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Former Truck Stop Creates Jobs

A former truck stop  may be used to create almost 400 jobs in the Black Country if planners can be persuaded to back its owner's proposals.

Councilors had been trying to save the truck stop in Featherstone, Staffs, but it closed after 17 years' operation. Kilmartin Property Group said it bought the site from Nightowl, which sold up as it was "not viable" as a truck stop. Kilmartin is to appeal against planning refusal for an industrial park on the site. Jim Bryan, the firm's director, said it was proposing bringing 400 jobs to an area with high unemployment.

'Valuable stop'

"The plan was unopposed by local people," he said. "If I was a local councilor, representing constituents, I would want to bring such a development to the area." He said the plan had been turned down because a truck stop was being lost "when it was to close whatever, as no-one can make it viable".

"Why does it have to be in Wolverhampton of all places, when there are six other truck stops within the immediate vicinity?" said Mr Bryan.

South Staffordshire councilor David Clifft, who led a campaign to save the stop, at junction one of the M54, said it was "a gateway to the north or south" and without it drivers may park in three nearby villages. The site was favored by truckers because it is surrounded by electric fences and other security measures aimed at combating thieves. Staffordshire Police has said the drivers parking elsewhere overnight could be more at risk of break-ins.

Steve Winterflood, deputy chief executive of South Staffordshire Council, said Kilmartin's planning application had been turned down on three grounds, which included the "loss of a valuable truck stop". It was also thrown out, he said, because there was no comparable site for HGVs nearby and the proposed park would be "visually intrusive" in the surrounding area.

Ethanol plant boosts local economy

By Stacy Vogel   Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007

Photo by Dan Lassiter

David Hagen of the Venable Farm feeds a mixture including fresh distilled grain to cattle at the farm.
MILTON — Milton’s new ethanol plant has been a boon to James Churchill’s Janesville business.

The owner of James Churchill and Sons Trucking recently added a third truck to handle all the business he gets hauling wet distilled grain from the plant—about 15 loads a week, he said.

“I just think it’s a good company for the area,” Churchill said. “It’s brought jobs to the area with other trucking companies, plus feed for the farmers here.”

The $60 million United Ethanol plant promised several economic advantages to the area when it began operations in Milton’s East Side Industrial Park in March:

-- 30 new jobs

-- A new market for local corn farmers

-- A source of distilled grain for local livestock farmers

-- $15 million in property value in the industrial park

While some of the economic benefits of the plant already are obvious, it’s too soon to tell whether others will materialize, local officials and business people said.

“It’s almost too early to tell as far as its impact on the economy,” said Todd Schmidt, Milton city administrator.

The plant has lived up to its promises, said Joe Johansen, vice president of ethanol operations at United Ethanol. It employs 34 people, most of them hired locally, he said. The plant now runs at full capacity, producing ethanol at a rate of 42 million gallons a year from 15 million bushels of corn.

About 41,000 bushels of corn—41 semitrailers’ worth—are ground daily at the plant. Most of the corn is purchased from Wisconsin farmers, Johansen said.

“I wouldn’t have any problems saying it’s local corn,” he said.

Deron Logterman of Venable Farms compacts a pile of steaming distilled grain just delivered to the farm from the Milton Ethanol plant.

Effect on corn farmers

But the plant hasn’t had much effect yet on area corn farmers or grain elevators, said Tim Buchheit, general manager of Farm City Elevator. The company has four locations, including one in Milton, and has done some business with United Ethanol’s parent company, United Cooperative.

“At this point, I would say that it hasn’t had a big effect on (the corn industry) yet,” Buchheit said. “That’s still yet to be seen.”

Ethanol as a whole in Wisconsin has affected local corn prices, said Jim Stute, crops and soils agent at the UW Extension in Rock County. Between 20 percent and 25 percent of Wisconsin corn goes to make ethanol, he said.

Corn prices started rising last fall in anticipation of new plants opening, Stute said. They’ve continued to increase this fall after a dip in early summer, even though prices traditionally decrease at harvest time, Stute said.

Experts can tell local demand for corn is high because local prices are almost as high as the prices set by the Chicago Board of Trade, he said. He attributed at least part of that high demand to ethanol.

