2019-01-13 05:48:45

Grand Island Express receives safety award

Grand Island Express received a second-place award in the division for North American carriers that ran 15 million to 25 million miles in 2018 from the Truckload Carriers Association in its 43rd annual Fleet Safety Awards.

Sponsored by Great West Casualty Co., the awards recognize trucking companies who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to safety. The top three winning companies in each of six mileage-based divisions had the lowest accident frequency ratios per million miles, annually.

The previous year, Grand Island Express placed third in its division.

“Year after year, TCA’s members prove that safety is the top priority of the truckload industry through participation in the Fleet Safety Awards,” said TCA President John Lyboldt. “We are incredibly proud to recognize and showcase these fleets, which have maintained a superb safety record through their use of innovative programs to establish a culture of safety within their companies.”

All division winners compete for one of two grand prizes — one for carriers with a total annual mileage less than 25 million miles, and the other for carriers with mileage greater than 25 million miles. The grand prize winners will be announced at TCA’s annual convention March 10-13 in Las Vegas. All winners will be recognized at TCA’s 2019 Safety & Security Division meeting June 2-4 in Memphis, Tenn.

First National Bank seeks Community Development grant applications

First National Bank is accepting Community Development grant proposals through Feb. 10, focused on programs related to stable housing, neighborhood revitalization and strong local economies.

Programs must be implemented for the benefit of low- or moderate income individuals, families and/or communities within the First National Bank footprint, and must align with one of the following three goal areas:

— Stable housing: Increasing access to safe, affordable and quality housing through construction, site development, housing rehabilitation, homeownership education or foreclosure prevention programs and services.

— Neighborhood revitalization: Stimulating revitalization that attracts or retains individuals and/or businesses to blighted, underserved and distressed communities.

— Strong local economies: Growing local economies through small business and entrepreneurial development and job creation by supporting training, technical assistance, education and microfinance.

This is the bank’s first of two grant cycles in 2019. For more information and to apply, visit: www.fnbo.com/community.

The second 2019 grant cycle will open on June 3 for educated workforce programs, which are dedicated to strengthening individual core competencies that will improve personal economic self-sufficiency, including adult basic education and vocational and employability training.

First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. Primary banking offices are in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

CPI accepting scholarship applications

HASTINGS — Cooperative Producers Inc. is accepting applications for its 2019 scholarship program through March 29.

CPI will be supporting eight students who are seniors in high school or in their first or second year of post-secondary education. Five $1,000 scholarships will be given to dependents of CPI patrons and three $1,000 scholarships will be given to dependents of CPI employees.

Students can find more information about eligibility at www.cpicoop.com or stop by the corporate office in Hastings for details.

Since 2010, CPI has been committed to helping support local students continue their education.

St. Francis trauma program verified by College of Surgeons

The trauma program at CHI Health St. Francis has again been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

The St. Francis emergency department sees more than 25,000 patients from Central Nebraska and northern Kansas every year. Six facilities in the state, including St. Francis, are verified trauma centers, with only three located west of Lincoln, according to the ACS website.

“As a Level III Trauma Center we are continually reviewed to ensure the use of the best evidence-based practices for trauma care,” said Ed Hannon, St. Francis president. “Our health care professionals participate in continuing medical education to learn the most advanced diagnosis and treatments and to offer education to first responders and critical access hospital staff to help raise the level of care offered across the region.”

The verification program promotes the development of trauma centers that provide a spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients, from the prehospital phase through rehabilitation.

Nebraska Chamber meeting set for Feb. 7

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry will hold its 2019 annual meeting and legislative caucus on Feb. 7 at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.

According to State Chamber President Bryan Slone, this year’s annual meeting will provide opportunities to learn about the important issues and legislation impacting Nebraska’s economy and business community. Attendees will hear from Gov. Pete Ricketts, as well as state lawmakers and policy experts. Three separate discussion panels will be held in the afternoon to spotlight federal issues, state issues and 2019 priorities at the Legislature.

Five business leaders and entrepreneurs will be inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame at the evening banquet. The 2019 class members are: Talton “Tal” Anderson of Baxter Auto Group in Omaha (deceased), Jerry Huse of the Norfolk Daily News in Norfolk (deceased), Barry Kennedy of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Lincoln, Phillip Mullin of Garner Industries in Lincoln and Lou Rotella Jr. of Rotella’s Italian Bakery in Omaha.

The state chamber is Nebraska’s largest statewide business association and has served as the voice of Nebraska’s business community since 1912.





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