Flatbedding Does a Body Good!

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I have lost more than 100 pounds since starting with Central Oregon Truck just under a year ago.

Although stereotypical drivers carry a spare tire (or 2 in my case), I have made a conscious decision to do things differently than I have in the past. I used to drink two, 2 literbottles of Mountain Dew a day. I’ve always been a big guy who wanted big meals.

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Sleeper Berth Planning

Finding a safe place to park for the evening is part of our daily routine.  Planning ahead for this is an important part of the daily trip plan.  All of us must take a 10 hour sleeper berth break every day and taking the welfare of our equipment into consideration needs to play a big role in the selection of our stopping location for the night.

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2015 Best Fleets To Drive For

We are excited to announce that for the 2nd year in a row we are part of the Best Fleets to Drive for.

Everyone in the office want to send a a big THANK YOU to our Driving Teammate! Without you we wouldn’t be here!!

We also want to send a shout out to our Sister Company WTI Transport for making the list! Congratulations!

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An Inside View

Driver, did you ever want to be a fly on the wall to see and hear all that goes on in the office? While being injured and on light duty, I have had that chance.

Let me tell you, it has been quite an experience and an education watching the other side of a trucking operation.

While on light duty I have worked the proverbial eight to five. Some of us have always wondered what that life would be like. (Yes, it’s very nice) But those are my hours while I am here; they are not everyone else’s. Just because the phones are rolled over doesn’t mean the office is empty.

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Driver Appreciation Week 2014


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It’s time to celebrate one of the key factors that makes Central Oregon Truck Company one of the Best Fleets to Drive For…our driving team members!!!  Driver Appreciation Week is almost here!  This year, we will celebrate our awesome driving team members Monday, September 15th through Saturday, September 20th

Schedule of Events 9/15 – 9/20:

  • Monday, September 15th – Free lunch (ribs) and prize drawings for the newbies (on our team one year or less).
  • Tuesday, September 16th Free lunch (from the deli menu) and prize drawings for team members here 1 to 2 years.
  • Wednesday, September 17th – Free lunch (Chicken) and prize drawings for team members here 2-3 years.
  • Thursday, September 18th – Free lunch (from the deli menu) and prize drawings for team members here 3-4 years.
  • Friday, September 19th – Free lunch (tri tip) and prize drawings for team members here 4-5 years.
  • Saturday, September 20th – Free Family BBQ (burgers and hot dogs) and FUN!  We will also be celebrating our senior team members that have been here 5+ years and naming our Drivers of the Year! Among other awards such as Best Kept Truck, Million Mile Club, etc!

We are looking forward to seeing you all to give you the “THANK YOU” you deserve.

30 Years Old and Still Likes to Play with Trucks

Chris Brasted has been with COTC since 5/3/12. He is a very jovial, polite, and detail oriented person. He lives in West Point, UT with his lovely wife Amanda and their three children. Kaylee is 14 years old, Gavyn is 10 years old, and Peyton is 8 years old. He is a great team mate and a pleasure to work with.

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Driver Testamonial & Reviews

We have received some awesome feedback from our driving team members recently. Here are a few reviews that are worth reading. We are so thankful for all our drivers and their dedication to COTC.

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How many companies say that they

How many companies say that they are family oriented?

Very recently my oldest daughter and three of her children were hit head on by a drunk driver. She was in surgery with over 30 broken bones, a lacerated spleen, bruised kidneys, several other fractures including her sternum and several ribs. This happened in San Bernadino, Ca. I was in Corning when I was called.

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Daseke Family of Flat bed Companies Continues Growth

REDMOND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Daseke Inc., a family of premier flatbed and specialized carriers, continues to grow with the addition of Redmond, Ore.-based Central Oregon Truck Company.

“Central Oregon Truck Company is truly a premier flatbed carrier and first-class in equipment and customer service”

The transaction, which took place Aug. 1, comes on the heels of Gaffney, S.C.-based J. Grady Randolph Inc. joining Daseke (in May), making the holding company one of the 20 largest flatbed and specialty carriers in North America. Other Daseke companies include Smokey Point Distributing and E.W. Wylie.

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New Facility Updates!

Well, a couple of months have now gone by since we moved into our new facility. While we are still working out lots of operational details and facility bugs, things are going very well. I wanted to express
my thanks to everyone for putting up with the “Big Move” and all the problems and frustrations it brought upon us.

I wanted to update you all on some of the existing issues that we are still working to resolve and understand the best way to manage. Below you will find a list of issues that are on our radar to
“fix”, please remain patient as we develop better operations so that we can serve you better!

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Diary of Honorable Mention

Friday Dec 7, 2012 Arrive at Columbia Falls, Maine to load wreaths. A parade is involved. Ok, cool.

