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December 1st, 2014

As each holiday season rolls around, we are reminded to be thankful for everything we have, and to give back to members of our supportive community who are not as fortunate. Tomorrow, Con-way Truckload employees in Joplin will park a tractor trailer outside of Target and fill it with gifts for local children and senior citizens in need.

On December 2, nearly 200 employees, family members and friends, will take over the store, filling shopping carts to the brim and checking items off lists to ensure that no one is forgotten this holiday season. We will also be presenting checks to seven local charities for $1,500 each. Check out the links below for more information on the organizations we support:

In addition to the exciting shopping spree taking place in Joplin, our four additional terminals will be hosting shopping sprees and check presentations of their own.

Employee donations are collected each year from January through November to fund our Truckloads of Treasures events — a tradition that began in 1993. This year, as incentives to donate, we raffled off prizes ranging from hundreds of dollars in gift cards to Walmart and Amazon, to a Kindle Fire, to weeks of paid time off  work. Our international employees also donate. The seven Con-way Truckload de Mexico locations will host check presentations and shopping sprees totaling $1,000 each.

We owe a HUGE “thank you” to all our participating employees who helped raise $51,000 for our shopping sprees and check presentations. In addition to that money, the Con-way Charitable Foundation donated $7,000 to the cause, increasing the total to $58,000. We can’t wait to shop for gifts that will go to those who truly need them.

How do you give back during the holidays? Share your stories and stay up-to-date on all of our employee activities and charitable giving events on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload

 

Truckloads of Treasures 2013

Truckloads of Treasures 2013

 

November 7th, 2014

As winter approaches, it’s key to have your truck ready for the upcoming colder temperatures. Here is a quick checklist and some tips to make sure you’ll be prepared and safe when the snow starts to fly.

1) Check the batteries — One weak battery can drain them all. Old or weak batteries should be replaced.

2) Empty the air tanks — The air compressor produces residual water, as will sudden drops in temperature. Some of this may get past your air dryer. When cold air hits it, it can cause the air valves to freeze up, affecting brakes and air suspension. Remove all drain plugs, drain all air tanks in the air system completely and allow time for them to dry. It’s not a bad idea to add some airline antifreeze as well.

3) Fuel filters and additives — Condensation occurs in fuel tanks when the weather changes, allowing water to collect in the fuel filters. Replace old filters and keep a few in the truck with you while on the road. Adding a fuel additive will also help prevent jelling when the really cold weather hits.

4) Check tires frequently — The importance of tire wear cannot be overstated. Be sure all tires are inflated to the correct pressure and keep track of tread wear.

5) Keep an emergency kit handy —  Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

  • Keep a supply of non-perishable food items.
  • Pack a well-stocked medical kit.
  • Always have extra cold weather gear like blankets, gloves, hats, boots and sweaters.
  • Road flares are essential for flagging down help.
  • An extra radio with extra batteries is a good idea.
  • Cell phone and charger.
  • Carry extra coolant, washer fluid and engine oil.

6) Inspect hoses and belts — Anything that is worn or cracked should be replaced.

7) Electrical wiring — Inspect wiring for frays or other damage. Keep extra fuses on hand. Check periodically for loose or hanging wires that may collect ice and snow.

A little time spent now may save you a lot of time (and hassle) later. Be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you and prepare your truck and yourself for the road ahead.

 

September 15th, 2014

That’s right, drivers. In honor of your hard work and dedication throughout the year, this week is a celebration of you! All week, from Sunday, September 14, through Saturday, September 20, we will be hosting events and giveaways in your honor at each terminal across the United States. Also, keep your eyes and ears open for some special visitors!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was founded to recognize and thank all 3.2 million of the men and women long-haul drivers who keep our country and economy moving.

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Below are the dates and times of our Con-way Truckload Driver Appreciation Cook-Outs!

  • Joplin: 9/12 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lancaster: 9/18 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • West Memphis: 9/17 and 9/18 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Laredo: 9/18 and 9/19 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Taylor: 9/18 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. You work hard, you pay attention to detail and you strive for the best in safety and carefully deliver our clients’ precious cargo every day. We salute you, Con-way Truckload drivers. Thank you!

If you would like to share a special message with fellow drivers, visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.

For more information on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, check out this video on the ATA website.