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Director of Events | Rebecca Chappell (P) 405.525.9488 x1 rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org

2nd Vice Chair | David Snapp Groendyke Transport Past Chairman | Bob Acker Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc. State VP to the ATA | Bob Peterson Melton Truck Lines, Inc Alternate State VP to the ATA | LaVern McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line, Inc Mario Archaga | UPS Houston Brittain | Brown & Brown of Oklahoma Inc. David Freymiller | Freymiller, Inc Zac Kannady | LuGreg Trucking Brad Klepper | Drivers Legal Plan Brian Malatka | Dolese David McCorkle | McCorkle Truck Line, Inc Bobby Smith | Premier Truck Group Chris Pape | OSSC Representative Bonne Karim | TMC Representative

THANK YOU SPONSORS Throughout the year the OTA turns to our partners to work toward successful events, programs and operations! We are thankful for each of our sponsors and would like to highlight our top donors. Without each of our members and investors the OTA would not be able to achieve its mission!

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FROM THE CEO My High School football coach would remind us we couldn’t do anything about a referee’s bad call, or the weather but we could do something about our level of play. He said not to worry about things we couldn’t control but take care of what we could control, which was our level of performance. This spring the trucking industry couldn’t do much about the global spread of COVID-19 but trucking could do something about the way it responded. Trucking responded in the way it usually does with a “can do” attitude that exhibited national pride and resiliency. It wasn’t long before the President of the United States said that truckers were not only essential frontline workers but true “American Heroes.” The family of trucking had to quickly understand how to forge a new path regarding the way we could and should do business. It included things we had never heard of or anticipated. We had never heard of things like “stay at home” or “shelter in place.” When American workers, including many government regulatory employees were sent home, no one had anticipated that an officer should not fine a driver for an expired CDL or medical card if there’s no agency worker back home to reissue a new one. On your behalf, our constant interaction with the government resulted in extensions and waivers including Hours of Service and many other areas of relief. Clunky examples of ordinary government mandates not fitting the COVID reality of trucking went on and on. Very few of us knew the Homeland Security Commission had a thing call Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Who knew CISA had a list of industries deemed “essential” which of course included trucking? The Trucking Association Executive Council (TAEC) is made up of every State Trucking Association CEO. They have been worth their weight in gold by conveying every state governor’s executive order and mandates that could affect trucking in each state. Frequent and sometimes daily conversations with our local FMCSA, DPS, Governor’s office, TAEC, and ATA became the norm with important updates quickly pushed out to our members. COVID created hardships for some in trucking and increased demand in others. Even as I write, some states are demanding mandatory quarantines from out of state visitors and mandatory use of mask with penalties for violators. We of course make sure necessary exceptions are given to the trucking industry. We will continue to represent you and seek the most practical policies for trucking during this unique time. I can’t go back to my high school football days and it’s possible that America’s trucking can’t go completely back to pre-COVID days. What we can do is continue to perform at our best. Meanwhile at the State Capitol… In February, we defeated the mandatory installation of under guard side rails on every commercial trailer in Oklahoma, whether new or used. It would have cost the Oklahoma trucking industry millions and millions of dollars to comply. If passed, this law would have forced trucking companies to comply for this Oklahoma specific requirement of purchased trailers or to register your trailers in a different state. Trailer sales in Oklahoma would’ve became a thing of the past. That is your Oklahoma Trucking Association being the “Voice of Trucking” at the state capitol. This is the appropriate place for a request for your contribution to the OK TruckPAC (our Political Action Committee). You make a living in this industry and you can afford a monthly commitment of any amount to protect your livelihood from the many threats like mentioned here. Contribution forms are available online at http://oktrucking.org/oktruckpac By early March, COVID cases had been reported at the Capitol and everyone was sent home to quarantine. The legislature only returned in mid-May to complete the state budget and to formally adjourn. Our pro-active effort to repeal the 1.25% tax on new trailers purchased in Oklahoma was put on hold until next year. Our members believe our trailer registration monies should go to Oklahoma roads, schools, health, police, and fire protection, not some other state. We will still make necessary efforts to get this accomplished.

