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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Transport America Fuel for Thought | The Great Driver Experience

Fuel-for-ThoughtDrivers get bombarded with information in magazines, social media and advertisements from competitors talking about what they have to offer you. There are a good number of Scott Arvescarriers out there, but how can you tell what’s real and what’s spin?

I can tell you what we try to do at Transport America: To walk the talk when it comes to creating a great driver experience. This is how we do it:

  1. Top Pay: Our top rates of pay are in the upper 10 percent in the industry. That’s verified by the National Transportation Institute, an independent third party that compares pay for the majority of large and midsize carriers in the US.
  2. Time at Home: We measure the commitments we hit and act on those commitments we miss.
  3. Healthy and Wellness Programs: We offer Steppers, Fitbits, resistance equipment and more. We will soon be rolling out a kiosk network to allow you to measure basic health information at hundreds of locations in the U.S, including our support centers. You’ll then be able to track your progress online.
  4. Frontline Training for Fleet Managers: We are rolling out a series of short training videos to educate our entire organization on how we can be more effective in supporting our drivers. This is a major undertaking that I am confident will greatly improve our interactions with drivers.
  5. Focus on Being Driver-Friendly: With the help of Franklin-Covey Consulting, we have goals set across the entire company to create an even better experience for you. Each week, goals will be posted and measured, then followed by actions for improvement.

I hope you see how we’re making significant effort to always improve the quality of experience you receive here at Transport America. I appreciate the job you do daily.fuel-for-thought

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Student Truck Drivers and Instructors at Transport America

At Transport America, we understand the importance of investing in our truck drivers. It’s the reason behind our student driver program, a chance for industry newcomers to receive real-world instruction from seasoned veterans. Watch this video to learn how Transport America truck drivers become prepared for a career on the road with classroom instruction, behind-the-wheel training and realistic simulators – all with a dedicated instructor by your side to ensure your success as you enter the transportation industry.

If you’re interested in driving for a company that truly invests in your future with the best training program in the industry, please visit the Transport America website. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube for more information about being a truck driver.

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Transport America Community Initiative | Open Door Food Shelf

Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of many communities. ­Transport America supports nonprofits that strive to make a difference in the lives of those in need. The Open Door is one organization in particular that Transport America is proud to support.transport-america

Located in Dakota County, Minnesota, The Open Door assists over 5,500 individuals monthly thanks to the community’s strong support of their efforts. The nonprofit’s initiatives include:

  • Two Food Shelf locations in Eagan and Lakeville, Minnesota to provide food resources to the hungry across the south metro area.
  • Seven Mobile Pantries that deliver healthy, wholesome food to families and individuals who lack reliable transportation.
  • The Mobile Lunch Box, a program designed to bring healthy lunches and enrichment activities to children in low-income families during the summer.
  • The Garden to Table program, which includes 140 community garden plots where families can grow their own food free of charge.
  • Family advocacy/community resource referrals to link families up with social service agencies as needed.

The Open Door is the largest non-profit food shelf in Dakota County and places a heavy emphasis on providing not just any old food, but wholesome, nutritious food for those in IMG_0801need. About 70 percent of the food offered at the nonprofit’s Food Shelves and Mobile Pantries include fresh, perishable items, such as milk, eggs, chicken, fish, bread, fruits and vegetables.

In 2015, Transport America showed its support by donating $1,252 and 130 pounds of food to the Open Door Food Shelf. For every dollar donated, the organization was able to provide up to $10 in healthy, wholesome food for families in need.

If you’re interested in working for a company that gives back to the community, learn more about us by visiting the ­Transport America 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 | Student Tuition Reimbursement Program

If you’ve ever paid tuition, you know that getting an education can be quite expensive. Fortunately, going to truck driving school is among the most affordable, least transport-americatime-consuming ways to become certified in a new career. Trucking school can still set you back a few thousand dollars, but ­Transport America has a way to combat student debt – the tuition reimbursement program.

