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Quick Truck Lube to open Napanee location

AYR, Ont. — Quick Truck Lube announced today that it is opening a new location in Napanee, Ont. this fall.
The new location at exit 579 on Hwy 401 will offer the same fast and efficient service at its Ayr and Fort Erie locations.
Quick Truck Lube is a …

Trusting the youth

AYR, Ont. — Liberty Linehaul is a fleet hungry for young blood.

And while that doesn’t sound too different from the rest of the trucking companies in the U.S. and Canada, Liberty says it’s setting itself apart by actually doing something to entice the younger generation to work for it.

Liberty Linehaul was founded in 1988 by now president Brian Taylor and partner John Shantz. They worked together until 1997 when they split the business and Shantz took on the propane division and Taylor took charge of the transportation side.

Before starting his own business, Taylor was a mechanic, then a driver, then an owner-operator. From there, he ran operations for some trucking companies before deciding to buy one of his own.

Today the business is flourishing, with 55 trucks operating out of its Ontario facility and 27 out of its California terminal. The company hauls mostly specialized freight, and by that Taylor means “blanket-wrapped, multiple stops with appointment deliveries and high-value products.”

Liberty Linehaul truly believes that its drivers are the main reason for the success of the business today.

“We tend to have a better class of drivers, because we expect more out of them,” he said. “They’re decking freight, blanket-wrapping, everything. And they like it because they become an extension of our salesforce. They’re always feeding back information to us, and sometimes we are able to give another lane to that account because of the relationship these drivers develop with the customer.

“We don’t think about our drivers as just those who drive trucks. And some companies are scared to do that. Some companies won’t allow the drivers to call the customer directly, they want the call to happen through customer service. But at Linehaul, we trust our drivers completely with our customers, and we want them to call ahead and build that relationship with customers.”

Just like its forward-thinking approach of considering drivers to be more than drivers, its hiring strategies are way ahead of the typical approach of most carriers.

“The problem with bigger companies…they pay recruiters for putting drivers in seats,” Taylor said. “So, that tells me that they’re not looking for long-time employees, they’re just looking to fill seats. And that approach causes a lot of turnover.”

At Liberty, Taylor says the focus is on finding the right fit for the job, and on reverse interviewing.

“We are very honest with drivers and potential drivers from the get-go in the first interview about what is expected from them,” Taylor explained.

“One thing we’ve been talking about lately, is telling drivers to come and interview us,” added Chris Gerber, v.p. and general manager at Liberty. “We did a truck show last weekend and I was talking to a lot of drivers there and I said to them, come and interview us. We know what we need in terms of qualifications for a driver, but you come and interview us, so you can let us know if it works and fits for you.”

Gerber said that so far this has worked out, and in the instances where drivers find it’s not a fit, the company has a solution for them as well.

“We know a lot of trucking companies around here, so if what they want isn’t found here, then we can suggest other places for them to apply to,” he said.

Turnover at Liberty is quite low because of the efforts taken by management that haven’t gone unnoticed. Liberty was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and was also named as one of this year’s Top Fleet Employers.

“We are big on accommodating all of our staff,” Taylor said. “If we can move people from the truck to the office, we will. We will always try and work with drivers, especially to work on giving them a different route if things change in their lifestyle. Like if they’re starting a family, or need to be home more, we have no issues with that. If we can give them a local route, then we will.”

It also understands the value that millennials add and doesn’t follow the trend of labeling them as the lazy generation.

“We need to get better with millennials and younger people and figuring out how to work around their needs better,” Taylor said. “We are getting better and we have a few young guys here that like it and I know a lot of companies I talk to, they’re not happy with the younger guys they’ve recruited. But we have some young guys here and they are creating customer service here. I don’t think people are different at different ages.”

All of this has secured the company its biggest strength: a team of people who go above and beyond their expectations each and every day on the job.

“Our people all the way down the line are our greatest assets,” Taylor said.

One of the most memorable customer service moments happened a few years ago, Taylor recalled.

“He was delivering some household furniture and he was supposed to go to a warehouse,” he said. “Somehow we got the end delivery address and it ended up at a house. So, when he got there, he didn’t call us – he just made the delivery because after he went to the house, he noticed the lady was disabled. He actually helped take the railing off the porch and put the couch in her living room.”

