Prime Inc. equips MSHP with safety technology
Prime Inc. recently equipped the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s (MSHP) mobile command vehicle with cutting-edge safety technology, according to Don Lacy, Prime’s director of safety. Members of the MSHP visited the company’s headquarters last fall to see what Prime has implemented on its trucks to help them operate safely. “Maj. Brett Johnson drove a simulator at our Training Center, and the group rode in trucks equipped with forward-looking radar, lane departure warning and rollover stability control,” Lacy said. The $800,000 mobile command and communication vehicle, acquired through a Homeland Security federal grant, allows interoperability between local, state and national law enforcement during natural disasters, serious events or an act of terrorism. Prime personnel installed a lane departure system, donated by Iteris, which alerts the driver if the vehicle is inadvertently drifting out of the lane.
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Transport America supports great cause
For the 16th year in a row, Transport America was involved in the Minnesota MS 150 bicycle race, which featured more than 3,000 riders. Transport America provided 19 tractors and trailers to transport bikes and supplies from the metro area of White Bear Lake to the start of the ride in Proctor, MN. Company drivers volunteered their time to drive the trucks, and two independent contractors donated both their time and equipment. Fourteen company drivers, two owner-operators, nine operational support staff and two race participants joined to support the cause. “It is an absolute honor to work with a group of people willing to donate their time and talent to such a worthy cause,” says Keith Klein, executive vice president and COO of Transport America.
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Marten Transport adds layover pay
Marten Transport boosted its pay package by increasing its layover pay. “We don’t want our drivers to have to worry about a layover,” says Marten’s Director of Recruiting Tim Norlin. “But when it’s necessary, Mar-ten wants to ensure that our drivers are fairly compensated for their time.” Marten pays $100 per day for layovers. Recently, the National Transportation Institute found Marten Transport as one of the nation’s best for total compensation packages.
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Circadiance launches the SleepWeaver in Canada
Circadiance, a world leader in soft cloth nasal CPAP masks, will launch the Sleep-Weaver in Canada. “This milestone demonstrates our commitment to quality through having a certified quality system,” said David Groll, Circadiance’s CEO. More than 40 million American adults (and a similar number outside the U.S.) have obstructive sleep apnea – a common breathing disorder in which the airway collapses or is blocked during sleep. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause a host of medical concerns, including high blood pressure, memory problems, diabetes, impotency and headaches.