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July 2nd, 2015

This weekend is a time for everyone across the country to attend a barbeque and enjoy fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. For some of us, however, duty still calls and we need to be out on the road during the celebrations. However, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the delicious barbeque–style foods that make the holiday so delicious. Below is a recipe for grilled turkey burgers (a healthy alternative to red meat) and a patriotic chickpea salad that is easy to make in your cab over the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

 

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Turkey Burgers

You will need a George Forman (or equivalent) Grill

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Whole grain hamburger bun
  • Toppings (Think healthy! Avocado, lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Preheat your in-cab grill on “high” for at least 5 minutes..

Combine turkey, parsley, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and salt to taste in a bowl and mix well with your hands. Form mixture into four, quarter-inch patties.

Place the patties on your grill and close the cover. Cook for 5-8 minutes, but be sure to check on them after about 4 minutes. Serve on whole wheat buns with your favorite toppings!

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Summer Chickpea Salad

  • 2 (19 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Toss chickpeas, tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil together in a large mixing bowl. 

Put honey in a small glass bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir garlic, red wine vinegar, cider vinegar, olive oil, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt in with the honey to make a dressing.

Pour the dressing over the chickpea salad and toss to coat.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate salad for 1 hour before serving.

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What are your favorite barbeque foods? Do you have alternative recipes that are easy to make on the road? Share them with us at www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

And, as always, remember to stay safe out there. AAA predicts that 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the Fourth of July this year. According to this article, July 4th is the 7th most dangerous day for road travel. Con-way Truckload drivers are safety experts, so, set an example for other drivers by keeping your distance, obeying the speed limit and, of course, not driving under the influence of alcohol.

Thank you for staying safe and have a Happy 4th of July!

 

 

June 30th, 2015

On May 28th, 2015 we were pleased to celebrate Military Appreciation Month by discussing trucking careers for military veterans in a Facebook LIVE chat. Check out the transcript below for some insights. Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!

Con-way Truckload: We’re taking questions live! To get us started, here’s a view sent along by Tomy Fox, one of the drivers of our new True2TheTroops truck!

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Con-way Truckload: In case you missed it, we launched a new program “True To The Troops” on May 1st to honor our veteran drivers, do you have any questions about transitioning to trucking from the military? https://youtu.be/_u-svDD7MBI

Q. Hi, can you tell me a few things that Con-way Truckload does for the Troops?

Con-way Truckload: Thank you for asking. We have a variety of programs to support our military, they fall in two categories: charity and recruiting. We are the national transportation sponsor of HOLY JOE’S CAFE, a group that provides coffee to our troops overseas, reaching 35 different countries. We are currently honored to pull The Wall That Heals Vietnam memorial in the Michigan, Illinois and Indiana area this week-we will be with the Wall in other parts of the country later this year. We also sponsor Wreaths Across America and will donate to that group closer to the fall. We have a True to the Troops campaign and recognize our military veteran employees internally as well… 16% of our employees have military experience.

Q. If I am a Veteran, or even Active Duty, How can Con-way Truckload help me transition into becoming a Professional Truck Driver?

Con-way Truckload: For recruiting we have a number of great programs to help new drivers transition from the military to working with Con-way Truckload. We partner with U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program and Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program as well asFASTPORT to help recently separated military personnel find the right job. Through our Con-way Truckload Military Apprenticeship Program qualifying veterans or reservists who choose to start truck driving careers with Con-way Truckload as students can use their GI Bill benefits to supplement their income up to $1,000/month in their first year of employment. We also have a Driver Certification Program: Drivers with recent military driving experience and a CDL will be considered for our Driver Certification program in Joplin, MO. Upon completion, the driver trains with a Driver Trainer for 7,500 miles and can quickly transition to the experienced driver pay scale. Call to speak with a recruiter to see if you qualify.

Q. That’s awesome. What’s the number to speak to a recruiter? 

Con-way Truckload: 866-437-4956

Con-way Truckload:  New to the field? We put together a over-the-road driving 101 that may answer some of your questions! http://true2blue.com/over-the-road-101-the-basics-of-long-…/

To learn about future live chats, be sure to subscribe on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload/events

June 22nd, 2015

We recently caught up with Tomy Fox, a longtime Con-way Truckload driver and driver trainer, and one of our two True to the Troops truck representatives. For the past month, Tomy has been travelling the country with the True to the Troops truck. In the last two weeks, Tomy has an additional honor to transport The Wall That Heals, a mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. A Vietnam veteran himself, Tomy shared his experiences transporting The Wall. Currently Tomy is transporting a part of the memorial, a motorcycle that was damaged, from Utah to Texas to be repainted.

Q: What does it mean to you to be representing Con-way Truckload’s True to the Troops campaign?

It is an honor. It’s a privilege to be able to represent our company in front of other veterans and let them know someone cares – that Con-way Truckload cares.

Q: What has been your favorite part of driving the True to the Troops truck?

Definitely my time transporting The Wall that Heals. That has been a super honor, especially because I am a Vietnam veteran. I have met hundreds of other Vietnam veterans. We reminisce and talk about our time of service.

I have had the Wall for two weeks and I have it another week and a half, but I would just as soon transport it for the rest of my time with the True to Troops truck!

A lot of the veterans who visit recognize names on the Wall, which makes it personal to them. It’s amazing to watch them come up here because when they leave they feel better. They paid their respects.

Also, parents bring their kids out here to teach them about the Vietnam War. In Michigan, a school bus pulled up filled with high school students. Their teacher asked them to pick a name on the wall and write it down. Then we helped them print out the life stories that go along with the names – their families, their history. The kids really liked it.

NOTE FROM TOMY: If you want info about anyone whose name is on the Wall That Heals, visit www.VVMF.org.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your time in the service?

I joined in 1972 and I was out in 1993. To be honest, I really enjoyed it. During my military career, I went places and did things that most Air Force servicemen don’t get to do – I was really lucky.

In the Air Force I spent time in Vietnam but I also served in Iran, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Taiwan, Japan, India and many European countries. Part of the career was to travel so I got to see some really neat places.

Q: What does it mean to you when someone thanks you for your service?

Well, that’s a tough question. We (Vietnam veterans) were treated badly when we returned from war. I guess it is better late than never but it still hurts the way we were treated 40 years ago. I do really appreciate it and I get it all the time with this truck. The support I receive everywhere is really astonishing. And, a late “thank you” is better than none at all.

Q: Can you tell us about the special gift you received recently?

We were in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, right outside of Chicago. We had the wall up and had kids go through the truck. He was in the truck for a while – it was just he and I. I answered all his questions about the truck. His mom was really nice and they thanked me for sharing this information with their son. Well, they came back the next day and the boy handed me a hand-painted American flag card. He did it on his own. He came up with the idea, painted it and wrote in it all by himself. He wrote “I salute you! God bless you. Thank you for serving our country and for showing me your truck. Grateful! God’s blessings Jonah”

It made me feel like a million bucks. It was so out of the blue. I have it pinned inside my sleeper now. I am hoping we can put it in a trophy case back at headquarters when I get back.

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