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One 8-year-old girl in the Council Bluffs area did something that really touched us. She cut her hair.

But, that isn’t the whole story. She did it to support her father and help kids who lost their hair because of cancer.

Click here to read the story.

Click here to learn more about Locks of Love.

Union Pacific Railroad had its safest year ever for employees, the company reported yesterday. The best part? The previous best was the previous year!

Union Pacific touts its employees’ commitment to caring, as well as its innovative technology to improve safety. For more information, read the company’s press release.

Congratulations, Union Pacific!

Depending on the state and even county, a small chunk of the price on gasoline is taxes to fund projects. Thanks to people either going green or just trying to save money, the taxes haven’t raised as much as they used to lately.

As a result, lawmakers are looking at new ways to tax drivers to generate the funds needed. One idea is to tax drivers based on the miles they drive.

Read this Associated Press article about the taxes, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Truckers are required to stop for a rest to maintain safety, but limited parking makes the task hard on drivers. Minnesota may have found a solution to the problem.

The state’s Department of Transportation is testing technology that will let truck drivers know if parking is available at the next rest stop. Testing starts this month with one rest area along I-94, and is expected to expand to the other rest stops once testing is completed in April.

For details, visit

CSX is getting noticed for its good work.

The Dividend Channel ranked the railroad company 16th on its “Top 25 Socially Responsible Dividend Stocks” list. To make the list, companies were judged on the environmental impact of business practices, as well as impacts on society.

All of us at BAT Logistics wish all of you happiness and health in 2013.

In 2012, BAT saw its biggest month ever, was able to expand its staff and moved its headquarters as a result of the growth. BAT was also able to help others by giving to Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront. By the end of the year, BAT joined the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

We cannot wait to see what 2013 brings us, and we would like to you to hang around for the ride.


Maleah Miller proudly holds her symbolic check as
Vice Principal Clyde Brawell looks on.

CONYERS, Ga.– BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, awarded the winners of the Transportation Art Contest at Sims Elementary School in Conyers, Ga. The seven students were announced and awarded their Visa gift card prizes during a ceremony at the school today, Dec. 17.

For the Pre-K to First Grade category, Yesenia Cheban won first place, Maleah Miller won second place and Christina Luong won third. Jaelyn Miller was the sole winner in the Second to Third Grade category. In the Fourth to Fifth Grade category, Tony Silva won first place, Max Thomas won second place and Janie Carroll won third place.

First place winners all won $75 gift cards, second place won $40 and third place won $20 so that they each could purchase their very own new mode of transportation. In addition to the gift cards (and large symbolic checks!) the students received at the ceremony, their artwork will be posted on BAT’s Facebook page throughout the week for all to admire.

In art class starting in mid-November, students were asked to draw and color a mode of transportation. The entries were judged in three grade groupings: Pre-K/Kindergarten/First, Second/Third and Fourth/Fifth.

The contest did not cost the school, students or community anything. BAT even provided the art classes with paper and markers for the contest. Last year was the first year of the contest.

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.

Phone – 4028858100
Fax – 4028858101
20 Arena Way, Suite 2
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

The news coming from Connecticut today is heartbreaking. We are deeply saddened by the loss of so many lives, a majority of which were young children, according to reports. Those of us with children will hug them a little longer and tighter tonight.

Whether you want them to or not, it’s possible your child could find out something about today’s events. Sesame Street shared these PSAs today to help parents and children deal with what they are seeing and hearing.

Also, this can be a hard time of year for many people for different reasons. While we do not yet know the cause of today’s events, it can be a good reminder to check on family and friends who may need some extra emotional support. Many times, cries for help go ignored. Be there and provide the support needed.

For more information on what happened, visit

The Labor Department released its monthly jobs report Friday showing the trucking industry continuing to add jobs. According to the report, 2,500 of 146,000 jobs added in November were in trucking. Unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent.

As of November, the trucking industry has added 35,700 jobs this year.

To read the Associated Press article as seen in The Trucker, click here.

Earlier today, we shared on our Facebook page an infographic from our friends at CSX. The graphic states that one intermodal train can carry the load of 280 trucks.

That’s a lot of trucks. But, we already knew that little fact.

We love trains year-round, but trains seem to be quite popular with everyone else during the holidays. They chug around Christmas trees, star in popular holiday tales, are given as gifts to children and even host wintry rides featuring a big guy in red.

Trains are also transporting the popular items families want to give and get this season.

To learn about the history of trains, visit CSX’s Always Moving app on Facebook.