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Ipema Emerges As USA Truck’s Grand Champion Technician


Henry Ipema placed first in four of 10 categories to earn the title of USA Truck Grand Champion at the USA Truck Technician Championship on May 17 in Van Buren, AR.

Ipema, representing USA Truck’s Chicago terminal, won the Brakes and Air System, Service Information and DOT Inspection categories (DOT with a perfect score), and placed second in the Engine category. He finished third overall in the 2012 USA Truck Technician Championship.

Ipema was followed by Jesse Elmore (Van Buren), 2012 USA Truck Grand Champion Daniel Cupp (Van Buren), Luke Landis (Vandalia, OH) and Anthony Jellison (West Memphis). These five technicians will represent USA Truck at the 2013 Arkansas Technician Championship May 31 in Rogers and at TMC SuperTech 2013 (nationals) Sept. 9-11 in Pittsburgh.

“We congratulate Henry and all of our outstanding technicians for their efforts, not only in competition but in all they do every day to keep USA Truck’s fleet maintained to high standards,” said Tom Glaser, Chief Operating Officer of USA Truck. “The efforts of our technicians and of our entire Maintenance team are crucial for us to meet our objectives as a company.”

Ten USA Truck technicians were selected to compete after completing a qualifying test. This rigorous written exam tested the technicians’ knowledge of the various systems, components and processes associated with our equipment and maintenance strategy.

The Championship competition consisted of 10 stations, where each technician completed a written exam and a hands-­‐on test by diagnosing and repairing an unknown issue with the equipment on which they were being tested.

Ipema and Elmore each received prize packages of tools and assorted gifts for placing 1-2 in the competition.

USA Truck wishes to thank the following vendors and suppliers for volunteering their time and resources to provide materials and administer the event: Grainger, Grote, SAF Holland, Espar, Stemco, Matco Tools, Utility Trailer, Hendrickson, Navistar, Truck Centers of Arkansas, Eaton, Purkey’s Fleet Electrical, The Towing Network, Rubber Inc., Bridgestone, Southern Tire Mart, MHC Kenworth of Van Buren, Accuride, Carrier Heating and Air, Morgan Supply, TriCorp Trailer Repair, Thermoking, Omni-Tracs, TruckPro, Chevron, Grismer Tire, Donaldson and Fleetpride.

About USA Truck

USA Truck is a transportation and logistics provider headquartered in Van Buren, Arkansas, with terminals, offices and staging facilities located throughout the United States. We transport commodities throughout the continental U.S. and into and out of portions of Canada. We also transport general commodities into and out of Mexico by allowing through-­‐trailer service from our terminal in Laredo, Texas. Our Strategic Capacity Solutions and Intermodal service offerings provide customized transportation solutions using the latest technological tools available and multiple modes of transportation.

Eric Burney, (479) 471-3517

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