Contractor I.D. Badges

Starting today, as you come through our headquarters in Louisville, all Contractors, and qualified drivers need to stop in and see Libby in the company store to receive your campus I.D. Badge.  Here are the details:

  • All contractors, and qualified drivers receive an I.D. Badge.   Your first badge is free.  If your badge is lost or damaged, any additional badges will cost $10 each.
  • Any legal spouse that rides on the truck with a contractor, will receive a badge for free.  We will need to see a valid form of I.D., and we will need to verify that the spouse is an authorized passenger on the unit.
  • All authorized passengers that are not legal spouses, can obtain an I.D. badge.  Each individual badge will cost $10.00.  We will need a valid form of I.D., and we will need to verify that each person is an authorized passenger.  Authorized passengers are not required to obtain an I.D. Badge.  The Authorized Passenger will need to sign in at the front desk, and be accompanied by the contractor, or Mercer employee at all times while on campus, if they do not wish to obtain an I.D. Badge.

If you have any other questions, please contact Contractor Relations.

 

Have a great day, and GO MERCER!

 


Mercer Contractor I.D. Badge

Good afternoon from Mercertown!  We just wanted to check in and give everyone a heads up about an important change that is coming up.

Starting November 1st, all Mercer Contractors will be issued an official Mercer I.D. badge.  This badge will be almost identical to the I.D. badges that our campus employees wear to access each building.  On and after November 1st, as contractors come to Louisville, they will need to visit with Libby Netherton in the company store.  She will be able to take your picture and assign a badge to you.  Libby is available from 8am-12:30pm, and 1:30pm-4:45pm, Monday – Friday.

Your I.D. Badge will allow you to not have to physically sign in, and get a wristband anymore.  You will just simply scan your badge in at the door and walk in!

We have made the decision to assign these badges for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, we want to keep all Mercer Employees, Contractors, and visitors safe while on campus.  Secondly, we want our contractors to have access to other buildings, without the inconvenience of knocking on doors.  The lobbies in the Truck Ops building, and in the Recruiting/Safety building will remain unlocked during normal business hours.  With the I.D. Badge, contractors will now be able to access the Truck Pay Building, the Claims and Insurance building, and Freight Operations during normal business hours, without having to knock on doors, and wait to be allowed in.

Please remember that Libby will NOT be ready to start assigning badges until November 1st.  If you have any further questions, please contact our Contractor Relations Department.

Have a great day, and GO MERCER!!!


REAL ID Act

Good morning Team Mercer!

Some significant changes that may affect many of you at ALL Federal Government Facilities are upon us.  The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005.  It was a law seeking to create a national identification system by weaving together the states’ driver-licensing systems.  Currently three states are out of compliance, and in October, another 23 states will be out of compliance.  What this means ,is if your CDL was issued in a state that is out of compliance, ALL Federal Government Facilities, including the military bases we load at, will NOT recognize your cdl as a valid form of identification.

If you have a CDL from an out of compliance state, you will need a valid TWIC card, or Passport to get into any Federal Government Facility.  Most of our contractors have a TWIC card, so the vast majority of you will still be able to get into these facilities.  If you don’t have a TWIC card, it is now more important than ever to get one, and if you have a TWIC card, make sure it is current.

Below is a list of states, and what their status is:

Noncompliant States without Extensions:

  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Washington

 

Extension States:

 

The following states have an extension, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses from these states until October 10, 2016:

 

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Illinois—added since June 1
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire—added since June 1
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Carolina
  • Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia

 

Compliant States:

The following states are compliant with the REAL ID Act:

 

  • Alabama
  • Arizona—added since March 29
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

 


ELD MANDATE UPDATE

ELD Mandate Update
Mercer Transportation
2016

Happy New Year Mercer family and friends! As we begin working hard to have a successful and prosperous 2016, we would like to take some time to discuss the latest news about the impending ELD mandate, and how Mercer will enforce their policies concerning Electronic Logs this upcoming June.
As you know, Mercer previously announced that we will fully implement ELD usage throughout the fleet by June 30th, 2016. We made this decision very early in an attempt to get ahead of the curve, and not wait until the last second to try to convert the entire fleet over to using ELDs. So far we feel that we have made a tremendous amount of progress. Well over half of the fleet has converted to using ELDs at this point.

