1st Quarter 2013 Extra Mile Award!

Each quarter, we look for work teams who go beyond the normal call of duty and recognize them at our quarterly management meeting.  Last week, we recognized a group in our Eagan Logistics office for “wrapping themselves around the Customer.” They’ve been so effective this Customer has made Bay and Bay # 1 on many speed dials in their office. You read that correctly, we still have Customers who use the phone!

The number of people honored represents how we embody working as a team to do great things for Customers. The end result for Bay and Bay is an extremely happy customer.

A huge “hats off” to the following Bay and Bay Team members: Paul Raetz, Kimberly Chisholm, Travis Narance, Joel Hadler, Nicholas Kuffel, Alex Howanski, Drew Wegwerth, Holly Faust, Steve Weber, Tracy Velta, Mark Horvath, and Tracy Velta.

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Keep on Truckin’

Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road. That may very well be the most obvious statement ever written, so I think we should delve into it a little more. Have you ever wondered exactly how many hours a trucker spends driving in a day? A week? A month? How about what it’s like to spend your days behind the wheel of a semi truck? Well, we just so happen to know how to answer those questions!

Bay and Bay is one of the premier trucking companies in Minnesota and has been employing truck drivers for 72 years. Over the decades our industry has seen many changes in the rules and regulations surrounding the amount of time drivers are allowed to spend on the road. The current regulations are handled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. Truck drivers are allowed to drive for up to 11 hours in a 14 hour period, which must be followed by a period of rest of at least 10 hours. Drivers also cannot drive for more than 70 hours in eight consecutive days.

Truckers are required to keep a continuous logbook record of all their driving and rest periods in order to verify this information with employers and safety officials. Some trucks are equipped with electronic on-board recorders that automatically keep track of when the truck is in motion, stopped, the speed of the truck, and other various types of information. FMCSA is currently considering making these electronic recorders mandatory on all semis.

As for what it’s like to be a trucker – it’s essentially however and whatever an individual makes of it. With that much time on your hands while traveling the country there are many things you can do to fill your days. Some truckers listen to audio books for entertainment, others tune into talk radio or sports broadcasts, while a few use the time to just philosophize on life’s big questions. Not all drivers are solitary though. Some companies and independent drivers use a team driver concept which allows two drivers to take turns at the wheel. Teams can drive a semi further in a given day and complete long-haul runs in less time than a single driver. It is also not uncommon for drivers to have a pet in the truck with them, depending on the company they work for. Truck driving may seem like a monotonous life but the truth is that it is whatever the truck driver or drivers make of it. There are many ways to live a life on the road, and year after year we benefit from the services of these drivers and companies as they just keep on truckin’.

Keeping it Cool

Have you ever wondered how you get fresh vegetables and produce all year round, even when the foods you’re buying are out of season or don’t grow in your area of the country? That’s where Bay and Bay Transportation comes in! With our fleet of refrigerated trailers we can transport the perishable foods we all love to eat to wherever it needs to go. From across the town to across the country, we will deliver the product as fresh and delectable as when it started its journey.

This is possible due to the built-in refrigeration systems our 53-foot insulated air ride trailers are equipped with. Utilizing the advanced Thermo King Smart Reefer™ temperature control systems, this technology provides the ultimate protection for refrigerated, frozen, and other temperature-sensitive loads.

For over four decades Bay and Bay and our sister company D & T have been providing top of the line refrigerated transportation. With personalized dispatch officials and steadfast dedication to quality customer service, we can ensure on-time delivery. Our highly experienced staff and team of independent contractors boast a collective on-time pickup and delivery record of more than 99 percent.

We are totally committed to safety when it comes to perishable food items. At Bay and Bay, we continuously monitor and strictly abide by FDA regulations and perishable food guidelines at all times. From the grower to the marketplace, we employ new and advancing technologies to stay ahead of the game to keep perishables fresh and safe.

Here at Bay and Bay, we are proud of the fact we have been providing quality temperature-controlled transportation services for many of the same clients stretching all the way back to 1959. We have established and continue to maintain a tradition of excellence in getting the people what they want to where they want it, no matter what the season is. From keeping it perfectly chilled to frosty and frozen, Bay and Bay provides the professional service, personnel and equipment to transport any and all perishable foods and products safely, efficiently, and on-time.