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National Social Campaign Holds Coloring Contest to Spread Kindness and Stop Bullying

BELTON, MO (November 22, 2016) –Safe Fleet’s United Against Bullying (UAB) program held its annual Coloring Contest from September through October, 2016. This year’s theme was ‘Kindness Is Cool’ and the coloring sheet featured Buddy the Safety Bear being kind to his friend, Squirrel. The contest reached 1,390 students in cities around North America with the entries submitted by teachers, counselors, school bus drivers, and parents.

The UAB program is the social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. The sole purpose of the coloring contest campaign and the grant funding available each year is to start conversations on kindness and to stop bullying. UAB envisions a world without bullying – full of kindness, empathy, and safety.

“Keeping children and adults safe is the forefront of everything we do.” said John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “We will continue to provide contests, funding, and resources to help create respectful environments, to empower young people, and to end bullying.”

This year there were so many excellent entries, especially in the 11+ category, that it was decided to include Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to all of the winners:

5-7 year Winner: Sydney Constantine-Cowie, Lake Harriet Community School, Minneapolis, MN

5-7 year Honorable Mentions: Jack Wagner William Perrin, St. Edward School, Cynthiana, KY and Verenice Gonzalez-Vences, Beardsley Elementary School, Elkhart, IN

8-10 year Winner: Harry Park, Richard Bulpitt Elementary School, Langley, BC

8-10 year Honorable Mentions: Layla Macatangay, Mountview Road Elementary School, Morris Plains, NJ and Shayla Hense, Scott M. Ellis Elementary, Greenville, NY

11+ Winner: Ashton Nicole Dove, Livingston Central High, Smithland, KY

11+ Honorable Mentions: Josey Mae Tolley, Livingston Central High, Smithland, KY; Malisa Lo, Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, HI; Josie McCormick, Eastwood Elementary, Elkhart, IN; and Janine Hu, École Banting Middle School, Coquitlam, BC

Thank you to to everyone who introduced the Coloring Contest to children and had conversations on how kindness stops bullying. UAB will continue to share resources and tools to help support anti-bullying programs in Canada and the United States.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release, please contact:

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator
teresa.lynne@seon.com
1.877.630.7366

unitedagainstbullying.net

United Against Bullying’s 2016 “Kindness is Cool” Coloring Contest Announced

Bear with sign-cyanSafe Fleet is excited to announce the annual United Against Bullying Coloring Contest. The contest is sponsored by Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries to encourage a conversation about kindness and bullying with youth. This year the theme is Kindness is Cool.

The Contest runs from September 1 – October 31, 2016 and is open to all school-age children in the US and Canada. One winner will be selected from each of three age groups: 5-7, 8-10, and 11+. Winners will receive a Kindness is Cool medal, a United Against Bullying button, a Build-a-Bear certificate, and a small mascot bear (Buddy the Safety Bear). The school or organization submitting a winning entry will get an award of $500 towards an anti-bullying initiative.

All school districts and organizations working with kids are invited to download and distribute the coloring sheet, encourage coloring, and submit the finished works-of-art. It is our hope that this Contest creates an opportunity to talk about bullying: what to do if a child is being bullied or if kids see someone being bullied, to speak out against it, where to get support, and how being kind makes everyone feel good. Teaching empathy and kindness stops bullying.

Please visit the following link for more information on prizes, rules or to download the coloring sheet, unitedtoendbullying.com/contests/.

Downloads for the coloring sheet and contest flyer are also available on the right.

Please visit the United Against Bullying pages on Facebook and Twitter to Like, Follow and Share with your friends and family.

We wish everyone a happy time coloring, talking, and inspiring kindness!

 

Kindness for Kids: United Against Bullying Grant Winners Announced

Safe Fleet Awards $55,000 for Anti-Bullying Initiatives

BELTON, MO (August 2, 2016) –Safe Fleet is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 United Against Bullying (UAB) Grant Program. The UAB program is the national social campaign of Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles. This year, the company donated $55,000 to applicants who presented the best strategies to stop bullying and inspire kindness in their communities.

Schools and organizations working with youth were invited to plan an anti-bullying project and apply for a grant from February 24, the official Pink Shirt Day, to June 30, 2016. Over one hundred applications, almost double from 2015, were submitted to Safe Fleet from North American school districts, school transportation departments, and non-profit entities. The applicants’ objectives included the creation of new anti-bullying awareness and kindness projects, expansion of existing programs, positive behavior recognition, school bus driver training, and purchasing school bus equipment to help reduce bullying incidents.

“It was inspiring to receive so many initiatives empowering students to be kind and compassionate, and to stand up to bullying,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “Thank you to everyone who applied for the United Against Bullying Grant. Many proposals were well-detailed and inspiring, making the selections difficult. United by the cause, we applaud every community for every action taken to keep kids safe and happy.”

