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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.

Overheard at BAT:

“What is invert sugar?” Katy Wilson asked aloud while looking at the ingredients on her Sour Patch Kids.

“Oh, you know, it’s unsociable sugar,” Joe Kier replied.

 

According to Wikipedia, it is actually a mixture of glucose and fructose, obtained by splitting sucrose. It ends up being sweeter than sucrose. By the way,  inverted sugar is made when making jams and it is the sugar in honey.

Last night, the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund both transportation and housing projects for the 2016 fiscal year. The bill provides $1.5 billion more than the 2015 amount, but $9.7 billion less than what President Obama requested.

The bill provides funds for the Highway Trust Fund, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

For more information, read The Hill’s article.

On-Highway_Diesel_Fuel_Prices (4)While regular gasoline prices are slowly rising, diesel prices have plateaued in recent weeks.

This week, the average price per gallon is $2.909. Last week it was $2.194, and the week before that, it was $2.904.

Diesel prices are still a dollar lower than they were last year.

For more information, visit the Energy Information Administration’s website.