Giving Thanks for You | Prime Inc.

On Thursday, millions of Americans will be sitting down with friends and family to enjoy turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. They will laugh and tell jokes as they pass the cranberry sauce around the table for the fifth time. They will gorge themselves while retelling the same traditional family stories they’ve told for countless Thanksgivings.

turkeyAs the afternoon drifts by, something will nudge them. Tug at their heart strings. They will pass it off as the feeling of love and peace of being with family and will count their blessings. They may not even realize specifically that they are thankful for you. Yes you.

America is grateful to Prime for what they have and enjoy in life. They just may not quite realize it. They just don’t see that you’ll be away from your family in some truck stop greasy spoon on that day so they can enjoy the day with theirs. Nor do they realize the treacherous snow storm you inched through so their Idaho potatoes could be mashed and served up with gravy.

Americans don’t realize how stressful it is for fleet managers and dispatchers who move Heaven and earth to connect trucks with loads and keep us rolling. They don’t understand the hundreds of calls each day you field, and how you put out fires on each of them. But they really can’t help it. They’re focused on the green beans and pumpkin pie.

Between pushing away from the table and going back for thirds, folks across this land won’t give a thought to the Road Assist Team who rescues drivers who are stranded on the side of the road at 2am. They move on to turkey sandwiches completely unaware that in order for them to have the delicious meat, a Prime mechanic had to be up to his elbows in grease getting that truck rolling again.

No, America will just enjoy the holiday basking in the tradition, the joy, love, fun and peace of one of our greatest national holidays. But we all know who is responsible for Thanksgiving. It is the dedicated men and women of Prime—in every department—who use every ounce of energy and skill to deliver the apples for the pies, the hams and yams and even the tires on the cars that take them over the river and through the woods when it’s to grandmother’s house they go.

So please allow me to be their mouthpiece today. On behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank each and every person at Prime for making Thanksgiving possible for the millions of Americans across our great nation. We know your sacrifice and we are grateful for your devotion. You, fellow Prime-ates, are what—no, WHO—makes America GREAT!

May you and your families enjoy the fruits of YOUR labor this Thanksgiving… and always!

Written by Reba J. Hoffman

IMG_1066Reba J. Hoffman joined Prime in 2014 after spending a year riding her bicycle alone around the country helping women victims of violent assault. She left Prime in early 2016 and recently joined back this Fall. A therapist by trade, Reba uses her understanding of people and how they tick to help them live their dream of being a trucker by serving as a CDL Instructor. When out of her truck, you’ll find her somewhere in the wilds of nature.


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Prime Inc Introduces New Service Vehicles into Fleet

Prime Inc., North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, has recently released multiple service vehicles into their fleet. The company understands the value of the drivers’ time out on the road, and they constantly are looking for new ways to improve their fleet’s efficiency from coast to coast. One of their recent ideas was to implement additional service vehicles across the country to assist with maintenance needs for their 6,000+ tractors and 10,000+ trailers.

prime-inc-trucking-service-vehiclePrime is currently operating six service trucks based out of the following locations:

  • Nashville, TN
  • Altus, OK
  • Pittston, PA
  • Springfield, MO
  • Laredo, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT

The company has plans to add three more service vehicles to their fleet in the coming months which will be based in the following locations:

  • Denver, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Pierson, FL

The service trucks circulate around Prime’s customer locations and trailer dropyards and are equipped to replace the following items: tractor and trailer tires & wheels, brake components, lights, batteries, chute repairs, and annual inspections. If Prime drivers have an emergency on the road, the company can dispatch one of their service trucks in the area to the scene to assist the driver. If you have any ideas or questions regarding these vehicles, please email

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Prime Inc. Announces Inaugural Driver Advisory Board

Prime Inc., North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, tanker, and intermodal trucking company, announced their new Prime Driver Advisory Board. The company prides itself on having an open door policy and a culture of transparency with its in-house and driving associates. With more than 7000 active drivers, they wanted to create an additional option to provide drivers a formalized platform to give them an even bigger voice and impact on company decisions and issues as well as to create strong advocates for company changes, updates, and driver concerns.

