News for Foodliner Drivers

Iowa Motor Truck Association 2017 Truck Driving Championships

On June 15-16, Foodliner and Quest Liner drivers competed in the 2017 Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA) Truck Driving Championships, which were held in Altoona.

Representatives of the company included:

• Quest Liner – Jeff Woodard, Blue Grass

• Quest Liner – Kirk Lidke, Waterloo

• Foodliner – Richard Fairchild, Eddyville

Navy Seal addresses Tank Driver ceremony 

Members of the Foodliner team had the opportunity to meet former U.S. Navy Seal Robert O’Neill during the NTTC Tank Truck Driver of the Year Ceremony recently. O’Neill, a guest speaker at the ceremony, was a participant in the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. From left, Jon Stenzel, Jeff Wesenberg, Dennis Lathrom, O’Neill, and Greg McCoy.

NTTC’s 2017 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Top-Eight 

Finalist: Foodliner driver
Dennis Lathrom, Wichita TerminalFoodliner, Dubuque, Iowa  19 years, 2.1 million accident-free miles

Honors: Driver of the Year 2003 for the Iowa Truck Line, Finalist for the 2016 IMTA Outstanding Driver of the Year Award.

Service: Driver Trainer, Driver Mentor, March of Dimes, Bikers for Babies, Toys for Tots.

Cope and Hardiman search for next generation of truckers 

From Mark Jacobs,
Chattanooga, TN

In May, Alan Cope, Foodliner regional driver trainer and David Hardiman, Foodliner driver trainer, both of the Chattanooga, TN terminal, attended the Chattanooga State College Job Fair. They brought a tractor and trailer and set up a recruiting booth. The day started off slowly but they ended up talking with 16 drivers, seven of which were good candidates. All of the candidates had intentions of submitting applications. Thank you, Alan and David, for proudly and professionally representing Foodliner.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

From Doug Harmison,
Foodliner Regional Manager  

On June 17, Steve Peacock will drop his last load of flour into a Foodliner trailer and begin his retirement. Steve, a Foodliner systems driver, has worked selflessly six days a week, seven if needed, for 14 years. He is a true team player and will be dearly missed. Steve would like to “thank Foodliner for the opportunities given to me over the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with my coworkers and superiors. I hope we all will stay in touch. I have worked at Foodliner for over 14 years and though those were some of the best years of my life, I am looking forward to the next chapter.” Steve’s wife, Christi, has a honey-do list waiting for him and the slot machines are calling his name.

Steve, Foodliner wishes you and Christi all the best in the future. Thank you for Going The Distance, and enjoy your retirement!

Appreciation Season Kicks Off at Wichita Terminal  

The Driver Appreciation season kicked off on May 8 in Wichita, KS
followed by the Diamond, MO terminal DAD on May 9.  We look forward to celebrating our drivers and visiting all of the terminals in the next few months.

The Chattanooga, TN terminal held its annual Driver Appreciation Day on May 16. Participating in the Chattanooga, TN event, included: Sitting, from left, Jim Orlinski, Cargill facility Manager; Deborah Adams, Deshawn Harris, Bobby Rodriguez, Cameron Jenkins, Cargill; Travis Langley, Ardent Mills scheduler. Standing, from left, Jeff Wesenberg, Mike Deem, Mike Birkett and Louie Wills.

2017 Pride In Your Ride Contest

Prizes 

•  First Place Winner –
$1500 travel voucher

• Travel must be arranged and paid through the corporate office

•  Second Place Winner – $500

• Third Place Winner – $250

• Honorable mentions – $100

Rules 

• Entries due Oct. 1, 2017

• Must be a Foodliner or Quest Liner Driver or Owner Operator

• Photos cannot include people or animals

• Photos must be of high quality and high resolution

• Suggested mobile phones: Galaxy or iPhone

• Shooting at maximum resolution

• Camera’s setting should be set at least 5 pixels, large picture size, 100% jpg quality

• Suggested resolution: 300 dpi

• Photos must be untouched and unaltered

• Smart device filters cannot be used

• Photos must include full tractor or tractor and trail• Drivers cannot have more than one entry that is awarded a prize

• Winning entries will be determined by corporate staff judging and displayed in the 2018 Foodliner and Quest Liner calendars

Tips 

• Make sure the entire tractor or tractor and trailer is included in the photo

• Watch for shadows, power lines, vehicles and other objects in the background

• Lighting is important. Photos that are too dark or light will not reproduce

• Try to find a clean, nice looking patch of cement or roadway

• Avoid digital zoom with your cell phone. If you need to get closer,
move closer. You will get a much better photo.

• Print your picture in a 8×10 to make sure it looks as good printed as it does digitally

• Be sure to send photos at full resolution. Most phones will resize when emailed, which leads to lower resolution.

To enter, submit a picture of your tractor trailer or tractor to Bridget Leary at Bridgetl@foodliner.com. Entries can also be submitted via Facebook message to the Foodliner or Quest Liner pages. Please label all entries PIYR. Entries due Oct. 1, 2017.

Foodliner Mexico 2017 Amazing Growth!

From Gerardo Medina,
Director, Foodliner Mexico

Revenue record month! In March 2017 our teammates from Mexico generated a growth of 47% vs last year.

“By far the best month ever since we started operations”.

This was driven by revenue records in bulk loads and dry vans.

Congratulations to the team! Keep Going The Distance Foodliner Mexico!

Twenty Questions – Richard Williams

Name: Richard Williams
Company: Foodliner
Terminal: South Chicago, IL
Hire Date: Sept. 12, 2016

Richard WilliamsSpouse’s name: Lakisha

Children’s Names: Ariel, Chyanne, TyLynn, Vosi, Sommer, Lorial
What is your favorite TV show?
“That 70’s Show”
What is your favorite movie? “Face Off ”
What is your favorite food? Steak
What is your favorite dessert? Banana Pudding
What kind of music do you listen to? R&B, Blues, Hip Hop and Reggae
What was the first concert you attended? Boyz II Men
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Miami, FL
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up.
My advice for being happy and successful is… Be true to yourself and strive to be the best in whatever you do.
If I won the lottery, I would… I haven’t given it much thought.
Name one person, living or dead, that you wish you could talk to and why? Martin Luther King, Jr. to see what was the drive that kept him going for civil rights.
What three words best describe you? Hard working, thoughtful and trusting.
If you had the power of time travel, what time and place would you travel to? 20 years from now.
What would you like to be famous for? Being a great father.
Tell us something most people do not know about you? I don’t eat beans.
What is your biggest pet peeve? Paying bills on time.
My dream vehicle is… 2017 Camaro
When I’m not at work I like to… remodel my basement.
What are three modern conveniences you cannot live without? Cell phone, car, lights.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? There is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it.

