New from Transport America | Team Bonus Program

Transport America is making some big (and exciting) changes to the Team Bonus Program! Learn more in the video below.

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Transport America Announces a Raise in Driver Pay!

Transport America announces that it will be raising driver pay, effective September 1, 2015 and raising truck speed, effective July 1, 2015. Learn more in this video.

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Transport America Community Initiative | MS 150 – Bike MS, National MS Society

Family and community are two fundamental core values that drive our actions at Transport America. This year, we’re proud to support Bike MS, a great cause that raises bike-ms-transport-americamoney to help improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis.

The MS 150 with Bike MS

The Upper Midwest Chapter of Bike MS offers six bike rides, and Transport America is helping out with one of them: the C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride from June 12-14, 2015. The cycling adventure begins in Duluth and ends 150 miles away in the Twin Cities. A free bus ride carries participants to Duluth the night before the big event. Then, a two-day journey, including a festive overnight event, takes nearly 4,000 bike riders to the Twin Cities. Participants must pay a minimum fundraising amount of $300, plus a $55 registration fee.

How Transport America is Making a Difference

Transport America is donating 12 tractors and trailers for the event. Eleven of the trailers will haul bikes to Proctor, Minnesota in time for thousands of MS 150 participants to pick them up on June 13. The final reefer trailer will transport sandwiches, snacks, fruit and other refreshments for bike riders to enjoy along the trail from Duluth to the Twin Cities.

All 12 tractors will be driven by volunteer truck drivers who are excited to donate their time to the MS 150 and help make the important event a success. In addition, many office volunteers will diligently coordinate logistics behind the scenes to ensure everything falls into place for the event.

If you’re interested in working for a company that gives back to the community, learn more on our website. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube for more information about working in the trucking industry.

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Transport America Announces Owner-Operator Contractor Pay Increase

Transport America, recognized as one of the fastest growing carriers by Transport Topics, recently announced a significant pay increase for its owner operators. This pay change will allow all of the company’s independent contractors to make $1 per mtransport-americaile.

“Every single person from top to bottom here at Transport America is working together to provide a great experience for our drivers,” said Mike Bash, director of recruiting operations for Transport America. “We’re invested in our drivers’ careers as much as they are and they understand that we’re able to provide them with the support and opportunities needed for success. This pay increase for our owner operators is just a small piece of the large vision we have for our drivers’ futures.”

The pay increase, which goes into effect July 1, eliminates the difference between hazmat and non-hazmat base pay. With the increased pay, all Transport America owner operators will earn $1 per mile in addition to accessorial reimbursements. This mileage pay increase comes just after another announcement of additional pay package enhancements, which went into effect May 1. These changes included improved fuel and DEF discounts. In addition to the top pay at Transport America, owner operators can also expect multiple lease options, base-plate bonus, $2,000 sign-on bonus with own truck, no forced dispatch, $1,000 referral bonus and consistent miles as well as the respect, quality assistance with insurance, maintenance and dispatch, and the great all-around driver experience the company is known for. Transport America currently has job openings for solo drivers, teams and owner operators for regional, dedicated and OTR routes. For more information on Transport America’s career opportunities, please call 877-218-5342 or visit www.transportamericajobs.com 

 

About Transport America

Since 1984, Transport America has been a leader in the transportation industry offering outstanding careers and excellent service. The company is committed to maintaining its presence as one of the most successful providers of the highest quality in transportation and logistics services in North America. Transport America provides a work environment for drivers that exceed their needs and those of their family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fuel for Thought | Honoring Veteran Truck Drivers

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As we reflect back on Memorial Day, it reminds us of the sacrifice that our military men and women have made and continue to make to keep us safe and free. We owe a huge debt of   As we celebrate Memorial Day, it reminds us of the sacrifice that our military men and women have made and continue to make to keep us safe and free.  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those that serve, and on behalf of Transport America I would like to say thank you!gratitude to those that serve, and on behalf of Transport America I would like to say thank you!

We have been busy here at Transport America finding opportunities to recognize our veterans, support soldiers that have been wounded and make it easier for soldiers returning from duty to find meaningful employment that rewards them for their experience in the military. Here are just a few of the things we have going on:

  • HIRING OUR HEROES – We have partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support Hiring Our Heroes, a program focused on helping veterans, returning military personnel and their spouses find great jobs. During the month of June, Transport America will be recognized in Washington, D.C. for our efforts with Hiring Our Heroes. Our former President, Scott Arves, and our VP of Driver Support, Kelly Polk, will be attending on our behalf.
  • RECOGNIZING TRANSPORT AMERICA’S VETERANS – For those veterans that are currently employees and independent contractors on our team, we celebrated Memorial Day with a great deal of respect as well as a few tokens of our appreciation.
  • WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT – Transport America has been an ongoing supporter of this outstanding organization for many years. This is a cause that I feel strongly about and get personally involved with as well.
  • PROVIDING CREDIT FOR MILITARY DRIVING EXPERIENCE – Previously, the laws of the U.S. did not allow returning military personnel to apply their military driving experience when obtaining a CDL. I have traveled to Washington, D.C. on several occasions to meet with Senators and Representatives to gain their support on this issue. As a result of theAs we celebrate Memorial Day, it reminds us of the sacrifice that our military men and women have made and continue to make to keep us safe and free.  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those that serve, and on behalf of Transport America I would like to say thank you! work of a lot of people, every state now has a military skills test waiver process to give credit for military experience. Here at Transport America, we take it one step further, and when it comes to pay levels for drivers, we give returning military personnel credit for military driving experience as well.

