their hard work.  Be sure to stay tuned for more information about Driver Appreciation Week as it gets closer!

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Transport America | The Great American Trucking Show

thumbnail 300x300 Transport America | The Great American Trucking ShowThe Great American Trucking Show (GATS) is coming up fast, and ­Transport America is greatly anticipating this year’s event. GATS is scheduled for August 21-23, 2014 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. If you order tickets in advance, admission is free! Even if you arrive at the gate without a ticket, admission is only $10. Here’s a little of what you can expect from The Great American Trucking Show this year.

Recruiting Pavilion

This is the place to be if you’re interested in truck driving but haven’t secured a job yet. More than 100 exhibiting companies will be present this year, including ­Transport America. This motor carrier is excited to showcase everything it has to offer new drivers, so be sure to stop by booth #15167 to learn more.

Educational Seminars

Each day during GATS, you have the chance to attend one or more educational seminars. Transportation industry professionals give presentations to enlighten the audience on topics such as HAZMAT violations, preparing for safety audits, HOS regulations and more. Check the schedule so you’re sure to attend the seminars that interest you most.

Celebrity Guests

Even if you come for the recruitment opportunities and educational seminars, be sure to stick around for all the fun GATS has to offer as well. A few celebrities will be attending the event this year, including:

  • Captain Edgar Hansen from the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch
  • Stuntman Mike Ryan
  • Professional bull rider Douglas Duncan
  • 2014 Overdrive’s Most Beautiful Contest Winner Emily Weymouth

Rookie of the Year

Randall-Reilly has announced the finalists in its 2014 Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest. The program, which received 55 nominations this year, is designed to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers, and to promote truck driving as a career choice during a severe driver shortage.  An expert panel of judges, which included representatives from training schools (both public and private), suppliers and trade associations, named 10 finalists including Transport America driver, Kyle Friauf, who went to Kirkwood Community College.

More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to these deserving drivers at a ceremony on Friday, August 22 during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Eric Harley of the Red Eye Radio Network will interview the winner, who will receive a variety of prizes including: a $10,000 check; a custom plaque from Award Company of America; 100,000 MyRewards points from Pilot Flying J; a GPS unit; and a dash camera from Cobra.

Pride & Polish

Check out the most decked-out trucks you have ever seen at Overdrive’s Pride & Polish truck beauty contest. You can view all the trucks on the floor Thursday and Friday. Then, the award ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 23 at 11:00 am. The trucks are scheduled to roll out at 5:00 pm that day at the conclusion of GATS. Come find a seat near the exhibit hall doors where the trucks will exit the building and hit the streets.

We wish Kyle good luck and hope to see many of our drivers at the show!

For more information about becoming a truck driver, please check back weekly on the ­Transport America blog and find ­Transport America on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation.

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Transport America Wins Logistics Magazine’s 2014 Quest for Quality Award

August 8, 2014 (Eagan, Minn.)Transport America recently won a 2014 Quest for Quality award from Logistics Magazine, an annual award that recognizes carriers who exemplify the best in the trucking industry in regards to customer satisfaction and performance excellence. Transport America, which is known as one of the fastest growing carriers in the country, earned the prestigious award in the Truckload Dry Freight category.

“Winning this award affirms all the hard work we do here at Transport America to ensure that we give our drivers and customers the best possible experience,” said Scott Arves, President and CEO of Transport America. “We are honored to receive this award among our industry peers.”

To determine the winners of the 31st Annual Quest for Quality, Logistics Magazine readers evaluated carriers, third-party logistics service providers and U.S. port operators. Transport America and other transportation services were rated on five key criteria: on-time performance, value, information technology, customer service, and equipment and operations. Over 7,000 individuals responded to the survey to determine the winners of each category. To win, Transport America needed to achieve a total weighted score higher than the average category score and at least 5 percent of survey respondents needed to be users of Transport America’s services during 2013.

If you’re not already a Transport America customer and would like to benefit from the company’s award-winning service, call 800-328-3927 or visit www.transportamerica.com.

