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  • Prime Drivers Compete In Month Long Bicycle Challenge

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    Jeff Schmid

    June 6, 2013 (Springfield, Missouri) – Mario Almendarez, a lease operator at Prime, Inc, rode a total of 538.99 miles to win Prime’s 2013 May Bicycle Challenge. Mr. Almendarez took the lead from Ange Mwiseneza during the last week of May by riding an incredible 204.59 miles. Mr. Mwiseneza finished the competition in second place with 488.5 miles, while Jeff Schmid finished in third with 155.34 miles. The month long competition was designed by Prime’s Driver Health and Fitness Coach Siphiwe Baleka in an effort to further the culture of fitness among Prime’s drivers.

         Twice a year, Prime, Inc. sponsors a month long bicycle challenge to encourage drivers to be more active as part of its award-winning Driver Health and Fitness program. Drivers who carry a bike on their truck can participate, and they use smartphone apps to track their rides. Commenting on how he was able to ride so many miles, Mr. Almendarez said, “It all comes down to location and trips. I was lucky to be in the south last month with a lot of short trips and good weather. Up north where I usually run I probably wouldn’t have done as well.”

         Roy Romo, who finished second last year during the September Bicycle Challenge, finished fourth this year’s May challenge. “As a Prime Student Driver Trainer,” said Mr. Romo, “I found riding a bike an enjoyable way to see and explore more at the places I travel to, as well as a way to exercise. The bike challenge gave me the incentive to ride more often and farther than I would have otherwise. I encourage every driver to find a way to get out of the truck and exercise as often as you can.” 

         Last year, Prime and bicycle manufacturer Montague partnered to provide high quality fold-up mountain bikes to the fleet. “Twenty-eight drivers now carry a mountain bike inside their tractor cabs,” said Baleka, “and more and more drivers are riding. Mario and Ange had an epic battle and pushed each other in friendly competition. I am very impressed and inspired by their efforts,” said Baleka.

        Final results: 

    1.                       Mario Almendarez – 538.99 miles
    2.                       Ange Mwiseneza  - 488.5 miles
    3.                       Jeff Schmid – 155.34 miles
    4.                       Roy Romo – 62.9 miles

     

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (April 2013)

    April 2013 Awardees include:

    Anton J. Webster

    Refrigerated Division

    Janine & Paul Hackman

    Flatbed Division

    Benjamin Johnson

    Tanker Division

    Douglas Adams

    Company Tanker Division

    Henry L. Vance, Jr.

    Company Refrigerated

    Toby Richardson

    Company Flatbed Division

    Tye L. Woodward & Stacey S. Woodward

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members (April 2013)

    Gold Millionaires

    Two Million Milers

    • John Barrett 
    • John J Penders


    One Million Milers

    • Benjamin L Barrett
    • Chris Laudenslager
    • Bill H Whoberry
    • Joyce A Zeuschner



    Silver Millionaires

    • Bejamine Furlow
    • Andrew Napier

     

    Click here to read more about Prime's Driver Awards.

  • Stuff The Truck for Moore, OK

    STUFF THE TRUCK FOR MOORE, OK.
    WITH MIDWEST FAMILY RADIO & PRIME, INC.

    http://www.q1021.fm/Stuff-The-Truck-for-Moore--OK/16405684

    With the recent devastation of an EF4 Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Mid-West Family Radio Stations (104.7 The Cave, 92.9 The Beat, 105.1 BOB fm & Q102.1)  and Prime, Inc.,  have teamed up to provide needed items to the affected area overseen by the assistance of The Convoy of Hope, Springfield, MO. All collected items will be used for Disaster relief Efforts in Moore, Oklahoma and the Convoy of Hope.
    Any assistance in sharing this information is greatly appreciated!
    Details are listed below.

    When: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 7am until we stuff the truck!

    Where: Mid-West Family Radio Station parking lot.
    (Food 4 Less Shopping Center, 319 East Battlefield).

    What we are collecting for donation:

    • Work gloves
    • Bottled water
    • Diapers
    • Baby wipes
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Non perishable foods with pop tabs

    Residents of the Springfield area along side Mid-West Family Radio and Prime, Inc. were able to fill two 53 foot trailers with donations for the Joplin Tornado of 2011.

     

    Prime, Inc. has several Drivers who are from the Oklahoma area and are prepared to help in the recovery efforts.


     

  • Prime Example at the Healthy Trucking Association of America 5th Summit

    (Springfield, Mo.) – Prime, Inc. recently received the Trailblazer Award for the Driver Health and Fitness Program at the 5th Annual Healthy Trucking Summit sponsored by the Healthy Trucking Association of America (HTAA) in Atlanta, GA.