Jim Newport CEO/President Oklahoma Trucking Association


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CHAIRMAN’S CORNER From Jo-Don Clanton Members and friends, I hope everyone is staying safe and adapting to the ever-changing times that we are experiencing. Each week seems to be changing like the Oklahoma weather. As we find ourselves slowly reopening and interacting more with those around us, I realized how much I actually enjoyed slowing down. Being able to spend more quality time with family is priceless and I learned to appreciate my backyard more than I ever have. I hope you found some solace in this experience as well! Moving into the second half of the year, I would like to remind everyone about the importance of supporting the Oklahoma Trucking Association and our fellow members. As you know, In-Person meetings are still subject to change but if we can safely have our upcoming annual convention this September 30 through October 2 at the River Spirit Resort in Tulsa, it promises to be a good one. On the other hand, if circumstances beyond our control prevents our convention, we will evaluate other means of staying engaged such as utilizing the great speakers we’ve lined up in some other format. Currently we look forward to hearing from ATRI’s research on top trucking issues, ATA’s expert on cybersecurity, and motivational/leadership speaker, Steve Gilliland. These are all great topics to learn and share about. Regardless of how and when these topics are presented, please consider using these as an opportunity to invite a potential new member to listen and join! I would not be doing our association justice if I went without mentioning the OK TruckPac and Legislative Success Fund. The work that is done and the money that is raised is so important and our voices must continue to be heard by the legislators that support and help our industry be strong and vibrant as it can be. All contributions help and are appreciated no matter the size. I would also like to thank all of our allied and carrier members for the strong support of the association. Your participation and support are so vital in everything we do, and I cannot thank you enough for being a part of this association.

Many thanks and be safe!

Jo-Don Clanton

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ATLANTA, GA – The American Transportation Research Institute is releasing new data that quantifies the continued impacts of COVID-19 business disruptions on the trucking industry. ATRI’s latest analysis looked at truck activity across six states from February 9 through the most recent week ending April 18, by converting its realtime truck GPS dataset into a truck activity index. “The GPS data we use is a valuable tool into what is going on in the economy and the trucking industry right now,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We knew from talking to drivers and carrier executives that there were significant impacts on operations as a result of COVID-19, but now, by analyzing this data we are able to put numbers and data to feelings and anecdotes.” From early February into March, the data shows a spike in initial truck activity in the analyzed states – documenting the response to high consumer demand for items such as non-perishable food and paper products, as well as the much-needed emergency medical supplies. The analysis further documents the impacts of the stay-at-home orders that shut down major segments of the economy, with a resulting decline in April trucking operations.


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• Of the six states analyzed, California had the earliest stay-at-home order issued on March 19. California also experienced the earliest upward spike in truck activity, occurring during the week of March 1. However, truck activity in California is now down 8.3 percent from early February. • In Florida, Illinois and New York, truck activity spiked the week of March 8 but is now down on average by over 10 percent from February 9. • In Pennsylvania and Washington, truck activity spiked during the week of March 15, but is now down by an average of nearly nine percent from February 9. There are initial signs of a return to normal, however. In New York, one of the earliest states to experience high numbers of cases, truck activity started a positive uptick during the week of April 12. “In these unprecedented times, we need to rely on science and facts, not anecdotes and speculation. This ATRI research is able to tell us in near-real-time what the pandemic is really doing to the trucking industry,” said American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. “America’s truckers are doing a heroic job keeping our supply chains open during this unprecedented time and these rules will provide them greater f lexibility to keep America moving,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “The Department of Transportation and the Trump Administration listened directly to the concerns of truckers seeking rules that are safer and have more f lexibility—and we have acted. These updated hours of service rules are based on the thousands of comments we received from the American people. These reforms will improve safety on America’s roadways and strengthen the nation’s motor carrier industry,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen. First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of

commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads. Subsequently, in August 2019, the Agency published a detailed proposed rule which received an additional 2,800 public comments. Based on the detailed public comments and input from the American people, FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service offers four key revisions to the existing HOS rules: • The Agency will increase safety and f lexibility for the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after 8 hours of consecutive driving and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty status. • The Agency will modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: an 8/2 split, or a 7/3 split—with neither period counting against the driver’s 14hour driving window. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q


• The Agency will modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.

The trucking industry is a key component of the national economy, employing more than seven million people and moving 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight.

• The Agency will change the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum onduty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

The new hours of service rule will have an implementation date of 120 days after publication in the Federal Register.

