CRETE CARRIER CORPORATION LAUNCHES PATRIOT FLEET

This month, Crete Carrier, a premier provider of truckload and logistics services, officially welcomed five very special trucks into its newly launched Patriot Fleet. The new black International ProStar tractors differ from the other 6,000 company trucks in a significant way: they are proudly decorated with decals that honor the United States Armed Forces.

“The Patriot Fleet trucks represent those that have served and sacrificed for our freedoms,” notes Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO at Crete Carrier. “We are honored to add these five Patriot Fleet trucks to the fleet and proudly represent America’s heroes.”

Five veterans have been chosen to drive the custom Patriot Fleet trucks, but The Patriot Fleet doesn’t stop with the five men behind the wheel. In fact, all drivers, office, and shop employees with veteran status are also part of the fleet.

“Since nearly 30% of the employees at Crete Carrier Corporation have veteran status these trucks represent all of those members within the Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking family. We are all very proud of the men and women who have shown their patriotism to our country,” said Jeff Dady, Driver Development Manager at Crete Carrier. “We are recognizing our drivers, shop, and office employees with the 5 trucks, but also with custom identification tags and individual patriot fleet decals. I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of an organization like Crete Carrier Corporation that is doing so much for its current and prior military members.”

Through the years, Crete Carrier has participated in a number of programs specifically for current and former military personnel, including its proud contributions to the Operation Enduring Care Program of the USO, being a certified employer partner of the Armed Forces, and supporting the Wounded Warrior Program.

Crete and Shaffer have consistently been recognized as a national leader in supporting current and former members of the military and has received numerous national, state and armed service awards. This year alone, Crete Carrier Corporation was named to CivilianJobs.com’s annual Most Valuable Employers for Military list. Crete also received a Patriot Award from the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for the third straight year. Also, the ESGR presented the inaugural Five Star Employer Support Award to Crete Carrier Corporation.

To learn more about Crete Carrier Corporation’s career opportunities for current and former military members, please visit http://www.thepatriotfleet.com. You can also join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thepatriotfleet.

CRETE CARRIER CORPORATION LAUNCHES PATRIOT FLEET

This month, Crete Carrier, a premier provider of truckload and logistics services, officially welcomed five very special trucks into its newly launched Patriot Fleet. The new black International ProStar tractors differ from the other 6,000 company trucks in a significant way: they are proudly decorated with decals that honor the United States Armed Forces.

“The Patriot Fleet trucks represent those that have served and sacrificed for our freedoms,” notes Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO at Crete Carrier. “We are honored to add these five Patriot Fleet trucks to the fleet and proudly represent America’s heroes.”

Five veterans have been chosen to drive the custom Patriot Fleet trucks, but The Patriot Fleet doesn’t stop with the five men behind the wheel. In fact, all drivers, office, and shop employees with veteran status are also part of the fleet.

“Since nearly 30% of the employees at Crete Carrier Corporation have veteran status these trucks represent all of those members within the Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking family. We are all very proud of the men and women who have shown their patriotism to our country,” said Jeff Dady, Driver Development Manager at Crete Carrier. “We are recognizing our drivers, shop, and office employees with the 5 trucks, but also with custom identification tags and individual patriot fleet decals. I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of an organization like Crete Carrier Corporation that is doing so much for its current and prior military members.”

Through the years, Crete Carrier has participated in a number of programs specifically for current and former military personnel, including its proud contributions to the Operation Enduring Care Program of the USO, being a certified employer partner of the Armed Forces, and supporting the Wounded Warrior Program.

Crete and Shaffer have consistently been recognized as a national leader in supporting current and former members of the military and has received numerous national, state and armed service awards. This year alone, Crete Carrier Corporation was named to CivilianJobs.com’s annual Most Valuable Employers for Military list. Crete also received a Patriot Award from the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for the third straight year. Also, the ESGR presented the inaugural Five Star Employer Support Award to Crete Carrier Corporation.

To learn more about Crete Carrier Corporation’s career opportunities for current and former military members, please visit http://www.thepatriotfleet.com. You can also join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thepatriotfleet.

Crete Carrier receives twentieth annual “Salute to Business” award.

Crete Carrier recently was named the recipient for the twentieth annual “Salute to Business” award. The award has been given to Crete for the outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to the city and citizens of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Crete Carrier Corporation has been a fixture in Nebraska for nearly 50 years. Duane Acklie started the company as a small business in 1966 and nearly 50 years later it’s grown to serve 48 states and employ more than 6,000 people.

Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO of the company, said, “Starting in Crete, Nebraska with 50 trucks to today we have over 5,000 trucks. So we’ve had a nice steady growth over the years and we’re fortunate enough to have great people in our organization.”

Crete Carrier is the twentieth company to be handpicked for this award by the combined rotary clubs of Lincoln.

Jim Smith, who serves as a committee chair, said, “We think of the values not only to Lincoln, Nebraska, and to the state of Nebraska, but to the entire country for all the employees that they have all over the country.”

The pride could be felt around the room, especially for Crete Carrier’s employees. They said even though they’ve grown a lot, the only direction they’re going is up.

And it’s because of the community’s unending support.

“Lincoln and Nebraska are tremendous contributors to our success,” said Ostergard. “The people and the communities we’re so fortunate to be apart of.”

Additionally, Governor Heineman was there for the luncheon. He officially declared March 27th, Duane Acklie Day in honor of his company and his contributions.

Link to Video of the event

*** Thank you to KLKNTV Channel 8 for providing the video link above, and additional information used in this article.

CRETE CARRIER, SHAFFER TRUCKING, & HUNT TRANSPORTATION NAMED TOP-PAYING CARRIERS

The National Transportation Institute, publishers of the National Survey of Driver Wages has awarded Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation it’s coveted Top Pay Carrier designation. To earn this elite award a carrier must qualify in three critical categories that together make professional driving a rewarding and secure career choice. The categories are top tier pay, benefits and carrier stability. All three companies ranked in the highest group for driver pay and benefits while Crete Carrier Corporation ranked in the highest group for financial stability.

NTI’s survey benchmarks thousands of driver pay packages and evaluates carriers on the basis of excellence in three key categories: driver pay, health and retirement benefits, and financial stability. The results of the evaluation process are weighted into a single index number and ranked against other carriers, creating a select group of top paying carriers.

“Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation are committed to providing drivers with one of the top compensation packages in our industry,” said Tonn Ostergard, Crete Carrier Corporation President and CEO. “We’re honored to receive the Top Pay Carrier recognition. Retaining and attracting safe, experienced drivers ensures we’re able to continue to deliver superior service to our customers on a daily basis.”

In addition to great compensation and benefits (including medical, dental, and vision plans), the debt-free Crete Carrier family of companies also boasts industry low turnover and top CSA scores.

“Our driver turnover is less than one-third of the overall industry average. We are committed to hiring the best people in the industry, and that pays dividends in the long run in terms of lower turnover. Also, consistently we are at or near the top in every CSA safety category. I’m very proud of our CSA scores, and it’s a validation of the safety programs that we’ve had in place forever. These scores really validate the efforts that we’ve made, and the efforts that our drivers have made to be one of the top safe companies in the industry,” says Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO of Crete Carrier Corporation.

“Crete Carrier Corporation is certainly an industry employer of choice in these three areas, which all drivers are looking for when deciding where they’d like to work,” said Gordon Klemp, President of NTI. “We’re proud to recognize Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation as three of the nation’s best for its total compensation package with our Top Pay Carrier designation. Their addition as a Top Pay Carrier strengthens an already elite group.”

“We believe that a driver looking for a career would be well served to work for a carrier like Crete, Shaffer or Hunt where they know they among the best paid drivers, have health care and retirement plans that are first rate, work for a financially sound organization that will be around, and don’t have to be concerned about being targeted for inspections because their carrier is a leader in safety and compliance”. Klemp concluded.

To learn more about driving positions available and benefits at Crete Carrier Corporation, please visit www.cretecarrierjobs.com or call 800-998-2221.

OWENS CORNING RECOGNIZES CRETE CARRIER FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Lincoln, NE (October 11, 2011) — Owens Corning recently named Crete Carrier as a recipient of a 2010 Global Logistics Carrier Excellence award.

The Owens Corning Global Logistics team recognized Crete Carrier for superior on-time performance, while contributing significantly to the success of the entire Owens Corning enterprise in 2010.  Crete Carrier was among a select group of carriers that Owens Corning recognized for their extraordinary commitment to Owens Corning. This is the fourth year in a row that Crete has been recognized for this award. Over the past year, Crete has shipped loads of insulation, shingles, stone products as well as fiberglass and raw materials on the composite side produced by Owens Corning.

Crete has again proven to be our top dry van carrier over the last twelve months. They have a professional team that works very hard on our account, and they have out performed their competition everyday,”says Brad Parkhurst, Customer Relations Leader, Owens Corning.

