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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.

Chuck Kizer

Lt. Dan Flores welcomes back Chuck Kizer as a police chaplain. (photo provided by Chuck Kizer)

We are proud to share that Chuck Kizer from BAT’s Sales Team has a new, but familiar title to his name.  He was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as one of Council Bluff’s new police chaplains.

According to an article in the Daily Nonpareil, Kizer previously was a chaplain from 2008-2012. There are seven ordained ministers serving as police chaplains for the department. The positions are volunteer positions.

More information about Council Bluffs Police Department Chaplain Corps can be found on the department’s website.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_PricesDiesel prices are still on the downward trend that started the first week in June. This week, a gallon of diesel is $2.832 on average, .011 cents less than last week and .082 cents less than prices the last week of May, according to the Energy Information Administration.

These prices are still a dollar less than the prices a year ago this same week.

For more information, visit the EIA’s website.

There will be 42 million people hitting the roads this weekend. The American Trucking Association’s safest drivers- members of its Share the Road program- offered several tips to keep everyone safe on the roads this weekend and the remainder of summer.

Some tips include:

  • Don’t cut in front of large trucks
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you
  • Plan ahead
  • Avoid distractions
  • Be extra cautious around construction zones

 

To see all the tips and advice, visit the ATA’s website, Trucking.org.

Today was National Bring Your Dog to Work. Here are the BATs with their pooches.

Chuck and Piper

Chuck and Piper

Eric wife  dogs

Eric with his wife, Jackie, and Venice and Wylee

Steve with Frank

Steve with Frank

 

Ashley Jankowski says her husband, Alvin, is the definition of what a father should be. Here’s one example of what he does, in her words:

Just this past weekend, as he’s done many times before, he organized a full on, no holds barred, two-hour-long Nerf war with my son and our niece.  There was some serious playing,  strategy building, and just plain attacking fun.  My house was covered in Nerf bullets, and all players were sweaty, out of breath, red faced, and nothing but smiles.  Those are the moments I just sit back and love my husband.  He’s an amazing man and an amazing father!

The Jankowski guys.

The Jankowski guys.