“It contributes, but how much, that’s anyone’s guess,” he said.

Effect on livestock farmers

On the other hand, there’s no question livestock farmers have benefited from the plant, said Keith O’Leary, a dairy farmer in Rock Township.

O’Leary buys wet distilled grain for his animals from United Ethanol because it’s quite a bit cheaper than what he was paying before, he said. He also saves on shipping costs because the Milton plant is much closer than the ethanol plant in Fond du Lac where he used to buy feed.

Now, he pays about $30 a ton for product and shipping, instead of the $55-$60 a ton he paid before.

“It’s definitely benefiting the farmers on both ends by being able to sell your product … and on my end where I feed livestock out, it helps on my end being cheaper,” he said.

Gary Mecklenburg of James Churchill & Sons Trucking dumps a load of distilled grain into a feed bunker at the Aaron Venable farm in Johnstown Township.

Effect on Milton businesses

The plant has benefited Milton businesses in smaller ways, too, said Dori Lichty, a spokeswoman for United Cooperative. Employees buy food from the Milton Piggly Wiggly for board meetings and take investors, clients and officials out to Milton restaurants “just about every day,” she said.

“They’re constantly running to Dave’s Ace Hardware for supplies,” she added.

The plant isn’t the hardware store’s biggest corporate account, but it is within the top 40, said owner Dave Warren.

The plant made five transactions in October and four in September, he said.

“They’re good customers; they pay their bills on time,” he said.

Meanwhile, taxes from the plant will help keep property taxes down for residents once the plant pays back an $811,000 tax incremental financing loan from the city, Schmidt said.

The plant might have even more property to tax soon, Johansen said. United Ethanol plans to build a carbon dioxide processing plant this winter that will capture the gas released during the fermentation process. And the ethanol plant was built with room to expand to double its ethanol-making capacity, Johansen said.

“The majority of the people I talk with are in full favor of us being here because they understand a small town has to have a tax base,” he said.

Targeting trucker’s fatigue

By Kathy McLeish

This year more than 200 Australians died in accidents involving trucks. (File photo) (User submitted: Peter Brookman)

This year more than 200 Australians died in accidents involving trucks, and one of the main causes was fatigue.

Until now, fatigue management in the industry has been hampered by a complex range of laws that varied from state to state.

Now new laws have been developed and will be rolled out by states and territories by September next year.

Bob Kellaway has been a long-haul truck driver for 20 years and, like thousands of other drivers, he is no stranger to the danger of fatigue at the wheel.

"Where we go, sometimes you're 400 or 500 kilometres between a shower and a meal break.

"Sometimes the road's only wide enough for the truck.

"All you can do is just be careful of what you're doing, same as any driver."

Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon says there is no doubt that fatigue is a major killer in the trucking industry.

"Drivers are too often treated by governments and clients as battery hens, someone stuck behind a wheel" he said.

"They're not battery hens, they're someone's dad, grandfather, someone's son, that's out there trying to make a living."

Queensland is the first state to begin phasing in landmark fatigue management laws aimed at reducing deaths and improving conditions for drivers.

By September next year, Queensland and the rest of the country will have adopted the new laws, which are geared towards creating a national standard.

Working hours will be reduced from 14 to 12 hours a day, with a break every five hours.

Penalties will include demerit points and, under chain of responsibility laws, management companies and managers will be made legally responsible for unreasonable deadlines.

Dr Geoff Potter is the senior safety manager for the National Transport Commission (NTC), the agency that formulated the new rules.

"One of the overriding components of the new fatigue management package is that if you feel tired you have to stop," he said.

But that requirement has raised concerns that the new laws will not deliver real change.

The trucking industry believes as many as 23,000 rest areas are needed.

Peter Schuback, of the Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association, says many of the existing stops are noisy and lack facilities, leaving drivers exhausted.

"They're not rest stops, they're dirty little tracks off the side of the road with a garbage bin, usually with toilet papers floating around everywhere," he said.

"The last one I looked at had a dead dog in the garbage bin and an old mattress laying on the ground."

At the end of a long day, Mr Kellaway has not found a decent rest area. He has parked near the road on a patch created by trucks in search of a place to stop, and it illustrates the challenges.

