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Our Fall Conference was a success – we had an excellent turnout and representatives from our diverse membership all had a great time. I am enthused at the opportunity to lead the Oklahoma Trucking Association. Right now, we are in the perfect position to move forward. To grow in members, in services and most importantly in our significance and the footprint we make across the state.

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The State Legislature will convene in February. I cast this outlook ahead so we are all reminded that our voice at the State and Federal level is necessary. Several issues face the trucking industry and without continued emphasis on what is a priority to us, we risk being looked over. Advocacy at the State Capitol for the upcoming session will remain a priority, monitoring the myriad of Federal issues, and strengthening the Oklahoma Trucking Association’s voice for trucking in Oklahoma. We ask YOU, our members to get involved, send a team member to programs, and be active in areas you have interest in.

UPCOMINGEVENTS TMC SUPERTECH May 6, 2016 Could you be a Champion? Held at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center (7301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City). Contact Bonne Karim for more information at or 405-641-5241.




Save the date for the 2016 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship is June 3-4, 2016. The championship will be held at its regular locations – The Tower Hotel Oklahoma City and the OSU-OKC Precision Driving Training Course. Keep updated on this event by visiting the OSMC website at

Here we draw an end to 2015, and what a year it has been. The seasons have changed and passed us by, and as an Association, we have experienced so much.

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This issue marks the end of another year, but the beginning of many new exciting experiences and opportunities for the OTA. Our new Executive Director, Jim Newport, has already shown to be a great leader for us at the Capitol, as well as hosting our Annual Convention.

Reservations are now open for our Annual Mid-Winter Conference. Be sure to visit Oktrucking.Org for details on program and opportunities to sponsor. The seminar portion will be held at the Waterford Marriott Hotel, located at 6300 Waterford Boulevard in OKC. The Safety Awards Banquet will begin at 7:00pm at the Jim Thorpe Association & Sports Hall of Fame Museum, located at 4040 N Lincoln Boulevard in OKC.

The OSMC and TMC provided tremendous outreach this year, culminating in their annual Fall events - the Fall Safety Seminar and Fall Technology Workshop. John Mallory of John Christner Trucking, has always been an active member of the OSMC. This year, he took his TDC "Duck" costume to Nationals. I'm certain everyone there enjoyed his antics as much as we do every May.


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SPOT FREIGHT DECLINES Spot market freight volume declined 9.7 percent in October, in a common seasonal pattern, according to the DAT North American Freight Index. Although volume fell below same-month levels of the past five years, total volume for the year has exceeded the same period for every year prior to an atypical 2014. By equipment type, van freight availability declined 13 percent, refrigerated ("reefer") trailers lost 16 percent, and flatbed volume slipped 4.5 percent lower, compared to September. Line haul rates on the spot market followed the month-overmonth volume trends by equipment type, declining 2.6 percent for vans, 4.5 percent for reefers, and 1.7 percent for flatbeds.

Compared to record spot market volume of 2014, freight was down 44 percent in October. By equipment type, year over year, van demand was down 42 percent, reefer volume fell 34 percent, and flatbeds dropped 50 percent, compared to October 2014. Line haul rates declined 5.7 percent for vans, 5.6 percent for reefers and 5.4 percent for flatbeds for the year. Total rates paid to the carrier declined by 15 percent year over year, however, due to a 48 percent decline in the fuel surcharge, which comprises a portion of the rate. Intermediaries and carriers across North America listed more than 120 million loads and trucks last year on the DAT Network of load boards. As a result of this high volume, the DAT Freight Index is representative of the


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ABF FREIGHT SYSTEM WINS EXCELLENCE IN TRUCKING AWARD On November 7, American Trucking Associations announced the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award and the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Claims and Loss Prevention Award. These awards are the only nationally-recognized awards of their kind in the trucking industry and were presented at the ATA Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council’s Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference in Little Rock, Ark. “Receiving one of these awards is more than simply a pat on the back for a job well done, it’s recognition for setting the bar high on important matters like safety and security and surpassing expectations,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves. “When companies strive to excel, the rest of the industry has to follow suit and improve their operations. We believe the companies demonstrating impressive results need to be celebrated.” ABF Freight System, a less-thantruckload carrier based in Fort Smith, Ark., took home the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award. Each year, carriers applying for consideration under this award’s guidelines are evaluated based upon the extent and effectiveness of their security programs, such as security policies, procedures, training, and record. ABF Freight Systems’ impressive data set for 2014 included a 12% reduction in the year over year cargo theft ratio and no incidents of full-load cargo theft. The Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award recognizes the extent and effectiveness of carrier’s freight claims and loss prevention programs – such as 12

