Oklahoma Motor Carrier Magazine - Summer 2011

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Summer 2011 | Volume 18 | Issue 3 | www.oktrucking.org

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In this issue Features 20 Oklahoma Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2011 SuperTech 25 Safety Rocks! 2011 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship 38 Summer Shoot-Out Golf Tournament Highlights Departments Editorials 5 From the Editor 6 From the Executive Director Member News 7 Love’s Donates $150,000 to United Way for Disaster Relief 8 MHC Kenworth Opens Greenest Dealership


New Members 10 Trucking Tidbits: Nationwide News 12 Gregory R. Hodgen Elected New Chairman of NTTC 12 ATA Member Testifies Before Congress on Hours of Service 12 FMCSA Proposes to Extend Paper Medical Retention to 2014 State Matters 14 Treasurer Miller on State Economy and Government Tax Revenue: “The crisis is over” OSMC’s Safety Zone 16 Summer is Here Upcoming Events 17 Member Spotlight 42 Member Spotlight


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Executive Director Dan Case dancase@oktrucking.org Bookkeeper Les Hinkle leshinkle@oktrucking.org Director of Events Rebecca Chappell rebeccachappell@oktrucking.org Chairman of Board Dusty Runnels Hamm & Phillips Service Company

Board of Directors John Titsworth Triad Transport Greg Price OTL-UPT Danny Smith UPS David McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line LaVern McCorkle McCorkle Truck Line Jim Klepper Drivers Legal Plan Steve Niswander Groendyke Transport Carmalieta Wells Madewell & Madewell, Inc. Susan Alexander Tri Alexander Transportation, Inc. David Freymiller Freymiller, Inc. Bob Peterson Melton Truck Line Michael Mayer Rush Truck Centers Joyce Ryel Complete Production Services - Mid-Continent Division Lew Flowers ServiceMaster Fleet Robert O’Brien Time Lines Management Jack Bogart JR Bogart Trucking, LLC Shawn Reeves Advance Food Company

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from the Summer is finally here! We’ve made it through another Spring which is not an easy feat as some may think. Between storms, legislators and planning for huge competitions and events, we made it. Give yourselves a pat on the back! It’s amazing how much work goes into putting on an event. This issue features three fantastic events that mean so much to our Association and industry. The Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship had another successful year thanks to the organizational efforts of the Oklahoma Safety Management Council and volunteers. This year the TDC was featured on local television stations, helping the OSMC promote their mission of safety on the highways to an even larger audience. Bonne Karim is also no stranger to putting on a big event. She is in charge of the national SuperTech competition and has worked tirelessly to organize another Oklahoma SuperTech this year with the help of other Oklahoma Technology & Maintenance Council members. This event showcases technicians skills and also doubles as a training session if a contestant encounters a problem at a specific station. It’s a win-win either way! The last event that is featured in this issue is the annual OTA Summer Shoot-Out Golf Tournament. Hosted at Coffee Creek Golf Club in Edmond, this event is a great way to meet other OTA members, network and support the Association. This also marks the first event that new OTA Director of Events, Rebecca Chappell, completed. Rebecca, as well as the rest of the OTA staff did a great job hosting this event and you know you can expect great things from the 79th Annual Convention in September at the Tulsa Hard Rock Casino & Resort!

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The legislature has gone home and finally the state is safe. The session was highlighted by the Governor’s agenda. A very large and wide ranging worker’s compensation bill was passed, but didn’t quite go far enough with its reforms. Several business groups will continue to work toward more reforms next session. Several good tort reform bills were passed and we continue to seek lawsuit reform on several levels.

