Carlile Launches Drive Safe Alaska Campaign

For Immediate Release                                                                                    April 15, 2016                                      

Contact: Nance Larsen
                Nlarsen@carlile.biz
                (907) 350-6360

 

Carlile Launches Drive Safe Alaska Campaign

Anchorage, Alaska – Drawing attention to a nationwide-problem of distracted driving, Carlile is launching a public awareness campaign today aimed at saving lives on Alaska roads.  Drive Safe Alaska, introduced today at Service High School in Anchorage, asks drivers of all ages to make a pledge to avoid the most common dangerous driving behaviors. 

“As Alaska’s largest trucking company, Carlile drivers log millions of miles each year and sometimes come across accidents and tragedies that could have been prevented,” said Carlile President Terry Howard. “Drive Safe Alaska takes Carlile’s long-standing culture of safety on the road to the communities we serve, elevating the dialogue and leading the conversation about this critical issue that often puts lives unnecessarily at stake.”

            Drive Safe Alaska focuses on three deadly driving behaviors:

  • Driving under the Influence kills on average 27 people a day in the U.S., according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • Texting and driving kills and injures thousands of drivers and passengers each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 31% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 64 who were surveyed admitted to texting or emailing while driving. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
  • Distracted driving includes any activity or that causes drivers to not pay attention to the road ahead such as eating, applying makeup, loud music, watching videos, etc. Distracted driving killed 3,179 motorists and injured 431,000 last year according to the NHTSA. The National Safety Council declared April 2016 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The National Safety Council declared April 2016 Distracted Driving Awareness Month in part because of the alarming rise in behind-the-wheel behaviors with deadly consequences.  Being prepared before driving any distance – even daily commutes, avoiding unnecessary risks and staying focused on the road ahead are the guiding factors behind Drive Safe Alaska.  

Carlile will promote Drive Safe Alaska through paid advertising, social media and community outreach. Alaska drivers can take the Drive Safe Alaska pledge at DriveSafeAlaska.com or by sending a Tweet or Instagram post with a selfie using #drivesafealaska.   

Founded in 1980 by John and Harry McDonald, Carlile celebrated 35h year in business in 2015 as Alaska’s premier tucking and logistics company. Carlile terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay and Seward, as well as Tacoma, Washington, Houston, Texas and Edmonton, Alberta. In 2013, Carlile became a proud member of the Saltchuk family of companies.

For more information, contact Nance Larsen at (907) 350-6360 or nlarsen@carlile.biz.

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Carlile Expands Regional Sales Capabilities

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YUIT_Julie Sanchez-4Anchorage, Alaska
, May 14, 2015 – Broadening its Pacific Northwest sales strategy, Carlile has promoted Julie Sanchez to Regional Sales Manager. Based out of Tacoma, Sanchez will oversee the Lower 48 sales team with a target to maintain and build strong customer relationships, grow revenue and deliver logistics solutions for key accounts.

Sanchez joined Carlile in May 2014 as a Senior Client Manager based at the corporate headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to Carlile, she spent two years at Alta Logistics and four years at Totem Ocean Trailer Express from 2008 – 2012. Both organizations belong to the Saltchuk group of companies, which purchased Carlile in 2013. Her extensive experience moving freight spans more than a decade and has been instrumental in developing new business opportunities for Carlile. Sanchez’ unique familiarity of both the Alaska and Lower 48 markets will further this endeavor as a critical connector for expanding Carlile’s business portfolio.

In addition to growing business, one of Sanchez’ key responsibilities will be to increase collaborations between operations and commercial sales in order to best leverage and meet customer needs. Sanchez will also be responsible for maintaining continuity between the Alaska and Lower 48 Carlile sales teams.

“Carlile is celebrating 35 years in business and Julie’s keen understanding of our customer base and wide-ranging capabilities will be a catalyst for continued growth,” says Greg Kessler, vice president of commercial development for Carlile.