This program is designed to start your career off right and take you to a new level of success without debt hanging over your head. Here’s how the program works:

  • ­Transport America adds $300 to the first paycheck of every month for an entire year, totaling $3,600 in reimbursement after 12 months.
  • The tuition reimbursement comes on top of your base mileage pay. If you choose to participate in the program, your pay starts at 2 cents per mile below level one pay. For example, if you qualify to start at 34 cents per mile without tuition reimbursement, you’ll start at 32 cents per mile and receive $300 extra in tuition reimbursement.
  • After one year and $3,600 in tuition reimbursement, you resume standard pay plus a 1-cent-per-mile raise. In the example outlined above, this would bring you from 32 cents per mile to 35 cents per mile.
  • Student drivers are not required to participate in the program. If you want to join ­Transport America without tuition reimbursement, you’ll start 2 cents per mile higher.

In order to qualify for the student tuition reimbursement program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a solo or team driver: Students joining the ­Transport America family in other divisions will start 2 cents higher, but they are not eligible for the program.
  • Meet all other hiring criteria: Any trucking school graduate who attended any school and earned a class A CDL is eligible as long as they meet all other ­Transport America hiring criteria.
  • Prove your tuition costs: Students need to provide documentation showing how much they paid to attend truck-driving school in order to receive reimbursement.

­Transport America doesn’t just offer an industry-leading student tuition reimbursement program; we also offer best-in-class student driver training, full medical benefits for new recruits and competitive pay in the top 10 percent of the industry.

If you’re interested in paying off your tuition while starting a promising career as a truck driver, please visit the ­Transport America website. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube for more information about the trucking industry.

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Transport America | New Per Diem for Truck Drivers

Over-the-road ­truck drivers must make purchases every day while on the road to get the job done. The cost of food, showers, laundry services and phone truck-driversaccess adds up fast. That’s why Transport America is introducing a new per diem plan for ­truck drivers. This is the reclassification of income as non-taxable reimbursement. Under the program, the IRS allows you to reduce your taxable income by up to $59 per day for each full day you work away from home.

Per diem allows you to maximize the amount you take home from your job by reducing payroll and income taxes. Be aware that the program reallocates your income; the non-taxable reimbursement is not in addition to your base wages.

Record Keeping Requirements

The per diem program does not require you to keep receipts or prove your time away from home. This simplifies your tax recordkeeping obligation for a less stressful experience when it’s time to file your taxes.

Effects of Reduced W-2 Wages

If you apply for a loan, Disability or Unemployment benefits, the income on your W-2 is an important point for officers to consider. Transport America provides ­truck drivers in the program with taxable income on a W-2 along with the per diem amount and an explanation letting officers know that the per diem amount is part of your income; it’s just not taxable income.

Note that the per diem pay plan will reduce social security benefits. However, you still come out ahead because you could save $2,000 in taxes each year under the per diem program and only lose out on $4 to $11 per month in social security benefits. Speak with a tax advisor for more information about your situation.

Contributions to your 401K retirement plan and workers compensation claim amounts may also be reduced by participation in the per diem program. Fortunately, the reductions are minor compared to the tax savings you can enjoy.

Standard Pay Rate Reduction

While Transport America strives to maximize ­truck drivers’ take home pay, a one-cent administration fee is needed to pay for the costs of tracking and processing per diem, paying additional income taxes owed and covering IRS audit fees.

Join Transport America’s per diem program today to maximize your benefits and eliminate the need to keep receipts for tax purposes. Enrollment lasts until March 31, 2015. You can pick up a form at any Transport America Service Center or by calling your Fleet Leader.

To learn more about this opportunity for ­truck drivers, visit the Transport America website. Then, join our online communities on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

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Fuel for Thought | Merry Christmas from Transport America

Fuel-for-ThoughtI want to sincerely thank you and your family for the outstanding work you have done this year. I know it’s a tough job and the realities of the work create difficulties for you and your families. We all appreciate the benefits of the Scott Arveswork you do.   Merry Christmas to you and all of those you hold close to your heart.

The upcoming year will have challenges and difficulties we have seen in the past. I look forward to working with you as we face those obstacles together. I am proud of the work we have done, optimistic about our future and believe there is no better team to conquer the market.

The economy is expanding, and we will continue to grow as our success and service are like none other in the industry. Lower fuel prices and better networks will put pressure on our competitive advantages, and as you continue to improve our safety and productivity, we will stand the test of the New Year.

Thank you again for your contribution and the support of your families. Have a Merry and safe Christmas.

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