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The budget shortage of $500 million kept many bills from being passed. Bills that needed financial support from the general fund and other state funds were simply not heard and put on the back burner. The trucking industry was very interested in five bills that would back-off the price increase in the MVR report, but because of the multimillion dollar cost, they were not heard. The $25 fee is the highest in the region and this price increase was totally uncalled for. We have joined with the State Insurance Commissioner, John Doak, in asking for an Attorney General’s opinion, to see if this is a tax instead of a fee. We have several opinions stating this looks like a tax and we have a court case to base our opinion on. We worked very hard on reversing the over-size/over-weight fee increase that was passed, as was the MVR fee, the last week of the 2010 session. This has doubled the $20 million that was paid in 2009. We have members moving goods through the state 47 miles that are paying $5000 for this move. We have the attention of the Governor and all legislative leaders on this issue and they acknowledge this to be a very unfair fee. We will continue our efforts to get these fees reversed. I am very happy with the reports I am getting from the membership on their financial successes in 2011. It sounds like we are moving more freight and selling more products as we continue to come out of the recession. I wish all of you continued success as the year winds down. Hope to see all of you at the annual convention in Tulsa at the Hard Rock in September.

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Love’s donates $150,000 to United Way for disaster relief Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores recently announced it will donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin, Missouri, and communities throughout Oklahoma recover and rebuild from recent devastating tornadoes. The company will assist with the immediate need in Joplin after being hit with one of the deadliest storms in history. Love’s home state of Oklahoma was also recently hit with tornadoes, causing damage throughout the state and in several communities Love’s serves. “Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these tornadoes. Love’s has been impacted by tornadoes in our history, so we know what it’s like to rebuild,” said Tom Love, Chairman and CEO. “We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need.” The Love’s located in Joplin remained open during the storms. The store donated batteries and flashlights to a local hospital that was directly hit by a tornado. They also donated water to a community shelter. Love’s donation will be directed toward two United Way agencies. Heart of Missouri United Way will receive $100,000. United Way of Central Oklahoma will receive $50,000. Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely family owned and operated. With more than 265 locations and 90 tire care centers in 39 states, Love’s approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year. Love’s is currently ranked No. 18 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s largest privately held companies. To learn more, go to www.loves.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/lovestravelstops), or follow @LovesTravelStop on Twitter.

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MHC Kenworth Opens Greenest Dealership MHC Kenworth officially unveilled the second largest, and most environmentally friendly, dealership among its network this past May. For over two decades, MHC has had a strong presence in the Oklahoma City area. In order to carry on MHC’s long standing mission of providing best in class service, the need to expand was imperative. Ground breaking on the new dealership began in December 2009 with a list of very impressive green initiatives and architectural advances. “We are almost tripling our footprint,” MurphyHoffman Company Vice President, Dave Douglas, said. “This state of the art building is a tribute to all of our employees’ hard work and dedication in servicing our customers. Our employees are ecstatic about this new building and its improved capabilities. We are confident our customers will be very pleased with our increased productivity and continued outstanding seven days, 24 hour service schedule.” When designing the building, MHC utilized green technology to help in heating and cooling the new facility. Before the building began, almost 70 wells were drilled below the foundation of the soon to be building. Through Geo-thermal technology, water is pumped in and out of these wells, and is for the sole source of heating and cooling in the parts showroom and offices. An additional heat source for the building is derived from the engine oil collected when the trucks are in for preventative maintenance service. The oil is stored and then recycled to heat the 44 body shop and service bays, and the 31,030 square foot parts warehouse. In addition, energy saving technology was used in the building. To reduce the amount of electricity consumed, motion detectors have been installed throughout a majority of the building that triggers the lights to turn on only when someone is in the room. In addition, translucent hollow-core overhead doors were installed in both the body and service departments. These doors allow natural light into the building without affecting the temperature of the service bays. To further reduce energy consumption, the lights in the line and body shop are controlled by photocells, and only turn on when there is insufficient lighting. “We are thrilled with the outcome of the new facility and are proud that MHC is using sustainable technology to decrease our carbon footprint,” Murphy-Hoffman Company President, Tim Murphy, said. “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers into our new dealership and making them feel at home and continue the award-winning service we have been providing Oklahoma over the last two decades.” Located at the Southwest corner of Interstate 40 and Rockwell Avenue, this state of the art facility will allow the already thriving dealership to continue to more effectively assist their customers. Located across 10 states, MHC is a network of over 60 locations, including 42 heavy and medium duty truck dealers, 25 MHC Truck Leasing locations, 4 Carrier Transicold Locations, and a wholly owned finance company, MHC Financial Services. MHC features Kenworth, Hino, Ford, Volvo, and Isuzu trucks. Through its formal quality program, MHC delivers excellent service to its customers and maintains ISO 9001 certification. To learn more about MHC’s locations, services and standards, visit mhctruck.com or call (888) MHC-TRUCK.


