Today marked the beginning of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Drivers and staff were treated to a lunch catered by Cracker Barrel, along with fun, games and prizes for those in attendance. CalArk would like to say "Thank You" to our drivers.
Dennis Hilton, Director of Safety meets with drivers over lunch
Congratulations to CalArk driver Jerry Lockhart, tractor 7606 for becoming the latest member of the 1-million mile club. Jerry is a professional driver in every aspect of the profession and we are extremely proud of his accomplishment!
Congratulations to our CalArk drivers who celebrated their anniversary with us in the month of August. We appreciate your service, decication and all that you do!
DAVID A MILLER
Contact: Randy Ort/David Nilles
MOTORISTS REMINDED TO OBEY NEW CELL PHONE LAWS WHILE TRAVELING ARKANSAS’ HIGHWAYS
LITTLE ROCK (8-10) – Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department are reminding motorists to be aware of new cell phone laws this summer and in the months ahead as they travel Arkansas’ highways.
“Act 37 of 2011 makes it illegal to use handheld cell phones in highway work zones and in school zones,” states AHTD Director Scott Bennett. “In the weeks and months ahead, motorists will encounter added activities along our state’s highways and will need to pay extra attention to their driving.”
“Schools across the state will open their doors later this month,” Bennett adds. “It’s important that motorists watch for students in school zones and give their full attention to what is happening around them as students make their way to classes.”
The same cautionary advice applies for motorists traveling through construction zones on the state’s highways.
“Later this year, motorists will start seeing an increase in the number of construction zones on the state’s Interstates as the Interstate Rehabilitation Program gets underway,” Bennett states.
“We urge motorists to use extreme caution when traveling through construction zones and ask they not use their handheld cell phones while driving,” Bennett advises.
Reconstruction of over 400 miles of Interstate highways in the state is scheduled with the new rehabilitation program. Approximately 85 improvement projects are planned, with the first to begin in November. Motorists can expect lane shifts and/or lane closures at each project location.
“Be aware what is going on in construction zones by watching for workers and heavy equipment,” Bennett warns.
“We also want to remind motorists that the November election ballot will include a half-cent state sales tax proposal that could also mean extra construction activity on Arkansas’ highways,” Bennett stated.
If passed by voters at the ballot box, another $1.8 billion in highway improvement projects will be scheduled to create or improve four lane highways in the state.
“Arkansas motorists can do their part to make our highways a safer place by remembering these new laws prohibiting handheld cell phone use in school and construction zones,” Bennett concludes.
Congratulations to our CalArk drivers who celebrated their anniversary with us in the month of July. We appreciate all that you do!!!
BARBARA JO ANDERSON
Happy Birthday to our CalArk drivers who celebrated July birthdays!!
BARBARA JO ANDERSON
To celebrate our driver pay increase on August 14th, we will have cake at the main terminal. Also, Please mark your calendar for Sept. 17-21st is driver appreciation. We will be having a fun filled week, to honor our drivers!
July 18, 2012
For Immediate Release
PO Box 990
Mabelvale, AR 72103-0990
Director of Recruiting
Calark To Raise Company Driver Pay
(Little Rock, AR) - Calark International has announced that it will be giving an across-the-board pay increase for all company drivers beginning August 14, 2012.
"The new pay package will be very good for drivers," said Calark President Rochelle Bartholomew. "We appreciate the dedication and loyalty our drivers have shown throughout the years. Calark has survived through economic struggles and could not have succeeded without our drivers."
According to Bartholomew, most of the current Calark hires are from referrals and rehires, which she says is a compliment to the company. "We hope this new pay package will also be attractive to prospective drivers who may be interested in working for Calark," said Bartholomew.
Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, CalArk Trucking serves customers as a full truckload irregular route general commodities carrier with 800 tractors and 2,200 dry vans. It maintains terminals in Little Rock, AR; Mabelvale, AR; Malvern, AR; Taylor, MI; Hurricane Mills, TN; Garland, TX; Laredo, TX ; Monterrey, MX; Queretaro, MX.
For more information, please contact CalArk at 888-4-CalArk or visit
Dennis Hilton, safety director at CalArk International, has been named Arkansas 2011 Safety Professional of the Year by The Arkansas Trucking Association.
