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He graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1965, International Business College, Fort Wayne, and Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL. He worked at Geyer Willow Grass Sod Farm, Collins; he then drove truck for Dana Corporation, Inc.; and currently he was employed as a field recruiter for U.S. Express, Chattanooga, TN. He is a member of American Legion Post 90 and Elks Lodge for 25 years, both at Cape Coral, Florida.
Survivors include his sister, Myrna (Ralph) Bailey of Columbia City; best friend, David Johnson of Cape Coral, FL; 2 nieces, Diana (Kim) Hare and Lisa Peppler; 2 great nieces, Shelby and Kayli Hare. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Eel River Cemetery, rural Churubusco with Pastor Terry Zolman officiating. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Funeral, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Geyer to the Whitley County Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To hear Patrick Quinn and Max Fuller talk about the good ole days of the company they founded 25 years ago is to recall a world that has continually receded in the rearview mirror. Gone are some of the old trappings of trucking as these leaders and their company have ridden—as well as have directed themselves—many of the waves of change within this industry.
For instance when co-chairmen Fuller and Quinn began U.S. Xpress operations with 48 trucks in 1986, the guesstimates on how far a given driver was from his destination have long ago yielded to geo-tracking and real-time satellite communication. “You were right most of the time,” Quinn said of those early days. “But it took a lot of intuitive knowledge.”
Today, when Quinn talks with Tennessee Trucking News about the grease boards on which dispatchers used to update daily the whereabouts of each truck, he might as well be talking about the cave paintings of Lascaux.
“Amazingly, it worked probably 98 percent of the time because people did do what they were supposed to do,” Quinn said. “You knew the driver. You couldn’t verify; it wasn’t Ronald Reagan, ‘trust and verify.’ It was simply trust. You think of going from that to where we are today.”
Twenty five years later, U.S. Xpress is the second-largest privately-owned truckload carrier in the nation, with revenues in 2010 in excess of $1.6 billion. Over the past decade, U.S. Xpress—with a networked fleet of 8,500 trucks, 22,000 trailers and employment of more than 10,000 employees nationwide— has diversified from the traditional long-haul and expedited truckload carrier model. In addition to regional, dedicated and expedited truckload operations, U.S. Xpress is involved in intermodal, logistics, brokerage and even international business with border crossing into Mexico. The U.S. Xpress customer list—with names like Walmart, Home Depot, Target, etc. – is as impressive as anyone’s anywhere. “We’ve kind of got the who’s-who of the Fortune 500,” Fuller said. “We pretty much ship for them all.”
The two men who split the top billing at U.S. Xpress have their specialties: Fuller is the operations and equipment maven; Quinn has seen the country making house calls to customers. Along with providing the vision and leadership that has continually brought operational efficiencies, safety improvements and enhanced levels of customer satisfaction to the industry, Fuller and Quinn have been at the forefront of innovation, adopting technologies that allowed their employees to utilize the best available tools.... Continue to read more in Tennessee Trucking News
Clarence Werner, chairman of Werner Enterprises and founder of the carrier, will step down in May, the company said.
Werner will remain on the company's board of directors as chairman emeritus once he steps down after the company's annual meeting May 10, Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Neb., reported Friday.
Succeeding Werner as chairman will be his son Gary Werner, currently vice chairman. Gregory Werner, also a son of Clarence Werner, will become vice chairman and retain his position as CEO.
Derek Leathers will become the carrier’s president, the Journal Star said.
Clarence Werner started Werner Enterprises in 1956 with one truck. He owns more than 30% of its stock, the Associated Press said.
Werner Enterprises is ranked No. 13 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.
Spotlight Shines On 25th Anniversary Celebration
January 31, 2011
The transportation industry media spotlight has been shining brightly upon U.S. Xpress and the January 21st event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Company's first load. Six of the leading transportation media outlets are publishing stories highlighting the Company's history and our growth from a small fleet to one of one the leading transportation providers in North America. Some of those stories have already made it to the Internet and the links are listed below.
The celebration of this milestone for the Company also earned the attention from a number of local and state leaders. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield issued a special proclamation in honor of Company Co-Chairmen and Co-Founders Max Fuller and Pat Quinn. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Edd Wilson also spoke to those in attendance about the important contributions that U.S. Xpress has made toward providing jobs and helping to enhance the quality of life in our community.
The 25th anniversary event offered one of the first opportunities for new Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann to address a group in Chattanooga. Both Mayor Coppinger and Congressman Fleischmann had great praise for U.S. Xpress. Congressman Fleischmann also spent a moment talking about the importance of taking on the regulations in Washington that are hurting our industry.
