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Award-Winning Magazine of the Arkansas Trucking Association


Arkansas Trucking Report is owned by the Arkansas Trucking Association, Inc. and is published bimonthly by Matthews Publishing Group. For additional copies, to order reprints of individual articles or to become a subscriber to ATR, contact Abby Crossland at 501.372.3462.


publisher


JENNIFER MATTHEWS-DRAKE Matthews Publishing Group


jennifer@matthewspublishing.com executive editor


SHANNON NEWTON


managing editor BETHANY MAY


contributing writers brawnersteve@mac.com


JENNIFER BARNETT REED jbreed13@gmail.com JIM HARRIS


jimharris@arktimes.com STEVE BRAWNER


jdschulz50@aol.com TODD TRAUB


toddtraub@centurytel.net ERIC FRANCIS


eric.francis@yahoo.com art director JON D. KENNEDY


The Freelance Co. LLC, freelanceco@comcast.net production editors


SARAH SHEETS, KATIE THOMASON illustrator


BRENT BENNETT


brentdraw@att.net photographers


JON D. KENNEDY, BOB OCKEN, JOHN DAVID PITTMAN JOHN SCHULZ


The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways turns 60 this summer. It has been called the most ambitious public works project since the age of the Roman Empire and is literally the backbone of America’s economy.


The construction of the interstate system has had a profound effect upon the American economy and contributed significantly to improved economic efficiency and productivity. The completion of the interstate system by the 1980s, coinciding with deregulation of the trucking industry, resulted in significant gains in the competitiveness of U.S. businesses.


Continuous improvement and innovation have today made “just in time” delivery widespread and mobile inventories the norm, resulting in the nation’s trucks literally becoming rolling warehouses. Growing demand has driven logistics to become increasingly efficient, including just-in-time delivery, increased small package delivery, demand-side inventory management and e-commerce.


www.arkansastrucking.com president


SHANNON SAMPLES NEWTON


shannonnewton@arkansastrucking.com director of operations


SARAH NEWMAN SHEETS sarahsheets@arkansastrucking.com


director of safety services DAVID O’NEAL


davidoneal@arkansastrucking.com


communications coordinator BETHANY MAY


bethanymay@arkansastrucking.com


corporate services coordinator KATIE THOMASON


katiethomason@arkansastrucking.com


executive assistant CAITLIN WALRAVEN


caitlinwalraven@arkansastrucking.com


Stallion Transportation Group President & CEO


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


MARR LYNN BEARDEN Marrlin Transit, Inc. President


Central States Manufacturing, Inc. Transportation Director


TravelCenters of America Vice President Fleet Sales


GREG CARMAN Carman, Inc. President


P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. President & CEO


Executive Vice President & COO AL HERINGER IV


Star Transportation, Inc. Vice President


Loggins Logistics, Inc. President & CEO


Distribution Solutions, Inc. CEO, Owner


Morris Transportation, Inc. President


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Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) is an Arkansas corporation of trucking companies, private carrier fleets and businesses which serve or supply the trucking industry. ATA 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, workers’ compensation insurance, operational services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and membership relations. For information, contact ATA at: 1401 West Capitol, Suite 185 Post Office Box 3476 (72203) Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Phone 501.372.3462 Fax 501.376.1810 www.arkansastrucking.com


ARKANSAS TRUCKING REPORT | Issue 3 2016


Today’s political leaders face the challenge to insure that the safety and reliability of the interstate system is maintained for another 60 years. Transportation investment and a sustainable, long-term funding source must remain a priority. We can’t just sing a song, blow out the candles and hope for another good year of health and prosperity.


MARK MORRIS MIKE MCNUTT JEFF LOGGINS J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. CRAIG HARPER DAN CUSHMAN CARL BOJA ALLEN BERRY


Executive Vice President & COO TRACY ROSSER


Walmart Transportation Senior Vice President


Wayne Smith Trucking, Inc. President


VICKI JONES STEPHENS C.C. Jones, Inc. President


President - Trucking


MHC Kenworth of Little Rock Branch Manager


University of Central Arkansas Associate Professor of Logistics


STEVE WILLIAMS Maverick USA


Chairman & CEO DOUG VOSS


President & CEO TODD VENABLE


TIM THORNE ABF Freight


MARTIN TEWARI USA Truck


WAYNE SMITH FedEx Freight PAT REED


CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD G.E. “BUTCH” RICE III


Just in the last 15 years, the rate at which Americans travel on our interstates has grown at twice the rate of new capacity.


America is a nation on wheels. That our roads are well-traveled, more so every year is hardly a surprise. But with growth comes growing pains. More people, with more cars, purchasing more products, demanding that they be delivered ASAP without the corresponding increases in capacity results in congestion. This compromises our safety, sucks away time and money, and hampers our personal and commercial mobility.


The economic benefits obtained from an expansive and comprehensive surface transportation network are threatened each year as travel becomes less efficient and reliable.


The most recent analysis by the U.S. Dept of Transportation of the condition of the nation’s surface transportation system found that the nation faces a significant backlog in needed improvements to the tune of $189 billion.


The report also found that the nation is spending less than 2/3 of the amount needed annually to keep it in the state of good repair necessary to provide adequate, if not optimal, capacity and safety.


And, while the recently enacted federal surface transportation program, the FAST Act, provides a modest increase in spending, it lacks a long-term sustainable revenue source. By 2020 the shortfall into the nation’s Highway Trust Fund will be $16 billion annually.


Since President Eisenhower signed the system into law June 29, 1956, the U.S. population has increased by 91%. The number of annual miles traveled has grown from 626 billion to about 3 trillion. The number of vehicles has tripled to 260 million.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HIGHWAYS


UP FRONT


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Shannon Newton President, Arkansas Trucking Association 7


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