Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Prime Drivers Compete in Olympic Distance Triathlon

Prime Drivers Compete in Olympic Distance Triathlon

Driving tanker, flatbed, and refrigerated trailers, seven Prime drivers recently arrived in Anderson, S.C., to compete in the Revolution 3 Olympic-distance triathlon relay and aquabike. The triathlon, sponsored by Pilot Flying J, consists of a 0.9-mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run.

Prime's Driver Health and Fitness program entered two relay teams in which each driver did one leg of the triathlon. Jeff Schmid also competed in the aqua bike, doing both the swim and bike legs individually.

Matt Young, Jason Davis, and Matt Buchanan comprised the "Matt Sandwich" team that finished in 3:37:35. Diane Kehoe, Mario Abramson and David Calhoun comprised the "Prime Allstars" team that finished in 3:58:31. Jeff Schmid finished the aquabike in 2:36:13.

It was a tough go for swimmers Young and Kehoe. As long haul drivers, they had limited opportunity to train for the long swim, and neither had ever swam with a wetsuit, which they both conceded was "too tight," forcing them to ditch the wetsuits during the swim. Both completed the swim and handed off their timing chip to cyclists Davis and Abramson. Davis, a former professional BMX bicycle racer who is competing in this year's BMX National Championships, had never ridden a high-performance triathlon bike, which was provided to him by the race organizers and Pilot Flying J.

He finished the bicycle leg in 1 hour 28 minutes and 51 seconds, riding at an average pace of 16.75 mph. Abramson, on the other hand, carried his own specialized road bike on his truck, and completed the bike leg in 1 hour 41 minutes and 29 seconds. Both cyclists competed in Prime's September Bicycle Challenge with Davis riding 154.98 miles and finishing first and Abramson finishing sixth with 33.83 miles during the month-long competition.

Buchannan finished the run in 58 minutes and 21 seconds for the Matt Sandwich team, while Calhoun came across the line with a split time of 1 hour 6 minutes and 6 seconds.

For the drivers in both relay teams, this was their first ever triathlon and they were the first long-haul drivers to be a part of the Truckers To Triathlon program created by Dr. George "Bud" Harris. Not so, however, for Jeff Schmid. In 2008, Schmid started training for sprint triathlons while driving in the Midwest. To date, he has competed in eight triathlons and earned an athletic trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010.

Schmid finished the swim in 46 minutes and 21 seconds and finished the bike in 1 hour 45 minutes and 4 seconds, riding at an average speed of 14.16 mph.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Prime Receives EPA SmartWay Excellence Awards

Company remains leader for freight supply chain efficiency

October 9, 2012 (Springfield, Mo.) – Prime inc. was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with two prestigious 2012 SmartWay Excellence Awards for its Flatbed and Eco-Featherweight divisions. The annual awards are given to organizations that achieve or exceed the fuel reduction and environmental performance goals they are working toward with the help of the SmartWay Transport Partnership.
            “Earning this award is very important to all of us at Prime,” said Nick Forte, who works in Prime’s maintenance operations support. “Our philosophy has always been to conduct business in a safe and efficient manner. By winning this award, it escalates us to the top one percent of carriers in the country that are actively pursuing ways to reduce our carbon footprint, while delivering safe and on-time freight.”
            Only forty of the nearly 3,000 SmartWay partners received a SmartWay Excellence Award in the categories of shipper, carrier and logistics partners. Awardees were chosen based on their ability to demonstrate top environmental performance by adopting fuel-saving technologies and strategies to save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The data collected helps to keep track of each freight operation’s energy and environmental efficiency, supply chain carbon and emissions performance and helps to optimize operations. The award for truck and multimodal carrier partners were announced at the American Trucking Association’s Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev.
            “We pride ourselves in protecting the environment for our children and grandchildren and being good stewards to our limited natural resources,” said Forte. “It is important to Prime to support SmartWay initiatives as it provides a comprehensive matrix that allows all shippers to be benchmarked on overall greenhouse gas emissions and allows us to validate internal initiatives on reduction of our greenhouse gasses.”
            For more information about Prime inc., please visit www.primeinc.com or call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

About Prime inc.
Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime inc. is North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics trucking company. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime's personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company's growth remains steady and well managed. For more information about Prime, please visit www.primeinc.com.
About SmartWay
EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today the Partnership consists of nearly 3,000 Partners representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 55 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 3 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (23.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons nitrogen oxide and 22,000 tons of particulate matter reduced so far) help protect the health and well-being of citizens while contributing to the nation’s economic and energy security. For more information on SmartWay, visit www.epa.gov/smartway/.

Prime Inc.'s Eco Featherweight Equipment.  www.ecofeatherweight.com