Taylor said he asked him why he didn’t just call someone at Liberty to get the warehouse address and the driver said he felt so bad, that he “just wanted to help her out any way he could.”

“And our customers get that type of customer service from our guys, every week,” Taylor boasted.

Today, unlike most trucking firms that have their eyes on the prize of acquiring a smaller business and growing to hundreds of trucks, Liberty is taking its time and growing its culture instead.

“With our drivers on the road, our social media platform keeps our drivers and office staff and warehouse staff aware of what’s going on, on both sides of the border,” Gerber said.

“When we have a driver out in Nebraska, he can see everything that’s happened here, like how our BBQ fundraiser went and how much money we’ve raised. It’s really brought the whole company closer together.”

Driver thrown from vehicle after pickup and dump truck collide

Regional Police are still investigating after a head on crash between a dump truck and a pick up truck.
The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on Northumberland Street and Alps Road, near Ayr, on Monday.
Police told 570 News that the dump truck was travel…

DyTerra’s Ontario branch under new ownership

AYR, Ont. – DyTerra, a company that services the propane and fertilizer industries, primarily in Western Canada, is exiting the Ontario market but its services will continue under new ownership.

The company announced it is selling the assets from its Ayr location to James Nothof, current branch manager, who will carry on the business as Keltic Tank and Meter. The change of ownership was effective March 1.

“We wish to extend a huge thank you to all the customers and suppliers who have worked with us over the years in this branch. Some of you are also customers and suppliers for our other branches and we look forward to continuing to partner with you over the years,” DyTerra announced in a release.

Coca Cola Truck arrives in Exeter

The iconic Coca Cola Truck has arrived in Exeter as part of a 44-date tour of the UK for Christmas.

The truck features in popular Christmas adverts and last visited Exeter in 2013 – today’s visit is it’s only trip to Devon and Cornwall.

The famous truck will be parked in Bedford Square, Princesshay between 1pm and 9pm.

EIGHT FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COCA COLA TRUCK[1]

This year, Coca-Cola has added an extra sprinkling of magic with a new look truck tour experience.

At each stop, visitors can share the festive cheer and explore a special winter wonderland, before enjoying a 150ml can of Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar or Diet Coke.

The last time the festive truck stopped in Exeter was in 2013 and the city saw thousands of people line up to have their picture taken in front of it.

So after missing out for the past two years a Coca Cola spokesman explained how they choose what lucky city gets picked.

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He said: “We always try to fit in visits to as many areas of the country as possible during the Christmas period as well as special Christmas shopping days and events in some city centres.

“After many months of planning we created the best route, which covers a large regional spread. Sixteen per cent of locations for this year’s tour are new and we’ve facilitated 57 per cent of the requests made this year by the public and local councils.”

In addition to the 44 nationwide stops, Coca-Cola will spread more festive happiness as one lucky consumer will win a personal visit to their home from the Christmas truck and a Santa sack full of goodies worth £5,000.

To be in with a chance of winning this special prize, consumers just need to buy a promotional pack of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and follow the instructions on pack.

For the first time ever, the Coca-Cola truck will also be stopping online as Twitter users will enjoy their own special visit from 4 November – 25 December.

Anyone tweeting #HolidaysAreComing will see the Coca-Cola Christmas truck appear in their tweet.

Christmas is the season for giving, so this year Coca-Cola is expanding its partnership with FareShare, the UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and hunger.

An on-pack promotion will enable consumers to Donate a Meal to Someone in Need this Christmas. Taking part is simple, consumers just need to purchase a promotional pack of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Life or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar which features the FareShare logo, take a photo of the label and upload it to cocacola.co.uk/donate.

Coca-Cola will then donate 25p for each photo uploaded, enabling FareShare to provide a frontline charity, such as a homeless shelter or older people’s lunch club, with enough food to serve a meal to someone in need.

Aedamar Howlett, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “Coca-Cola is synonymous with the Christmas season and it’s no secret that our much-loved Holidays are Coming advert and Christmas Truck Tour mark the unofficial countdown to Christmas.

“This year, we’ll also put those people who work behind the scenes to make Christmas happen at the heart of our Christmas campaign. We’re proud to celebrate those that go the extra mile to make Christmas a special time of year – we all know someone who goes out of their way to put a smile on everyone’s face and make the festive time of year magical for others.

Here is a round-up of where the Coca Cola truck is going to visit.

