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  • June 13, 2019 9:33 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that starting Monday, June 24, through November 27 the southbound Interstate 81 off-ramp at Exit 67A to eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230, Cameron Street in the City of Harrisburg, will be closed for bridge repairs in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.


    The southbound I-81 ramp for Cameron Street at Exit 67A averages more than 3,500 vehicles traveled daily. PennDOT encourages travelers to seek alternate routes. The primary detour uses southbound I-81 to the George N. Wade Bridge over the Susquehanna River to Exit 65 for U.S. 11/15 and return northbound on I-81 to Exit 67A for eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230, Cameron Street in Harrisburg. However, many motorists may want to consider using Exit 67B to westbound U.S. 22/322 to Route 39 then return using eastbound U.S. 22/322, to eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230 to Harrisburg or Exit 66 for Downtown Harrisburg and Front Street.

    The $10,370,134 bridge preservation contract was awarded on April 24, 2019, to Deblin Inc. of Mechanicsburg Borough, Cumberland County, and includes repairs to three ramp bridges within the I-81 Exit 67 interchange with U.S. 22. Each of these steel I-beam bridges, the two bridges that carry portions of the southbound I-81 off-ramp to eastbound U.S. 22 and Cameron Street, and the 16-span flyover bridge that carries Cameron Street to southbound I-81, which will be repaired starting next spring, were built in 1977. The contractor will be replacing bridge expansion dams, repairing the concrete bridge decks and substructures, waterproofing the bridge decks with a latex-modified concrete overlay, painting the steel components of the bridge superstructures, and replacing the interchange highway lighting system.

    Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. PennDOT inspects most state bridges at least once every two years. Based on inspection results or structural needs, PennDOT schedules bridge replacements or structural repairs to steel or concrete components.

    Travelers are reminded to be alert for roadway construction operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.

    For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve-Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

    Subscribe to PennDOT news in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties at www.penndot.gov/District8.

    Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras, 101 of which are in the Midstate.

    511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


  • June 11, 2019 8:39 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


    YORK, Pa. – The 2019 Pennsylvania Truck Championships were held in at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York over the weekend and saw 128 of the state’s best drivers in action.

    The drivers competed in a three-part competition that included a written test, a pre-trip exam and a driving course. The nine different classifications were straight truck, 3-axle, 4-axle, 5-axle, sleeper, tanker, flatbed, twins and step van.

    Bryan Krol from Martin Brower was named grand champion of the competition after taking the top spot in the 5-axle division. His teammate Matthew Fletcher had the highest score on the written exam and also took first place in the 4-axle division. As a result, Martin Brower won the small team top prize.

    FedEx Freight was named the top large team (five or more drivers) at the event.

    The top three places in each class are listed below.

    Step Van:

    • 1.       Robert Burnett, FedEx Ground
    • 2.       Bart Mascuilli, FedEx Express
    • 3.       Chad Keefer, FedEx Ground

    Straight Truck:

    • 1.       Bob Dolan, XPO Logistics
    • 2.       Michael Thorne, Pitt Ohio
    • 3.     Edgar Lopesz, FedEx Freight

    3-Axle:

    • 1.       Andy Glock, A. Duie Pyle
    • 2.       Daniel Miller, FedEx Freight
    • 3.       Chris Sutton, UPS Freight

    4-Axle:

    • 1.       Matthew Fletcher, Martin Brower
    • 2.       John Burns, R H Crawford
    • 3.       Steve Kishbaugh, A. Duie Pyle

    5-Axle

    • 1.       Bryan Krol, Martin Brower
    • 2.       Matt Brimmeier, Walmart
    • 3.       Dean Herb, Giant Food Stores

    Tanker:

    • 1.       Brian Smeltzer, R H Crawford
    • 2.       Allen Boyd, Walmart
    • 3.       Mark Sitarchyk, Old Dominion Freight Line

    Sleeper:

    • 1.       Terry Wood, Walmart
    • 2.       Randy Gray, FedEx Ground
    • 3.       William Bennett III, UPS Freight

    Flatbed:

    • 1.       Daryl Miller, Lift, Inc.
    • 2.       Zachary Eckenroth, FedEx Freight
    • 3.       Troy Wolf, A & S Services Group

    Twins:

    • 1.       Eric Waybright, Walmart
    • 2.       Jerry Barndt, FedEx Freight
    • 3.       Stacy Lane, UPS Freight

    Small Team: Martin Brower
    Large Team: FedEx Freight

    Highest Written Test Score: Matthew Fletcher, Martin Brower
    Highest Pre-Trip Score: Daniel Miller, FedEx Freight
    Top Rookie: Jeff Johnson, FedEx Ground

    Team Cooking Competition: Pitt Ohio

    Each of the division winners punched their tickets to the National Truck Driving Championships which will be held in Pittsburgh this year. The NTDCs run August 14-17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

    Click the picture below for the full gallery.

    2019 Truck Driving Championships
  • May 28, 2019 8:32 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa -- The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announce its designation of the exclusive publisher and advertising sales agent for the PMTA Buyers’ Guide — Overland Park, Kan.-based Strategic Value Media, a leading nationwide provider of print and digital media solutions to national, state and local trade and membership associations.

    PMTA is proud to provide its members with this exclusive, easily accessible, year-round, valuable online resource that is expected to be first available this coming Winter.

    The guide will offer access to a vast network of industry suppliers and PMTA is pleased to offer such a resource, which will greatly assist both members and nonmembers in making educated purchasing decisions throughout the year.  

    The guide will feature updated and expanded company and product listings, in addition to other valuable information relating to the trucking industry.

    The guide will be accessible through the PMTA website at www.pmta.org. We encourage you to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to highlight your products and services. To learn more about advertising your products or services in the guide, please email pamta-advertise@svmmedia.com.


  • May 22, 2019 11:08 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    2019 AMC
  • May 08, 2019 8:53 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Annual Membership Conference beginning next week has officially SOLD OUT. PMTA is looking forward to seeing those of you that registered at the event in State College. It promises to be one of the most informative and enjoyable conferences in the 91 year history of the event.

    If you are still interested in attending the event and would like to be placed on the wait list or would like to attend the Fleet Safety Awards Breakfast Saturday morning, please call the office at 717-761-7122.


  • May 06, 2019 12:07 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Registration for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference will close on Wednesday, May 8 at the end of the business day.

    The registration window will close before that should the conference sell out and currently there are just 10 spots remaining.

    Registration for the golf outing will also close on Wednesday at the end of the day. To register for the winery tour, contact Kristi Gould or Brandon Moree.

    To register for the conference, click here.

  • April 30, 2019 11:20 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Lehigh Valley Chapter hosted its annual Truck Driving Championships Tune-Up Drive on Sunday. Here are some of our favorite shots!

    Photos courtesy of Wilson Black.

  • April 30, 2019 10:57 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The 2019 Annual Membership Conference is just two weeks away and the final details are falling into place.

    The list of speakers was finalized last week and this week, PMTA has finalized the raffle prizes that will be given away. PMTA has 10 raffle prizes to give away. The raffle is free to enter, everyone registered to attend the conference is eligible but must be present to win.

    On Thursday, the first prize given out will be a 6-pack of bottles of wine from Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery. That prize will be awarded at the vineyard, so only attendees on the tour of Mount Nittany will be eligible for that prize. At the golf outing, PMTA will give away a Bluetooth speaker and a dozen Titleist ProV1 golf balls, only golfers registered for the event will be eligible.

    To sign up for the vineyard and winery tour, email Kristi Gould or Brandon Moree. To sign up for the golf outing, click here.