Just last month, the FMCSA published the mandate for use of ELDs throughout the entire industry. All truck models 2000 and newer will be required to be equipped with an ELD by December 10th, 2017. All truck models of 1999 or older were exempted by the FMCSA. A reason for this is the number of mechanical engine models still on the road that cannot be equipped with a legitimate ELD system. Although the FMCSA has exempted these models of trucks, Mercer will remain on course, and ALL trucks in the fleet with electronic engines, regardless of year model, will be required to install and use an ELD by June 30th, 2016. We have a very small amount of mechanical engine trucks in the fleet that will not be capable of installing an ELD. These trucks will be able to remain leased to Mercer as long as those contractors do not acquire ANY further log violations. However, this only accounts for about 3% of our fleet, and we will no longer consider leasing any more mechanical engine units to Mercer Transportation.

Many have questioned Mercer’s reasoning to mandate ELDs so early. Mercer Transportation has always prided itself with being one of the safest and most compliant fleets in the industry. We want to stay ahead of the curve. We began discussing the ELD mandate nearly 10 years ago. Our Safety Department, and General Management Group do not want to be a company that waits until the last minute to comply to these standards. It is also believed that moving forward that the companies that are running on paper logs will be much more heavily scrutinized by the DOT and FMCSA, and we would like for our contractors to not be in that position.

We understand that some of you that have not upgraded are skeptical about installing this device in your truck. We suggest that you at least stop by in Louisville, and visit with Safety and Contractor Relations, and at least see what your options are, and how the device works. We also suggest that you try not to wait until the last minute to install. We will be faced with a growing number of installs as we get closer to June, and it would be best to not squander productivity during the busiest freight volume time of the year.

In closing, we want to say again how much we appreciate you all. You have all helped Mercer Transportation continue to be the best place for Owner Operators and we are committed to your success for 2016 and beyond. Have a great day, and GO MERCER!

Sincerely,
Your Mercer Contractor Relations Team


TRUCK SHOW WEEK - SHUTTLES

Hello Mercer Family!

Truck show week is just next week!  Last week, we sent out a lot of information about all of the exciting activities here at Mercertown.  Throughout the week, I will post about all of these activities individually, so if you are planning on attending, you will be completely prepared.

Today we will be discussing our changes in transportation to and from the truck show.  For years we have tried to provide shuttles for our Mercer contractors to the show.  In the past we have usually rented vans and utilized our staff to transport visitors to and from.  However, this year we are changing that routine.  Fischer Buses will be providing transportation for our contractors this year.  They will have two buses alternating pickup up locations every 30 minutes during show hours.  Hopefully, this will allow everyone to schedule their day a little better as opposed to never know when a van is going to arrive.

So here is the tentative schedule for buses.  Please keep in mind that these times can change.  Early morning and late afternoon rush hours may could possibly delay the pickup times.

Thursday, March 26th
1st bus picks up at Mercer at 12:00 PM
2nd bus picks up at Mercer at 12:30 PM
Buses alternate every half hour until making final pickup at fairgrounds at 6:30 PM

Friday, March 27th
1st bus picks up at Mercer at 9:30 AM
2nd bus picks up at Mercer at 10:00 AM
Buses alternate every half hour until making final pickup at fairgrounds at 6:30 PM

Both buses arrive in front of Freedom Hall at 9:30 PM to pick up group after concert.

Saturday, March 28th
1st bus picks up at Mercer at 8:00 AM
2nd bus picks up at Mercer at 8:30 AM
Buses alternate every half hour until making final pickup at fairgrounds at 4:30 PM.


MID AMERICA TRUCK SHOW EVENTS AT MERCERTOWN

It’s that time of the year again folks!  In just three weeks, the truck show will be here.  We are busy finalizing our plans so that we can provide our visitors with a great experience!

The Mid America Truck Show is the biggest truck show in the country, and we are lucky enough to have it in our hometown of Louisville.  For years many of our contractors have flocked to Louisville to attend.  In the past we have provided transportation to the show, and entertainment at the yard to try to show how important our contractors are to us.  This year will be no different.  In fact, our booth at the show, and our driver appreciation events will be bigger and better than ever!

Whether you are a truck show week veteran or if this is your first time coming, below I will lay out all of our plans for the week of the show.  Pay close attention, because we have made some adjustments to our normal routine that you need to be aware of.

