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C.H. Robinson Worldwide to Acquire Phoenix International

C.H. Robinson Worldwide to Acquire Phoenix International

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. says it’s buying Phoenix International Inc. for $571.5 million in cash and approximately $63.5 million in newly issued C.H. Robinson stock.

This is the giant 3PL’s second acquisition this month. Earlier in September, it acquired Apreo Logistics S.A. of Warsaw, Poland, a freight firm.

Chicago-based Phoenix primarily provides international freight forwarding services, including ocean, air, and customs brokerage, and currently serves approximately 15,000 customers globally. Phoenix has approximately 2,000 employees, located in 76 offices in 15 countries.

Bill McInerney, executive chairman of Phoenix, founded the company in 1979. Following the completion of the acquisition, McInerney plans to retire. Other key executive management will assume management positions with C.H. Robinson.

Analysts say the move will help diversify C.H. Robinson away from the truck brokerage business.

The agreement to acquire Chicago-based Phoenix is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. Closing of the acquisition is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2012. C.H. Robinson will use existing cash and plans to enter into a revolving credit facility with major banks to finance the cash portion of the purchase price.

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Cornwall trucking companies promoting city

Cornwall trucking companies promoting city with new decal initiative

A group of trucking companies in the Cornwall area will be sporting decals promoting the city’s rise in prominence as a logistics hub on their equipment as part of a new initiative by Cornwall’s economic developers.

More than 400 of the decals, showcasing the city’s economic development Web site,, have been distributed already, with more already on order, according to city officials. The decals will be displayed on the rear doors of the trailers.

“It makes sense to promote the city with the companies that are in part responsible for our recent growth,” said Bob Peters, senior development officer for the City of Cornwall. “Local transports are on the road every hour of the day and night, and in the process are seen by hundreds of thousands of people.”

Companies participating in the program include Minimax Transportation, Seaway Express, International Truckload Services (ITS), Tallman Truck Centre, Villeneuve Tank and Freight, and Benson Group. Combined, the companies have more than 500 trucks on the road.

“It is fantastic to see so many of our corporate citizens step up to help promote the City,” said Mayor Bob Kilger.   “The decals are attractive and deliver a message of the entire community working together towards a common goal,” says Yves Poirier, president of Minimax Express Transportation.

“I am looking forward to hearing the reaction from those working in and around our Toronto terminal.”

The Cornwall Business Park is home to several trucking companies as well as distribution centres for some of Canada’s top companies, including the Benson Group.

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Prime Truck Driving Jobs Available

Prime Truck Driving Jobs Available Right Now – See This Video by CNN

Do you want a truck driving job ?

There are jobs available at Prime. See this video produced by CNN about the trucking industry openings for those with a commercial truck drivers license.

Seems strange that jobs are up for grabs anywhere these days as the economy seems to be going downward in the USA.

But, who knows, maybe things are turning around in certain sectors of the workforce.

This is good news for everyone who likes trucks and a great thing if you already own a truckers drivers license and have some experience.

It may even be a good idea to go to school to learn the trade, although it can be somewhat costly to do so.


If you need a job, this may be a good place to look. Caddie Leaves Job for Oil Field

Veteran caddie leaves the fairways for  oil field

More than 100 caddies have been working alongside their players this weekend  to try and win a piece of the $550,000 up for grabs at this year’s  tournament at Midland Country Club.

For 52-year-old Ohio native Mike Sturgill, it’s been a chance to revisit a  passion he left almost a year ago to work in the oil fields of the Permian  Basin.

Sturgill is a Midland-based driver for Musslewhite Trucking Co., which  provides trucking services in Texas and New Mexico. He received the job only a  day after applying last November, he said, marking the end of a nearly 21-year  career of carrying bags on PGA and Nationwide tours.

His caddying career had become plagued in recent years by his arthritic  knees. But this week, Sturgill took off three days to caddie for 30-year-old  Brent Delahoussaye. The two worked together in the past, and Sturgill jumped at  the opportunity to hit the fairways again when Delahoussaye contacted him.

“I love the competition, the heat of the moment,” Sturgill said. “It’s about  trying to get your player to play the best he can and helping him make decisions  — just being part of a team.”

