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         Happy Holiday Greetings to you, one and all, it is a joyous time of the year with all the festivities, decorations, lights, parades and shopping experiences. Flying drones and Star Wars toys seem to be the hot gift items this year. I know that most of my shopping will be done online and not in the hustle bustle of the shopping malls.  I just ordered some gifts through Amazon, online, on Saturday and it was on my doorstep on Monday, not stepping foot into any crowded shopping center or mall. Technology throughout our world today at work or at home can make our lives much easier, or more difficult, given the circumstance. We as a society and as a company are slowly or rapidly evolving into this world of higher technology. Everyone has some type of smart phone attached to their body, giving us our email, texting, phone calls, GPS, games, contacts, etc. There was a time when I could remember phone numbers, as you would dial them each time, now you speak a person’s name and the dialing begins. These so called, Smart Phones are our life line to one another, I just did a Hangout on my phone with my daughter and grandson the other day, pretty cool. I know that if I lost my phone today, I would feel very vulnerable and disconnected. Some folks wonder why so many people need to constantly be looking at their phones all the time and not speaking to one another. I wonder the same and then look down at my phone again.  When you are sitting in the airport, look around and count just how many people are on their phones, it will amaze you and don’t forget to count yourself. Technology within our company is evolving just as well and I personally see this evolvement as one of the single most important factors in business today. Let me begin with our website, our customer’s window into our ordering and shipment update system. We have hired a Marketing firm to evaluate its overall presence and customer experience effectiveness. Forklift mounted freight scales are being installed with computers and wireless internet upon our loading docks. All in our effort to create a seamless freight weigh in motion process for capturing accurate weights, reducing the chance of over weighted loads and adjusting shipment costs. Route optimization software will be installed mid-year 2016 in order to best route our driver’s delivery routes, reducing fuel consumption and making best time of each delivery and pickup route. Our phone system is changing over to another provider right now, moving from Mitel to Convergence, this is a VOIP (voice over internet protocol) system. Again in an effort to reduce downtime and improve our external and internal customer’s experience. Tablets with Acordex in the hands of all of our professional drivers on the road, connecting them to our offices with communication, recording and tracking capabilities that improve our delivery times, our customers experiences as well as further  reducing fuel consumption. Today we are talking about our copier machines, oh yes, of which are all connected via the internet and talk to one another, yes technology even exists within a copier machine----Amazing. As we see much more business opportunities coming our way now and in the New Year, we must always prepare to improve our processes and efficiencies within our entire operation. Prompt, Courteous and Dependable says it all. Stay tuned as we will update you as these advancements move forward, towards an overall improved experience here at Mountain Valley Express.

                  If you are feeling BLUE this holiday season for any reason, and yes there are many reasons to feel sad, think of someone in need that you could lend a hand to and that person can make you feel less BLUE. As we give to others, we enrich ourselves and our lives by giving and not always receiving, as you give, you shall receive.

God Bless and Happy Holidays,

James Scott Blevins

President/ CEO

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       As we move swiftly through the summer season, we continue to conserve water as our 4 year drought continues. Predictions are coming in for a very wet winter and our water supplies will be replenished and the underwater aquifers become full once again. But until such time that these events occur, we must all remain diligent and disciplined in our use of water. School begins again and the little ones go back to their learning centers, schools, sports teams, and other activities. This time of the year becomes very active in our lives as summer comes to a close and we begin to look forward to the fall season. I am just back from visiting in Seattle and Vancouver Canada, and what I found out there, is that they too are experiencing dry/drought conditions. Water supply controls are in place on the entire West Coast of the U.S., as not enough rain has fallen throughout this entire region.

       Fuel costs, both diesel and gasoline have dropped and continues to decline, this is good for all of us here in America. I would expect the cost of fuel to remain low throughout the fall and winter season. Our fuel surcharges have declined right along with the drop in fuel costs, as it adjusts up or down once per week, based on the California average price per gallon of diesel fuel. Diesel fuel cost is our second largest cost here at MVE, and we strive to do all we can in conserving our use of fuel every day. Our drivers have the single   largest effect on the use of fuel within our operation, and they now can gauge how efficient they are with that process through our driver scorecards. These scorecards are posted once per month at each and every terminal. It reports to the driver his overall performance of the vehicle and ultimately indicating his average miles per gallon of fuel usage. The other tool we now utilize is the Samsung tablet with Acordex software    installed. This is the device that manages drivers times and route performance, as well as up to the minute delivery information for dispatch and ultimately to our customers. The charge cord devices for these tablets, within the cab, has been the single biggest challenge for this newest tool. If you or anyone else has a BIG IDEA on how to better recharge these tablets within the cab of the truck, we would love to hear about it. Please send your ideas in today, and if we implement your idea, a reward will be given to you. We need your BIG IDEAS going forward on how to improve all aspects of what we do each day, so send them into your Supervisor or Manager today. 

       We have just purchased our very own easy bake ovens and cleaning cabinets for the truck’s DPF, (diesel particulate filters). These newest tools are required of a fleet in order to clean the soot out of these DPF filters approx. every 100,000 miles or less. Up until now, we have relied on outside vendors to perform this cleaning process, now we will keep it in-house and reduce our overall downtime in performing this latest fleet maintenance process. 

Until next time, Stay safe, Conserve water and God bless.

 

James Scott Blevins, President     

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Summertime Greetings to all.  Once again I am hoping that you and yours are doing well in mind, body and soul. Company family picnics are now being scheduled over the next few months. This is a time for all of us as a company and family to come together and share some down time from work. I will personally be attending as many of these company picnics as possible. I really enjoy meeting and  breaking bread with as many of our employees and your families as possible. Some of you will be playing volley ball, bowling or just enjoying the food and fun all around. I am pleased to see that we are in a position to be able to offer these company picnics once again as we have done over the years in the past. Watch for your own company terminal picnic event soon, coming to a city park or bowling alley near you.

