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OOIDA tour trailer stops in Ontario, Calif.

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Throughout the weekend, Marty Ellis and the OOIDA Tour Trailer will be in Ontario, California.

However, Ellis plans to split the time between a TA and a Petro at the same exit off I-10

On Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4, Ellis and the Spirit of the American Trucker will be at the Ontario TA at I-10 and Milliken Avenue, which is exit 57 off the freeway. There is parking for 549 tractor-trailers and a Country Pride restaurant to serve truckers.

Saturday and Sunday, Ellis plans to be at the Ontario Petro at the same exit but across Milliken Avenue. There is parking for 559 tractor-trailers and an iron pan for serving sit-down meals.

Ontario is just outside of Los Angeles County and is part of the Greater LA metropolitan area. It also has several large distribution centers, including those for the AutoZone, Napa Auto Parts and Nordstrom department stores.

Ontario is home to the Maglite flashlight manufacturing plant, which opened in 1979. As of 2019, it is home to The Icee Co., which makes frozen soft drinks in fruit and soda flavors. The company moved to California from Tennessee.

Ontario history

The name of the city echoes the name of the Canadian province because it was founded by a Canadian engineer and his two brothers who came from northern Ontario.

In 1881, they purchased over 6,000 acres with water rights for $60,000, according to an account on the city’s website. The brothers began selling land the following year. By developing the land, the Chaffeys created a water company and an electricity company, which powered the pumps needed to distribute the water.

George Chaffey’s electrical systems engineering led to him being hired to install the first streetlights in Los Angeles and eventually becoming president and engineer of the Los Angeles Electric Co.

Landline Now – Is It Time to Rent?

Ellis speaks regularly with Land Line Now host Mark Reddig on Friday about what he heard from the conductors during the OOIDA tour trailer.

Last Friday, calling from the TA in Wheeler Ridge, Calif., Ellis called and spoke about truckers facing tough choices due to the economy.

The faltering economy has had drivers of their own considering renting to a company with long-term contracts.

A member of OOIDA stopped by and discussed making this decision and had just completed a week of orientation to rent to a company. He had his own authority for a while, Ellis said.

“After so much time sitting around, waiting at home, waiting for the market to stabilize and hopefully start to recover, he found that it stabilized for a week or two and then all of a sudden. suddenly it started going down even more,” Ellis said. “And when you’re looking at a freight of $2 and under a mile, it’s really hard to justify working from that chart.”

Even with fuel supplements, it’s hard to do the same, he said.

“Right now a lot of our single truck operators here are struggling. They’re looking at rates – you can only sit at home so long waiting for rates to go up,” Ellis said.

Ellis recommended members contact OOIDA’s Business Services Department to discuss suspending their own authority, if that seems like a viable option, or other trucking business decisions. The number is 816-229-5791.

Listen to last Friday’s conversation here.

Stop when you see the Spirit

If you see the OOIDA tour trailer, stop by and say hello. Ellis looks forward to visiting you to learn about Association activities and current issues. There are copies of Land Line Magazine to pick up there. You can join or renew your membership for $10 off the regular price at The Spirit.

After Ontario, Ellis plans to fly The Spirit to Barstow, California, the final leg of this California tour. He will be at Barstow on Monday and Tuesday. After that, Ellis travels to Tonopah, Arizona.

Here is the program of The Spirit. LL

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