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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.

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…

Raising the Bar

December 2010

Next month, the National Private Truck Council unveils a new and expanded version of its Private Fleet Management Institute (PFMI),…

Delivering the Safe Way

November 2010

As one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America operating one of the top two-dozen largest private…

Blue-Ribbon Service

October 2010

Orscheln Farm & Home is a leading Midwestern retailer serving rural and suburban customers with 154 retail store locations throughout…

Class Act

September 2010

For the past 17 years, the National Private Truck Council has offered a highly regarded professional certification program for private…

Going Private in Mexico

August 2010

In the spring of 2007, Gates Corp. had a special challenge. It was becoming apparent that the company’s manufacturing locations…

New Playing Field Lies Ahead

July 2010

All eyes of the trucking industry are fixed on the CSA 2010 regulations scheduled for full implementation in November. New…

A Driver’s True Value

June 2010

True Value Co.’s private fleet consists of 310 leased tractors, 776 trailers, and 342 full-time drivers traveling 27 million mi.…

Benchmarking Success

May 2010

In today’s cost-driven environment, private fleet “justification” has, for all practical purposes, become a per-run, per-day drill event for managers…

Family-Focused Fleet

April 2010

Founded in Aurora, Ind., in 1890 by Colonel John J. Backman, Aurora Casket Co. has grown into the largest privately…

World-Class Private Fleets

March 2010

After assisting several private fleets this past month through the new Private Fleet Assessment Program (PFAP), Optima Associates reports that…

Focus on Fleets

February 2010

Today’s private fleet professional continues to function under immense pressure to deliver exceptional performance. Managers are expected to be leading…

A Good Mix of Technology

January 2010

Oldcastle’s Architectural Products Group (APG) is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and…

Unlocking Fleet Value

December 2009

In our experience, private fleets that prosper, regardless of the economic environment in which they operate, exhibit three interrelated characteristics:…

All-Star Attitude

November 2009

Twelve elite private fleet drivers have been welcomed into the inaugural class of NPTC’s National Driver All-Stars program. The recognition,…

Award-Winning Fleet

October 2009

Founded and headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., Metal Exchange Corp. came to life in the 1970s when five savvy individuals…


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