“This type of superior customer service truly makes a difference and through these efforts we have been able to separate Crete Carrier from the other companies serving Owens Corning. Thank you to our entire team of associates and our drivers. The Carrier of the Year Award couldn’t have been won without each of you. You are our most valuable resource,” says Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO of Crete Carrier Corporation.

Owens Corning annually recognizes carriers of all types for their service on both inbound and outbound transportation service.   In addition to service, award-winning carriers are living Owens Corning’s waste-free sustainability goal by their involvement with the SmartWay™ Transport Partnership and impressive safety record. SmartWay™ is a voluntary partnership between various freight industry sectors and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

About Crete Carrier Corporation
Founded in 1966, Crete Carrier Corporation, along with operating division Shaffer Trucking and wholly-owned subsidiary Hunt Transportation, Inc., ranks as one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, offering a full range of transportation services to our customers.
For more information about Crete Carrier Corporation, please visit www.CreteCarrier.com or email Andy Brabec at abrabec@cretecarrier.com.

About Owens Corning
Since Owens Corning was founded in 1938, the company has continued to grow as a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology. A Fortune 500 company for more than 56 years, Owens Corning people redefine what is possible each day to deliver high-quality products and services to customers around the world

Creating a Community

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By Gary Bricken

How Crete Carrier Corporation Uses Social Media To Inform, Educate And Attract Drivers

For many years truckers have had a legitimate complaint that our industry has been slow to accept new ideas. But consider the fact that “trucking” is an enormously complex industry whose job it is to move everything from raw materials to finished goods. What starts out looking like a load of gravel in Bolivia may well after processing or refining become a element vital to the production of a chemical that eventually, after many more journeys by truck, becomes an important part of the family car. And that too was moved by a trucker from the factory to the showroom. In the past each trucker in this great enterprise only knew a handful of the others involved in this worldwide enterprise. But now with the advent of Social Media our interaction with others in our industry is increasing at a dynamic pace.

Social Media can be defined as the use of all the tools of our modern electronic age to keep in touch with family, friends, our co-workers and the management. The tools change constantly but are basically updated via more and more powerful internet-based systems.
Introducing new ideas has always carried risk in any complex industry. In trucking it has been doubly so because the task of transporting goods is among the oldest professions on earth. Traditions and expectations that overlay the transportation industry were long established before anyone today was even born. The result has been what some truckers have seen as slow progress in embracing new ideas is in reality a careful process in finding a way to integrate new ideas successfully in long established routines. Social Media sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube among others are the new pathways to driver communication that can greatly enhance the trucking experience for everyone.

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The quick rise of these platforms has made the world a smaller place. Many within the trucking industry have used this to their advantage, from companies recruiting on Twitter to drivers bringing attention to industry hot topics through Facebook groups. Crete Carrier Corp., based in Lincoln, NE, is a great example of a fleet who changed their way of thinking to create an online community for their drivers.

Comprised of three distinct groups: Crete Carrier for dry vans; Shaffer Trucking for temperature controlled vans and Hunt Transportation for specialized flatbed hauling. Together, they bring to the table more than two hundred years of experience, so it comes as no surprise that management gave careful consideration to the incredibly fast changing nature of the internet and it potential ability to assist their drivers with real time news and information and make their work easier and more rewarding. About a year ago, they made a full commitment to change by creating a series of new Social Media sites. Crete’s work has transformed the trucking website industry from a recruiting tool to a true driver driven communications website where the men and women behind the wheel could finally take their rightful place in telling the company’s story.

The first site to be developed was on Facebook According to Andy Brabec, the Communications and Marketing Specialist who heads up Crete’s effort to get the best use from Social Media, “To be honest we had just 60 people at first on the site. Now just a year, later more then 2,200 members are contributing to this site. Recruiting is not the focus of this site at all.  It’s an information exchange with the drivers providing the answers to questions that come in from fellow drivers and other visitors. It has turned out to be a great place to allow facts to replace rumors and make drivers aware that they are not alone in the challenges they face driving cross-country rigs. Our drivers, not the management hold this community together.”  The Crete YouTube website is more aimed a recruiting and training effort with the drivers themselves talking about the work they do, how they are treated and what they have personally experienced with the company. They don’t pull any punches on this website either (www.youtube.com/cretecarriercorp).  The Twitter site tends to be more of an internal information site that allows drivers, who again run much of dialog, to give voice to industry news and company events. Some of the comments are very serious, some quite funny but all very honest opinions from the people who do the heavy lifting in this industry. The Blog site (blog.cretecarrier.com) serves as sort of the gateway all the other sites and is described by Andy Brabec as “The key to running an effective Social Media campaign.”
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Crete is also among the progressive fleets that are using YouTube and Facebook as education tools for their drivers. For example, Crete Carrier Corporation has posted a series of videos on trailer/trailer skirting. These videos, which are narrated by Brent Falgione, tractor manager for Crete (and Shaffer Trucking), are informative and short enough to keep your attention  – usually no more than 2:30 minutes long.

