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Five more GTI drivers join the Certified Driver Trainer ranks

  
  
  
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Five Gordon Trucking drivers from across the country were graduated in February as Certified Driver Trainers following a rigorous, four-day program of classes and demonstrations at the Driver Trainer Academy in Lathrop, California.

Sally Brown, Jeffrey Earl, Alexander ‘Grey’ Feaster, Cindy Klawes and Tracy Thompson are now among the company’s more than 40 Certified  Driver Trainers who take aboard less experienced new hires for two to four weeks, providing practical instruction in advanced safe driving skills and company practices as they prepare them for a career as GTI drivers.

Gordon Trucking delivers wreaths in remembrance of fallen soldiers

  
  
  
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For the second year running, Gordon Trucking volunteered to haul wreaths in commemoration of fallen heroes for Wreaths Across America (WAA).  Each holiday season, WAA enlists a fleet of trucks to transport thousands of fresh wreaths from Columbia Falls, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery and other military memorial sites. Gordon’s efforts should prove instrumental in this undertaking, which coordinates the dedicated service of over 100,000 volunteers to decorate the graves of our country’s veterans with wreaths.

Trainer Academy certifies five new drivers as GTI Driver Trainers

  
  
  
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Five Gordon Trucking drivers earned a Certified Driver Trainer designation at GTI’s Trainer Academy last month in Lathrop, California.

Ron Brown, Scott Lindsey, Matthew Sanders, Michael Willen and Brian Wright qualified for the elite distinction following nearly a week of classes, demonstrations and driving assessments.  Their designation brings the number of Gordon drivers currently certified as Driver Trainers to nearly 40.

Brown, of Boise, ID, drives for the US/Canadian fleet.  Lindsey, of Kelso, WA, and a 24-year veteran of GTI, runs on the Northwest regional fleet.   Sanders, of Colorado Springs, CO; and Wright, of Medford, OR, are drivers with the Temperature Control division.  Willen, of Bloomington, IN, is a local driver operating out of the Indianapolis terminal.

Gordon Trucking Shows Appreciation for their Professional Drivers

  
  
  
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During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, held September 16-20, Gordon Trucking, Inc. took the time to honor and recognize their professional truck drivers’ nationwide. “We would like to thank our professional truck drivers who are out on the roads every day keeping the nations’ economy moving, we appreciate your hard work and dedication to safety,” said Larry Gordon, GTI’s Chief Executive Officer.

Daily events included free giveaways, catered lunches, truck washes, gift bags, health and wellness screenings, and various vendors and employees led activities in an effort to help give back to those who deliver the freight across the country 365 days a year.

Gordon Trucking featured on TV show "World's Greatest!..."

  
  
  
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Gordon Trucking was featured on the television show "World's Greatest!...".  Now in its seventh season, “World’s Greatest!...” takes an insightful, informative look at companies, products, and technologies that are considered best-in-class.  The film crew spent a day at our headquarters in Pacific, WA capturing the ins and outs of GTI.

Gordon Trucking's almost four minute segment is featured in episode 187.  The segment highlights the history of Gordon Trucking, truckload services provided, driver comfort and retention, and the technology used in our equipment and throughout the company.  The episode was aired on various cable and satellite networks September 9th and 16th, and is now available at the website of the "World's Greatest!..." (www.worldsgreatesttv.com) and on their YouTube channel.

Being a Professional Driver Manager

  
  
  
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So far the Professional Truck Driver series has talked about the driver’s side of things.  This article will shift gears and talk about what it takes to be a Professional Driver Manager.

First off, it is important to differentiate between a dispatcher and a driver manager.  A dispatcher’s job is mainly clerical -- answering phones and responding to mobile communication messages and emails.  A dispatcher keeps the data in the system accurate and communicates with the team.

Gordon Trucking celebrates grand opening for Boise terminal

  
  
  
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On June 12th 2013 Gordon Trucking, Inc. officially opened the doors of their latest terminal located in Boise, ID.  This addition marks the 11th GTI terminal strategically located across the US.

More than 80 people walked through the doors to help welcome GTI to Boise and enjoy a catered lunch. Those in attendance ranged from GTI management, customers, and drivers to neighbors and friends as well as a number of members from the local Chamber of Commerce.

CSA and the Professional Truck Driver

  
  
  
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Every Professional Truck Driver strives to put safety first when on the road.  Safety is not only about safe truck driving habits but it is also about driving safe equipment and being in compliance with Hours of Service regulations.  CSA uses the BASICS (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) to define the different areas that contribute to safety.

The BASICS

The first BASIC is Unsafe Driving.  This includes speeding, improper lane changes, failure to use a seat belt, failure to obey traffic control devices, following too close and texting/using a hand held device while driving.  What this comes down to is obeying the law and just plain common sense.

Gordon Trucking delivers promo for Seattle Mariners

  
  
  
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SEATTLE – On Wednesday, Aug. 15 Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez threw the first ever perfect game in team history and on Tuesday Aug 21. Gordon Trucking, Inc. delivered 40 thousand t-shirts to Safeco Field that will be issued to commemorate the event.

The t-shirts created by Promoshop will be given away to fans attending the Mariners game vs. Cleveland on Tuesday night as part of the celebration to honor Hernandez’s accomplishment.

Typically when Felix pitches at Safeco Field, the team reserves a group of special seats in left field called the “Kings Court” but on this special night of celebration, the team is calling the event the “Supreme Court” where a near-capacity crowd of the yellow-shirts is expected to cheer the Seattle ace.

Professional Truck Driver - Trip Planning and Time Management

  
  
  
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One of the hardest parts of being a professional truck driver is balancing the need for miles and the need for time at home.  It is really hard to take those three days off when last week’s miles have been low which means that the next paycheck will be low also.

What are ways as a professional truck driver we can get the most miles out of our time out on the road?

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