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Driver Appreciation Day!!

To all of our Contractors. Weather permitting Mercer Transportation Louisville KY. would like to have a Driver Appreciation cook out at the Drivers Lounge on May 25th from Noon to 2ish. We would like to see you there to enjoy some Burgers and Hotdogs. Last one we had the burgers were pretty tasty. So come on down to Mercer Town and join us for the day. Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable day. Thank you for all you guys do for us and GO MERCER!!


New Mercer Inspection Location.

Mercer Transportation has another approved Inspection station. Address is 9821 Pine Top Rd. Glen St. Mary, FL. 32040 Provided by our very own Milt O'Neil. He can be reached at 904 608 9839 . Please stop by and see him if you are in the area. He will be servicing the Jacksonville and Lake City FL. areas.

Milt was a contractor for us for quite a few years, and a pretty good one I might add. We believe Milt will up hold the standards that we want for all the equipment out on the road. Thank you all for all the work you do and have a great day. GO MERCER!!!


Driver Appreciation Day!!!

Mr. Ron Jonke our traveling Contractor Relations Advocate is going to be having several Driver Appreciation Days for our wonderful hard working Contractors.

The First: Little Sisters Truck Wash in Eloy AZ. on Tuesday May the 15th.

The Second: Little Sisters Truck Wash in Hesperia CA on Thursday May the 17th.

The Third Little Sisters Truck Wash in Barstow CA on Saturday May the 19th.

All of these Appreciation Days will start at 11:30 and probably start winding down around 4:30pm. Hope a lot of our contractors and make it to these. Everyone have a safe and enjoyable day. GO MERCER!!!


US63 Arkansas Bridge/Black Rock Bridge Weight Reduction.

The new weight limit on the bridge is 33 Tons. District Engineer Walter McMillan says this change was made after the last annual inspection which was completed in October. He says the bridge has no major structural flaws that he knows of, but it is 65 years old. That was the driving force behind the weight limit.

"More or less due to its age, the traffic that is on it, the wear and tear of it over the years." he said.

But with the changes and the possibility of being ticketed, trucks will have to take a different route to Jonesboro and other areas on the North side. Going through Imboden, Pocahontas and down to 63. This route will add nearly 40 miles to a trip to Jonesboro or beyond.


TRUCKSTOP ACCIDENTS

My friend Joe West and I have lunch together several days a week. As most of you know, Joe is Mercer's Claims and Insurance Manager. He and his staff settle the accidents and the cargo claims. To hear Joe tell it, he cleans up what I can't prevent. That's a pretty accurate assessment, but then Joe's a pretty smart guy.

Invariably, our lunchtime conversation starts with family stuff, but nearly always ends with a discussion of accidents. Fortunately, Mercer is blessed with a bunch of great drivers. We don't have many preventable accidents and even more fortunately, not too many folks get hurt. That is a credit to everyone's commitment to driving safely and defensively. Most of our accidents involve animal strikes and truck stop parking lot crashes. It seems like it is open season on Mercer trucks at truckstops. We particularly seem to be most vulnerable to the "six week wonders" that several large motor carriers employ and train.  No, no names will be mentioned here.

At any rate, Joe says that this problem is reaching epidemic proportions. He wants to remind everyone that the only means you have to prevent being hit when sitting still is to be choosy about where to park. Joe is a common sense type of guy and he offers the following three common sense suggestions:

1. Try to park in a well-lit area, but in an area a little farther away from the restaurant, fuel pumps, etc. If you avoid the "prime" parking spots, there are fewer opportunities for getting backed into. You probably need the exercise from the extra walk anyway;

2. Do not park on the end of a row. This is where accidents causing the most damage occur. You can get into much more than a little fender bender when some clown turns across your hood because he or she forgot they were pulling a trailer. Being disabled in the middle of nowhere is your worst nightmare;

3. If you can park in between two trucks already parked for the night you have much less chance of being hit.  the open spot next to you may be taken later by a guy who is tired, trying to back in the dark who more than likely is unfamiliar with that truckstop layout. You can take these kind of drivers out of play around your truck if the spaces next to you are occupied. Your fate is more in your own hands that way.

Smart guy, that Joe West. Great advice. Remember, if something does happen, call the Claims Department immediately, 24-7-365 and report the accident at 1-800-626-5375 or through your coordinator. Be smart. Be safe.


Sage Truck Center LLC. Now Open!!!

Sage Truck Center, LLC is NOW open!! Owned and operated by Clifford and Martha Monday. 589 Hwy 70 South Rogersville, TN 37857 (423)921-3188 24 Hr Roadside Service and do all DOT repairs. Come by and see us!


DASH VIDEO CAMERAS

For the past several months the Claims Department has been evaluating video cameras in trucks. We had a recent lane change accident event in which our driver had a dash camera and it clearly indicated the driver was not at fault. Not only did the video prove he was not at fault, the video record enabled the driver to be compensated for the damages to his truck, as well. The camera acts as an always alert independent witness to any accident or event involving the truck.

Mercer now has in stock in the Company Store a Dash Video Camera with an 8GB video card. The camera has night vision capability and an option for motion detection when the truck is parked. The camera is equipped with a cell phone type battery and has a cigarette lighter type charger with an extra-long cord. Technical help and questions will be handled through our supplier, dieselboss.com. Mercer is selling these units for $80.

We recommend this purchase. A unit is on display in the Company Store and a video clip is available for review. Contact Libby Netherton to answer any questions about purchasing one of these units.


2007 Conestoga Kit Vango Brand For Sale $7000

2007 Vango Brand Conestoga Kit for sale $7000 serious inquires call Gary Hayes at 205 712 2462


NEW DRIVER REFERRAL PROGRAM

Special Notice to our Contractors

Big Change’ in our Referral Program

Now you can earn $1200

 

Mercer needs your help to grow the business. Growing our fleet helps us to build market share with quality shippers. If we can build market share with quality customers then we can add more and better load opportunities for our existing contractors. So, if we add more trucks then we add more customers and more load choices for you.

 

We know you are our best recruiters. Your knowledge of Mercer and your knowledge of the industry means that when you speak to a fellow trucker, he listens!! You can speak from the heart and you can speak from the pocket book about the value of leasing to Mercer.

 

So, we need your help to add 50 trucks nationwide to the Mercer fleet. And, because you can be our best recruiter, we want to reward you for your efforts. Therefore, for the next 3 months effective 4/30/12, we are changing the Referral Program so you can be rewarded with up to $1200 for helping us hire good safe contractors.

 

Here’s how the program works: You refer a contractor that we lease. After the new contractor delivers their first load, we’ll reward you with $400. When the new contractor hits their 6 month mark with Mercer, we send you another $400 and when they complete 12 months with Mercer, we’ll send you another $400. That’s $1200 in referral bonus ‘per’ contractor. And, you can earn $1200 for every contractor you refer that leases to Mercer.

 

Here’s an added tip: Stay in touch with the new contractor. Help him to be successful while you earn money from your recruiting effort. Welcome him into the Mercer family just like your own family. You might just make a friend for life!!

 

So, let’s go earn some extra money and add more load choices for yourself as Mercer grows with good quality customers!! Go Mercer!!