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Employee Spotlight: Alexis McCuistion – Safety Director

Introduction:
At Cooper Freight, we believe our strength lies in our people. This month, our Employee Spotlight shines on Alexis McCuistion, the Safety Director who has been with us for nearly a decade. Her commitment to safety and community embodies the spirit of our company.

A Journey of Commitment:
Alexis joined Cooper Freight nine years ago and quickly became a central figure in fostering our company’s culture. As Safety Director, she’s not just a guardian of protocols but a builder of bonds, creating an environment where everyone feels like family.

Why Cooper Freight?
For Alexis, the choice is clear. “The people that I work with day in and day out are the finest group I’ve ever met,” she says. It’s this sense of community and mutual respect that makes Cooper Freight more than just a workplace.

The Perks of Being Part of a Family:
Beyond the logistics and the daily grind, Alexis treasures the strong relationships she has built over the years. These relationships are not just perks; they are the pillars that support the collaborative and warm environment at Cooper Freight.

Nutrition on the Go:
While committed to her role, Alexis knows the importance of staying energized. Her go-to snacks? Almonds and Reese’s—a little bit of health mixed with a sweet treat!

Guided by Wisdom:
Alexis lives by the words of Proverbs 31:26: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” This verse not only guides her personal ethos but also her professional interactions, ensuring kindness is at the heart of our safety practices.

Dispelling Misconceptions:
Alexis wants people to understand the resilience and dedication required in truck driving. “It takes a very special person to drive all over delivering what it takes to keep the country going,” she notes, emphasizing the critical and often overlooked skills our drivers possess.

A Career Home at Cooper Freight:
For those looking for more than just a job, Alexis points to Cooper Freight as a career home. “We go above and beyond to make sure our drivers are well taken care of,” she states, highlighting our true open-door policy and our commitment to our team’s well-being.

Conclusion:
Alexis McCuistion is more than just our Safety Director—she’s a testament to the values and dedication that Cooper Freight stands for. We are proud to have her in our family, leading with wisdom and kindness. Thank you, Alexis, for making Cooper Freight a safer and more welcoming place for everyone.

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Employee Spotlight: Triforis Perry

In the vast network that keeps Cooper Freight moving, each member of our team plays a pivotal role. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on a valued member of our family, Triforis Perry, whose journey and dedication exemplify the core values we hold dear at Cooper Freight.

Returning to us after a brief hiatus, Triforis has been with Cooper Freight for over two years now.

Why Triforis Chooses Cooper Freight:
Triforis highlighted the balance between professional and personal life that Cooper Freight offers, with home weekly schedules and competitive compensation. He appreciates the driver appreciation initiatives, the quality of the equipment, and our commendable CSA score that keeps us thriving in the industry.

A Day in the Life on the Road:
For Triforis, pistachio nuts, Reese’s cups, and a cold Dr. Pepper are road trip essentials that keep him going. His guiding light is Isaiah 41:10, a reminder of strength and support through every mile.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with

Dispelling Misconceptions:
Triforis wishes for a better understanding of the intricacies of truck driving, particularly the challenges of braking in large vehicles, stressing the importance of road safety and awareness.

A Closer Look at Cooper Freight:
“Not too big, not too small, but just right”—Triforis’s perspective on Cooper Freight reflects a Goldilocks principle that many seek in their careers. From the safety department to HR, mechanic shops to management, every facet of the company is designed to ensure efficiency, safety, and job satisfaction.

Triforis Perry’s journey with Cooper Freight is a narrative of dedication, growth, and community. We’re thankful for his contributions and proud to have him as a key player in our success story. Join our team by applying here.

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Winter Safety Tips for Truckers: Preventing Slips and Falls

As winter sets in, truck drivers face not just challenging road conditions but also an increased risk of slips and falls due to icy and snowy environments. These suggestions provide essential safety tips for truckers to prevent winter-related accidents.

Key Safety Recommendations:

  1. Appropriate Footwear: Wear shoes that offer good traction on snow and ice. Materials like rubber or steel in the soles can provide better grip, reducing the risk of slipping.
  2. Caution Around Vehicles: Be extra careful when entering and exiting your vehicle. Use the vehicle for balance and support to avoid falls.
  3. Mindful Walking: Stick to designated walkways and be vigilant about potential hazards on your path.

