FUN NETWORKING EVENTS
The POC trade show brings attendees
together with petroleum industry
suppliers who have the innovative
products and solutions you need to
run a better, more profitable business.
VENDORS OFFERING SERVICES
Get up close and personal with the
tankers! Attendees can view a selection
of trucks on the ground floor, just
outside of the J. W. Marriott.
TANKERS AT THE TRADE SHOW
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Featured educational sessions for 2018
include, “The Carrier Killers: Meal and
Rest Breaks,” “Transportation Future,”
“How Environmental Justice Will Impact
Your Business,” and more!
SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION AND
JOBBER EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
Join other attendees at our many
networking events, including Tankers and
Tacos, held just steps away from the
tanker exhibits! This event is your chance
to get together with one another and
mingle over a beer and tacos!
there will be no e Trucks on the
road,” Nielsen said. “We have the
responsibility to give our customers
support on the infrastructure side.”
For terminals and ports, that means
There are other key questions to
be answered along the way. “How can
we improve the range? How can we
improve the payload? How can we
improve the energy consumption,”
Nielsen says. No announcement
was made about current payload
capacities. “We have much to learn,
Daum describes it as an
“evolutionary, not a revolutionary”
But expect more electrification
rather than hybridization from
“I’m not a big fan of hybrid,”
Daum said. “For me, a hybrid gives
you the worst of both worlds.” Such
vehicles still include the challenges
of emissions systems for combustion
engines and the new technologies
needed for electrification. “It’s good
“It’s an exciting moment to be
here,” Daum said.
(Daimler continued from page 15) Blackmer celebrates 115
years in business
Blackmer is celebreating its
115-year anniversary this year.
Based in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Blackmer is “a global leader” in
positive displacement, regenerative
turbine and centrifugal pump,
and reciprocating compressor
technologies, the company said in a
Blackmer as a product brand within
PSG, a Dover company.
“Through our 115-year history,
Blackmer has made a commitment
to providing unparalleled product
performance, superior service and
support, innovation and a commitment
to customer satisfaction,” said Bob
Lauson, Blackmer general manager.
“It is this commitment that has
made Blackmer one of the market
leaders in our industry. Celebrating
115 years in business is a testament
to the dedication shown by both our
employees and channel partners.”
Blackmer was founded 1899
when Robert Blackmer developed
an efficient alternative to the rotary
gear pumps that were a prevalent
pumping technology at the time.
Blackmer’s invention would become
the predecessor to today’s sliding
In 1903, Blackmer founded
the Blackmer Pump, Power and
Manufacturing Co. in Petoskey, Mich.,
where it remained until 1925 when it
relocated to Grand Rapids, Mich.
Further information may be
obtained by visiting blackmer.com or
Driver pay surging, data show
Per-mile company driver pay
surged in the first quarter of this year
compared to the same quarter a year
ago, according to data from National
Transportation Institute (NTI).
Some fleets, mostly midsize to large
carriers, pressed driver pay ahead
by a range of seven to 11 cents a mile
compared to 2017’s first three months.
“That’s a staggering amount,” said
NTI President Gordon Klemp, who’s
tracked driver pay changes since 1994.
“These are very aggressive moves.”
Klemp said 6. 25 percent of fleets
tracked by NTI instituted pay boosts
in the seven to 1-cent range. Another
43.75 percent of fleets surveyed by
Klemp boosted driver pay in the four to
six-cent range, also historically strong
gains, Klemp said. The remaining 50
percent of carriers in Klemp’s data set
raised by one to three cents per mile.
The wage increases were part of
industrywide efforts to retain and
recruit drivers, Klemp said. NTI saw
almost no increase from the year prior
in 2017’s first quarter. Pay moves didn’t
begin until last spring and summer,
and this cycle of driver wage hikes was
shorter than most, according to Klemp.
Fleets are now at the end of about
an eight-month cycle of pay increases,
he said. In that time, 81 percent of
the fleets he has studied have raised
company driver pay.
“That’s also very high,” he said.
“It tells us this pay cycle is going to
end pretty quickly. There aren’t
many fleets left who haven’t moved.