NFI Announces its Second Truck Rodeo in Waxahachie, TX

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NFI's Truck Rodeo series rolls into Texas to showcase driver skills and teach about safety.

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NFI announced today its selection of Waxahachie, Texas as the location to host the second NFI Truck Rodeo of the 2012 season. This is the second of five events in the Rodeo series that NFI will host throughout the summer and early fall, with the first held in Jacksonville, Florida last month on April 21st. The Waxahachie event is planned to be held from 8am to 2pm on May 19th, at 201 Butcher Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

The first of NFI’s Truck Rodeos in Jacksonville, Florida was a great success. Community members came out to enjoy the close driving competition, a BBQ lunch and a variety of activities for all ages. Winners of the Jacksonville event include Steve Truax coming in with the award for First, Bill Kaeberlien at Second, and Nathan Bennett taking Third. All three contestants will continue on to the NFI Truck Rodeo Grand Championship in October. Those interested in photos from the Southeastern event can visit NFI’s Facebook page (

This is the 8th annual Truck Rodeo for NFI, with a total of five locations across the United States between the months of April and October. NFI is hosting the annual Truck Rodeo series again in 2012 to promote local outreach within communities across the nation, to demonstrate the values of the family-owned company and to attract drivers interested in joining the NFI team. The events will also showcase the company’s trucking and logistics systems, as well as the advanced professional skills of NFI’s drivers in keeping the roads safe while delivering cargo.

Each Truck Rodeo competition consists of NFI’s professional drivers competing in various challenges that require highly-advanced vehicle operating skills. Scenarios include driving an 18-wheeler backwards through a tight maze of cones, or stopping in just enough time to avoid knocking an egg from a cone on the pavement. Each competition hosts anywhere between 10 and 25 contestants, each with countless years of experience in maneuvering large vehicles. The Grand Championship will be a competition between the top three contestants from each regional Rodeo, totalling 12 contestants in all.

Each Rodeo also offers relevant safety facts for those industry outsiders interested in the precautions required to safely haul large loads over long distances. Drivers will discuss the DOT inspection that they conduct each day to ensure vehicle safety on the road, including thorough checks of steering, tires, lights, air lines and other mechanical aspects of each truck.

The Truck Rodeos are family events that offer a variety of activities for all ages, including DJ’s from local radio stations, great local BBQ and picnics, prize raffles, and a Moon Bounce and children's rodeos at select locations. Each event attracts around 100 attendees of all ages.

Other confirmed dates for NFI’s Truck Rodeos include Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 6th for the Grand Championship. The remaining Rodeo locations in the Midwestern and Northeastern regions are yet to be announced. Those individuals interested in more information and photos from previous events can visit's News and Events page (, the NFI Facebook page (, or find out more information by following the company on Twitter (@NFIindustries).

About NFI: NFI is a fully integrated supply chain solutions provider offering logistics, distribution, warehousing, intermodal, real estate, and solar services across the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Vineland and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, NFI owns facilities nationwide and globally, more than 2,000 tractors, and more than 7,000 trailers. Privately held by one family since its inception in 1932, NFI employs more than 6,000 individuals, operates more than 21 million square feet of contract and public warehouse and distribution space, and generates $1 billion in revenue annually. NFI is a partner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program, which dedicates efforts to increasing energy efficiency and reducing the impact of the freight industry upon the environment.

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