“The traits that I admire the most about Dennis are his willingness to accept any challenge and the cooperative manner in which he works with others,” said Rochelle Bartholomew, president of Little Rock, Ark.-based CalArk. “He always has a positive attitude and wants to strive to be better tomorrow than we are today.”
Hilton also is an active member of the Arkansas Trucking Association Safety Management Council, where he has held officer positions, including serving as chairman in 2010. He was also named Arkansas Trucking Association Safety Director of the Year in 2006 and is involved with the Truck Driving Championship. He holds memberships with the American Trucking Association and Truckload Carriers Association.
Congratulations to Malea Hare, CalArk's Asst Safety Director for placing first in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Safety Compliance Challenge for Safety Professionals at the Arkansas Department of Transportation Truck Driving Championship. Also congratulations to William Williams for winning the electrical portion under trailers and placing second under suspension we are proud of you both for your accomplishments!!
The Central Arkansas Heart Walk Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Note location change to Burns Park, North Little Rock AR (directions below)
Please arrive 30 min early so we can take a Cal Ark team group photo. Walk starts at 0900 am, even if you haven't signed up come join us ! The weather Sat so far is 70' so it should be a beautiful day to walk for a
great cause with your co-workers. Hope to see you there.
Angela & Heather
From I-430 take I-40 EAST towards Memphis. Take Burns Park Exit (150). You will turn left at the end of the exit ramp & follow signs.
From I-30 take I-40 WEST towards Ft. Smith. Take Burns Park Exit (150). Turn left at stop sign at end of ramp. Follow signs as you enter the park.ere to edit.
We are pleased to announce that you can now view, save, and print your Hours of Service (HOS) logs online, using Qualcomm Hours of Service (Driver). All you need is an Internet browser, an Internet connection, and your driver credentials. If you have a printer attached to your computer, you can print your logs.
Site Link: https://dhos.myqualcomm.com/dhm/?company=Calark
You will need your CalArk Driver ID, last 6 digits of your social security number, and the last name as it displays on your mobile unit after you log in.
Christopher Patton, a driver for CalArk International, was selected as Arkansas' Truck Driver of the Year for 2010. The announcement was made on May 20 by Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucker's Association at the ATA Annual Conference in Branson, Missouri. Kidd estimated there are over 60,000 commercial truck drivers in Arkansas. The Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe, as well as over 200 company owners, trucking executives, safety managers, and allied members were in attendance at the conference when Patton was presented with the award. Kidd said Patton overcame an unfortunate accident in 1995 that served to reinforce his desire to drive a commercial motor vehicle. He attended the Truck Driving School of Arkansas State University in 2000, and accepted a position as an over-the-road truck driver with CalArk in September 2006. He has driven over 587,000 accident-free miles. Patton has been performing well for CalArk in other ways as well. He has had a 100% on-time delivery rate since working with CalArk, and he was second runnerup for company Driver of the Year in 2008, and he was named Driver of the Year in 2009. He had the company's best fuel mileage in 2010. In addition to Patton's award, CalArk was presented with the Corporate Fleet Safety Award 2010 for Truckload Van & Reefer Division Intermediate Carrier (CalArk International, Inc), the Self Insurers' Fund Safety Performance Gold Award 2010 (CalArk, Inc) and the Self Insurers' Fund Safety Performance Bronze Award 2010 (CalArk International, Inc). "Company awards are the result of a lot of hard work on the part of the entire organization," said Dennis Hilton, Safety Director for CalArk International. "At CalArk, we support our drivers. Every role in this company is significant, as it takes a team to make things happen. We want to thank our drivers for their professionalism and dedication on the road to safety and to getting our freight moved according to the assigned schedules. We look forward to an even better year in 2011."CalArk Trucking has establishing a strong reputation for on-time, reliable delivery, serving the 48 contiguous states, Mexico and Ontario,
Canada since it was founded in 1975.
Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, CalArk serves customers as a
full truckload irregular route general commodities carrier with 800 tractors, 2,200 dryvans and 200 refrigerated units.