FMCSA’s final rule is crafted to improve safety on the nation’s roadways. The rule changes do not increase driving time and will continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute break.

Truckers have played a key role in getting America through the COVID-19 public health emergency. FMCSA has provided regulatory relief to commercial drivers to get critically important medical supplies, food, and household goods to Americans in need. The nation’s truck drivers have been on the front lines of this effort and are vital to America’s supply chain. The latest information, declarations, and resources on FMCSA’s response to the COVID-19 are available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19

In addition, FMCSA’s rule modernizing hours of service regulations is estimated to provide nearly $274 million in annualized cost savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers.

The complete final rule is available here: https:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/ hours-service-drivers-final-rule





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NEW RESEARCH DOCUMENTS THE SCALE OF NUCLEAR VERDICTS IN TRUCKING Highlights Multi-faceted Approach to Controlling Litigation Losses June 23, 2020 | ATRI


rlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released comprehensive research that confirms that large verdicts against trucking f leets are increasing dramatically, both in number and in size of awards. ATRI’s research is partially based on a newly created trucking litigation database that provides detailed information on 600 cases between 2006 and 2019. In the first five years of the data, there were 26 cases over $1 million, and in the last five years of the data, there were nearly 300 cases. This study was identified as the highest research priority for the industry by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee in 2019. In response to arguments that nuclear verdicts ref lect real-world cost increases, the research documents that from 2010 to 2018, the size of verdict awards grew 51.7 percent annually at the same time that standard inf lation grew 1.7 percent and healthcare costs grew 2.9 percent. The research also surveyed and interviewed dozens of defense and plaintiff attorneys as well as insurance and motor carrier experts, and generated a qualitative analysis for why the litigation landscape has changed, recommendations for modifying pre-trial preparations, litigation strategies and mediation approaches, and how large verdict awards impact both safety and insurance. “This issue has had a stif ling impact on motor

carriers and industry stakeholders – well beyond those involved in a truck crash”, said Rob Moseley, Founding Partner with Moseley Marcinak Law Group. “ATRI’s research on litigation provides important guidance on leveling the playing field between truckers and trial lawyers, both in and outside of the court room.” “Runaway verdicts are increasing in both size and numbers. This study documents a frequency in excessive awards that, while not surprising, tells us that the trial system has gotten completely off track. Foundational changes are needed in the way we determine non-economic and punitive damages,” said Clay Porter, Partner at Porter Rennie Woodard and Kendall. The report – Understanding the Impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry – is available for download on ATRI’s website https:// truckingresearch.org/2020/06/23/understandingthe-impact-of-nuclear-verdicts-on-the-truckingindustry/ ABOUT THE AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 notfor-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q


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KLAHOMA CITY – A measure creating the Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program to further state investment in emerging advanced transportation technologies gained approval from the House of Representatives and moved to Governor Stitt’s desk for his signature. This bill was signed into law by the governor on May 19 and will become effective on Nov. 1, 2020. Contingent upon availability of funds, Senate Bill 1688 by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, would house the program under the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and would allow for coordination between state government, community leaders and economic developers across the state to create jobs in the emerging transportation technology industries, including emerging ground and aerial transportation technologies. “The possibilities for the Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program and the future technologies it could bring to our state are very exciting,” Bergstrom said. “It has the possibility to inject dollars in our local communities, stimulate the economy and create countless jobs for graduates seeking a career in this progressive field.”

Bergstrom noted the Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program could be used to support and augment other federal transportation pilot programs created and/or managed by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), or the White House, and could include: · Autonomous vehicles and taxi services in cities; · Drone delivery in limited areas; · Unmanned ground cargo delivery projects; · Federal programs to test electric-powered aircraft; · Drone integration pilot programs; and · Unmanned cargo trucks on closed Oklahoma roads with USDOT Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, is the House author for the measure. “The Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program has the potential to position our state as an emerging leader in cutting-edge technologies,” McCall said. “The aerospace industry is already one of Oklahoma’s top economic engines, and further investment in the aeronautics industry could truly put our state on the map as a destination for future business and industry in this field.” Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q