  4. Avoid Dangerous Inclines: Steer clear of inclines that become especially hazardous in winter conditions.
  5. Maintain Balance: Walk slowly and take small steps. Keep your hands out of your pockets to maintain balance and be prepared to react if you start to slip.
  6. Use Support: Hold onto handrails, walls, or anything sturdy to help keep your footing stable.
  7. Test Before Stepping: If an area looks slippery, test it by gently tapping your foot on the surface before stepping fully onto it.
  8. Keep Shoes Dry: Dry your shoes or boots on floor mats when entering buildings to remove excess moisture.
  9. Report Hazards: Immediately report any detected slip and fall hazards at your workplace.

These safety tips are not just for truckers but for everyone facing the winter season. By being cautious and prepared, we can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries during these colder months.

Stay safe this winter, and remember that taking these small steps can make a significant difference in your well-being.

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Employee Spotlight: Milton Chapman

At Cooper Freight, we take immense pride in our team. This month, we’re shining the spotlight on one of our exceptional employees, Milton Chapman, a dedicated driver who’s been with us for two years. His story is not just about driving but about the values that make Cooper Freight stand out in the logistics and trucking industry.

Milton’s Journey with Cooper Freight: Milton joined Cooper Freight two years ago, drawn by our culture of respect and autonomy. He values the freedom to perform his duties without micromanagement, a testament to our trust in our employees’ expertise and professionalism.

What Milton Enjoys About Working Here: For Milton, the perks of working at Cooper Freight include competitive pay, ample home time, and well-maintained equipment. These factors contribute significantly to his job satisfaction and are a reflection of our commitment to ensuring a positive work environment for all our staff.

On the Road Snacks and Inspiration: Milton keeps his energy up on the road with Nature Valley bars. He draws inspiration from the “Footprints in the Sand” poem (click the poem to read it larger), a guiding light in his journey, both personally and professionally.

Addressing Misconceptions: Milton is passionate about clearing up common misconceptions about truck driving. He wants people to understand that truckers are not a hindrance on the road but hardworking individuals striving to make a living and return safely to their families.

Working at Cooper Freight: Milton’s experience at Cooper Freight paints a picture of a caring and supportive company. He appreciates that his work allows him to make a decent living while still having time for his family, highlighting the balance Cooper Freight maintains between professional demands and personal life.

Milton Chapman is not just an employee; he’s a vital part of the Cooper Freight family. His commitment to his job and the values he upholds are a reflection of what we stand for – respect, autonomy, and support. We’re thankful for Milton and all our employees who make Cooper Freight a leader in the trucking industry.

Join our team by applying here.

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Saluting the Backbone of Our Economy: National Truckers Appreciation Day

On October 4, as the early autumn breeze stirs the air and trees begin their golden transformation, we pause and turn our attention to a group of unsung heroes. National Truckers Appreciation Day is more than just a date on the calendar—it’s an opportunity for every American to recognize and celebrate the tireless men and women who keep our nation’s heart beating and wheels turning.

The Unseen Forces on the Roads
Truck drivers form the arteries of America’s commerce system. Their presence might seem ubiquitous on the highways, but it’s easy to forget the importance of their job. They transport goods and raw materials, ensuring that our stores are stocked, our factories are supplied, and our economy keeps moving forward. But it’s not just about transportation—it’s also about dedication. Every trip they make involves meticulous planning, from inspecting their vehicles for mechanical and safety issues to adhering to state-specific axle weight limits.

The Billion-Dollar Backbone
In 2019, the value of the trucking industry in the U.S. soared to an astonishing $791.7 billion. With roughly 7.4 million individuals employed within the industry—3.5 million of whom are truck drivers—it’s evident that trucking isn’t just a profession; it’s a pillar of American society. And even amid global challenges, this industry has shown resilience and growth, with truck driving jobs increasing significantly between April and June 2020.