 

MVE is hiring, hiring, hiring, Drivers, Dockworkers, Mechanics, etc., with business levels on the rise, we need all the help that we can get on board right now. We are implementing our Dock to Driver NOW program at all major terminals. This program makes it possible for you as a MVE dockworker to become either a Class C or a Class A driver, picking up and delivering our customers shipments right from the truck. As a Class C driver, you can start out in our up to 26,000 GVW straight truck bobtail trucks and eventually graduate up to a Class A truck driver, operating an up to 80,000 GVW tractor trailer. Over the years we have graduated some of our finest dockworkers and yard hostlers into Class A truck drivers. We have found that this process lends itself to creating the best drivers that we could hope for. We are now looking at offsetting the cost of Truck Driver training school for you, if you do not currently possess a Class A driver’s license. In order to further help you become a high quality driver for MVE and our customers. MVE drivers are high quality and very much desired. Ask your Supervisor or Safety professional about our MVE Dock to Driver NOW program if you have an interest in furthering your career here at MVE, in becoming a High quality, professional truck driver. Truck mechanics are also in high demand and MVE feels this pressure along with all others in our Industry. We continue to offer a $500.00 finder’s fee for all referrals of drivers and mechanics, once the referred employee completes their 90 days, you will be paid the finder’s fee in full. Many employees have received this referral pay out and we continue to enjoy these referred employees every day.

 

MVE Long Haul Sleeper Teams are now operating into their third year, under the watchful eye of our Line Haul Manager, Kevin Sjodt and his Management team of line haul experts, Nathan, Dave and Erica. This newest part of our overall operation has excelled in growth and performance, Sleeper Team #8 was just added one month ago. These drivers operate in tandem, relying on one another to perform safely and without delay to Dallas Texas, Columbus Ohio and into Portland Oregon.  I stand amazed that Kevin and his team have been able to develop these 8 team units at a time when MVE completely relied on other carriers to provide this long haul truck service at a premium price. Through these efforts, we have been able to create some very positive exposure of MVE on the open highways of America with new equipment and increased line haul efficiencies year over year. A huge thank you goes to Kevin and our line haul team for getting the line haul operation moved every day and night and keeping our drivers safe and out of harm’s way. Go Team…

 

Until next time, take care of one another.

 

 

James Scott Blevins, President

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Summer Greetings to all. The temperatures are rising and summer time is fully upon us. Kids are getting out of school for the summer break period and parents are planning on taking some vacation time with them or maybe without them.  The four year California drought continues to create very tight water restrictions and many of our lawns are turning brown along with it. We must all continue to conserve our precious natural resource known as water, until the rains break this  ongoing drought. Company picnics are the order of the summer, as some of our terminal locations have started to arrange for their own company picnic. I am looking forward to attending as many of these gatherings as is possible, be it at the park, the bowling alley, etc. etc.  I am also looking forward to this Sunday, Father’s Day, I will be enjoying time with my son, my   daughter in law, and my granddaughter, Taylor. It is a very proud moment in one’s life, in becoming a father, as each child is born and becomes an individual in and of themselves. As they grow and mature, you begin to see yourself in them and the pride in that just shines. As they begin to start to create their own family and children, the pride shines through even more. If you are a father, you certainly understand what I mean. Happy Father’s Day to all of you Fathers out there and certainly to all mother’s out there too, enjoy your time with the families that you helped to create and have raised along the way.

            As it goes here in California, the cost of doing business here is ever increasing and the high cost of regulation is felt here every day. MVE just experienced our Federal DOT, (Dept. of Transportation) inspection audit. This inspection comes along about every 10 years or so. Keeping in mind that we also receive a State CHP, BIT inspection audit, every two years. Yes, two governmental agencies, basically performing the very same inspection audit, redundancy at its best.  We passed this inspection with flying colors. This inspection zeroed in on hazardous materials and the proper handling of them. A friend of mine, said to me the other day that in his auto body shop in Southern California, he too knows the high cost of doing business here in California. He just raises his body shop rates to coincide with all of the regulatory costs here. You must increase your charges in order to overcome the cost of doing business. As it goes in Trucking, all goods delivered, comes to all of us by a truck of some sort or another.  We are hearing that all carriers are increasing their charges for delivering the goods today. MVE is no different in that we are raising our shipping rates too. I hear from folks that food prices are very high as are most other consumer goods purchased today. This is due in part to the high cost of doing business in California and the fact that it costs more to deliver these goods to the marketplace. So, if you see these high prices, the cost of living being too high, and want to do something about it. You can contact your local representative, Senator, Assemblyman or Congressman and voice your opinion to their office about it. Ask them to continue to work towards reducing all of the massive amounts of over regulation placed upon businesses here in our wonderful state. I will certainly make my opinions known to them in my ongoing effort to make California a better, more friendly place to create jobs and continue doing   business within.

 

Until Next Time, thanks for being here with us.

 

 

Scott Blevins, President

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Greetings all, Water, Water, Water, something of which California does not have much of these days. Our state is in a four year drought and growing, as not much rain has fallen in this period of time. I cannot remember the last time that it is has been so dry and when we have gone without this much lack of rain and snowfall. Our reservoirs are at their lowest levels, farmers are getting cut back on their allotments for their crops and all home owners are being asked to cut back on usage inside and outside of the home. The California State water resources board has just issued some of the strictest water conservation measures in history. The city of West Sacramento just ordered all residents to not water their lawns more than once per week. This is a very serious situation and growing. We must all be aware of the importance of water and just how much of this precious natural resource we all consume every day.  Do you have water saving measures within your household, if not, you might want to think about saving water now. Most of our water comes to us through snow and rainfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, when the snow melts, it flows into streams and into reservoirs for storage. Much of this activity is in Northern California, due to the weather patterns, and once accumulated, much of this water flows down the California aqueduct system into Southern California. Do you like to take a shower and brush your teeth each day, I certainly do. We all take water for granted and do not realize that it is a natural resource that just comes to us through our faucets. It just flows whenever we need it, along with that much of it is wasted. Take a walk around your neighborhoods and see just how many of your neighbors are wasting water as it is flowing into the gutter and down the storm drain. Water is not much different than oil, in that they are both natural resources of mother earth. If we do not conserve and value the availability of water, we could just use it all up. So until the rain and snow returns, and they will, let’s all do our part and conserve, conserve, conserve and not waste this most precious resource, known as water.

