Archive for April, 2013

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced Anthony Foxx was his nomination for Secretary of Transportation. Once confirmed by the Senate, he will replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.

Here’s a look at Foxx:

  • He’s the mayor of Charlotte, NC. A Democrat, Foxx announce three weeks ago he would not seek re-election in order to spend more time with his family.
  • As mayor, he worked to expand a light-rail line, complete a major highway widening, improve a major bridge and open another runaway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
  • He was the first black student body president at Davidson College. He earned a law degree from New York University.
  • Today is his birthday. He is now 42 years old.

For more information, read the article published in today’s New York Times.


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, was verified as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) by the Department of Veterans Affairs this month.

Some companies have freight set aside for veteran-owned businesses to handle. The designation makes BAT eligible for that cargo. The Center for Veterans Enterprise provides a database of businesses verified as a VOSB on its website.

BAT President and Owner Shawn Rorie was an Army Flight Engineer on Chinook helicopters from 1986-1989.

About BAT Logistics
Backhaul and Track Logistics d/b/a BAT Logistics provides transportation solutions to the shipping community. Our core strength is full truck load services in dry, refrigerated, and rail commodities. Our services are executed using key national carriers with a focus on small to medium sized carriers. We operate in headhaul and backhaul lanes both regionally and cross-country. We also utilize door-to-door rail services that cover the entire nation. Our industry knowledge and experience using rail transportation gives us a clear and distinct advantage over the competition.

Phone – 4028858100
Fax – 4028858101
20 Arena Way, Suite 2
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

With Earth Day on Monday, many are using this weekend to educate the public on ways to help the environment. Then, there are also the stories of how businesses are doing their part to help the environment.

Here is one such story, posted on the Progressive Railroading website, which covers quite a few ways railroad companies are doing their part:

Sustainability: Freight car builders explore ways to make operations more environmentally friendly

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy nature this weekend.

We are happy to announce that Executive Vice President/Owner Jarrod Marinello got the delivery he’s been waiting nine months for- a baby girl!

Charlize Rae was born last week. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 18.25 inches long. She and mom are doing great.

She is Marinello’s second child, and she arrived two weeks earlier than expected.

Congratulations, Jarrod!