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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.

Take-Home Pay

November 2008

At a time of economic downturn and business turmoil in general, fleet professionals are searching for new ideas and programs…

Myth vs. Reality

October 2008

The potential for accident liability is a fact of life for any trucking operation. Myths about liability, however, are commonly…

America’s Best Driver?

September 2008

Could George Ertel be one of the best commercial truck drivers in the United States? His record of performance speaks…

Quality Fleet

August 2008

South East Express, a private fleet operation based in Timmonsville, SC, provides uniquely tailored transportation services for a local Honda…

Winning Formula

July 2008

Private fleet professionals around the country are discovering that the National Private Truck Council provides a phenomenal return for their…

The Evolution of Private Fleets

June 2008

For the first time in more than two decades, the National Private Truck_x000D_ Council has published an up-to-date compilation of…

Toad’s Board

May 2008

Richard “Toad” Smith serves as outbound traffic manager for Shopko, one of the country’s most successful regional general merchandise/pharmacy discount…

Training Days

April 2008

As the premier learning resource for the private truck industry, the National Private Truck Council has established a yearlong calendar…

Keeping Score

March 2008

Private fleets seeking innovation in their driver performance and pay-incentive programs would do well to look at Atrium Windows, Inc.…

Added Value

February 2008

The owners of Hatfield Quality Meats spun off the company’s private fleet in January 2006 to create PV Transport, a…

Value Added

January 2008

One of the largest producers of customer proprietary plastic containers, the Plastipak Packing Co. has operated a private fleet of…

From the Ground Up

December 2007

J.R. “Jack” Simplot, founder of J.R. Simplot Company, went into business for himself in the rural community of Declo, ID,…

Waste Not

November 2007

For many companies, the private fleet represents a critical component in the manufacturing process. At Ross Environmental Services, Inc. the…

A Family in Business

October 2007

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Price Chopper Supermarkets, which operates 116 stores located throughout the Northeast. The future…

Good Clean Fun

September 2007

Lasco Bathware is the largest U.S. manufacturer of bath fixtures, producing nearly 25% of those sold annually. Having its own…

The NPTC Advantage

August 2007

In recent years, the National Private Truck Council has evolved from an association historically focused on government affairs to a…

Key Ingredients

July 2007

Lance, Inc. follows an exacting recipe to produce its lineup of snack foods for consumers on the run. And while…

Comeback Fleet

June 2007

After outsourcing a large percentage of its private fleet for two years, Unisource Worldwide has brought the fleet back in-house…_x000D_

No Best – Only Better

May 2007

On the brink of becoming the world’s largest car company, Toyota Motor Co. commands roughly a 16% share of passenger…

Poultry in Motion

April 2007

“It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken.” This was the signature marketing slogan of the late Frank…


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