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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.

Indy 1000

March 2007

While the NPTC Annual Conference & Exhibition this past April in Nashville was rated the best NPTC event in over…

Centennial Celebration

February 2007

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Hillyard, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products and…

Driver Webcasts

January 2007

For the past two years, the National Private Truck Council and J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. have partnered to provide…

“Knaack” For Trucking

December 2006

In 1960, a milk-route delivery driver named Howard Knaack would occasionally interrupt his runs to have breakfast with two friends…

Heavy Metal

November 2006

NCI Building Systems is the nation’s leading integrated manufacturer of metal products for the nonresidential construction market. By performing metal…

Soldiers’ Fleet

October 2006

The Army & Air Force Exchange (AAFES) is a joint command of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and…

Grease Fleet

September 2006

Restaurant Technologies, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading – and fastest growing – providers of bulk cooking oil management…

Second to None

September 2006

The corporate slogan for Shaw Industries — “Where Great Floors Begin” — appears on all 3,720 of the company’s trailers.

Marathon Fleet

July 2006

The Transport Operations group of Marathon Petroleum Company LLC (MPC) operates 134 tractors and 154 trailers throughout the Midwest. With…

Best Fleet by Night

June 2006

The automotive replacement parts business is demanding and highly competitive. One of the top players is General Parts, Inc./CARQUEST…_x000D_

Bygone Age

May 2006

It was a pleasure last fall for me to spend a 12-hr. shift with Erwin Deelsnyder, a driver at the…

Behavior-Based Safety

April 2006

How does a company change an institutional culture for better safety results? The answer lies in both “top down” and…

Best Fleet for the Final Run

March 2006

With $650 million in annual sales, Indiana-based Batesville Casket Co., a division of Hillenbrand Industries, Inc., is a leading U.S.…

Bright Future

February 2006

The fortunes of private fleets will continue on the upswing for 2006, with many planning to expand capacities…

Two-Percent Turnover

January 2006

In a recent webcast on “Avoiding Negligent Supervision,” sponsored by NPTC and J.J. Keller & Associates, panelist Alex P. Jankauskas…

Big Win for Truck Leasing

December 2005

Among the most unfair anti-business laws are those that impose liability on businesses when the customer does something wrong. It’s…

Heavy-Duty Dining

November 2005

Diets of many truck drivers are killers. Truckers, like most Americans, pick hamburger, fries and the like as their food…

Driver Outsourcing

November 2005

The use of contract drivers continues to be a growth business in the private fleet truck market. Indeed, over the…

30 Years and Counting

September 2005

When Greg Mathein was hired by SENCO Products, Inc. in the 1970’s, his “marching orders” from the company’s owner were…

None for the Road

August 2005

In many parts of the country, police crackdowns on drunk driving through checkpoints set up on holidays and weekends…_x000D_


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