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With America’s biggest game of the year headed to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend, millions of Americans are already planning their Gameday parties. While planning the menu, have you thought about how all those classic football foods get to your table? The answer is simple: Trucks.

To illustrate just how big of an impact the trucking industry has on the big game, the Minnesota and American Trucking Associations created an infographic (below) to show the role trucking will play in delivering perhaps one of most important parts of the game…the snacks. On February 4th, Americans will consume over:

  • 100 truckloads of popcorn
  • 350 truckloads of potato chips
  • 668 truckloads of avocados
  • 1,562 truckloads of chicken wings, and 
  • Over 36,166 truckloads of beer.

That’s a lot of food!

While the food and drinks are arguably one of the best parts of the big game, trucking also plays a vital role in delivering products that impact every part of the big game. In addition to the thousands of truckloads of construction materials it took to build U.S. Bank Stadium, trucks will deliver everything from sports equipment, production equipment, paper products, fuel to get everyone to the game, and much more! Not to mention all the truckloads of materials for the events and experiences leading up to the big game across the twin cities. 

So, when you sit down to watch football on February 4, take a minute to think about all the trucks it took to deliver America’s biggest game. 

If you’ve got it, a truck brought it!

The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the trade association which represents the state’s convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers, has appointed Daniel Hall Director of Government Affairs & Membership Development Coordinator, representatives announced.
 
“Daniel’s legislative experience, knowledge of our issues and passion for the industries OMEGA represents make him the perfect choice to lead both our government affairs program and membership development initiative,” said Traci Nelson, president of OMEGA.
 
Nelson said in addition to OMEGA, Hall will manage the government affairs and membership development programs for the West Virginia Trucking Association, West Virginia Wholesalers Association and the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia; all of which are managed by OMEGA.
 
Hall, a native West Virginian, served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates before being elected to West Virginia State Senate.  During his legislative tenure, he served as chairman for several committees and ultimately as Senate Majority Whip. Prior to joining OMEGA, Hall worked as a State Liaison for the National Rifle Association of America.

Traci NelsonCharleston, W.Va. (August 22, 2017) - The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the trade association which represents the state’s convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers, has appointed Traci Nelson president of the organization, representatives announced. 

“Given her more than 20 years of experience working with OMEGA and its membership, there is no one more qualified to lead the organization than Traci,” said OMEGA Chairman Joe DeFazio.  “She knows our issues, understands trade association management and for those reasons, was a unanimous choice to lead us into the future.” 

Nelson said, “I’m humbled by the faith and trust of the OMEGA Board in giving me this opportunity.  There was no greater mentor than Jan Vineyard, who led the organization so capably for the past two decades.  She set a high bar and I plan to do my best to live up to it in terms of advocating for our issues and serving our membership.” 

Nelson has worked for OMEGA since 1995 and has held the role of Member Services Coordinator since 2006, when OMEGA took over management of the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA).  OMEGA took over management of the West Virginia Wholesalers Association (WVWA) in 2013 and the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia (IIAWV) in 2014.

As president of OMEGA, Nelson also manages the day-to-day operations of the WVTA, the WVWA and the IIAWV.  Nelson is also serving her third term as president of the West Virginia Society of Association Executives (WVSAE).

For additional information, contact Traci Nelson at (304) 343-5500, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This week, American Trucking Associations has welcomed more than 420 of the trucking industry's top professional truck drivers to Orlando for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. 
 
"Safety and precision will be the focus of these impressive professional truck drivers during this week in Orlando as they compete for honors at the National Truck Driving Championships," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. "Truck drivers work their entire careers and practice for moments like this to showcase their safety skills and compete among friends."
 
The National Truck Driving Championships opened August 9th with competitors taking a walk-through of the driving course and registering for the different class events. From there, competitors will go on to compete in three phases of competition: a written examination testing background knowledge of rules and procedures pertinent to the trucking industry, a vehicle inspection to test competitors' ability to detect vehicle malfunctions, and a driving skills test where competitors are graded on their ability to operate a truck through a series of obstacles. 

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