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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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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.

According to an AP article shared by the Daily Nonpariel, the record rainfall in Iowa is causing flood conditions that could stick around for at least the next week.

So, what should you do if you come across a flooded street? Don’t drive down it, even if you think your car can handle it. The average vehicle can be swept off in just a foot of water, and a man driving an SUV in flooded waters died in northeast Iowa this week.

Plus, flooded roads can collapse. Pay attention to any signage and barricades. If you must drive down a flooded street, Progressive has more tips on their website.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– Today, BAT Logistics President Shawn Rorie announced the transportation service provider is offering its services to help those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

BAT is helping Diversified Foods send a truckload of milk products from Logan, Utah to Oklahoma City. BAT is absorbing the costs as a charitable donation.

“Keep those folks down there in your thoughts and prayers,” said Rorie. “They need it desperately.”
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

www.batlogistics.com

All drivers should brush up on their safe driving skills, or expect a ticket when driving through Indiana or Washington over the next month.

In Indiana, troopers will be looking for unsafe lane changes, following too closely, failure to yield the right of way and aggressive driving through June 8.

In Washington next week only, troopers will actually ride along with truckers to look for cars or trucks speeding and aggressive driving. When they spot someone, they will radio to another officer to stop the vehicle.

For more information, see the TruckingInfo website.

Last week, Operations Manager Ashley Jankowski challenged the BAT team with a goal she didn’t think they’d achieve. In fact, she said she’d take a pie in the face if they were successful. Unfortunately for her, she wrong.

Check out the video in which Steve Sinclair gets the honor of pieing her. (By the way, after the video cuts off, she did make sure he went home with some whipped cream on him, too.)

(The video can also be viewed on our Facebook page under “Recent Posts By Others.”)

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced Anthony Foxx was his nomination for Secretary of Transportation. Once confirmed by the Senate, he will replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.

Here’s a look at Foxx:

  • He’s the mayor of Charlotte, NC. A Democrat, Foxx announce three weeks ago he would not seek re-election in order to spend more time with his family.
  • As mayor, he worked to expand a light-rail line, complete a major highway widening, improve a major bridge and open another runaway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
  • He was the first black student body president at Davidson College. He earned a law degree from New York University.
  • Today is his birthday. He is now 42 years old.

For more information, read the article published in today’s New York Times.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, was verified as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) by the Department of Veterans Affairs this month.

Some companies have freight set aside for veteran-owned businesses to handle. The designation makes BAT eligible for that cargo. The Center for Veterans Enterprise provides a database of businesses verified as a VOSB on its website.

BAT President and Owner Shawn Rorie was an Army Flight Engineer on Chinook helicopters from 1986-1989.

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

www.batlogistics.com

With Earth Day on Monday, many are using this weekend to educate the public on ways to help the environment. Then, there are also the stories of how businesses are doing their part to help the environment.

Here is one such story, posted on the Progressive Railroading website, which covers quite a few ways railroad companies are doing their part:

Sustainability: Freight car builders explore ways to make operations more environmentally friendly

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy nature this weekend.