Crete also has recruiting videos, and short features on the CARB rule, optimization software, and their home time program. Feel free to check out the sites at http://www.youtube.com/CreteCarrierCorp or http://www.facebook.com/CreteCarrierCorporation
Crete’s social media efforts have more of a “customer service” approach in that they give their current drivers the information they need from the company, but also introduce information about the company that potential drivers would be interested in. For example, a recent video podcast was about company benefits, and the fact that they have gotten better during the recession. “I think a message like that speaks to our current drivers as a way of driver retention and it speaks to potential drivers as a way of wanting to learn more about Crete/Shaffer/Hunt,” Brabec said.  

A measure of success in this industry is the turnover rate. At Crete Carriers, they have managed to maintain a good enough score to be in the lower one-third of over 12,000 trucking companies in the US. As Social Media sites, like the ones being developed and improved almost daily at Crete, become a mainstream process for this industry it’s likely that all turnover rates will begin to decline and those companies that provided the leadership for this trend will be see greatest benefit from this work. While the younger drivers may adapt more easily to some of these new tools and concepts, the older drivers can be proud of the fact that they were the earliest users of the Social Media concept with the introduction of the CB radio almost a half century ago. It was a huge leap over the days when drivers used hand and headlight signals to warn others of problems down the road. And everybody had a “handle” – sort of like an email address today.  The world of trucking never really changes at heart, it just gets better thanks to guys like Andy Brabec and innovative companies like Crete Carriers.

For more information on potential career opportunities, see the contact information in Crete inserts throughout the magazine.

http://www.youtube.com/CreteCarrierCorp
http://www.facebook.com/CreteCarrierCorporation

INCREASED BUSINESS OPENS UP OWNER-OPERATOR OPPORTUNITIES

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking currently have more than 250 Owner-Operators behind the wheel and are looking to add more to the fleet. Crete and Shaffer take pride in the fact that they have a reputation of hiring the most professional Owner-Operators the trucking industry has to offer. Maintaining a quality overall Owner-Operator program allows them to lease on some of the best small business operators in the industry.

The Business Model at Crete and Shaffer is unique to the industry because Owner Operators really are small business owners.  Whether an Owner-Operator currently owns a tractor or desires to purchase a truck, the Business Model is designed to help build a business.  Crete and Shaffer’s financing program is a true purchase plan with a reasonable down payment and favorable interest rate, allowing the Owner-Operator to build equity in the purchased equipment and receive actual ownership of the truck with a free and clear title when the last financing payment is made.

Owner-Operators joining our team are compensated based on Rand McNally Practical Route miles opposed to the short route miles used by many other carriers. All Owner-Operators enjoy excellent fuel price control with our fuel surcharges and fuel discounts keeping fuel cost at or below $1.20 per gallon.  Further, the fuel surcharge is also paid using practical route loaded miles rather than the lesser short route miles. In addition to available medical, dental, vision, short term disability, life and other insurance plans, the Owner-Operator program features include access to the Bridgestone National Tire Purchase Program, a tractor re-license credit, detention pay as soon as we invoice the customer, and an IRA Program with contributions made by the company on your behalf to help you save for the future.

“Owner Operators and small to medium-sized fleet owners have always been an integral part of Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking. It would be difficult to find a more honest, real, and successful Owner-Operator business in the trucking industry. As an independent business owner, you have several pay options and fleets to choose from when deciding where you want to operate your truck. Subsidy payments to offset high fuel prices, IRAs, equipment purchase plans, and other favorable Owner-Operator programs are all geared to help ensure your success,” says Lyle Kruse, Equipment Sales Manager at Crete Carrier Corporation.

To learn about joining our Owner-Operator program contact our Crete Carrier Corporation Recruiting Team at 800-998-2221 or apply online at CreteCarrierJobs.com. For more information about our purchase program contact Lyle Kruse at Crete Carrier Corporation at 800-998-4095 x7098.