    The rest of the raffle items will be given away at reception times, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, break times and lunch on Friday and at the conclusion of the conference Saturday. Those items include a pair of gift baskets, a tool set and gift card from Lowe’s Home Improvement, headphones, a Fitbit, a Waterford Decanter Set, two tickets to Phillies at Pirates and two tickets to Billy Joel at Citizen Bank Park.

    The only thing left to be finalized for this year’s conference is the guest list! Add your name today by registering here.


  • April 26, 2019 1:41 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – The lineup of speakers for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference has been finalized. PMTA is proud to announce this strong lineup of speakers and is looking forward to an entertaining and informative conference.

    Friday morning will begin with the American Trucking Association’s Chairman Barry Pottle. Pottle is the CEO of Pottle’s Transportation which is based in Bangor, Maine and has a terminal in Allentown. In his time at the helm of the company it has grown from 11 trucks to more than 160 with more than 600 trailers.

    Pottle will be joined by Elisabeth Barna who is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs for the American Trucking Associations. Barna rejoined the ATA is 2005 after eight years as the Director of Communications at the Motor Freight Carriers Association.

    The founder and President of Vigillo, Steve Bryan, will also be speaking Friday morning. Bryan is a veteran technology leader who founded Vigillo in 2007 and currently employs a team of data scientists and software engineers specializing in Big Data within the commercial transportation and logistics industry.

    James "Wiley" Deck, who is the Director of Government Affairs for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will also speak on Friday. He serves as the principal adviser to FMCSA leadership on all aspects of legislative affairs, Congressional relations and policy matters affecting Federal, State and local government.

    Alan Karickhoff is a Research Analyst for the ATA. As a Research Analyst, he assists the Chief Economist manage all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. Karickhoff will speak Friday after lunch.

    The final speakers of the day Friday will be a part of a panel discussion on driver retention. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Marcello of Marcello and Kivisto, LLC. Cinda Ball from Fundamental Labor Strategies, Matt Campbell from Nagle and Bill Bennett III from the ATA Road Team will all be a part of the panel.

    On Saturday morning, Ross Tucker will give the keynote address. Tucker is a former NFL lineman and current radio host on Sirius XM. Tucker, a native of Wyomissing, Pa., played seven seasons in the National Football League as an offensive lineman after playing four years at Princeton University. He was a second-team all conference selection in 2000, a two-time Academic All-American and was named to the 2003 All-Joe Team by USA Today. He also held a CDL license and drove a truck for a time after being cut from an NFL team.

    There is still time to register for the event, which runs May 16-18 at Toftrees Resort in State College. More information is available here.


  • April 24, 2019 10:55 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    In October of 2018, Barry Pottle, CEO of Pottle’s Transportation based in Bangor, Maine, was elected the federation’s board of directors to serve as the American trucking Associations’ 74th chairman.

    Pottle’s Transportation has a terminal in Allentown as well as in Bangor and since 1988, when Pottle purchased the company from his father, it has grown from 11 trucks to more than 160 trucks with more than 600 trailers.

    On May 17, at the 2019 PMTA Annual Membership Conference and Expo, Pottle will be one of the first speakers on the schedule Friday morning.

    Pottle took the time to speak with Brandon Moree of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association to reflect on his career and his new role with the ATA.

    PMTA: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Let’s start by talking about how you got your start in the trucking industry.

    Barry Pottle: At a very young age, I was working at a truck stop and I interacted with all the drivers and it really inspired me to hear where the drivers had been and where they were going. And my dad was always in the trucking business so I had that background as well. That was what I always wanted to do: drive trucks. So I graduated high school in 1978, bought my first truck in July and went trucking for five years as an owner operator. 

    PMTA: Times have certainly changed since then, what allowed you to buy a truck at that age?

    BP: When I was in high school, I just worked a lot. I had what a lot of kids didn't have because I worked so much. Back then, I was probably making $1.75 or $2 an hour but a brand new pickup back then was $5300. So compared making $20 today and a brand new pick up is $70,000. But I was able save money and my dad cosigned for me and I went trucking. 

