KLLM Transport Awarded ESGR Seven Seals Award

KLLM Transport Awarded ESGR Seven Seals Award

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JACKSON, Miss. – KLLM Transport Services has been awarded The Seven Seals Award by the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR). LTC Hugh A. McCallum LG, MSARNG of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion presented the award to KLLM president Jim Richards and Vice President of Driver resources Kirk Blankenship during an August 24th ceremony at KLLM headquarters in Richland, MS.

“The Seven Seals Award is presented for meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who service in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Jackie Sharp, ESGR program support technician. “KLLM was nominated by the 106th Armory out of Monticello, MS. This is a thank you for going that extra mile to show your support.” “We are fortunate to employ many current and former service members as KLLM drivers,” said Blankenship. “Those that have served and still serve in the National Guard demonstrate the same dependability and work ethic for us that they did in service for our country.”

The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by the ESGR and is presented in recognition of significant achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the nation on a daily basis.

About KLLM
KLLM, based in Jackson, MS, offers over-the-road, regional and dedicated temperature-controlled services throughout the United States and Mexico. KLLM has been transporting perishable commodities for satisfied customers throughout the country for 50 years.

About ESGR
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities. Established in 1972, ESGR has served our country for more than 40 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

KLLM Transport To Recognize 26 Million-Mile Drivers

JACKSON, Miss. – KLLM Transport Services, LLC will honor 26 Million-Mile Drivers during a banquet to be held August 26, 2016 at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Jackson, MS.

KLLM will recognize drivers who have driven one (1) million or more safe driving miles with KLLM with no preventable accidents.

The Presidential Fleet is composed of drivers with 1 million safe driving miles and the Chairman’s Fleet is composed of drivers with 2 million or more safe driving miles. To date, KLLM Transport Services has over 191 active drivers in these two fleets. Those drivers who are trainers receive the total miles driven by their trainees as well.

Each driver will receive:
Presidential Fleet or Chairman’s Fleet decals for their trucks
Million Mile gold ring
Million Mile Leather jacket with special recognition
Million Mile Leather tote bag with special recognition
Million Mile Shirts with special recognition
This year’s honorees are:

Chairman’s Fleet
Barry Quebodeaux, Trainer, 8 million safe driving miles, longevity – 31 years
Adam Butcher, 3 million safe driving miles, longevity – 25 years
Peter Davis, 3 million safe driving miles, longevity – 27 years
Gerome Freni, 2 million safe driving miles, longevity -22 years
Arthur Ferrell, Trainer, 2 million safe driving miles, longevity -22 years
Presidential Fleet
Ronnie Prince, longevity – 19 years
Arthur Presley, longevity – 20 years
Richard Lavdar, longevity – 19 years
Rolando Salinas, Trainer, longevity – 6 years
Robert Arnold, longevity – 11 years
Stephen Pennington, longevity – 13 years
Ray Tatro, longevity – 16 years
Wesley Kinard, longevity – 16 years
Michael Kitchens, Trainer, longevity – 8 years
Ann Collins, longevity – 12 years
Eli Rossum, Trainer, longevity – 11 years
Fofana Vadjiba, Trainer, longevity – 10 years
Robert Hayes, longevity – 9 years
Gregory Donar, Trainer, longevity – 9 years
Thomas Wilkins, longevity – 16 years
Marti Wenzinger, Trainer, longevity – 12 years
Francisco Rojas, longevity – 16 years
Syvell Thompson, longevity – 20 years
Brett Lawrence, longevity – 12 years
Charles Wilson Jr, longevity -14 years
Taylor R. Holcomb, longevity – 13 years

About KLLM
KLLM, based in Jackson, MS, offers over-the-road, regional and dedicated temperature-controlled services throughout the United States and Mexico. KLLM has been transporting perishable commodities for satisfied customers throughout the country for 50 years.

Source: http://www.layover.com/news/article/kllm-transport-to-recognize-26-million-mile-driver-18332.html

KLLM Transport Introduces Power In-Lock® Anti-Theft Protection To Lock Trailers From Inside

JACKSON, Miss., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — KLLM Transport Services, a Jackson, MS-based temperature-controlled truckload carrier, is implementing a new level of shipper security by installing Power In-Lock® internal locking systems on its fleet of trailers.

The Power In-Lock® system, a remotely controlled deadbolt style lock that was developed by Q Products & Services, serves as an additional level of protection against cargo thieves.  KLLM is able to provide shippers with documented proof their product was not compromised during transit.  KLLM has worked with Q Products and Services for over a year to ensure the Power In-Lock®system is effective and reliable.

