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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.

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…

Live Well, Drive Happy

September 2009

General Nutrition Centers (GNC) was founded in 1935 in Pittsburgh and has since grown into one of the largest producers…

Safety Always Comes First

August 2009

Private fleets have earned a reputation for unsurpassed safety excellence. According to NPTC’s 2009 Benchmarking Survey, private fleets reported a…

Large Trucks, Big Benefits

July 2009

For many years, the National Private Truck Council has steadfastly supported modification of federal truck size and weight restrictions in…

Growth From Within

June 2009

It’s more than just another convenience store or fuel stop. Founded in 1958 by Chester Cadieux, QuikTrip strives to be…

Bull’s Eye

May 2009

This month NPTC officially launches one of the most dynamic private fleet management tools ever to enter the marketplace. The…

It’s Show Time for NPTC

April 2009

The National Private Truck Council’s 2009 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held May 3-5, 2009, in Nashville,…

Benefits of Fleet Optimization Center

March 2009

Research conducted by NPTC has found that some 28% of all miles private fleets run are empty. This percentage has…

Cover the Earth

February 2009

For more than 25 years, the private truck fleet of paint retail giant Sherwin-Williams has distinguished itself as an “invaluable…


January 2009

Do snarling guard dogs with bristling hair wag their tails when they see your drivers? They did for Harry “Henny”…

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