    PMTA: What has been the biggest factor in the success that you have had growing Pottle Transportation into what it is today?

    BP: There's no question, you have to surround yourself with good people. That's what I really always try to do; surround myself with people smarter than me. I encourage my people today in management, if you bring in a dispatcher or whatever, I try to get them to understand the people that work for you, teach them and work with them so that they can have your job. I've got a lot of guys that started washing trucks down at the shop that are number one mechanics today. I've got people that work for me that were hired as dispatchers that are director of sales and marketing. It's just trying to encourage people to do the best that they can do and I've tried to surround myself with good people and people smarter than I am.

    PMTA: That's strong advice. Is that what you would advise people that might be just getting started in the industry?

    BP: Absolutely. It's worked for me and I think it works for a lot of people. You've got the knowledge and everything but there are always people out there smarter than you are. I'm not just talking about the people that work for you. You have to have good accountants, good attorneys, you have to have everyone around you -- good bankers -- people that understand your business. When you do that, you will succeed in business.

    PMTA: Switching gears a little bit, how did you get involved with state trucking associations and why do you think that those are so important?

    BP: When I look at my history, being on the local level with the state association, having some of the issues that we've had to conquer, it's always been a state association doing it. Back when I was involved with the state association at an early age, I could see that we were making a difference and I just felt that if I was going to be a player in the trucking industry, I needed to also be a player in the state association. As I got more involved with the state association, that's when I wanted to know how things got done on the federal level. That's how I got introduced to the American Trucking Association. I started attending those meetings a long, long time ago, probably 30 years ago. Being a small carrier, I never thought that I would have an influence. But the more that I learned about what was going on, the more that I knew that I could have some influence.

    The thing that I would say to people on the state level, if we didn't have the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, where would our state be today without the association fighting our battles in Harrisburg? And so, then what we say is, if we didn't have ATA, where would our industry be today? All the things that we fight and argue on and get done, it helps our industry one way or the other. If we didn't have our associations supporting our industry, we would be in a mess.

    PTMA: There are a lot of items catching headlines right now but what do you think is the biggest challenge that state associations are facing right now?

    BP: I think all associations are struggling with memberships. People have got to understand that we need to support our associations because that is what is supporting us. A lot of people sit back and say let the guy across the street do it but the more membership that we have and the more money that we have to fight our issues, the stronger that we can be. We need to be united on things. We're not always going to agree on things but if we all have a seat at the table and we have more of those people at the table, the stronger our associations can be on the state level and on the national level.

    PMTA: So the best way to make a difference is to be active in the state association?

    BP: Absolutely, have a seat at the table. 

    PMTA: Working at the national level with the ATA, what has been the most rewarding part of that work?

    BP: Right now, I'm only three months into it, so it's early. But I would say, getting out and meeting people, learning what their issues are and seeing the businesses. I just got back from California, I've been gone nine days and I met with allied members and new prospect members and just people really like it when the Chairman of the Association is coming in and calling on them and shows interest in what they are doing. I think that's one of the biggest things that I've seen right now. People want to see you, they want to bend your ear a little bit, they want to know what you're up to, what you're doing, what your goals are and just tell their story.

    PMTA: What is it that you believe to be your biggest challenge in the role of Chairman?

    BP: I think it's helping ATA be sure that they are aligned with what our members want. Working with (ATA President and CEO) Chris (Spear) and his team on the insights from the carriers, and just making sure that we're out there doing the things that our members need us to do. 

    Tolling is going to be a major issue this year but we have to make sure to continue to do the things that affect our members and I think as Chairman, I try to follow that line and make sure that I'm staying engaged with our members and what their needs are and making sure that I'm conveying that to Chris his team.

    This article appeared in the second quarter edition of PennTRUX Magazine, a publication specifically for members of PMTA.


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