First we’ll discuss parking.  Most of you that attend know that it gets a little tight around here that week.  Here are our plans which will go into effect on the morning of Monday, March 23rd:

Lot 1 (Main lot): Loaded Truck/ Trailer units planning to remain on campus for twenty-four hours or less (where space permits) No empty trailer drops.
Lot 2 (Driver’s Lounge): Bobtail only parking. Tractors may be double parked in the East lanes of the parking lot and triple parked in the West lanes of the parking lot. No personal vehicles are allowed on the lot. No saving spaces. No empty trailer drops.
Lot 3: New recruit/ driver orientation/ over flow parking only. No empty trailer drops.
Lot 4: Alternate Bobtail parking
Lot 5: Empty Trailer drops. Two lanes shall remain open at all times to enable normal inspections traffic.
Trailers may be stacked to assist in management of the limited site.
Lot North of flood wall: Coupled truck/ trailer, dropped trailers, over flow parking etc.

Once you have arrived, and you get settled in, check in with Lisa at the front desk of the Truck Ops building or Jan at the front desk of the Recruiting building.  They will get you signed in, and give you a bag that will have a full itinerary of events, and some other goodies in it.  Then get plenty of rest as we will have a full day of activities on Wednesday March 25th.

Wednesday, March 25th:

9:00 AM – Our first scheduled event of the day will be the Contractor’s Forum in the warehouse.  This is an opportunity to be able to spend some time with most of the upper management of Mercer Transportation.  We will take some time to review last year, and preview this upcoming year, and also have some time for Q&A.

12:00 PM – We will have our first catered lunch by Dish on Market.  Food and drink will be available in the warehouse.

2:00 PM – Safety will be getting out of their normal routine of three seminars.  This year we will just have one seminar at 2PM, and it will be worth a 10 point safety score credit.  Also, the seminar will NOT be recording for viewing at a later date.  Please read the below message from Len Dunman regarding this:

TRUCKSHOW SEMINAR SCHEDULE REDUCED THIS YEAR
By Len Dunman

At 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25, Jaime Wilson, of Zurich Loss Control, will conduct a one–hour seminar on accident prevention. Zurich is Mercer’s insurance company and Jaime works closely with me in analyzing Mercer accidents and in developing accident reduction strategies. Drivers who attend this seminar and are signed in will receive 10 credit points on their safety score. This will be the only seminar we offer this year and it will not be recorded. Rob Curry and I will be available for a question and answer session after Jaime’s presentation.
For those drivers who want to earn additional credit points on their scores this year, the emphasis will be on ELDs. Thirty point credit is available for those who volunteer ahead of their scheduled date. To answer driver questions, the Log Department will expand their daily informational classes on Thursday and Friday. The schedule will be posted at the reception desk in the Recruiting Building.
Within the next several months, drivers will be able to earn safety credit for online safety courses. We are pretty far along on this and should have it underway by summer. Also, expect to see an announcement of a second safety equipment credit program. It will not replace the current credit but will be in addition to it. We are still receiving feedback from our insurance company and our shippers on what should be included. We are hoping to have this finished and rolled out to drivers by late Spring.

The truck show is one of my favorite times of the year. I look forward to spending time with everyone, answering your questions, and discussing your concerns. Mercer drivers are the best. Be safe.

 

After all of the important business stuff is complete, it will be time to have a blast at our annual Driver Appreciation Cookout!  Starting at 5:00Pm that Wednesday night, we will have food, music and fun at the warehouse during our Driver Appreciation Cookout.  This year, our booth at the truck show will have a 50’s Diner theme, and we will follow this theme with the cookout.  We will have a band, and a dance floor, and as always we will be giving away a lot of great prizes!  Also, please feel free to dress the part, and break out those poodle skirts and leather jackets!

In the past we have spent a lot of time drawing for prizes, and we are going to get away from that a little.  We will still have plenty of great door prizes, but we will be doing things a little different so that we are not standing in front of you all for an hour trying to give everything out.  When you get here and get your goodie bag, more information and direction will be available to you at that time.  Prizes will ONLY be available to currently qualified Mercer drivers and contractors who are present during the driver appreciation cookout.

Once we get done with the Driver Appreciation event, then it’s on to the big show!  We will have a catered lunch at the warehouse on Thursday at noon, and immediately start transporting drivers to the show.  The show hours are as follows:

Thursday March 26th – 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Friday March 27th – 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Saturday March 28th – 9:00AM – 4:00PM

The concert will be Friday night at 7:00PM

We will have some different transportation plans to shuttle contractors to and from the show.  We will have transportation provided to us by Fisher Buses throughout the show.  Fisher will provide two buses that will alternate pickup locations every 30 minutes.  Hopefully this will help as you should know when each bus will be in each location.  This schedule is subject to change, and we will include an official schedule in your goodie bag.   The only pick-up location  for drivers at the Mercer yard will be directly in front of the drivers lounge.  Also, these buses will NOT be able to transport any large items that are purchased at the show.  Please contact our facilities department to fulfill this need.  Here is our transportation schedule:

