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chetBAT’s newest team member may be a familiar face to people in the area. Chet Palmer is an Omaha native who has held several corporate jobs in the Omaha metro area over the past two decades.

The Bellevue University alumnus is willing to grow in his position as an account representative, and his favorite thing about BAT is the knowledge and strength of our team.

In his free time, Palmer enjoys watching sports- specifically, Nebraska football. He also enjoys playing fantasy baseball, reading and spending time with his family.

Ralph Blank presents a check from BAT Logistics to Carole Patrick, the chief development officer at the Stephen Center.

Ralph Blank presents a check from BAT Logistics to Carole Patrick, the chief development officer at the Stephen Center.

BAT Logistics donated more than 1,500 items and $1,140 to the Stephen Center in Omaha, Neb., this week as a result of BAT’s annual donation drive.

Throughout the month, BAT team members brought in non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, socks, hats, gloves, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, and other items for the annual donation drive. Individual team members also donated a total $140, and BAT added $1,000 to the monetary donation.

Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. Items the organization needed were found on its wish list.

At BAT Logistics, we are thankful for everything we have, including our amazing team members and customers, and do whatever we can to give back throughout the year. Papillion-Lavista Schools Foundation, Alex Strong (Alex Lopez family cancer treatment), Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Southwest Omaha Rotary Club, Bart Sullivan c/o Ohanlon, and Hughes Family Fundraiser all benefited from charitable contributions from BAT this year.

The BAT team poses with the donations for the Stephen Center.

The BAT team poses with the donations for the Stephen Center.

On this Veterans Day, we would like to thank all veterans, especially the two who work at BAT Logistics.

Operations Carrier Manager Anthony Harder served in the Army for about nine months in 2010 as a Multichannel Transmission System Operator/Maintainer. He was medically discharged after suffering a back injury.

President/Owner Shawn Rorie served in the Army from 1986-1989. He was on the flight crew on CH-47D Chinook Helicopters at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.

For a history of Veterans Day, visit the Veterans Affairs website.

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On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (5)After rising slightly a few weeks ago, diesel prices have returned to a steady fall. Prices now average $2.485 a gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.

By Oct. 12, prices climbed to $2.556, after reaching a low for the year at $2.476 the week of Sept. 28. Prices are still more than a dollar less than last year’s prices.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

BatmanBatman costumes are popular choices on the National Retail Federation‘s Halloween survey each year. There are plenty of choices, too, since each time a different actor takes on the role, he has a different costume, and a different take on the role to go along with the look.

Even though the list of Batman actors includes Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale, Will Arnett and Ben Affleck, the team at BAT Logistics has their own opinion of who is the best man in the costume.

Mike Wajda, an account manager at BAT, was the overwhelming favorite.

(In case you are wondering, Michael Keaton was the only other person mentioned!)

Great Scott!

justin peffer It’s Oct. 21, 2015, the day Marty McFly travels from 1985 to the future. And, while we still have lawyers and don’t have flying cars, we do have a Marty.

Justin Peffer is the Marty McFly of our office. In fact, one of his most-used phrases is, “Jesus, George, it was a wonder I was even born.”

Plus, he knows history very well- it’s almost as if he’s lived it. Sometimes, it even seems possible he’s taken a peek at a future sports almanac…

There are also a few rumors about him- he’s allegedly building a hoverboard in his basement, has “borrowed” sports equipment from children, and was bullied by a guy named Biff in high school. Allegedly.

This is heavy.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (4)Diesel fuel prices are $2.556 per gallon, six cents higher than last week’s prices, according to the Energy Information Administration. This is also eight cents higher than prices were two weeks ago, when prices were the lowest of the year at $2.476.

The prices are still more than a dollar less than the prices were a year ago this week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

Friday started with the BAT Games at The Escape Omaha, and ended with the Fall Family Outing at Shady Lane Ranch.

Everyone was randomly placed on one of three teams, and had to work together to solve puzzles to get out of a room. Thanks to getting the Forgotten Outpost Room, none of the teams were able to complete the challenge in time.

“It was tough and only has a 38 percent escape rate,” General Manager Ashley Jankowski said.

“My team was all over the solutions to getting out,” said Ralph Blank, who was on Team 1.  “We are pretty sure that that we nailed the chess moves and that The Escape had them wrong.  Our team had to be the closest to getting out and should have won this competition.”

The BAT office then closed early, met up with our families, and headed to the ranch for a hay ride, dinner and bonfire.

“The best time would have to be staring up at the stars with the whole BAT crew while the kids rolled down the giant hill,” said Mike Wajda, an account manager.

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marvelvdcBatman Day was Saturday, but BAT saw a few of his super friends here on Friday.

“Jon Ellsworth said, ‘Let’s all wear our favorite Super Hero shirts on Friday,'” said Rebecca McLean, aka Captain America. “It was just something fun to do.”

Looking at the photo above, it’s easy to see which BAT team members have had a little practice pretending to be their favorite superhero…