    During the event, held April 30-May 2, Prime Driver Melissa Fort was named the Female Healthy Trucker of the Year. The creator of the health and fitness program, former Prime Lease Operator Siphiwe Baleka, also received the Legacy Award.

    Presenting the Trailblazer Award, Dr. Karen Heaton of the UAB Medical Center, recognized Prime for their “comprehensive approach to the management of metabolic syndrome.”

    Accepting the award on behalf of Prime was Driver Health and Fitness Coach, Siphiwe Baleka. “Prime is a great place to work,” said Baleka. “They have every possible driver amenity you can think of. More than 130 drivers have enrolled in the program and since its inception, more than 600 drivers have lost over 6,000 lbs. and 90 drivers have quit smoking.”

    For the first time, the HTAA named both a male and female “Healthy Trucker of the Year.” The honor of the first female award went to Fort who lost 10.1% of her bodyweight in Prime’s 13 week program. She is now coaching other drivers through the program while continuing to lose weight.

    “Melissa really deserves this award. She truly is a great example of what I call a ‘Fitness Trucker.’ It’s a lifestyle change and she made it while driving teams,” Baleka said.

  • Prime Intern Wins Community Engagement Intern of the Year Award

    (Springfield, Mo.) – Missouri State University awarded Lauren Whaley the “Community Engagement Intern of the Year Award” for her work in organizing and analyzing metabolic and nutrition data that was collected from fifty one drivers that enrolled in Prime’s ground-breaking and award-winning Driver Health and Fitness (DHF) program. Prime was also recognized for their participation in the first year of MSU’s very successful Dietetic Internship program.

    “Ms. Whaley’s respect for scientific principles was reflected in the organizing and reporting methods she created herself and used to produce accurate analysis,” said DHF Director Siphiwe Baleka. “Her work has helped to establish perhaps the most extensive, nutritional study of commercial truck driver over-the-road eating habits ever done and will provide knowledge about driver nutrition that the industry does not currently possess.” Ms. Whaley said, “I have learned a lot from this rotation. Before working with you and Prime, Inc. I only knew the bare minimum about truck driving and the actual effects of the road. The men and women in my profession can only speculate due to it being a whole other world.”

    Hillary Roberts, Dietetic Internship Director and Senior Instructor at the Biomedical Sciences Department at MSU commented, “It is hard to place Lauren in one nomination category, as she meets the criterion for all three!”

  • Prime Inc. Trainer Honored For Service and Teaching Abilities

    Prime Inc. Trainer Honored For Service and Teaching Abilities John Callahan and Danny Gibbons

    (Springfield, Missouri)-John Callahan, recently named the 2012 Instructor of the Year at Prime Inc. has never had an accident on the road. Like his teaching record, his driving is impeccable. A trainer at the company for three years, Callahan said "it was an honor" to be recognized for his efforts.

    "Becoming an instructor of the year is not a selection of the most popular by a group of peers. It is a medal won due to the commitment to wanting to help others achieve a goal," according to Stan Kasterke, Program Manager at Prime. "We call it being a team player. In reality, this person is the team captain who leads other instructors and apprentices to achieve a goal."

    Callahan, who is married, with four children, was raised in Colfax, Iowa. He has been with Prime for nearly four years. "We have a dinner to honor the top 10 instructors each year. I have made the Top 10 list twice," he said. "I started out as a regular driver, gained experience on the road, went through the necessary courses, and ended up Instructor of the Year three years later. That's probably one of the best things you could say about a training program."

    Along with being named the 2012 Instructor of the Year, Callahan received $500, a plaque, and will have his name added to the Instructor of the Year Wall of Fame at Prime. He also received a $50 gift certificate for Oasis Restaurant, a gift certificate for a free hair cut or massage, and a free truck detail.

    Additional instructors honored alongside Callahan for their service include: John Lewis, John Carrigan, Justin Humiston, Eddie Neblett, Scott Dahlstrom, Timothy Wiemer, James Fuller, Keith Luce, William Parkman, and Mark Gaines.

    All of these individuals worked to help the 1,355 students in the 2012 Prime training program earn their CDL license. Callahan, who said he was a "casualty of the economy," joined Prime for the income. After signing, he discovered the organization was "great from top to bottom."

    His first trainer, Danny Gibbons, remains his greatest inspiration. "The best thing about being an instructor," the newly honored Callahan said, "is that you get to see the country and you get to help students with their careers."

    He describes his training experiences with new drivers out on the road as fun and readily admits to being stuck in a mud hole once or twice. "Overall," he said, "I think the more boring the better, especially when it comes to driving."

