Arrow Truck Sales Announces Back On The Road Team
Industry leaders join Arrow Truck Sales to help get one driver back behind the wheel
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Arrow Truck Sales is joining forces with Volvo Trucks North America, Heartland Express, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), National Truck Protection, Inc. (NTP), and ATBS for Back On The Road 2008, an initiative designed to benefit a deserving owner-operator in need of a truck and job.
After a nationwide search, Arrow and its industry associates will present the winner with a 2005 VNL 670, provided by Volvo Trucks North America, and a one-year work agreement compliments of Heartland Express. Volvo will outfit the truck with Volvo Link, its propriety two-way satellite communications system for reliable communication between terminals and drivers anywhere, any time.
To provide security for the winning owner-operator, OOIDA and NTP will provide the winner with insurance and a warranty, respectively.
In addition to these essentials, the winner will receive business services from ATBS, including consulting and financial tools to help get his or her business on track.
“We are proud to work with these leaders in our industry to bring Back On The Road to life,” said Carl Heikel, president and CEO of Arrow Truck Sales. “We appreciate their dedication to and support of this worthy cause. With the help of our team, we’ll be able to present our winner with all the supplies and tools he or she will need for a successful year back behind the wheel.”
Arrow will accept nominations for Back On The Road from Nov. 5, 2007 until Jan. 15, 2008 at www.backontheroad2008.com. A winner will be announced in March 2008 and will receive the truck during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.
Arrow invites people from across the country to nominate friends, family members, associates and even themselves for this opportunity. Applications should include a compelling 250-word story explaining why this person deserves to win. Stories about family loss, loss from natural disaster or a recent return from military service will all be considered valid story submissions.
Following MATS, the winner will head out on the road. Along the way, he or she will provide a glimpse into life on the road through updates posted on the Back On The Road Web site.
For more information on Arrow’s Back On The Road 2008 Contest™, visit www.backontheroad2008.com. For more information on Arrow Truck Sales, visit www.arrowtruck.com.
About Arrow Truck Sales
Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. is North America's leading source of pre-owned heavy- and medium-duty trucks. Arrow carries all makes and models, maintaining a diverse inventory of nearly 2,000 over-the-road tractors, vocational and specialty vehicles, and trailers. Arrow's commitment to integrity, quality, value, and selection has earned the business of fleets and owner-operators across North America since 1950. Arrow is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and has 17 retail locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. is part of the Volvo Group of companies, a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. With 2006 sales of approximately $34 billion, Volvo's business areas include heavy trucks, buses, construction equipment, marine and industrial drive systems, aerospace, and financial services.
About Volvo Trucks North America
Participation Includes: Donation of 2005 VNL 670
Volvo Trucks North America is also part of the Volvo Group. Volvo manufactures a broad line of on-highway and vocational Class 8 trucks and tractors for North America. Volvo’s trucks are known for their safety, fuel efficiency, driver productivity and uptime. Each new or used purchase is supported by a strong dealer network and by industry-leading parts and service programs. For more information, please visit www.volvotrucks.us.com.
About Heartland Express
Participation Includes: One-year work agreement for winning truck driver
Russell Gerdin founded Heartland Express in 1978 with four people and 16 trucks. It became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ market in 1986, and ended that year posting gross revenues of $21.6 million and has since grown to well over $600 million by providing the best on-time service in the truckload industry.
Heartland Express is an irregular route truckload carrier based in North Liberty, Iowa serving customers with primary shipping lanes east of the Rocky Mountains and the southwest United States. They offer long-haul and regional opportunities for solos and teams. For more information, please visit www.heartlandexpress.com.
Participation includes: Consulting and financial tools
ATBS is the largest business services provider in the United States providing services to owner-operators, fleets, finance companies and other partners in the trucking industry. Through education, business consulting, accounting, tax, maintenance management and other business products and services, ATBS provides a comprehensive showcase of offerings designed to make our clients the most successful in the industry. For more information, visit www.ATBSshow.com.
About The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
Participation includes: Insurance policy for truck
OOIDA is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo., area. The Association currently has more than 156,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.
Through its subsidiary, Owner-Operator Services, the Association offers a wide variety of benefit programs to help members reduce costs and operate more safely and efficiently. For more information on OOIDA or its subsidiaries, please visit www.ooida.com.
About National Truck Protection, Inc.
Participation includes: One-year warranty
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Carlstadt, N.J., NTP is the largest independent domestic provider of engine and transmission warranties for used heavy-duty trucks. The Company markets its primary offering, extended warranties, through regional truck dealerships, which sell NTP's inspection and warranty coverage to their customers. NTP also owns Dover Diesel Service, Inc. (DDS), a truck-repair shop, which provides repair and rebuild service for diesel engines. For more information, please visit www.nationaltruckprot.com.