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BKEP Crude Oil LLC Mark Nieto 11501 S. I-44 Service Road Oklahoma City, OK 73173 Phone: (405) 278-6416 Fax: (405) 278-6430 Email: mnieto@bkep.com Website: www.BKEP.vom Services Provided: For Hire Crude Oil Hauling. Crude Oil Pipeline and Storage. Tractor Trailers and Bobtails.

Hourglass Transport LLC William White, Jr. 9805 OK Hwy 48 South Coleman, OK 73432 Phone: (580) 937-4569 Fax: (580) 937-4626 Email: bwhite@hourglasstransport.com Website: hourglasstransport.com Services Provided: Using 1 ton trucks, ship horse trailers, camping trailers, cargo/utility trailers and boats.

Capital Asset Management, Inc. Douglas Oliver 3636 N. Roff Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: (405) 947-2913 Fax: (405) 948-9035 Email: doliver@fscadvisor.com Services: Personal and corporate financial services of all types.

O & X Companies LLC Daniel Cunningham 21960 May Avenue Purcell, OK 73080 Phone: (405) 409-7457 Email: cunningham@oxcompanies.com Services Provided: Road Construction Equipment.

CorVel Corporation Chris Harris 10900 Hefner Pointe Drive, #401 Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: (405) 635-4496 E-mail: chris_harris@corvel.com Services: Manages care, TPA, consulting. Dinsmore Transportation, LLC Brandon Dinsmore P.O. Box 95028 Oklahoma City, OK 73143 Phone: (405) 445-5551 Fax: (972) 478-1025 Email: contact@dinsmoretransportation.com Website: www.dinsmoretransportation.com Services Provided: Motor Carrier company comprised of 100% Owner Operators, delivering all types of freight to all 48 contiguous states. Firestone Trucking, Inc. Chris Firestone 1003 S.W. Melvin Lane Minco, OK 73059 Phone: (405) 352-5959 Fax: (405) 352-5243 Email: firestonetrucking@att.net Services Provided: Vacuum trucks, salt water disposal.


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Gregory R. Hodgen Elected New Chairman of NTTC The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) announced that Gregory R. Hodgen has been elected as the organization’s new chairman at the NTTC’s recent annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Hodgen succeeds Steven J. Rush, CEO of New Jersey-based Carbon Express, Inc. who now serves as Chairman of the NTTC’s executive committee. “This is a particularly exciting time to be part of the NTTC,” commented Greg Hodgen. “I am both pleased and honored to serve as NTTC Chairman. I believe that the organization is well-positioned to champion the tank truck industry’s commitment to safety and success for those whom we serve. I look forward to working with our membership as we advance our vision to set the leading standard for safe and sustainable transportation as one of the most vital segments of the trucking industry.” Greg Hodgen is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Groendyke Transport, Inc. (www.groendyke.com), one of the largest tank truck carriers in the nation with over 75 years of expertise in bulk transportation services. Prior to being named President and COO of Groendyke, Hodgen served the company as its Executive Vice President and its Vice President of Operations prior to that. He has considerable board experience having served as a director of several community organizations in Oklahoma including the Young Presidents Organization, the Grand National Quail Club, Leadership Oklahoma, the Autry Technology Center Foundation, and the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the selection committee of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. Chairman Hodgen is a graduate of Colorado State University where he earned his B.S. in Animal Science. For over 65 years, National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has represented the tank truck industry before Congress and various Federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and OSHA. NTTC provides its members with information on legislative, regulatory, and operational developments that affect their businesses. The Association also serves as an industry spokesman and resource to carriers, shippers, regulators, the news media, financial community, and the general public.