Sturgill’s caddying career started in 1991 after a bad divorce and new lease  on life. He had caddied before as a youth in his hometown of Hartville, Ohio,  and at the age of 12, his 14-year-old best friend suffered life-threatening  injuries in a go-cart crash. His friend’s death four years later catapulted  Sturgill into a life of drug addiction and ultimately led him face-to-face with  a possible 56-year prison sentence.

He ended up spending only a year behind  bars, and emerged a changed man who had found Christ after learning that his  best friend’s last words to his family were in prayer for Sturgill to accept  Jesus into his heart. He still chokes up as he remembers hearing his friend’s  dying wish.

After a short career in trucking and his divorce, Sturgill picked up  everything and drove to the Texas Open in San Antonio, where in the parking lot  he landed a carrying gig for Curt Byrum.

“No one knew me; I just showed up,” he said.

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Strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports

East Coast Gulf Coast Port Strike Averted

A looming strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports has been averted for the time being. After working with mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance agreed to extend the Sept. 30 deadline for a new contract until Dec. 29. They have also agreed to continue negotiations.

In a statement, FMCS Director George H. Cohen said of the reasoning behind the extension of 90 days: “The parties emphasized that they are doing so, ‘for the good of the country’ to avoid any interruption in interstate commerce,” said Cohen.

The statement goes on to indicate that negotiations will continue with the help of the FMCS.

The widespread implications of a potential strike by longshoremen at 14 East Coast and Gulf Coast ports became quickly apparent, as the Sept. 30 deadline for a new contract had many industries watching closely and making contingency plans.

Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Carrier Conference, said that if the strike were to have taken place, the impact would have been profound.

“This is what we historically know as the peak season, and volumes are projected to be increasing. This strike would have [had] a financial impact on the stores, on the customers, on everyone-including those in the trucking industry. It would have [had] an immense impact,” Whalen said.

The National Retail Federation applauded the move but urged both sides to keep negotiating.

“”While this extension, facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will provide both sides with more time, it is still critically important that USMX and ILA remain at the negotiation table to hammer out a final contract,” said Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold in a statement.

“Until a final contract is ratified, America’s retail community will remain concerned. NRF continues to urge both sides to negotiate in good faith to reach a firm and final deal for the good of the supply chain, and the good of the U.S. economy.”

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Wanted Truck Driver at Schneider Inc

Schneider National, Inc. – Driver – Tanker Truck Driver – Class A CDL

As reported at Military Civilian, this Over-the-Road Tanker truck driver position features six preferred days off each month! Plus, you’ll earn up to $0.44 per mile* and drive up to 3,000 miles per week.

No tanker experience? No problem! We will provide you the necessary training. Eligible Applicants

  • Experienced truck drivers
  • Recent truck driving school graduates

Pay & Benefits Full-time CDL truck drivers are eligible for:

  • Up to $55,500 per year*
  • 6 days off per month that you schedule
  • Up to $6,000 tuition reimbursement available for recent truck driving school graduates
  • Quarterly performance bonus
  • Detention pay after the 2nd hour
  • Paid Orientation/Training
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with company match
  • Paid Vacation
  • Operating Centers – Drivers have 24 hour access to company facilities with safe parking, showers, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and cafeteria services.
  • Military Apprenticeship Program – U.S. military veterans, Guard members and Reservists may be eligible to earn an additional educational benefit check from the VA (up to $1,069 per month)

*Based on experience and location


  • Valid Class A CDL
  • Ability to park personal vehicle in Columbus, OH or Hilliard, OH
  • Tanker endorsement required at time of hire
  • Hazmat endorsement required after time of hire
  • TWIC card (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) required after time of hire

Why Schneider National?

Safety - Schneider’s most important core value is “Safety First and Always.” It’s more than just a phrase; it’s a philosophy our drivers live and breathe each and every day. Culture – You’ll enjoy a small company feel – accessible leadership, opportunities to grow and a positive work/life balance while being able to take advantage of large company benefits.


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Study of truckers and their driving habits

Researchers study truckers and driving habits

As reported by CBC News, Researchers in Moncton are calling a new study of truckers and their driving habits the largest review its kind in the world.

Truckers normally spend the bulk of their time on the road. But over the next few years, many of those truckers will be spending time in front of a simulator at the University of Moncton.

The University of Moncton and Community College of New Brunswick will spend the next three years studying truckers and their driving habits. The study will look at everything from health concerns to work and home life to figure out how to improve the industry.

