Giving Back

Giving Back

As the Field Recruiter for Epes Transport I travel to different truck driving schools promoting the Epes Transport brand with the hope that one of those student will take the opportunity to be part of the Epes family. It’s a wonderful experience standing in a class room speaking to students about the company and offering them some advice on how they should go about selecting a company to work for once they have completed their training. Many of them have the wrong idea of what it will be...

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Mike O'Connell Trucking Top Rookie Award

Mike O'Connell Trucking Top Rookie Award

The Mike O'Connell Trucking Top Rookie Award was created to recognize the top rookie in the trucking industry every year. Mike O'Connell, who was formerly the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association. He believed that honoring a top rookie driver helped show new drivers they are appreciated by the trucking industry. These drivers are recognized at the Great American Trucking Show held yearly in Dallas Texas. This year was no different however this time Epes Transport...

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NCTA Human Resources Professional of Year for 2017

NCTA Human Resources Professional of Year for 2017

(l to r): Major Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., N. C. Department of Public Safety, State Highway Patrol - Field Operations; Melissa Nishan - Epes Transport VP Driver Recruiting; Crystal Collins - President, NCTA Melissa Nishan, Epes Transport's VP of Driver Recruiting, was recently named by the North Carolina Trucking Association (NCTA) Safety & Human Resources Council as Human Resources Professional of Year for 2017. Melissa has been in the trucking business for over 22 years and with...

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Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Repost from 2011. Four seconds. That’s the average time it takes a person to dial a telephone and press send. It can take even more time to type and send a text message. Four seconds may not seem long, but for drivers, every second their eyes are off the road is an opportunity for an accident to occur. In fact, driving at 55 mph, a vehicle will travel more than 322 feet in four seconds. While most people would never drive four seconds with their eyes closed, there is no difference between that...

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NC Smart Fleet Award

NC Smart Fleet Award

For the second year in a row, Epes Transport System has been presented the prestigious NC SmartFleet Award, Champion Level, in the NC Smart Fleet Program! This award was accepted in Concord, North Carolina on Tuesday October 20th 2015 at The Clean Transportation Tour by Mike Glynn and David Leik on behalf of all of Epes Transport Systems. The primary qualifications for this award are improvements in efficiencies, fuel mileage, reduction in carbon footprint and use of alternative...

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EPES Receives Multiple Awards From Lowe's

EPES Receives Multiple Awards From Lowe's

Lowe's Home Improvement held their Annual Carrier Conference on Thursday, March 30th 2017. I am pleased to report that during the conference, Epes Transport was presented with two awards, recognizing exceptional service provided during the year. The first award presented was that of "Gold Carrier." Minimum requirements that must be obtained to receive "Gold Carrier" status are inbound service to the RDC's of 99%, load acceptance of 92% and EDI Shipment Status Compliance of 98.5%. The...

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Smart Fleet Champion

Smart Fleet Champion

Once again, Epes Transport System has been awarded the prestigious 2018 North Carolina Smart Fleet Champion award, presented by North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, which is affiliated with the NC State University School of Engineering. With the focus of the entire trucking industry on reducing our carbon footprint, Epes is again being recognized at the highest achievement level in the State of North Carolina by one of the most forward-thinking clean fuel organizations in the...

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Bringers of Fire

Bringers of Fire

When the first Technicians discovered fire many eons ago not one among them could have known the magnitude of this technological discovery. In the modern day, there is very little that we do on a day to day basis that is not attributable to the mastery of fire. Even the later, more advanced inventions of my people (Technicians); the wheel and the internal combustion engine could not have been married to create our modern day freight hauling warhorses without this, our most important and...

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We Salute Our Veterans

We Salute Our Veterans

“The Great War”…World War I, officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting had actually ceased some seven months earlier, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…November 11, 1918. It is for that reason this particular date in our history became known as the end of “the war to end all wars” and maintained special significance for generations to come. With these words, “To us in...

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Apprenticeship Training for Veterans

Apprenticeship Training for Veterans

Epes Transport has partnered with the N.C. Department of Labor for the past 4 yrs in the Apprenticeship Program for Veterans. The Apprenticeship training is on–the-job learning combined with theoretical related instructions. The program allows Veterans who are hired into the company as truck drivers to use some of their GI Bill Benefits provided they still have benefits remaining while completing the program. This Apprenticeship Program is for 1 yr; and once they complete the program they...

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Self-Certification of your Medical Card

Self-Certification of your Medical Card

After you have completed your DOT physical, the state in which you have your CDL requires that a copy of your medical card be submitted to them. The medical card is required to be recorded within 15 days of receipt. The only three states as of today that require it to be completed online are Florida, Massachusetts, and Mississippi. As a courtesy the Safety Department will submit the medical card for you. Most states will only discuss the status of your medical card/CDL with CDL holder, so...

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New Pay Increase

New Pay Increase

Epes Transport System invests nearly $3 million in new company driver pay package Carrier announces largest pay raise in its eight-decade history May 24, 2018 (Greensboro, NC) --Epes Transport System, Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., recently announced its largest pay increase in the company's 85+ year history. Nearly $3 million is being invested into compensation for company drivers effective June 3, 2018. "We appreciate the support our tremendous customer base has provided through rate...

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SHOPTALK WITH TITO - Into the Abyss

SHOPTALK WITH TITO - Into the Abyss

The stench was horrific. An aroma that curls the nose hairs of its unfortunate recipient. An absolute torture to the olfactory sense and one that you feel could be perceived to the heavens above. A soured, musky smell with just a hint of carrion mixed in for good measure. The scattered bones of prey litter the floor of the chamber as you navigate the narrow, debris lined path towards the rear of the structure. You cautiously journey onward, still trying not to breathe any more than necessary to...

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