Saturday Dec 8, 2012 Begin loading. Staff brings out decals and goodie bags for each truck driver. Are told there are ceremonies tonight at dinner. We have time, so we can stay. They really seem to want us to. I feel as though we are being treated like family. We just got told the boss’ son will personally give us a tour of the museum.
Al just got an award for COTC. WOW!!!
What an honor that was. We are also going to be able to participate in the convoy tomorrow after breakfast. There are more ceremonies as we go.

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Transporting Honor-Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is an organization dedicated to the memory of those who have given the ultimate
sacrifice for the freedoms of this country-the fallen soldier. Their motto is remember, honor and teach. Remember the veteran, honor their sacrifice, and teach our children. The point is never forget any of them.

When Al was asked to run a load from Maine that involved a parade, we thought, ok, we can do that. or in Al’s lingo, no problem! Little did we know then what the parade was for or what it meant.

To be involved in the transport of these wreaths is an honor and a privilege. This is not just a load of greenery, but one of love, compassion and remembrance. I am so blessed that COTC is not afraid to show that they are people who care about others.

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More Than Just Talk

Large enough to keep you running, small enough to know your name. These are not just words. It is our motto, our creed. Our pledge as a team to our drivers.

As a recruiter I often place this motto in our advertising. I state this creed to applicants when we talk about their new career with COTC. I understand the meaning and value this pledge holds. I understand what it means to each driver to be recognized for who they are and to be treated respectfully. It is equally important that a driver is kept running in a way that is balanced with miles and home time. These are the promises I confidently make to drivers when they join us. Because COTC supports these promises with action, it is why so many drivers stay.

By talking to drivers daily, I have learned one thing for sure. Our fleet is driven by men and women who are dedicated to their profession not just as a career but as a way of life. This is why over the road drivers want the company they work for to know who they are and what they can achieve.

Becoming a COTC driver requires a proven track record of driving experience and being safe. All of our drivers must make the first cut at the recruiting level. When they pass the recruiters scrutiny they are accepted as a recruit and invited to orientation. Our recruits pack up, travel to Terrebonne, (from all over the country), and prepare to demonstrate their skill and knowledge during orientation.

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How technology has changed our industry, and how it will change our tomorrow

Over the last 20 years technology has changed the trucking industry in many different ways. When Central Oregon truck first started as a company, trucks and loads were tracked on paper, and the only form of communication with drivers, was having the driver stop and call the office throughout the day. Software, satellite communication, electronic logs and GPS have changed our industry and more improvements of this kind are in our future.

One of the biggest innovations in the industry has been onboard communication. Being able to send pickup and delivery information to the driver with the push of a button, has saved, and made money for both the company and the driver alike. This technology saves the driver’s time because the pick-up, delivery, directions, routes and fueling stops are at the tips of their fingers. In turn, they don’t have to spend time calling dispatch and writing down this info. This saves them valuable time, which means more miles. In the trucking industry, more miles equal more money for everyone involved.

Dispatch software and mobile communication companies working together has also been a major player in the changing of the industry. Drivers are able to communicate with dispatch through their onboard unit and the messages, and they are capable of updating the dispatch module the planners and dispatchers on the other end are monitoring. This coupled with GPS tracking allows planners and dispatchers to see when the driver will arrive at the consignee, which saves on down time for the truck and the driver. Both are important factors in our industry today.

Another great tool that has been added in the last few years has been the capability of managing the fleet by the trucks ECM. Through these units the fleet manager can track fuel efficiency, and engine problems, which allows them to address these costly problems in the shop instead of out on the road.

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A testimonial!

I’ve been asked to share my thoughts on my first few months here at COTC so here goes:

A bit about me. My name is Simon Bowdrey (pronounce it any way you like, I’ve heard ‘em all!). I am an import from England, I came to the US in 1994 to work for MS Carriers in Memphis after a disastrous recession in Europe in the late 80’s put the trucking industry on its knees. I’m still here, American life seems to suit me down to the ground and I feel I very much belong here. I’m 52 now, been driving since I was 18 starting with a van doing multiple stops around London thru to heavy haul work all over Europe and 5 years as an owner operator. I’ve held a CDL since 1981.

In 1997 I fell in love and stopped driving OTR, went to doing city work and most recently 6 years of heavy towing. In 2010 I got divorced and life ground to a halt. Funny how suddenly your “friends” have “other plans” when you’re not a couple anymore! Anyway, after much boredom and self doubt I decided that I needed to be back doing what I always thought I did best. Long haul, but now I have a dilemma – who to work for? What sort of work?

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2,000,000 Miles or Bust!!

2,000,000 Miles or Bust!!