Bishops Square, London – 17th Nov

Glasgow – 18th Nov

Ayr – 19th Nov

Dundee – 20th Nov

Carlisle – 22nd Nov

Yeovil – 22nd Nov

Exeter – 23rd Nov

Newcastle upon Tyne – 23rd Nov

Cardiff – 24th Nov

Sunderland – 24th Nov

Bristol – 25th Nov

Leeds – 25th Nov

Scarborough – 26th Nov

Swindon – 26th Nov

Bradford – 27th Nov

Milton Keynes – 27th Nov

Bournemouth – 29th Nov

Wrexham – 29th Nov

Southampton – 30th Nov

Watford – 1st Dec

Manchester – 1st Dec

Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – 2nd Dec Lancaster – 3rd Dec

Liverpool – 4th Dec

The O2 Greenwich, London – 3rd Dec

The O2 Greenwich, London – 4th Dec

Baldock – 6th Dec

St Helens – 6th Dec

Harlow – 7th Dec

Doncaster – 8th Dec

Ipswich – 8th Dec

Cleethorpes – 9th Dec

Norwich – 9th Dec

Lincoln – 10th Dec

Northampton – 11th Dec

Leicester – 13th Dec

Peterborough – 13th Dec

Leyton Mills, London – 14th Dec

Telford – 14th Dec

Southend – on – Sea – 15th Dec

Birmingham – 17th Dec

Eastbourne – 17th Dec

Coca-Cola London Eye, London – 18th Dec

Leicester Square, London – 20th Dec

References

  1. ^ EIGHT FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COCA COLA TRUCK (www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk)

Cocal Cola truck in Exeter

The famous Coca Cola truck is heading to Exeter after the tour, returning for a sixth year, kicked off on November 17.

The truck is visiting 44 stops nationwide in the run up to Christmas Day.

The famous truck will land in Exeter on Wednesday, November 23, and will be parked in Bedford Square, Princesshay between 1pm and 9pm.

Holidays are coming…

This year, Coca-Cola has added an extra sprinkling of magic with a new look truck tour experience.

At each stop, visitors can share the festive cheer and explore a special winter wonderland, before enjoying a 150ml can of Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar or Diet Coke.

The last time the festive truck stopped in Exeter was in 2013 and the city saw thousands of people line up to have their picture taken in front of it.

So after missing out for the past two years a Coca Cola spokesman explained how they choose what lucky city gets picked.

He said: “We always try to fit in visits to as many areas of the country as possible during the Christmas period as well as special Christmas shopping days and events in some city centres.

“After many months of planning we created the best route, which covers a large regional spread. Sixteen per cent of locations for this year’s tour are new and we’ve facilitated 57 per cent of the requests made this year by the public and local councils.”

In addition to the 44 nationwide stops, Coca-Cola will spread more festive happiness as one lucky consumer will win a personal visit to their home from the Christmas truck and a Santa sack full of goodies worth £5,000.

To be in with a chance of winning this special prize, consumers just need to buy a promotional pack of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and follow the instructions on pack.

For the first time ever, the Coca-Cola truck will also be stopping online as Twitter users will enjoy their own special visit from 4 November – 25 December.

Anyone tweeting #HolidaysAreComing will see the Coca-Cola Christmas truck appear in their tweet.

Christmas is the season for giving, so this year Coca-Cola is expanding its partnership with FareShare, the UK-wide charity that tackles food waste and hunger.

An on-pack promotion will enable consumers to Donate a Meal to Someone in Need this Christmas. Taking part is simple, consumers just need to purchase a promotional pack of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Life or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar which features the FareShare logo, take a photo of the label and upload it to cocacola.co.uk/donate.

Coca-Cola will then donate 25p for each photo uploaded, enabling FareShare to provide a frontline charity, such as a homeless shelter or older people’s lunch club, with enough food to serve a meal to someone in need.

Aedamar Howlett, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “Coca-Cola is synonymous with the Christmas season and it’s no secret that our much-loved Holidays are Coming advert and Christmas Truck Tour mark the unofficial countdown to Christmas.

“This year, we’ll also put those people who work behind the scenes to make Christmas happen at the heart of our Christmas campaign. We’re proud to celebrate those that go the extra mile to make Christmas a special time of year – we all know someone who goes out of their way to put a smile on everyone’s face and make the festive time of year magical for others.