10 Tips for Driving Safety in Work Zones 

1. Expect the unexpected!

2. Slow down!

3. Don’t tailgate!  Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you.

4. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the construction workers and their equipment. Pay attention to the signs! 

5. Obey road crew flaggers!

6. Stay alert and minimize distractions!

7. Keep up with the traffic flow.

8. Schedule enough time to drive safely and check radio, tv, and websites for traffic information.  

9. Be patient and stay calm.

10. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your CSA score.

Chattanooga Driver Joins Lease-Purchase Program 

Daryl Miller, Chattanooga terminal, recently signed a contract for a brand new

Daryl Miller

lease-purchase truck. He joined Foodliner in 2004 and has been an owner operator for several years.

Congratulations to  Daryl on joining the lease purchase program. Enjoy your new truck!

Foodliner Driver Interview: Charles Tiffin

Driver Name: Charles Tiffin
Terminal: Chattanooga, TN
Hometown: Bryant, AL
Time with Foodliner: 17 years
Time in Industry: 19 years
Spouse’s Name: Deborah
Children’s Names: Tracy and Charles Jr.
Hobbies: Relaxing around the house.

Q: What do you enjoy doing on your time off from work?
A: Going to stock car races.

Q: What is the most interesting load you have hauled?
A: The big grain combines.

Q: What do you think is the most dangerous task for a truck driver? What do you do to stay safe while performing that task?
A: Driving in heavy traffic. Try not to switch lanes or switch as little as possible.

Q: What is your favorite customer to deliver to and why?
A: Rich Products, Murfeesboro, TN. It’s very simple and easy.

Q: What do you enjoy most or get the most satisfaction from in your job?
A: Working for a living and making money.

Q: What help/advice would you give to a new driver with FLI/QLI to help them succeed?

A: Follow the company procedures and the rules of the road and you’ll be alright. Once you get away from that, you start to get into trouble.

Baitsholts and Harmon step up for customer

From Dean Bissell,
Foodliner Terminal Manager
Albany, NY

On March 25, Ray Baitsholts, Foodliner driver for the Albany, NY terminal, performed an emergency silo

Joel Harmon
Ray Baitsholts

evacuation job at Pede Brothers in Schenectady, NY. Due to an issue with the silo flour, the customer was shut down. Ray was able to remove the product so an emergency load of flour could be shipped over the weekend. Joel Harmon, Foodliner driver for the Lake City, MN terminal, delivered the emergency load on Sunday evening, keeping the customer supplied with product and avoiding production delays. Thank you, Ray and Joel, for Going The Distance for Foodliner and our customer!

CVSA’s 2017 International Roadcheck Enforcement Event to Take Place June 6-8 with Special Emphasis on Cargo Securement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

Thank you, Battle Creek team

From Mike O’Connor,
Regional Manager

A special thank you to the Battle Creek, MI team for seamlessly incorporating the new ADM lane to Coke Grand Rapids. The entire team, drivers, tank wash, fleet manager and terminal manager, played a critical role and are responsible for the success of the new lane. Coke Grand Rapids sent a thank you to ADM expressing their appreciation for our professionalism and customer service. Thank you to all, for Going The Distance!

Chattanooga Driver Joins Lease-Purchase Program

Jeff Holmes, Foodliner owner operator for the Chattanooga, TN terminal, signed a lease for a new truck in March. Jeff joined the Foodliner team in 2007.

Foodliner Drivers, Owner Operators Receive Safety Awards

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Congratulations to all of the Foodliner drivers and owner operators who received safety awards. To receive a safety award, drivers and owner operators must be full-time drivers for nine months of the year and have no preventable accidents or incidents regardless of dollar amount. Thank you for Going The Distance safely!
Milestone Safety Awards:
10 Years
Larry Martin    Norbert Heim
Jim Rhoades    Troy Hicks
John Jones    Kent Johnson
Charles Roberts    Janusz Opalka
Jeff Meurer    Lloyd Spurgeon
Robert Burris    Leroy Penner
Richard Coffin    Raymond Deslauriers
Michael Tierney    Carlos Salazar
Gerry Bessicks
20 Years
Alan Thornton    Tim Dangerfield
30 Years
Craig Akers

Marvel tabbed as Top Tech

Steve Marvel
Steve Marvel

Congratulations to Steve Marvel, a shop technician for the Foodliner Newark, DE terminal, for being named the Foodliner/Quest Liner Technician of the Quarter.
Marvel, who has been with Foodliner for seven years, earned the honor after scoring the highest point total on a 25-question Infinit-I Skills/Knowledge test. With the honor, Marvel earned a $1,000 American Express card and company apparel, as well as a chance to compete for the Top Tech of the Year honor in the spring of 2018. All hourly maintenance technicians and one man shop foremans, with one year of service can qualify.
The next round of quarterly testing will take place in June.

Foodliner adds National Sugar Marketing as New Customer

Foodliner has been awarded a long-term contract with National Sugar Marketing for its sugar processing plants in Idaho and Oregon. This is a significant addition to the business that we have earned and we look forward to continued growth with them across the country.
The NSM plants are based in Nampa, Paul, and Twin Falls, ID as well as Nyssa, OR. The main delivery points will be in Washington, Utah and Nevada. We have purchased specialized quad-axle tractors and trailers to achieve maximum payload in the northwestern region. The quad-axle trailers can deliver 66,000 lbs. and are being transitioned into use to take on the volume from each facility.
Our terminal is located in Caldwell, ID, just outside of the Boise area and is an extension of the California region. Matt Taylor has taken on the responsibility as the terminal manager for the Idaho operations and will coordinate with the team in Stockton, CA.

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Foodliner Interview

Driver Name: Paul Laudenslager

Paul Laudenslager
Paul Laudenslager

Terminal: Barksdale, MD
Hometown: Pen Argyl, PA
Time with Foodliner: 2.5 years
Time in Industry: 18 years
Spouse’s Name: Allison
Hobbies: I compete in amateur Strongman and CrossFit.
Q: What do you enjoy doing on your time off from work?
A: I enjoy coaching Strongman at our CrossFit gym.
Q: What is the most interesting load you have hauled?
A: I only drove for one other company and that was also in the food industry so it would be volunteering to run loads of flood donations to upstate New York in 2006.
Q: What do you think is the most dangerous task for a truck driver?  What do you do to stay safe while performing that task?
A: Driving, because you have to anticipate what every other person driving around you is going to do.
Q: What is your favorite customer to deliver to and why?
A: Just Born in Bethlehem, PA. I shuttle the finished goods from the plant to the warehouse.
Q: What do you enjoy most or get the most satisfaction from in your job?
A:  I enjoy pulling the decaled Just Born trailers and slowing down next to vehicles so kids can wave.
Q: What help/advice would you give to a new driver with FLI/QLI to help them succeed?
A: Come to work with a clear mind because most people on the road are driving distracted and don’t realize what’s going on around them.