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For more information about Crete Carrier Corporation, please visit www.CreteCarrier.com or email Andy Brabec at abrabec@cretecarrier.com.

NEW HOME WEEKLY FLEETS AVAILABLE

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking now have home weekly fleets available in several areas throughout the country. Drivers will be paid on practical route miles, and can enjoy home time on a weekly basis. A safe driver with a good background can join Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking with pay for experience. Our wage levels for drivers combined with an excellent benefits package is among the best in the entire industry.

At Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking we know that being a top pay carrier is important, and that’s why we recently increased starting driver pay 3¢ per practical mile, but as a family owned company we also know that it’s important to provide drivers the opportunity to be home regularly. The new home weekly fleet allows drivers to get home while still being productive and earning a great paycheck.

“Hiring drivers who wish to be home weekly will help position our company to grow.  We feel it is very important to provide drivers with numerous lifestyle choices.  The creation of our new fleet allows us to provide a driver excellent home time and still allow them to run good miles and earn a good paycheck,” says Craig Wingle, Director of Recruiting at Shaffer Trucking.

Over the last few years the trucking industry has been directly affected by the down economy. Driver capacity has made the headlines of most every industry magazine stating a large deficient in the driver pool. This makes filling empty trucks a very high priority for all companies. As a result, companies are using short term hiring tactics such as hiring bonuses to lure drivers to their companies. Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking have a different approach and continue to use long term strategies that benefit our drivers such as:  top pay and benefits, profit sharing and 401(k), late-model well-maintained equipment, a Safety First and Foremost culture, sleep apnea and driver health programs, and now home weekly fleets.

“We recently announced to the industry our ability to have drivers home on a week to week basis from several areas and customer lanes throughout the country. I’m proud to announce our weekly home time for drivers. I encourage prospective drivers to talk with our current drivers, visit our websites (CreteCarrierJobs.com or ShafferJobs.com) or call our Recruiting teams for more details,” says Richard Snyder, Director of Recruiting at Crete Carrier.

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking are poised to prosper from the economic recovery, and we are constantly striving to create better opportunities for drivers to be home more often, and enjoy their home time with their family.

Drivers can visit the websites www.CreteCarrierJobs.com or www.ShafferJobs.com to apply or learn more about Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking. Drivers can also call Crete Carrier at 800-998-2221 or Shaffer Trucking at 800-669-0322 to speak directly to a recruiter.

About Crete Carrier Corporation

Founded in 1966, Crete Carrier Corporation, along with operating division Shaffer Trucking and wholly-owned subsidiary Hunt Transportation, Inc., ranks as one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, offering a full range of transportation services to our customers. For more information about Crete Carrier Corporation, please visit www.CreteCarrier.com or email Andy Brabec at abrabec@cretecarrier.com.


























CRETE CARRIER OPENS NEW KNOXVILLE TERMINAL

Crete Carrier Corporation opened the doors to its new Knoxville, Tennessee, terminal in September. The new terminal, located west of Knoxville, sits next to Interstate 40 and Highway 321, and can be accessed using exits 364 and 362. The physical address is 2229 West Buttermilk Road, Lenoir City, Tennessee.

The terminal is built on 26 acres of fenced land and includes an office, driver center, tractor/trailer shop, technician lounge, and training room. It also has a separate facility for a truck wash, and a fuel island with an inspection lane. Included in the 26 acres is 15 acres of hard surface parking space which will accommodate lots of space for future fleet growth.

“I am extremely pleased to see the completion of the terminal. The location is excellent for our drivers to access the property with easy access and visibility from the interstate. There is also ample room for parking, and a state of the art driver center that includes a driver training room, lounge, lunch room, showers, laundry, and bunk rooms,” says Karel Znamenacek, Executive Vice President of Crete Carrier Corporation.

The terminal will also be environmentally friendly. In addition to the recycling of routine shop consumables, the wash water from the truck wash will be reclaimed and recycled, and the shop will use a waste oil heater for fuel to heat the shop in the winter.

About Crete Carrier Corporation

Founded in 1966, Crete Carrier Corporation, along with operating division Shaffer Trucking and wholly-owned subsidiary Hunt Transportation, Inc., ranks as one of the largest privately owned trucking companies in the country, offering a full range of transportation services to our customers. For more information about Crete Carrier Corporation, please visit www.CreteCarrier.com or email Andy Brabec at abrabec@cretecarrier.com.

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