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Aim Hosts Safety Meeting and Competition for Illinois-based Columbus Vegetable Oils

Posted on August 10th, 2018

DES PLAINES, IL – Recently, Aim hosted a safety meeting and “truck rodeo” for our customer Columbus Vegetable Oils at its base of operation in Des Plaines, IL. The event was part of the company’s annual safety meeting put on by Aim Safety Manager John Rugarber.

This year, however, was to be different than just the usual classroom setting.

Along with discussing safety topics with Columbus Vegetable Oil drivers, Rugarber enriched the meeting with a “truck rodeo,” which included both a driver skills and pre-trip inspection competition.

Roughly 15 drivers had multiple scoring opportunities in events including backing up to a dock, earning drivers more points the closer they got to the dock without hitting it; U-turn challenges; driving through a narrow lane of cones; stopping the truck’s front bumper as close to a designated marker as possible; and other challenges testing truck driving fundamentals.

The pre-trip inspection event gave each driver an allotted amount of time to inspect a truck and trailer preset with 20 DOT violations. Drivers scored points for each violation they discovered.

“The drivers appreciated the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of their peers and superiors,” said Aim Business Development Manager John Matthews, who also attended the day’s events. “The folks at Columbus Vegetable Oils are a great partner and I’m glad they allowed us to do this for them. They were certainly impressed with what John [Rugarber] put together and happy with the results.”

Matthews added, “This is a great example of the added value that Aim provides to our customers/partners. The Aim Safety Department is a major highlight when differentiating Aim from the competition. They are an important resource that greatly impacts our ability to sell Aim as a transportation provider”

Columbus Vegetable Oils has been an Aim customer for five years and has been in business for more than 75 years. They offer a full line of high quality vegetable oils along with vegetable and animal shortenings. For more on them, visit their website at www.cvoils.com .

For information on how leasing through Aim helps alleviate managing the responsibilities of safety and compliance, contact us through our website, www.aimntls.com, or call us at 1-800-321-9038.

Front bumper challange

A driver gets graded during the “front-bumper challenge.”

U-Turn course

A driver takes on the U-turn course.

Alley Dock Challange

Picture shows an attempt at the alley dock challenge being made.

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