Van Steyn named Stockton Maintenance Manager

David Van Steyn joined Foodliner in November 2016 as the Stockton, CA maintenance manager. David has a lot of maintenance experience and is a great addition to the Foodliner team.

Rolniak joins South Chicago Team

Frank Rolniak assumed the role of shop foreman at the Foodliner South Chicago, IL terminal on Jan. 3, 2017. Frank has a strong mechanical and management background that will be beneficial to the shop operations. We are very pleased to have Frank join the Foodliner team.

Corporate Fleet Manager Training

On Dec. 28, the Foodliner Fleet Managers attended training at the corporate

Louie training on OO financials
Louie training on OO financials

office. The topics covered included CSA, presented by Jon Stenzel, director of training and recruitment, and owner operator/lease purchase financials, presented by Louie Wills, regional vice president. The CSA training helped the fleet managers fully understand the impact CSA has on drivers and the company. The owner operator/lease purchase presentation covered the difference between company drivers, owner operators and lease purchase program drivers so the fleet managers can more effectively run their boards.

2017 Driver Trainer Meetings Held in Dubuque on Feb.  3, 10

Driver Trainer/Fleet Manager breakout session discussing challenges and solutions.
Driver Trainer/Fleet Manager breakout session discussing challenges and solutions.

A special thanks to all for your commitment to training and unselfishness by attending, supporting, or participating at this year’s driver trainer meetings. Many of you took time out of your busy schedules to either directly participate or indirectly participate behind the scenes, helping prepare and coordinate details and schedules.

The night before each meeting, we had an informal social get-together, which allowed the driver trainers interaction time with fleet managers, administrative staff, regional managers and corporate staff. It was a great time that got the competitive juices flowing as folks played bean bags, ping pong, and pool.
The theme of our 2017 driver trainer meetings was “retention.” The power packed day included a surprise timed “hands-on” pre-trip inspection competition, fleet manager/driver trainer group breakouts discussing obstacles and challenges,

Driver Trainer/Fleet Manager breakout session discussing challenges and solutions.
Driver Trainer/Fleet Manager breakout session discussing challenges and solutions.

as well as solutions to improve communication, relationships and quality. Other agenda items: technology/apps; regen./DT12; CSA, entry-level driving training; sales update; heart and stars teamwork group exercise; road call process; methods review with liquid, dry, and Haz Mat trailers; two different retention presentations; safety update; and a special guest speaker from the Iowa Department of Transportation who discussed how roadside inspections impact driver/carrier CSA scores, the importance of pre/post trip inspections, preventions tips, dos and don’ts and how an inspections can go bad.
The ongoing challenge for each of us is to take what we learn and execute. Please continue to coach, mentor, and interact with your driver trainers and teams daily, working to enhance Communication, Quality, and Teamwork which will positively impact our retention, safety, service and future growth.
Thanks again for your commitment to training.

 

 

 

Von Seggern impresses customer with patience, attitude

From Rick Boehm,
Foodliner Terminal Manager, Blair, NE

David Van SteynMatt Von Seggern, Foodliner driver for the Blair, NE terminal, impressed a customer with his patience and positive attitude during a recent unload. Matt was delayed for over six hours when a truck in front of him had unloading issues. Matt remained a true professional by staying calm and patient. The customer commended Matt and appreciated his making the best out of the situation. Thank you for Going The Distance, Matt!

 

Willging new Long Lake, Lake City terminal manager

Jeff Willging

Jeff Willging assumed the role of terminal manager for the Foodliner Long Lake, MN and Lake City, MN terminals. Jeff began his career with Foodliner 12 years ago as the Dayton, OH fleet manager.

 

Welke calls it a career

Louie Wills, and Bill Welke
Louie Wills, left, congratulates Bill Welke.

Bill Welke, Foodliner Lake City, MN terminal manager, retired in late December 2016 after 16 years. Thank you, Bill, for your years of service. Congratulations and enjoy your retirement!

Jones goes ‘the distance’ for customer Jones, Ronald

From Frank Dostillio,
Foodliner Terminal Manager, Baltimore, MD

Domino’s Baltimore recently experienced delayed deliveries from a railcar customer, and the company asked the Foodliner Baltimore, MD terminal to help with deliveries during the delay. Ronnie Jones, Baltimore, MD driver, delivered the first emergency load and realized that the customer was equipped to receive from railcars, not trucks. The delivery took 14 hours as the customer vacuumed the product out of our trailer with their unloading system.
After understanding the customer setup and process, Ronnie was able to devise a more effective method, using center drop trailers to utilize gravity for the unload. His alternate method was approved and implemented, reducing the unload time to four hours. The change in trailers allowed Foodliner to make more deliveries, keeping the customer up and running.
Ron impressed the customer so much they asked if he could deliver the remaining loads. Thank you, Ronnie, for Going the Distance.

Twenty Questions

Name: Rick Barrett
Company: Foodliner
Terminal: Saginaw, TX Richard barrett
Hire Date: March 27, 2015
Spouse’s name: Cindy Barrett Children’s Names: Brandon, 33, Morgan, 24, and Shelby, 20
Number of Grandchildren: 2 grandsons, Maddox, 4, and Connor, 3 ½, and one granddaughter Ella, 5  months.
What is your favorite TV show?
Any of the NCIS shows
What is your favorite movie?
“Smokey and the Bandit”
What is your favorite food?
Steak-RARE
What is your favorite dessert?
Yellow butter cake with milk chocolate frosting
What kind of music do you listen to?
Texas country and classic rock
What was the first concert you attended?
In 1966, Paul Revere and the Raiders
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Nashville to see my son, Brandon, daughter-in-law, Kelly, and grandson, Maddox
When I was a kid I wanted to be…
a fighter pilot when I grew up.
My advice for being happy and successful is…
Take pride in everything you do, no matter what it is.
If I won the lottery, I would…
Continue to work and live the same way, buy a few hotrods and help my kids and grandkids.
Name one person, living or dead, that you wish you could talk to and why.
My Dad, who died in 1983, and introduce him to all of his grandkids and great-grandkids.
What three words best describe you?
Loyal, fun, worker
If you had the power of time travel, what time and place would you travel to?
1950s for all the cool hotrods.
What would you like to be famous for?
Building cool cars.
Tell us something most people do not know about you?
I was a star athlete.
What is your biggest pet peeve? People who don’t take pride in what they do.
My dream vehicle is…
Cadillac CTS-V.
When I’m not at work I like to…
Ride my Harley.
What are three modern conveniences you cannot live without?
TV, Phone and A/C

My Dad told me, “You will wear the pants in the family but your wife will tell you which ones to put on.”

