Food Shippers of America

RWI Transportation LLC
We would like to thank you for attending this year’s Food Shippers of America Conference held in Orlando.  Once again, we had record attendance, along with our most ever first time attendees.  

We extend our thanks and gratitude to the FSA Planning Committee and Board and especially all the volunteers for their support not only in planning this conference, but also in its day-to-day execution.  As we said during the conference, this has become a large enough production that the volunteer work is necessary in order to pull the evemt off as well as we do every year.

Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors.  The sponsorships these past few years have allowed us to expand our horizons for featured speakers and entertainment.  Hopefully, you find this event fruitful and will continue to be a partner with Food Shippers.

Ted Tamul   CH Robinson 
Matt Stalter Heinz North America

Total Quality Logistics opened its 12th satellite office today in Austin, Texas. TQL is the third largest domestic freight brokerage firm in the nation and anticipates hiring at least 30 new employees in the Austin office by year's end. Interested candidates should apply online at www.tqljobs.com

Visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/national-expansion-continues-for-total-quality-logistics-2012-03-05 to view the full article online.

While a new federal regulation will put commercial truck drivers' certifications on their state-issued licenses, the American Trucking Associations are attacking a more controversial legislation that limits their hours on the road.

Visit http://republicanherald.com/news/new-rule-limits-truck-drivers-hours-1.1281626 to view the full article online.

With more than 25 years of work in the transportation industry, Peter Saunders knows a thing or two about shipping. And as the Unishippers franchise owner for the state of Montana, he recently drew accolades from the company for his work.

Visit http://www.dailyinterlake.com/business_and_finance/local_montana/article_0e239764-65bc-11e1-b231-001871e3ce6c.html to view the full article online.

A company that hired a meth-using trucker whose big rig hit and killed another truck driver on Siskiyou Pass in 2008 will have to pay $5.2 million to the deceased's family.

Visit http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120308/NEWS02/203080304/-1/NEWSMAP to view the full article online.

Best Logistics, Inc.
Congress is under pressure from an unusually wide range of industries and groups to pass a spending bill for transportation.

Visit http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/infrastructure/214283-broad-coalition-leans-on-congress-to-pass-transportation-bill- to view the full article online.

In a move criticized by advocates for ethics in state government, the Beshear administration has fired David Ray as inspector general of the Transportation Cabinet.

Visit http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120227/NEWS01/302270074/Transportation-Cabinet-s-inspector-general-fired?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CHome%7Cs to view the full article online.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it assigned 'BB' issue ratings to U.S.-based trucking company Swift Transportation Co. LLC's proposed $200 million term loan B-1 and $674 million term loan B-2.

Visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/28/idUSWNA116920120228 to view the full article online.

Fortune named Union Pacific the most admired among trucking, transportation and logistics companies for the second consecutive year. The magazine's annual World's Most Admired list is published in the March edition.

Visit http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/01/3911876/fortune-names-union-pacific-most.html to view the full article online.

Signaling that 2012 is indeed proving to be a rebound year for the transportation industry as a whole, Ahern and Associates, the nation’s leading transportation consulting firm, has announced a staggering 14 additional open acquisition needs.

Visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9254849.htm to view the full article online.

Xata Corporation., a leader in fleet optimization software, and ALK Technologies, a global leader in geo-logistics and navigation software, recently announced the launch of CoPilot Truck 8 Professional integrated with XataNet, providing users with advanced functionality, updated PC*MILER 25 routing and availability on a wider range of hardware platforms.

Visit http://www.fieldtechnologiesonline.com/article.mvc/Xata-And-ALK-Technologies-Launch-CoPilot-0001 to view the full article online.

The Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology maintains a massive, geocoded database of location-specific information on average housing costs, driving rates, transportation costs and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/nationwide_data_show_transportation_costs.html to view the full article online.

Bison Transport was named the grand prize winner in the large carrier division of the Truckload Carrriers Association’s coveted National Safety Awards.

Visit http://www.trucknews.com/news/bison-transport-named-grand-prize-winner-at-tcas-national-safety-awards/1000967589/ to view the full article online.

Schneider National
Mayors Warn Unemployment Will Rise if Congress Only Extends the Existing Transportation Bill

Visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nearly-200-us-mayors-press-for-passage-of-federal-transportation-bill-2012-03-06 to view the full article online.

A plan to address Pennsylvania’s aging roads and bridges may not be decided until the lion’s share of the state budget takes shape, according to the head of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Visit http://www.essentialpublicradio.org/story/2012-02-27/transportation-funding-plan-backburner-10310 to view the full article online.

Werner Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's largest transportation and logistics companies, announced that it will participate in the annual J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in New York City, New York.

Visit http://www.marketwatch.com/story/werner-enterprises-to-participate-in-the-jp-morgan-aviation-transportation-defense-conference-2012-02-28?reflink=MW_news_stmp to view the full article online.

Marines with Motor Transport Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) made good use of their extra day this leap year by providing needed supplies to patrol bases in southern Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Visit http://www.dvidshub.net/news/84693/clb-1-motor-transport-provides-supplies-multiple-fobs to view the full article online.