policies, procedures, training, and claims experience. The award goes to one truckload and one less-thantruckload carrier. This year, The Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award for a less-than-truckload carrier went to Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., of Thomasville, N.C. Their staff of 21 in claims, 10 in loss prevention, 6 in security and 5 in clerical support, along with a robust training program, kept the number of claims filed and paid versus total shipments and claims paid steady to declining over the review period. Equally impressive is their 5% increase in the number of claims solved in 30 days or less. Roehl Transport of Marshfield, Wis. took home the Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award for a truckload carrier. They boasted an impressive 17% increase in the number of claims solved in 30 days or less. Roehl Transports’ staff of 4 in claims, 2 in loss prevention, 2 in security and 1 in clerical support, along with a robust training program, resulted in a 10% drop in year over year claims paid and a 39% year over year decrease in the net claim amount paid. “Simply put, this award honors the two companies that set the bar for claims management, loss prevention and damage control,” said Brian Lagana, executive director of ATA’s Safety Management Council regarding the Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award. “They have also mastered the art of negotiation,

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FMCSA’S FINAL RULE PROHIBITS COERCION, PROTECTS DRIVERS The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on November 27 the publication in the Federal Register of a Final Rule to help further safeguard commercial truck and bus drivers from being compelled to violate federal safety regulations. The Final Rule provides FMCSA with the authority to take enforcement action not only against motor carriers, but also against shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries. “Our nation relies on millions of commercial vehicle drivers to move people and freight, and we must do everything we can to ensure that they are able to operate safely,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This Rule enables us to take enforcement action against anyone in the transportation chain who knowingly and recklessly jeopardizes the safety of the driver and of the motoring public.” The Final Rule addresses three key areas concerning driver coercion: procedures for commercial truck and bus drivers to report incidents of coercion to the FMCSA, steps the agency could take when responding to such allegations, and penalties that may be imposed on entities found to have coerced drivers. “Any time a motor carrier, shipper, receiver, freight-forwarder, or broker demands that a schedule be met, one that the driver says would be impossible without violating hoursof-service restrictions or other safety regulations, that is coercion,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “No commercial driver should ever feel compelled to bypass important federal safety regulations and potentially endanger the lives of all travelers on the road.” In formulating this Rule, the agency heard from commercial drivers who reported being pressured to violate 14

federal safety regulations with implicit or explicit threats of job termination, denial of subsequent trips or loads, reduced pay, forfeiture of favorable work hours or transportation jobs, or other direct retaliations. Some of the FMCSA regulations drivers reported being coerced into violating included: hours-of-service limitations designed to prevent fatigued driving, commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements, drug and alcohol testing, the transportation of hazardous materials, and commercial regulations applicable to, among others, interstate household goods movers and passenger carriers. Commercial truck and bus drivers have had whistle-blower protection through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since 1982, when the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) was adopted. The STAA and OSHA regulations protect drivers and other individuals working for commercial motor carriers from retaliation for reporting or engaging in activities related to certain commercial motor vehicle safety, health, or security conditions. STAA provides whistleblower protection for drivers who report coercion complaints under this Final Rule and are then retaliated against by their employer. In June 2014, FMCSA and OSHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the coordination and cooperation between the agencies regarding the anti-retaliation provision of the STAA. The Memorandum allows for the exchange of safety, coercion, and retaliation allegations, when received by one agency, that fall under the authority of the other. For more information on what constitutes coercion and how to submit a complaint to FMCSA, see:

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In 2016, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are preparing to continue the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan designed to improve state and U.S. highways, interstates, roads, and bridges amid state funding uncertainty. Amidst state government budget challenges, the top executive at AOGC says the long-term stability of the methodical plan to improve and maintain transportation infrastructure could be at risk. The goal for these organizations and contractors “is to bring elected officials and state leaders together to keep repairing and strengthening Oklahoma’s infrastructure.” “The improvement of Oklahoma roads and bridges is a top priority for our organization, and we are excited that these repairs will be made,” said AOGC Executive Director Bobby Stem. “However, with a state budget shortfall looming, the planned $6.5 billion dollar budget may be in jeopardy. These repairs seem to be very costly, but in all honesty, the eight-year plan and ODOT funding is a mere 4.7% of the state‘s total budget. To cut funding now would amount to highway robbery for Oklahoma’s future.” Beginning in 2016, the plan has been to initiate projects in all 77 Oklahoma counties. The Eight-Year Construction Plan includes designed improvements to fund 1,812 projects statewide; many local projects are included. In Oklahoma County, extensive work is planned to improve roads along I-40 Crosstown, I-240 over Trib. of Crooked 16