May 19, 2020 | Oklahoma State Senate

KLAHOMA CITY – Legislation designating who owns and is responsible for wastewater resulting from oil and natural gas drilling operations was signed into law on May 19 by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Authored by Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, Senate Bill 1875, also known as the Oil and Gas Produced Water and Waste Recycling Reuse Act, clarifies that produced water and waste is the property of the oil and gas producer until it is officially transferred to another person. It also shields liability from those who process wastewater into recycled water and/or transport this recycled water for further use in oil and gas production. By clarifying ownership and liability, the measure aims to attract entrepreneurs to innovate and invest in technology to process and treat oil and gas produced water and waste, resulting in a beneficial resource and a reduction in wastewater injection, Rader explained. “This law is the result of unprecedented negotiations between oil, gas, agricultural and landowner stakeholders across the state,” Rader said. “We’ve all seen negative impacts of underground wastewater injection. It’s in the state’s best interest to cultivate,


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encourage and promote developments that allow for the economical treatment of wastewater so it can become a useful resource in the future. By clarifying ownership and liability, this law could help protect existing freshwater resources and groundwater from potential pollution.” House author Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, said the bill helps clarify an issue that until now was ambiguous in state statute. “Such clarity will give Oklahoma a competitive edge in attracting entrepreneurs looking to turn wastewater into a reusable resource,” O’Donnell said. “This helps us create a stronger business environment as we continue to seek ways to diversify our state’s economy.” Numerous groups came together to support this legislation, including the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment; Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality; Oklahoma Farm Bureau; The Petroleum Alliance; Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association; State Chamber of Commerce; Environmental Federation of Oklahoma; Coalition of Surface Owners and Mineral Owners; and Lagoon Water Midstream.




ighlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commis-

Commission members approved contracts for two major

sion’s, June 1 video teleconference meeting include

interstate projects that will greatly affect traffic in the

approval of contracts for two major interstate projects in

Oklahoma City metro area, with work on both expected

the Oklahoma City metro area, a report on state funding for

to begin in late summer. The first is a nearly $80 million

the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in the coming

project to replace six bridges on I-40 at Crutcho Creek,

fiscal year, a briefing on the financing arrangement for the

S.E. 15th St. and Sooner Rd. in Del City. The bridges are

Gilcrease Expressway in Tulsa, introduction of ODOT’s new

in poor condition and require constant maintenance and

Division Three Engineer and updates on two significant

repairs, and five of the structures are rated structurally

project completions in McCurtain and Delaware counties.

deficient. The second is a nearly $28 million project to rehabilitate the concrete pavement and nine bridges on

The commission met to conduct business in a video tele-

I-44 between I-40 and just south of I-240 on the city’s

conference with all nine commission members attending

southwest side. The rehabilitation work will require lane

remotely as a public health precaution due to COVID-19.

closures on this very busy corridor that serves Will Rog-

A recording of this meeting can be viewed online

ers World Airport.

at https://vimeo.com/odot. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q


“These six bridges on I-40 in Del City are some of the

tain County to help address congestion and safety issues

worst we have anywhere on the interstate in Oklahoma,

related to the inf lux of tourists each year. Additionally,

so we’re really looking forward to getting those replaced

the new SH-85 bridge over Duck Creek near Ketchum

with brand-new infrastructure,” Secretary of Transporta-

in Delaware County was opened in time for the holiday

tion and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz said. “The

weekend, restoring access to residents, businesses and

work on I-40 in Del City and on I-44 will be very disrup-

tourists on the north side of Grand Lake.

tive to metro-area traffic, so we ask drivers to be patient and mindful in these work zones and others statewide.”

Commissioners voted to award 35 contracts totaling more than $157 million to improve highways, roads and bridg-

Gatz briefed commissioners on state funding for trans-

es in 28 counties. Contracts were awarded for projects

portation in State Fiscal Year 2021. The budget agreement

in Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Carter, Choctaw, Comanche,

approved by the Legislature for the coming fiscal year in-

Custer, Delaware, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Johnston, King-

cluded a $180 million reduction to ODOT’s highway con-

fisher, Kiowa, Logan, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Okla-

struction program, with authorization for the agency to

homa, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Seminole, Pontotoc, Stephens,

issue $200 million in bonds to help keep projects on track

Texas, Tulsa, Washington and Washita counties. A list of

and to make bond payments for the first year. He also

all awarded contracts can be found by visiting www.odot.

reported that the Transportation

org/contracts, selecting the May

Infrastructure Finance Innovation

2020 AM letting, clicking Go, then

Act loan for the Gilcrease Express-


way project in Tulsa was approved

by the federal government in May.