“We have always attempted to stay close to our drivers, but as Prime has grown, it becomes harder to do.  The Driver Advisory Board is another way for us to collaborate and listen even better to the folks that make the wheels turn and deliver the loads safely and on time.  Open dialogue and great communications with our drivers will make us a better company and an even better place to drive,” stated Robert Low, Founder and Owner of Prime Inc.

On Friday, Oct 28th, the selected drivers attended the first introductory meeting at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO. Drivers and management engaged in conversation and presentations on topics including safety, maintenance, training, customers, and more. A third-party moderator kept the conversations and ideas flowing during the event.

prime-inc-driver-advisory-board-meeting-2016The Prime Driver Advisory Board is comprised of professional truck drivers from each of their primary divisions with experience levels ranging from less than a year to over 20 years. The honorary drivers went through a selection process consisting of qualification, nomination from their fleet manager, and submission of driver information and essay. The board members will serve terms consisting of 2 years and participate in multiple meetings per year.

Prime Driver Advisory Board Members:

  • Brandon Kelly (Refrigerated Division, 2 Years Prime Service)
  • Mark Trouten (Refrigerated Division, 11 Months Prime Service)
  • Brian Fletcher (Refrigerated Division, 1 Year Prime Service)
  • Paul Waychoff (Flatbed Division, 1 Year Prime Service)
  • Michael Hammonds (Flatbed Division, 6 Months Prime Service)
  • Tiffany Hanna (Refrigerated Division, 1 Year Prime Service)
  • James Jackson (Refrigerated Division, 4 Years Prime Service)
  • Craig Koberczky (Flatbed Division, 3 Years Prime Service)
  • Jacob Frazier (Flatbed Division, 9 Years Prime Service)
  • Kingswood (Woody) Sprott (Tanker Division, 3 Years Prime Service)
  • Shelby (Wayne) Asher (Refrigerated Division, 22 Years Prime Service)
  • Glenn Horack (Refrigerated Division, 23 Years Prime Service)
  • Keith Luce (Refrigerated Division, 11 Years Prime Service)
  • Jerald Thomas (Flatbed Division, 12 Years Prime Service)
  • John Bodenchak (Flatbed Division, 16 Years Prime Service)
  • Timothy Ryan (Tanker Division, 17 Years Prime Service)


Prime would like to congratulate the drivers chosen for the Driver Advisory Board. The company looks forward to continued communication, ideas, and improvement brought forth from this group of associates. Prime is working on a website for current drivers to communicate with the board members. Once this site is completed, the company will provide more info on how to access and utilize it. If you have any questions or ideas regarding the Prime Driver Advisory Board, please send your communication to

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Where Truck Drivers Roam

Trucking faced a very challenging and frustrating start to 2016. Freight was down and tempers were up. At the end of March, I decided to turn in my keys and head home to the farm. After all, I could  just plant crops and watch them grow. Sounded blissful, so that’s exactly what I did.

Fall ColorsAfter the seeds were in the ground, a friend approached me about becoming an independent contractor for another very large trucking company. The draw? Selecting my own loads from a large and plentiful pool of freight just waiting for drivers to come and deliver them.

I have to admit I missed being on the road. It does get into your blood so I took him up on his offer. I quickly discovered that things weren’t going to turn out as I’d imagined. During my ten-week adventure with “the other guy”, I learned a lot of things that I would like to share with you.

If the grass is greener on the other side, it’s most likely artificially produced. True enough, I did get to select my own freight and honestly, I stayed right where I wanted to be geographically. I was at least through home once a week and I knew for several days in advance exactly where I was going to be. Unfortunately, that was the only upside I experienced. That was the only positive thing the company provided.

A brand new truck is not just a brand new truck. Though I leased a brand new 2017 Freightliner, it was nothing more than a shell of a truck. It had none of the safety equipment Prime equips their trucks with. Things I grew to depend on to get my job done were absent in my new tractor. To make matters worse, in ten weeks, my truck was in the shop nine times with major issues that severely impacted the safe operation of the vehicle.

Support is not guaranteed. Unlike Prime where I just send a message to Road Assist 24/7 if I have issues and they pull out all stops to get me back up and running quickly, at the other guy I was forced to battle the big truck manufacturer on my own. David was fighting trucking Goliath while my company remained completely hands off.