Here is a round-up of where the Coca Cola truck is going to visit.

Bishops Square, London – 17th Nov

Glasgow – 18th Nov

Ayr – 19th Nov

Dundee – 20th Nov

Carlisle – 22nd Nov

Yeovil – 22nd Nov

Exeter – 23rd Nov

Newcastle upon Tyne – 23rd Nov

Cardiff – 24th Nov

Sunderland – 24th Nov

Bristol – 25th Nov

Leeds – 25th Nov

Scarborough – 26th Nov

Swindon – 26th Nov

Bradford – 27th Nov

Milton Keynes – 27th Nov

Bournemouth – 29th Nov

Wrexham – 29th Nov

Southampton – 30th Nov

Watford – 1st Dec

Manchester – 1st Dec

Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – 2nd Dec Lancaster – 3rd Dec

Liverpool – 4th Dec

The O2 Greenwich, London – 3rd Dec

The O2 Greenwich, London – 4th Dec

Baldock – 6th Dec

St Helens – 6th Dec

Harlow – 7th Dec

Doncaster – 8th Dec

Ipswich – 8th Dec

Cleethorpes – 9th Dec

Norwich – 9th Dec

Lincoln – 10th Dec

Northampton – 11th Dec

Leicester – 13th Dec

Peterborough – 13th Dec

Leyton Mills, London – 14th Dec

Telford – 14th Dec

Southend – on – Sea – 15th Dec

Birmingham – 17th Dec

Eastbourne – 17th Dec

Coca-Cola London Eye, London – 18th Dec

Leicester Square, London – 20th Dec

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Will the Coca-Cola truck visit Burton and South Derbyshire this year?

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The holidays are well and truly coming after Coca-Cola revealed where and when its famous Christmas truck will be visiting this year. The festive lorry began its journey on Thursday, November 17, in London, and is set to make a total of 44 stops across the UK before Christmas Day arrives.

However, those with dreams of seeing the bright red truck adorned with fairy lights in Burton and South Derbyshire will be left disappointed.

The closest places to the two areas where the Christmas spectacle will be held is Leicester and Birmingham.

Families who do venture out to the destinations will get to enjoy a ‘winter wonderland’ attraction, while every visitor will be able to drink a free bottle of Coca-Cola[2], Diet Coke or Coke Zero.

Coca Cola’s iconic truck first appeared on TV screens in November 1995, and since then it’s become a regular feature of festive TV schedules in more than 100 countries worldwide.


READ MORE: John Lewis, Sainsbury’s or Aldi? Vote for your favourite Christmas TV advert[3][4]


The 44 locations which the truck will be visiting

  • Bishops Square, London – November 17;
  • Glasgow – November 18;
  • Ayr – November 19;
  • Dundee – November 20;
  • Carlisle – November 22;
  • Yeovil – November 22;
  • Exeter – November 23;
  • Newcastle upon Tyne – November 23;
  • Cardiff – November 24;
  • Sunderland – November 24;
  • Bristol – November 25;
  • Leeds – November 25;
  • Scarborough – November 26;
  • Swindon – November 26;
  • Bradford – November 27;
  • Milton Keynes – Novemeber 27;
  • Bournemouth – November 29;
  • Wrexham – November 29;
  • Southampton – Novemeber 30;
  • Watford – December 1;
  • Manchester – December 1;
  • Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – December 2;
  • Lancaster – December 3;
  • Liverpool – December 4;
  • The O2 Greenwich, London – December 3;
  • The O2 Greenwich, London – December 4;
  • Baldock – December 6;
  • St Helens – December 6;
  • Harlow – December 7;
  • Doncaster – December 8;
  • Ipswich – December 8;
  • Cleethorpes – December 9;
  • Norwich – December 9;
  • Lincoln – December 10;
  • Northampton – December 11;
  • Leicester – December 13;
  • Peterborough – December 13;
  • Leyton Mills, London – December 14;
  • Telford – December 14;
  • Southend – on – Sea – December 15;
  • Birmingham – December 17;
  • Eastbourne – December 17;
  • Coca-Cola London Eye, London – December 18; and
  • Leicester Square, London – December 20.

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  4. ^ John Lewis, Sainsbury’s or Aldi? Vote for your favourite Christmas TV advert (www.burtonmail.co.uk)
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