The nine-member Oklahoma

The project is being built by the

Transportation Commission,

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and

appointed by the governor and leg-

includes ODOT as a partner along

islative leadership to oversee the

with other local entities.

state’s transportation development, awards contracts for road and bridge construction month-

Commissioners were introduced to Ron Brown, who was

ly. The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for 11

recently named division engineer for ODOT’s Division

a.m. Monday, July 6, and will be available for the public

Three, which is based in Ada. He will oversee all highway

to view live on the web. Contracts, bid information, the

operations in 11 south-central Oklahoma counties, includ-

commission’s monthly agenda and project details can be

ing the southern portion of the Oklahoma City metro area.

viewed at www.odot.org.

Brown has been with ODOT for 30 years, most recently serving as the construction engineer for Division Three.

Work to replace the worst interstate bridges in the Oklahoma City metro area will be underway soon, thanks to the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s approval of


Finally, Gatz highlighted the work by ODOT field divi-

a contract for a nearly $80 million project to replace the

sion workers and construction contractors to fully open

I-40 bridges over Crutcho Creek, S.E. 15th St., pictured

two important highways to traffic in advance of Memori-

above, and Sooner Rd. in Del City. The six bridges have

al Day and the start of the summer tourist season. Crews

decks and structural members that are in poor condition,

were able to complete work on new turn lanes for US-259

requiring constant maintenance and repairs that frequent-

in Hochatown near Beavers Bend State Park in McCur-

ly disrupt traffic along the interstate corridor.

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GROENDYKE TRANSPORT HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN? On July 12, 1932, Harold Groendyke hauled his first load of kerosene from Borger, Texas, to Beaver, Oklahoma. He drove a two-axle Ford truck equipped with a 3,000-gallon tank mounted on a homemade chassis. That 110-mile, day-long drive pioneered the tank truck industry in the Midwest. It also started what has become the leader in safety, service and overall performance in the tank truck industry. In 1935, Groendyke moved to Enid, Okla., to be closer to supply sources Champlin Refinery and Eason Oil, and in the late 1930s, Groendyke began operations in Ponca City, Okla.; Ardmore, Okla.; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Groendyke built the first truck stop in Enid in the late 1940s. And the 1950s ushered in decades of unprecedented growth, as we purchased intrastate authorities to expand the company’s footprint into Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Louisiana. Groendyke also purchased Texas Statewide Petroleum and Petroleum Products Authority and built terminals in Dallas and Houston. As the company grew, Harold stayed focused on the importance of people. He fostered a culture of respect, integrity and community that lives to this day. In 1960, we moved our corporate offices to our present location on Rock Island Boulevard in Enid. In 1965, we hauled our first load to Mexico, and in 1988 we made our first delivery to Canada. Groendyke is still family owned. Family members make up most of the board, and John D. Groendyke, son of founder Harold Groendyke, serves as Chairman. Over the years, our care and concern for customers, the motoring public and our employees has gained Groendyke notoriety as a leader in safety. A founding member of National Tank Truck Carriers, we are the only carrier to win its North American Safety Champion Award for best overall safety record and program in the country eight times. Our first win

came in 1973, followed by our second win in 1975. Groendyke also won in 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2016 and 2018. We’ve also won numerous American Trucking Associations safety awards, including Safety Director of the Year, and hundreds of state, insurance and industry awards for safety and service. In 2019, Groendyke expanded its footprint into the Southeast with the acquisition of McKenzie Tank Lines, a family-owned carrier based in Tallahassee, Fla. Today, with 40 terminals in 15 states, Groendyke Transport is one of the 10 largest tank-truck carriers in the United States. We haul more than 435,000 loads annually of mostly chemicals, acids, fuels, lubricants and asphalt throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We are still building on the pioneering spirit, innovative achievements and people focus of our founder, Harold Groendyke. We are committed to providing safe, superior logistics services to consistently deliver value to our customers. WHEN WAS IT FOUNDED? July 12, 1932 WHERE ARE YOUR HEADQUARTERS? 2510 Rock Island Blvd., Enid, OK 73701 WHO WAS YOUR COMPANY’S ORIGINAL FOUNDER? ARE THEY STILL INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY, TO WHAT DEGREE? Harold C. Groendyke Born May 10, 1908 Died Oct. 31, 1986 His son, John D. Groendyke, took over as CEO in 1986 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. The third generation of Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q