Sacrifices Behind the Wheel
Yet, behind these staggering numbers lie countless personal stories of sacrifice. Truckers often brave harsh weather conditions, challenging routes, and long hours, all while being away from their loved ones. They might miss birthdays, anniversaries, or even a simple family dinner. It’s a sacrifice they make to ensure we, as a nation, never run out of the essentials we rely on daily.

A Time to Show Gratitude
So, this National Truckers Appreciation Day, Cooper Freight joins the nation in tipping our trucker caps to these valiant individuals. We salute the bravery, commitment, and indomitable spirit of every trucker who has ever hit the road. Thank you for being the true backbone of our nation, for your unwavering service, and for the stability you provide in the most uncertain times.

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the truckers in our lives, and if you see one on the road, maybe offer a friendly wave.

Here’s to you, our road warriors. Happy National Truckers Appreciation Day! 🚛

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Staying Healthy in the Heat: A Cooper Freight Guide to Summer Trucking

Summer is in full swing, and as the temperatures soar, it’s essential for our truckers to stay cool and healthy on the road. At Cooper Freight, we prioritize the well-being of our drivers, ensuring they’re equipped with the knowledge and tools to navigate the challenges of hot summer month driving. Here’s a listicle to guide you through the best practices for staying healthy in the heat:

  1. Stay Hydrated 🥤
    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keep a reusable water bottle in your cab and refill it at every stop.
    • Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages, as they can lead to dehydration.
  2. Eat Light and Right 🥗
    • Opt for light meals that won’t weigh you down. Think salads, fruits, and lean proteins.
    • Avoid heavy, greasy foods that can make you feel sluggish and uncomfortable in the heat.
  3. Protect Your Eyes 😎
    • Wear UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from harmful sun rays and reduce glare.
    • Ensure your sunglasses fit well and don’t obstruct your view.
  4. Dress for the Weather 👕
    • Wear lightweight, breathable clothing to help your body stay cool.
    • Light-colored clothes reflect the sun’s rays, helping you stay cooler than dark-colored clothing.
  5. Take Regular Breaks 🚛
    • Stop periodically to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
    • Use these breaks to check your hydration levels and have a healthy snack.
  6. Keep Your Cab Cool 🌬️
    • Use sunshades on your windows when parked to keep the interior temperature down.
    • Invest in a good quality fan or portable air conditioner for those particularly hot days.
  7. Protect Your Skin 🧴
    • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin areas, especially if you’re stepping out during peak sun hours.
    • Wear a wide-brimmed hat for added protection.
  8. Stay Informed 📻
    • Listen to local weather updates and be aware of any heat advisories in the areas you’re traveling through.
    • Adjust your driving schedule if extreme heat is predicted.
  9. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses 🌡️
    • Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    • If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or excessively sweaty, it’s essential to cool down and hydrate immediately.
  10. Maintain Your Truck 🔧
  • Ensure your truck’s air conditioning system is working efficiently.
  • Regularly check the coolant levels and ensure the engine is in top shape to prevent overheating.

At Cooper Freight, we understand that summer brings its own set of challenges for our drivers. By following these tips, you can ensure a safer, healthier, and more comfortable journey on the road. Remember, your well-being is paramount, and taking these simple precautions can make all the difference during the hot summer months. Safe travels! 🚚

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Celebrating National Sunglasses Day with Cooper Freight: Your Guide to Summer Road Safety

As we welcome the summer season, Cooper Freight is here to ensure your goods are transported safely across the sun-drenched roads of America. Coinciding with National Sunglasses Day on June 27, we’re highlighting the importance of road safety during the summer months and the role of protective eyewear in ensuring our drivers’ comfort and safety.

The Importance of Sunglasses for Drivers:
National Sunglasses Day isn’t just a day to show off your stylish shades. For our drivers at Cooper Freight, it’s a reminder of the importance of eye protection on the road. Sunglasses reduce glare and eye strain, improve vision clarity, and protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. They’re an essential part of our drivers’ gear, helping them stay focused and safe on their journeys.

Summer Road Safety Tips:
Summer brings longer days and more traffic on the roads. Here are some safety tips our drivers follow to ensure the safe delivery of your goods:

Regular Vehicle Maintenance: Our trucks undergo regular maintenance checks to ensure they’re in top condition to handle the summer heat.

