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Truck drivers must follow federal requirements to stay rested in order to prevent accidents, but, as seen in the recent NJ Turnpike crash that killed comedian James McNair and injured Tracy Morgan, some drivers may not be getting that rest.

As a result, Sen. Chuck Schumer wants electronic logging devices, or black boxes, to watch over drivers and prevent them from fixing log books.

For more information, read NBC’s article.

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BAT DONATES TO THREE TOURNAMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– With the beautiful spring weather comes golf tournaments raising money for many worthy causes. BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, donated to a few recently.

On May 24, BAT sponsored a hole at the Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament at Eagle Hills Golf Course in La Vista, Neb. On June 1, we sponsored a hole for the Arch Alumni golf outing, also at Eagle Hills. On June 5, we sponsored a hole at the Annual Golf Classic in New York to benefit the Regional Food Bank.

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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.

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Phone – 7122567260
Fax – 7122567265
20 Arena Way, Suite 2
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
www.batlogistics.com

The average price for diesel dropped .007 cents to $3.918 per gallon this week, according to the Department of Energy. Prices have been dropping since April 28, when the price was $3.975 per gallon.

While diesel prices are on a downward trend, the prices are still .049 cents higher than they were a year ago. Prices reached their highest point in the past year on March 10 at $4.021 per gallon.

Whether you’ll be enjoying Loessfest, shopping the sales or cooking a barbecue this weekend, take some time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day at 3 p.m. is the National Moment of Remembrance when all Americans should pause for a moment of silence.

Although Memorial Day didn’t become a national holiday until 1971, its roots trace back to the Civil War. To learn more about Memorial Day, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

 

Charlie Elmore rings the bell.Every time our bell rings, someone in the BAT office has accomplished a goal. It’s one way we get to showcase our work.

“It’s like the stock market floor in here sometimes,” General Manager Ashley Jankowski said.

In fact, just in the first hours of work this morning, Charlie Elmore got to ring the bell for reaching a sales goal.

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For our spring family outing, BAT visited Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo on Saturday. Katie Forney, Shawn Rorie, Steve Barnes, Phillip Kimsey, Stephen Sinclair, Krysten Parrish, Ashley Jankowski, Eric Damon, Anthony Harder, Benjamin Caldwell and their families enjoyed seeing the fish, gorillas and even real bats.

We hosted our Christmas party at the zoo’s Scott Aquarium two years ago. We love going back to the zoo because there is always so much to see there and everyone, both young and old, always has a great time.

The zoo spans 130 acres and includes thousands of animals from all over the globe.

The best part of the visit for Anthony was the Cat Complex. While in this section, he got to see and hear a lion roar for the first time!

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Real bats!

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In the Lied Jungle, Eden (Shawn’s daughter) and Franco (Ashley’s son) show they can hang like bats and orangutans.

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While riding on the Skyfari, Steve Barnes and his kids, Vinny and Abby, look for giraffes.

Jon Ellsworth BAT Logistics

Jon Ellsworth joined our Operations team in January. From Springfield, Nebraska, he always tries to be positive, and, as a result, is happy and outgoing.

In his free time, Jon enjoys the outdoors. He is a member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Forever and loves gardening. He also brews beer and wine, plays online games and enjoys working on his 1974 Chevy Nova.

During football season, he spends Saturdays cheering for the Cornhuskers and Sundays supporting the Browns.

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Logistics Representative Steve Coenen has only been with BAT for a year. In that time, he’s proven to be hard working and sharp.

In fact, his favorite accessory at BAT is his headset.

When he is not working, Steve enjoys spending time with his family.

The Omaha native is also licensed journeyman technician.

For more information, see Which Steve is Which?

CSX opened a state-of-the-art intermodal facility in Winter Haven, Fla. this week, according to Progressive Railroading.

The facility is full of green technologies, including solar panels and LED lighting. It plans to process up to 300,000 containers a year.

To learn more, read the Progressive Railroading article.

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Can you believe BAT is now six years old? To celebrate our anniversary, we held our First Annual BAT Spirit Week. Each day had a special theme for which we could dress up for prizes.

Monday was Best Team Spirit, Tuesday was Hat Day, Wednesday was Pajama Day and Thursday was Crazy Hair Day. Today was BAT Spirit Day, and we were treated to a professional massage!

Our daily winners were Charlie on Monday, Katy on Tuesday, Anthony on Wednesday, Joe on Thursday and Charles on Friday.

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