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Good morning from Mercertown!  As most of you know, the Mid America Trucking Show is coming up next week here in Louisville, KY.  We are going to have a busy week here in Mercertown.  Listed below is our itinerary for the week, and parking instructions.  We encourage all of our contractors to stop in, and join in on the fun.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, March 21st

9:00 am – Driver Forum – This is an opportunity for our Mercer Contractors to meet with General Management.  This event will be held in the warehouse.

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Safety Seminars – We will have 3 safety seminars in the warehouse starting just after lunch.  These three seminars will be worth 10 point credits each towards your Mercer Safety Score.

5:00 pm – ??? – MATS Cookout – We will have our annual cookout in the warehouse.  Plenty of food, and door prizes!  Bring the whole family!

Thursday, March 22nd

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – We will have a Fish Fry at Mercer for lunch before the show opens up at 1 pm.

Show Hours (All times Eastern)

Thursday March 22nd

VIP – 10 am – 1 pm

General – 1 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 23rd

10 am – 6 pm – Lunch at Mercer’s booth around noon (Mercer Contractors and employees only)

Saturday, March 24th 

9 am – 4 pm – Lunch at Mercer’s booth around noon (Mercer Contractors and employees only)

While you are at the show, be sure to sign up for our Grand Prize Giveaway, for the Nascar Experience!


Beginning Tuesday March 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., (or earlier depending on traffic flow that morning) continuing through Sunday March 25, 2012 until 8:00 p.m., truck parking in all lots will be restricted. All in-bound Mercer units must arrive via 11th Street and stop at the guardhouse at Gate 6 for parking instructions. All lot gates will be closed and each driver will be directed to the appropriate lot for parking. In addition, all drivers and passengers will be signed in for C-TPAT security purposes and provided with ID bracelets prior to parking in any lot.


  1. LOADED UNITS HERE FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OR LESS: Unit will be parked in Lot 1 (Main Lot) as space permits.


    Truck & Trailer will remain coupled in Lot 1.


  3. EMPTY AND LOADED UNITS HERE FOR THE TRUCK SHOW THAT WISH TO DROP AND BOBTAIL TO LOT 2: Trailer must be dropped at Lot 5, 15 Street lot (access via Rowan st off of 15th st), See below for directions to lot 5.

  4. LOT 2 (DRIVERS LOUNGE) IS BOBTAIL PARKING ONLY. Tractors must be doubled in each lane on EAST side of the lot and tripled in each lane on the WEST side of the lot.

    ALTERNATIVE BOBTAIL PARKING: Will be located on the south side of lot 4 (Derby city) near the park. entrance is located at 12th St. and Rowan St.


  1. UNITS HERE FOR TRUCK INSPECTIONS: two pull-through lanes in Lot 2 will be exclusively reserved for Truck Inspections. When inspection is completed, each unit must immediately vacate inspection lane and is subject to previous parking instructions. Units waiting for inspections will be staged by security along 11th Street and Rowan Street until inspection lanes are available. Security will instruct on CB channel 3.

  1. DRIVERS HERE FOR ORIENTATION: All drivers here for orientation, please park in Lot 3 (Recruiting Lot) only.

In the event more truck parking is required, certain employee spaces may be utilized. These decisions will be made nightly and appropriate barricades posted. Car lots will be used for truck parking as needed in the following order:

  1. Employee lot on east side of Building 1 (11th and Main).

  2. Employee lot between west side of Building 1 and east side of Building 2 (Main Street).

Alternate employee parking will be available in the employee lot south of Building 5 (12th Street, Gate 11) and lot 4 (Derby City lot) entrance is located at 12th St. and Rowan St.

All lots will have twenty-four hour access and will be patrolled by Security personnel. Along with restroom facilities in Buildings 6, portable toilet units will be placed at various convenient locations on the lots. No alcoholic beverages of any type are allowed on Mercer property at any time. Drivers who do not comply with the parking policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Everyone’s assistance and cooperation is appreciated.

Directions to lot 5.

  1. From Mercer: Head West on Main St. after going under the RR bridge, turn right on to 15th St. then take the 1st right on to Rowan st.. Entrance is on your right. (Gate 23)

  2. From lot 5 to Mercer: Exiting the lot on Rowan St. head West on Rowan St. to 16th St. turn left, go two blocks to Market St, turn left. Mercer is two blocks up on your left.

  3. From lot 5 to I-64: From Rowan St. turn right on to 15th St. continuing around to I-64 East or West.

** RR Bridge on Main St. 14′ 6” **

** RR Bridge on Market St. 13′ 9” **

** Everyone’s assistance and cooperation is appreciated **

Thank you Facility Dept.

  1. Ron Hartman
    March 15, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Is there any way you can put the Safety Seminars on the Internet like the Contractors Web. Where we would have to sign in for those of us that can not make it to Louisville

  2. Dave Williams
    March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I aree about the seminars not all of us can be in Loiusville on that date, and we all should get a fair chance at improving our scores.

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