the Groendyke family is now involved at the ownership and Board of Directors level. They are proud of the company’s family identity and its standing in the industry. WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER CARRIERS? Groendyke Transport has long been considered a leader in safety in the tank truck industry, which is widely considered the safest sector of the trucking industry. Groendyke is the only tank truck carrier to win National Tank Truck Carrier’s (NTTC) North American Safety Champion Award for the best overall safety program and record in North America eight times. Groendyke has won for safety efforts in 1973, 1975, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2016 and 2018. Groendyke Transport prides itself on its commitment to its people, standing firm on core values of safety, leadership, integrity, respect, change and growth as well as a vision “to be the trucking company you want to grow with.” This statement is in reference to our customers and our employees. Groendyke invests heavily in safety equipment. All tractors have been fitted with electronic roll stability to help prevent rollovers, and more than 1,000 tractors (more than 93 percent of the fleet) and about 300 trailers are equipped with air disc brakes, which are now standard on all new equipment. Also standard on all new equipment, collision mitigation systems with lane departure detection are now on nearly 900 of our tractors. Groendyke has also moved to a 5-year trade cycle on all tractors, and is nearing the end of the process of equipping all tractors with a SmartDrive camera system that includes forward-facing and in-cab cameras as well as cameras facing down both sides of the trailer. Groendyke also recently received exemption from FMCSA allowing the use of a pulsating amber brake light that only engages when the brakes are applied. Groendyke proved with several years of data that this light significantly decreased the number of rear-end accidents. A couple of links to stories can be found here: https://www.ccjdigital.com/ccj-innovators-groendykereduce-rear-end-collisions-brake-light/ https://www.fleetowner.com/news/government/ article/21703799/fmcsa-grants-groendyke-exemption-forbrakeactuated-pulsing-lamp WHAT ISSUE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOUR COMPANY RIGHT NOW? Much like everyone else, Groendyke Transport’s primary concern today is navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown. We are working hard to ensure the health and well-being of our employees during this difficult time while also ensuring the company’s success. Maneuvering the uncharted waters of the pandemic has been described by President and CEO Greg Hodgen as “navigating a mission to Mars.” It’s challenging, completely unprecedented and requires full engagement and problem-solving at all levels of the organization. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GREATEST BENEFIT FROM BEING AN OTA MEMBER IS? Groendyke highly values the opportunities OTA offers for benchmarking and sharing best practices with industry peers, especially with regards to safety. Networking and aligning with industry peers on regulatory issues in one united voice is also invaluable. WHAT SUCCESSES AND FAILURES HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WITH YOUR COMPANY? Our biggest recent successes can be seen in answers to previous questions in this survey regarding our NTTC North American Safety Champion awards, our recent FMCSA exemption, our commitment to safety equipment and our focus on people. We also see our current response to the pandemic as an overwhelming success. Our employees have bought into rigorous health protocols such as social distancing, regular