2016 United Against Bullying Grant Winners:

  • Anglophone South SD
  • Brainerd ISD
  • Connellsville Area SD
  • Crossroads Youth Center’s Unite Against Bullying ME Project
  • Duncan Public Schools
  • Florence ISD
  • Flowing Wells Unified SD #8
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Isle of Wight County Schools
  • KWRL Transportation Cooperative
  • Lafayette County SD
  • Leon County Schools
  • Lewiston-Porter CSD
  • Maryvale Union Free SD
  • Norristown Area SD
  • Palmer River Elementary School
  • Plum Borough SD
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Round Valley Schools USD #10
  • Shanksville-Stonycreek SD
  • Somerset Independent SD 536
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Division
  • Stafford Township SD
  • Stepping Stones Mental Health and   Counseling Inc.
  • Three Village CSD
  • Weller Health Education Center

The annual Safe Fleet’s United Against Bullying Grant Program will re-open to school communities and organizations working with youth next year to help stop bullying in communities and empower young people. Detailed information about the program, as well as tools, resources, stories of grant winners and news on anti-bullying events are available on the campaign website:  unitedagainstbullying.net.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve five major markets: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

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For more information about this release please contact:

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator
teresa.lynne@seon.com
1.877.630.7366

unitedagainstbullying.net

Safe Fleet Acquires FleetMind

FleetMind LogoBELTON, MO (June 6, 2016) – Safe Fleet is pleased to announce today the acquisition of FleetMind Solutions, Inc. (FleetMind).

Based in Montreal, Canada, FleetMind delivers the waste industry’s leading “smart truck” solution – onboard computing (OBC) systems that enable waste and recycling fleets to link their drivers and vehicles to business operations in real-time to ensure improved safety, productivity, sustainability and customer service. FleetMind solutions have been successfully installed in thousands of refuse collection vehicles across North America, providing unprecedented real-time information to drivers and dispatchers about a truck’s load-weight, route status, service completion, vehicular telemetry, driver activities and more. As a result, FleetMind-powered fleets enjoy optimized safety, total visibility into route progress, greater driver accountability, improved customer service, and vastly improved fuel efficiencies.

“We are excited to welcome FleetMind into the Safe Fleet family. This acquisition supports our vision to build the leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles,” said John R. Knox, President & CEO of Safe Fleet. “The addition of FleetMind expands Safe Fleet’s growing position in fleet management software & hardware for specialty fleet vehicles. The FleetMind product line is complementary to Safe Fleet’s existing fleet management products and expands Safe Fleet’s presence in the waste and recycling market.”

FleetMind will maintain both the operations out of its Montreal headquarters and its regional representation throughout North America. Co-owners, Martin Demers, CEO, and Martin Lord, CTO, will continue their leadership roles as Vice-Presidents within the Safe Fleet organization.

“For over 15 years, FleetMind has built a strong brand for its leadership in fleet management solutions for the waste and recycling industry,” said Martin Demers. “By joining the Safe Fleet family, we gain a strong global partner who shares our vision of safer, greener and more productive fleets, and who brings access to new resources, technologies and markets toward accelerating our product and growth strategies. Most importantly, together with Safe Fleet, we will be better positioned to serve our customers with extended opportunities for our smart truck systems. We are excited to join a team that shares our commitment to innovation, and we look forward to working together to enhance fleet safety and performance for all fleets.”

FleetMind is the company’s fourth acquisition in the video and telematics sector, an area of rapid growth for Safe Fleet.

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide increased functionality and integrated solutions for fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world. These brands serve five major markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, truck and trailer, work truck, and industrial. With over 1000 employees, the Safe Fleet family of brands operates almost 600,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.

About FleetMind Solutions, Inc.
FleetMind Solutions, Inc. is the award-winning technology leader for fleet management solutions. FleetMind’s technology is derived from over 15 years and millions of dollars invested in developing the industry’s best and most advanced fleet solutions specifically designed for waste and recycling environments. FleetMind solutions have been successfully installed in thousands of vehicles across North America. Our products have allowed the industry’s largest waste and recycling fleets to link their drivers and vehicles to business operations in real-time to ensure improved productivity, safety, sustainability, profitability and customer service. For more information, visit us at www.FleetMind.com.

Contact:
Cameron Blain
Marketing Manager
(800) 827-3692

Safe Fleet Quick Takes: inView 360

Safe Fleet Introduces the first YouTube cast dedicated to helping fleets of all sizes stay safe and productive.

In this Safe Fleet Quick Takes episode, Safe Fleet Marketing Manager Cameron Blain discusses how adding video technology to your fleet, such as the inView 360 video system, can improve driver visibility, reduce accidents and provide verifiable evidence for insurance claims. The inView 360 gives drivers a bird’s eye view of their vehicle surroundings and allows fleet managers the ability to record, download and stream live video. For more information, visit www.safefleet.net or call 844-258-8178.