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Gary Petty
Private Fleet Editor,
    Fleet Owner Magazine
President & CEO, NPTC

Each month NPTC President and CEO Gary Petty writes a column in Fleet Owner magazine that focuses on the individuals, companies, best practices, and resources that make private trucking the force that it is in the American economy. Reaching more than 100,000 subscribers, three-quarters of whom are private fleet professionals, this column provides an excellent forum to communicate the value of the private fleet.

Second to None

September 2006

The corporate slogan for Shaw Industries — “Where Great Floors Begin” — appears on all 3,720 of the company’s trailers.

Marathon Fleet

July 2006

The Transport Operations group of Marathon Petroleum Company LLC (MPC) operates 134 tractors and 154 trailers throughout the Midwest. With…

Best Fleet by Night

June 2006

The automotive replacement parts business is demanding and highly competitive. One of the top players is General Parts, Inc./CARQUEST…_x000D_

Bygone Age

May 2006

It was a pleasure last fall for me to spend a 12-hr. shift with Erwin Deelsnyder, a driver at the…

Behavior-Based Safety

April 2006

How does a company change an institutional culture for better safety results? The answer lies in both “top down” and…

Best Fleet for the Final Run

March 2006

With $650 million in annual sales, Indiana-based Batesville Casket Co., a division of Hillenbrand Industries, Inc., is a leading U.S.…

Bright Future

February 2006

The fortunes of private fleets will continue on the upswing for 2006, with many planning to expand capacities…

Two-Percent Turnover

January 2006

In a recent webcast on “Avoiding Negligent Supervision,” sponsored by NPTC and J.J. Keller & Associates, panelist Alex P. Jankauskas…

Big Win for Truck Leasing

December 2005

Among the most unfair anti-business laws are those that impose liability on businesses when the customer does something wrong. It’s…

Heavy-Duty Dining

November 2005

Diets of many truck drivers are killers. Truckers, like most Americans, pick hamburger, fries and the like as their food…

Driver Outsourcing

November 2005

The use of contract drivers continues to be a growth business in the private fleet truck market. Indeed, over the…

30 Years and Counting

September 2005

When Greg Mathein was hired by SENCO Products, Inc. in the 1970’s, his “marching orders” from the company’s owner were…

None for the Road

August 2005

In many parts of the country, police crackdowns on drunk driving through checkpoints set up on holidays and weekends…_x000D_

Rolling Billboard

July 2005

At its Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, NPTC announced that developments were under way for a new membership benefit, the Fleet…

What a Ride

June 2005

For many who grew up in the ’50s, carnivals represented brightly lurid worlds of forbidden fantasy and adventure. Who can…

Best in Class

May 2005

This year’s class of Certified Transportation Professionals (CTPs) is exceptional. For the first time in the program’s 12-year history, all…

Crawl, Walk, Run

April 2005

In the best selling book, “Good to Great”, author Jim Collins identified Walgreens as one of 11 companies that had…

The ABC’s of Driver Pay

March 2005

A few years ago, a growing, high profile private fleet faced a labor crisis. Driver hourly rates and overtime costs…

Bessie’s Longer Rides

February 2005

Every day thousands of direct-store deliveries (DSD) are made to America’s wholesalers and retailers. These deliveries — so vital to…

Fleetseek and Ye Shall Find

January 2005

If you look in the Yellow Pages under “trucking,” you’ll find a list of for-hire motor carriers operating 1.3-million commercial…


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