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washing of hands, disinfecting work stations and wearing masks. Our communication with employees has been regular and consistent. And we have made sound financial decisions to ensure we protect our employees’ jobs and the viability and strength of our business for the long term. As with any company in business for 88 years, we’ve had our share of both successes and mis-steps. We prefer not to use the term failure because in these mis-steps we find our greatest learning experiences. We closely investigate when things don’t go as planned and look for the root cause. We’ve had great success with this process, which has allowed us to stay successful over the years. For example, another of our biggest recent successes is our shift from a dispatch group located at each of our 40 locations to a centralized dispatching model. We currently have two planning centers now, which has greatly increased our efficiency and our cohesion as one company. During the transition, we had a lot of growing pains and hiccups that required course corrections. But because we noticed them and addressed the root causes, they helped us create a better system. HOW DO YOU MAKE AN IMPACT ON/IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Groendyke Transport employees about 1,400 people in 40 communities across 15 states. Many of our locations support their local communities through holiday and other outreach programs. For example, our Wichita, Kan., terminal does a bike drive for Christmas every year, where employees donate bikes to give to children in need. Our Houston terminal does something similar, collecting gifts for local children. Last year, they collected for children with special needs. Our terminals also regularly participate in community events, such as parades for Veterans Day. In Enid, Groendyke Transport is a member of the Enid Chamber of Commerce. Groendyke puts teams together and participates in several fundraising wellness events such as 5K runs for various causes. Groendyke also is heavily involved in the United Way and regularly gives to local charities and in support of local businesses. Many of Groendyke’s employees are also involved in community organizations and volunteer work. IF YOU DIDN’T GET INVOLVED IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING? Greg Hodgen, President and CEO: If I wasn’t in trucking, I would be a college professor or a leader in the movement to clean up our oceans. Holly McCormick, Vice President of the Talent Office: I’d be in HR but in a different industry. But I like trucking. It’s real and authentic. I especially enjoy working for a family owned company. David Snapp, Senior Vice President: I’ve often asked myself that, but have yet to come up with an answer. Other than oilfield for a short period, trucking has been my entire adult life. I don’t think anything else would satisfy my need for a challenge. WHAT DO YOU ENVISION TRUCKING TO LOOK LIKE IN THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS? Over the next five to 10 years, we expect the average load to travel a shorter distance. We see alternative energy sources becoming more prevalent for tractor power. While we also see more autonomous trucks, we believe the tank truck industry, especially when it comes to hazardous materials, not adopting autonomous trucks for a long time to come, if ever. As part of the economic downturn due to COVID-19, we also see fewer companies surviving the next 5-10 years. With drivers becoming more and more scarce, we hope to see more partnerships between carriers and shippers/consignees to increase driver utilization and standardize schedules. We believe this would help make the most of the drivers currently available and make truck driving more appealing as a career.

NEW MEMBERS Our diverse membership enables us to represent the interests of the trucking industry in Oklahoma. Together we are driving Oklahoma forward. Help welcome our new members today!

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CARRIER MEMBERS CONTINENTAL DRIVE AWAY Crystal Stone 1000 W. Wilshire Blvd Suite 208 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 www.continentaldriveaway.com Services Provided: Continental Drive Away is a proven logistics partner. We provide drive away and tow away transportation services.

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THE INEVITABLE CHANGE PART 2 Hello everyone, In the last issue, we spoke of change and how it elevates our need for continual training in our new environments. At the time of writing, we had no idea the change just around the corner we faced, yet again. Nearly every day we hear of more impacts of the COVID 19 virus. Restaurants, many small businesses, large department stores, and even many trucking companies have closed their doors. It is a sad time in many ways, but let’s not forget, it is a learning time in more ways! How do we get up? How do we move forward!? I believe the best way to face a change is to embrace it. I have no doubt most of you reading this now have experienced a great deal of challenging decisions and heart wrenching changes in the past few months. With our drivers being kept away from terminal facilities, forced to wait outside for food to be brought to them, struggles to get in and out of loading and unloading facilities, they are being challenged in more ways than most of us. We must find ways to change with this and to stay in social contact with them. They need us! We found that live webinars are a great resource for daily communications, working groups, project management and even training courses. Many have welcomed the new way of communicating and have even stated that they would rather do it this way than face to face, in some cases. Phone calls and even having conversations in a break-room while social distancing are also easy ways to keep the contact up. Constant communication in any form is a human’s natural desire. I’m asking all of us, to be diligent in removing ourselves from the constant staring at our computers, the routing, logistical planning, the hooking this trailer to that truck, for just a few minutes a day. Remember that what drives America is not a truck, a trailer, a load, or a customer. It is a driver. A human being that bares the same struggles, without someone by their side to help them most of their days. It’s up to us to move America. It’s up to us to learn how we maneuver through this ever-changing environment, without losing the one thing that all of us care about equally, the people that it takes to achieve it.

