The Logbook: Pilot Gives Custom Peterbilt to 40-Year-Old Driver

The logbook is a weekly recap of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Pilot gives Peterbilt to the driver after 40 years of safe driving, AIT Worldwide Logistics remains committed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and JB Hunt donates an additional $ 5 million to children’s health care initiatives across the country. ‘Arkansas.

Pilot Gives Custom Peterbilt to 40-Year-Old Driver

In 1971 Daniel Abshire’s father Jim was the second driver to be hired by the Pilot Co. trucking company Nine years later Abshire joined his father as a driver for the company.

After his father became Pilot’s first Senior Pilot and ultimately retired from the company after 42 years, Daniel continued Abshire’s legacy by taking his father’s place as Senior Pilot in 2013.

This week, 40 years after Abshire started driving for the company, Pilot gave him the truck of his dreams: a Peterbilt Model 389, inspired by a photo with his father and his 1970s Pilot truck.

From left to right: James Pickrel, Joey Swafford, Keith Rowe, Daniel Abshire, Greg Arscott, Tim Bernier, Jamie Wells and Eric Shrepel. (Photo: Pilot Co.)

“I am still in shock,” Daniel Abshire said in a statement. “I didn’t expect to be recognized, let alone have a new truck to drive that also celebrates my dad’s time with Pilot. … We’ve always been part of the Pilot family, and the team here, especially the other pilots, has always been part of the Abshire family. It is not lip service; it is the way we operate. This illustrates how true this is. We are a family.”

Dedication to Pilot was not the only reason the company rewarded Abshire. It was also his excellent safety record. Abshire has used a total of 200 million gallons of fuel over 2.5 million miles and racked up 9,800 Safety Days, which equates to 26 years of safe driving.

“Daniel is the best. And that’s because he learned from the best – his father, Jim, ”said Jim Haslam, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Pilot.

“This job requires patience, endurance and a deep respect for everyone on the road. We are very proud of these two long and legendary careers and it is an honor to recognize Daniel for his 40 years at Pilot with this specially designed Peterbilt truck.

At the Driver’s Luncheon, Peterbilt executives were thrilled to share in the celebration of a driver dedicated to doing essential work in his company’s vehicle.

“Everyone at Peterbilt would like to congratulate Daniel Abshire and the entire Abshire family for the millions of miles they have driven on the road to deliver fuel to the Pilot Company. To be a part of this celebration is a privilege and we look forward to seeing Daniel on the road driving his Peterbilt Model 389 equipped with a retro design honoring his father’s legacy, ”said Jason, Peterbilt General Manager and Vice -President of PACCAR. Skoog.

AIT Worldwide Logistics gives back through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

In 2017, the global supply chain company AIT Worldwide Logistics decided to take action to define its corporate culture. After a voting process among AIT teammates, the company chose St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its flagship charitable partner.

Matt Sanders, public relations manager at AIT Worldwide Logistics, explained the rationale behind the partnership, which this week announced it will be entering its fifth year.

“St. Jude has a global presence, with programs in the same regions where AIT teammates live and work, including Asia, Europe and North America,” he said. “The opportunity for teammates to support families who depend on St. Jude is a substantial and rewarding way to give back to the community. “

AIT teammates at the St. Jude Walk / Run event in San Diego. (Photo: AIT Worldwide Logistics)

To help support the cause, AIT employees attend more than 80 of the St. Jude Walk / Run events that take place across the country, primarily in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, when company employees aim to raise $ 30,000 which will also be matched by AIT. .

Individual AIT stations or offices often host their own events, including bake sales, pizza lunches, and 50/50 raffles to raise money for the organization’s programs. Since its initial partnership in 2017, AIT has been able to raise over $ 225,000 for St. Jude.

Sanders explained that not only has this partnership been rewarding for employees attending the events, it has also attracted new recruits looking for a company that is looking to actively engage in its community.

“We continually see job seekers who cite the importance of giving back to the community,” he said. “In their research on AIT, applicants frequently notice and ask us questions about our community programs. … Giving back and caring for the communities where we live and work is an important aspect of the culture and we hope it will be important for any new teammate joining the AIT family.

JB Hunt commits additional $ 5 million to support children’s health care in Arkansas

More than 700,000 children who reside in Arkansas depend on the only child-focused health care system, Arkansas Children’s Inc. With two pediatric hospitals, a nutrition center of the United States Department of Agriculture, clinics at the State-wide and educational programs, the group aims to provide the best in-line care to teens.

On Thursday, JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) announced its continued support for the organization with a commitment of $ 1 million per year for the next five years to help fund the expansion of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The company has supported Arkansas Children’s initiatives for more than four decades.

“The JB Hunt team has a long history of commitment to Arkansas Children’s. There is a history of investing in community and health care. This new five-year, $ 5 million donation helps ensure Arkansas Children’s Northwest is the right size to meet the needs of the community, ”said Fred Scarborough, president of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “Northwest Arkansas continues to grow at a rate that surpasses the rest of the state, and Arkansas Children’s Northwest is an integral part of our work to make Arkansas the safest, healthiest place to be. to be a child. “

The donation is part of a $ 250 million global campaign to support the future of children’s health care in Arkansas called the Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow. In total, the trucking and logistics company has raised $ 10 million for the campaign since 2016.

“JB Hunt is proud to extend its support for Arkansas Children’s as it continues to advance pediatric health care in this region,” said President and CEO John Roberts. “The hope that these extremely talented and motivated professionals bring to our community is very special, and helping Arkansas Children’s expand their services and capabilities will benefit the diverse needs of the Northwest Arkansas community.

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