Sanchez’ history also includes experience as a project scheduler for Knik Construction Co., Inc., in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, managing project schedules for the Department of Defense, and logistics coordination at several levels. Prior to her transportation and logistics industry career, Sanchez worked in the social service sector.

Sanchez holds both an MS in Global Supply Chain Management and an MBA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. An outdoor enthusiast, Sanchez enjoys exploring the woods with her 3-year-old son and canine companion Buffett.

Founded in 1980 by John and Harry McDonald, Carlile celebrates its 35th anniversary in business as Alaska’s premier tucking and logistics company. Carlile terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay and Seward, as well as Tacoma, WA, Houston, TX and Edmonton, AB. In 2013, Carlile became a proud member of the Saltchuk family of companies.

For more information, contact Nance Larsen (907) 276-7797.

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Carlile Employee Named Driver of the Year

Alaska Trucking Association recognizes Alvin “Kenny” Jones

ATA Driver of the Year awardee Alvin "Kenny" Jones and Fairbanks Terminal Manager Russ Baker
ATA Driver of the Year awardee
Kenny Jones poses with Seward Terminal Manager
Russ Baker

Anchorage, Alaska, May 16, 2015 – The Alaska Trucking Association has named Carlile employee Kenny Jones Driver of the Year. Awarded during the 2015 Alaska Truck Driving Championships, recognition is based on experience, safety knowledge and a safe driving record.

Jones has logged more than 3.5 million miles throughout his 45-year career driving Alaska roads. That’s equal to seven round-trip flights to the moon. Since 1996, he has logged more than 1.8 million miles along the Dalton Highway delivering materials to the North Slope, including large modules for the oil fields, and explosives for construction work – even shotgun escorts moving nuclear parts along the highway for the military.

While his current North Slope assignments are generally weekly grocery runs between Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay, he also operates as a “push truck” driver. It can take a convoy of trucks up to 300-feet long to move a 100-ton, 20-foot-wide module to the oil fields. One truck hauls the module, and 3 – 5 “push trucks” nudge the front truck up steep inclines along the highway.

“Visibility as a push truck driver is limited – literally all the lead push truck driver can see is the end of the hood,” says Jones. “It can be both tedious and nerve-wracking all at the same time.”

Accolades that recognize his safe driving expertise are nothing new. Jones was inducted into the Carlile Million Mile Club in 2007, an achievement based on safety standards, and is a member of Caterpillar’s Million-Mile Club. Previously, he was recognized by the Alaska Trucking Association as Driver of the Year in 2000.

“Kenny Jones is one of the highest quality drivers I have ever known,” says Harry McDonald, co-founder of Carlile and currently Managing Director Alaska for Saltchuk, which acquired Carlile in 2013. “He sets a safety standard that inspires other drivers.”

Born in Anchorage in 1951, Jones is one of six children. His parents owned a feed store and operated a chicken ranch out of Seward. He landed his first trucking job at age 18 with City Express, where he mainly worked as a “swamper,” putting on chains, and loading and unloading cargo. In 1979, he began working for Louisiana Pacific driving a self-loading log truck.

In 1988, Jones started what would be a long-association with childhood friends Harry and John McDonald, who in 1980 had founded Carlile, now one of Alaska’s leading trucking companies. While Jones had driven with the McDonalds earlier in his career – they had only three trucks at the time, this association was permanent and Jones has been with Carlile ever since.

Today, Jones is well-known in the ranks for driving “The Black Truck,” a 2003 Kenworth W900 that makes the weekly 2,700-mile roundtrip grocery run between Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay.

Safety is always top-of-mind with Jones and his approach to safety is simple: “Stay focused and wired at all times. Safety is not unique, it is achievable if people pay attention 100 percent of the time.”

Founded in 1980 by John and Harry McDonald, Carlile celebrates its 35th anniversary in business as Alaska’s premier trucking and logistics company. Carlile terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay and Seward, as well as Tacoma, WA, Houston, TX and Edmonton, AB. In 2013, Carlile became a proud member of the Saltchuk family of companies.

