Food Shippers of America

RWI Transportation LLC
Conference, hotel registrations and sponsorship availability are now open and can be accessed via www.foodshippersofamerica.org.

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We are pleased to offer the following sponsorship opportunities for the 60TH Annual Food Shippers of America Conference March 1-3, 2015 at the JW Marriott Hill Country San Antonio, Texas:

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The 2015 John J. Murphy Scholarship program will again be available for a child or dependent of a supply chain logistics department employee of a Food Shippers of America member company whose membership has been paid in full.

A "Supply Chain" scholarship award of $5,000 will be awarded to the most qualified applicant with a major concentrating in business, logistics or supply chain management based on the review of submitted applications by the current officers and board members of Food Shippers of America.

The top supply chain applicant will be invited to attend the Food Shippers of America annual conference for the awards presentation Monday morning of the 3-day event.
Awards of $3,000 will be presented to the second and third most qualified individuals. The fourth most qualified applicant will receive a $2,000 award, and the fifth and sixth awards are $1,000 each. Additional consideration will be given to those applicants with a major concentrating in business, logistics or supply chain management, but we encourage all majors to apply.

A total of $15,000 will be awarded.

Scholarship applications and references must be received by December 31 for the upcoming year. The guidelines for becoming an applicant for this scholarship are as follows:
1. Applicant must be a child or dependent of a supply chain logistics department employee of a Food Shippers of America member company whose membership has been paid in full.
2. "Supply Chain" scholarship requires enrollment in a college business program with additional merit placed on those majoring in logistics or supply chain management. Additional awards are available to all applicants enrolled in a college program; however, additional consideration will be allocated to those applicants with a major concentrating in business, logistics or supply chain management.
3. Applicant must have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average during their junior and senior years of high school and/or have maintained this average if currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses.
4. Applicant packet must be completed in its entirety.
5. Received applications will be reviewed and selections determined by the current sitting officers and board members of Food Shippers of America.

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The American Trucking Associations is seeking nominations for the eighth annual Mike Russell Trucking Industry Image Award.

The award, first handed out in 2006, honors trucking companies, state associations and industry suppliers who creatively generate positive awareness of the trucking industry.

"As our industry continues to make great strides in safety and environmental sustainability while continuing to play an essential role in the U.S. economy, there has never been a more important time to tell our story," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "Each year, we look to honor those carriers, state associations and allied companies who go the extra mile to promote this industry that we are all so proud of."

Visit http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/08/ata-seeks-mike-russell-trucking-industry-image-award-nominations.aspx to view the full article online.

Tranzact Technologies
According to a report from Truckinginfo.com, Volvo Trucks of North America is recalling 1,025 2011-2015 VNL and 2014-2015 VNM trucks manufactured between November 17, 2010, through February 5, 2014, and equipped with enhanced cruise control and without side fairings.

Visit http://www.forconstructionpros.com/news/11614705/volvo-freightliner-trucks-recalled to view the full article online.

Ahern & Associates has announced the addition of three more unique and distinct customers to its list, adding substantial diversity in its searches. One client has engaged the trucking and transportation logistics firm to review opportunities that generate at least $50M and over in annual revenue, and is also interested in reviewing companies that manufacture truck bodies, step vans, trailers and road mobile construction equipment like excavators, street sweepers and reinforced agricultural equipment. Another new client is looking for a freight broker that deals in bulk commodities that include salt, sand, silica, ammonium nitrate, alumina, feed phosphates, woodchips, and others. A third client has asked Ahern & Associates specifically for companies in the areas of St. Louis and Atlanta for smaller refrigerated carriers with excellent management teams.

Visit http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2100446 to view the full article online.

CSX and The Conservation Fund have announced a program of grants aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, dairy, meats and seafood. One of the contributors to these so-called "food deserts" is the lack of infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets.

Visit http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2098869 to view the full article online.

Navistar Inc. said it has launched a new program to enhance the value of its later-model used trucks.

"Diamond Renewed" includes a complete vehicle reconditioning and the OnCommand Connection monitoring system. Model year 2010 or newer International ProStar, TranStar and LoneStar vehicles powered by the company’s MaxxForce engine with under 400,000 miles will be included.

Visit http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35601&t=Navistar-Starts-‘Diamond-Renewed-for-Used-Trucks to view the full article online.

C.R. England
J&R Schugel Trucking, New Ulm, Minn., recently accepted the opportunity to take over Kraft Food’s private fleet after the company announced plans earlier to eliminate the operation around the country.

The fleet, which has about 25 drivers, will become part of J&R Schugel beginning Aug. 17.

Visit http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/08/j-r-schugel-trucking-taking-over-kraft-private-fleet.aspx to view the full article online.

Matson, Inc. reported "another solid quarter," benefitting from higher freight yields in transpacific trade lanes, improved lift volumes at their terminals and continuing improvements in logistics.

Visit http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/matson_remains_positive_about_reaching_its_2014_goals to view the full article online.

Freightliner Trucks has announced that the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine will be available as a factory-installed option for the 114SD severe-duty truck model in 2015.

Visit http://www.todaystrucking.com/natural-gas-for-severe-duty-rig to view the full article online.

Here is the 2014 Transport Topics Top 100 list of for-hire carriers. Companies are ranked by 2013 revenue unless otherwise footnoted.

Visit http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35476&t=The-Top-100-List-2014-For-Hire-Carrier-Rankings to view the full article online.

United States Cold Storage, Inc.
Thirty college students will receive scholarships from the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) Scholarship Fund for the 2014-15 academic year.

Visit http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/8/6/TCAannounces2014-15academicscholarshipwinners.aspx to view the full article online.

Fortress Investment Group has closed its Fortress Worldwide Transportation and Infrastructure Investors fund at its cap of $995 million. The fund was originally raised as a $395 million vehicle, which was followed up by a top-up capital raise of $600 million. The fund’s portfolio includes aviation, shipping, offshore energy and rail assets, and infrastructure

Visit http://www.pehub.com/2014/08/fortress-closes-transportation-fund-on-995-mln-cap/ to view the full article online.

Good news isn't exactly flowing, but there's been no shortage of speculation about the future of the Brooks Catsup Bottle.

Since property owner Larry Eckert announced last month that the world's largest catsup bottle and adjacent warehouse were for sale, rumors have abounded about the roadside attraction's future, including buzz that hot dog vendor Oscar Mayer might be interested in the oversized condiment.

Visit http://www.bnd.com/2014/08/03/3333445/a-hot-dog-of-a-deal-city-owners.html?sp=/99/166/ to view the full article online.

Vehicle fuel efficiency and emission standards do a lot more than cut costs at the pump and reduce pollution in the air. They also lessen the economic and national security threats posed by dependence on foreign oil and price volatility, and they provide U.S. manufacturers with incentives to develop new technologies that spur investment in production of advanced vehicles, including research and development.

Visit http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2014/08/01/improving-medium-and-heavy-duty-truck-fuel-standards-in-model-year-2019 to view the full article online.