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People in every state are facing the effects of the polar vortex, and many really don’t know what do when they face the hazardous conditions the weather can create on the roads. Alan Wrobel came to our rescue this week– he is a truck driver who has driven more than 800,000 miles in 8 years, and provided tips he has used to stay accident-free.

His tips can be found on Road & Track’s website.

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As we look forward to the new year and form our goals, we can’t help but remember all we gave back to the community this past year. We are fortunate to have accomplished all we have, and giving back is a small way to say thank you and to pay our fortune forward to help others.

This year, we contributed to the following organizations:

  • Women and Children
  • Cornerstone Christian School
  • Cheryl Heimes Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • St. Pius School
  • Aerotek Charitable Golf Tournament
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • Omaha Lightning Non-Profit Basketball organization
  • Food Bank for the Heartland

We hope everyone has a great 2014!

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Let’s face it- no one wants to work this week. Maybe it’s because we always had this week off from school when we were little, or we have little ones now who have the week off. But, many of us do have to work for various reasons. Adding a little fun to the week helps keep spirits up.

Our ugly sweaters

In typical BAT fashion, we had a little fun already this week with a contest. Yesterday, we donned our favorite over-the-top Christmas sweaters and we judged each sweater’s ugliness. Joe Kier proudly won the ugly sweater contest.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

This is the time of year when we traditionally look back and think about all we have accomplished. This year, we are proud of quite a bit:

  • Increased our employees by 30 percent
  • Up 40 percent gross sales on our military division
  • Increased our carrier base by 25 percent
  • Certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business in April

Stay in touch with us (by following this blog, liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter or Google+) to see all we accomplish in 2014.

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Phillip proudly pumps
his bat trophy in the air.

This weekend, BAT celebrated the past year with our annual Christmas party. But, this year was different- it was the first year we celebrated our team members with an awards ceremony called the Battys.

The highlights were:

  • Stephen Sinclair winning three awards- Biggest Weasel (for weaseling his way out of things), Biggest Brown Nose and Worst Timing.
  • Phillip Kinsey getting three “trophies” for his award, the Phil in the Blank Award.
  • Joe Kier and Steve Barnes winning Funniest in the Office.
  • Maureen Shea winning the award for Biggest Breakfast Bill.
  • Marissa Hough winning the Tree Hugger Award.

The party was held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Neb. We got to try out a flight simulator and check out the exhibits at the museum. For musical entertainment, Smoke ‘n Guns came all the way from Nashville, Tenn. to perform.

Smoke ‘n Guns performs.

Today is Cyber Monday, and many of us are patiently waiting for break to shop. But, after clicking whatever button completes the purchase, a flurry of activity happens to get the package from the warehouse to the front door.

Here’s a brief video the National Retail Federation shared that goes behind the shipping scenes: Ship the Box

There’s also this neat video The Telgraph posted of Amazon’s warehouse:

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. From roads to an airport to a train station to even a space center, his name is memorialized wherever we go.

JFK had a huge influence on a lot of things during his short life, but one of the highlights was his goal to land a man on the moon by 1970. In July of 1969, his goal was accomplished, thanks to the support from Lyndon Johnson.

Air travel for the President also changed under JFK. His presidency is considered when Air Force One officially entered the jet age. The new Boeing 707, SAM 26000, became a moment in history a year after it entered service- it was the plane that flew Kennedy to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and, later that day, was where Johnson took the oath of office. At Johnson’s request, the plane also transported Kennedy’s body back to D.C. The plane last served as Air Force One for Bill Clinton.

Today is Veterans Day. It is the day we honor all who served and sacrificed for our country. A favorite tradition is singing the songs of our Armed Forces.

This video is from the annual Memorial Day Concert allows us all (even those who may have forgotten the words) to sing along:

For information on the history of Veterans Day, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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We are pretty good with the whole costume thing, so we have a little contest at BAT. This year, Ann Turner, dressed as a moonshiner, won the contest.

To let you in on the fun, here are our costumes and the costumes of our favorite little ones. Enjoy our parade of costumes!



Cindy as Dorothy
Sandra as a blonde bombshell, Anthony as Mr. Rogers,
Stephen as a black cat, Marissa as the stylish lion,
Phil as Phil in the blank, Katie as an ’80s rocker, and
Ann as a moonshiner

Maureen Shea’s kids,
Karson and Karley,
as Batman and Minnie Mouse
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As we make our final preparations for Halloween tomorrow, it’s always fun to remember some of our favorite past costumes.

Many of us who were teens in the ’90s remember the troubles Donna Martin had in her mermaid costume on “Beverly Hills 90210,” but Katy Wilson lived it. She was once the Little Mermaid for Halloween. She suffered the same problem with the costume’s tail making it hard to walk, but because Katy did not grow up in Beverly Hills, she had another obstacle- ice on the sidewalk! She slipped on every block she visited while trick-or-treating.



Maureen Shea (left) and a friend, about six years ago

Stephen Sinclair would have been sure to come to Katy’s rescue if he actually had super powers. After he was Superman for Halloween when he was preschool age, he spent many days “transforming” into his favorite costume. He did this to provide whatever help was needed, including bringing his grandmother a glass of “freshly squeezed orange juice.”

Some of our favorite costumes are from when we were past trick-or-treating age. There was Jon and Kate (plus eight), the SNL Bears Super Fans, Snooki and JWow, the Operation Game, and even Vanilla Ice.

Who will we be this year? Knowing the creativity involved with our past costumes, you know it will be good…