  • How Did I Get This Belly?

    The condition that got you in that unhealthy condition

    By Siphiwe Baleka

    Reposted from RoadKing.com

    When you got your CDL did anyone tell you that the irregular hours of sleep and interrupted sleep that most long haul commercial drivers deal with would affect your health? Did anyone tell you that the stress of the job would cause a hormonal imbalance? Did anyone tell you about a disease called Metabolic Syndrome that afflicts more than 80 percent of truck drivers?

    Probably not.

    There’s no hiding the fact that the majority of truck drivers are overweight. Most people blame the drivers, saying that they need to eat healthier and exercise more. Nobody talks about Metabolic Syndrome, a combination of medical disorders that, when occurring together, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

    Every time someone cuts you off or you get caught in a construction zone or a shipper delays you for hours — any event that causes you stress — it sets off a chain of 1,400 biochemical events in your body that release cortisol. Right after the stressful event, the body is supposed to return to a normal condition. However, if a driver remains upset or encounters yet another stressful situation, that excess cortisol is released to prepare the body for “Fight or Flight.” It shuts down blood flow from all areas except the arms and legs, which are needed to punch someone or run. Your vital organs aren’t needed for this and neither is your brain.

    So when your day is filled with constant stress, your vital organs are drained and deprived of what they need. This includes your brain. That’s why people do dumb things in the heat of the moment. The cerebral cortex needed for higher reasoning is shut down. The bottom line is that drivers become habituated and immune to stress, which in turn causes suppressed thyroid function, blood sugar imbalances, high blood pressure, lowered immunity, hormonal imbalances and increased abdominal fat.

    When you combine this with sleep deprivation from driving the night shift, switching from day driving to night driving, being interrupted by shippers and receivers to walk in your bills of lading, and so on, it causes a decrease in serum leptin and an increase in serum ghrelin. These are the substances that regulate hunger.

    Your body doesn’t get the signal to start eating, causing you to skip meals, which slows your metabolism. Or your body doesn’t get the signal to stop eating, leading you to overeat. Either way, you increase your abdominal fat.

    Finally, add the fact that physical inactivity leads to increased abdominal fat. According to Mayo Clinic cardiologist Martha Grogan, people who sit most of the day have a risk of heart attack equal to those who smoke.

    So you now begin to understand why truckers are prone to gain weight. Their biochemistry changes as a direct result of their occupation. Fortunately the effects can be reduced by following seven strategies (listed above).

    Thirty-one out of 51 drivers in Prime Inc.’s Driver Health and Fitness program lost an average of 19.3 lbs. — or 7.3 percent of their body weight — in just 13 weeks by following the Seven Strategies. One driver lost 60 lbs. without skipping any meals! Another came off of 10 medications! Follow the Seven Strategies and it will work for you, too.



    The Seven Strategies

    How to reverse Metabolic Syndrome

    1. No matter what, get 15 minutes of exercise a day.
    2. Each workout must be vigorous.
    3. Work multiple muscle groups at the same time.
    4. Always eat after a workout.
    5. Eat breakfast. Then eat something every three hours.
    6. Keep healthy snacks in the truck.
    7. Log your nutrition and fitness.

    Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors

    • Stress
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Being obese or overweight
    • Aging

    Siphiwe Baleka is the Driver Fitness Coach at Prime, Inc. This is his first in a series of columns as Road King’s new Driver Health Editor.

  • Prime Inc. Contractors of the Month (March 2013)

    March 2013 Awardees include:

    Wayne S. Green

    Refrigerated Division

    Oscar B. Flatt

    Flatbed Division

    Thomas W. Lee

    Tanker Division

    Mark J. Ganczewski  

    Company Tanker Division

    Corey M. McMiller

    Company Refrigerated

    Ronald Burt

    Company Flatbed Division

    Robert T. Vanamburg & Denis W. Burmester

    Refrigerated Team Division

  • Listen in on our April 2013 SAFETY MEETING online!

    Listen in iTunes
    Prime FeedBurner Safety Podcast
    Prime BuzzSprout Safety Podcast

     

    In this release: On Going Training, Distracted Driving, Truck Accident Stats, Lead Seat Responsibility, Penn Commercial Solutions, Latest CSA Scores, Driver Heath and Fitness #6, Tanker Endorsement, Physical, Driver Opps, College Opps, Wheel End Monitors, Robert On Detention.

     

  • Laura Winstead - LLS Woman of the Year Candidate

    Come out Thursday night May 2, 2013 6PM Central and support Laura Winstead (wife of Prime associate John Winstead) who was nominated for 2013 Woman of the Year!  Go Team Laura!