“This locking mechanism will offer our customers an even higher measure of security against theft, tampering, or any event that may pose a threat to the integrity of the product,” said KLLM President and CEO, Jim Richards. “Our doors are locked electronically from our Jackson headquarters as soon as the trailer is loaded, and the trailer is locked from the inside, totally out of sight and out of reach of thieves. Once the lock is activated, the door cannot be opened until the trailer reaches its destination, and it can only be opened by KLLM Operations personnel.  Plus, it also provides a minute-by-minute record of all lock and door activity, so shippers know that no one has tampered with their cargo.  KLLM has been listening to the security needs of our industry and we are proud to bring our customers and their Quality Assurance teams a solution that will virtually guarantee their product is not compromised by an outside source while under our control.”

Richards stated that KLLM remains at the forefront of innovations concerning food safety and is already compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act standards that were enacted in April, 2016. “The motto for the Power In-Lock® system is ‘turn your trailer into a safe,’ and that’s exactly the kind of security we like to give our customers,” Richards said.

For more information about how this new system can offer customers the peace of mind of knowing their products are maintained and protected, Richards invites shippers to call KLLM. “For shippers whose product integrity is vital, see how KLLM will handle your shipment with the care and security you want,” he said.

About KLLM
KLLM, based in Jackson, MS, offers over-the-road, regional and dedicated temperature-controlled services throughout the United States and Mexico. KLLM has been transporting perishable commodities for satisfied customers throughout the country for 50 years.

Contact:
Jim Richards
President/CEO
KLLM Transport Services
1-800-925-5556
www.kllm.com

Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kllm-transport-introduces-power-in-lock-anti-theft-protection-to-lock-trailers-from-inside-300281495.html

KLLM Driving School Offers 18-Day Training Program

Temperature-controlled truckload carrier KLLM Transport Services has partnered with Cedar Valley College to open a new KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas.

The two-story, 44,000-square-foot school will offer an 18-day accelerated truck driver training program to Texas residents. It features classroom, behind-the-wheel training, road and range instruction and driver safety education.

The facility features modern classrooms, an onsite physical lab, electronic log and refrigeration labs, a 4-acre backing range, full-service cafeteria and lodging facilities for 43 students. The new residence hall section for the school provides students with refrigerators, microwave ovens, cable TV, WiFi, laundry facilities, computer labs and a study hall.

Upon graduation and earning a CDL-A license, students will have the opportunity to be placed as a professional driver with KLLM.

“We will be training company drivers and independent contractors, helping them earn their permit and CDL-A and learn about accident prevention, professional driving techniques, D.O.T. regulations, cargo claim management, temperature control chain compliance, and CSA compliance, safety and accountability,” said Kirk Blankenship, KLLM’s vice president of driver resources.

The academy is fully accredited and holds a Career School Certificate by the Texas Workforce Commission and is open to any resident of Texas. KLLM currently operates two other driving academies in Illinois and Mississippi for students in those states.

Source: http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2015/10/kllm-driving-school-offers-18-day-program-to-texas-residents.aspx

KLLM Transport/FFE Dedicates New Truck Driving Academy in Lancaster, Texas

KLLM Transport Services/FFE, a Jackson, MS-based temperature-controlled truckload carrier, celebrated the grand opening of a new location of KLLM Driving Academy, Inc. on September 17, 2015 in Lancaster, Texas. Jim Richards, President & Chief Executive Officer of KLLM, cut the ribbon on the new two-story, 44,000-square-foot school in a ceremony with over 300 guests in attendance.

The new academy will offer an 18-day accelerated truck driver training program for Texas residents and features classroom, behind-the-wheel training, road and range instruction and driver safety education.

“This school represents an innovative partnership between KLLM and Cedar Valley College that will help fill key jobs in the nationwide trucking industry,” said Richards. “It leverages KLLM’s reputation as a leader in transport services with Cedar Valley’s strong commitment to providing quality education that leads to jobs and career pathways.”

The new state-of-the-art training facility features modern classrooms, an onsite physical lab, electronic log and refrigeration labs, a 4-acre backing range, a full-service cafeteria, along with complete lodging facilities for 43 students in private hotel-like rooms. This new residence hall section of the school provides students with refrigerators, microwave ovens, cable TV, wifi, laundry facilities, computer labs and a study hall.

“Our Lancaster campus is specially designed to meet the needs of new driving students and help them as they start their new careers,” said Kirk Blankenship, KLLM’s Vice President of Driver Resources. “We will be training company drivers and independent contractors, helping them earn their permit and CDL-A and learn about accident prevention, professional driving techniques, D.O.T. regulations, cargo claim management, temperature control chain compliance, and CSA compliance, safety and accountability.”

Upon graduation and earning a CDL-A license, students will have the opportunity to be placed as a professional driver with KLLM/FFE.

