Regarding Safety

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 .

For information on how leasing through Aim helps alleviate managing the responsibilities of safety and compliance, contact us through our website,, 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.

TRALA Recognizes Aim Driver for Exceptional Driving and Community Service

Posted on May 31st, 2018

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) has recognized Aim driver Daniel Kinsman for his commitment to exceptional driving and community service that benefit the truck renting and leasing industry and respective communities.

“The honor I feel to be nominated for this award, I can’t put into words; it was, and still is, unbelievable,” Kinsman said. “I am also extremely humbled to be among other drivers who are counted as being amongst the best in the industry, despite my record not being near as accomplished as the others’. I don’t know how to convey how honored I truly am to have been chosen to represent Aim.”

Kinsman has been with Aim for 1½ years and drives for Aim Integrated customer Youngstown Pipe & Steel (YPS), out of Youngstown, OH, whose customers Kinsman is committed to taking care of.

Kinsman also trains Aim’s new YPS and apprentice drivers. And because of his positive attitude, patience and knowledge, Aim’s Operations and Safety departments rely on Dan to be “the face of Aim,” often pairing him with new drivers on their first days.

“Dan Kinsman shows up every morning ready to work, and most importantly, ready to work safely,” Mark Pelini, of Youngstown Pipe & Steel, said. “He takes care of one of our more difficult routes, and we truly appreciate Dan’s daily work ethic and communication. We at YPS want to congratulate Mr. Kinsman on his nomination for this great award and look forward to our continued work relationship for a long time.”

For those who know Kinsman, they’re probably not surprised by his adeptness behind the wheel. It is, after all, in his blood. His mother, who sadly passed away last year, was an over-the-road trucker and raised him in the truck, even going as far as to “homeschool” him while on the road. She did this for 16 years before becoming a driver instructor at New Castle School of Trades, in New Castle, PA.

And when he’s not in the driver’s seat? Well he’s still committed to trucking. In fact, he spends much of his free time developing new technologies for the industry and is currently working on obtaining a patent for a new suspension system he’s been working on for years.

Even with Kinsman’s extraordinary dedication to trucking, he still finds time to be an active participant in a Youngstown outreach program, where he helps the area’s homeless population.

Kinsman also spent four years serving our country in the United States Marine Corps.

“Dan Kinsman is one our best and brightest drivers at Aim. It is truly a pleasure working with someone that represents himself and Aim so well,” Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy said.

According to TRALA, this year, the organization received 21 nominations, of which 20 drivers will be receiving certificates of merit for their outstanding service. These 20 drivers logged over 25 million miles, which includes city and over-the-road driving and have already earned statewide and company recognition for their safe driving careers.

Aim, as well as the transportation industry as a whole, is extremely fortunate to have individuals like Dan on the road and serving their communities.

Aim Integrated Director of Regional Logistics Pat Grandy (left) presents TRALA Certificate of Excellence to Aim Integrated/Youngstown Pipe & Steel Driver Daniel Kinsman and are joined by Aim Integrated Operations Dispatcher Ralph Wilson.

Pre-Trip Inspections

Posted on December 7th, 2016

Performing a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle is one of the most important duties of a truck driver.

Click HERE for more information on pre-trip inspections!

Aim Integrated Driver Nominated for TRALA ‘Driver of the Year’

Posted on May 25th, 2016

Aim Integrated Logistics, Inc. is honored to announce that Elite-Fleet Driver, Brad Slabe, has been nominated for the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) 2016 Driver of the Year Award. In addition to the nomination, TRALA has also presented Brad with a “certificate of merit” for his outstanding service.

Simply put, Brad Slabe sets the industry standard for what a safe and dependable driver encompasses. A (4) year veteran at Aim, Mr. Slabe has provided professional services to 20+ Aim dedicated accounts…all across the United States. Working in the fluidity of the “Dedicated” arena, Brad has revolutionized what it means to be “flexible”. He has displayed the critical and unique ability to operate different types of equipment and execute various forms of work (including permitted and hazmat endorsed loads), all without compromising his high levels of production and safety. When an Aim customer needs a replacement driver, they tend to ask for Brad by name…these types of requests speak volumes for Brad’s value.

Off the road, Brad enjoys spending his free time with his family. Brad and his wife, Mary, are proud parents of one son, Bradley…who is currently working on his PhD at The Ohio State University…and a daughter, Patricia, who is currently employed as a dog groomer. During his off-hours, Brad is an avid sports fan…mainly, cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers.


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