Hotel Discount

In the event you don’t want to sleep in your truck sometimes, Mercer now has a 10% discount off the lowest advertised price at La Quinta Inns and Suites. They are offering 10% discount of the lowest advertised price. They boast over 900 locations currently but will have access to over 9,000 locations in a few months when the acquisition by Wyndham Hotels is complete. We will update you when that happens. This can be used for business or personal reasons. All you have to do is visit https://www.lq.com/en/clients/M3RCER?promoCode=M3RCER&stop_mobi=yes or www.lq.com. The code for the discount is M3RCER and can also be used to book by phone or in person. We hope you enjoy your stay.


Seasonal Parking Requirements: 2017

Seasonal Parking Requirements: 2017

Seasonal Parking Requirements for UPS/Christmas/Holiday parking

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, nor long term parking . (Truck maintenance prohibited)

Lot 2 (Driver’s Lounge): BOBTAIL PARKING ONLY . Tractors shall be double parked in the East lanes of the parking lot and triple pa rked in the West lanes of the parking lot.. No long term personal vehicles are allowed on the lot.. No saving spaces.. No empty trailer drops.. Trailers may be dropped at Lot 7,, 1301 Portland Ave (Truck maintenance prohibited)

Lot 3 (Recruiting Building): New recruit/driver orientation/over flow parking only.. No empty trailer drops.. (Truck maintenance allowed)

Lot 4 (Derby City Lot): NO BOBTAILS OR TRAILERS. Four – wheel parking only.

Lot 5 (Inspections Building): Lease trailer program and Inspections . 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) (Truck maintenance allowed)

Lot 6 (Building 5 ): Employee vehicle parking only.

Lot 7 (Depot Lot): Secured parking is available for trailer drops on this lot.. (11301 Portland Ave,, 40203) (Truck maintenance allowed)

Additional Information

Transportation/relocation fee: All empty trailer drops shall be coordinated with Mercer Facilities and located on LOT 7 . Empty trailers that are discovered on Lot 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 may be moved to Lot 7 and may be subject to a transportation fee of $50.00.

Mercer Transportation:
Many of our Drivers work thru the night and require day time hours for rest and recovery.. To support restful sleeping, we have restricted all Truck maintenance by outside vendors from Lot 1 and Lot 2. If maintenance work is required, please relocate your truck to Lot 5 (Inspection Lot) or Lot 7 (Depot Lot) to complete the vehicle maintenance.. We h ave established a safe work zone in the parking spots adjacent to the Inspection building.. Please be considerate of your fellow drivers while they sleep and assist with supporting Safe Driving.

***** (We reserve the right to modify these requirements to support operations) *****


A Message From Tim Comstock

Prayers for those effected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

To all our Mercer Contractors and Drivers,

For all of you, who’ve been impacted in any way by hurricane Harvey or Irma, please know that your Mercer family continues to keep you in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. As in any family, when one member is hurting the entire family rallies around that member in need to offer their support.

Many have called asking about hurricane relief efforts to help our fellow Americans in need. I recently met with Mike Wilks our Director of Sales to discuss possible future opportunities. Although there is nothing definitive yet, he’s been contacted by some of our biggest customers in our system about need for capacity from Mercer Transportation once the rebuilding efforts begin.

We don’t expect these efforts to start immediately due to hurricane Irma continuing its trajectory northward but we do believe rebuilding these impacted communities will last well into next year. These shipments will consist of lumber, drywall, pipe, shingles, generators, etc.

On a side note, over the past couple of years there have been many changes and through these changes I’ve personally revamped my managing style over the last six months. I’ve always respected our driver community to the utmost but I’ve truly been humbled by your awesome loyalty and dedication to making Mercer great through your exemplary service as well as your willingness to adjust to changes within our industry. You are truly the best!

We’ll keep you updated with any hurricane relief requests as they start to flow in from our customers. Please continue to be safe and thanks again to everyone for all your hard work!

Tim Comstock Open Deck Truck Operations Manager


What Makes A Show Truck

Truck Shows and Show Trucks

Part of working at Mercer is going to different Truck Shows all over the country throughout the year. We recruit new Owner Operators, learn about developments in the industry, and we get to look at some pretty sweet show trucks. We love taking a walk among the rows of trucks and seeing all the different styles.

