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This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. There was no way we could individually mention all the drivers we truly appreciate- you all are great! We love seeing drivers take care of loads like newborn babies!

Thank you for all you do!

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Alex is just like many four-year-olds. He loves playing with Legos, playing baseball, fishing with his “Papa” and is a huge fan of Captain America.

He is also one of the 10,000 children under the age of 15 expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children, and about 1,250 children are expected to die from cancer this year. But, because of treatment advances, more than 80% of children with cancer will survive five or more years. Two-thirds of those who survive will face at least one chronic health condition, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

The disease also has major financial impact- 11.9 percent of families will spend more than $10,000 annually to care for their child, and 83.5 percent of families will experience some level of financial hardship.

Every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.

Alex was diagnosed with cancer on July 10. He was originally diagnosed with PNET, but was later determined to have Glioblastoma. Both are types of brain tumors.

Alex is close to our hearts at BAT. His aunt is in a relationship with Vern Hayes, one of our account managers.

“Little Alex has taken on quite the fight,” Vern said. “A fight that many of us as adults have never seen the sights of in our lifetime.”

Last month, BAT made a donation to Alex’s GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/alexstrong.

“Seeing the BAT Family step up and help has been pretty amazing. This is not surprising to me, because I know this is such an amazing place to work and the values speak for themselves.”

#AlexStrong

For more information about Alex, visit AlexStrong.org or his Facebook page.

For more information about childhood cancer, visit the American Cancer Society or the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

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On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (3)While regular gasoline prices dropped 12 cents this week, diesel prices continued on a steady downward trend.

According to the Energy Information Administration, the average diesel price per gallon is $2.514, which is 4.7 cents less than last week and 17 cents less than prices were at the beginning of August. Meanwhile, regular gasoline prices are now $2.510 per gallon.

Diesel prices are still more than a dollar less than the prices were a year ago.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

This morning, we came across two items on the internet, both involving trucks without drivers. One was for safety, while the other laughs in the face of safety.

The first is a driverless crash truck to keep construction workers safe. The other is a driver who decided to do a stunt in which he drives the truck on a highway while he sits behind his seat and controls the steering wheel with straps, making it appear to passers-by that no one is driving.

To learn more about the crash truck, click here.

To see the driver most likely to crash, click here.

school_xing_thmIt’s back-to-school season, and while we are helping own children get ready for their new teachers, it’s easy to think about past teachers who have influenced us.

Cindy Moreno loved both her son and daughter’s kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Lindsey and Mrs. Smith, but also had one of her own that stands out- Senor Ortega.

“He was my Spanish teacher in high school for two years,” she said. “I think I liked him because he was always nice to me and I always did well in Spanish (better than in English – HAHA).  Spanish is just an easier language.”

Sometimes, though, those we send to school to be taught are actually the best teachers.

“My favorite teacher is my 8 year old daughter, Gracie,” Mike Wadja said. “She keeps me on my toes. She is brilliant, and I learn something new from her on a daily basis.”

Did you know the National Truck Driving Championship is going on right now? Did you even know there was such a competition?

More than 400 truck drivers compete in different classes, and an overall winner is determined. The competition started with a written exam on Thursday, followed by showing their driving skills on a course over a three-day period. All drivers are accident-free for the year and won their state competitions.

The NTDC is being held through Aug. 15 at the America’s Center Convention Complex and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

For more information and photos, visit the American Trucking Association or Transport Topics.

Last night, the BATs bowled at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs for our Summer Outing. But, we couldn’t just do regular bowling- we had to mix it up a bit by playing BAT Bowling Bingo.

In Bowling Bingo, the object is to fill your Bingo card by accomplishing goals and performing stunts. Ralph Blank was the first to earn a bingo, and Ashley Jankowski was the only one to completely fill her card.

Several said it was the best outing they’ve been to, even if there were some issues with knocking down the pins.The group

“I’m pretty sure the 10 pin was glued to the floor on most of my shots,” Blank said.

“I had a blast myself,” Mike Wadja said. “I also made out like a bandit on the prizes, walking out with about ten packs of various gum! We also came up with a BAT hand signal as seen in the pics!”

Some had too much fun, as few ended up calling in “sick” today…

To view all the photos from the night, check out our Facebook album.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (1)Diesel prices are now an average $2.668 per gallon, the lowest the prices have been all year. This is .055 less than last week’s prices- which were also a new low for the year- and still more than a dollar less than the prices were a year ago, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The last dip in prices hit a low at $2.754 per gallon in April. Last year, prices continued to slightly drop throughout August, until plateauing in September.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

The American Trucking Association released a report yesterday that predicts growth in freight transportation over the next 11 years. While there will be more freight, how it is transported is predicted to shift slightly over the years.

While trucking will remain dominant, pipelines will see the biggest increase. Intermodal is predicted to be the second fastest growing mode.

For more information and to download the full report, visit the ATA’s site.

Last weekend, Comic Con gave us an epic trailer for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Since we are BAT Logistics, one may assume the side we’re on, but the topic got us playfully arguing like the kids we were when we fell in love with the characters.

What follows is a transcript of our, um, discussion:

Jarrod Marinello- Superman wins. After all, he doesn’t need a car to pick up the ladies.
Steve Barnes- Batman is way cooler then Superman. He is more resourceful, he doesn’t even need super powers. He figures out a way to hang with all the stud super heroes. And on top of that, during the day he is Bruce Wayne Billionaire play boy. I’m sure he could round up a little kryptonite for his utility belt and easily defeat Superman.
Anthony Harder- Superman would win only because he has actual superpowers and not just an insane amount of money.
Stephen Sinclair- Superman, does this really need an explanation?
Vern Hayes: Batman can be anything you need him to be. Good, bad, whatever is best for the rest. Superman is incapable of being the Bad Guy. And Batman is all Human!!!
Stephen- Know your facts Vern….
Vern- Super Man Sucks Stephen … Super Sucks
Stephen- As well as your spelling Vern.
Mike Wadja- In my opinion, real heroes do not need super powers. Batman all day based on that!
Jon Ellsworth- Superman could destroy batman at a molecular level! Batman would have to have kryptonite to have a chance at all!
Joe Kier- Batman is the one super hero that should fly (because he’s BATman) but can’t. I like Mighty Mouse.
Jon- They’ve both beat each other up before and in the end became friends!

Jon is right. In fact, this movie introduces the Justice League, and also has Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg in it.

To view the trailer, visit Warner Bros. Pictures’ YouTube upload.