October was a month of a new milestone for Central Oregon Truck! Our drivers were offered, accepted and ran over 2 million miles for the first time in company history! In our afternoon operational meeting yesterday, I was so proud of the sales and planning group for being able to put those kinds of miles in front of our trucks during a early winter month, but the real depth of the accomplishment did not sink in until last night when I was telling my wife about the achievement.

While I am mostly focused on business improvement, she is often focused on helping others, since we are just beginning our drive to help local families in need for the holidays; she put the achievement into a very simple perspective. Here is how.

Those 2 million miles represent revenue to every single one of us here at Central Oregon Truck, which means that we also paid out more wage to our drivers than any other month in our history! So now what do we all do with the money? First we support our family’s needs, such as food clothing and shelter, then we support our family’s wants, nights out, travel, gifts, etc. and then most people find a way to help others! What a wonderful gift we all received this month, we are all working, we are all safe and we do have the ability to give something to those in need! That is what 2 million miles means to me!

In a time when so many people are truly hurting and do not even have the opportunity to work, how blessed is this company that we can keep all of our folks working at a high level each day?

So thank you all for all of your hard work that enables the company to continue to achieve new milestones! Thank you to all of our drivers who safely traverse the roads of our country providing goods to all facets of our fellow countrymen and women. Thanks for doing your job with personal and public safety first and foremost in your mind! Thanks to all the support folks within our company who quietly do their jobs, keeping the billings going out, the trucks mechanically safe and operational, the paychecks on time and keeping our trucks staffed with quality drivers!

Most of all, thanks for keeping our families fed and giving us all just a little extra to share with others less fortunate and in need of a little help!

I am so proud of our entire team here at COTC,

Rick Williams

How I Left a 374 Pound Truck Driver in My Rearview Mirror

I ended up in a hospital in Nebraska three years ago. My weight then was 374 poundsand I needed emergency surgery. After I left the hospital I made my mind up then, I had to make a change.

After trying several eating programs, I have found a successful lifestyle change. It is real simple… get off your ass and watch what you put in your mouth! I know, you are a truck driver and don’t have options. WRONG! You do have options. First step is to stop eating out. No more hog troughs, no more greasy hamburgers and French fries. Go grocery shopping!

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Winter Weather is Approaching. Be Prepared.

With winter fast approaching, now is a good time for drivers to take inventory of their clothing. Waterproof clothing is a must for a flatbed driver; tarping frequently exposes us to the elements which often include rain, sleet and snow, often along with sub-freezing temperatures. Waterproof boots with traction soles are an excellent all-around footwear choice for keeping your feet toasty and dry in inclement weather.Equally important is something to keep your head and ears warm; my personal favorite is a microfleece beanie, available for just a few bucks at a good army surplus store.

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What I Hear From Drivers

The trucking industry suffers from an alarming turnover rate. As a recruiter, drivers often tell me why they are leaving the company they are with, or were previously with. They say promises are not kept, that dispatchers don’t know them, that they aren’t getting adequate miles, or that they aren’t getting home when they request it. They often comment on how the equipment they are issued is not maintained or is unsafe. Most of the time they tell me they’ve simply tried to work it out and stayed longer than they should have, but in the end nobody would help them solve the problems they faced.

When I look over applications, so many of them reflect what is going on because the driver has moved around to so many jobs in a short period of time. That sticks out on their application and can limit opportunities to get a good job, ultimately hurting them in the long run. When a recruiter notices, a driver may never get a chance to prove themselves.
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ODOT Highway Improvements to Benefit Truck Operations in Redmond, OR

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a video about local transportation improvements in Central Oregon that will benefit COTC’s operations from our new facility.

ODOT also toured our existing facilities and our fleet, showcasing some of the industry-leading technology we utilize to dispatch our trucks efficiently and safely. At COTC, we take safety very seriously and heavily invest in driver training so that our drivers are the safest and most successful on the road. We’re very pleased these road improvements will improve safety for our trucks during ingress and egress from our new facility, our sincere thanks to ODOT for their work!

Load Tarping Video Series Now On YouTube

A four-part series on load tarping is now available on YouTube. Driver coaches Dave and Brad demonstrate some of the fundamentals of efficient tarping as well as proper folding of a flatbed tarp to avoid damage and allow for quick deployment at pickup locations. They also provide some important safety tips and information so that drivers can avoid injury and common mishaps.

Drivers that go through our training and follow these safety tips learn that they can make a significant amount more each month compared to similar OTR drivers. We

Drivers that go through our training and follow these basic safety tips quickly discover that they can make significantly more money each month compared to similar OTR driving positions. We pay competitive rates for each tarped load! For more information, talk to one of our recruiters or a member of our safety and training department. Also check out our new driver pay package that we are currently offering.