FMCSA Proposes to ATA Member Testifies Before Extend Paper Medical Retention Congress on Hours of Service ATA to 2014 ATA

On June 14, 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would extend the requirement that CDL-holders retain paper copies of their medical certification on their person through January 30, 2014. The Agency proposes to similarly extend the requirement that motor carriers retain a copy of their drivers’ medical certifications through the same date. In an earlier rulemaking, the Agency had proposed to end this requirement on January 30, 2012 – the date that State Driver’s Licensing Agencies are required to retain this medical information in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System. FMCSA is not delaying the January 30, 2012, requirement for States, meaning that those not in compliance risk losing highway funds. ATA is studying the proposal and will respond to the Agency’s proposed delay with written comments.


In testimony on behalf of ATA before the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, James Burg, president of James Burg Trucking Co., said proposed changes to the federal hours-of-service were unwarranted and would harm small businesses nationwide. “These changes, if finalized, would have a profoundly negative impact on small businesses, would restrict productivity and would result in greater congestion and increased emissions,” Burg, a member of American Trucking Associations’ Board of Directors, said during the June 14, 2011 hearing. Burg said that if the changes proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were to take effect his 75-truck fleet based in Warren, Mich., would need to add additional trucks and drivers – and their corresponding expenses – simply to counter the loss in productivity. Burg also testified that FMCSA’s proposed changes to the hours-of-service rules are unnecessary and unjustified. Both safety and compliance have improved under the current regulations which have been timetested since 2003. ATA has repeatedly said that the current rules are working and should be retained rather than changed based on political pressure.


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Treasurer Miller on State Economy and Government Tax Revenue: “The Crisis is Over” Patrick B. McGuigan CapitolBeatOK

In his monthly interaction with Capitol reporters on Thursday, June 2, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller was upbeat about continued forward momentum for the economy and resulting finance trends for state government. Further, he said it is “always” the right time to look at right-sizing government functions.

Miller clearly believes the future is bright. “We are up in every category of government revenue.” In Miller’s analysis, all factors are positive. He contends the state recovery is primarily, but not exclusively, due to the oil and gas industry’s continued strength. He stressed the strength in all sectors, however. Miller also argued that gross collections are a better indicator of economic strength than more limited measurements. Receipts for general revenue, for example, account for only 40 percent of the state government revenue picture at any given moment.

One reporter asked if continued positive economic trends could have a “snowball effect,” where good news feeds itself and businesses look increasingly to Oklahoma as a business destination and friendly environment. Treasurer Miller responded simply, “Absolutely.” He then noted that the state’s good economic news will not only capture regional and national attention, but has potential to bolster the state’s position internationally. He disclosed that a delegation of mainland Chinese business leaders had visited with state and private sector officials this week. He had the opportunity to discuss economic trends with them in one session. In response to later questions, he said the group was focused on oil and gas issues. He told CapitolBeatOK he did not know whether or not the Chinese delegation had any interest in exploring automobile manufacturing in the Sooner State. (That possibility excited great state and regional interest a half-decade ago, but faded when China decided to focus on its own domestic car manufacturing). Near the end of his question-and-answer time with journalists, CapitolBeatOK asked if Miller thought continued jobs growth and positive economic trends provided a good opportunity to focus on “right-sizing” government in a methodical manner, rather than responding to fiscal pressures. Miller responded, “Personally, I think it is always the right time to have that discussion. That should always be part of the discussion about budgets and other issues. Yes to ‘all of the above’ -- this is a good time to focus on gaining efficiencies in spending and functions.” In the discussion, Miller stressed the significance of a return to a $10 billion threshold in gross collections for the first time in more than two years. “Fifteen months into expansion it’s clear we’re in the recovery phase.” Miller said he is now confident there will not be a “double dip” recession.


