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Free Lunch for BCOs during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Thank You Landstar BCOs!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is when America honors all professional truck drivers for their commitment to one of the economy’s most demanding and important jobs.

Landstar appreciates the dedication of the country’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers every day of the year. During the 2019 NTDAW we show some extra gratitude to Landstar owner-operators by providing free lunch at Landstar orientation centers throughout the United States and in Canada.

Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs), Landstar’s term for independent contractor truck owner-operators exclusively leased to Landstar, are invited to any of Landstar’s orientation centers for lunch Monday Sept. 9 through Friday Sept. 13.

Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. local time at the Landstar U.S./Mexico Logistics Center in Laredo, Texas and at each of these Landstar orientation centers:

  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Brantford, Ontario*
  • Reedsville, Pennsylvania
  • Fort Worth, Texas

*BCOs in Canada, please call Orientation/CABS Coordinator Gerry Dorsay at 855-306-9517 prior to arrival at the Ontario orientation center.

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We’ll also be celebrating Landstar BCOs on social media throughout NTDAW. Be sure to follow the Landstar Owner-Operator (BCO) Facebook page and @LandstarSystem on Twitter as we celebrate independent Landstar BCOs! You can participate in Landstar’s NTDAW social media conversation by following us and using Landstar’s #ThankYouBCOs hashtag in your own posts.

Inspection Connection

Follow the signs to get your Landstar trailer inspected and get hooked up with prizes during the first-ever Landstar Inspection Connection! The month-long trailer inspection event kicks off on Safety Thursday Sept. 19, and continues through Safety Thursday on Oct. 17.

For a chance t o win more prizes from vendors including Great Dane, Hyundai, Fontaine, TA/Petro and Vanguard, make plans to have your inspection during Safety Thursday on September 19. That day approved third-party inspectors will conduct on-site trailer inspections at the following Landstar locations:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Laredo, Texas

If you can’t make it on Safety Thursday Sept. 19, make plans to have your trailer inspected anytime during the month-long Inspection Connection event! During Inspection Connection, independent Landstar business capacity owners (BCOs) will automatically be entered to win weekly prizes by having 120-day trailer inspections completed on their Landstar-owned or -rented trailers at any Landstar approved inspection site.

Every eligible BCO who has an inspection complete at an approved Landstar inspection site, by Oct. 17, also will be entered for a chance to win one of two grand prizes – a ride aboard the Goodyear Blimp or a two night stay at a condo in Orlando, Florida!

And there’s more! Every BCO who gets their Landstar trailer inspected between Inspection Connection kick-off and the end of this year, will also earn an additional truck entry in the 2020 Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway! www.DeliverToWin.com.

*Inspection Connection weekly prize drawings will take place after each 7-day period during the month-long event, starting Sept. 19, 2019. The Inspection Connection random grand-prize drawings will take place the day after the month-long inspection event on Friday, October 18. After each winner is notified, Landstar will announce prize winners on the Landstar Owner-Operator BCO Facebook page.

Roadstar Cecilia Logan Wins Landstar All-Star Giveaway Truck

Landstar gave away a new truck during the Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata. Independent Landstar Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar® Cecilia Logan was the lucky winner of the 2020 Kenworth T680, featuring a fuel efficient PCCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR transmission and PACCAR drive axles. 

The random drawing and giveaway was the highlight of the 8th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held July 1-3 in Savannah, Georgia. Each year, Landstar gives away a truck, including all registration fees and taxes, to one of its Million Mile Safe Driver independent owner-operators. The 2019 All-Star giveaway truck marked the 40th truck giveaway in Landstar’s 30-year history as a company.

The winner, Cecilia Logan of Hartford, Alabama, was one of eight semi-finalists randomly drawn from the pool of 1,043 active Million Mile Safe Driver business capacity owners (BCOs), Landstar’s term for independent truck owner-operators who provide transportation capacity under exclusive lease agreements. Logan leased to Landstar in 2001 with her husband, Jaimie. She was named a Million Mile Safe Driver in 2015 and a Roadstar honoree in 2017.