Stay Hydrated: Our drivers keep themselves hydrated to maintain focus and avoid fatigue.

Rest Breaks: Regular rest breaks are taken to ensure our drivers remain alert and refreshed.

Sunglasses for Safety: Sunglasses are a must to protect against glare and improve visibility.

Watch for Construction: Summer is a popular time for road construction. Our drivers stay alert for changing traffic patterns and construction zones.

Cooper Freight’s Commitment:
At Cooper Freight, we’re committed to the safety of our drivers and the secure delivery of your goods. As we celebrate National Sunglasses Day, we’re reminded of the importance of road safety, especially during the summer months. We’re proud to serve our customers with safety and efficiency at the forefront of our operations.

Whether it’s National Sunglasses Day or any other day of the year, Cooper Freight is dedicated to ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of your goods. As we navigate the summer roads, we invite you to join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of our drivers. Remember, safety never takes a holiday!

 

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National Transportation Week 2023: The Pivotal Role of Cooper Freight in America’s Trucking Industry

Uncover the importance of National Transportation Week and the integral role Cooper Freight plays in America’s trucking industry, ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of your goods.

National Transportation Week, celebrated annually during the third week of May, pays tribute to the tireless professionals powering America’s transportation industry. From May 14-20, 2023, we salute the individuals who keep America on the move and fuel our economic prosperity. Cooper Freight, a stalwart in the logistics and freight industry, is instrumental in transporting goods across the nation. This blog post delves into the significance of Cooper Freight during National Transportation Week and how our services guarantee the safe and punctual arrival of your products.

 

The role of Cooper Freight in the American trucking industry:
For nearly half a century, Cooper Freight has been dedicated to forging enduring relationships with customers, employees, and suppliers. Our comprehensive suite of services, encompassing truckload, yard management, expedited pick-up, drop and hook, multi-stop, long haul, short haul, and team services, addresses a myriad of transportation requirements. As a dependable ally, we pledge the safe, efficient, and prompt delivery of your goods and freight.

Ensuring safe delivery of goods:
At Cooper Freight, safety is paramount. Our drivers are subject to stringent safety training and adhere to rigorous safety protocols to guarantee the secure transit of your cargo. Our cutting-edge equipment and facilities, coupled with our unwavering commitment to safety, make us a trusted choice for delivering your goods and freight during National Transportation Week and beyond.

 

Streamlined logistics for businesses:
In the dynamic business landscape of today, efficiency is vital. Cooper Freight recognizes the significance of punctual deliveries and seamless logistics for your business’s triumph. Our team of logistics specialists tirelessly works to streamline transportation routes and curtail delays, ensuring your goods and freight reach their destinations as scheduled.

Promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact:
As we commemorate National Transportation Week, it’s essential to acknowledge the role of sustainable practices in the transportation industry. Through investments in fuel-efficient vehicles and the implementation of eco-friendly strategies, we strive for a more sustainable future for the coming generations.

National Transportation Week serves as a reminder of the indispensable role transportation professionals play in our everyday lives. Cooper Freight takes pride in being a part of this industry, and we remain dedicated to delivering your goods and freight safely and efficiently.

As we applaud the diligence and dedication of those in the transportation sector, we invite you to consider Cooper Freight as your partner for all your logistics and freight needs.

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Stay Focused and Safe on the Road: April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month for OTR Truck Drivers

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, and as an OTR truck driver, it’s crucial to prioritize safety on the road. Distracted driving is a significant risk that can result in accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. At Cooper Freight, we value the safety of our drivers and want to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. In this blog post, we will share important statistics, tips, and insights to help OTR truck drivers stay focused and safe while driving.

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Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Little

This month we’re honored to spotlight one of our local drivers for Cooper Freight – Stephanie Little, who has been with us for almost nine years.

Why do you like working at Cooper Freight?
I like working for Cooper Freight because they’re very understanding, easy to work with and every year things get better.

What are some perks at Cooper Freight that you enjoy? 
All of the staff all are nice and friendly.

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