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SUMMIT TRUCK GROUP OF TULSA HOLDS GRAND OPENING a number of local and Central Support Office Summit employees who welcomed the Tulsa and Muskogee customers to Summit Truck Group. Summit Vice President of Service Duke Fancher provided a brief overview of “The Summit Way” of meeting customers’ service needs. According to Fink, “The open house gave us a chance to visit with prior Frontier customers as well as introduce new customers to all that Summit Truck Group has to offer in terms of vehicles, parts, service, financing, and lease and rental. We are excited to expand our reach into the Tulsa and Muskogee markets, and look forward to developing new customer relationships.” Summit Truck Group was formed in early 2014 with the merger of Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center. Summit Truck Group and Summit Lease & Rental hosted a grand opening at their newly-acquired Tulsa, Oklahoma, location on Thursday, November 19, 2015, with well over 300 customers attending the event. Summit purchased the former Frontier International locations in Tulsa and Muskogee, Oklahoma, on October 1, 2015. The grand opening was co-sponsored by Summit Truck Group, Idealease, and OEMs International Trucks, IC Bus, Crane Carrier, and Ottawa. ExxonMobil brought their NASCAR simulator, a hit with all attendees. Other vendors who supported the grand opening include Allison Transmission, Bus Air, Caseco Truck Body, Eaton Roadranger, Empire Financial, GE Capital, Kalmar, Meritor, Navistar Used Trucks, Northern Radiator, Onspot of NA, Pana Pacific, PCM, Phillips Industrial, SAF Holland, Sir Speedy, SKF Seals, Webb Wheel, and Weller Truck Parts. Summit displayed a number of new International® trucks and tractors during the open house, along with the latest product offerings from our vendors. A variety of used mediumduty and heavy-duty trucks of all makes were also displayed. In attendance at the open house were Justin Fink, Summit President; Sean Carmichael, Vice President of Navistar’s Southwest Region; other Navistar representatives; and 18

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At a banquet held in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, December 4, 2015, United Petroleum Transports named Adam Sage the 2015 Driver of the Year. Adam, who drives out of the Wichita, Kansas UPT facility, was joined by his wife, Kara, and eleven other driver of the year nominees. Adam has driven for UPT for over four years and has recently been honored as Driver of the Quarter. The tradition of naming a Driver of the Year goes back to the early 1980s at UPT and is the highest honor a professional driver can receive at the company. Professional drivers are qualified to be nominated for the award based upon their safe driving record, CSA scores, and a number of other factors. The pool of nominees is then given to a selection committee made up of outside safety professionals to include members of Oklahoma Highway Patrol to determine the winner. The winner is then ultimately named alongside his or her peers at a banquet and Christmas party in early December of each year. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Fall 2015


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DISTRACTIONS We easily become complacent in our busy lives and get used to the things going on around us. We normalize, justify, and adjust to what is considered “being human.” How many new bills do we have weighing on our minds for Wifi, cable, cell phones, or multiple credit cards? How many new road signs are there or cool gadgets in our cars? How many times do our kids call a day needing this or that? Or worse, how long do each of us go without looking at our phones while driving for text messages or Have you ever examined the numerous distractions that can occur this time of year? We have evolved as the human race to living distracted on a regular basis. Driving in our vehicles becomes the time where we think and handle our daily problems or activities. When we are distracted in any way, we may not be thinking about the possibility that lays around every corner, hill, or intersection. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. According to a recent study, only 63% of the brain’s activity goes towards the tasks required for driving. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving and 424,000 people were injured. The statistics grow as rapid as technology changes. This time of year is the most difficult due to the added stress and tasks we need to accomplish. We should all take a moment and evaluate ourselves before we drive. Are we ready? Are we focused? From the Oklahoma Safety Management Council, we hope each of you have a blessed holiday, and a safe, Happy New Year.


