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Katy (in black) and Katie (in white)

That’s right. We also have a Katie and a Katy at BAT. Katie Forney handles our accounting and Katy Wilson is on our National Account team. So, how do you make sure you get the right one?

We call Katie Forney the “Katie in accounting” and call Katy Wilson “new Katy.” New Katy has that title because she’s only been here for two months, while Katie has been with BAT for five years. (It’s likely Katy still will be called new Katy five years from now, unless, of course, we hire an even newer Katie/y.)

Both have fun personalities. Katie is known for her hairstyle and loves underwater basket weaving. Katy has a great sense of humor and loves kittens, babies, puppies and rainbows.

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Account Executive Phillip Kimsey gets
a driver’s view of life on the road.

BAT employees learned more about the life of a truck driver today when one stopped by the office.

Driver Barry Frantz is a long-time friend of Owner Shawn Rorie, and was passing through with a load Thursday morning. Team members were given the opportunity to go inside the truck and see what drivers have to work with.

They learned about a variety of things, from the size of the bed to how to adjust a fifth wheel. Many felt this experience would help them interact with drivers better.

“It’s so great to see up close what our drivers are doing first hand every day,” said Account Executive Joe Kier. “It gives me a better perspective of what they are out there doing and a better appreciation for their job on the road,”

Some scary news was released by the American Automobile Association yesterday. According to a study based on years of surveys, drivers are growing less concerned about dangerous driving decisions.

They are less concerned about decisions such as drowsy driving, drunk driving and texting while driving. More people also think it is acceptable to run a red light. For details, read the AAA release.

What does that mean for everyone on the road? The first increase in traffic fatalities in seven years, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.

Please, no matter what vehicle you are driving, don’t make these dangerous decisions and help keep our roads safer.

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.