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Pictured left to right: Mike Linder, Jerry Bacus, Larry Remmie, Jim Rhodes

Drivers speak out

The spring manager meeting was held on February 17, 2017. Four drivers from Foodliner and Quest Liner attended the meeting and were asked to present honest opinions on what is happening in the field. Each driver spoke about three challenges they face every day and three reasons they stay with Foodliner or Quest Liner. The fleet, terminal and regional managers found the driver insight to be very valuable and steps are being taking to not only acknowledge but also address the concerns that are within Foodliner and Quest Liner’s control.

Thank you , Mike, Linder, Quest Liner driver, Blue Grass, IA; Jerry Bacus, Foodliner driver trainer, Kenosha, WI, Larry Remmie, Foodliner driver; and Jim Rhodes, Foodliner driver, Eddyville, IA, for taking the time to attend and share your insights.

Drivers, Trainers Nominated for National Tank Truck Carrier Award

Congratulations to the National Tank Truck Carrier 2016-2017 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Nominees. Each nominee demonstrated superior driving skills, safety and professionalism. Foodliner and Quest Liner would like to thank you for your hard work, dedication and for being a proud member of our team.
The following members of the Foodliner and Quest Liner teams have been nominated include: Kevin Caudron, Quest Liner driver, Blue Grass, IA; Ron Wiebold, Quest Liner driver trainer, Blue Grass, IA; Ron Lester, Foodliner driver trainer, Albany, NY; and Dennis Lathrom, Foodliner driver, Wichita, KS

Foodliner Driver Interview

Driver Name: Bruce Lichtblau
Terminal: Lake City, MN
Hometown: Lake City, MN
Time with Foodliner: 16 years
Time in Industry: 32 years
Spouse’s Name: Lori      Bruce Lichtblau .jpg
Children’s Names: Dylan, Erin and Caron
Hobbies: Playing cards and gambling
Q: What do you enjoy doing on your time off from work?
A: Watching my children at their activities
Q: What is the most interesting load you have hauled?
A: A trip from Lake City to La Crosse during a very severe thunderstorm. The ground was white with hail.
Q: What do you think is the most dangerous task for a truck driver?  What do you do to stay safe while performing that task?
A: Having to stop on an interstate in traffic. Keep your eyes open at all times and stay alert.
Q: What is your favorite customer to deliver to and why?
A: Pan O Gold Bakery in Sun Prairie, WI because there are driver-friendly people there 24/7.
Q: What do you enjoy most or get the most satisfaction from in your job?
A: Knowing I do my very best each and every day I go to work for Foodliner.

A: Do your very best. The key to success is to be patient at all times.

Salazar recognized for ‘customer-driven’ approach

From Doug Harmison, Foodliner Regional Manager,
Kenosha, WI
Carlos Salazar, Foodliner owner operator for the Kenosha, WI terminal, was recently praised by an Ardent Mills customer for his flawless execution and outstanding customer service. He was further thanked for his hard work and effort, “Carlos is definitely customer-driven.” Carlos has been a Foodliner owner operator for over 10 years and has been assigned to the customer for eight years. Thank you, Carlos, for Going The Distance for our customers!

20161004_135809_1476287043912_resizedNew Chattanooga terminal open for business

From left, Chattanooga shop techs Jerry “Butch” Williams, John Olvey, Lloyd “LC” Denton and Richard Howard
From left, Chattanooga shop techs Jerry “Butch” Williams, John Olvey, Lloyd “LC” Denton and Richard Howard.

From Mark Jacobs, Foodliner Terminal Manager, Chattanooga, TN
The Foodliner Chattanooga, TN terminal is proud to announce that the new shop is completed and operational. The old shop was outdated for current terminal needs. The new shop will better suit demand and will provide a cleaner, brighter and safer work area for the mechanics. The new shop can hold two complete tractor-trailers, allowing all mechanical work to be completed indoors. Thank you to everyone at the Chattanooga terminal for your patience during this transition!
Greg Smith, a Foodliner driver for the Chattanooga, TN terminal, based out of the Raleigh, NC rail yard, recently went above and beyond to help a customer dealing with a tight inventory situation. Greg was commended for going far beyond his normal job duties to load his truck so he could deliver and secure the customer’s inventory. The supplier applauded him saying “I greatly appreciate Greg’s dedication to our end customer and his hard work to keep them supplied.” Thank you, Greg, for Going The Distance!

Ganoe, Gilliss jump into action to assist seizure victim

From Ray Mullins, Foodliner Terminal Manager, Winchester, VA

Kenny Ganoe
Kenny Ganoe

Martin Gilliss
Martin Gilliss

Kenny Ganoe, Foodliner driver for the Winchester, VA terminal, recently went above and beyond his normal duties during a routine delivery. Kenny was unloading at Bimbo Bakery in Frederick, MD when he witnessed another person having a seizure. Kenny immediately jumped into action, lending aid and staying with the person until the ambulance arrived. Kenny’s actions that day quite possibly saved a life as the person sustained a head injury.
Martin Gilliss, Foodliner driver, Winchester, VA, was also on site and called 911. Thank you, Kenny and Martin, for working together as a team to help someone in need. You both displayed professionalism and compassion!

Foodliner Continues to Exceed Food Safety Requirements

From John Dillman, Exec. Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer

Dave Gust, Safety Manager, (center) attends the FSMA Conference, ADM Decatur, IL
Dave Gust, Safety Manager, (center) attends the FSMA Conference, ADM Decatur, IL

 

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. Some of the key areas of change: protecting food against international adulteration, produce safety, verifying foreign suppliers of food, preventive controls for human food and animal food, and sanitary transport of food.
Foodliner continues to meet and exceed regulatory and customer food safety requirements.  As indicated by our Food Safety Mission Statement, Foodliner’s goal is to provide its customers with seamless transportation services by using the utmost care in all our transportation practices to ensure food safety is upheld to the highest standard possible.
Foodliner already meets the FSMA requirements regarding food safety and is updating documentation processes and procedures so everything is documented as required. Each shipper will evaluate what is their responsibility and what is the carrier’s responsibility. Many of Foodliner’s customers have been holding conferences to discuss the impact of FSMA and documentation changes. The safety department and senior management have been in attendance and are reporting back the new documentation guidelines for each shipper so we ensure product safety while continuing to provide superior service.
Thank you to everyone for your patience during this process. We appreciate your dedication to safety and customer service.