 About Transport America

Transport America is a leading provider of truckload transportation and logistics services throughout much of the US, Mexico and Canada.  Transport America has been in business since 1984 and is headquartered in Eagan, MN.  The company’s broad portfolio of services, which includes Solo and Team over-the-road, Dedicated, Regional, Intermodal and Brokerage, executed by talented professionals with state-of-the-art technology, caters to Fortune 1000 shippers who value Transport America’s customer service focus.

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How TA Looks Out for its Truck Drivers | Home Time Certificates

truck driver jobs 300x159 How TA Looks Out for its Truck Drivers | Home Time CertificatesAt Transport America, home time for truck drivers varies by division. Drivers may enjoy biweekly, weekly or nightly home time, depending on where their routes take them. Regardless of regular home time trends, all Transport America truck drivers are given a Get Home Certificate every quarter. Here’s everything drivers need to know about using these certificates.

What are Get Home Certificates?

Each quarterly Get Home Certificate guarantees drivers’ home time requests, ensuring they can make it to that special family event. Once drivers turn in their Get Home Certificate, TA does whatever it takes to get them home on time.

How do Get Home Certificates Work?

Truck drivers must submit certificates to their fleet leader for approval at least 14 days prior to the event. Get Home Certificates can’t be used for holidays or the three-day period prior to and following a holiday. Certificates are good for getting drivers to their domicile Service Center or home parking location.

Examples of Get Home Certificates Saving the Day

Drivers have used their certificates for a wide variety of reasons. From graduations and birthday parties to weddings and family reunions, drivers can ensure their attendance at these special events. TA drivers can even use their certificates to ensure they don’t miss doctor and dentist appointments. Here are some real-life stories of truck drivers who used Get Home Certificates to the fullest. Names have been changed for privacy purposes.

Simon was a new TA employee. After only a few weeks on the job, a family emergency called Simon home. Transport America got him there immediately and told him, “Don’t worry about the load; it will be taken care of.” Simon was so impressed by the company’s caring attitude that he stuck with TA and has been a satisfied driver ever since.

Hannah’s brother was on life support after a bad accident. Her family planned to wait for her to get the hospital so she could say her final good-byes before the doctors suspended life support. Transport America told her to leave her load and get home immediately, even though the load was only a few hours from its destination. Hannah was impressed with how the company placed her family emergency ahead of making the delivery.

To learn more about how Transport America watches out for its truck drivers, please visit our website. Then, find us on FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+ and YouTube for more on Get Home Certificates.

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Fuel for Thought | Company Growth

note header dear driver APPROVED Fuel for Thought | Company GrowthScott Arves 213x300 Fuel for Thought | Company GrowthOn June 5th of this year, we announced the purchase of Transport America by TransForce, subject to government approval which was granted.  We officially closed the deal on July 3rd.  The things we talked about a month ago I am pleased to report are playing out as planned.  In other words, not much has changed.  The leadership team will continue to lead the organization, we have accelerated investments in tractors, trailers, and trailer tracking to support future growth.  Customers have been very enthusiastic because we will be growing faster and are able to offer them broader North American solutions.  While it is early, we have enjoyed the working relationship with TransForce and are excited to be their platform for US Truckload growth.

All of this sets up for a very exciting future for Transport America.  The manufacturing economy continues to grow, we are seeing more freight opportunities come our way and are having some very good success in conversations with customers about the rising costs of trucking and the need to improve rates to deal with these rising costs.  I am very bullish on the second half of 2014 and am confident that our best days are ahead of us.

For our existing drivers, thanks for the great service you provide and continue the focus on driving and working safely every day.  For drivers considering a career here, I can’t think of a more exciting time to be part of the Transport America team.

 Scott

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Transport America’s Nutrition Blitz

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The Nutrition sessions are designed to be impactful and require a minimum about of time as we understand in our business time is crucial. The Blitz will provide a grab and go concept when needed to reduce any challenges with Driver schedules. The designated locations will have daily prize drawings such as Wal-Mart gifts cards and other prize offerings including free healthy lunches.