With continued good news in job creation and no “uptick” in unemployment as might be anticipated at this phase of recovery,

In dialogue with CapitolBeatOK, Miller noted that easing of gasoline prices at the pump has clearly, for now, avoided concerns of consumer resistance to high prices. This concern has been a focus of discussion just four weeks ago. Discussing Oklahoma versus Texas in terms of tax revenue and revenue sources, he noted that Oklahoma “relies on more volatile sources of revenue, whereas Texas draws much of its income from ad valorem [property tax]” levies. Miller flatly predicted, “I expect a good year for Oklahoma for the coming year. The way we compare to other states has been favorable throughout this recent time of recession and recovery.” He continued, “From a taxpayer’s perspective, a return to revenue growth is a good signal. It means the personal income tax rate can continue to ease, and that essential services will be adequately funded.” In a prepared release circulated to reporters during the briefing in his office, Miller reported “Oklahoma’s economy has made up more than one-third of the dollars lost during the Great Recession.” Miller summed things up this way: “The crisis is over.”

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Summer Is Here Summer is finally here and one of my fondest childhood memories of summer is the vacations my family took, but as a kid I can remember how boring it could get in the back seat of my mom’s old Chevy Impala wondering if we were ever going to get to our destination while watching the world go by. As an adult now I have learned I can get just as bored on those long trips as well. This brings me to my point that even us in the Transportation Industry need to Remember, Sharing the Road with the Professional Drivers that we support every day. Most drivers tend to get complacent when boredom kicks in, we must remember to be courteous to other drivers on the road, staying out of blind spots, not following too close, and signaling your intentions are just a few tips to help your trip go smoother. Donnie Tulk 2011 OSMC Chairman

Oklahoma Safety Management Council Chairman, Donnie Tulk of Oklahoma Tank Lines - United Petroleum Transports

OSMC Officers First Vice Chairman Louis Thompson Beaver Express Service Second Vice Chairman Kimberly Gonzalez Hoffmeier, Inc. Secretary/Treasurer John Mallory John Christner Trucking, Inc.


Join the OSMC Today! The Oklahoma Safety Management Council (OSMC) is comprised of safety professionals from around the state. These professionals are committed to highway safety and are dedicated to the transportation industry. These professionals come from all aspects of the trucking industry and it is that expertise that makes this council one of the very best in the nation. Our goal is simple—to improve highway safety in Oklahoma and the United States through expert education and practical application. To achieve this goal, the council meets 10 times annually for meetings and in addition to these meetings, the council hosts the Fall Seminar and the Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship. OSMC is a hard working council doing our best to make the highway’s safer for all. If you are interested in becoming a part of our organization, please contact us for membership information.

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NATMI Certified Driver Trainer Program July 18-20, 2011

National Truck Driving Championship August 9-13, 2011

This train-the-trainer course is for professionals responsible for the development and implementation of professional driver training programs. Students learn teaching skills and their practical application. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their own lesson plans with critique following.

The National Truck Driving Championships is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by American Trucking Associations. This competition has a long history – dating back to 1937 when it was known as the National Truck Roadeo.