Working Show Truck Vs “Limited Mileage Trucks”

It’s always interesting to compare these two types of trucks. On the one hand, you have a hard working Owner Operator who in between loads is maintaining his truck. While the “Limited Mileage Truck” doesn’t have to worry about getting damaged out on the road. We’re a little partial to Working Show Trucks ourselves. We have quite a few Owner Operators who’ve won awards with their amazing trucks.

What’s On The Outside?

There are so many options when it comes to Show Trucks. Not only do you have to choose your base color, but also other colors and styles. Do you choose a complimentary color and go two tone? Do you go with something simple like pinstripes or bars? Or do you go with something more complex like flames? What about Vinyl? Do you go with Vinyl striping, or vinyl art? There are so many different styles to choose from, and they can all have their place.

One also has to consider chrome. Chrome stacks, chrome bumpers, chrome grills, chrome accents. Is there such a thing as too much chrome? Some Owner Operators keep the chrome to a minimum. Others may have trucks that almost seem to have been dipped in chrome, like Achilles in the River Styx.

The Devil’s In The Details.

Show Truck 04

We can’t forget all the little things that can help tie the theme of the truck together. For some Owner Operators that may be custom lights, while others it may be redoing the interior. There are also the little touches right before the show. Cleaning your tires, making them shine, and some may even go as far as to detail them.

Show Us Your Truck

We know that not everyone has the time to take off for a truck show. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever enter one though. If you think you have a sweet looking truck even if it isn’t a “Show Truck” go to ShowUsYourTruck.com. ShowUsYourTruck.com is a monthly online truck show where you can submit a photo of your truck and be entered to win $200. We look forward to seeing your truck in the future.


Learn About: The Iowa 80 Truckstop

The Biggest Truckstop In The World

We thought that since we were going to be spending a few days at the Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truckstop, we might share some brief history about the place. As most drivers know, the Iowa 80 Truckstop is huge. It is actually so large that it has earned the title of World’s Largest Truck Stop. Sitting on 220 acres and is four times larger than the average truck stop, with parking for 900 trucks, and 150 fuel pumps.

A Brief History

The Iowa 80 Truckstop started operations in 1964, before Interstate 80 was even completed. Standard Oil owned it, while Bill Moon, the founder, managed it. In 1984 Standard Oil sold it, and Bill Moon put everything he had, and even some from friends, into buying the truck stop. Once the Moon family took it over they began to expand it, slowly creating the massive complex that exist today.

The massive facility now has its own restaurant which can seat up to 300 people, as well as many different fast food chain restaurants as well. It also has a gym and laundry services on site. Want to catch a movie on your down time, there’s a 60 person theater as well. You can also stop by the Super Truck Showroom, just don’t forget to stop by the gift shop before you leave.

Truckers Jamboree

This year is the 38th Annual Truckers Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truckstop. It started back in 1979 and was created to say thank you to all the drivers that pass through the stop. It’s a 3 day event with a Super Trucks Beauty Contest as well as an Antique Truck Show. So if you’re in the area feel free to stop by and visit. We will have Mercer Representatives there so stop by and say high to them while you’re exploring The World’s Largest Truck Stop.

 


Diesel Tax

You’ll be paying a bit more at the pump in a few states after July 1st due to tax increases. Most of these increase are due to states needing more for projects to fix roads and highways. Note that these prices are in relation to diesel tax. The link below will have more information about gas tax increases.

Indiana raised by 10 cents.

Tennessee raised by 4 cents.

Montana raised by 1.5 cents.

West Virginia raised by 3.5 cents.

South Carolina raised by 2 cents.

Maryland’s is only going up 0.3 cents.

New Jersey is the highest with 10.8 cents.

Source: https://itep.org/gas-taxes-will-rise-in-7-states-to-fund-transportation-improvements/


The New Face in Contractor Relations

Sitting down with the newest member of Contractor Relations Chris Starck. While he may be new to the Contractor Relations Department, he isn’t a stranger to Mercer. Sitting behind the flatbed service bar in the Contractor Relations office he about how he started back in September of 97. Back then he worked for us in our Claims Department.