     

    Click here for Directions.  Read more on Facebook and the Blog

  • Missouri Trucking Association Super Tech 2013 Competition

    Prime is proud of our associates Danny Schubert, Nathan Yeary, and Ethan Andrews who advanced to the final round of the Missouri Trucking Association Super Tech 2013 Competition here in Springfield, Missouri at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center on April 17th 2013.

    Dany Schubert won the Tire and Wheel Analysis and Nathan Yeary won the Brake Installation and Adjustment Station.

    Congratulations to Danny, Nathan and Ethan!

    Read more here http://motrucking.org/services/SuperTech-Compeition


  • Prime Bike Challenge

    What: Prime Bike Challenge

    When: May 1-31, 2013

    Where: Roads, streets and trails of America

    Eligibility:  All Prime Drivers

    Format & Rules:  Ride any bicycle for the month of May and use the smartphone app MapMyRide “www.mapmyride.com” to log your distance, speed, elevation, routes, etc. Only road miles count- no bike trainer miles or stationary bike miles.

    Awards:    Driver with the most miles logged wins. Special awards for the longest single road ride, longest single trail ride, single ride with the greatest amount of elevation, overall greatest elevation, fastest average speed for a single ride, fastest average speed for entire competition, most state parks visited, etc. Top 50% riders entered into raffle for special grand prize, to be announced midway through the competition and based on the number of contestants. Award winners must present/share their mileage logs and maps.

    Registration:  Fill out online registration form below.

    Fees: there is a $10.00 registration fee. Make check payable to Prime, Inc.  Send check and signed Release and Waiver of Liability  http://driverhealthandfitness.com/prime-bike-challenge/prime-bicycle-challenge-release-and-waiver-of-liability/ to Siphiwe Baleka, Driver Health and Fitness, 2740 N. Mayfair, Springfield, MO 65803

    Need a bike?

    Prime is selling the Montague Paratrooper Fold-Up Mountain Bike. Best bicycle for truck drivers. Fits in sleeper. $665.00 (reduced from $899!). $75 additional for bag.  Order through the Prime Inc Store.

    http://driverhealthandfitness.com/

  • Terminal Expansion - Prime Springfield East

    We're expanding! To assist our drivers better and help with the needs of our growing company, we introduce to you the Prime Springfield East location.

  • 2012 Instructor of the Year

    Prime is proud to announce John Callahan as the 2012 Instructor of the Year! Check out our album to see photos from last nights event, who our nominees were, as well as their amazing support staff here at Prime! Congratulations John!

  • Happy Throwback Thursday!

    Prime, Inc. has been providing trucking jobs for 43 years...Happy Throwback Thursday!


  • 2012 Contractors and Company Drivers of the Year

    Flatbed Divsion

    • Company Driver - Charles Plant
    • Contractor - Bill Whoberry

    Tanker Division

    • Company Driver - Doug Adams
    • Contractor - Rod Brown

    Refrigerated Division

    • Company Driver - Shane & Johnna Morgan
    • Solo Contractor - Chad Daniel
    • Team - Berinus Paul & Curtis Parks
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  • Prime Inc. Drivers Honored by the Missouri Trucking Association

    Re-posted from Layover.com

    April 5, 2013 (Springfield, Missouri) - Three drivers from Prime Inc. were honored at the 2013 Missouri Trucking Association (MoTA) Annual Safety Conference: Ronald Hoover, Glen Horack, and Thomas Miller.

    Hoover, a refrigerated driver for more than 12 years, received two awards. He was recognized as the MoTA April 2012 Driver of the Month and he was named the 2013 MoTA Driver of the Year. Horack and Miller were also recognized as 2012 Drivers of the Month.

    According to the MoTA, winners were "judged on the basis of their excellent driving records, contributions to highway safety, courtesy and participation in community affairs."

    Hoover, who lives in Casper, WY, has received several distinctions throughout his career. He was the Prime Inc. December 2009 Refrigerated Division Driver of the Month and has been named the MoTA Driver of the Month three times: April 2009, November 2010, and March 2011. He also received 2010 and 2011 Safe Driving Club Awards from the MoTA. When he is not on the road, he raises and rides horses on his farm, where he lives with his wife Janet and their five children.

    As the 2013 MoTA Driver of the Year, Hoover received a ring and an iPad. "I was really excited and quite honored," he said. "I'm thankful that Prime nominated me and I'm thankful that the MoTA selected me for these awards."

    A former U.S. Army solider and volunteer fire fighter, Hoover started with Prime Inc. in 2001. He has been driving professionally since 1983 and has driven more than 3.6 million miles throughout his career.