“We know that in the general population as we age, we have more collisions and their driving performances are diminishing. In the truckers, they maintain a phenomenal driving record and we have master drivers well into their 70s,” said Michel Johnson, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Moncton.

Johnson said there are lessons to be learned from truckers and says other universities around the world are showing interest in the project.

About a thousand truck drivers will take part in the multi-year study.

Jean-Marc Picard, the executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, said the industry wants to find ways to improve the job and attract new drivers.

“The average age is 52 years old, the recruitment is not full speed ahead so it is important we investigate how we can improve the job and how we can keep our older ones in good health,” said Picard.




Birmingham Food Truck Industry Problems

Birmingham food truck rules weeks, maybe months away after council delays latest proposal

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Proposed regulations on Birmingham’s growing food truck industry continue to simmer — possibly for a few more months — with the Birmingham City Council again delaying action on an ordinance.

The council this afternoon delayed the vote after several members questioned the fairness and legality of the 17-page document. The ordinance from the Public Safety Committee would set regulation on approval, location and times for the growing number of mobile food vendors ranging from Mexican cuisine to cupcakes.

However, council members, including Carole Smitherman, who is a lawyer, said the proposal was problematic because it conflicted with federal constitutional commerce protections. Smitherman called the rules, which included creating an approval committee and limiting the trucks to specific districts away from brick-and-mortar restaurants, heavy-handed and a strangle on businesses.

“I find that this is an equal protection violation,” Smitherman said. “You can’t treat one business one way and another business another way.”

Finding that balance has been the challenge, said Councilman Johnathan Austin, the committee’s chairman. The council will again discuss the rules in a committee meeting next week. Austin later said a revised ordinance should be ready for a final vote no later than November.

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Millions of Dollars Owed to Tollway by Vehicle Owners

Tollway takes top toll violators to court – Is This Unfair or Reasonable ?

This is an interesting story from the Chicago Tribune.  A Sandwich plumbing company has racked up more than $60,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, according to the Illinois Tollway. A day care center in Maywood owes more than $19,000. A trucking company in Streamwood has ignored repeated demands that it pay $152,000.

These amounts, according to lawsuits filed this month in Cook and DuPage counties, are just a portion of the millions of dollars the tollway says it is owed by vehicle owners who use the toll roads but refuse to pay for the privilege.

The tollway took those companies and dozens more to court to force them to pay the money the tollway says they owe, about $1.8 million, as of last count.

That’s small change compared with the $300 million in unpaid tolls and fines the tollway says deadbeats have avoided paying since 2001.

To put the number in a more meaningful context for the average motorist: $300 million is more revenue than the tollway anticipates taking in this year from the controversial 87.5 percent toll hike that went into effect Jan. 1. All told, the agency expects to reap $973 million in toll revenue this year.

The agency’s legal crackdown has the support of many tollway users, but some wonder why it didn’t come sooner.

“It’s time for them to pay up,” said Tyree Gee, 24, who takes the tollway from Hyde Park to his job in Hinsdale. “I am surprised they haven’t cracked down on these companies sooner. Why did it take them so long? That’s just ridiculous.”

Although “open-road tolling” has eliminated much congestion on the tollway system, it allows scofflaws to bypass toll plazas and gates — assuming they aren’t deterred by the prospect of being hounded by collection agencies or having their license plates suspended.

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Kansas Motor Carriers Association Makes Donation to Kansas Highway Patrol

Trucking organization donates child safety seats to KHP

This is good news.  The Kansas Motor Carriers Association on Tuesday made a donation to the Kansas Highway Patrol in an effort to protect the most vulnerable people on highways: children.

KMCA donated 105 child safety seats to the patrol as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 16 to 22. This is the 13th annual donation.

The seats will be dispersed among the patrol’s seven troop headquarters, then given to those who are least able to afford them.

Patrol superintendent Col. Ernest Garcia said he has had “a deeper appreciation” for child safety seats since his grandson was born about 18 months ago. Many troopers, he said, have worked accident scenes involving young children.

“That’s something these troopers will never forget,” he said.

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for children between the ages of 3 to 6 and 8 to 14, the patrol says. Using the proper child safety seat can substantially decrease the chance of death or injury to children if they are involved in a vehicle crash.

Tom Whitaker, executive director of KMCA, said safety is the first priority for the Kansas trucking industry, and donating child safety seats as part of its partnership with the highway patrol is the association’s way of helping people who share the road with its trucks to stay safe.


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