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Over 120 diesel technology students and 55 industry professionals came together October 21 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Trucking Association’s Technology Maintenance Council hosted a Fall Technology Workshop focused on “21st Century Technician Skills.” Keynote presentations by George Arrants, WheelTime Director Network Training & Recruitment, and Trish Serratore, President NATEF/AYES highlighted the trucking industry’s critical need for technicians and skills required to prepare for a career as a heavy truck technician. A 2-hour walk-around lunch featured a vendor showcase and career fair with fifteen exhibitors, including ASE, Con Met, Cummins Southern Plains, Fed-Ex Freight, Freymiller, Meritor, MHC Kenworth, OSUIT, Ryder, Snap-on, Summit Truck Group, Travel Centers of America, Truck-Lite, United Engines, and Wal-Mart. Attendees had a chance to explore career opportunities with leading industry companies and gain technical information on brakes, diagnostic tools, engines, trailer lighting systems and wheel ends. Several companies also had top technicians on hand to discuss career opportunities and skills requirements with the students. Highlight of the mid-day portion of the program was a Pinewood Big Rig Challenge sponsored by Con Met. Tulsa Technology Center won “Fastest Truck” honors and Canadian Valley Technical Center had the “Best Appearing” entry. Great Plains Technology Center was also recognized for their Pinewood Challenge entry.

Attendees had the opportunity to choose three afternoon technical training sessions from the following classes: “A Day in the Life of a 21st Century Technician” (Fed-Ex Freight), “Brake/ ABS Clinic” (Meritor), “Diagnostic Tools & Troubleshooting Skills” (Snap-On), “Electrical Troubleshooting Skills” (Truck-Lite), “HVAC Troubleshooting Skills” (Travel Centers of America), and “Wheel End Clinic” (Con Met). The smaller afternoon groups allowed for more interaction and hands-on application of skills covered. Keynote workshop presentations and interviews with career fair participants were recorded for follow-on outreach with Oklahoma school counselors to initiate dialog between the trucking industry, schools, and parents on industry’s critical need for technicians and opportunities for a challenging, well-paying career as a 21st Century Diesel Equipment Technician.

Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Fall 2015


Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | Fall 2015


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Below: Hamm & Phillips team of Dusty Runnels, Rush James (Michelin) and Ryan Woodard (T&W Tire)

Convention Golf Classic

To kickstart the Annual Convention, members hit the greens in Missouri. The tournament was hosted by MHC Kenworth, Melton Truck Lines, Inc., Premier Truck Group Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Southern Tire Mart, Southwest Trailers & Equipment, and T&W Tire. This year, Kleen Products sponsored a $10,000 Hole-In-One prize, the coveted prize of all and was won by Ken Newman.


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Right: Premier Trucks team of Scott Watson, Tobin Gump, Blake Mann, and Rick Peschka (Add on Systems)

Far Right: John Montgomery (American Transfer & Storage), Russ Elliott (Melton Truck Lines), and Grant Pankratz (Great Dane Trailers)

The golfers were divided into three flights and the winners are as follows: First Place, First Flight - Southwest Trailers & Equipment's Adam Dye, Pilot Flying J's Todd McCarthy, and MHC Kenworth's JJ White. Second Place, First Flight - The Premier Truck Group team of Tobin Gump, Blake Mann, and Scott Watson. Third Place, First Flight - Fred Allen Group's Fred Allen, Fred Allen Group's Pamelia Rost, and NanoMech's Jim Ramage.

First Place, Second Flight - Bruckner Trucks of Tulsa's Ken Davis, Volvo Trucks North America's Edward Riley, and Bruckner Trucks of Tulsa's Lance Woodson. Second Place, Second Flight - John Christner Trucking's Shannon Crowley, Drivers Legal Plan's Brad Klepper, Drivers Legal Plan's Chip Land, and MHC Kenworth's Mark Parrish. Third Place, Second Flight, T&W Tire's Ryan Woodard, Hamm & Phillips Service Co.'s Dusty Runnels, and Michelin's Rush James.

donation of an OU and OSU golf bags by Fred Allen Group. Holes were sponsored by American Transfer & Storage Co., Beaver Express Service, LLC, Compliance Concepts of OK, Corvel Corporation, Great Dane Trailers, Groendyke Transport, Inc., Hamm & Phillips Service Company, Inc., INSURICA, John Christner Trucking, Inc., Kleen Products, Inc., and Vertical Alliance Group. Thank you to all of our sponsors and all who participated in this year's tournament and made it such a success.