It has been announced that all terminals locations will have the option of having a company/family picnic sometime this year. The scheduling of these company/family picnics is entirely up to the Terminal Manager and his or her team. MVE will sponsor the food and venue costs, as we have done in the past, and I would personally like to attend as many of these picnic events as possible, so the sooner they are scheduled the better. This is a time for all family members to come out and enjoy the day together with their coworkers. I look forward to seeing some of you at your picnic before the end of the year, Enjoy and thank you.

Until next time, Pray for rain.

 

Scott Blevins, President

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Greetings again, 
 
As we find ourselves in the BUSY season, of the LTL freight market.  We also, find ourselves   experiencing a shortage of good, high quality and qualified truck drivers. We are continuing to offer all our employees a $500.00 award for a referral of anyone that is hired as a driver for a period of not less than 90 days. We have paid out this award many times in the past year and encourage all of you to think of someone you know that would meet this driving criteria.  Refer them over to us today. Our operational capacity is strained with new and    increased business being loaded on our trucks. That is a good thing. As I said this is the BUSY season for LTL freight and it will continue through the month of October. Freight volumes ramp up  in March and begin to slow again towards the end of October.  It happens this way every year. Our company wide BBQ, scheduled for Friday April 24th is one way we show our appreciation to all of our employees for their good hard work in making it happen every day for our customers and for one another. I thank you.
 
We just completed awarding all of our Drivers of the Year for 2014, and I personally attended the events in Paramount, Chino, Manteca, Visalia, Las Vegas and Phoenix. It is always an  honor for me to be present when our Drivers of the Year are presented with their jacket, a plaque, some money and their name plate that is placed on the Charlie Giles perpetual trophy that sits in the corporate office in Stockton Ca. 
 
You will see all of the winners in this edition of the newsletter and every edition going forward in 2015. Congratulations goes out to all of our Drivers of the Year. I thank you for a job well done and done safely. I must also acknowledge our Safety Dept. for assembling all of these awards and for coordinating the meetings and presentations.  Another job well done, year after year after year. 
 
Boards of Directors are typically the governing body of a well-structured organization.  We have a BOD here at MVE, of which I am the Chairman. I also sit on the BOD of Doctor’s Hospital in Manteca Ca., as a Director, along with the BOD of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca, Ca. as a Vice President.  Financial reports are presented as well as any pertinent information that needs to be voted on and approved by these BODs. I have experienced and have learned a great deal of information by participating on these BODs. This has given me knowledge about other industries and business models.  The latest BOD action of interest at the Second Harvest Food Bank meeting. We selected and voted to approve a new CEO, (Chief Executive Officer), who will begin work there in July of this year. The previous CEO has been leading the Food Bank for the past 7 years, his name is Mike Mallory and he also is a member of the MVE BOD, helping to guide our company as well. If you ever find yourself with an opportunity of sitting on a BOD of any organization, I promise you will not be disappointed and you will learn many new ideas and processes along the way. Let’s go. 
 
Until next time,
 
James Scott Blevins, President
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Greetings all,

 

Hoping once again that this edition of our company newsletter, finds you well and in good spirits. As I write this article, I await news on the arrival of my new little baby grand daughter, Taylor Jean. My son Derek and his beautiful wife Ashley will be having their first child, a girl. Her arrival from heaven above, will be a huge blessing for all of our family.

 

Our Drivers of the Year are being awarded at this time of the year, and I am traveling around our terminal locations handing out these awards in Paramount, Chino, Las Vegas and in Phoenix. Every year it is quite an honor for me to be able to do this, and enjoy the excitement in all of our driver’s faces as they receive this most prestigious honor. Driving a truck for a living is not an easy job, and not one without risks, such as the traffic and unexpected hazards along the road. We will always continue to make a strong effort in honoring our truck drivers and our Driver of the year award program. We started this award back in 1997 and it has continued through every year since. It is truly amazing to me to see all of the drivers that now qualify for this award, only to miss being awarded by a few points, based on an interview of questions and answers. Congratulations to all of our drivers that qualified and certainly to all of our Drivers of the year for 2014. Way to go guys.

 

Annual compensation reviews have all been concluded for the year 2014. I must thank Anita Cornman, (human resources) for assembling all of this information that was presented to all employees. Also thank you to all Management personnel for sitting down with all of our folks to explain their total compensation from wages to benefits. Along with how each of you are performing in your individual job positions. I always hope that you are understanding just what we offer to you here at MVE and how that all adds up to you and your family. We currently employ 478 folks here and we always strive to improve our compensation each and every year.