It maintains terminals in Little Rock, AR; Mabelvale, AR; Malvern, AR; Taylor, MI; Hurricane
Mills, TN; Garland, TX; Laredo, TX ; Monterrey, MX; Queretaro, MX.
For more information, please contact CalArk at 888-4-CalArk or visit
Little Rock, AR (May 20, 2009) - Toni Chandler (Antje Luitjens) was named Arkansas Trucking Association’s 2008 Driver of the Year on May 15th 2009 at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs Arkansas. Chandler and her husband, Leslie Paugh live in Benton, AR. She joined CalArk on December 19, 1995 and has logged over 1.8 million safe miles with CalArk with no accidents, no moving violations and 100% on time delivery.
Her story is truly an example of achieving the American dream. In July 1968, Chandler boarded an ocean liner in Hamburg, West Germany with her mother and two sisters to travel to the United State to meet her father. Her family settled in Fairfax, VA where her father worked for a Mercedes dealership as a master automotive technician. Through her close relationship with her father, she learned to repair small gasoline engines and a myriad of other automotive preventive maintenance procedures. When old enough to drive, Chandler immediately obtained her driving license, and began to explore the State of Virginia. This led to her fondness for over-the-road travel.
Chandler served honorably in the United States Navy from 1980 to 1992 where she achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class (E-6). While in the Navy, she was assigned to the Navy Material Transportation Office Command and trained in a variety of transportation, air passenger and cargo handling procedures. In addition, she obtained licenses to operate forklifts up to 10 ton and K-loaders for loading aircraft. Chandler was a member of the first contingent of female sailors stationed aboard the USS Emory S. Land, a submarine repair ship, operating out of Norfolk, VA. While assigned there, she worked in various supply administrative positions. After leaving the Navy, she worked as a certified armed security officer and later as the State Certified Compliance Officer for a Norfolk, VA security company. This stationary job left her with a desire to look for employment in a field that included traveling around the country.
In 1982, while stationed on the USS Emory S. Land, Chandler met her future husband, Leslie, Paugh. Paugh served with the United States Navy from 1970 to 1993 when he was honorably retired as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). Paugh also came from a family who loved to travel. His great grandmother traveled from the East Coast of America to Alaska and back to the Midwest, and his grandmother traveled by mule, horse, covered wagon, stagecoach, boat, car, bus, train, propeller driven airplane and finally a jet. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, his grandfather drove automotive transports and his father hauled lumber.
Paugh’s family history sparked Chandler’s interest in learning to drive a commercial-motor-vehicle so that she could pursue her goal of traveling across the United States. Her husband fully supported her career move and joined her in July 1996. He acts as her trip planner, navigator and permanent support team member.
To obtain her CDL, Chandler attended Tri-State Driving School in Middletown, OH in 1995. She drove briefly for a carrier that went out of business before reading about CalArk in a trucking magazine and submitting her application. From her hire date, Chandler and Paugh have been valued members of “Team CalArk”. In addition to her driving duties, Chandler has volunteered to assist with CalArk’s border crossing program to create procedures and sample forms to assist other drivers. Chandler has trained and mentored newly hired drivers in a wide range of functions where additional instruction was required. She was featured with four other drivers on the cover of the Arkansas Trucking Report, August 2006 edition and in an article “The Road Is Calling”.
Chandler and Paugh are admired by CalArk’s Management Team and fellow employees for their professionalism and desire to give their very best in all endeavors. CalArk was honored to have Toni Chandler as their representative for the Arkansas Association Driver of the year for 2008.
Photo caption: Pictured are (left to right) Tom Bartholomew, Michelle Lievsay, Toni Chandler, Leslie Paugh and Rochelle Gorman.
CalArk and Pegasus TransTech have teamed up to offer CalArk's drivers the ability to scan paperwork from the cab of their truck.
If a driver has a laptop, scanner and internet connection, he/she can scan their paperwork from the comfort of their cab.
Please click the link to download the software and read the .pdf's for instructions:
Rochelle Gorman, president and CEO of CalArk, prepares to sign a Smartway Transport Partnership agreement as Mike Crabtree, left, President and CEO of IdleAire; and Carlos Rincon, Director of the El Paso border office of the U.S. EPA, look on.
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