“We are proud of the safety-first owner-operators who are leased to Landstar, especially those who have reached the Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar milestones. Landstar is pleased to continue the annual tradition of giving away a new truck at our BCO All-Star Celebration,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “We appreciate the contributing support of our sponsor companies, like Comdata, in helping us reward an independent owner-operator’s service excellence with a chance to win such a life-changing prize.”

Representatives from Comdata were on-site at the event and helped draw the names to narrow down eight semi-finalists to the four finalists for the final round of the giveaway.

“It is an honor to support the best and finest owner-operators at Landstar,” said Comdata Chief Operations Officer Randy Morgan. “We love the relationship that allows us to be part of this great event.”

176 Owner-Operators Honored During BCO All-Star Celebration

Landstar honored the best and safest Landstar owner-operators during its 8th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held earlier this month.

The event featured an awards program during which Landstar honored 176 business capacity owners (BCOs), the company’s term for independent owner-operators who provide transportation capacity under exclusive lease agreements.

During the ceremony, Landstar inducted 14 BCOs as Landstar Roadstar® recipients, 137 BCOs as new Million Mile Safe Drivers, 22 BCOs as Two Million Mile Safe Drivers, two BCOs as Three Million Mile Safe Drivers, and presented one BCO, Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar Art Trezise, with the company’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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BCO Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Art Trezise

Landstar presented its BCO Lifetime Achievement Award to Landstar Three Million Mile Safe Driver and Landstar Roadstar® Art Trezise during a special ceremony held on July 2, 2019.

The award was kept a surprise until Trezise’s name was revealed during the awards ceremony portion of the 8th Annual BCO All-Star Celebration. Each year, the event honors the company’s best and safest independent owner-operators.

During the award presentation, Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni called Art Trezise’s safety record “flawless.” Since leasing to Landstar in 1979, Trezise has driven more than 3.5 million miles at Landstar without incident.

“The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award is the perfect way to honor this 40-year safe driver,” said Gattoni. “The award is a testament to Art’s professionalism and excellence as an independent owner-operator at Landstar.”

Trezise, who lives in Springhill, Florida, was named a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 1993. In 2001, he reached two million safe miles with Landstar and also was named a Landstar Roadstar® recipient, one of Landstar’s highest awards for owner operators that recognizes their high levels of safety, productivity and excellence. In 2012, Trezise was honored as a Three Million Mile Safe Driver.

The BCO Lifetime Achievement Award was first introduced during the 2012 BCO All-Star Celebration. To be considered for the honor, nominees must be an active or retired Landstar BCO who has been leased on to Landstar for at least 20 consecutive years. Nominees must be at least a Two Million Mile Safe Driver and a Landstar Roadstar® recipient.

Independent owner-operators who receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award must also have consistently demonstrated professionalism by developing a positive reputation with regulatory and enforcement personnel, customers, agents and Landstar employees, as well as through industry recognition.

Giveaway Truck Ready for 2019 All-Star Event

On July 2, one lucky business capacity owner (BCO) will get the keys to a new 2020 Kenworth T680 during the annual BCO All-Star Celebration. Each year Landstar gives away a new truck, including all registration fees and taxes, to one of its elite independent owner-operators – a pool of Roadstar® recipients and Million Mile Safe Drivers.

This year, the crisp-white Kenworth T680 is equipped with a fuel-efficient PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR transmission and PACCAR drive axles. Touted as the most advanced, aerodynamic truck ever produced by Kenworth, the T680 includes ground-breaking technology and ergonomic comfort designed to elevate a driver’s experience.

Featuring fuel-saving intelligence, the truck’s idle management system is designed to eliminate the need for off-duty temperature control and integrate with real-time reporting technology to help a driver run for maximum fuel efficiency. Including the Kenworth Driver Performance Center, the truck’s 5-inch, full color display screen gives drivers an at-a-glance visual of fuel efficiency, truck diagnostics and performance indicators.  

Also equipped with the Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ technology, the T680 offers owner-operators an enhanced level of safety. The technology system features adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation and lane departure warning to alert the driver of potential road debris, impacts, lane departures and speed limitations.  

The 2019 Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway, powered by Comdata, will be the grand finale of the 2019 BCO All-Star Celebration being held in Savannah, Georgia, July 1-3, 2019. The annual event is an induction ceremony that honors the newest Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and Landstar Roadstar® recipients for their safe driving records and professionalism.  