 

Until next time, Take care. Scott Blevins, President

 

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Greetings one and all; As we move swiftly through the new year, we must always take time out to reflect on our past accomplishments. It was just one year ago that we, as a company implemented the Driver Scorecard. This was at that time, to be the mechanism that would allow all of our drivers to understand how they are operating their trucks. Now that a year has passed and we have been posting these scorecards for all to see, we can safely say that we have achieved an overall fuel efficiency improvement of 8.5% in 2014. This could not have been possible, if it were not for all of our drivers paying attention to their scores month over month, along with our Maintenance and Safety departments reviewing these scores as well. This combined effort has brought our overall fuel MPG average from a 6.4 to a 7.2MPG rating. I believe this is due in large part to our overall idling and speed scores, and the reductions of both within this reporting process. I must thank everyone involved with this outstanding achievement towards the overall reduction of diesel fuel consumption. Along with that, MVE just received a recognition letter from the Federal EPA program, known as Smartway. This was given to us for our overall carbon emis- sion reduction effort. Once again MVE going green towards a better future for all of us and the communities of which we conduct business within.

 

In the month of February at your employee information meetings you will be viewing a video about the way in which you as a driver will punch in and out of work.  Effective March 2, 2015, the tablet of which you operate from daily, will be the one stop shop for punching in and out of work with the advent of EOBRs, (electronic on board recorders) for HOS, (hours of service) compliance. We as a company must be proactive in our approach to recording all of your time from punch in to punch out, and all activity in between. The time clock on the wall will become a thing of the past for our drivers only as EOBRs pertain to only those behind the wheel of a truck, and the driver on a national level of compliance. As you will see in this video the process in which to manage this function will be fully explained. The video itself is a well put together piece of work from our I.T. department that being of Kevin Underwood and Thomas O’Hare. Thanks guys for putting this info video together. We as a company must be proactive in our approach to recording all of your time from punch into punch out, and all activity in between.

 

This Year is to be the year of training, and on Saturday, Feb 21st we will be conducting our very first CSR (customer service representative) training session. We are starting with the Sacramento terminal and all other terminals training will be carried out throughout the year. I must again, thank Dan Trojanowski and his safety team for putting this training together and for its implementation. Training in the office, on the dock, within the shop and certainly amongst all drivers and Management personnel is a must and will be concentrated heavily this year and each year forward.

 

 

 

Until next time have a great day, week and month.

 

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Greetings for the New Year, that’s right, the New Year is upon us and we are trucking down the road as we have done now for 39 years. We began operations back in 1976, from a small dock in Manteca California, along with 1 truck and a U-Haul. Moving auto parts for a company called Dana Corporation. We were founded upon two key principles that we continue to practice today and that is to be fair and honest to all concerned. We communicated with our drivers with what was called Motorola Micro radio units that had a shared frequency with a cement company. So when you went to make a radio call, you might have needed to wait for the other company to finish talking, before we could make our communication. If you remember the TV show, “One Adam 12”, they had a similar radio in their police cars. Our trucks back then, did not have air ride suspension, air conditioning, or power steering as we have today.  Back then it was called arm strong steering.  Power steering and air conditioning were pure luxuries at the time and we could not afford trucks with these luxuries. I have been here at MVE now for 32 years and have experienced the struggles of the past and the struggles of today, along with the many successes we have achieved over these years in business. I can remember many an employee that has come through our doors. I respect all of you whom are with us today and have been with us for many, many years. And yes, I do take personal pride in  knowing many of your names when I see you. I know who really gets the job done here at MVE, and that is you. I have performed many of the jobs that some of you perform today. It takes real hard work, long hours and determination and a very upbeat and positive attitude, along with all of the right intentions from everyone onboard. I come from a mechanical background, and managed the Maintenance dept. for over 15 years. Some of our trucks were built up from the junk yard, as I learned just about every part on these trucks. As I said, we could not afford new or even used trucks, so we went to the junk yard and found a truck that needed much repair and rebuilding. This was my first experiences here at MVE and I can truly appreciate the trucks that we operate today, as true luxuries to drive and maintain. So if you ever want to talk shop, let’s talk.  Today we operate from 9 different terminal locations, running over 180 power units daily. Handling close to 1500 shipments on a daily basis, with close to 475 team members getting the job done for our 3000 customers.  We have come a long way together and I expect to continue to go a long way together in the future. With your help and my Leadership Staff’s guidance we can get there together. Refrigerator Rights, have you ever heard that statement? I just heard this at church the other day, and it is in regards to relationships that we have with one another. So the example is, if I was visiting your home as a friend and I got up and opened your refrigerator to make a bologna sandwich, how would you react?   More than likely, you would be shocked, as we  have  not  yet  created  that  relationship  together  that  gives  me  “Refrigerator  Rights”. However if your kids did the same thing, you would think nothing of it, as they are born with these rights, right? So in the spirit of relationships, until we have formed this kind of close relationship, will one have this right of the refrigerator?  Another aspect of relationships that was  talked  about  was  the  invention  of  modern  conveniences,  and  there  is  one  modern invention that has reduced our relationships with one another more than any other over the years. Can you guess what that invention would be?  Here is your clue, it keeps you cool in your home, too easy?  O.K., it is the invention of air conditioning, believe it or not. Back in the day before air  conditioning, folks would sit out on their porches in the early evening, to cool off from the hot summers. In most cases, this activity was circled around the relationships you may have had with your neighbors, thus building ever stronger relationships and a sense of community. Along comes air conditioning, and everyone goes inside to cool off, leaving these relationships on the front porch, so to speak.  So, today we must work on our relationship, as there are many modern   inventions that isolate us from our communities and eroding these relationships. So, I ask myself, what is my community? Family first, MVE second, friends third and the Trucking community fourth. Are my community priorities in line, or out of whack? You might want to ask yourself the same thing, as community and relationships within that community are what make us the people we are today, the stronger they are the better.  Food for thought.

 

 

 

Until next month, happy new year and god bless.

