SIDNEY — Pohl Transportation Inc. enjoyed an exciting year in 2016 as it celebrated 25 years in business.
“What started as a company of five tractors and six trailers has grown into a company of 126 tractors and 415 trailers. Pohl would like to give a most warm and sincere thank you to its amazing staff for working hard to make it the company it is today,” said Rebecca Liette, vice president of marketing.
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Pohl Transportation Inc. had many changes in 2016, and by far the biggest one it saw was the switch to electronic logs, or E-logs. E-logs are a federally mandated electronic tracking system of drivers’ hours of service status. In 2015 Pohl switched from its former on board electronic communication device of the Xata system to the more advanced PeopleNet system. Once its fleet of drivers became familiar with this new system, they slowly made the move over to E-logs. The E-log system was developed for easier, more accurate hours of service recording. Instead of having to track everything on a paper log, drivers can essentially push a button to show and change their duty status.
Another major change to Pohl Transportation was the addition of five Peterbilt tractors to the otherwise Volvo fleet. These five tractors were awarded to our top five million mile safe drivers. Pohl was happy to award Herb Hicks, Marvin Weaver, Larry Evans, Mike Bonner and Danny McCarty with these trucks. Pohl Transportation appreciates all of the hard work from all of our drivers.
Several personnel changes were made in 2016. Brian Pohl was named president of Pohl Transportation, Rick Wyatt was named general manager/vice president of operations, Wally Parke was named vice president of safety and risk management, and Rebecca Liette was named vice president of marketing. Pohl also added a third dispatcher, Jackie Watkins, to its team to assist with the opportunities brought by the E-logs mandate.
Pohl Transportation is excited to see what 2017 brings. Pohl plans to add 10 tractors and 21 trailers to its fleet. Pohl continues to keep an eye on the new developments in not only the transportation industry, but the global economy as well.