Trucker Buddy announces new sponsors

| Thursday, April 10, 2003

Trucker Buddy recently announced the addition of three sponsors – Mangen Communications, American Graphics Group and On Time Media Inc.

Each of these corporations will allow the organization to further its mission in connecting classrooms and professional drivers around the world by providing needed services for the program.

Mangen Communications, based in Davenport, IA, is a new Platinum Level sponsor. Ben Mangen, president of the company, offered to provide a promotional CD to be used to gain sponsors and introduce the Trucker Buddy program to interested viewers. Steve Couch, video department manager, who creates OSHA-specific safety videos for the transportation industry, produced the CD after spending a day at a class visit. After filming the Trucker Buddy drivers interacting with their class, he captured the passion the children have for their mentors.

“The children really did seem to cherish their relationship with the drivers,” he observed. “The Trucker Buddy program has made a big difference in these kids' lives.”

Mangen also publishes regulatory manuals and videos for safety compliance and has donated 10,000 copies of a promotional CD to Trucker Buddy for distribution. Those interested in the program can call 1-800-MY BUDDY and ask for the promotional CD.

Mangen joins DCSTrucks.com, TransCore, OTR & ProTrucker magazines as Platinum level donors.

American Graphics Group, which publishes Driving Force and rpm magazines, is a new Gold Level sponsorship.

American Graphics joins Gold Level sponsors Delphi, Midnight Trucking Radio, Mike Ryan Motorsports, OOIDA, TruckDriver.com and TMI-MultiMedia.

Although Platinum Level sponsor DCSTrucks has hosted the Trucker Buddy Web site for the past two years, the Trucker Buddy store is being provided by On Time Media Inc. of Florence, KY. Lawrence McCord, president, has agreed to host the store's site and provide changes as new merchandise is offered in the future.

“We are able to offer a secure site where drivers and teachers can purchase Trucker Buddy items for themselves or for their classes because of the generosity of Lawrence and his staff,” Ellen Voie, executive director of Trucker Buddy, said.

On Time Media offers www.ExpeditersOnline.com and other Web sites that focus on the expedited freight industry, which includes many of Trucker Buddy's sponsors and drivers. They also provide news about the industry and issues that affect both expediters and other motor carriers.

Trucker Buddy relies on sponsors to provide services needed by the organization.

For more information about Trucker Buddy, visit www.truckerbuddy.org, or call 1-800-MY-BUDDY.

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