 

 

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            Happy Holiday Greetings, here we are at the end of another year together and our final employee newsletter of the year. Happy holidays to you and your families, enjoy your times together and your time off away from work, once again we have all earned it. I need to take a moment to thank everyone who contributes to our employee newsletter each and every month. I certainly hope that all of you find the reading interesting and in some way beneficial to you and your families. All that do write an article, do so in a way that they hope all readers will find interesting, whether it is an article on the facts and figures of the company to the Philosophy article to an article on The Back Page.  Whatever it may be, please take the time to read your company newsletter, as all that have contributed to it, have done so for your benefit as well as the benefit to the company as a whole. So, read on my friends.

             Good Housekeeping, I must write a bit about the practice of good housekeeping and why it is so important in our business. I am a firm believer in good housekeeping at work, at home, in my car or my truck, it just makes you feel good when things are clean and in good order. The daily activity that we engage in across all of our loading docks, lends itself to the creation of trash, dust and debris. So, we have a daily practice to apply good housekeeping practices at the end of each shift, to clean up and reorganize our docks and terminal facilities. Have you ever heard of the term, first impression? First impression of a visitor entering our loading docks, may be the only chance we have to impress that person, be it a customer, vendor, or future employee. Let’s clean it up before we allow ourselves to lose the opportunity to make that first good impression upon whomever may come to visit us. In our trucks, trash and debris, lends itself to an unsafe condition within the cab. So I ask, all drivers, to apply good housekeeping within your work environment, your truck cab. As professionals, your truck should be clean and orderly at all times. Take pride in your rides. Within the shop areas, all tools and repair equipment should be clean and orderly, in order to make that next repair timely and long lasting. Our office areas, do you see crooked desks, wires lying about and trash overflowing from the trash cans, or last but not least, dirty windows. If so, mention that good housekeeping practices need to be applied. As was said earlier, clean and orderly offices, lends itself to a more happy and efficient work environment. As you can see, MVE has strong good housekeeping policy and procedures, the only thing lacking, at times is our ability to keep our eyes wide open and always applying good housekeeping techniques. It is where we spend most of our lives, so let’s take pride in it and enjoy coming to work each day, in a clean and organized environment. Thank you.

            California Cap and Trade is coming in January, and all fuel prices in the state of   California are predicted to increase anywhere from 10 ct. to 50 ct. per gallon. This is all created out of Assembly bill 32, AB32, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor. It allows oil companies, manufacturers of oil in California, to emit greenhouse gases, GHGs, beyond the state’s pollution limits. So the oil companies purchase pollution allowances, credits, from California in TRADE for exceeding these pollution limits, CAP. In the oil companies’ effort to now offset the cost of these allowances, the cost will be passed onto all consumers of gasoline and transportation fuels on Jan 1st 2015. This practice is a major revenue source for California and does nothing to reduce pollution, in allowing GHGs to keep flowing as long as we all accept the true cost of Cap and Trade at the pump. Keep an eye on the pump prices come Jan 1st. 2015, knowing that the increased prices are a direct reflection of this program. 

Until Next Time, Happy Holidays, Be Safe out there.

Until next time,

Scott Blevins,

 

President

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Greetings once again. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families for this upcoming holiday. We as a company have historically provided a fresh turkey to each and every employee, and this year will be no exception to that rule. We will be handing out 474 turkeys this year, and if you choose not to accept one, we will gladly donate it to a local food bank within our communities. This is a time for family to come together and give thanks for the many blessings that come our way. Please enjoy your holiday turkey, but more importantly enjoy your time with family and friends.

        Veterans Day here in America is today 11/11/14.  This day of honoring our Military Veterans was established back in 1919.   In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words. Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

I am truly thankful and will say a blessing at our Thanksgiving table for all of the men and women having served or that are currently serving in our U.S. armed forces, both at home and abroad. It is not without their sacrifices that we have earned and enjoy the freedoms experienced each and every day here in our Country, the greater U.S.A. I ask all of you to do the same; take time out and say a blessing of your own. Happy Veterans Day and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Until next time,

Scott Blevins,

 

President

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Greetings once again;

                Sitting in our church Growth Group the other night, it was mentioned that we should involve ourselves in a community project. David Coon, our Growth Group leader made the suggestion of providing transportation to a young college student in Arizona. A bicycle is what she needed to travel from her residence to the campus of Arizona State University. I immediately thought of our good customer, Giant Bicycle and our sales Account Executive, Mark Hoherd, of whom represents Mountain Valley Express to Giant. I emailed Mark the next day and from there he contacted Giant Bicycle. Once they read the story of Pauline, they could not help fast enough. Giant coordinated the proper bicycle model and MVE arranged for the pickup and delivery to Tempe Bicycle in Tempe, Arizona. While I was making sales calls last week in Arizona with MVE Acct. Executive, Scott Moreau, we stopped by Tempe Bicycle and sure enough, the bike had been delivered to Pauline. Her story follows, and it is another example of people coming together to help someone in need.

 

                Nalumansi Pauline is a 25 year-old woman who was born in a village in Uganda. She lost both her parents by age 12. Immediately upon her father’s death, Pauline was forced by her step-mother to leave the family home. Pauline found extended family in the capital city, Kampala.  However, when she was a bit older, the husband in the family began making advances towards her.  When she refused to cooperate, he banished her from the home. She was taken in by friends at school, who were also orphans and they introduced her to the organization that was paying their school fees and providing for many of their needs. This organization is called “Hope Alive!” and they also enrolled Pauline in school. Pauline excelled in school where she also served in student government. Upon graduation from high school, she received a government scholarship to help with some further schooling. Following this, she found work, supported herself and began community efforts to train women in skills that would help them provide income for their families. She also helped start a community clean-up project. Early this year, Pauline applied for a MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program scholarship to Arizona State University. The project focuses on students from Sub-Saharan Africa who show great aptitude in the areas of leadership, initiative, and education, and who desire to return to their own country after studies to help in areas of great need. Pauline was one of 40 students (out of 500 applicants) awarded a four-year bachelor's degree scholarship to ASU. She arrived at ASU early last month. Her residence is just over 20 minutes by foot from the University, and some of her classes require walking 20-25 minutes between buildings. She is in great need of a bicycle to facilitate her studies and participation in student activities.