My dad was a veteran in the United States Air Force. While he didn’t see active combat, he did work on jet engine aircraft in Europe to help make sure our fighting forces had the most reliable equipment available. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of our military and want to say, on behalf of all of us at Transport America, thank you to all who have served!

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Transport America Profile | Truck Driver Spouses

A driving career can be fulfilling and challenging for the professional driver. But what’s it A driving career can be fulfilling and challenging for the professional driver.  But what’s it like to be married to a Transport America truck driver?  like to be married to a Transport America truck driver? We asked that very question to Dan Becker’s wife. Dan came to Transport America in 1998 as a student and has been training drivers since 1999.

According to Dan’s wife Liz, the assignment was difficult to get used to at first. However, after 17 years, Dan’s job is not only accepted, but also embraced by the Becker family. This acceptance can be attributed to Transport America. The company has an established list of core values among which include making sure employees spend quality time with their families. And indeed, the Becker family takes full advantage of this. On average, Dan is away from home about two weeks at a time and then home for two to two and a half days. However, when Dan is away, Liz spends her time volunteering, being a full-time student and taking care of the couple’s three children. Plus, they have another on the way!

In addition, Transport America believes that by treating all employees with respect, it enhances productivity and efficiency. Besides being a Student Driver Instructor, Dan has participated on the company’s Driver Council and plans to participate in the annual Truck Driving Championship later in June. For Dan, all of this helps keep his job fresh and exciting, and for Transport America, it also helps in improving driver miles.

So, what advice can Liz provide to other spouses? Stay busy, but also stay involved with your husband’s job and ask questions about it. The more involved you are, the more understanding you have for what he is going through. In fact, last August Liz went out on the road with Dan for two weeks to see what it was like and really enjoyed it.

And while company benefits, such as overall pay, are great, the support from Transport America is exceptional. Dan and Liz embody the core values of the company, including a positive culture. This is what makes Transport America so successful. Together, the company and team members such as Dan and his family celebrate the successes by actively working together toward building a great company.

As Liz and Dan have shown, balancing a truck driving career and a family is more than possible, especially if you find a company that is family-oriented and puts the driver first. That’s just one characteristic that sets Transport America apart from its competitors. If you’re interested in becoming a driver and joining the Transport America family, please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Ease to Own Program | Owner Operators at Transport America

Are you ready for ownership?  A new owner-operator program at Transport America could make it a reality for you – brand new 2016 Freightliners are waiting!  Founded in 1984, owner-operatorsTransport America has the experience & reputation to help take your business to the next level.  We have a dedicated group whose sole purpose is to make you, the owner operator, successful.  We know the industry, the business and how to make you money.

We are very excited to announce our new “Ease to Own” lease program that will be added to our already existing lease options. This unique program is almost too good to be true. With very little money down, a brand new truck can be yours in just 5 years.  Friendly maintenance requirements will help you properly maintain the unit and help you save for the final payment. So, when the time comes to own, you’ll be ready!  All units come with a refrigerator and a 125” bunk!  All are equipped with on guard, on board communications, and a fuel efficiency package.  All it takes is a $1,000 down payment and a brilliant white 2016 Freightliner Cascadia can be yours.

Our dedicated staff will help you all along the way. They know the business and how to maintain your miles to keep your business booming. Our staff will help you understand the friendly maintenance requirements that will help you properly maintain the unit and help you save for the final payment.

They say timing is everything, and that couldn’t be truer now. Transport America recently rolled out a new fuel (and DEF) discount program that will save you 10-60 cents at the pump. This, combined with our 5 cent pay increase effective July 1st, 2015, can help you be confident that you will have a successful business at Transport America!

We understand that making the jump to owner operator can be intimidating. We have a fantastic transfer process that will help you easily transition from a company driver to an owner. If you’re just getting started, we have company openings for Solo (OTR & Regional), Teams and Dedicated positions. With a great start as a company driver, we can help you save for a down payment on your own truck.

Come join the industry leader and drive toward your new business today! To learn more, visit our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Truck Driver Health & Fitness at Transport America

Transport America has been making big strides in helping our employees become more aware of their health and take steps to improve it. In March, we provided free health screenings for employees to get to know their vital numbers and receive live feedback from Transport America has been making big strides in helping our employees become more aware of their health and take steps to improve it. qualified nurses. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. There is no better time than the present to work on a healthier you.

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be active. For many people, getting started is the hardest part. Each of Transport America’s Support Centers provides a fitness center equipped with new elliptical and treadmill machines to get you started. Employees can enjoy all the amenities of a gym in their own workplace, which also includes a TV and music to keep you occupied. Worried that you don’t have the time to exercise? Despite what you may have read, there is no “best” time to exercise. It turns out the best time to exercise is when it works for you. Remember that regular exercise can enhance your mood, help you sleep better and improve your overall well-being.

