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On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (4)While regular gasoline prices are slowly rising, diesel prices have plateaued in recent weeks.

This week, the average price per gallon is $2.909. Last week it was $2.194, and the week before that, it was $2.904.

Diesel prices are still a dollar lower than they were last year.

For more information, visit the Energy Information Administration’s website.

Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration, Central Community College- Grand Island, Neb., is holding a Hard Hats & Heels summer camp to introduce kids to careers in transportation.

All high school students (entering grades 9-12) who have a 2.0 grade point average and one year of Algebra are welcomed to apply for this free camp. The college is focusing on recruiting minority high school girls for the camp, since minority women are underrepresented in transportation engineering careers, according to an Associated Press article.

The camp runs from July 6-16 and is limited to 20 kids. Applications are due by June 5.

For more information about the camp, visit the National Summer Transportation Institute website.

Hard hats and heels billboard

This Memorial Day weekend will see the most travel in the past 10 years, according to AAA. From today to Monday, the auto club projects 33 million travelers will be hitting the road.

This is a 4.7 percent increase over last year.

The harsh winter and positive economic factors contribute to the growth in car travelers.

For more information and travel tips, visit AAA online.

We recently became aware that BAT Logistics’ bank account information was compromised, resulting in fraudulent checks. While we were happy no employees’ or customers’ information was affected, we were saddened to find out individuals were sent counterfeit checks believed to be from BAT. If you were affected by this situation, please contact us at to help us with our investigation. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your time and patience.

(as told by Baby Nora)


Baby Nora

Lots of people visit me. I’m quite popular for someone who was only born a month ago.

But, yesterday, I got to visit the BATs. I was relieved to find out they weren’t the scary kind. This made me very happy. Mommy says she works there, whatever that means.

This was a big adventure for me. The only other times I’ve left the house is to see the doctor, and I’m not too sure about that place, yet.

At the BAT place, I got to meet so many new people- Ashley, Rebecca, Katie, Joe, Luke, Jon, Eric, two Steves, Justin and Stephen. They made sounds that made me smile. All of the girls took turns holding me, but “Uncle Joe Joe” was the only one of the guys brave enough to hold me.

Nora meets "Uncle Joe Joe"

Nora meets “Uncle Joe Joe”

One of the Steves and Ralph were funny. They were playing with toys that shoot soft things. I can’t wait until I’m big enough to play with toys like them!

Mommy kept telling me all these guys- Jon, Ben, Luke and Eric- were going to have friends for me soon. I guess that means I’ll get to visit again! Maybe I’ll be big enough to play with the soft shooting toys then! I can’t wait!

While I let whoever wanted to hold me to do so, I was so happy to be back in Mommy’s snuggly arms. That is my favorite place to be.


On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (3)Diesel prices look like they have been riding a roller coaster this year- after a long climb to the top, prices dove down during the winter, then bumped up slightly, back down, and are now on an upward climb again.

This week, prices are at $2.854 a gallon. That’s up .043 cents from last week, and .10 cents from April 13, when prices hit their last low.

Prices are still more than a dollar lower than they were last year.

For more information, visit the Energy Information Administration website.

President/Owner Shawn Rorie, Executive Vice President/Owner Jarrod Marinello, and General Manager Ashley Jankowski represented BAT Logistics at the TIA 2015 Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition held April 15-18 in Orlando, Fla. The conference is a meeting of third-party logistics providers.

The event featured education sessions, networking opportunities and vendor booths.

“Many of the seminars I attended, like ‘Did You Dot the I’s and Cross the T’s,’ were helpful seminars,” Marinello said. He also thought the education sessions about regulations were valuable.

For more information bout TIA, visit the association’s website.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (1)Diesel prices are at their lowest price so far this year and appear to be back on the downward trend we started seeing in December.

Back in February, prices hit a low of $2.831 a gallon before rising for a month. Last week, prices dipped down to $2.824, and are now .04 cents lower at $2.784.

This week’s price per gallon is $1.175 less than they were a year ago this week. It’s also .16 cents less than a month ago.

For more information, visit the US Energy Information Administration’s website.

Justin PefferIf there is ever a question about something that happened in history, especially World War II, ask Justin Peffer. He enjoys history so much, he spends quite a bit of his free time reading it.

But, he still takes the time to enjoy other activities, like playing basketball, jogging and watching football.

Peffer started on BAT’s Dispatch Team in February. He earned a degree in Business Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He believes his abilities to communicate and think outside of the box make him great at his job.

He also has a combination of abilities which can make him fun to be around- he can make light of any situation, has a great memory and pays attention to details.

Vern Hayes

Did you know we have royalty here at BAT? Vern Hayes, who joined BAT in December, was his high school’s homecoming king.

Since those glory days, he joined the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, got a degree in management from the University of Northern Iowa, and has gotten certifications from both OSHA and MSSC.

The Sioux City-native believes his communication skills make him great at his job as a logistics representative. In his free time, he enjoys reading and volunteering. His favorite book is The Holy Bible.