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I love trucks and the trucking business.My Dad was a truck driver and it was the only thing that he wanted to do. He was blue collar to the bone and proud of it. I knew when I was in junior high school that I would be a truck driver. I speak to our drivers education class every quarter and present the Share the Road program with them, I’ve spoken to every drivers ed student that went through the program inMontana for the last 10-12 years, I like to share with them the experiences that I’ve had and the places that I’ve been to, the sights that I’ve seen, things that only those in our industry get to experience.

executive vice president BARRY “SPOOK”STANG

administrative assistant KATIE BOWLDS

safety diretor KEVIN ERNST

safety transportation consultant AL CALKIN

Trucking here inMontana is promising, we have advantages here that most other states do not.Our state is one of the few with no state budget deficit, along with our neighbors, North Dakota and Wyoming. In looking at employment statistics, unemployment in Montana is 6.1 percent. When you compare that with our neighbors, Idaho is 7.1 percent, Washington 8.5 percent,Oregon 8.7 percent, Colorado 8.0 percent and then North Dakota at 3.0 percent, South Dakota 4.4 percent and Wyoming at 5.4 percent, we look pretty good. In breaking these figures down by county, in the east Fallon is 1.8 percent, Richland 2.6 percent, Custer 3.3 percent and Sheridan 2.7 percent, in the west Lake County is 7.6 percent, Flathead 7.4 percent and Glacier 8.7 percent. This indicates that our natural resource development is a key component to business here inMontana.Overall traffic is up about 60 percent in the Glendive, Sidney and Culbertson areas. (These stats were surprising to me because when driving up there one would swear that it is much more!) All these people working need places to live, food and groceries, automobiles, repairs, health care, etc., all of which need to get there on the back of a truck. I looked at real estate prices and the lack of housing in easternMontana but we don’t have time for all that now.My point is we have some challenges, but we also have opportunity.

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

Lana Batts mentioned at our convention inMissoula that when truck drivers and trucking companies start encouraging their children to drive trucks, then we will no longer need to worry about the driver shortage. I believe this to be true, and personally, I don’t understand why we would not want our children to follow in our footsteps. The trucking business is an honest and honorable profession; we all know that “without trucks America stops.”

I hope to see many of you in the next few months and I look forward to it. It is my privilege to serve you as President ofMCM.


Ken Stabler President of the Board Motor Carriers of Montana

Trucking in Montana

From the President


ISSUE 5, 2012 |


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