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December 2014

Merry Christmas

Our Industry has received a victory in the announced elimination of the requirement
to have two consecutive 1-5 am during a 34 hour restart. In addition, the requirement to log clean pre and post trip
inspections will no longer be required. The FMCSA recently
announced that it does not expect its final rule mandating ELD until September 30, 2015. Effective January 1, the
Illinois Tollway fare is going to spike 40% which is part of a
long-range plan that by 2017 tolls are expected to have risen by 60%. The FMSCA now allows Carriers and/or Drivers the ability to remove
violations dismissed or reduced by the Court. Please contact Jennifer Resendez at ext. 232 for assistance.

All loads grossing greater than 50,000 lbs. require a permit or a scale ticket in order to be processed. Loads without accompanying paperwork, will not be paid until provided. DOT is including permit checks in all of their investigations and carriers are losing their permit privileges since they did not comply with this requirement. Any questions, please call Linda Wilson at extension 246.

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Driver recruiting:
Do you have friends, relatives or acquaintances with a CDL? If so, refer them to us and receive
a referral bonus. We need drivers and we need your help
finding them. Any questions, please call Brady Sheahan.

We are blessed to have you part of the Northern family. May this holiday bring you happiness, joy and peace shared with family.

Each day we have an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. You might be the smile and embrace that makes a difference. May you be that light in someone's life in 2015.

It is important to take the time to remember the loved ones that are no longer with us. For some of you this is the first Christmas without someone that meant so much. If there is any comfort we can provide please do not hesitate to ask anyone in the NST family; we are here for you.

Word from Leadership

We are excited for what 2015 has in store for our drivers and the company. We will remain focused on being the "Best of the Best" and doing what it takes to get there. This is your company and you are the one that makes a difference each day; let us know how we can help.

Our Vision is to grow 50% over the next 5 years. This cannot happen without you. What you do each day wears Northern on your sleeve.

We continue to look to national and local contracts to provide the most value and lowest cost to our drivers. Recently we secured contracts with both Bridgestone, Goodyear and
Michelin Tire. In addition, we have negotiated national pricing contacts with Pilot and Love's that provide pricing discounts to you the driver. The discount is up to $.10/gallon.

Job Well Done
Since the implementation of the Lane Inspections at the end of September, we have had 7 Clean Roadside Inspections! Clean Roadsides are the key to our progress; this takes maintaining your equipment each day. We want to give a special thanks those that have recently passed inspection; those drivers include: Carlos Cornejo (Lake Station), Richard Sample (Canton), Denny Reckner (Toledo), and Scott Tubbs (Toledo). Good work!
Annual Business Meeting

Our annual business meetings are just around the corner. We are modifying the agenda for future meetings to focus on safety and other key items. The January meeting will also
include key initiatives for 2015 and the Independent Contractor Agreement that we will have in place by the end of February.

Breakfast will begin at 8:00 and the presentation at 8:30. The meeting location, dates and times are as follows:

January 10: Toledo and Mansfield - Garden Hilton Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg OH
January 24: Cleveland & Canton - Garden Hilton Inn, 8971 Wilcox Ave, Twinsburg OH
January 31: Lake Station & Indy - The Courtyard, 7850 Rhode Island St, Merrillville IN

We will be providing "Brady Bucks" for free fuel and a gift to all those that attend. We look forward to seeing you. Remember this is your company and we need your input. This is a
great venue to contribute to us becoming the "Best of the Best".

Please contact your dispatcher to save your seat.

Holiday Munchies

Blue Cheese Herb Spread
- 2 T Walnuts
- 2 T chopped chives
- 1/2 c blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 (8oz) package cream cheese

Blend 1st 3 ingredients in a food processor, mix in blue cheese and set aside. Blend cream cheese in food processor until smooth, then add herb mixture and blend all together
until smooth. Refrigerate up to 3 days-serve at room temperature.

This is great served with veggie relish, crackers or torn bread.





      We are proud of our philosophy of success through teamwork.
  Celebrating our drivers.
  NST creates economical efficiencies allowing you to dedicate more time to your customer’s needs.
  Drive with the "Best of the Best."
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