In between phone calls Chris discusses his other positions here at Mercer during his 20 years here. With him moving from Claims to Agent Training, to being our Agent in Wilmington NC. Chris took care of that agency for 3 years before going to work with Lynn at LNV for a year.

After getting all of that work stuff out of the way Chris talks about his family. While talking about his wife the question of how long he’d been married came up, “Today is actually my 15th anniversary, I’ve got my card out in the car.”

After finishing another call the conversation turns to his kids, Wyatt and Quinn. “We stay busy with soccer,” he says, “lots of soccer.”
“We like to go camping too,” he says leaning back, “we’ve got a canoe and a kayak we take out on the river every now and then.”

The phones start ringing again and the whole department is busy; Alan, Glenn, Chris all go about taking care of drivers, answering questions, sharing stories. Waiting for Chris to finish  to ask one final question, what does he bring to contractor relations and why does he want to be in there. “Well I think that I bring a different perspective to the department, seeing as I was on the claims and agent side of the company. Also I don’t want to see just Mercer succeed, I want our Contractors to as well.”


HazMat Endorsement Bonus Program

In an effort to support our various shippers that ship hazardous materials, Mercer has instituted a program to encourage our contractors to add the Hazmat Endorsement to their CDLs. Any contractor who renews their CDL in 2017 and includes the Hazmat Endorsement will receive a $50.00 bonus for each of their next six hazmat loads hauled. This bonus will also be available to contractors whose CDLs are not expiring in 2017 but add the endorsement by years end. Drivers, if you have added or renewed prior to this date but still in 2017 please call Yardley Flaherty, she will update your driver file. Drivers who add the endorsement even though their CDL is not expiring in 2017 should also call Yardley. Drivers who renew their CDLs with the Hazmat Endorsement from this point forward in 2017 need not do anything. Yardley will update your file automatically.

How to get the $300
Renew your CDL and Include the Hazmat during 2017/Add Hazmat to your CDL in 2017
Get with Yardley Flaherty to make sure you are updated.
The next 6 HazMat loads will pay $50 dollars straight to the truck.

Any Questions call Contractor Relations at 502-625-3296

There are a number of areas of the country where the Hazmat Endorsement will benefit you in terms of loading options, IN, PA, MS and UT to name a few. Not only will you benefit from the $300 bonus over 6 trips but most of these loads pay an additional Hazmat charge. This program will run until the end of the year. We will be monitoring the benefit of the program for our drivers, shippers and Mercer, if the program is successful do not be surprised to see it extended into 2018.


Cheap Physicals

US Health Works is a nationwide medical facility that you may or may not be familiar with. They have three locations in the Louisville area and one of those is a 24 hour site. They offer physicals for $33. Cheaper than any others I have heard about.  Only the Louisville locations offer physicals for that price. Every penny saved as an owner operator is important so feel free to take advantage of it. As always, thanks for your hard work everyday and stay safe out there.


Old Contractor Web is Going Down This Weekend Details Below

As some of you mentioned at the drivers forum, the phone app has been slow, or sometimes not connected, the last few Mondays (and a couple of Tuesdays).  We have already been testing a replacement server with much more processing power, and are ready to deploy it this weekend.  At the same time, the old Contractor Web will not operate on the new server, so this will be the last weekend you can use the old version of Contractor Web.

 

 

Switchover plans are below.   During the periods specified as downtime, both the mobile app and Contractor Web will be unavailable.   You will need to call in the old-fashioned way if you need help.

 

We are planning the following to have the least amount of downtime and protecting the most active hours.

 

  1. Take the systems down Friday evening, April 7th around 11PM to midnight to perform the final full system save from the old server.   Systems will be down until around 4AM Saturday morning.
  2. Systems run as normal on Saturday for the weekend work, and will be shut down at 5PM on Saturday, April 8th.   During the day we will be loading the new server from the previous night’s system save.
  3. Saturday evening after 5PM, we will load changes made from work done on Saturday and start bringing up the new server and testing all connections with other servers and communications.
  4. Systems to be available on Sunday, April 9th by 7AM to continue working.   If for any reason something unforeseen happens overnight that is a problem, revert back to current server.