The fully accredited driving academy holds a Career School Certificate by the Texas Workforce Commission and is open to any resident of Texas. It is located at 3100 Danieldale Road in Lancaster. KLLM also currently operates two other driving academies in Illinois and Mississippi for students in those states.

KLLM, based in Jackson, MS, offers over-the-road, regional and dedicated temperature-controlled services throughout the United States and Mexico. KLLM has been transporting perishable commodities for satisfied customers throughout the country for 52 years.

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/KLLM-FFE-Lancaster-TX/Truck-Driving-Training/prweb13029908.htm

Columbia Strong helps South Carolina flood victims

COLUMBIA – Columbia Strong and KLLM Trucking are teaming up – along with support from Columbia residents Danon Jones Vest and Carlton Thornhill – to send relief supplies to those affected in their sister city, Columbia, South Carolina, in the wake of the devastating flooding there.

“When tragedy strikes, it is import for communities to come together and serve those who are in need,” said Nik Ingram of Columbia Strong. “It is an honor for Columbia, MS to help our sister city Columbia, SC as they work to recover.”

Columbia Strong, a Columbia-based non-profit volunteer organization, began with a grassroots effort born from response need in the aftermath of an EF-3 tornado that ripped through Columbia on December 23, 2014, claiming lives, devastating homes and businesses, and affecting families that holiday season. Columbia, South Carolina responded after the Mississippi storm, and now the Mississippi group is returning that help.

KLLM, a Jackson-based transportation services provider owned by Duff Brothers Capital of Columbia, MS, committed to furnish a KLLM truck/trailer for delivery with the capability of hauling 45,000 pounds of relief supplies for the 626 mile haul to Columbia, SC. to help local residents waiting on them.

Tommy Duff said he and his brother Jim are glad to be able to provide help to Columbia Strong.

“Many volunteers from surrounding states helped us when we were hit by the tornado and we are just thankful that we can play a small part in helping the people of Columbia, South Carolina through this disaster,” he said.

Both organizations are asking Columbia residents to fill the truck with supplies this weekend, with specific needs being bottled water. Columbia Strong and KLLM will be on location at the Walmart in Columbia, MS beginning at 9am Saturday, October 10th, until Sunday, October 11th departing at 6pm. The KLLM delivery is expected to arrive in Columbia, SC on Tuesday October 13th at 1pm to help to health and hospital organizations, staff and their families affected in Columbia, SC.

For 50 years, KLLM’s refrigerated fleet has been transporting perishable commodities and is ranked the number two temperature controlled carrier in the nation. KLLM offers OTR, regional and dedicated services to a major portion of 48 states and Mexico on a daily basis.

For more information about Columbia Strong and KLLM visit columbiastrong.org and kllm.com.

Source: Hattiesburg American – http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/2015/10/10/columbia-strong-helps-south-carolina-flood-victims/73716708/

KLLM Driving Academy in Lancaster, TX Grand Opening

 

Lancaster Driving Academy Grand OpeningKLLM Transport Services is proud to present our new Driving Academy in Lancaster, TX.  This amazing new facility offers students not only classrooms and state of the art hands on training but also provides them with a full service dining room and well-appointed dorm rooms for their enjoyment and relaxation.

  • Texas Workforce Commission Career School Certificate – S3867
  • 44,000 Square Feet
  • 43 Private Rooms
  • State of the Art Full Service Dinning Room
  • Onsite Physical Lab
  • 4 Modern Orientation and Class Rooms
  • Electronic Log / Refrigeration Lab
  • 4 Acre Backing Range
  • 12 – 2015 Century Freightliners
  • 24/7 On-Site Security

Hinds gift to help boost ranks of women truckers

Andre’a Gaston had faced challenges before enrolling in truck driver school – mainly being a mother to two daughters and a son.

Driving a manual shift transmission turned out to be a close second in that category, but now she’s certified and bona fide to take on the road.

“At first, I thought my age would prevent me from doing it and the fact I’m a female. I had not driven a stick shift vehicle in my life, and I’m 44!,” Gaston said recently during a ceremony in which Hinds Community College received $220,000 from the Walmart Foundation to support the training of more women and underserved populations who enroll in the driver’s academy at KLLM Transport Services.

“My entire family is proud of me for taking this big step and doing what no one thought I could do,” Gaskin said.

The Grenada native credited instructors at the firm’s driving academy for helping her secure her commercial driver’s license.

“I had my days where I had trouble. But they’re determined. They stick with you and make sure you get it. Anyone who wants this job, it can be done. You’ll have the backing for it from every single teacher and instructor.”

The money, part of a larger $100 million commitment by the retailer to bolster workforce training, education and career pathways for retail workers nationwide, will support training women and underserved populations who enroll in the driver’s academy at KLLM Transport Services. The money comes to Hinds via the Jackson-based Foundation for the Mid-South.