    "Ron is a consummate professional. One of those guys who never has a negative word to say about anyone. He is a great trainer and role model," Steve Tassin, Prime Fleet Manager, said. "What you see is what you get with him. He is a real team player, with an upbeat, professional personality. We are proud of him and all of our other drivers for their dedication to safe, professional driving practices."

    Horack of Elkland, MO, the MoTA 2012 August Driver of the Month, has been with Prime Inc. since 1992. He is married, has two children, and served as the Chairman of the 2008 MoTA Safe Driving Club. Like Hoover, he has won the MoTA Driver of the Month award three times. He has also been named the Overdrive Magazine Driver of the Month and received the Million Mile Safety Award by Prime Inc. twice. He was designated the Prime Inc. Contractor of the Year for the Refrigerated Division in 2005 and he has been recognized in Pride and Polish competitions throughout the majority of his career.

    Miller, of IL, who is married, and has two children, started with Prime Inc. in 1999. Named the MoTA September 2012 Driver of the Month, he also serves as one of the 2013-14 America's Road Team Captains. He was named the Prime Inc. Contractor of the Month for Safety and Service in September 2002 and received the May 2011 Prime Inc. Contractor of the Month Award as well as the MoTA August 2011 Driver of the Month award. He was the chairman of the MoTA Safe Driving Club from 2009-2011 and served as the Captain of the Prime Inc. Truck Driving Championship Team.

  • Three drivers from Prime Inc. were honored at the 2013 MTA Annual Safety Conference

    Three drivers from Prime Inc. were honored at the 2013 Missouri Trucking Association (MoTA) Annual Safety Conference: Ronald Hoover, Glen Horack, and Thomas Miller.

    Hoover, a reefer driver for more than 12 years, received two awards. He was recognized as the MoTA April 2012 Driver of the Month and he was named the 2013 MoTA Driver of the Year. Horack and Miller were also recognized as 2012 Drivers of the Month.

    According to the MoTA, winners were "judged on the basis of their excellent driving records, contributions to highway safety, courtesy and participation in community affairs."

    Hoover, who lives in Casper, WY, has received several distinctions throughout his career. He was the Prime Inc. December 2009 Refrigerated Division Driver of the Month and has been named the MoTA Driver of the Month three times: April 2009, November 2010, and March 2011. He also received 2010 and 2011 Safe Driving Club Awards from the MoTA. When he is not on the road, he raises and rides horses on his farm, where he lives with his wife Janet and their five children.

    As the 2013 MoTA Driver of the Year, Hoover received a ring and an Ipad. "I was really excited and quite honored," he said. "I'm thankful that Prime nominated me and I'm thankful that the MoTA selected me for these awards."

    A former U.S. Army solider and volunteer fire fighter, Hoover started with Prime Inc. in 2001. He has been driving professionally since 1983 and has driven more than 3.6 million miles throughout his career.

    "Ron is a consummate professional. One of those guys who never has a negative word to say about anyone. He is a great trainer and role model," Steve Tassin, Prime Fleet Manager, said. "What you see is what you get with him. He is a real team player, with an upbeat, professional personality. We are proud of him and all of our other drivers for their dedication to safe, professional driving practices."

    Horack of Elkland, MO, the MoTA 2012 August Driver of the Month, has been with Prime Inc. since 1992. He is married, has two children, and served as the Chairman of the 2008 MoTA Safe Driving Club. Like Hoover, he has won the MoTA Driver of the Month award three times. He has also been named the Overdrive Magazine Driver of the Month and received the Million Mile Safety Award by Prime Inc. twice. He was designated the Prime Inc. Contractor of the Year for the Refrigerated Division in 2005 and he has been recognized in Pride and Polish competitions throughout the majority of his career.

    Miller, of IL, who is married, and has two children, started with Prime Inc. in 1999. Named the MoTA September 2012 Driver of the Month, he also serves as one of the 2013-14 America's Road Team Captains. He was named the Prime Inc. Contractor of the Month for Safety and Service in September 2002 and received the May 2011 Prime Inc. Contractor of the Month Award as well as the MoTA August 2011 Driver of the Month award. He was the chairman of the MoTA Safe Driving Club from 2009-2011 and served as the Captain of the Prime Inc. Truck Driving Championship Team.

    About Prime Inc.

    Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime Inc. is North America's most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime's personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company's growth remains steady and well managed.

  • Prime Inc. Recognizes Millionaire Members

    Recent Members include:

    Jerome T. Marcotte — Gold Millionaire
    Susan A. Fitzgerald — Silver Millionaire
    Brian E. Moses, Jr. — Silver Millionaire

     

     

    Read more about the Millionaires program here.
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