 

I thank you, Lisa, ~Giant bicycle, Mark Hoherd, ~Paramount Sales Manager, and all of our Operations staff for a really good cause.  The furtherance of Pauline’s education in Arizona.

 

Scott Blevins,

 

President

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                I must write to you about a shooting in a city park in Northern California, involving two teenage boys, 1 shot dead, may he rest in peace, and the other escapes with minor injuries and survives. This is a headline that we hear all too often.  Why are our young people shooting each other and for what reasons, we ask? This particular shooting touched home, as my nephew, River was friends with these two boys. Fortunately, he was with me at the time of this shooting and not with these friends at 1:00 in the morning. So I ask, why is my nephew friends with these two boys and why were they in a park at 1:00 in the morning? Where were their parents and why were they shot? When I was growing up, we would settle our differences with our fists, not with guns and I remember if I was out this late at night, I was grounded for the next week by my parents. Was it a fight, was it a drug deal gone bad, or was it revenge of some sort? I believe there will be no clear explanation and these two teens had little positive guidance in their lives. We must all come to realize that the values instilled in our children begin and end in the home. We, as parents set the example that our children will live by during their lifetimes. As these details become clearer in this particular shooting, it will be clear as to what the social breakdown issues are that exist within this particular event. The more important question is what we can do about it now and in the future? Guiding our young people with good positive influences and positive thoughts and comments will go a long way in the manner in which they live their lives.  Showing and telling our children that we love them and that they are a part of a family could make all the difference in leading them down the right path in life and not to be misguided in their decisions. So give your kids a hug and tell them that you love them.  They will not forget it and they and you will feel better because of it. As far as my nephew River, as some of you know him, he is working through this loss of a friend and will be told that he is loved and is a part of our family, as I am very close to this young man and do not ever want to read any tragic headline in the paper with his name on it.

         Orchard Supply Hardware is a top line account for MVE, and a highly valued partner in what we do together. I have just attended their annual Supplier recognition and charity fundraiser for the first time. Their charity of choice is City of Hope, cancer research centers, of which this year’s event raised 1.3 million dollars for The City of Hope. OSH is another example of the fine customers that MVE has the     privilege of doing business with and will continue to do so as we grow together.  Good job to all of our staff members that have a hand in the handling of the shipments for OSH, they could not be more impressed. Lowes Home Improvement Centers now owns OSH and is in the process of remodeling and opening new OSH stores throughout our direct service areas.

 

Until Next Time, Take care and Be Safe,

 

Scott Blevins,

 

 

President

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                Greetings to you once again, I have just learned that I will be a grandpa for the second time, with my son Derek and daughter in law, Ashley being pregnant. I could not be happier with this news. As we go through life in raising our own children and now seeing those children having children of their own, it is quite a special feeling. Those of you out there that are grandparents yourselves, know what I am talking about. Kiss your kids and grandkids every chance you can, as they must know that they are loved by all parents and grandparents, it is what keeps a family growing strong. I pray for your children and for the love that must exist within all of your families and loved ones.

                 Our Samsung tablet rollout with the operating software known as Acordex is rolling out as planned, with Sacramento receiving their tablets this week. Kevin Underwood is there, with training and full implementation being put in place. Paramount and Chino will be the next two terminals in the plan. Our In Cab technology within this rollout is improving our efficiency that must happen in our operation and communication process. Customers can now receive up to the minute delivery information and is requested on a daily basis. Again, full company implementation of this technology is expected by the end of September, and we are on schedule for that to occur.  I again, thank all of you that are now utilizing this program in the Cab, and in the dispatch offices, it will make your jobs easier to perform.

                 Road construction is all around us lately and will be for some time to come, it seems to be everywhere we drive. Some of this construction has been severely delaying our line haul schedules on a nightly basis. Most of which is occurring on the Grapevine grade in Southern   California. When our line haul schedules are not on time, nothing else will happen on time. As our line haul department works through these issues and other delay related challenges, be patient, in knowing that they are very well aware of all delays and are not accepting of less than on time line schedules. We are known for our on time performance and it has been suffering lately due to these delays. When we say, Prompt, Courteous and Dependable, we are serious with it and are doing all things possible to maintain our 98% on time performance standard.  Together, we will make it happen and get the job done on time, every time.

 

Until Next Time, Take care and Be Safe,

 

Scott Blevins,

 

 

President

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Greetings one and all,  Here we are, smack dab in the middle of a California/Nevada and     Arizona Summer, so what better to talk about than WATER, or the lack thereof, especially here in California. We are currently in the depths of a severe drought, with a lack of water       throughout our state. Farmers are drilling deeper wells and shallow wells are running dry.     Agriculture is the single largest industry here in California, and the lack of sufficient water      supplies severely impacts that industry. We all eat what is grown here in the agriculture rich San Joaquin Valley, from almonds, walnuts, watermelons, cherries, grapes, tomatoes, etc. With the impact of a drought affecting all of these crops, we will all surely feel it at the grocery store as prices will definitely increase.  Some farmers are purchasing water from other farmers or water districts for upwards of $800.00 per acre feet. Our government must realize what the overall impacts of a shrinking water supply means to all of us.  In speaking with State Senator, Cathleen Galgiani, this morning over coffee, she indicates that our shrinking water supply is the number one issue in California right now. From the placement of diverting tunnels or the advent of high speed rail, where shall our tax dollars be spent?   I say on new dams and reservoirs that will   increase our overall water storage, when we do have rainfall in the winter months. As our     population grows and the demand for this very precious resource increases, we must spend those tax dollars wisely, not on high speed rail or diverting tunnels, but on water storage       capacity. I believe the Senator heard me loud and clear on this subject and is in agreement with more water storage capacity for the long term water future of our fine state. Be sure to write a letter to your local government representative and make your voice be heard on this issue as well.

