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We were saddened to hear the news this morning that a UPS cargo plane crashed in Birmingham, Ala., killing both the pilot and co-pilot. We at BAT Logistics offer our condolences to the families of the pilot and co-pilot and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

The NTSB is working to recover the black box to determine what caused the crash. A witness claimed he saw flames coming from the plane before it crashed.

For more information on the crash, visit the Alabama Media Group’s website blog.

According to the American Association of Railroads, the past week saw an increase over the same week last year in all U.S. rail traffic.

Carloads were up 2.5 percent, while intermodal was up 2.4 percent. Total U.S. rail traffic was up 2.5 percent.

For more information on the increases, read the AAR’s press release.

In case you missed it, the other big news from yesterday was the fuel prices. The prices for both diesel and regular gasoline are higher than last week and last year.

The national average diesel price is now $3.903 a gallon, up .036 from last week and .120 from last year. The highest prices are at $4.113 in California. The Gulf Coast area sees the lowest prices at $3.841.

While the prices aren’t quite as high as when they reached a peak of $4.159 in February, they are getting dangerously close. And, since we are in hurricane season, it could take just one hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast to make the prices hit that peak.

For comparison, last year’s prices did jump from $3.695 on July 16 to $3.796 on July 30. Prices continued to rise over the summer, ending the streak at a high of $4.135 on Sept. 17.

Source: Energy Information Association

Road trips are almost an essential ingredient of summer, and no road trip is complete without music perfect for the ride. So, to celebrate our desire to go somewhere this weekend, we’d like to know which song about travel is your favorite. (Feel free to add a favorite not listed in the comments!)

New safety laws went into effect today that force truck drivers to get more rest. However, the laws also force changes that put more trucks on the road and create higher shipping costs.

Check out this article from CNBC, and scroll down to read the comments from truck drivers, for more information:

Truck Drivers Not Revved Up About New Safety Rules

What do you think?

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It may seem like just another Friday. But, today is also the first day of summer!

Don’t worry, we’re still hard at work– we’re just a little more casual than usual…

Photos provided by
Ashley Jankowski

BAT Logistics and Shawn Rorie were featured in The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs over the Memorial Day weekend. The paper reported on our part to help tornado victims.

 

To read the article, visit the Nonpareil website.

BAT Logistics and Shawn Rorie were featured in The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs over the Memorial Day weekend. The paper reported on our part to help tornado victims.

To read the article, visit the Nonpareil website.

With the arrival of the summer vacation season also comes the arrival of more cars on the road. There are many things we can all do to keep us all safer on the roads.

Fortunately, the Secretary of Transportation shared a “packing list” of tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help us remember everything we should do before hitting the road.

Check out the tips – from tire pressure to distractions – here in his blog.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, sponsored a hole at the Cheryl Heimes Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament.
The tournament was held at Eagle Hills Golf Course in Papillion, Neb., on May 25. Money raised at the tournament funds scholarships for Omaha high school students. BAT Team Leader Steve Barnes, who introduced BAT to the tournament, also participated as a player.
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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batgroup@batlogistics.com
Phone – 4028858100
Fax – 4028858101
20 Arena Way, Suite 2
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Steve Barnes and his golf buddies Luke Nastase
and Mike Lesring take a break at Hole 14, sponsored by BAT.