All equipment is not the same. Silly me. I used to grumble about waiting what seemed like an eternity for driver inbound to inspect and repair my trailer, never considering the alternative. Then I witnessed the other side of that coin. Imagine an environment where a company purchases the cheapest equipment on the market rather than the best and safest. Then imagine that those substandard trailers are never inspected or repaired until something major occurs (usually broken down on the side of the road or after the defect has caused an accident). Yeah, that was my ten-week learning curve into the world of trucking outside Prime.

Resources are not plentiful. I have NaviGo navigation system. Today, if I suddenly need a place to stop because I encounter an equipment problem or the weather goes bad, I punch a button or two and know just where the nearest safe haven is. Imagine if that function was completely disabled while driving and there was no place to pull off? Prime offers many, many resources to drivers, far more than the other guy. But imagine what your driving day would be like if even those limited resources you did have were not available unless you were sitting still? That was my experience with the other guy.

I’m actually glad I left Prime for that brief season. I started my trucking career with Prime. I went through CDL school here. I loved Prime then and still do today. Before this truck driver roamed, I’d never known any other way of trucking. When the going got tough, I thought the grass was greener on the other side. Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz also dreamed things would be better outside of Kansas. After being faced with untold issues, problems and attacks from all directions, we both learned that without a doubt, there’s no place like home.

If you’re frustrated and think things will be better if you leave and go to the other guy, I urge you to think again. Take it from one who has been there, done that and has the battles scars to prove it. You’ve already got the best. Take a moment to think about the good things at Prime. The benefits. The perks. The people. It won’t take long for you to realize how good you have it here!

It’s great to be home. I made a personal vow that never again will I wonder where truck drivers roam.

Written by Reba J. Hoffman

IMG_1066Reba J. Hoffman joined Prime in 2014 after spending a year riding her bicycle alone around the country helping women victims of violent assault. She left Prime in early 2016 and recently joined back this Fall. A therapist by trade, Reba uses her understanding of people and how they tick to help them live their dream of being a trucker by serving as a CDL Instructor. When out of her truck, you’ll find her somewhere in the wilds of nature.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week 2016

Join Prime in celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, September 11-17, 2016. This annual event, sponsored by American Trucking Associations (ATA), honors our nation’s drivers for their commitment to excellence. Prime has added the “wellness” portion to this event in an effort to remind all drivers that their health is important to us, their families, and the safety of our nation’s highways.

During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe. Truck drivers keep America moving!

Think about it… virtually any finished product you buy is handled by a truck driver at some point–food, fuel, medicine, clothing, furniture–the list could on for days! Drivers keep the country’s economy afloat, and it’s important to pay tribute to these hard-working men and women.

Prime, Inc. wants to spread the health and fitness culture within the trucking industry, and also encourage others to focus on the importance of drivers. This is the perfect opportunity to reflect and appreciate those that deliver our nation’s freight safely and securely, while also promoting healthy lifestyles for truck drivers. National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week has not one, but two goals!

Prime will be providing complimentary meals for our drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week:

  • Springfield, MO
    • FRIDAY:  September 16th – Complimentary Lunch and Dinner
  • Pittston, PA
    • FRIDAY:  September 16th – Complimentary Lunch and Dinner
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    • THURSDAY & FRIDAY:  September 15th & 16th  – Complimentary Lunch (Grilled Out by Staff)
    • 10:30am – 1pm
  • Denver, CO
    • FRIDAY:  September 16th  – Complimentary Lunch
  • Prime Floral
    • FRIDAY:  September 16th  – Complimentary Lunch
  • Decatur & Savannah Kleen
    • THURSDAY:  September 15th  – Complimentary Lunch
  • Walmart Locations
    • FRIDAY:  September 16th  – Complimentary Lunch

Prime Rewards Points to Drivers:

  • 5,000 points ($50) – A Seats
  • 3,000 points ($30) – B1, B2 & C Seats

Prime Rewards Points may be used in Prime’s onsite company store (in the MO, UT, and PA terminals), salon & spa (in MO and PA terminals), and café (in MO and PA terminals).

In addition to ATA’s annual National Truck Driver Appreciation WeekTrucking Moves America Forward is showing their involvement this year. Its mission is to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.

Trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. Whether you’re a professional truck driver or you have loved ones who dedicate themselves to the industry, let’s come together to say THANK YOU to our wonderful drivers not just during National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, but every day throughout the year! Stay healthy and safe out there.

ideas2Connect with Prime on Facebook and Twitter to tell us how much you appreciate the truck driver in your life!

Stability. Opportunity. Strong Freight Network. Great Pay. That’s Prime, Inc. Get on the road to a new and exciting truck driving career and APPLY today.

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2016 Prime Picnic

Prime Inc. is happy to host the annual Prime Picnic again this year for our driving and nondriving associates and their families to come together to enjoy fun, food, friendly competition, and more! Please RSVP (click HERE to RSVP) to one location below that you plan on attending. Let your Fleet Manager know if you would like to be routed to one of these events, and we will do our best to get you to one of them. We really love seeing our drivers at these events, but we want you to know how much we appreciate all of our drivers who continue to haul freight during these dates so we can continue to be the best in the industry by providing unmatched service and meeting the capacity needs of our customers. If you can’t make it to one of the picnic events, we hope to see you at one of the Christmas Parties coming at the end of the year (details to come at a later date).

Prime Picnics will be held in the following locations:

  • Salt Lake City, UT-Saturday, August 20th from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Pittston, PA -Saturday, August 27th from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Springfield, MO-Saturday, September 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm

Note: These events are not open to the public. Please bring your Prime ID Badge for entrance into the Prime Picnic. Immediate family of associates are welcome! Please note on your RSVP form if you will have family joining us so we can plan for them.

Prime Inc Trucking Jobs Picnic

Trucking Job-Prime Inc PicnicDrivers are invited to compete in some friendly competition at the following events:

  • Prime Truck Driving Championship (FRIDAY!!!): The Truck Driving Championships (also known as the Rodeo) allow drivers to showcase their driving skills on an obstacle course at the Springfield, MO Headquarters training pad. The top 10 finalists have an opportunity to compete on Team Prime at the 2016 Missouri Truck Driving Championships. Any Prime Driver w/a CDL can enter! We are mixing it up this year and will be holding this event under the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS of the training pad instead of on Saturday morning. To enter in the competition, come to the main training pad at 5 pm on Friday, September 2nd. We will have hot dogs, burgers, brats, cold drinks etc for all who want to come out and compete or watch the event. All event competitors will get a 2016 Prime Commemorative Coin! Any questions, contact the Safety Department (Dave White).
    • 1st Place-Trophy, $100 Prime Bucks, & $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card
    • 2nd Place-Trophy, $75 Prime Bucks, & $75 Wal-Mart Gift Card
    • 3rd Place-Trophy, $50 Prime Bucks, & $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card
  • Pride and Polish: The Pride and Polish competition allows drivers to showcase their truck as well as be recognized for their attention to detail and cleanliness inside and outside of the truck.  This year, the competition will take place in BOTH Springfield and Pittston again at the annual Prime Picnic. To sign up for this event, pre-register using this link.  Space is limited! All event participants will get a 2016 Prime Commemorative Coin!
    • Best in Show-Owner Operators
      • Winner gets trophy, $500 cash, & $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card
    • Best in Show-Lease Drivers
      • Winner gets trophy, $500 cash, & $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card
    • Best in Show-Company Drivers
      • Winner gets trophy, $500 cash, & $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card
    • Peoples Choice
      • Winner gets trophy, $500 cash, & $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card
  • Fittest of the Fleet: Unfortunately, there will not be a Fittest of the Fleet event this year. Hopefully, we will have on again next year! If you are interested in competing in the future, please express your interest to Siphiwe Baleka in the Driver Health and Fitness Dept.

We hope to see you this year at the Prime Picnic. Thank you to all of our associates for your hard work day and night to make Prime the best in the industry! Stay safe and God bless. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Picnic 2016

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Prime Inc Announces Pay Increase For OTR Company Drivers

Stronger fiscal performance this past year for Prime Inc. has resulted in increased revenue for its OTR Company Drivers, Independent Contractors, and Associates. Prime would like to thank all of their associates for their continued service and dedication which helps the company grow and improve year after year. This is the fourth consecutive summer that Prime has increased its company driver pay (1 cpm increase in 2013 and 2014 and 1.5 cpm in 2015 and 2016).