            In Cab technology and Tablets, What is that you may ask? Samsung tablets are still in the testing phase and will be the device that we utilize for our new dispatch/ meal break/     electronic log software, called (Acordex). Our goal remains to be full implementation of these devices to all terminals no later than October 1st of this year. To the drivers that are testing these devices for us, I say Thank you for your constructive input and suggested changes that you have seen. This entire project is being headed up by Kevin Underwood and Thomas O’Hare within our I.T. dept. This is this department’s number one priority right now and will remain as such until final conclusion. In Cab tablet mounting devices along with in cab charging devices are being installed now, along with an office charging station.I do feel a level of excitement and high energy from those that are using this new system, including those dispatchers that have been involved with it as well. Technology is the one avenue in which we must compete in the        marketplace with our new In Cab technology.  We will be able to continue to compete and bring new customers forward to the MVE way of doing business. Prompt, Courteous and Dependable. Always.

Until next time, Take care and conserve that precious resource of H2O, (Water) (Agua).

 

 

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        Welcome to the Summer time, the temps go up, kids are out of school or graduating and life is good for them and their parents. Speaking of graduating, I had three kids in my family graduate from either high school or from the eighth grade. Two of my nephews graduated from eighth grade and one of my nieces graduated from high school. With these graduations and many others like them, comes a sense of accomplishment, of which these kids will carry with them for the rest of their lives. In life, we have certain milestones, and as we reach these certain milestones or personal goals, comes a further sense of accomplishment. I must say that with all of these kids in my family, and I am sure it was the same for some of your graduating family members. The smiles on their faces could not have been  bigger, and their parents and their Uncle (me), could not have been more proud. So I say to all graduates from any milestone in your life, a huge congratulations is in order, now go out and achieve great things. Set your own personal goals and reach for those goals as you pursue your own journey through life. As I see our company reach certain  milestones and overcome many challenges that come our way,  I too could not be more proud of our people that work here to make it happen every day. Do you know what some of our company goals are set out to be? Here are a few; on time delivery performance goal is at 98.0%. Freight claims ratio goal is at a .41% of total revenue for a given month. Fuel MPG goal is set at 7.2 mpg. All of these goals and more are posted each month by terminal in regards to our terminal scorecards. Set your own personal goals and post them at home, track them as you pursue them and they will be reached. Life is what we make of it, and as you and your company set out to achieve great things with posted and measurable goals, we will get there together.

         Environmental Front I have not been writing about our environmental issues lately, so here it goes again as we are now a fully compliant carrier within the CARB regulations for clean air in California. The most recent news from this front is that CARB has given the small trucker more time to comply. That is the three or less truck operator now has until 2016 to meet the requirements of this regulation. All the while, all other carriers must be compliant as of this year. That sure seems to me to be an unfair playing field when it comes to the investment that has been required to become compliant. In our pro compliance position within this regulation, all truck operators here in California need to be      compliant now. With investment comes the need to increase our freight rates to our customers, due to the fact that the cost of operating has and will continue to rise. The non-compliant carrier will still not charge adequately for what he or she provides. Again, due to the fact that they are not yet being required to make the investment towards compliance. Let’s go California and CARB, even the playing field for all Truck Operators in our State.  We all need to breathe Clean Air.

Until next time, stay well in mind, body and soul.

Scott Blevins,

President

 

 

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Greetings again, hope to see you all well and in good spirits, and keeping positive thoughts of life and love. I must share with you a special person in my life, who was a friend, confidant and Industry advocate, his name was Joe Kent.  Joe worked for the California Trucking Industry to recruit new carriers and allied members.  Joe was always putting a new face to our Association.  Joe would put MVE in the forefront of the Industry, always using us as an example of how to operate a trucking business in California. Joe loved to play golf and he was looking forward to playing this coming week in the San Joaquin Unit’s annual golf outing. In recent years, Joe has suffered from back and hip problems to the extent of having to have one of his hips replaced. He struggled for years with this pain from his back and hip joints.  He always seemed to push forward, again and again pursuing that next new member into the association, never relenting or taking no for an answer. He was married to his beautiful wife Tricia, of whom he loved very much. It was not very often that you didn’t see them together side by side at CTA events. I recall the last time I saw them together, she was looking up into his eyes, asking his advice on something. Joe was taller than most, standing at a staunch 6’4,” so most people had to look up to him. He was a true gentleman and loved life to the fullest, always posting some trip or life event on Facebook. I recently commented to him on a young picture of him that was posted. I said, “Joe, that Facebook picture looks just  like you look today, finely dressed, sitting up straight, along with those nerdy glasses,” he laughed. Joe passed away last week suddenly and unexpectedly at home.  He was at work the day before, with no indications of anything wrong. He shall be laid to rest this week with many friends and family present. Rest in peace my friend and know that you have laid the groundwork for many more carriers to become members of the CTA, building our Trucking Industry stronger than ever.  You will be greatly missed and God Bless you my friend.

           The new driver scorecards are posted at every terminal for the month of April, and I must say that our performance is ever improving. I hear comments like, “I now use my cruise control more than before,” “I have no hard braking and my RPM range is below the threshold number.”  All of this resulting in reduced consumption of diesel fuel. You all are becoming smooth operators of your trucks with this information provided. Our second largest cost all of last year was diesel fuel and I must acknowledge those of you that have shown the most    improvement in helping to reduce that cost. We will post these scorecards each and every month, so remember to drive at the posted speed limits, use your cruise whenever possible, do not have any hard braking events and shift your gears within the proper RPM range and you too will be at the top of the scorecard list. Thank you.