For more information, contact Nance Larsen (907) 276-7797.

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Carlile’s Technical Investment Keeps Equipment Safely On The Road

 Anchorage, Alaska – March 27, 2015 – Safe operations is a number one priority at Carlile, which means heavy duty vehicle repair, maintenance and service is an effort that is constantly in motion for its extensive fleet of more than 300 trucks, tractors and trailers. Recently, Carlile made a significant investment to aid this goal with the corporate-wide installation of TMT Transman software, a unique online operating system designed specifically for mechanic shops that provides extensive data collection, and real-time inventory and repair tracking.

Installation of TMT Transman was completed in February 2015, allowing Carlile shops to operate in a mostly paperless, more efficient environment using computer touch screens. The product has a specific application designed for each area of a shop and provides vital connectivity between functions, as well as information critical for streamlining tasks and increasing productivity.

  • Shop Planner will allow repair orders to be electronically assigned, repair schedules to be coordinated and workloads to be managed and tracked
  • TMT Service Center offers repair history, preventative maintenance notifications, repair status and flags chronic repair issues
  • Mechanic Work Station includes electronic input of note, parts, labor and service activities, as well as tracking of additional repairs as they arise

On average, more than 500 repairs are made daily between shops in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai and Tacoma by Carlile’s highly skilled mechanics who specialize in big-rig knowledge. The implementation of TMT Transman will allow shop managers to more efficiently schedule shop operations to match capacity with demand, while offering real time maintenance of cost tracking. Additionally TMT Transman will provide detailed options for electronically managing more than $1 million of parts inventory.

“Safety drives every aspect of Carlile’s business, whether on the road, in our terminals and general offices, and with our customers,” says Terry Howard, president of Carlile. “The extensive data available from TMT Transman will provide information that is crucial for keeping Carlile equipment in safe working order, while simultaneously increasing shop efficiencies and productivity,”

In the near future, TMT Transman will interface with Peoplenet, another computerized system Carlile is installing in its entire fleet of trucks. Peoplenet will automatically upload Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR), which drivers are required to document noting equipment issues, into TMT Transman and eliminate the time-consuming and manual paper process. Once the repairs are complete, drivers will receive an auto notification from TMT Transman allowing for equipment to move back on the road more efficiently. TMT Transman will also integrate with Truckmate, Carlile’s customer tracking software.

For more information, contact Nance Larsen, 907-276-7797.

Terry Howard to Lead Carlile

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Terry Howard to Lead Carlile

howard_terryAnchorage, Alaska – March 9, 2015 – Terry Howard has been promoted to President of Carlile. Howard joined Carlile in September 2013 as Director of Maintenance & Equipment and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in the fall of 2014. Howard’s expanded responsibilities as President will include setting strategic direction for Carlile’s Alaska and Lower 48 business and overseeing all operations for the company.

Howard has a distinguished career as a leader in the transportation industry, including more than 20 years of experience in fleet maintenance management.  “Terry’s significant level of trucking business expertise rooted in Alaska is a tremendous asset moving Carlile forward as the company celebrates its 35th year in business in 2015,” says John Parrott, board chairman for Carlile. “His considerable customer knowledge, inclusive leadership skills and ability to find solutions to unique challenges will build upon Carlile’s reputation for innovation and solidly position Carlile into the future.”

Prior to joining Carlile, Howard held several senior level positions over a span of 18 years with Coast Crane Company, including President from 2010 to 2013. Howard’s well-rounded work history also includes five years with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and four and six years respectively with Construction Machinery Incorporated and McDonald Crane Industries.

“Alaska as our primary focus of business continues to be a place of growth and I am excited to carry forward the incredible legacy established by the McDonald family,” says Howard. “Leveraging Carlile’s strengths with the suite of products and services offered by the complete line of Saltchuk companies is truly a unique opportunity,” says Howard.