“Prime is very excited to announce these enhancements to our driver pay and benefit packages.  The sacrifices made everyday in order to safely provide superior service to our industry-leading group of customers sets our drivers apart from the rest of the industry.   We truly appreciate the efforts of each driver and are pleased to make these changes in recognition of their continued success,” states Jim Guthrie, Director of Driver Recruitment.

Over-the-road Company Drivers (paid on the OTR per mile basis) started receiving a one and a half cent per mile increase for any loads dispatched after July 22, 2016. Along with increased pay rates for OTR truck drivers at Prime, there have been positive changes made to the company team driver incentive, safety and service incentive for company drivers and independent contractors, and vacation pay for company drivers. See below for a breakdown of these updates.

Starting Pay Rates for Solo Company Drivers:

  • 41 cpm for reefer (+ 5 cpm for lightweight tractor + 5 cpm for any miles on loads picked up AND delivered in the Northeast)
  • 43 cpm for flatbed
  • 48 cpm for tanker

Company Team Drivers:

  • Team Incentive: 20 cpm bonus on any miles 3,000 and over in a week
    • Previous model was 10 cpm bonus any miles 3,500 and over in a week
    • The team bonus is split 50/50 (10 cpm to each) for 2 A Seats. The team bonus is split 70/30 if it is an A Seat and a B/C Seat (14 cpm to A Seat and 6 cpm to B/C Seat) .

Safety and Service Incentive:

  • Must have no preventable accidents or incidents in the last 12 weeks and no service failures in the last 12 weeks to qualify. Must have trips scanned in within 48 hours of either empty call or T call (aka delivery) to qualify.
  • Company Drivers  (NEW***Company drivers never had a safety and service bonus in the past, but they do now.)
    • A Seat Solo Company Drivers:
      • Condo trucks: Earn 2 cpm extra for miles between 2,400 and 2,900
      • Lightweights/Dedicated: Earn 2 cpm extra for miles between 2,100 and 2,600 miles
    • Team Company Drivers
      • Condo Trucks: Earn 1 cpm extra for any miles 4,000 and above per week
    • Independent Contractors
      • Existing incentive (not new):
        • Solo: Earn 5 cents per mile for weekly miles between 2400 and 2900
        • Team: Earn 2.5 cents per mile for all weekly miles above 4000!
    • NEW: After 12 years of being an I/C, drivers will earn an EXTRA 2.5 cpm on safety and service incentive miles!

Vacation for Company Drivers

    • Increased vacation pay from $500 to $700
    • New Accruals on Mileage Bands

For more information, please contact Prime’s Recruiting Department at 888-664-9121 or send an email to

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Chad Daniel Memorial Poker Run

Fam’i-ly, n., pl. –lies. 1. Parents and their children. 2. Relatives. –fa-mil’i-al, adj.

Under Prime’s parent umbrella, we are as children to parent. Connected by a common thread of being drivers and support personnel we are — FAMILY.

At Prime, being “family” is not just a motto; it is how we take care of each other.

Many of you may have heard about the shooting at the TA Truck Stop (Baltimore South.) We lost Chad Daniel, a valued member of our family.  This was a senseless act of violence in a sad case of mistaken identity.

Chad was not just a driver.  Chad’s accomplishments while at Prime include:

  • Contractor of the Month May 2010
  • Contractor of the Month March 2012
  • Contractor of the Year 2012
  • Gold Million Mile Safe Driver Award
  • At the Missouri State Truck Driving Championships:
    • Won Prime’s one and only Pre-Trip award in 2008
    • Placed 2nd in 4 axle in 2010 and 2015

IMG_6113On Sunday April 24th in a memorial to Chad, the “BONEHEADS” – (a local organization of motorcycle riders and made up in large part by Prime employees) held a Poker run to raise funds for the family Chad left behind.  Starting with their first stop at the Springfield terminal, the riders made their second stop at Dave’s BBQ in Ozark, then to Casey’s General Store in Seymour and ended up at the Dogwood Tavern in Strafford for BBQ.  More than forty riders participated in the event.

Robert Low and the entire Prime family brought to life the “Prime is family” motto by quietly raising a generous amount of money somewhere north of $15,000.  In addition the “BONEHEADS” Poker run added another $1000 to the fund.

