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!


Safe Fleet Names New Territory Manager for Southeast Region

Mike Maxwell

Mike Maxwell

Safe Fleet is excited to announce that Mike Maxwell has been appointed Territory Manager responsible for Commercial Vehicle in the Southeast region. Maxwell will be based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Maxwell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University and has nearly 30 years’ experience including time selling parts into aftermarket distribution as well as diagnostics and fleet management products into the heavy duty truck fleet market. He recently worked for Robert Bosch, Noregon Systems and Wells Lamont.

He and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters. He is a native Chicagoan and settled into Chattanooga after eight moves, for the weather, scenic beauty and outdoor activities. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and being partial to older homes, spends a lot of time fixing or maintaining them.

He can be reached at 816-506-7057or by email at mmaxwell@safefleet.net.

We are excited to welcome Mike to the Safe Fleet team!

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


Safe Fleet Quick Takes: ErgoRack Demo

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

In this episode, Safe Fleet Marketing Manager Cameron Blain discusses how the ErgoRack by Prime Design can help prevent a significant slip, trip or fall when loading and unloading a ladder to a vehicle. The ErgoRack improves personal safety by keeping both feet securely on the ground. Prime Design Customer Service Manager Tom Seifert demonstrates the High Roof Inclined Rotation ErgoRack on a Mid-Roof Sprinter. For more information, visit www.primedesign.net or call 877-463-7225.

Safe Fleet Names New Territory Manager for Northwest Territory

Sean Loomis

Sean Loomis

Safe Fleet is excited to announce that Sean Loomis has been appointed Territory Manager responsible for Commercial Vehicle in the Northwest region. Loomis will be based out of Seattle, Washington.

Loomis has over sixteen years of experience in marketing and sales roles. Over the course of his career he has worked in warehousing, cellular and utility infrastructure as well as heavy truck, off-road vehicle, RV and trailer markets. He most recently worked as Regional Sales Manager for Interlake Mecalux.

Loomis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Loomis volunteers with Best Buddies International and the Special Olympics Washington Chapter. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is a strong supporter of these organizations and helps any chance he can.

We are excited to welcome Sean to the Safe Fleet team!