We were honored to welcome our new Mayor of Toledo, Wade Kapszukiewicz, to be the keynote speaker for our February luncheon held at Georgio’s. Mayor Kapszukiewicz provided some witty commentary, but made it very clear that his administration will work feverishly to make sure that our region thrives. His plan was a welcoming breath of fresh air as he made it very clear that our industry would be a driving force and focus. It is now our job to team up with our local leaders and make sure that we keep doing our part to maintain open lines of communication, and to offer support.
City of Toledo News - Message from Mayor Kapszukiewicz
It has been an exciting five weeks since we began this new administration and started our multi-faceted, strategic plan to change the way we do business, encourage growth, and improve our municipal amenities. I am invigorated by the determination and passion of the people who work for the city, residents and business owners, and the people I meet riding TARTA to work once a week.
Job readiness continues to be one our challenges as a region. Yes, the economy looks great for at least three years or more. Yet, I hear from business owners and executives that they are scaling back what they want to do because they have trouble finding employees who can meet their needs. I will be examining ways to encourage employers to play a part by helping connect learning in our schools to the careers of today and tomorrow. We can’t start early enough when it comes to closing opportunity gaps. That is one of the reasons I believe universal prekindergarten is important. We must also be cognizant that there are good-paying jobs for which we once had a number of vocational schools to train students. I spoke to our partners at the Toledo Trucking Association Thursday and many told me business was great but they sometimes struggle to find drivers. Transportation is an important industry for us and Toledo is situated to be the logistics leader of the nation.
We had our first “Wednesdays with Wade” this week at the Heatherdowns Branch Library. It was a great discussion and we heard a multitude of complaints the city needs to work on. Among the things we heard: pick up the leaves and fix more potholes. Yes, we did not have a good start to leaf collection late last year but we are catching up and your city employees continue to fix the streets.
Crews were out non-stop when the snow started falling early Friday morning. Mechanics who work in the police and fire departments helped our streets division keep our fleet of 60 snow plows in great shape and on the roads this week. This is Toledo. We are tough. When winter hits, and several inches of snow gets dumped on this city, we respond.
BWC uses the classification system of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The purpose of the proposed changes is to bring BWC in accordance with revisions made by NCCI within its Scopes Manual publication which defines classifications and their use.
Twenty fleets have been recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge as the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For. TCA says the 20 for-hire trucking companies are being recognized for having “exemplary work environments” for their truck drivers and other employees.
This year’s 20 Best Fleets to Drive For are:
Today, American Trucking Associations named 20 professional drivers to the 2017-2018 America's Road Team, an elite group of professionals who serve as trucking industry ambassadors.
The 2017-2018 America’s Road Team Captains are:
Sunday, Sept. 11 – Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
There are nearly two-million truck drivers on U.S. highways. They transport essentials goods and resources that keep our economy and our lives in motion.
Now, as of this week, a new Ohio truck driver licensing requirement will mean training to spot and report possible human trafficking.
The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in safety every year, according to a new report by the American Trucking Associations.
Driver safety training was the largest investment category, making up 36% of the total annual spending. The investments also include technologies such as collision avoidance systems, electronic logging devices and video event recorders.