Epes Transport Onsite Career Day

On March 22, 2016, Epes Transport had the pleasure of hosting an onsite career day event for 44 area high school students from Weaver Education Center, a vocational/technical school located in Greensboro, NC.  The event focused on providing information about our operation, career opportunities, continued education and details about our Maintenance Apprentice Program.  Students had an opportunity to hear from key members of the maintenance team; discuss questions with floor technicians and subject matter experts; get a firsthand look at our diagnostic process, preventative maintenance duties and tire/trailer shop operations; and climb into a new Freightliner truck and trailer to get a personal look at what our drivers and technicians see on a daily basis.

The overall feedback was positive from the students, their instructors and Epes personnel. Epes continues to be committed to devoting time and attention to our youth by providing insight on career opportunities available within the transportation industry.

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Epes Transport Participates in Lunch Buddy Community Outreach Program

The Epes Transport, Inc., Employee Relations Community Outreach Committee has partnered with Guilford Child Development to participate in their lunch buddy program at McElveen Child Development Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Four to five committee volunteers interact with children ages one to four during their lunch period and assist with the children as needed. Volunteers will participate in the lunch buddy program every two to three weeks from 11 am to approximately 12 pm. Epes is excited about the partnership and being able to give back to the community.

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Care Packages for Our Military Family Members

The Employee Relations Committee at Epes Transport has elected to put together care packages for actively deployed military family members of our employees (e.g., children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, parents).  We will be taking donations for items that are listed below at all manned terminals and on-site facilities.

The Epes terminals will be the collection and the distribution sites for the boxes.  Care packages will be placed in small, shoe-size boxes.  Collections began April 14, 2016 and will continue through April 15, 2016.  Our goal is to have the boxes available for Memorial Day distribution.

Driver managers will be responsible for providing to Human Resources a count of the boxes needed for their fleets.  Each manager of non-driver employees will be responsible for a count of the boxes needed in their respective departments.  Epes will not mail out the boxes to the military family members, but will have the boxes available to our employees to take and distribute accordingly by May 15, 2016.

The below items will be collected:

Snacks (e.g., chips, pretzels, nuts, protein bars, etc.) individually wrapped or in small bags

Candy and gum (please avoid chocolate)

Small note pads

Black pens

Eye drops




Flavor water powder (e.g., MiO Fit or Crystal Light)

Postage stamps

Magazines (e.g., Sport Illustrated)

Points of contact for the donations: Tina Valois in Greensboro, NC and Denise Howell in Rockwall, TX.  You may also contact Tamara Anthony in Human Resources with questions.

Epes Safety Meetings

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Epes Safety Meetings at the following locations:

Greensboro, NC — Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the Airport Marriot, located at One Marriot Drive, Greensboro, NC.

Charlotte, NC – Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Charlotte Crown Plaza, located at 5700 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, NC.

Morristown, TN – Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 9:30 am at Golden Corral, located at 2905 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, Morristown, TN.

Elm City/Wilson, NC — Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Bill’s BBQ, located at 3007 Downing Street, Wilson, NC.

Rockwall, TX — Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 5:00 pm at The Center, located at 108 E. Washington Street, Rockwall, TX.

Jackson & Meridian, MS — To be announced

Valdosta, GA — To be announced

What is Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage?

By: Mary Allred, Director of Benefits

The Affordable Care Act states that employers with 50 or more full time employees must send an annual statement to all employees eligible for medical coverage, describing the coverage and when it was made available to them. The IRS created Form 1095-C to serve this purpose.

Every eligible employee, whether they have declined to participate in their employer’s health plan or not, will receive a 1095-C. This form will identify the individual employee, the employer, the months during the year that the employee was eligible for coverage, and the cost of the cheapest monthly premium the employee could have paid under the plan (not necessarily what that employee did pay). These forms will also provide information on the individuals that were enrolled in the medical plan and that the plan provides minimum essential coverage that is required under the affordable care act.

These statements are required effective for the 2015 tax year and are required to be sent out by January 31st following each tax year on the Form 1095-C. For the 2015 tax year, the deadline has been extended to March 31st 2016.

These forms are used to provide this information for individuals filing their tax returns. For tax year 2015, the information is not required to be sent in with your individual tax return, but you are required to keep this form for reference. In future tax years, this form will be required to be submitted with your individual tax returns.

EPES TRANSPORT SYSTEM, INC. FOOD DRIVE — January 13, 2016 – February 19, 2016

Epes Transport System, Inc. is hosting a food drive to collect non-perishable food items for Food Assistance Inc. (Groceries on Wheels). Food Assistance Inc. provides food for seniors and disabled individuals in our community who are in need. There will be a box in the Human Resources lobby of the Greensboro terminal from Wednesday, January 13, 2016 through Friday, February 19, 2016. Donated items may include canned lean meats (e.g., tuna, salmon, chicken), dry beans, whole grains, low-fat shelf-stable dairy items, low-sodium canned vegetables and shelf-stable fruits.

Please click http://foodassistancenc.com to learn more about Food Assistance Inc.

Coming Soon!

The upcoming Spousal Support Bulletin will be sent out the first of the year! Please let us know if you would like to put any announcements or recipes in the next bulletin.

Happy New Year!