Driver Compliance: CSA Preparation & Implementation Thu, July 21, 2011 This fact filled, fast paced, full day course will help prepare you and your team for the new regulatory and compliance challenges found within CSA - Compliance, Safety, Accountability. We will be discussing the following topics: • The Seven CSA BASICs • Driver Hiring Best Practices • Insurance & Risk Challenges • Policy & Guideline Implementation • Data Q Challenge Models • Driver & Staff Training Concepts • Legal Challenges in CSA • Investigation & Audit Plans • Industry & Fleet Best Practices • Course Implementation Techniques

The NTDC competitors are made up of the winners in eight classes of competition from 50 State Trucking Associations’ Truck Driving Championships, as well as the winners of the auto transporters class at the regional TDCs. The NTDC and affiliated state TDCs are considered the one of the industry’s largest and most effective safety programs. Known to many as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” these annual competitions inspire tens of thousands of drivers to operate accident-free for the right to compete. During the TDC and NTDC competition, each driver has a chance to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. The drivers undergo a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and finally, the most visible - the skills test. The Championships are a great incentive for professional truck drivers to operate safely, because they must be accident-free for at least one year prior to the competition. Many of the competitors have millions of accident-free driving miles to their credit. When asked, professional drivers will tell you that they are drawn to the Championships by the spirit of competition and by the prestige of being named the best of the best. It is described by drivers as being like the Olympics, where they come to win but revel in the camaraderie and excitement. In addition to First, Second and Third Place tiles, drivers vie for the Professional Excellence Award, the Vehicle Condition Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the ultimate designation – The Grand Champion award. National Step Van Driving Championship August 9-13, 2011


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Driver Compliance: Surviving a DOT Audit...A Proactive Viewpoint Mon, August 15, 2011 This fast paced, full day course will help the newly appointed or novice prepare for the world of regulatory compliance. This is the perfect course for a rookie or a veteran who desires an update on the industry.

September 79th Annual Convention September 21-23, 2011 Hosted at the Hard Rock Casino & Resort in Tulsa. Check www. oktrucking.org for more information!

We will be discussing the following topics: • The Seven CSA BASICs • Parts 40 & 380-396 in the FMCSR • Driver Hiring Practices • Training & Disciplinary Models • Insurance & RM Challenges • Self Inspection & Internal Audits • IFTA & IRP • Balancing Fleet Responsibilities • Industry & Fleet Best Practices • Course Implementation Techniques


NATMI Transportation Risk Management Tue, August 16, 2011

CDS: Candidates must serve as full-time administrators demonstrating their capability of handling a position which involves establishing programs and policies, setting standards, developing materials, and providing leadership to achieve the goals set. Experience required: Five years in the fleet safety field or, Four years in the fleet safety field with a 4-year college degree.

The purpose of this course is to provide Safety Managers, Consultants and Insurance Specialists with the skills they need to understand, analyze, predict, reduce and eliminate risk associated with the transportation industry. The following topics are covered: • Risk Management Overview • Risk Analysis and Assessment • Loss Prevention/Control and Insurance • Transportation Specific Risks Driver Compliance: Accident Prevention & Preservation Wed, August 17, 2011

Driver Compliance: Cargo Security & Risk Assessment Practices Tue, November 22, 2011

December NATMI CDS & CSS Safety Certification December 5-9, 2011

CSS: Certification is awarded to those supervisors who have the ability to carry out policy and program directives. Supervisors are expected to administer programs, provide leadership and engage in the development of programs and materials within limitations established by their managers. Experience required: Two years in the fleet safety field.

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Oklahoma Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2011

SUPERTECH by Bonne Karim OTMC Chairwoman On June 4, members of the Oklahoma Technology and Maintenance Council put on their annual SuperTech Competition at Francis Tuttle’s Diesel Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Six Oklahoma technicians competed for over $750 in cash awards plus additional prizes of tools and other gifts from competition sponsors. David Stone, a Diesel Instructor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma, also participated in the competition to sharpen his skills and stay abreast of current technology. OTL-UPT new hire, Frank Barzek, attended as an observer, trying his hand at several skill stations in preparation for future competitions. Randall Hilburn with Swift Transportation won the competition while Clerence Preston with Cummins Southern Plains placed second and Shannon Wolfe with TA Travel Centers, placed third. Hilburn also won a special prize sponsored by Alcoa for the highest combined score on the Wheel and Tire Stations. Hilburn will represent Oklahoma at the National SuperTech 2011 this September in Raleigh, North Carolina. His shop will also be the first stop for a new traveling trophy honoring Oklahoma SuperTech Champions. Station winners were as follows: • Written Test - Clarence Preston, Cummins Southern Plains • Engine Mechanical - Clarence Preston, Cummins Southern Plains • ABS - Clarence Preston, Cummins Southern Plains • Tires - Frank Herin, OTL-UPT • Fifth Wheel - Frank Herin • Engine Electrical Justin Murray, Bruckner’s • Service Information - Shannon Wolfe, TA Travel Centers • PMI - Chad Green, OTL-UPT • Wheel End - Randall Hilburn, Swift Transportation • Air Brakes - Randall Hilburn, Swift Transportation • Electrical - Randall Hilburn, Swift Transportation


