Archive for July, 2015

The American Trucking Association released a report yesterday that predicts growth in freight transportation over the next 11 years. While there will be more freight, how it is transported is predicted to shift slightly over the years.

While trucking will remain dominant, pipelines will see the biggest increase. Intermodal is predicted to be the second fastest growing mode.

For more information and to download the full report, visit the ATA’s site.

Last weekend, Comic Con gave us an epic trailer for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Since we are BAT Logistics, one may assume the side we’re on, but the topic got us playfully arguing like the kids we were when we fell in love with the characters.

What follows is a transcript of our, um, discussion:

Jarrod Marinello- Superman wins. After all, he doesn’t need a car to pick up the ladies.
Steve Barnes- Batman is way cooler then Superman. He is more resourceful, he doesn’t even need super powers. He figures out a way to hang with all the stud super heroes. And on top of that, during the day he is Bruce Wayne Billionaire play boy. I’m sure he could round up a little kryptonite for his utility belt and easily defeat Superman.
Anthony Harder- Superman would win only because he has actual superpowers and not just an insane amount of money.
Stephen Sinclair- Superman, does this really need an explanation?
Vern Hayes: Batman can be anything you need him to be. Good, bad, whatever is best for the rest. Superman is incapable of being the Bad Guy. And Batman is all Human!!!
Stephen- Know your facts Vern….
Vern- Super Man Sucks Stephen … Super Sucks
Stephen- As well as your spelling Vern.
Mike Wadja- In my opinion, real heroes do not need super powers. Batman all day based on that!
Jon Ellsworth- Superman could destroy batman at a molecular level! Batman would have to have kryptonite to have a chance at all!
Joe Kier- Batman is the one super hero that should fly (because he’s BATman) but can’t. I like Mighty Mouse.
Jon- They’ve both beat each other up before and in the end became friends!

Jon is right. In fact, this movie introduces the Justice League, and also has Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg in it.

To view the trailer, visit Warner Bros. Pictures’ YouTube upload.

Chuck Kizer

Lt. Dan Flores welcomes back Chuck Kizer as a police chaplain. (photo provided by Chuck Kizer)

We are proud to share that Chuck Kizer from BAT’s Sales Team has a new, but familiar title to his name.  He was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as one of Council Bluff’s new police chaplains.

According to an article in the Daily Nonpareil, Kizer previously was a chaplain from 2008-2012. There are seven ordained ministers serving as police chaplains for the department. The positions are volunteer positions.

More information about Council Bluffs Police Department Chaplain Corps can be found on the department’s website.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_PricesDiesel prices are still on the downward trend that started the first week in June. This week, a gallon of diesel is $2.832 on average, .011 cents less than last week and .082 cents less than prices the last week of May, according to the Energy Information Administration.

These prices are still a dollar less than the prices a year ago this same week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

There will be 42 million people hitting the roads this weekend. The American Trucking Association’s safest drivers- members of its Share the Road program- offered several tips to keep everyone safe on the roads this weekend and the remainder of summer.

Some tips include:

  • Don’t cut in front of large trucks
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you
  • Plan ahead
  • Avoid distractions
  • Be extra cautious around construction zones

 

To see all the tips and advice, visit the ATA’s website, Trucking.org.