March 14, 2012 2 comments

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.



March 5, 2012 1 comment

I think I”ve gotten some good info on the printer questions I had. Thank you guys for all the input have a safe week.


March 5, 2012 7 comments

I need some folks to contact me (Eric) who are using an All In One Printer Scanner Copier with Trippak. I need to find out if there are any All In One’s that are powered by USB and not a separate power supply. Thank you.


Most of you read Uncle Lenny’s post about how to lower your safety score here at Mercer.  He mentioned that Mercer will be paying for our contractors to sign up on the Eclipse logbook program between now and March 31st.  This offer will only be good if you sign up for the Eclipse program.  Driver’s Daily Log will not be paid for by Mercer.  We are still working out some payment details with Eclipse, so we will do a follow up post on the blog with directions on how to sign up for this program.  So don’t purchase the program just yet.

In addition, if you have already purchased and are running Eclipse or DDL logs, we will reimburse you for the start-up fees of the program.  Our log department has a list of all of our current e-log users, and we will reimburse you very soon.

If you have any further questions, please use the comments section below, and keep an eye out for our next post with directions to get you started.  Thanks, and GO MERCER!!!


February 29, 2012 1 comment

That’s a question I get from five or six drivers every day. The majority of our folks “get it” about CSA and have adjusted their driving habits accordingly. Unfortunately, we still have a few that think CSA applies to everyone but them. The fact is, CSA is real, it is not going away, and unless you can consistantly get clean inspections you will not survive as a driver. Those who have mastered CSA know that they cannot drive above the posted speed limit (ever), must log legal and current at all times, must secure cargo properly, and must keep up on vehicle maintenance items. Particularly important are brake adjustment, tires, lights and air lines. Bad scores hurt everyone and subject Mercer drivers to more roadside inspections. We have discussed each of the seven BASICs previously. No excuses.

So what happens if you’ve had a bad inspection, or a ticket, or an accident and you’ve run some points up on our system? You can get a handle on your score, there are ways to lower it, but it does require immediate effort and complete commitment to change on your part. Here’s how:

1) Clean inspections. That is key and that is what CSA requires. Whatever is keeping you from getting clean inspections must change. The change must be permanent. Our system gives drivers credit points for clean inspections. Our system is designed to eliminate drivers who can’t get this right;

2) Clean road surveys. I have a service of retired and off-duty police officers who observe and report on our units each month. We look at three shots of speed, three shots of following distance, seat belt use and hands free phone use. Clean road surveys earn drivers credit points. Bad road surveys run up the score. The DOD also road surveys military shipments and they are also scored. Drivers can improve their score here by just doing what they should be doing, driving safely. About forty drivers a month find this out;

3) Additional training/seminars. This year, on Wednesday, March 21, I will conduct three one-hour seminars here at Mercertown. These will start at 1:30 and end in time for everyone to eat at our annual pre-truckshow cookout. All drivers attending these seminars will receive credit points for each;

4) Field Safety Briefings. Every year, beginning in June, I do field LKY inspections at various locations throughout the country. Drivers I inspect also receive various safety material and receive credit points on their scores. Although the exact dates are not yet set, the months and locations are. These are as follows: June, Wichita, KS; July, Stockton, CA; September, Sunbury,PA and Greensburg, PA; October, Arkadelphia, AR and Newberry,SC; November, Tampa, FL. I generally announce the dates of each about one month before the trip;

5) Computerized logs. Although not an EBOR, we have found that drivers who run either Eclipse Logs or Drivers Daily Log on their laptop computers are not having log violations. That is the key to having good CSA scores and this is huge. Because we believe that this is the way drivers should be going, we give credit points to those who run computerized logs. It gets better: Mercer will PAY for the program for any driver who goes to computerized logs by March 31. Yep, we’ll PAY for it. Do it by March 31. For help with this, call Jason, Eric or Gerald in Contractor Relations. Already bought one? Call them about getting reimbursed for that, too. It is important to understand that in the near future I will be requiring repeat log offenders to go to computerized logs to stay at Mercer. That will be at their expense. CSA requires everyone to log legal and current. That is what we will do. Bad habits must change. Drivers who do not share this commitment will not stay at Mercer.

Compliance, Safety, Accountability….CSA. Pay attention to your score. Manage it. Constantly work towards improving it. It can be done. Be safe.


February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Mercer Transportation has been blessed with a strong, consistent agent base that works extremely hard to find new accounts as well as strengthen our existing relationships with our customers to increase our market share within our industry.  The majority of our agents throughout the country have been with Mercer for many years, and hopefully we can count on them to continue to grow our business for many more years to come.  With that being said Mercer Transportation can increase our market size within our industry now by supporting some of our newer offices throughout our agent base.

Mercer has added numerous offices across the country over the past year that are willing to work within the guidelines of our system which is based off of area or accounts.  These new offices need help from our drivers to establish a stronger presence within their areas.  Please see below for the prefixes of our newer offices, along with their area and phone number.  Have a great day, and GO MERCER!

SAL – Mobile, AL                               Mace Ritchey                  251-300-6060

CWC – Western Chicago, IL           Brian Cucalich                 312-881-2980

ENC – Wilmington, NC                     Kevin Cunningham        910-777-5730

RHM – Jackson, MS                          Ron Huffman                     601-707-5219

SFI – North Liberty, IA                  Shane Ferrozo                  319-459-1003

PHI – Philadelphia, PA                   Ricky Christensen           610-296-2210

IBS – Riviera Beach, FL                  Ivan Brannon, Jr.            561-822-3408

JSP – West Salem, OH                     Shannon Weber                 419-938-7272

UMT – Johnston, IA                       Jerry Umthun                    515-727-9091

SFD – Sioux Falls, SD                      Kevin Steinert                    651-414-3030

FIB – Baltimore, MD                       Fran Raymond                   888-684-3096


February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

REMINDER – Your IFTA sticker and permit expire on February 28, 2012.  Please make sure you have the stickers on your truck and the permit in your permit book before this date.