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ance industry in Arkansas. Sanders is also the current president and director of the Young Insurance Professionals of Arkansas, an affiliated organization dedicated to education, opportunity and networking, to equip future insurance leaders. Award nominations and votes were


submitted by all agents and company members of the PIA of Arkansas.


INTERNATIONAL TRUCK UNVEILS PRODUCT DESIGN FOCUS, DRIVERFIRST™


Utility Tri-State, Inc. celebrating the International Truck has launched a


company-wide initiative, DriverFirst™, aimed at giving its customers an edge in attracting and retaining qualified drivers through vehicles designed with a strong emphasis on the driver’s perspective. The DriverFirst product design phi-


losophy builds on International’s long- standing emphasis on customer uptime by sharpening the company’s focus on the driver’s point of view. The DriverFirst initiative was


inspired by customers’ and drivers’ input for International’s upcoming renewed product line, gathered from driver clinics, fleet feedback and stud- ies of driver trends. Many customers told the company that due to the driver shortage, they are hard pressed to keep all of their trucks operating. These stories are consistent with quantita- tive reports from American Trucking Associations and other industry sources that the industry is currently 35,000 to 40,000 drivers short of meeting its needs. “The key takeaway from our


research is that drivers want trucks that are designed to do the job,” Mooney said. “Drivers aren’t looking for some- thing automotive or futuristic for its own sake. They just want something comfortable and functional, with a design that helps them do their job bet- ter and more easily.”


ARKANSAS TRUCKING REPORT | Issue 3 2016


new North Little Rock location with a ribbon cutting from the NLR Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to all of our customers that came by to say hello and all of our vendors that helped make it possible. Jeff Smith the owner and president said, “I have never been more excited about the future of our company and the addition of the NLR store.” The new location on I-40 at the Galloway exit is open M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm and offers full trailer service, parts, reefer repair, trailer sales and rentals.


LITE-CHECK MODEL 137 TRACTOR OUTPUT TESTER LITE-CHECK is introducing


another innovative product for testing the tractor electrical and air deliv- ery to the trailer. The Model 137 TRACTOR OUTPUT TESTER is designed to meet TMC’s


Recommended Practices #137, #619B and #144 requirements. It is very easy to use by connecting


the tractor 7w cable and 2 air lines and operating the tractor controls for a 3–5 minute operation. The Model 137 uses the tractor power as a power source to display circuit conditions with an auto- matic pass/fail to remove guesswork.


International Trucks are available


to purchase at any Summit Truck Group location. Visit www.summittruckgroup. com to find a location near you.


UTILITY TRI-STATE OPEN HOUSE


Contact LITE-CHECK at 1-800-343- 8579 for more information.


FEDEX DONATES $250,000 TO NORTH ARKANSAS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FedEx will be donating $250,000 to


the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) over the next five


years. NARMC provides Emergency Medical Service (EMS) to seven coun- ties, a coverage area of 2,400 square miles for over 60,000 people. The hos- pital’s ambulance service has been the sole provider of advanced life support for the area for over 46 years. With this service, the hospital was able to respond to over 7,500 emergency calls in 2015. Approximately 95% of FedEx


team members in Harrison live in the NARMC service-area, and 100% of team members are covered by these ser- vices while at work. Over the next five years, the com-


bined FedEx donations will help cover development costs for the EMS Logistics Facility. “On behalf of North Arkansas


Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, physicians, administrative team and all employees, I humbly thank FedEx for their generous donation,” says Vince Leist, president and chief execu- tive officer of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. “FedEx contributes to the community through philanthropy and job creation, both a major force in making this wonderful community thrive. We are very grateful to be chosen as the recipient of this gift.” ATR


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