Lynn Mattas and Josh Fogle, Winchester drivers at the Winchester event in October.
Lynn Mattas and Josh Fogle, Winchester drivers at the Winchester event in October.

 

Randy Garbert (Ardent Mills), Greg McCoy, Henry Doremus, Jeff Wesenberg, Don Halling (Ardent Mills plant manager), Sam Anderson (Cargill), John Hill and Butch Williams during the Chattanooga event in October.
Randy Garbert (Ardent Mills), Greg McCoy, Henry Doremus, Jeff Wesenberg, Don Halling (Ardent Mills plant manager), Sam Anderson (Cargill), John Hill and Butch Williams during the Chattanooga event in October.

DAD season wraps up in Stockton

The Driver Appreciation season wrapped up November in Stockton, CA. What a pleasure it was to visit with our drivers and customers throughout the summer and fall months. Thank you to everyone who helped organize the events and to everyone who attended. Our drivers and owner operators are a proud fleet. We were pleased to see our equipment looking good! Until our next visit, please be safe, courteous and continue to bring quality to everything you do!

Winchester, Stockton terminals provide holiday lift

Winchester Toys for Tots
Winchester Toys for Tots

The Foodliner Winchester, VA terminal once again participated in the Toys for Tots collection this past holiday season. Thank you to all of the drivers and staff for your generous donations. You brightened the holiday season for many children in our community!

Stockton team supports Sleeptrain Foster Kids drive

Stockton team from left, Faye Siayngco, Ed Lagorio, Santos Meza, Steve Hronek, Maria Passetti, Chris Brewer, Katrina Garrett-Galvan and David Van Steyn.
Stockton team from left, Faye Siayngco, Ed Lagorio, Santos Meza, Steve Hronek, Maria Passetti, Chris Brewer, Katrina Garrett-Galvan and David Van Steyn.

The Foodliner Stockton, CA Terminal participated in the Sleeptrain Foster Kids Toy Drive. This is the first year the Stockton terminal has participated in the toy drive, and we hope to make it an annual tradition. Thank you to the drivers and terminal staff for taking the time to support this great cause. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Corporate staff benefits area agencies during holiday season

The corporate giving tree
The corporate giving tree

Sandy Eicher, Jody Waechter and Samantha Rogan
Sandy Eicher, Jody Waechter and Samantha Rogan

Sandy Eicher, Jody Waechter and Samantha Rogan once again coordinated with Operation: New View to sponsor a local family in need through a giving tree at the corporate office. The corporate staff donated money, gifts and time to help the family with items they needed and to make their holiday season a little brighter.
The corporate office also participated in a clothing drive. A large number of gently used clothes, jackets, blankets, hats and mittens were collected and donated to the Dubuque Rescue Mission. Mike O’Connor collaborated with a local dry cleaner to have the items cleaned before delivery.
Thank you all so much for your generosity and kindness!

Lathrom named finalist for
NTTC Driver of Year Award

National Tank Truck Carriers has named eight professional tank truck drivers, including Foodliner’s Dennis Lathrom, as champion finalists in its selection process to become the recipient of the prestigious Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award.dennis-lathrom

“The professionalism of the entire group made the judging process extremely difficult this year,” said NTTC Chairman Brian Wood. “All of our applicants exemplify remarkable safety records, passion, and dedication to the tank truck industry, and they represent a great cross section of the industry given the group’s geographic balance and experience in key tank truck service segments including fuel, chemicals, food, cryogenics, and dry bulk. ”

“Congratulations to all of our champion finalists this year,” said NTTC President Daniel R. Furth.  “We had a tremendous group of applicants with extremely impressive service records, so these champions should know that they represent the best of the best in the tank truck business.  Our sincere thanks are due to all of our applicants, our esteemed contest judges, and our loyal sponsor Baldwin & Lyons.  Without these three key partners, we would not able to appropriately recognize the true professionals who demonstrate the care and commitment of our proud industry.”

The 2016-17 Champion Finalists:

Finalist                                  Company                         Headquarters
Todd Stine                         Carbon Express Inc.                        Wharton, NJ
Rayvon Truitt             Eagle Transport Corporation             Rocky Mount, NC
Dennis Lathrom                  Foodliner Inc.                               Dubuque, IA
Brian Jennings               Grammer Industries, Inc.                 Columbus, IN
Robert Black                    K-Limited Carrier, Ltd.                    Toledo, OH
Stephen Sorenson             Quality Carriers Inc.                       Tampa, FL
Kelly Lien                              Solar Transport                         W. Des Moines, IA
Daniel Byars              United Petroleum Transports             Oklahoma City, OK

The champions will now move forward to the final round of the selection process, which will be held Jan. 24, in Arlington, VA. A panel of industry officials will judge the contestants on their knowledge of the tank truck industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, and overall safe driving record.

The 2016 – 2017 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion will be announced in Chicago, IL at NTTC’s 69th Annual Conference & Exhibits on May 1. During the Grand Champion’s one-year term, the Usher Trophy winner will serve as the NTTC spokesperson for the industry and will attend NTTC events throughout the year. The Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award furthers NTTC’s mission to champion safety and success in the tank truck community through advocacy and education.

The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. has represented the tank truck industry before Congress and various federal agencies since its founding in 1945. NTTC’s membership is comprised of over 600 companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America. The tank truck industry generates approximately 5.1 percent of all truck freight revenue, but that represents 25.6 percent of all truck freight in terms of tonnage because of the heavy nature of the liquid bulk products handled.

Thank you, Sonja

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Thank you, Sonja Tucci, for preparing your annual holiday spread at the Foodliner Eddyville, IA terminal. Your homemade holiday treats were delicious and much appreciated!

Wiley goes ‘above and beyond’

From Doug Long, Foodliner Terminal Manager, Newark, DE

Every terminal has drivers that always step up and do what is needed to keep the company movinjeff-wileyg in the right direction, and the Newark, DE terminal is no exception. Newark is blessed to have many drivers that continually go above and beyond, and Jeff Wiley is among them.
Jeff stepped up in mid-July when a key member of our Cargill team was off duty. He assumed extra duties the last three months and has worked almost every day at Cargill in Barksdale, MD, preloading approximately 75 percent of all Cargill loads. Jeff has done an outstanding job handling the challenges and changes that come with preloading. There has not been one rejection or failed load due to the preloading process during the last three months because Jeff understands the importance of getting the job done right so others can keep rolling. Jeff also understands that success is a team effort and he has expressed his gratitude for the shop, wash and dispatch that all played key roles in this project for Cargill.
Thank you to Jeff and the entire Newark terminal for stepping up and Going The Distance!