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Officials with the Oklahoma Safety Management Council announced on June 4, the state’s safest and best truck driver. Larry Kendall of FedEx Express won the title Grand Champion of the 2011 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship. Focused on testing drivers’ knowledge of safety practices and trucking industry trends, the two-day competition consisted of 99 accident-free drivers from across the state competing in nine different categories. Kendall placed first in the Four Axle Van Class and was also a part of the FedEx Express team that won Team Award at this year’s competition. He has been an employee of FedEx Express for 12 years and resides in Tulsa. Kendall said it is an honor to earn the distinction as the state’s best truck driver.

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“This competition not only highlights the safest and best and truck drivers in our state, but it also shows those outside our industry that trucking is an integral part of all our lives,” said Kendall. “It is an honor to win this award and move on to represent Oklahoma in the national competition later this year in Orlando.” Hosted by the Oklahoma Safety Management Council and Oklahoma Trucking Association, a total of 99 drivers in nine equipment classes competed in this year’s Truck Driving Championship. More than 350 people attended the awards banquet on June 4 to honor the winners. Kendall, along with the winners of each class, will go on to represent Oklahoma at the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships, which take place in Orlando, Fla., from August 9 through 13. The Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship consists of four different rounds: 1) a 40-question multiple choice exam; 2) a professional one-on-one interview; 3) a pre-trip inspection test; and 4) a closed-course driving challenge course. In order to compete, a driver must have an accident-free record of at least one year and must be employed by an Colonel Kerry Pettingill - Chief of Patrol Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Debra Knight, Larry Kendall Oklahoma Trucking Associa- FedEx Express, Kimberly Gonzalez - Hoffmeier, Inc., OSMC 2nd Vice Chairwoman tion member company.


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Third Place - Tyler Easton FedEx Ground – Coweta (Not pictured)

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3-Axle Van Class

Second Place - Sean Norwood FedEx Freight – Yukon

First Place - Robbie Granstrom YRC – Choctaw

Third Place - Randy Reed FedEx Express – Broken Arrow

Third Place - Waylon Brussard FedEx Freight – Oklahoma City

First Place - Larry Kendall FedEx Express – Tulsa

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Second Place - Robert Wolf YRC – Mustang

Third Place - Mark Cress YRC – Lexington

First Place - Russell Beachler FedEx Freight – Oklahoma City

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Second Place - Kent Jones ABF Freight System – Broken Arrow

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Second Place - Joe Zuniga Melton Truck Lines – Rufugio, TX

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Summer Shoot-Out EDMOND, OK JUNE 17