In taking a moment to look toward the future, the Company announced during the event that we will become a gold-level sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans who have been injured while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brea Kraztert, the Manager of Strategic Partnerships, traveled from the WWP home office in Jacksonville to take part in the announcement.
U.S. Xpress, Inc. President John White, Chief Financial Officer Ray Harlin and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wardeberg made a presentation to Max and Pat on behalf of the executive team and all our employees. Jeff summed up the vision and leadership provided by Max and Pat with the following observation:
"From my perspective, the one trait that I think best describes the journey that both of you have taken over the past 25 years is that neither of you is ever satisfied. It's instilled in all of us that we can always do better. If we keep that hunger, there is no reason that this company won't continue to celebrate anniversary after anniversary well into the future. Thank you for all the hard work, your leadership and your sacrifice."
You can see Jeff's speech as well as the other presentations at the 25th anniversary celebration through the video links below. For your convenience, we have divided the coverage of the 25th ann iversary event in two parts with a running time of approximately 13 minutes apiece.
Transportation Industry Media Coverage Links:
To read the coverage from FleetOwner Magazine's online edition, please click on the following link: FleetOwner Magazine Article #2
To read the coverage from Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine's online edition, please click on the following link: Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine Article
To read the coverage from the Commercial Carrier Journal's online edition, please click on the following link: Commercial Carrier Journal's Article
For more information, please visit www.USxpress.com.
Analysis by: John Schulz
Analysis of: U.S. Factories Buck Decline
Published at: online.wsj.com
American manufacturing, long written off as a economic loser, is making a comeback. For the first time since 1997, the number of manufacturing jobs grew last year by 1.2 percent, of 136,000 new jobs. And it's not a one-shot deal. Economists are predicting a 2.5 percent gain, or 330,000 new manufacturing jobs, this year.
This may be the best thing to happen to the trucking industry since economic deregulation in 1980. The number of net U.S. manufacturing jobs increased last year for the first time since 1997. Manufacturing jobs grew by 1.2 percent, of 136,000 jobs, and that growth is expected to more than double this year. As one who has never bought into the Great Globalization Theory, I welcome this news. And so should everyone connected with the trucking industry.
These are jobs that will directly affect freight volume, and thus rates and profitability, in the industry. As the offshoring craze begins to show cracks -- anybody else had an offshore call center experience worthy of "Saturday Night Live?" -- U.S. manufacturers are beginning to see value in keeping plants here.
Economists for Moody's Analytics and IHS Global Insight insist this is not a one-shot deal. They expect this trend to continue at least for the beginning of this decade.
Ford, Caterpillar, and Whirlpool are some of the names taking advantage of tax breaks, excess capacity and infrastructure and other built-in advantages of employing a U.S.-based work force.
As trucking volume is roughly divided 50-50 by retail and industrial, any increase in industrial utilization in this country is good news for the big industrial truckload carriers such as Werner Enterprises, Schneider National, J.B. Hunt and many others. LTL firms such as beleaguered YRC Worldwide, Con-Way and FedEx Freight also figure to gain from this growth.
Of course, it will take more than a year or two of manufacturing increases to get the U.S. economy out of its doldrums. More than 144,000 factories -- that's factories, not jobs -- were lost during the George W. Bush administration. Manufacturing now accounts for merely 11 percent of U.S. total economic output, compared with 27 percent in 1950.
Entire domestic industries -- furniture and footwear come immediately to mind -- have been wiped out because of cheap labor and non-existent environmental regulations in places such as China.
With Chinese president Hu Jintao in the Nation's Capital for talks with President Barack Obama, I would like to submit a question to his excellency: there will be no U.S. middle class to buy your cheap Chinese-made goods if you continue your mutually destructive economic path. There, I said it.
By CCJ Staff
Published January, 18 2011
Peterbilt Motors Co. announced it has received an order for 1,000 Model 587 SmartWay-certified trucks from truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises. Peterbilt says the new Model 587 features a number of aerodynamic enhancements, technological and safety innovations and serviceability improvements for maximum performance.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., U.S. Xpress Enterprises provides a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America and is committed to minimizing its environmental impact by being a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partner. The company says it also is dedicated to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for its staff and drivers and ensuring its trucks feature the latest safety innovations.
The new Model 587 has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay certification... Continue to read more.
Up to 100 jobs to be created between maintenance and office personnel.
