September 2018 News Letter

How Do You Act At Work

How do you act at work when no one is watching? Do you stay on task and meet your daily expectations as a member of the team? Would you act the same way and do the same thing if your boss was around? If the answer is an emphatic “NO” then something is wrong. The gauge of a good employee is their work ethic and how they perform regardless of who is around. In order for the team to succeed everyone needs to do their part. This company cannot be successful if we are not focused on our tasks and objectives 100% of the time while we are at work. By choosing to work for Fleetwood you have committed to meeting the expectations that have been set in front of you whether the boss is around or not. While you are on the job stay focused, stay busy, stay committed, and you will be successful.

 



Jeff Jenkins CEO

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT

September 2018 News Letter

Michael Conner

How long have you been with Fleetwood?

6 Years

How long have you been driving?

18 years

What do you like about Fleetwood?

A lot of things, You always give me support, the company is financially secure, it’s a good stable place to work.

What is your hobby outside of work?

Playing Pool and Fishing

Do you have a family?

I am Married with 4 grown children, and 4 Grandchildren

What is your favorite Music and Movies?

Alternative Rock and
O Brother Where art thou

Shop Talk by Tim Gordon

KNOWING YOUR EQUIPMENT

Knowing the equipment, that you are driving makes you a safer driver. Not only for yourself but for those sharing the highways with you. Every tractor’s brakes re-act differently when applied as do your trailer brakes, so don’t assume the trailer you are pulling today will respond the same way the trailer you dropped off yesterday did.

Fleetwood has a tractor fleet consisting of Peterbilt’s and Freightliners, ranging in age from 2007 to 2018. These units are powered by Cummins ISM, ISX or Detroit 60 series engines.  As a car owner you know that all cars handle differently, respond differently when you accelerate or even brake differently when applied. All cars corner differently, some can handle greater speeds when cornering, some have different shifting patterns when dealing with manual transmission, they all act differently.

When you are in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler, you must know your equipment, you are the size of 3 or 4 vehicles who all love to cut you off, ride in your blind spot, or try to cut you off while making a right had turn.  They do not know what it takes to operate a big rig and do not give you and your vehicle the respect you deserve.

When you need to react quickly it is very important that you know what every button and knob in your tractor does. Where the horn is, wipers are, re-gen switch, flashers, head lights, know how to lock in your tandem axles when needing more traction, know if your fifth wheel has an air operated release button, and how to adjust the seat.

A 2016 Peterbilt has different dash buttons than a 2009, as a 589 model has different items on it as a 378 or 384. Don’t put yourself into a panic zone and reach for the wrong button because you don’t know the equipment you are driving.

Know the trailer you are pulling, how to operate the automated tarp system if it has one, know how to use the air operated rear door and what to do if it fails on you.

If you don’t know something, ask questions

There is never a bad question, especially when your safety is involved.


Office Spotlight

September 2018 News Letter

Gina Currie

 

 How long have you been with Fleetwood? 

A littie over a year

 What is your hobby outside of work? 

Baking, anything outside, reading

 What do you like about Fleetwood? 

The co workers and drivers, they are all very easy going and easy to get along with

 Tell us about your family? 

A husband of 28 years-2 grown children ages 27, and 25. 2 Grandsons age 7 and 2 mo.

 What kind of music or movies do you like? 

Love all music from classical to heavy metal

    Thank you, Gina, for all you have done and continue to do at Fleetwood. We appreciate you!

 

THE SAFETY CORNER By Bruce Wrinkle

There have been substantial changes in our Safety Department. As a result, there are several of us attempting to ensure we are providing service to our drivers. I assure you, we have made progress and will be more capable with each passing week. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

I am only going to address a few topics today. I ask each of you to assist safety in the following areas:

Zonar

  • Be sure you are logging in and out of the system each day (Forest Products, Flatbed and Van Divisions).
  • If you have the EVIR tabs on the equipment, make sure you are utilizing every day.
  • Make sure you have the instruction sheet for Zonar in the truck.
  • Keep a regular log book in the truck, in the event Zonar should fail

Monthly Maintenance Reports

  • Due by the 10th of each month (showing all maintenance for prior month)
  • Must have for each piece of equipment you have leased on

Roadside Inspections

  • Must send to safety the next business day, along with proof of repairs
  • We are required to certify repairs are done and send to the state. (within 15 days)

Accident Reporting

  • All accidents must be reported to safety. If you are involved in any accident with as occupied vehicle, then you must notify me immediately.

 

Anninversaries

August Anniversaries

29 Years

  • Thomas Austin

 18 Years

  • Terry Fegans

 13 Years

  • Carnelius Thomas

10 Years

  • Jose Luna

6 Years

  • Lucio Monroy SR
  • Gail Amerson

5 Years

  • David Rodriguez
  • Richard Watts

3 Years

  • Edward Love

2 Years

  • Yahya Algburi

1 Year

  • Eric Davis

 Thank you all for our hard work and commitment to Fleetwood!

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