Seventy OTA members gathered for this year’s Summer ShootOut at the Coffee Creek Golf Club in Edmond for a day of fun, networking and to support the OTA, OTA’s PAC fund and the Wilburn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund. The tournament was hosted by Bruckner Truck Sales Inc., Capital Asset Management, Hamm & Phillips Service Company, Inc., Melton Truck Lines, MHC Kenworth Inc., Oklahoma City Freightliner, PrePass, Roberts Truck Center, Rush Truck Centers, Simons Petroleum, Inc., Southern Tire Mart, Southwest Trailers & Equipment, T&W Tire, Triad Transport, Inc., Tulsa Freightliner, United Engines and UPS. Players enjoyed refreshments on the course sponsored by Drivers Legal Plan, FEARNOAUDITOR.COM, Freymiller, Inc., Hamm & Phillips Service Company, Inc., Heritage Solutions, McCorkle Truck Lines, Inc., Oklahoma City Freightliner, T&W Tire, Tulsa Freightliner, and UPS. To finish off the day, a lunch was provided by Cummins Southern Plains, Freymiller, Inc., Hamm & Phillips Service Company, Inc., McCorkle Truck Lines, Inc., Oklahoma City Freightliner, T&W Tire, Tulsa Freightliner and UPS.


During the tournament, players were welcomed by hole sponsors: Beaver Express Service, Crawford-Phillips, Inc., Cummins Southern Plains, LLC, Drivers Legal Plan, Freymiller, Inc., Groendyke Transport, Inc., Hamm & Phillips Service Company, Inc., Hamm & Phillips Service Company, Inc., HTC Express, Inc., McCorkle Truck Lines, Inc., MHC Kenworth Inc., Oklahoma City Freightliner, Oklahoma Tank Lines - United Petroleum Transports, Schneider Law Offices, Southwest Trailers & Equipment, T&W Tire, Truckers Matter, Tulsa Freightliner and UPS.

The first place teams for each flight were: First Flight - Ryan Woodard, Bill Caldwell, Darrin Newfield and Steve Theissen on the T&W Tire team, Second Flight - Ken Case, Robert Bell, Cody Bristow and Brian Knott on the Dugan Truck Line team, Third Flight - Doug Reading, Neal Carrick, Ken Carter and Chris Gray on the Rush Truck Center team.


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Hoffmeier, Inc. Owner: Kermit Hoffmeier Founded: 1982 Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

How did it all begin?

Kermit started hauling grain and hay as a farm boy at the age of 9. He founded his first trucking company in 1970 with $1500.00 and credit in the ICC authority days. Hoffmeier, Inc.’s roots go back to 1971 when the company began hauling heavy fuel oil, asphalt, jet fuel and crude oil bet ween Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. In 1978 it became associated with Kaw Transports in Kansas City, MO. In 1982 Hoffmeier was incorporated, moved its headquarters to Tulsa and expanded its operations to service the United States and Canada. It was one of the first carriers to haul heavy fuel oil to the Tulsa port of Catoosa. Hoffmeier, Inc. is a common and contract bulk liquid tank carrier specializing in service to the petroleum and petrochemical industry. It services the United States and Canada. Hoffmeier Tractor Trailer Repair, Inc. provides commercial tractor and trailer repairs and is a DOT Cargo Tank Inspection and repair facility.

What is unique about your company?

We’re the only transportation carrier with the capabilities, equipment and knowledge to complete a unique service for the refineries across the United States and Canada. Our drivers are highly trained to operate specialized equipment designed and manufactured only by Hoffmeier, Inc. The Chairman and CEO, Kermit D. Hoffmeier continues to drive a truck and works alongside his drivers and employees.

What issue is most important to your company right now?

Pursuing the enforcement of Anti –Indemnification laws and illegal insurance provisions in motor carrier contracts. Currently 26 states, including Oklahoma have joined the Anti-indemnification legislation, yet many carriers are being forced to sign unlawful contracts. 47 O.S. §169.7 Prohibits requiring a motor carrier to enter into a contract with an indemnification provision. We encourage carriers to fight for their rights against illegal contract requirements.

What do you think the greatest benefit from being an OTA member is?

Having professionals like Dan Case and T.W Shannon representing Oklahoma by sharing our opinions and concerns with the various governmental regulatory committees that enact and pass legislation. The OTA keeps us informed and Involved with other transportation companies and professionals from across the state. Together we unite to protect the safety and interest of the trucking industry, the drivers, our highways and fellow carriers.


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