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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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Cindy Moreno shows off her medal.

This weekend, BAT Director of Sales Cindy Moreno donned a crown and pink tutu to run in the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Disney World in Florida. It was her first time running in a half marathon, and she finished 14,772 out of 19,000 runners.

For those who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. She finished it in 3 hours and 29 minutes. Since it was her first time, her goal was to finish and not be the last one across the finish line.

“It was hard work, but so much fun at the same time,” Moreno said. “I will be doing this again, and my goal next time will be to finish under three hours.”

For more information about the event, visit the Run Disney website.

Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks. He told the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to propose the new regulations by March 2015.

The White House has released a fact sheet with details on the announcement. Truckinginfo.com has article explaining the announcement and what is already on the way, including reactions from the trucking industry.