Veterans Day 2016

This Veterans Day, let’s remember to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their bravery, service and sacrifice for our nation.

On behalf of everyone at Werner Enterprises, we want to say thank you to all of our military associates who have served or are currently serving. Any professional drivers near our Fontana, Phoenix or Omaha terminals are invited to attend our Veterans Day ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans can enjoy free lunch. Select dedicated sites will be participating as well.

ATRI Seeks Professional Driver Input on NC Parking Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a survey for professional drivers that will identify and analyze truck parking issues in North Carolina. The brief online survey requests important information from professional drivers on where, why and when they park at locations throughout North Carolina and how truck parking can be improved at both private truck stops and public rest areas.

The survey effort is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the information will provide important input on freight planning throughout the state. Commercial drivers who operate in the southeastern U.S. are encouraged to provide their insights and information through ATRI’s survey by Friday, Nov. 18. The survey is available at www.atri-online.org.

All survey responses are confidential, and the results will be available later this year.

Apprenticeship Program Graduates

Congratulations to our March and April Professional Truck Driving Apprenticeship Program graduates: Rebecca Anderson, John Brown, Tyler Childress, Jason Hawkins, Dameon Jackson, Christopher Johnson, Taina Rodriguez and Dustin Simon.

This apprenticeship is available to any driver with less than 24 months experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. The program includes 2 years of on-the-job training.

Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program. Those who successfully complete the program receive a nationally recognized certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For more information, please call Werner’s Government Hiring Team at 877.351.7724 or email apprenticeship@werner.com.

Industry’s First Driver Apprenticeship Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago today, Werner Enterprises partnered with the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs to start the industry’s first Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. The innovative work-based learning program began with 1,043 apprentices with 117 of those using their GI Bill education benefits to invest in a future with Werner.

This apprenticeship is available for any driver with less than 24 months of experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program.

On June 12, 2015, Werner extended the apprenticeship program from 12 to 24 months and now more than 32,275 drivers have enrolled with over 4,500 using their GI Bill benefits. Werner expects to have its 35,000th total enrollee by year’s end. The success of this program led to other successful apprenticeship efforts at Werner.

In another industry first, Werner launched the first Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship Program in 2015. Partnering again with the Department of Labor, Werner became one of the first ApprenticeshipUSA Leaders. Today, 167 companies have joined ApprenticeshipUSA’s efforts of finding and training dedicated workers to help grow the nation’s economy.

Werner Named Best for Vets Employer 2016

Werner Enterprises was recently designated a Best for Vets Employer by the Military Times for the second consecutive year. The publication’s annual list recognizes 75 companies for exemplary hiring efforts and employment benefits for military veterans and spouses.

Werner’s survey-based ranking included several performance areas identified by the Military Times:

· Number of military veteran associates
· Number of 2015 military veteran hires
· Percentage of recruiting budget for military veterans
· Military veteran spouse policies
· Benefits

Since 2011, Werner has hired more than 7,550 military veterans and has pledged to hire 2,000 military veterans in 2016. Since May 2013, Werner has hired more than 400 military veteran spouses.

“We take great pride in our military veteran associates and we will continue to invest in their success here at Werner,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Derek Leathers. “We hope their numbers grow as we continue to expand our methods to support their transition.”

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration

Randy Kraft, Associate Vice President of Terminal Management, invites associates to participate in Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration on March 20-26. Throughout the week, Werner executives will visit terminals nationwide to hold discussions and meet with professional drivers. Stay tuned for additional details about upcoming events throughout the network.

December Specials Featured on the Company Store Website!

The Company Store has some fantastic specials for the rest of December!

Need a great last minute gift idea? Pick up our new plush Werner truck for only $9.99.

Get Sirius Stratus 7 satellite radio, now at its new everyday low price of $49.99. Activate your subscription by June 30, 2016, and receive a $50 Visa® prepaid card.

The Cobra 29 LX Performance Pack CB radio, regularly $128.99, is on sale now for $109.99, and our 12-volt heated blanket, regularly $26.99, is on sale for just $22.99.

Please go to estore.werner.com to view or place your order or call 800.937.6373. Remember, payroll deduct can be used at checkout and shipping to any terminal or dedicated site in the continental U.S. is always FREE. Ordering from the Company Store has never been easier!