“Walmart supported us in this plan to expand opportunities to all folks, but gave us a challenge to do it forwomen,” said Ivye Allen, president of the foundation.

Diane Smith, one of Gaston’s driving instructors, began driving trucks nearly 20 years ago and ran her own business.

“At first, I didn’t want to be a truck driver because of what people would think of me,” Smith said. “But I did it to provide for my family.”

She started her career at KLLM and was eager to return to KLLM for the opportunity to help other women earn their commercial driver’s license and become financially secure.

Hinds’ partnership with KLLM to train truck drivers at the company’s Richland headquarters and boost their ranks began in fall 2012. KLLM handles the training. Hinds handles the coursework. The facility itself opened in March 2014.

“Basically, one of our goals at the company is to make sure we have a person in all 3,000-plus trucks we currently have,” said KLLM Vice President Kirk Blankenship.

Hinds President Clyde Muse said the funds enhance the partnership’s initial goal of helping train the state’s workforce and taps into a growing segment of the student population at Hinds.

“Now, with the Walmart Foundation and the Foundation for the Mid-South, we have a secondary goal, and that is to increase the number of female drivers,” Muse said. “Our student body now consists of 65 percent females, so there’s great fertile ground out there.”

A mix of grants and other investments from Walmart and its philanthropic foundation are part of the Opportunity Initiative, rolled out earlier this year. It will spread the funds over five years to help retail workers across the industry advance careers and achieve greater economic mobility.

“The big focus is on women’s empowerment,” said Tice White of the Walmart Foundation. “So to hear this provides support to women in retail and transportation sectors and is so important to our community.”

 

Source – http://msbusiness.com/2015/09/hinds-gift-to-help-boost-ranks-of-women-truckers/

Visit Mississippi and KLLM unveil new fleet

Visit Mississippi Campaign

KLLM President and CEO Jim Richards, along with Director of Visit Mississippi Malcolm White show off one of the beautiful new trailers displaying the beauty of Mississippi.

 

 

JACKSON, MS – This is a news release from Visit Mississippi

Visit Mississippi and KLLM Transport Services, Inc., unveiled a new fleet of trucks, showcasing Visit Mississippi advertisements, at 9 a.m. today, Sept. 2, 2015. The unveiling and press conference, which took place at KLLM headquarters in Richland, was followed by a Blessing of the Fleet and toast.

Seeking new and innovative ways to showcase Mississippi’s story, Visit Mississippi and KLLM recently forged a progressive public/private partnership in which KLLM’s trucks display Visit Mississippi’s brand imagery. The trucks will be seen across the U.S., with routes spanning the country. Approximately ten wrapped trucks will be released for the term of one year.

Depicted on the trucks are four images: kayakers on the Mississippi river, campers on the Gulf Coast’s Deer Island, one of Mississippi’s premier golf courses, and the “Birthplace of the Blues” Mississippi Blues Trail marker.

“People across the nation will get a glimpse of our great state’s beauty every time they pass a KLLM truck,” Director of Visit Mississippi Malcolm White said. “We hope these portraits will spark an interest in those who have never had the chance to experience Mississippi for themselves, encouraging them to come and hear our whole story. We very much appreciate the opportunity to work with such an innovative, up-and-coming transportation company as KLLM.”

Visit Mississippi is also rolling out a digital media campaign to accompany the partnership. Titled “Spot the Truck,” the campaign invites the public to share pictures of the Mississippi-wrapped trucks on Twitter and Instagram, tagging @visitms and using the hashtag #spotthetruck, in order to gain entry to the sweepstakes offering a trip for two to one of the destinations featured on the truck wraps. Learn more at bit.ly/SpotTheTruckMS.

KLLM was the first nationwide, temperature-controlled carrier to utilize satellite communications fleet wide. All KLLM trucks, as well as all lease trucks, are linked to the Jackson, Miss., headquarters through a satellite communications network. This system allows for monitoring the status and location of every KLLM truck on the road at any given time.

KLLM, in keeping with the latest technology, also utilizes Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), one of the most valuable tools used by the transportation industry. This technology allows KLLM to transmit and receive information electronically. EDI covers everything including billing, status notification, notification of receipt of payment, bills of lading; load tendering, service and performance standards and third-party messaging.

Today, KLLM offers OTR, regional and dedicated services to a major portion of 48 states and Mexico on a daily basis. KLLM’s entire fleet of trailers is refrigerated, serving the needs of both dry freight customers and those requiring temperature controlled services.

For more information, contact Paige Hunt, communications bureau manager at Visit Mississippi, at phunt@mississippi.org.

For more information on KLLM trucks, visit www.kllm.com. To find out more about Mississippi, or to start planning your trip, go to www.visitmississippi.org.

Source – http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/29945111/visit-mississippi-and-kllm-unveil-new-fleet