While the All-Star truck giveaway is exclusively reserved for Million Mile Safe Drivers and Roadstar honorees, all of the more than 10,000 independent owner-operators leased to Landstar have another opportunity to win a new truck. The Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway is held each year during Landstar’s annual BCO Appreciation event where every eligible independent BCO has an opportunity to win.

In January, Landstar BCO Rosemberg Villarreal won the 2019 Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway and drove home to Grand Prairie, Texas, in a 2019 Peterbilt 579 Ultraloft. The next Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway is scheduled for September 2020 in Rockford, Illinois.

Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway Winner

Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway Winner Gets His Birthday Wish!

Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSTR), a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, kicked off the year by giving away a truck on Jan. 24 during its BCO Appreciation Days event in Jacksonville. Landstar Business Capacity Owner (BCO) Rosemberg Villarreal of Grand Prairie, Texas, won a 2019 Peterbilt 579 UltraLoft, the first of two trucks Landstar will give away to its owner-operators in 2019. Continue reading

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 

Each year during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), industry professionals across America take time to honor the country’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers. To thank these professional men and women for their service and commitment, this year’s NTDAW celebration is set for September 9-15.

During NTDAW, Landstar shows business capacity owners (BCOs) – Landstar’s term for independent contractor truck owner-operators with exclusive lease agreements – some extra gratitude by providing free lunches throughout the week and, this year, our BCO Appreciation Days event in Rockford, Illinois.

Landstar BCOs are invited to any of Landstar’s orientation centers for free lunches and a chance to win Landstar prizes Monday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 14. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. local time at each of these Landstar orientation centers:

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jefferson, Georgia
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Reedsville, Pennsylvania
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Rockford, Illinois

Landstar’s NTDAW celebration also includes the final BCO Appreciation Days event and truck giveaway of the year. Join us in Rockford, Illinois, Sept. 12-13. The Landstar Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway powered by Comdata will be held during the event on Sept. 12.

#ThankYouBCOs

We’ll also be celebrating BCOs on social media throughout the week, as well as posting opportunities to win Landstar prizes. Be sure to follow the Landstar Owner-Operator (BCO) Facebook page,
and @LandstarSystem on Twitter.
Participate in Landstar’s NTDAW social media conversation by following and using Landstar’s #ThankYouBCOs hashtag in your own posts.

Free Holiday Meals for BCOs

The Landstar tradition of offering complimentary holiday meals continues in hopes of making the season a little brighter for BCOs on the road and away from their families over the holidays.

Once again, Landstar has teamed up with TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Stopping Centers to offer complimentary meals on Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and Christmas (Dec. 25).

There are two ways to receive your free holiday meal coupon:

  • Starting Nov. 1, 2017, UltraONE members can follow this link to register for a Thanksgiving meal coupon. The coupon can be printed at a TA/Petro kiosk on Thanksgiving Day.
  •  Click here to register for your Christmas meal coupons starting Dec. 1, 2017.
  • BCOs who are not UltraOne, RoadKing or Passport cardholders can stop by any Landstar orientation center or contact LCAPP at 800-531-5227 for their holiday meal ticket.

The deadline to log on and register for the meal coupon for Thanksgiving is 4 p.m. Nov. 20, 2017. The deadline to register for the Christmas meal coupon is 4 p.m. Dec. 20, 2017. BCOs can print out their meal tickets on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day at any TA or Petro kiosk.

Coupons are valid for a meal that costs up to $19 for an individual or up to $38 for team drivers and spouses. Meals are available at participating TA and Petro locations with full service restaurants.

The meal includes dinner, dessert, beverage and tax. The coupon is not valid for tips. Photocopies of the coupon will not be accepted. The meal coupons are only valid Nov. 23 and Dec. 25.

Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual “Operation Safe Driver Week” begins this week of October 15-21, 2017.

The goal is to improve the driving behavior of all drivers – whether operating a commercial or passenger vehicle.  As always, avoid the following dangerous driving behaviors: speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seat belt, traveling too closely, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic lights.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), unsafe driving continues to be the leading cause of crashes: 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes are due to the kind of dangerous driving behaviors targeted during Operation Safe Driver Week.