Thursday, March 26th
1st bus picks up at Mercer at 12:00 PM
2nd bus picks up at Mercer at 12:30 PM
Buses alternate every half hour until making final pickup at fairgrounds at 6:30 PM

Friday, March 27th
1st bus picks up at Mercer at 9:30 AM
2nd bus picks up at Mercer at 10:00 AM
Buses alternate every half hour until making final pickup at fairgrounds at 6:30 PM

Both buses arrive in front of Freedom Hall at 9:30 PM to pick up group after concert.

Saturday, March 28th
1st bus picks up at Mercer at 8:00 AM
2nd bus picks up at Mercer at 8:30 AM
Buses alternate every half hour until making final pickup at fairgrounds at 4:30 PM

I know this is a lot of information to take in.  As stated above, we will have official itineraries available starting Monday March 23rd with full details of all events.  Hopefully you can join us this year!  And if not, be safe out there!  Have a great day, and GO MERCER!


CARB Exemption Registration

It’s that time of the year again.  For those of you that have 2006 and older engines, and were registered last year for any of the CARB exemptions, it is time to renew those for the upcoming year.  Also, if you missed the chance to register last year, the window is now open to do so.  Mercer cannot do these exemptions for the driver, even if we helped in the past.  There is a lot of information needed, especially important odometer information that needs to be entered by the truck owner.  Below, I will link the pdf file for the reporting guide which will instruct you how to register online.  Once you have completed your renewal/registration, please send the certificate into the Contractor Relations department, along with the type of exemption you filed for written on the certificate.  Until Mercer receives this certificate, your non CARB compliant truck will not be offered any freight into or out of California.  You will have until the end of January to complete this.  Also, if you have any questions on how to register, or if you do not have your login information, you can contact CARB at 866-6DIESEL.  You can login to register at https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/ssltrucrstb/trucrs_reporting/reporting.php

Step by step reporting guide, click the link below:

reportingguide-2

 

Thanks and GO MERCER!

 

 

 


Update on Driver Appreciation

A little over a month ago, we sent out information about ordering your Driver Appreciation shirt online.  Originally we had set a deadline to do so of October 12th.  We have extended that deadline, but will soon have to close the window of opportunity to order.  If you have not ordered your shirt, please visit www.mercerdrivers.com, and select which shirt you would like to have sent to you.  Again, these shirts are NOT available in the company store, they are special order only.  If you are having any trouble ordering, please contact the Contractor Relations Department.  The new deadline will be Friday, November 7th.  Thanks and have a great day, and GO MERCER!!!


Wounded Warrior Project - Veteran's Day Goal of $11,111

 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the guns of war fell silent ending World War I. The day was known as Armistice Day. The war had raged for 4 years. The United States was involved from 1916 through 1918. During that time over 116,000 Americans were killed and over 204,000 were wounded. World War I was known as the ‘war to end all wars’. Just over 2 decades later the world was embroiled in an even greater war.

In the 100 years since WWI, American airmen, soldiers, sailors, marines and guardsmen of all ages, faiths, backgrounds and colors have heeded the call to arms when needed! Since that first Armistice in 1918, it is estimated that over 506,000 Americans have been killed in combat and related war incidents and over 968,000 have been injured.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” To this day, America continues to call on her sons and daughters to go into harm’s way. Every one of them deserves our respect and admiration.

The ranks of veterans of WWII and Korea are smaller every day. The Vietnam vets are growing older and many still remain in the shadows. The veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have served multiple tours and often come home with wounds that can’t be seen.

We owe far more to them than we can ever repay. But we can do something. That’s why Mercer Transportation supports the Wounded Warrior Project. In the past few years, the employees, contractors, supporters and friends of Mercer have donated over $130,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The need is as great now as it was the day we raised that first dollar. That’s why, this November 11th, (by the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) in honor of Veterans Day and in honor of all those who have served, we have a goal to raise $11, 111 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

If every employee, every contractor and every person in each Agent office would just donate $5.00, we can easily reach our goal. If you can give more, please consider doing so. If you can’t give at all, then we ask that you please support our veterans in some other way. A simple ‘thank you’ would be great.

If you can donate, please forward any contribution to Libby Netherton at Louisville. Libby will add up the donations and report our progress as we go.

Thank you for supporting the Wounded Warrior Project