Event organizers for the “BONEHEADS” were:

  • Jessie Standfield, (President) & Windshield tech @ Prime
  • Coy Holden (Vice President) & Intermodal Fleet Manager @ Prime
  • Jason Trumpold (Secretary)
  • George Niehaus (Road Captain) & Training Instructor @ Prime
  • Pam Holden (Coy’s mother) and Justice Stanfield, (Jessie’s daughter) helped to make sure the many moving parts ran smoothly.

This memorial Poker Run may be the beginning of an annual ride to help raise funds for those families that are left behind in a financial vacuum due to sudden loss.  As usual, I want to leave my readers with some food for thought.  It can all change in a heartbeat. We should take this lesson to heart and make sure we have a living will and a prepaid burial or cremation plan and most importantly an emergency fund or life insurance policy to help those left behind when disaster strikes.  Heartfelt condolences to Chad’s fiancé Kandy Korte and his daughter Kelsey and to Chad’s son Kyle Daniel who is serving his country in the United States Army and currently stationed in Italy.

Thank you to the BONEHEADS and riders who participated in this event.


9-14-1971 to 3-27-2016

Written by Karl Wiggins, Prime Driver since 2006

PHOTOGRAPHY BY:  Some old dude with white hair. (Aka Karl Wiggins)

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Top 5 Food Stop Faves by Karl Wiggins

#1 Manhattan Grill & Deli

978 Route 173
Bloomsbury, NJ 08804

Exit 7 from I-78 across from Pilot and TA truck stops inside the CITGO gas station.

Manhattan Grill (1)I love this place because it is clean and well organized. The food in the cooler is always artfully displayed. I am always greeted warmly by the owner and staff. My favorite menu item is the beef Gyro and the Buffalo chicken salad.

You can park briefly in front on the street or at the truck stop and run over. Never a long wait for the grill items cooked to order. They slice meats fresh and have a nice variety of bagels.

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#2 Renee’s Hot Stuff Deli

206 Montgomery Rd
Montgomery, NY 12549

Exit 5 from I-84 upstate New York located on the same road as the TA truck stop with big rig parking.

I love this place because they hand cut all their meat and it is a small deli that offers a personal touch of love to all the food. They also offer complete ready to go heat and eat meals like spaghetti, beef and noodles, assorted pasta salads and very fine hand made desserts; you can dine in or take out. Very short wait time.

My favorite is the Ruben and I will not order from anywhere else in the country. Renee grills the sauerkraut and Rye bread on the grill along with fancy thin shaved corned beef and puts it all together with a blend of cheeses and finishes with Thousand Island dressing.

Second favorite is the Italian…spicy and loaded with meats.

Renee's Hot Stuff Deli

#3 River City Grill

7985 MT-200
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 258-2758

I love this place because there is PLENTY of big rig parking in the same lot as the Pilot truck stop and the food is AMAZING! The ambiance is casual rustic as the décor reflects the lumber company whose offices were once housed there.  The owner is in the kitchen and you know there is love in every dish. It is clean and prices are modest for such excellent home cooked comfort food dishes.

My favorite foods there are the sweet potato fries that come with a smoky chipotle dip. Again this is another item I will not order ANYWHERE ELSE. The River City Grill’s sweet potato fries actually taste like sweet potatoes and the smoky chipotle dip is unrivaled in my opinion…Finished a whole plate before my dinner came almost ruined my appetite… which leads me to my other first and favorite dish, the Sheppard’s Pie. A large white glass boat dish filled with beef and veggies in a savory sauce topped with homemade mashed potatoes garnished with melting cheddar cheese.  Absolutely fabulous and just as easy you can get this quality home cooked food as opposed to a trip at the truck stop for “fast food.”

River City Grill & Blackfoot

#4 18 Wheeler Restaurant

6723 Highway 6
Taylor, MO 63471

I found this place by accident and never regretted it.  Although they are under new ownership I remain a friend and stay in touch with Tom Taylor the creator and visionary who created this awesome trucker themed restaurant. What I love most is the feeling of being home while in the restaurant. The décor is a masterpiece of imagination including a real 1960 something Peterbilt cab and original trailer. The trailer serves as an entry for the kitchen and is used as a prep and storage area. The artwork on the walls and lighting is fantastic and you travel the road of Tom’s imagination as you dine. There is so much to look at but it is very well balanced. Tom’s former restaurant was featured on the Food Network with Alton Brown. I have been assured that the new owner is keeping the traditional home cooked food and décor alive and will continue to take care of the drivers. The New Owner is Kaylan Koepke. The restaurant also offers a glassed in smokers room with plenty of ventilation…very nice touch. Plenty of big rig parking at this location as the restaurant is attached to a travel center.