Until next time, remain diligent in your pursuit of life, love and happiness.

Scott Blevins,

 

President

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April 2014 

 

Greetings to all, As I sat in church this past Sunday morning, our Pastor spoke of Nehemiah and his challengers. That life will always bring us opposition to our goals and ambitions. When we set out to accomplish something, there will always be someone or something to attempt to tear it down. So I thought this poem would be appropriate for all of us to ponder as we move through our lives and encounter many a challenge. I will not QUIT so I ask you, Don’t Quit either

Don't Quit

      When things go wrong as they sometimes will

When the road your trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high

and you want  to smile            

But you have to sigh

When care is pressing you down a bit,

REST IF YOU MUST, BUT DON’T YOU QUIT.

Life is queer with it’s twist and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When they might have won had they stuck it out. 

DON’T GIVE UP  though the pace seems slow –

YOU MAY SUCCEED WITH ANOTHER BLOW.

Success in failure turned inside out-

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

and you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

SO STICK TO THE FIGHT when you are hardest hit-

 

Its when things seem worst that YOU MUST NOT QUIT.

 

    Shared to us many years ago from our Founder Charles L. Giles.  The time is always right to share it again.  Keep you head held high and keep reaching for your goals in this life.  As Nehemiah did, you too will prevail over all opposition that may come your way.  

Until Next Time,

James Scott Blevins, President

 

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March 2014  

    As I sit down to write this month’s newsletter, I find that today is the day I am turning 52 years young. That’s right another year has passed by and another year of age has crept up on me. I have to wonder, just where all of the time goes as we look back in time and reflect on our challenges and accomplishments. My daughter, Desiree will be turning 24 years this month also and she will be giving birth to her first child next month in April.  Yes, my first grandchild, and it is a BOY.  I am so excited for his arrival. Again, where does all the time go in our lives? My son Derek, now married, will be turning 27 years in the month of June.  Again, where does all the time go? With the passing of time many new experiences in life come our way and the birth of new life comes along also. How blessed are we to live in this life, right here and right now. I think back to my life here at MVE and the many experiences and people I have crossed paths with. From mechanics that have come and gone, to many drivers that have come and gone, and to all of you that have been here with me on this journey through life. They say that it is the relationships that we develop in our lives that will be remembered, not our possessions or positions in our jobs. Relationships is where it is in all aspects, be it family, work or other circles of relationships.  People are what matter the most, and we should never discount the value of all the people around us every day. I acknowledge all of you that are around me in family and in our company that I will always cherish most of all. For that I thank you and ask you, what do you cherish the most in your life and more importantly, what inspires you the most? For without inspiration and something to always look forward to, what do we have? Go out and make every day the best that you can make it be.

        I am hearing that there is some concern over all of the measurements that are being put into place. Our Terminal performance scorecards and through our Driver performance scorecards. I ask you not to be concerned over it.  It is our way of identifying where we can all improve our performance as an individual and as a company as a whole. It is a tool that we will continue to improve upon and adjust as we go forward. You will find ways to improve your numbers, if they are behind the rest of the pack. We must always be looking for ways to improve our efficiencies, in our continual effort to become a better company overall. You have such an integral part to play in all of this, so rest assured that your numbers will improve as we are all better able to identify how we are doing as individuals and as a company. Now let’s go out, always keeping it Prompt, Courteous and Dependable.

Scott Blevins,

 

President

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Feb 2014

              Greetings one and all. Once again I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits. As we are now into our second month of the year and moving towards March comes our announcements of our Drivers of the Year for 2013. The excitement grows as to who will be our Drivers of the Year, which are those whom have operated safely, without accidents or injuries for all of last year.  I am amazed every year to see all of our professional drivers that have achieved this level of excellence, as I know that it is quite an accomplishment to get to this level. With all of the possible ways to be injured or to have an accident on the roadways that we travel, safety has been and always will be our number one priority within our operation.  As goes safety, goes our success and future growth. Without safety, we would not be able to pick up or deliver a single pound of freight. Safety pays in more ways than one and you safely operating our vehicles, make you the person, the only way to get the job that we do accomplished.

I have just returned from a trip with our Insurance company, National Interstate Insurance Co. Their statistics within our captive group of carriers indicates that the number one accident that is occurring now is “Backing” type accidents. So when you are backing up and cannot see what is behind you, get out and look before proceeding. We have just experienced a series of accidents that fortunately did not result in any injuries, however, they did result in some major damage to our equipment. When it rains it pours, and both of these accidents occurred in the latest rain storm that we had in the month of February. I must personally ask that you SLOW DOWN when traveling in inclement weather and to keep YOUR EYES MOVING at all times.  As our captive insurance group knows, in most non-catastrophic accidents, we as the carrier, pay for the damages. So please slow down, be aware of the conditions on the roadway and always practice the 5 Keys to the Smith System Defensive Driving techniques.

              Terminal Scorecards are now complete and will be posted at all terminals indicating your terminals overall performance, as you will see on these scorecards. I stated in my last newsletter, we are now measuring many factors of our Safety and Operating procedures. Fuel consumption is the one that I have my eye on the most.  Diesel fuel was our second biggest cost of all last year at just over 6 million dollars. There are many changes in the way you operate your truck to reduce this consumption of fuel, quite simply put, slow down your speed and turn off the trucks engine whenever possible. You will see in this edition of your newsletter, our MVE MPG Scorecard, indicating MPG, (miles per gallon) achieved by each and every terminal. As well as some tips of the month on how to improve your truck and terminal’s MPG score. Please ask questions on any of the measurements that appear on your terminal’s scorecard because if we measure it and report it, improvement accelerates.  If we do not, we can expect no improvements to occur whatsoever.

Until next time, take care of yourselves and your families and Be Safe Always.

 

Scott Blevins

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