Not only does Transport America provide fitness centers, we also sell Fitbits, FIT Steppers and FIT systems at a reduced cost to our employees. We are always looking for ways to be innovative and be the leader in the transportation industry with our wellness and health programs. We’ll continue to introduce new systems or ideas as we move forward in the years to come.

Since the month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, now is a perfect opportunity to sign up for the HealthyFleet Step Challenge at www.healthyfleet.com/step-challenge-sign-up/. All you need is a Fitbit to track your steps. Here employees can challenge their coworkers and also contribute to the company challenge to become the healthiest fleet in the industry. It’s all about bragging rights – who doesn’t want to work for the healthiest fleet in America?

If you’re interested in being part of a company who cares and invests in their employees’ health, please visit our website or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube.

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A Message from Keith Klein | Transport America

I am truly honored and humbled by this opportunity to lead a great company with such great people. This transition has been in the works for a long time.transport-america

Transport America is a wonderful and successful company that both Scott and I have worked together on for the past 9 years. Together, along with many talented leaders, we developed the strategy and culture for success. I plan to continue doing the same going forward. Safety, Integrity and Respect, Success through a Positive Culture, a Passion for Excellence and Continued Improvement are our core values and will continue to be so.

As we transition over the next month, you will see some changes of responsibilities for a few of our senior leaders in the organization. As I take on new duties and responsibilities, others on our leadership team will be called on to tackle new opportunities and challenges as well. We have a very talented organization top to bottom and great leaders ready to take on new responsibilities, so this transition will be very smooth and seamless. And, as Scott mentioned, he isn’t jumping on a horse and riding off into the sunset. He will be around for a while helping with the transition as well as working with TransForce on special projects.

I’ve been at Transport America now for almost 16 years in various roles, so many of you already know me pretty well. You can expect me to continue to build and solidify the culture of our company; you can expect me to maintain and communicate a clear vision on where we are going; you can expect me to seek input and feedback from as many of you and as many customers as I can to help continue to make us better; and, in general, you can expect me to work very hard to make us The Best Darn Trucking Company that is or will be.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank Scott for all that he has done for me, personally, and for Transport America. He has been a great mentor, friend, and motivator. I can honestly say that I have learned more about trucking from him than any other single person, and I greatly appreciate that. And better yet, I look forward to continuing those relationships and that learning … because he isn’t leaving anytime soon. Please, join me in saying thanks to Scott and congratulating him on this next chapter in his life.

 

Keith

 

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A Message from Scott Arves | Transport America

I am announcing today that I am stepping aside as President of Transport America, effective June 1, and am delighted to turn over the reins to Keith Klein. Scott Arves

The goals Keith and I have been working on together for Transport America have centered around some major themes, specifically:

  1. Turning around an organization that struggled after the death of its owner, Jim Aronson, and then sustaining that success.
  2. Infusing talent to augment the existing talent, with the goal of creating the strongest, most talented and aligned team in the industry.
  3. A successful transition from Private Equity to TransForce, which we have accomplished.
  4. To set the organization up for long-term success, recognizing changes in leadership often are poorly planned and executed.

This transition is not a sudden decision but has been well thought out over the last year.  As part of this transition, I have let both Keith and TransForce know that I would be pleased to be a continued resource; as such I will continue to support them in a consultative role to make this change successful. The timing of this decision seemed right at this time for the following reasons.

  1. Keith is ready:  I have had the pleasure of working closely with Keith for nearly 9 years.  I am convinced he has the skills to lead this organization, has the respect of the organization and is very deserving of this opportunity.  He has grown tremendously as a leader and has been instrumental in our success.
  2. The team is ready:  This is a team sport, made up of great individuals; nevertheless, it has always been about the team, not any one individual.  We have been blessed to attract, develop and retain some very talented leaders.  As I step aside, a number of great leaders will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility and will do great things with it.  In the weeks to come, Keith will roll out some changes to the organizational structure that will have been equally as well thought out and planned.
  3. I am ready:  I have been in trucking for 36 years; I have been leading transportation businesses for over 23 years.  I am anxiously looking forward to contributing in different ways.  I will continue to support Transport America and TransForce.  In addition, stepping back provides me the freedom to give back to the community, spend time with children and grandchildren, travel and spend time in other areas I am passionate about.
  4. The company is ready:  Our performance has never been stronger; I expect 2015 to be the best year in the history of Transport America.  A great reputation for service, excellent driver turnover, low fuel prices and a favorable customer environment should provide tailwinds to help us as well.

In conclusion, I believe our best days are ahead of us and I look forward to seeing what the team continues to accomplish.  I have been blessed to have led you the last 8.5 years.  I have felt welcomed since day one and have appreciated all of the support you have shown me.  I know you will show that same support to Keith in the future.  I am very proud of what we have built together and will continue to support the team in whatever role Keith and the team asks me to.  Please join me in congratulating Keith.

Scott Arves

 

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