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Official Magazine of the Motor Carriers of Montana

Roadwise is owned by the Motor Carriers

of Montana and is published bimonthly by Matthews PublishingGroup. For additional

copies, to order reprints of individual articles or to become a subscriber to Roadwise, contact Katie Bowlds at 406-442-6600.


communications director & managing editor KELLY CARGILL CROW executive editor


art director JON D. KENNEDY contributing writers




photographers MARK BRYANT

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Showing Your Support It will soon be time for us to listen to the politicians tell us who we should vote for, well at

least that’s how it used to work, but many of them are already telling us even though the election is nearly a month away.MCM is here to help you find which candidates support the industry and which ones will try to saddle us with some more onerous burdens. We will do our best over the next few months to keep you all informed.

Speaking of supportingMCM, we have many supplier members that have been endorsed by theMCM Board of Directors.Over the years, I have noticed manyMCM members fail to recognize the benefits. Below are a few of our endorsed providers and the services they offer. Please take the time considering using their products and services.

Continental Owner-Operators Limited (COOL) provides a comprehensive insurance plan for your owner-operators including cargo, liability, occupational accident and others. COOL has been a longtime supporter ofMCM and the trucking community. If you have owner-operators in your fleet, give them a shot.

executive vice president BARRY “SPOOK”STANG

administrative assistant KATIE BOWLDS

safety transportation consultant AL CALKIN

J.J. Keller & Associates has been the provider of safety services and information for the trucking community since 1953. Their complete inventory of transportation, workplace safety, human resources, construction safety and hazardous materials safety and training materials is second to none.MCM members receive a discount when purchasing goods from J.J. Keller.

HireRight (formerly DAC Services) isMCM’s choice provider of background screening and drug tests. HireRight providesMCM members with a substantial discount and has come toMontana on many occasions to provide training opportunities for our members.

UPS provides a special savings toMCM members; they can now save up to 28 percent off UPS Express Air and international shipments. It’s simple to sign up and reap the benefits.

An affiliate of the American Trucking Associations

Motor Carriers of Montana (MCM) has served as the voice for Montana’s trucking industry since 1939. MCM is a trade association dedicated to the furtherance of the trucking industry’s goals and interests in Montana and the United States. Our membership is a very diverse group comprised of trucking companies, passenger carriers, garbage haulers, construction & excavation companies, and companies providing products and services to the industry. MCM serves these companies as a governmental affairs representative before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues that affect the trucking industry. The organization also provides public relations services, operation services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and membership relations.

Phone 406-442-6600 Facsimile 406-443-4281

For more information, contact MCM at: Motor Carriers of Montana 501N. Sanders, Suite 201 Helena, MT 59601

ROADWISE | ISSUE 6, 2011 |

Do you use a lot of long distance? If you do, consider using Carrier Access, our endorsed long distance provider. Carrier Access not only providesMCM members with a discount but also has other services including their conference calling service which is used weekly by theMCM board.

For more information on these and otherMCM suppliers go to theMCM website, www. It has listings of allMCM members and the services they provide as well as weather, road conditions, permits and current news stories.

Remember these suppliers are the ones who support you and we should also be supporting them by giving them first shot at your business.

Barry “Spook” Stang

Executive Vice President, Motor Carriers of Montana


From the Executive VP

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