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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

We are happy to announce that Executive Vice President/Owner Jarrod Marinello got the delivery he’s been waiting nine months for- a baby girl!

Charlize Rae was born last week. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 18.25 inches long. She and mom are doing great.

She is Marinello’s second child, and she arrived two weeks earlier than expected.

Congratulations, Jarrod!

Last week, you’ll remember, we were cautious about gas prices. Since then, President Obama proposed a goal to get trucks completely off oil to avoid that worry over fuel prices. And, around the same time, the SuperTruck happened.

The SuperTruck, a collaboration between Cummins Inc. and Peterbuilt, tested to have a 54 percent increase in fuel economy in real world driving conditions. While the average truck gets between 5.5 and 6.5 miles per gallon, the SuperTruck gets 9.9.

That could mean a savings of $25,000 a year in fuel costs, according to an article on the Successful Dealer website.
 
The truck is still in the testing phase.

Have gas prices peaked?

From mid-January to the end of February, the national average diesel fuel prices increased about 27 cents and regular unleaded gas price jumped 49 cents. When prices rise this rapidly, it makes it hard for carriers to keep up since fuel surcharges are passed on based on the previous week’s prices.

Diesel gas prices peaked Feb. 25 at a national average of $4.159 a gallon. Since then, prices have started to drop- slowly. As of the last report issued March 11, the price is down to $4.088.

But, as the American Automobile Association (AAA) pointed out in a February release, gas prices have increased in March for the past nine years.

According to AAA, higher gas prices in January and February were due to refinery maintenance, which results in a smaller supply. Future prices can be affected by the switch to summer-blend gasoline.

While prices are finally lower than they were a year ago, it is still best to be cautious. Expert planning is the key to keeping costs as low as possible.

Most of us grew up reading the words of Dr. Seuss. He inspired us to try new things on trains and boats, told us of the places we’ll go and that we can find fun everywhere. Tomorrow is his birthday.

While modes of transportation (okay, and fish) always seem to pop up in his books, one book in particular had 37. In Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, Dr. Seuss suggests feet, a jet and a zumble-zay as just a few ways to leave.

While we love all the creative modes of transportation, we also love the lessons we can still learn as adults from his stories. In Horton Hatches the Egg, for example, we learn the rewards of being faithful.

So, whether you have a bike, crank-car or mountain mover, get your hands on a Dr. Seuss book this weekend and see how he can continue to inspire you. Not sure where to start? Here are some of the BAT team members’ favorite Seuss books:

  • Steve Barnes- Green Eggs and Ham, followed by There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
  • Ralph Blank- Wacky Wednesday
  • Lacey Carlson- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Katie Forney- The Lorax
  • Marissa Hough- Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • Ashley Jankowski- Fox in Socks or Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • Joe Kier- Hop on Pop
  • Cindy Moreno- Fox in Socks
  • Krysten Parrish- Green Eggs and Ham
  • Maureen Shea- Oh, The Places You’ll Go!