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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 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.

Nothing Runs Like a Deere

November 2003

Here’s a good example of a private fleet that has grown-and made money. Moline, IL-based Deere & Company has a…

Tax Shakedown

October 2003

For all practical purposes, the State of Illinois is the trucking capital of the world. On any given day, more…

A Wonderful Life

September 2003

I received a surprise call one morning this summer from a calm, lovely voice. It was Mrs. John C. White…

Engine Evolution

August 2003

In the event you haven’t been keeping up on all of the recent press regarding Class 8 emissions regulations, a…

Cream of the Crop

July 2003

Exceptional people come in all walks of life, but few are more impressive than the drivers in this year’s NPTC…

Farmers’ Fleet

June 2003

It “links farmers to almost any market in the world,” envisions a “global food economy where every crop will grow…

Small Accident, Big Impact

May 2003

Before patting itself on the back too hard for having one of the best safety years in company history, the…

Cargo Theft Wake-Up Call

April 2003

What happens when one of the top private fleets in America has three straight cargo thefts in the span of…

The Truck’s in the Mail

March 2003

Mail trucks rarely make headline news. Even fewer are the subjects of a police chase shown live on TV. However,…

The Little Store That Could

February 2003

Eighty-one-year old Walter Hachborn shows up for work every day, still passionately committed to his dream. He is founder and…

Time to Speak Up

January 2003

The countdown for Sept. 30, 2003 has begun. On this day, the historic Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century…

A History of NPTC

December 2002

The National Private Truck Council traces its lineage back to l939, when a rift developed between the private fleet and…

The case for UCR

November 2002

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) are supporting legislation to change a nearly 40-yr.-old…

Behind the Wheel

October 2002

Leading private fleet managers make driver appreciation a way of life year-round — not just during Driver Appreciation Week. They…

Earning Its Keep

September 2002

Boise Cascade has one of the most successful private trucking operations in the country, earning it the No.-64 ranking among…

A 30-Year Man

August 2002

I asked Ed Nieuwenhuis, retiring vice president of logistics for Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, what advice he would give…

The Gold Standard

July 2002

For over fifteen years, the National Private Truck Council has sponsored a Driver Hall of Fame program to recognize the…

Amber Waves of Grain

June 2002

One of the most glorious vistas on a sunny summer day is the “amber waves of grain” that coat the…

Secure Enough?

May 2002

Thousands of cargo containers from overseas vessels are off-loaded at U.S. docks every day. Most of the contents are then…

Sleeping On Empty

April 2002

Driver fatigue is emerging as a new frontier in risk management. We must recognize that drivers’ on-duty hours-of-service reports paint…


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