Plenty of Turkeys for Thanksgiving

If the doom-saying turkey pundits had been right, we’d all be eating ham this Thanksgiving. Last summer, after a devastating outbreak of avian flu in the big turkey-producing states in the Midwest, which supposedly killed over 8 million poultry, the national media predicted the prices for the surviving turkeys would soar, especially turkeys for the holidays.
Fortunately, thanks to the resilience of the American farmers, and contrary to those dismal predictions, there is an abundant availability of turkeys which are selling for some of the lowest prices in years. Consumers and supermarkets are getting a good buy. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, for the week ending last Friday, the average retail price for frozen whole hen turkeys was 90 cents a pound, a penny less than last year.

Fairchild Freight Honors Veterans

On November 11th, Fairchild Freight observed this great “Day of Remembrance” honoring all veterans from the past, present, or future. We extend our thanks for your faithful service. Our hearts and hats are off to all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They have provided dedicated, loyal service to our country to help keep us free.

Growing the business…

Fairchild Freight does it again! We are preparing to open up another strategically located terminal across our well traversed operating geography. This one, will be located in Stockton, within a stone’s throw of Interstate 5. It will provide amenities for our driving force, both local and over the road with 40 dock-high, truck bay, cross-docks and nearly 5 acres of parking for our dynamic fleet. Customer conveniences and advanced essentials for our drivers, is what Fairchild Freight is all about.

E-Coli outbreak at a popular restaurant chain in Oregon & Washington state.

Three people in the Portland, Oregon area and nineteen people in western Washington have gotten sick with E. coli, since Friday. Seventeen of them had eaten at a popular chain of Chipotle restaurants during the past few weeks. Eight people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. The Company has voluntarily closed down 43 of its locations in Washington and Oregon. Health officials said they expect the number of cases to rise as more people hear about the outbreak and go to the doctor.
Health Department Officials in both states are attributing the intestinal bacterial outbreak to contaminated produce, such as lettuce. Health Safety is one of Fairchild Freight’s primary concerns and none of the produce delivered to these communities came through its sourcing.

Aftermath of Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane Patricia, with 200-mph winds at landfall and accompanying torrential rains, left surprisingly little damage in her wake although the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Pacific Ocean. The menacing storm hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Friday but weakened to a tropical depression as it moved across the country. Fortunately, there were only six deaths recorded, a lot less than the sirens from the meteorologists had predicted because Patricia missed the heavily populated areas. Other than the thousands of acres of ravaged banana and papaya, the mango, tamarind, guanabana, and corn crop damage was also significant in Mexico we experienced little fallout here in the USA.

On the Road Again

We are excited to announce that Fairchild is currently receiving delivery of 25 new custom built Kenworth and Peterbilt tractors! These roadworthy trucks come well equipped, including sleepers, double bunks, microwaves, flat screen TVs, GPS, and the latest digital amenities with advanced satellite communications for the long hauls “to and from” Alaska and the rest of the lower 48 states. These added features are part of the solidarity in motion at work.