Foodliner Driver Interview

Driver Name: Shannon King
Terminal: Port Allen, LA
Hometown: Port Allen, LAshannon-king
Time with Foodliner: 6 years
Time in Industry: 28 years
Hobbies: MNHRA Racing, hunting
and fishing
Q: What do you enjoy doing on your time off from work?
A: Working with computers and hunting and fishing.
Q: What is the most interesting load you have hauled?
A: A 10,000 Horsepower Top Fuel Dragster.
Q: What do you think is the most dangerous task for a truck driver?  What do you do to stay safe while performing that task?
A: Watching out for other drivers. I pay attention to my surroundings.

Q: What is your favorite customer to deliver to and why?
A: Mississippi Baking in Pelahatchie, MS. It’s a nice trip and they treat the drivers well.
Q: What do you enjoy most or get the most satisfaction from in your job?
A: Serving the customers in a safe and professional manner.
Q: What help/advice would you give to a new driver with FLI to help them succeed?
A: Always do a good pre-trip and post-trip inspection. Take care of your equipment and check and double check your paperwork.

Hobby Corner: Brian Hunterbrian-hunter

Brian Hunter, Foodliner driver for the Chicago, IL terminal, enjoys restoring classic cars and showing them at car shows. He has always had a love of cars. As a child, he played with hot wheels and built model cars. At the age of 7, he began helping his father restore his 1940 Ford Deluxe.
Brian currently has a 1969 orange GTO. He and his fiancée, Tonya, go to car shows like the Red Barn Spectacular, Hot Rod Nationals, Lane Automotive and local car shows every chance they get. “This is a year round hobby. In the winter, I do upgrades, improvements, and body and paint work. In the summer, I drive and show the car. I love working with my hands and making a car faster and more beautiful.”

Brazier retires, but plans to return as part-time driver

From left, Mark Jacobs honors John Brazier upon his recent retirement.
From left, Mark Jacobs honors John Brazier upon his recent retirement.

From Mark Jacobs, Foodliner Terminal manager, Chattanooga, TN

John Brazier, Foodliner driver for the Chattanooga, TN terminal, retired in May. He has plans to return as a part-time driver in 2017. Thank you for being a part of the Foodliner team John and congratulations on your retirement!

Driver Appreciation Day – Foodliner Albany, NY

albany-dad-2016On Sept. 27, the Foodliner Albany, NY terminal held its annual Driver Appreciation Day. From left, Jeff Wesenberg, Greg McCoy, Ian Hansberg (Ardent Warehouse Manager), Karen Horton (Ardent Sales), Sean Gager (Ardent Plant Manager), Rich Bero (Ardent Warehouse Manager Ardent), Kyle Robson (Ardent Assistant Plant Manager), Denise Bergami (Ardent Human Resources) Laura Wall (Albany Scheduler) Cordea Twiggs (Foodliner Albany Fleet Manager)

TWENTY QUESTIONS PROFILE

modesto-villanuevaName: Modesto Villanueva
Company: Foodliner
Terminal: Stockton, IL
Hire Date: June 1, 2014
Spouse’s Name: Lorna
Children’s Names: Modesto Jr., Jason, Joy
Grandchildren: Damian, Kaysen
What is your favorite TV show? News CNN
What is your favorite movie? Any James Bond movie
What is your favorite food? Filipino Food – Vegetables
What is your favorite dessert? Masa Blanca
What kind of music do you listen to? Rock and Roll
What was the first concert you attended? AC/CD
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Hawaii
When I was a kid I wanted to be a rich man when I grew up.
My advice for being happy and successful is…
Be positive all the time
If I won the lottery, I would…
Travel around the world golfing.
Name one person, living or dead, that you wish you could talk to. My Mom and Dad
What three words best describe you?
Modest, Hard Working, and Responsible
If you had the power of time travel, what time and place would you travel to? To the time of Jesus Christ
What would you like to be famous for? Famous #1 golfer
Tell us something most people do not know about you?
My past
What is your biggest pet peeve? Negative people
My dream vehicle is… Corvette Stingray
When I’m not at work I like to… Golf
What is one modern convenience you cannot live without? Cell phone
Pray to have an understanding and loving wife

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Snyder Wins Pride in Your Ride Contest

Congratulations to James Snyder, Foodliner driver for the Highspire, VA terminal, for submitting the winning entry for this year’s Pride in Your Ride Photo Contest. James will receive a $1,500 travel for two voucher.
Frank Craig, Foodliner driver for the Barksdale, MD terminal, took second place and will receive $500 cash. Third place went to Mark Jones Jr., an owner-operator for the Foodliner Eddyville, IA terminal, earning him $250 cash.
The nine honorable mentions will each receive $100 cash: Randy Meyer, Lake City, MN Foodliner driver; Ronnie Brinton, Stockton, CA Foodliner driver; Stuart Royse, Colton, CA Foodliner driver; Rockford Wagaman, Blue Grass, IA Quest Liner owner-operator; Troy Hicks, Foodliner driver; Wayne McCoy, Diamond, MO Foodliner driver; Charles Hildreth, Foodliner driver; Sonja Tucci, Foodliner driver; and Heath Lowry, Winchester, VA Foodliner driver.

United Sugars Names Foodliner Dry Buunited-sugars-bulk-carrier-of-the-year-2015-2016lk Carrier of the Year

United Sugars, a long-time customer of Foodliner, held its 15th Annual Vendor Conference on Aug. 25 in Alexandria, MN. During the conference, Foodliner was named United Sugars’ Dry Bulk Carrier of the Year for 2015-2016 for providing outstanding service. Louie Wills, regional vice president, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Foodliner services United Sugars in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee and the Chicago, Ill. area.

