Superior Health Linens - March 2016
“THE ST. PATRICK’S EDITION”
MACK / NASCAR ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
Mack Trucks, the Greensboro, North Carolina based truck manufacturer has announced that they have become the “Official Hauler” for NASCAR. As part of the partnership, Mack has provided NASCAR with a fleet of 11 custom Mack Pinnacle trucks which will be used to haul raceday equipment to the circuit’s 36 stops throughout the 10 month long racing season.
Each truck was spec’d with Mack’s MP8 13 liter 505 horsepower engine and mDrive automated manual transmission and they are expected to log more than 65,000 miles each over the course of this first season.
“I think it’s a really good decision from a brand alignment perspective, but we also intend to use this as a way to grow our business,” says John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing, calling both Mack and NASCAR “ fundmentally American brands.”
(NOTE: Mack has been the truck of choice for Superior Health Linens for the past 12 years.)
March 3- TED LINSLEY - Madison
March 3- JAMES KORAN - Plover
March 5- CHUCK GLODOWSKI - Plover
March 7- MANUEL RODRIGUEZ - Madison
March 10- MARCUS LEE - Plover
March 11- JERRY HUEBSCHEN - Cudahy
March 19- A J JOHNSON - Plover
March 20- PETER McPHERSON - Batavia
DOT: NEW RULE PROPOSALS
The Department of Transportation is constantly reviewing data and adopting rules in an attempt to make the nations highways safer for all of us. Here are several proposals that could soon become a regulation affecting our daily lives:
--Speed Limiters for Heavy trucks. The proposed rule would require governors on all trucks weighing over 27,000 pounds.
--Minimum Standards for Entry Level Truckers. This proposed rule would implement minimum standards for training new drivers. It would most affect Truck Driver Training Schools and large fleet operators who train their own CDL drivers as well as the individuals wanting to become truck drivers. It would include minimum hours of classroom training as well as minimum hours of “behind the wheel” training and may also set other standard requirements other than just passing the CDL test.
--CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This rule will establish a database of CDL license holders who have failed or refused a drug test and would require a fleet operator to upload this information at least annually. It would also require fleet operators to check this database when hiring new drivers.
--Sleep Apnea. At this point the DOT is asking for a rule that would allow more research and data collection on how many truck operators have “obstructive sleep apnea” and what impact a sleep apnea rule would have on the trucking industry.
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”
500 TRUCK CONVOY SCHEDULED FOR
A 500 truck convoy has been scheduled for Mother’s Day in Lancaster, PA., to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and take aim at a new world record. This annual convoy has been raising funds for 26 years for Make-A-Wish, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.
Last year, nearly 400 trucks from around the country, many of them carrying Make-A-Wish kids, rolled through central Pennsylvania as spectators lined roads and overpasses to cheer. The Netherlands now holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for “World’s Largest Truck Convoy,” but this year’s convoy hopes to win it back by drawing 500 or more trucks. The Mother’s Day Convoy will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Lancaster, Pa.
DOT REPORT: 58,500 U.S. Bridges are “Structurally Deficient”
Despite improvements made to more than 2,500 bridges in the U.S. last year, there are still more than 58,500 bridges on the structurally deficient list, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Each year this organization conducts a review of America’s 610,000 bridges. “Structurally Deficient” means that some part of the bridge is in poor or worse condition yet these 58,500 deficient bridges are crossed more than 204 million times per day.
This list changes every year as bridges deteriorate and are put on the list and others are repaired and taken off the list. In this 2015 report, there were 4,625 structurally deficient bridges that were not so classified in 2014. On the flip side, about 7,200 bridges listed as structurally deficient in 2014 were repaired, rebuilt, replaced or removed and are no longer on the list. At this rate, removing 2,500 bridges from the list annually, it would take 21 years before all bridges could be replaced or repaired.
Iowa leads the way with the most bridges on the list, 5,025. Illinois ranks # 6 with 2,244 of its 26,674 bridges listed and Wisconsin comes in at # 17 with 1,282 of its 14,134 bridges listed. Across the country, the most heavily crossed structurally deficient bridges are on urban highways and nearly 85% of them were built before 1970.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”
“Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.”
“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
The best revenge is massive success.”
THE TAXPAYER’S PRAYER - - -
Oh Mighty Internal Revenue Service, who turneth the labor of man to ashes, we thank thee for the multitude of thy forms which thou hast set before us and for the infinite confusion of thy commandments, which multiplyth the fortunes of lawyer and accountant alike.
March can be a tough month to get through. We can see Spring just ahead but the weather constantly reminds us that Winter is still here. Some of the largest snowfalls and worst blizzards that I can remember occurred in March. But the one day that a guy with my ancestry looks forward to is St. Pat’s. Ahhhhhhh, I can almost taste and smell the Guiness as I write these words.
March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, is the one day that the Irish and those individuals that wish they were Irish come together and celebrate. But what is it that is celebrated? Was it St. Patrick driving snakes from Ireland?
Patrick was born into a wealthy British family in the 5th century. His father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest in the Christian church. At age 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. He spent six years working as a shepherd and during this time he “found God”. He eventually escaped from his captors, ran to the Irish coast and found a ship to return to Britain.
After finding his way home, Patrick became a priest and later returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Tradition holds that Patrick converted “thousands” of pagans to Christianity. His efforts to drive off the Pagans was eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland.
Patrick died on March 17th and through the following centuries, the legends have grown and he has become Ireland’s foremost saint but it wasn’t until 1903 that St. Patrick’s Day became an official holiday in Ireland.
It is customary to wear shamrocks and / or green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day. The color of green has been associated with Ireland since at least 1640 when a green flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confereration and it is believed that the “3 leaved” shamrock was used by Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number as the Irish had many triple deities, a fact that may have helped Patrick in his efforts to explain and convert. (In many drawings and illustrations St. Patrick has been shown holding a cross in one hand and a sprig of shamrocks in the other.)
So there, you now have a small bit of information about St. Patrick and why we Irish celebrate on March 17th. However, I’m still not sure where the KISS ME, I’M IRISH buttons came from!
Safe Driving To All,
Director of Fleet Services