"There's not really a rest stop here," he said. "It's about another 40 kilometres into Roma and there's not really any place to pull up in there, either. So may as well stay out here."

Mr Schuback says drivers risk fines and demerit points if they have to drive on.

"I've got drivers every day complaining of the fact they're getting to parking bays and they can't get in because there's too many trucks there," he said.

"I believe there's 103 parking bays in Queensland and 15,000 trucks."

Mr Sheldon says penalties for driving further could cost drivers their jobs and he's concerned clients will still set tight deadlines, leaving owner/drivers under pressure.

"This is the crazy part of the new national fatigue regulations," he said.

"In an industry that has lots of pressure from clients and a lack of Government proper rest breaks and rest positions around the country; it makes for a very dangerous cocktail.

"The drivers don't have control over that cocktail."

The chief executive of the Australian Trucking Association, Stuart St Clair, says the reforms are needed. But they must be realistic, particularly in situations like Queensland, where demerit points extend to minor offences.

He says the group would like to see a defense for drivers who are unable to get off the road safely.

Queensland and Victoria are building more rest stops and other states will follow. But it will take years to address the shortage.

Until then, the industry believes it is drivers who will continue to carry the load.

"We've just got to make the most of it and just do what we can," Mr Kellaway said.

"Hopefully something might come of it down the track. We might get a parking bay where we can pull up and get off the road."

Penske Discusses 'Human Capital'

By PEGGY HARRIS Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK — Billionaire and racing legend Roger S. Penske on Thursday said that good people have made the difference for his many successful enterprises.

Whether public or private, businesses are driven by the ethics of their people, he told an audience of hundreds at an annual meeting of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. The common denominator for him in his long career has been the right employees.

"It's human capital. When you think about success, its companies that have good people," he said. "And again we care about our customers."

The 70-year-old transportation executive who now lives in Detroit founded Penske Corp. in 1969, but was racing and selling cars as a teenager. He amassed a driving record rivaled by only a few by the time he retired from racing, then became one of the best-known car and track owners in motor sports. Penske Racing has broken many racing records.

Penske told his audience Thursday that the country can ride out this period of consumer slowdown, noting a drop in miles driven by his own trucking business.

"We've got some tough sledding going forward," he said. But "we've got to be positive and find ways to navigate through this environment right now."

Penske sat on stage in a convention center ballroom with Scott Ford, president and chief executive of Alltel Corp. Ford asked questions and moderated questions from the audience. Alltel is a sponsor of Penske racing cars, two of which were parked in front near the stage.

Penske, who also is chairman of Smart USA, spoke about the power of the Internet in drumming up interest in the Smart car without ever making a sales call. The 8-foot, 8-inch Smart Fortwo can be parked nose-to-curb and gets 40 miles per gallon. The cars are expected to reach dealerships in the U.S. in January.

He talked about the importance of good schools in an era of global competition and the rise of what seems to be "an underclass" as companies downsize and send jobs overseas. He said the trend is apparent in his hometown of Detroit, and political and business communities will need to be better connected to solve these problems.

Asked about race car driver Helio Castroneves, who was this year's winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," he said Castroneves was committed to open-wheel racing and wasn't expected to move to NASCAR competition in the next 12 months. "But you never know," he said.

Trucking with your Buddy

Trucking company drivers often take a pet with them on the road. Bringing your pet with you on the road is both rewarding and a lot of extra work . Pets make great companions on the road and can help keep the loneliness blues away.On the bad side, pets need lots of care and attention. They require planning and you must keep plenty of food and water for them.. Truck stops sometimes are not the best for animals that are afraid of noises. Keep your pet on a leash as must as possible. Bring your pooper scooper and a bag for proper disposal. Many truck and rest stops have area just for your trucking buddy to play and get some exercise. Some truck stops do sell pet food if you run out.

Make sure you do not leave your pet alone in  a truck that is turned off. Temperature can quickly rise on a hot summer day. In the winter without heat, in some areas can cause your pet distress with the cold. Think of your pet as your trucking partner and alway consider their safety.

Pets need to have regular exercise. Make sure they have down time. This is a good time for you to rest as well before getting back on the road enjoying your truck job and the company of a faithful friend.

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