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Photo courtesy of Dependable Auto Shippers EXPANSION DAS Upgrades Fleet Dallas-based Dependable Auto Shippers (DAS) has made a $7 million investment to expand and upgrade its truck fleet with the purchase of 24 additional trucks. The new trucks are part of an ongoing strategy to replace aged units and contemporize the fleet throughout the next two years, while continuing to grow the company's reach and leadership within the auto transport industry.  "By adding these trucks, DAS is taking another step toward the modernization of our company-owned fleet," said John Roehll, executive vice president and partner of DAS. "We pride ourselves on running a fleet with high-performance equipment and believe these new trucks will allow us to continue offering the highest level of customer service and transport capacity."  The 24 new units represent the first phase in a plan to replace all trucks in the company's fleet. Unique within the privately owned vehicle transport industry, DAS owns and maintains its own truck fleet, including these new vehicle transports, which are New DAS trucks will go to the drivers with the top safety records. combined units with power and trailer built together. The increased efficiency brought by the new trucks, combined with recent changes in environmental laws, helps DAS decrease its environmental footprint. The new trucks will be assigned to DAS' top drivers. n MARKETING card, and a fun workout. The company also awarded a $500 cash prize. "Gentle Giant and the Head of the Charles is a perfect pairing," said Larry O'Toole, founder and chief executive officer of Gentle Giant and long-time competitive rower. "Both organizations promote teamwork and athleticism, and I am incredibly proud to be a sponsor of this famous rowing event that brings so much excitement to the community." Gentle Giant has more than three decades of history with rowing. Since O'Toole founded the company in 1980, it has employed athletes from the national rowing community, many of whom have competed in the regatta for their schools and alumni teams or with the Gentle Giant Rowing Club. Gentle Giant also uses its presence at the regatta to help recruit more employees for its leadership development program. n JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2014 Athletes and spectators test their speed and endurance running stairs on the Gentle Giant Challenge at the Head of the Charles Regatta. 11 Direction Gentle Giant Moving Co. has renewed its sponsorship as the official moving company of the Head of the Charles Regatta, a world-renowned rowing race and festival along a threemile stretch of Boston's Charles River. During the 49th annual event, held on Oct. 19 and 20, Gentle Giant used its moving teams to load and deliver race operation materials, boats, vendor equipment, apparel and more throughout the two-day regatta. The company also deployed the Gentle Giant Speed Stairs Challenge, a customized piece of mobile sports training equipment that gives people a chance to race up and down the speed-stairs as fast as possible to win prizes and compare their scores against those of the fastest Gentle Giant employees. Participants received a Gentle Giant water bottle and time Photo courtesy of Gentle Giant Gentle Giant Extends Regatta Sponsorship

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Direction Jan Feb 2014

From the President
Industry News
Penske Trucks
News Briefs
In Memoriam
International Update
State Line
What's New at AMSA
Fall Board and Committee Reports
Safety Conference Wrap-up
Annual Conference Heads to San Diego
New Members
Office Max
Movers & Shakers
Ready to Grow
Going Green
Driving Down Fleet Costs With Solar Power
Regulatory Affairs
Advertisers' Index
On the Hill
Product Portfolio
Fast Facts

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