The Nutrition Blitz will offer the following free services and incentives:

  • Dietitians will be on site from 10am-4pm during the event providing employees with the following information:
    • Nutrition education — printed materials, free app download on Nutrition calorie counting, reading a label, quick and easy recipes to use while on the road.
    • Diabetes education — what is Diabetes? Who is at Risk? Signs &Symptoms and Prevention.
    • Healthy Snacking — employees will receive free samples of snack options and gain an understanding about healthier alternatives (Banana, Apple, Orange, Lara Bar, Granola Bar).
    • Mini cooking demonstrations offered at the Kansas City and North Jackson locations providing samples of healthy meal choices quick and easy to prepare.

Safety Team

  • Hazmat Sessions

Let’s continue the journey to a healthier life by making better choices to improve our health and well-being. We hope you will take advantage of these program offerings by participating in the Nutrition Blitz. If you are unable to attend one of these events, our next wellness blitz will occur during Driver Appreciation Week with an emphasis on Exercise. More details to come in the coming weeks.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, support and participation.

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TransForce concludes acquisition of Transport America, Inc.

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 Montreal, Quebec, July 3, 2014 – TransForce Inc. (TSX: TFI, OTCQX: TFIFF), a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, today announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransForce has completed the acquisition of the entire share capital of Transport America, Inc. (“Transport America”), an important provider of truckload (“TL”) carriage and logistics services.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, Transport America provides an integrated offering of dry-van TL transportation services across the United States. It offers a wide array of short and long haul freight carriage, expedited and dedicated shipping services, as well as international and intermodal services through various partners. Transport America’s network includes 12 terminals located throughout the United States and utilizes more than 2,000 staff and independent contractors. Through its own fleet and independent contractors, Transport America operates approximately 1,500 tractors and about 4,400 trailers.

The purchase price represents a total enterprise value of approximately US$310 million, including the assumption of Transport America’s debt of about US$150 million, which has been reimbursed at closing. TransForce has financed the transaction through its existing credit facility, which has been extended by one year to August 2017 and whose authorized amount has been increased to $1,045 million. This acquisition is expected to generate annual total revenues of approximately US$350 million.

“We are excited to conclude this important strategic acquisition which provides TransForce with a critical mass, extensive geographic footprint and longstanding relationships with blue chip customers. The well-respected Transport America brand will be maintained, acting as our growth platform in the highly-fragmented US truckload market. We welcome Scott Arves, president and CEO of Transport America, his management team and their dedicated staff to the TransForce family. Together, we will focus on setting best practices to maximize efficiencies and capture profitable growth opportunities, thus generating a solid return on investment to the benefit of our shareholders,” said Alain Bédard, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TransForce.

ABOUT TRANSFORCE

TransForce Inc. is a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry operating across Canada and the United States through its subsidiaries. TransForce creates value for shareholders by identifying strategic acquisitions and managing a growing network of wholly-owned, operating subsidiaries. Under the TransForce umbrella, companies benefit from corporate financial and operational resources to build their businesses and increase their efficiency. TransForce companies service the following segments:

  • Package and Courier;
  • Less-Than-Truckload;
  • Truckload, which includes specialized truckload and dedicated services;
  • Specialized Services, which includes waste management, logistics services and services to the energy sector.

TransForce Inc. is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TFI) and the OTCQX marketplace in the U.S. (OTCQX: TFIFF). For more information, visit http://www.transforcecompany.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Except for historical information provided herein, this press release may contain information and statements of a forward-looking nature concerning the future performance of TransForce. These statements are based on suppositions and uncertainties as well as on management’s best possible evaluation of future events. Such factors may include, without excluding other considerations, fluctuations in quarterly results, evolution in customer demand for TransForce’s products and services, the impact of price pressures exerted by competitors, and general market trends or economic changes. As a result, readers are advised that actual results may differ from expected results.

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