Founded in 1980 by brothers John and Harry McDonald, Carlile celebrates its 35th anniversary in business in 2015 as Alaska’s premier trucking company. Today with more than 300 tractors, Carlile offers a full range of transportation and logistics services. Carlile employs roughly 650 people and is based in Anchorage, Alaska, with terminals in Fairbanks, Kenai, Seward, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay, Tacoma, Washington, Houston and Edmonton, Alberta. In 2013, Carlile became a proud member of the Saltchuk family of companies.

For more information, contact Nance Larsen, 907-276-7797.

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Carlile Expands Sales Leadership

 

Carlile Expands Sales Team

Growth in Alaska Market Opens New Opportunities

Anchorage, Alaska – Feb. 16, 2015 – Alaska has long been a cornerstone of business for Carlile, with new opportunities that continue to develop across the state in both heavy haul and LTL (Less-than Truck Load) operations. Leveraging operations in Alaska and the Lower 48, Carlile is uniquely positioned to expand its business statewide and has increased its sales presence within this important market with the addition of Greg Kessler, Alaska vice president of sales, and Terry Umatum, Alaska sales manager.

“Carlile has an extensive network in Alaska that we want to continue to build and serve,” says Ron Kieswether, president of Carlile. “With more than 35 years of Alaska market experience combined, these individuals bring tremendous depth to an already strong sales team and will help drive additional business based on the innovation and customer connectivity for which Carlile is known.”

Greg Kessler will report directly to President Ron Kieswether. Kessler, who brings more than 25 years of transportation industry experience to Carlile, will primarily be responsible for managing the Alaska sales team and identifying new business opportunities. Kessler holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St John’s University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Kessler is 30-year resident of Anchorage.

Terry Umatum spent nearly a decade with American Fast Freight (AFF) in sales, operations and business development. Umatum was instrumental in restructuring AFF’s sales and operational teams into collaboratively working units. He also seamlessly led the transition to a new 30,000-foot warehouse facility without a disruption in service nor loss of customers.

Founded in 1980 by John and Harry McDonald, Carlile celebrates its 35th anniversary in business as Alaska’s premier tucking and logistics company. Carlile terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay and Seward, as well as Tacoma, WA, Houston, TX and Edmonton, AB. In 2013, Carlile became a proud member of the Saltchuk family of companies.

 For more information, contact Nance Larsen (907) 276-7797.

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Carlile Makes Emergency Exhibit Move

Anchorage, Alaska – Feb. 2, 2015 — Who do you call when you need transportation? Carlile of course! That is precisely what happened recently when the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center had to re-think moving a major display – quickly and safely.

Housed as the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center for the past few months and one of the facility’s most popular exhibits to date, the Brick by Brick LEGO Exhibition is traveling the country with some very unique handling requirements to keep the epoxy and other building materials under temperature control including more than 100,000 LEGO brick pieces and 33 large LEGO sculptures.

The move was tricky, not only because of the intricacies of the exhibit and specific building material requirements, but also because of timing – the move had to be completed from load-in to delivery within four days. The move from Anchorage took five drivers spanning Alaska, British Columbia and Washington before being safely delivered to its next destination.

The Brick by Brick LEGO Exhibition is a contemporary exhibition emphasizing bricks as learning tools with artistic, scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical applications. The exhibition features work by New York artist Nathan Sawaya, who creates large-scale sculpture from LEGO bricks, and English artist Mike Stimpson, who is known for re-creating historic events and popular culture scenes using LEGO figurines.

Founded in 1980 by John and Harry McDonald, Carlile celebrates its 35th anniversary in business as Alaska’s premier tucking and logistics company. Carlile terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Prudhoe Bay and Seward, as well as Tacoma, WA, Houston, TX and Edmonton, AB. In 2013, Carlile became a proud member of the Saltchuk family of companies.

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