Happy Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, we honor the memory of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. We also wish to recognize and thank all veterans for their service, commitment and bravery.

Werner Professional Drivers to Compete in Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships

Save the date for the Nebraska State Truck Driving Championships and support our drivers as they compete Saturday, June 6, at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Werner is proud to have 10 professional drivers competing for a chance to advance to nationals in St. Louis, Missouri, in August:

•          Chris Baade – Tanks
•          Timothy Dean – Three-axle
•          Larry Derr – Four-axle
•          Terry Durham – Five-axle
•          Brad Graybill – Flatbed
•          Rebecca Heck – Five-axle Sleeper
•          Justin Huett – Twin-trailer
•          David Korkosz – Straight Truck
•          Brian Schoemig – Step Van
•          Crystal Varvel – Alternate

All associates are invited to attend the event and cheer our drivers on to victory. The competition begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, June 6. Volunteer opportunities are available – if you are interested in helping with the event, contact Mark Thaler at mthaler@werner.com.

Click It or Ticket

This Memorial Day weekend, keep safety the top priority.

To ensure the safety of the motoring public, through May 31 law enforcement will be making a special effort to check motorists for proper seat belt use in support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2015 Click It or Ticket campaign.

If you have plans to hit the road, buckle up at all times. Wearing a seat belt will not only help you avoid a ticket, it also can save your life – statistics show that properly wearing a seat belt can increase the chance of surviving a crash by more than 50 percent.

If wearing a seat belt isn’t a habit for you, make it one. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the National Highway Safety Transportation’s message to all motorists is simple – share the road. Warmer weather entices both car and motorcycle enthusiasts to road trip, and whether on two, four or 18 wheels, we need to remember to follow the same rules of the road.

So as we gear up for our road trips and joy rides, pay special attention. Motorists can easily miscalculate the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle due to its smaller dimensions. To prevent crashes, drivers should check the position of a motorcycle at least two or three times before proceeding through an intersection, changing lanes or making a turn.

Motorcyclists in turn also should practice safety, and the best protection is

preparation. In most states, an important step in the license process includes passing a skills test. Taking a safety course gets you ready to hit the road safely and with confidence.

Wearing the appropriate gear also is a good measure of safety, including a helmet, durable clothing and shoes. Perhaps the best thing motorcyclists can do is always stay visible to other motorists.

So have fun on the road, but remember – we all want to get there safely, so we must do our part to share the road.

Werner Enterprises to Host The Wall That Heals

Werner Enterprises will be the proud host of The Wall That Heals at its global headquarters May 7 – 10 as it makes a historic stop in Omaha.

The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. that is being transported by Navy veteran and professional Werner driver Immanuel Odongkara and his military themed Freedom 3 truck on its journey from San Diego, California, to Northville, Michigan.

The 250-foot long memorial wall, which bears the 58,300 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict in Vietnam, will arrive escorted by a motorcade of veterans and local law enforcement at Werner’s 14507 Frontier Road campus Wednesday, May 6. Werner will host an opening ceremony Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. that will include comments from Werner President and COO Derek Leathers. The wall will be on display to the public 24 hours a day through Sunday, May 10, at 5 p.m. Friends and family members of those whose names are honored on the wall are encouraged to bring a photo to the exhibit to be scanned and included in the display’s digital archive.

“Werner is proud to play a part in bringing this important memorial to the Omaha area so veterans and citizens alike can pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country,” Leathers said. “We hope the members of our community show up in full force to demonstrate their support and appreciation.”

As a military friendly employer, Werner has hired more than 5,400 veterans in the last three years, surpassing the pledge it made in 2012 under the White House campaign Joining Forces to hire 1,000 veterans per year for the next five years. Werner has pledged to hire 2,200 veterans and 200 veteran spouses in 2015. Werner further strives to support military veterans with its growing military-themed Operation Freedom fleet that travels on regular freight routes in addition to being showcased at truck shows, recruiting events and specific veteran ceremonies.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration Tour Wraps Up in Omaha

Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration tour came to a close in Omaha on April 29. Nearly 400 associates and professional drivers came out to get the latest company and equipment news from President and COO Derek Leathers, enjoy the near perfect weather and take in a tasty barbeque lunch.

View photos here.

Professional Werner Driver Has Truck Stop Renamed in His Honor

One of Werner’s own was the guest of honor at an April 22 ceremony to unveil the I-80 and exit 581 Petro Stopping Center in San Antonio, Texas, renamed after him.

Professional driver Micheal Sheeds, of Bandera, Texas, earned the honor last month for being named a 2015 Citizen Driver Award winner by TravelCenters of America LLC at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

“It is truly humbling to receive an honor of this magnitude and permanence,” Sheeds said. “It is without a doubt the most significant accomplishment of my career, and it will mean so much to me and my family for years to come.”

Special guests who spoke at the event include John Ponczoch, senior vice president of Food Service Operations for TravelCenters of America LLC, and Marge Reyna, district office manager for Texas Representative Ruth Jones McClendon.

Sheeds was recognized for his exemplary citizenship in the driving community, personal and professional leadership, community involvement and dedication to safety. A driver for Werner since 1990, Sheeds has driven more than 3 million accident-free miles and trained more than 225 students.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration Tour Stops in Lakeland and Atlanta

Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration tour stopped at our terminals in Lakeland, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, April 17. The Werner team visited with professional drivers about equipment and terminal improvements, and a free lunch and thank you gift were provided to recognize our drivers for everything they do each day.

View photos of the event here.