First Place, Third Flight - Southern Tire Mart's Dieter Patraw and Clark Theimer, Corvel Corporation's Tanya Curry and Tara Jones. Second Place, Third Flight Premier Trucks of Tulsa's Jason Mackie, Erick Fairchild, and Chris Jones, and Central Tech's Mark Brown. Premier Trucks of Oklahoma City's Bobby Smith, Oklahoma Trucking Association's Jim Newport, and Meritor's Peter Adair. Premier Trucks of Oklahoma City's Blake Mann won both of the longest drives. Scott Watson of Premier Trucks of Oklahoma City won the #7 Closest to the Pin and Southwest Trailers & Equipment's Adam Dye won the #16 Closest to the Pin. The tournament was additionally sponsored by Drink Cart Sponsors, Add On Systems, Inc. and Help, Inc. as well as Lunch Sponsors Drivers Legal plan, Eide Bailly LLP, and Southwest Trailers & Equipment. Door Prizes were also given away and we had a generous merchandise

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DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK The Oklahoma Trucking Association, along with American Trucking Associations and the entire trucking industry, took a week to honor the millions of professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day. During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 13-19, Association members mark the celebration by hosting cookouts and giving away prizes to their drivers. There are over 3.4 million professional truck drivers nationwide – delivering everything


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from essential goods to back to school supplies. These professional men and women behind the wheel log close to 421 billion miles annually and last year, they delivered 68.8% of the U.S. freight tonnage – or 9.96 billion tons. 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry. Professional truck drivers keep this country moving forward. The OTA asks you to take a moment and recognize the significant contributions of our professional truck drivers. 85% of goods delivered nationwide are by a truck. The efficiency and safety that these drivers guarantee allow businesses and American citizens to confidently ship goods across state lines and throughout America.

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SAFETY: TRICK OR TREAT The Oklahoma Safety Management Council held their annual Fall Safety Seminar October 29 and 30 in Oklahoma City. The event hosted a wealth of speakers ranging in topics from Driver Health and Wellness, Collision Avoidance, FMCSA/DOT updates, Safety Program Analysis, TSA Highway BASE Program, and Sleep Apnea. During breaks, attendees were welcomed to view vendor booths as well as participate in a driving simulator on display.

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RONALD EMENHEISER, SR. WINS BENDIX NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVING GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP Emenheiser, who won the sleeper berth division, has more than 25 years as a professional driver. He first competed in his state truck driving championships in 2006, and this is his second trip to the National Truck Driving Championships. He succeeds Jeffrey Langenhahn, a professional truck driver with Con-way Freight, as the Bendix Grand Champion. ATA also honored Brook Figgins, a professional driver for FedEx Freight, as the 2015 Rookie of the Year after competing in the sleeper berth division. The Wisconsin driving championship team won honors as the highest scoring state. This year’s NTDC featured 431 competitors from all 50 states, representing 85 different companies. Together, these champions of safety have driven more than 665 million accident-free miles.

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Ronald Emenheiser, Sr., a Walmart Transportation professional truck driver based in Yorkana, Pa., was named 2015 Bendix Grand Champion at the 78th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, hosted by American Trucking Associations. “All the competitors who took part in the National Truck Driving Championships are champions – they are champions for safety on our highways and for our industry’s image,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “And while I applaud all of them for their achievements and dedication to safety – I want to especially congratulate Ronald for winning the Bendix Grand Champion award with his superior driving skill and commitment to safety.” To win the coveted title, Emenheiser’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 430 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the “Super Bowl of Safety” sponsored by ATA.


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In their respective classes, drivers tested their expertise in the driving skills they use daily. The competition course inside the America’s Center Convention Complex and Edward Jones Dome challenged their knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. The skills course tested drivers’ ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, reverse, and position their vehicle exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves. Joining Emenheiser as champions in their respective classes were: Straight Truck: Jeremy Steger, Con-way Freight, Wis. Three-Axle: Donald Logan, FedEx Freight, Kan. Four-Axle: Bradley Lester, FedEx Freight, Ore. Five-Axle: Eric Ramsdell, Walmart Transportation, Ariz. Sleeper: Ronald Emenheiser, Walmart Transportation, Pa. Twins: David Mogler, FedEx Freight, Colo. Flatbed: Scott Woodrome, FedEx Freight, Ohio Tank Truck: Brian Singelais, Sr., A. Duie Pyle, Inc., Mass. Step Van: Andrew Tuck, FedEx Ground, Ohio

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