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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.

Gary Petty | gpetty@nptc.org | Private Fleet Editor for FleetOwner Magazine

Gary Petty has more than 30 years of experience as CEO of national trade associations in the trucking industry. He has been the president and CEO of the National Private Truck Council since 2001.

Lean Fleet

September 2012

Frito-Lay’s private commercial fleet is one of the largest and most successful practitioners of lean management principles applied to corporate…

Delivering Service

August 2012

Based in Louisville, KY, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation produces steel panels and components for the building industry. Over its 50-year…

Safety First

July 2012

NPTC’s National Safety Conference, scheduled for Sept. 13- 14, 2012, at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA, is an intense,…

A winner for all

June 2012

“We will be talking about this conference years from now. Thank you for the fine work in putting together a…

Optimal results

May 2012

Saint Joseph, MO-based Hillyard Inc., founded in 1907, was an early pioneer in maintenance products, most famously for wood gym…

Flour Fleet

April 2012

Founded in 1886 when U.S. President Grover Cleveland was in office, Mennel Milling Co. began as an independent family owned…

Sharpen the saw

March 2012

This year’s Class of 2012 for the Certified Transportation Professional program that will be honored on April 29 at the…

You must be present to win

February 2012

Today’s private fleet professional continues functioning under immense pressure to deliver exceptional performance. Yesterday’s solutions will need updating for tomorrow’s…

Logging savings

January 2012

When Maines Paper & Food Service Inc. purchased electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), achieving a return on its investment was a…

Sustainable success

December 2011

Giant Eagle Inc. is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and food distributors with about $9.3 billion in annual…

A Winning Attitude

November 2011

In September, NPTC recognized 18 of the nation’s top private fleet drivers as the third class of the National Driver…

The Sausage Fleet

October 2011

In 1948, a hog farmer named Bob Evans found trouble trying to get quality sausage for customers at his 12-stool…

Patience is Key

September 2011

Chris Trice is an exceptionally good truck driver. But he is also an uncommonly good person. Delivering tires and automotive…

Boosting Safety

August 2011

Cutting-edge issues such as sleep apnea and CSA compliance will headline next month’s eighth annual National Safety Conference sponsored by…

Hall of Fame Driver

July 2011

As one of the country’s great industrial giants, Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) operates the largest agricultural transportation system in…

Tire Runs

June 2011

Based in Findlay, OH, the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has operated a private truck fleet for more than 50…

In-Cab Safety

May 2011

Each year, the National Private Truck Council Safety Committee holds its Summer On-Site Meeting at a member company to demonstrate…

Higher Standards

April 2011

A small grocery store named Meijer opened for business in little-known Greenville, MI, in 1934. From this Depression-era beginning, Meijer…

Milk Runs

February 2011

Based in Buffalo, NY, Upstate Niagara is a dairy cooperative owned by 400 dairy farms ranging in size from about…

Identifying Fleet Value

January 2011

Last year, NPTC officially launched one of the most dynamic private fleet management tools ever to enter the marketplace. The…


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