Have a safe day,

Chris Pape,

OSSC Chair

Practice for the impossible, because someday, it’s inevitable -Chris


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ur Summer Shoot-Out Golf Tournament was met with a few challenges this year. Like everything else, COVID-19 was on our mind regarding our golf tournament. After CEO, Jim Newport called a few members about their opinion of holding the tournament the general consensus was to move forward with it. After most companies being on travel bans our members were eager to get out. The next challenge we could have never planned for was ending the early summer drought with a torrential downpour. The tournament was held at the beautiful Rose Creek Golf Club. Our Annual Platinum Sponsor: Bruckner Truck Sales, Annual Gold Sponsor: MHC, Annual Silver Sponsors: Premier Truck Group, and Rush Truck Centers, along with our Classic Tournament Sponsors: Southern Tire Mart, Southwest Trailers & Equipment, and Summit Truck Group helped bring in almost 80 golfers who competed to take home cash prizes. Volunteer Grant Best of LuGreg Trucking did a great job helping get golfers checked in ahead of the storm. Volunteers Tara Jones & Lindsey Taylor were found on the course offering golfers a prize or punishment with the big blow-up dice. A couple of lucky teams were able to garner a hole in one on the roll of the dice before the rain delay drove us out. Also volunteering on the Marshmallow Long Drive was Isela Cuarenta and Carlin Stafford with the Truck Boss Show.

We appreciate the help from these volunteers! Members were able to meet with ATTACA’s new representative, Shawn Young upon their return to the clubhouse. After a good hour delay, we were able to enjoy a make-your-own pasta bar for lunch and a few dedicated golfers went back out to finish their game. Winners of this year’s Summer Shoot-Out for Flight A 1st Place went to the Miller Truck Lines and Brown & Brown of Oklahoma team. Flight A 2nd Place went to the Drov Technologies team, and the Flight A 3rd place winner was the other Drov Technologies team. Flight B 1st Place went to the T&W Tire team, Flight B 2nd Place went to Drivers Legal Plan, John Christner Trucking and Seaboard Foods, and the Flight B 3rd Place winners were Southwest Trailers & Equipment. Miller Truck Lines’ Kyle Emmons won the longest drive. We were unable to declare a winner for the closest to the pin, as it was a casualty to the wind and blew the card away. The Marshmallow Long drive winner was Summit Truck Group’s Mark Nienas. We appreciate the ongoing support from our members, and some even mentioned how they enjoyed the opportunity of being driven inside by the rain to make a few connections and network during the downtime. We are optimistic to be able to have and hope for better weather and fewer COVID concerns at our upcoming Convention Classic Golf Tournament at Forrest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow, September 30. Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine | 2Q


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must value your company and want to be there. Establishing a cultural relationship focuses on enhancing the employee experience. Building positive working relationships between employees improves employee retention and satisfaction. From Drivers, Operations, Shopworkers, Recruiting, and everyone in between. Add enterprise-wide value with these takeaways:

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• Reinforce Company Culture ~Continued on page 24


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Each of those points of contact determines the driver’s perception of the company. Each interaction is an opportunity to create value for the driver. At any moment, your driver could experience an unfulfilling encounter with another employee.

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APRIL BOD MEETING Thursday, April 16 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – APRIL Monday – Friday, April 20 - 24 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK TMC SUPERTECH COMPETITION Friday, May 1 Location: Francis Tuttle Reno Campus, Oklahoma City, OK TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP Friday-Saturday, June 5-6 Location: Embassy Suites & OSU-OKC Driving Course, Oklahoma City, OK SUMMER SHOOT-OUT Tentative Date: Friday, June 19 Location: Rose Creek Golf Club NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – JUNE Monday – Friday, June 22-26 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK WILBURN WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP POSTMARK DEADLINE Friday, June 26 FALL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT Wednesday, September 30 Location: TBD 88TH ANNUAL CONVENTION Wednesday -Friday, September 30 – October 2 BOD Meeting - Thursday, October 1 Location: River Spirit Resort - 8330 Riverside Pkwy, Tulsa, OK 74137 NATMI CDS/CSS CERTIFICATION – OCTOBER Monday – Friday, October 19-23 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK FALL CLAY SHOOT Friday, November 6 Location: Silver Leaf Shotgun Sports - 8513 S Douglas Blvd, Guthrie, OK 73044 DECEMBER BOD MEETING Thursday, December 3 Location: OTA Office, 3909 N Lindsay Ave, Oklahoma City, OK Dates are subject to change please check OTA website for updated information To learn more about our upcoming events and ways to get involved visit oktrucking.org/events, call Rebecca Chappell at 405.525.9488 x 1 or email rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org


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