I only had one thing there to eat, the carrot cake, all I can say is OMG!

18 Wheeler Restaurant (2) 18 Wheeler Restaurant (1)

#5 Fire and Ice

Ramada Oasis (2)Ramada Plaza Springfield Hotel and Oasis Convention Center

2546 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 522-7711

I love this place because of the atmosphere. It is elegant yet laid back. The food is pitch perfect in its quality and presentation. A perfect place for any occasion but especially if you want to impress, then this is defiantly the place.

My favorite food here, hands down the Fillet Mignon and the Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad and Gorgonzola mashed potatoes.

Prime Associates enjoy 25% of food and beverage at Fire & Ice! Just show your badge to the server.

Ramada Oasis (3)Ramada Oasis (4)

Written by Karl Wiggins (Prime Driver since 2006)

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Prime Highway Diamond Gala 2016


Steve Wutke, Vice President of Sales at Prime, speaks at the Prime Highway Diamond Gala

The reports are back, Prime’s inaugural Highway Diamonds Gala was a true success. The evening represented a night to honor the strength and courage of women in the Transportation Industry. The Gala began with encouraging words from Vice President of Sales, Steve Wutke, and an inspiring delivery of our National Anthem by Independent Contractor, Tiffany Hanna. “The National Anthem was amazing,” says Patty Hicks, Tax Manager for Prime, Inc.  Brooke Mosley, emcee for the night, was elated to announce a large donation was made to Driven2Honor, a charity honoring America’s military women, through the sales of Highway Diamond shirts.

Following a masterfully prepared meal, guest speaker Debbie Gardner hit the stage for an action packed seminar teaching survival techniques and self-defense tactics. Gardner explained that you can be the nicest person in the world, but if someone gets in your love circle and you do not love them, you have to be prepared to defend yourself.

Next, Brooke Mosley introduced a very special guest. “It was an honor to have Ellen Voie in attendance” Mosley said. Ellen Voie is the President/CEO of the Women in Trucking Association which was founded in 2007. Voie was honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovators Champion of Change in 2012 and was recognized in the Supply & Demand Chain Executives magazine’s “2016 Pros to Know” article. Mosley, Female Driver Liaison & Prime Training Specialist, explains, “Ellen is the face of Women in Trucking and works tirelessly to reduce and eliminate issues women face as drivers”.

Voie stuck around to help finish up the night by honoring three special Prime associates. Robert Low, owner of Prime, Inc., Wutke, Mosley, and Voie called to the stage, Tamara Daniels, Allison Russell and Tammy Campbell. Daniels was honored with the Longevity Award; she joined Prime in 1988 and has completed 14 leases. Russell was given the Instructor of the Year Award for continually going the extra mile while training students. The final award was given to Campbell for the Highway Diamond of the Year. Campbell currently mentors three drivers at Prime while also teaming with her husband. “Tammy always offers to help,” explains Tammy’s Fleet Manager, John Sample. Along with a dazzling diamond award, each honoree was gifted a one year membership to Women in Trucking.


Prime Highway Diamond of the Year Award Recipient Tammy Campbell (Pictured with Robert Low, Steve Wutke, and Brooke Mosley)


Prime Highway Diamond Instructor of the Year Award Recipient Allison Russell (Pictured with Robert Low, Steve Wutke, and Brooke Mosley)


Prime Highway Diamond Longevity Award Recipient Tamara Daniels (Pictured with Robert Low, Steve Wutke, and Brooke Mosley)






As the evening came to a close, smiles were in abundance. Veteran Fleet Manager, Jack Ewing commented, “This was really a great evening. I mean it! My female drivers are so happy to be recognized”. That is just what this evening was about, recognition of the perseverance and loyalty the drivers share with one another.

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Written by Kristi Pinckney

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