Adverse Driving Conditionsadversedriving

As winter weather sets in for most of the country, please take precautions to keep not only you and your equipment safe, but also others on the road. Please review and execute ten useful tips which will help you get your loads delivered safely this winter and bring you home safely to your family and loved ones.
Monitor the Weather
Knowing ahead of time that a storm is brewing is key to staying safe.  If a blizzard or wintery mix is predicted in your area, you can set into motion your plan of action for pickups and drop offs. Stay tuned to the radio, radar maps, or the Weather Channel for information on real-time road conditions.
Plan Your Trip
Before getting on the road, take the time to plan and map out your route according to the weather. Take into consideration that some roads may be closed or too rough to navigate. Plan alternate routes, safe parking places and pick-up and delivery times accordingly. Make sure to have a few alternate safe stops planned in case road conditions deteriorate.
Check Equipment Pre-trip and Mid-trip
It is vital to check your equipment before you hit the road, especially when winter weather strikes. Check that all lights are working properly, air is drained from the truck and trailer tanks to avoid frozen brake lines, and tire pressures to prevent a flat tire.
Have Extra Equipment/Supplies on Board
Be prepared for adverse conditions by having a few important items on board. Make sure to have:
•    chains (the right size)
•    bungees, flashlight, cell phone
•    waterproof gloves, reflective vest,
•    boots with good traction, warm clothing
•    food and water
•    extra washer fluid
Slow Down and Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Put the posted speed limits into context. If roads are covered in snow or ice, it might not be safe or feasible to maintain the normal speed limit. Slow down and only go as fast as you are reasonably able to. Make sure there is enough cushion space between you and the car ahead of you. This leaves you with options and adequate reaction time if your brakes aren’t working as quickly as they should.
Know What to do if You Lose Traction
There’s no fool-proof method for not losing traction in bad weather. If you do lose traction, never use the clutch or engine brake as this could make the situation worse. Gently let your foot off the pedal and steer in the direction that the back end of the vehicle is going, which should allow you to then gain back control.
Stay Focused and Know You and Your Vehicle’s Limitations
Reduce distractions inside the vehicle and avoid taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. Remain calm and focused and avoid quick movements or evasive maneuvers. There may come a point in which the weather simply makes the roads too unsafe to travel. If your feel unsafe with adverse driving conditions, communicate immediately to your Fleet Manager and get off the road.

Ardent Mills honors Oberbroeckling

From Mark Jacobs, roger-oberbroeckling
Foodliner Terminal Manager
Chattanooga, TN

Roger Oberbroeckling, Foodliner driver for the Chattanooga, TN terminal, was recently acknowledged by Ardent Mills for his dedication in helping aerate railcars. Aerating a railcar is a lengthy process and Roger worked closely with a local company responsible for metering the pressure to avoid service failures for local customers. Roger, thank you for your dedication and commitment to doing the job properly and safely. Way to Go the Distance!

 

Newwark terminal goes the distance

Members of the Newark team include: from left, Steve Marvel, Joe Hill, Mike Long, Matt Patrick, Kathy Shorter and Maurice Harris.
Members of the Newark team include: from left, Steve Marvel, Joe Hill, Mike Long, Matt Patrick, Kathy Shorter and Maurice Harris.

From Doug Long,
Foodliner Terminal Manager
Newark, DE

 

Thank you to the Newark, DE terminal staff for Going the Distance every day and taking pride in what you do. You keep the trucks moving and the loads rolling safely down the highways. I am very proud to have each and every one of you working with me and want you to know how much you are appreciated. We are not a team, we are a family.

Foodliner Driver Interview

Driver Name: Robert Black
Terminal: Franklin Park, Chicago, IL
Hometown: Bellwood, IL
Time withrobert-black Foodliner: 2 years
Time in Industry: 6 years
Spouse’s Nickname: Baby Doll
Children’s Names: Michale and Julius
Q: What do you enjoy doing on your time off from work?
A: Playing with my grandson and barbecuing.
Q: What is the most interesting load you have hauled?
A: I previously worked for a company that delivered human organs.
Q: What do you think is the most dangerous task for a truck driver?  What do you do to stay safe while performing that task?
A: Dealing with a blowout on the interstate. I pay attention and follow all of the safety rules.
Q: What is your favorite customer to deliver to and why?
A: American Licorice because the people are really nice. They give me candy that I give to the little kids in my neighborhood.
Q: What do you enjoy most or get the most satisfaction from in your job?
A:  Being safe and providing excellent customer service.
Q: What help/advice would you give to a new driver with FLI to help them succeed?
A: Take your time and ask questions if you do not understand something. Always follow all of the safety rules and perform good pre- and post-trip inspections

Twenty Questions Profile

Name: Judson Grimes
Company: Foodliner
Terminal: Baltimore, MD
Hire Date: January 4, 2006
Spouse’s Name: Jennifer
Children’s Names: Kayela, Donelle, Keenan, Kiyan
What is your favorite TV show? “Power”
What is your favorite movie? “Butterfly Effect”
What is your favorite food? Steak
What is your favorite dessert? Butter Pecajudson-grimesn ice Cream
What kind of music do you listen to?
R&B, Jazz, Country, Hip Hop
What was the first concert you attended?
Run DMC
Where is your favorite place to vacation? Jamaica  
When I was a kid I wanted to be…
a firefighter when I grew up.
My advice for being happy and successful is…
Create a loving family and find a great job.
If I won the lottery, I would…
Buy my mom her dream house.
Name one person, living or dead, that you wish you could talk to and why.
My great-grandmother. She always had a kind word and great advice.
What three words best describe you?
Loyal, honest, workaholic
If you had the power of time travel, what time and place would your travel to?
Baltimore City in 1975 to see my great-grandmother.
What would you like to be famous for?
Being a good family man and hard worker.
Tell us something most people do not know about you?
I can’t help cleaning the table after eating in a restaurant.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
A dirty home or car.
My dream vehicle is…
Top of the line 2017 Cadillac Escalade.
When I’m not at work I like to…
Spend time with my family.
What are three modern conveniences you cannot live without?
Cell phone, transportation, Internet
What are three modern conveniences you cannot live without?
Work hard for what you want out of life and treat people the way you want to be treated.

Barksdale addleroy-baileys Bailey to Driver Trainer Team

Leroy Bailey recently became a driver trainer for the Barksdale, MD terminal. He has been a driver for Foodliner for over five years. Leroy’s 31 years in the trucking industry and flatbed, reefer, dry box and tanker experience will be a great asset to the Barksdale, MD training team. Congratulations, Leroy!

From left, Kristie Thompson, Benny Chavez and Mike O’Connor gather for some ice cream treats.
From left, Kristie Thompson, Benny Chavez and Mike O’Connor gather for some ice cream treats.

Food, Conversation Highlight Chicago
June D.A.D.

The Foodliner Chicago, IL terminal’s annual driver appreciation day was a big hit. Drivers, employees and customers gathered together to enjoy great food and conversation. Sweetener Supply Company provided delicious ice cream for the celebration. Thank you to all of our drivers for your continued dedication to customer service. Thank you all for Going The Distance!

7,000 Minutes to Win!