CHATTANOOGA, TN. – October 28, 2010 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has opened its newest full-service terminal facility at 1069 Seibert Avenue in Shippensburg, PA.
The property is situated on over 50 acres and spans nearly 70,000 square feet. Features of the full-service facility include: drivers’ lounge with shower facilities and Internet access, convenience store, fuel islands, maintenance shop, ample parking for trailers and driver vehicles, administrative office space, orientation/training rooms, and 37,600 sq. ft. of warehouse space.
“Expanding into the Northeast with a major hub is a strategic move that we have been looking forward to taking for some time now as our customer base and volumes have grown in the region,” states Max Fuller, Co-Chairman and CEO. “Having a greater presence in this region enables us to
The new location for U.S. Xpress brings several jobs to the area, including 50 immediate full-time employees and up to 50 additional positions in the near future for maintenance and office personnel.
“We think Shippensburg is a great area, and the terminal location is perfectly positioned to fit our growth strategies within this region,” states Patrick Quinn, Co-Chairman and President. “One benefit of growth is creating
U.S. Xpress purchased the facility, which is located conveniently off Interstate 81, from Cressler Trucking, Inc. A complete energy-efficient lighting upgrade has been made throughout the facility, with plans for more sustainable initiatives, like materials recycling, in the near future.
U.S. Xpress recently launched a new website to better serve its customers, drivers and employees. For those looking for employment with U.S. Xpress, they may visit the site to sign up for job alerts. Please visit www.usxpress.com for more details. Current
About U.S. Xpress Enterprises:
Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is the nation’s third largest privately-owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. We are committed to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for our staff and drivers and ensuring our trucks feature the latest safety innovations. With a dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment, U.S. Xpress is a SmartWay Transport Partner and was honored with a 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Xpress Enterprises’ affiliates include Arnold Transportation Services, Smith Transport, Total Transportation of Mississippi, and Xpress Internacional. For more information, please visit www.usxpress.com.
Team Driving is the Fastest Way to Excellent Earnings For Recent Truck Driving School Graduates.
Ask your truck driving students if they’d like to double their income potential, and you can guess the answer. But, if you asked them how to do it, they probably wouldn’t realize how easy it can be.
A quick look at industry-wide salaries indicates that simply teaming up with another driver could fill their wallets about twice as fast! On average, new solo drivers make $30,000 - $35,000 per year. But, that figure jumps to up to $58,000 for HAZMAT endorsed team drivers at U.S. Xpress. Plus, U.S. Xpress is also currently offering HME team drivers a $2,500 bonus each, which brings that total over $60,000 each! When you add in benefits, such as U.S. Xpress’ low-cost insurance plus a 401k program, entry level drivers quickly begin to realize just how much team driving pays off.
Industry experts point out that one of the best places to find a teammate is in driving school.
Russ Moore, Vice-President of Recruiting at U.S. Xpress says, “We encourage students to team up while in school , because it positions them to earn more almost immediately after they graduate. Plus, it lets them choose a partner that they’ve already spent time with, so they know they’ll enjoy traveling together.”
If a new driver feels more comfortable sharing a cab with a more experienced teammate, U.S. Xpress will make the process easy by providing a unique driver matching program.
Mr. Moore says, “We ask a lot of questions to get a feel for who they are, what they like, and what they don’t like. It goes a lot deeper than simply not matching up smokers and non-smokers. We want to create teams that enjoy driving a lot of miles together and, hopefully, will stay together for a lot of years.”
Another benefit of team driving is the comfort and security of having a driver companion to help with unforeseen situations that you may be confronted with.
Jackie Riddly, a U.S. Xpress team driver agrees. “At U.S. Xpress, I have a side-tracker camera to cover my blind spot and truck-specific GPS directions, so I already feel confident. But when you add a partner to help keep an eye on things, I don’t think I could feel more safe.”So if students are eager to make more money, feel more confident, and even have more fun on the road, they should consider team driving.
- Barbara Schultz has been selected as a Captain for the Tennessee Trucking Association’s Road Team
- Covenant Transport Celebrates Driver Appreciation Week
- Covenant Transport Receives State Safety Award
- U.S. Xpress announces new student team pay
- Werner’s 2Q Income Improves
- Four Covenant Transport Drivers Join an Elite Safety Group
- Covenant Transport Drivers Compete at the ATA Nationals
- Covenant Transport Staff Changes
- Kenworth bags big T700 order
- Covenant Transport Driver Chuck Norris Wins First Place in California’s State Driving Championships