Congratulations to megan-lewis, Foodliner payroll specialist, for winning the Dubuque Activity Grand Slam Challenge. Megan logged 7000 active minutes in the 8 week challenge.
Megan’s motivation to become more active reaches beyond the Activity Challenge. She made a decision in December 2015 to improve her health. Megan was suffering from high blood pressure and her doctor informed her she was at an increased risk for having a heart attack and developing diabetes before the age of 30.
“I’m 28 years old and don’t want my husband and family to receive a call that I’ve been hospitalized, or worse, because of poor choices I have made,” Megan said.
She joined a fitness club and started walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes daily. Slowly Megan began to use the elliptical and weight machines. “It greatly increased my comfort level and I was able to incorporate more variety into my workouts, she said. I am always changing my workout routines and diet.”
Megan also dramatically changed her diet. “I ate fast food for almost every meal and if it wasn’t fast food, it was a processed box meal,” she said. “Now I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make my favorite meals healthier.”
Her hard work has paid off. Megan’s blood pressure has returned to normal levels and she has reached her weight loss goal of 60 pounds. “I feel amazing now,” she said. “My energy level used to be so low, now I wake up energized and ready to go.”

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Hobby Corner

Lewis Newbill, a driver for the Foodliner Winchester, VA terminal, has a very unique hobby, Harley Davidson Dirt Drag Racing. He has been racing with the All Harley Davidson Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) for 25 years under “Blue Sky Racing”. Lewis’ chassis was custom built by HDFR Custom Fabrication & Machining and his motor was built by Nitro Thunder Racing.
He participates in races in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania on dirt tracks that are 500 feet long. Lewis has won races in all three states and has raced Harleys from Florida to Illinois. Lewis’ interest in high performance Harleys is what brought him to drag racing. He loves the speed, power and adrenaline rush from racing. The close friends Lewis has raced with are very special to him and his fondest memories are of the races he has won.

Customer praises Bell

From Don Shoemaker, bell-kenneth-photo
Foodliner Terminal Manager
Chicago, IL

Ken Bell, Foodliner driver for the Chicago Liquid terminal, was recently complimented by a customer for his patience during a severe delay to unload. The customer stated that Ken is “a pleasant driver to work with and goes with the flow. He has a good attitude.” We appreciate your hard work and positive attitude, Ken. Thank you for Going the Distance in every way possible!

Terry SalyersCustomer: ‘I don’t think you could have sent a better person to do this job’

From Frank Dostillio,
Foodliner Operations Manager
Winchester, VA 

Thank you Terry Salyers, Foodliner driver, Winchester, VA terminal, for Going the Distance with a special project for Eggo/Kellogg in Blue Anchor NJ. Terry worked with Eggo/Kellogg for three days using a vacuum trailer to remove two silos of flour. The customer praised Terry by saying “I don’t think you could have sent a better person to do this job. He is personable, friendly, nice to talk with, and very patient. He is a great guy.” Terry, thank you for your dedication to customer service!

Common Sense and Safety Go Hand in Hand

From Jeff Wesenberg, Executive VP & COO

As our company continues to grow and prosper, we take great pride in the fact that we have some of the best employees in the country. Our main goal is to operate safely and to have each teammate get home to their family safely each day.  We measure safety by using different methods.  A key measure that we all work with is CSA (Compliance, Safety and Accountability).
One area that we have worked to improve upon is Seat Belt Violations. While we have improved, we continue to experience these violations which result in 21 CSA points.  More important to us than the points is the fact that using seat belts increases safety.
•    53 percent of people killed or injured in vehicle crashes were not wearing a seatbelt
•    Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death or injury by 50%
•    Seatbelts will save as many as 13,000 lives/year if worn and used properly
Please review your professional driving habits as you start your next shift (or use your personal vehicle). Be sure to use your seatbelt as we want to have you with our team for many years.

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Foodliner recently began a partnership with Crystal Geyser Water by entering into a long term agreement to transport mineral water from a well in Patterson, CA to their facility in Calistoga, CA. The mineral water will be used in their line of bottled sparkling waters. Six tractors and six sets of doubles have been added to the fleet to accommodate the new lanes.
The new venture with Crystal Geyser Water is a great opportunity to expand into a new revenue stream while promoting the Foodliner image and img_3780values of safety and state of the art equipment. Our senior team worked very close with the Crystal Geyser team for almost a year to get the deal aligned and bring the project to reality. The Stockton, CA terminal will be responsible for fulfilling the demands of the mineral water lanes and is excited for the new business and growing opportunities. This project truly was, and continues to be, a team effort. Thank you to everyone directly and indirectly involved for making this this happen and for Going The Distance!

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sets record

During the month of July, our teammates from Foodliner Mexico accomplished a new record on the Bagging side of the business. 2,468 MT (5,441,009 lbs) were packed in 25 kgs bags totaling more than 28 hopper cars, breaking previous record of 22 rail cars.
Thanks to everyone on the team for having a “can do” attitude. This is a team achievement and we are going for more!
Keep Going The Distance Foodliner Mexico!

Get the Foodliner Mobile App!

The app is for registered Foodliner drivers only. Log in required.

Available for iPhone or Android phone users.

  • Go to Google Play (Android) or
  • iTunes Store (iPhone) and search for Foodliner Mobile.

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Lathrom named finalist for Outstanding Professional Driver Award

Foodliner is proud to announce that Dennis Lathrom has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Iowa Motor Truck Association Outstanding Professional Driver Award. He will represent Foodliner at the IMTA Chairmanst in Cedar Rapids, IA. Dennis joined the Foodliner Wichita, KS terminal in 2005. He has 19 years of experience in the trucking industry and has an exceptional safety record with 2.1 million safe miles. Foodliner would like to congratulate Dennis on his success and years of safe driving and thank him for his dedication and commitment to Going The Distance.

Driver News from Foodliner

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Larry Remmie, Foodliner driver for the Chicago, IL liquid terminal, recently helped Quest Liner deliver a load. Larry did such a spectacular job that the customer reached out to Quest Liner to let them know how pleased they were with his service. Thank you so much, Larry, for not only Going the Distance, but for going above and beyond. Great work!

Back to School driving tips

Follow the Speed Limit bus-878697_1920Slow down before you enter the school zone. Cover the brake pedal with your foot while scanning the road for children when you near a school.

Slow Down Take extra care to look out for children around school zones, parks, playgrounds and residential areas.

Be Alert Always keep an eye out for children darting into the street or crossing without looking both ways.

Eliminate Distractions Never use your mobile device behind the wheel and refrain from changing the radio station or eating and drinking.

Allow More Time As a new school year begins, allow yourself more time to arrive at your destination.

Yield to Pedestrians Pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right-of-way. Never block or stop with a portion of your vehicle over a crosswalk.

Watch for Bicycles Slow down and allow at least 3 feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle.

Look Out for New/Inexperienced Drivers Watch for teen drivers, especially near high school campuses.

Be Patient Never honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian, even if you have the legal right-of-way.

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