CCJ Daily Dispatch, April 28: Prime donates $700k to Missouri hospital for COVID-19 ward

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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, April 28, 2020: 

Prime donates $700k to Missouri hospital for COVID unit
Prime Inc. President and Founder Robert Low and his wife, Lawana, donated $700,000 on behalf of Prime towards a new COVID-19 unit at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. The hospital says the donation covers all construction costs associated with the project.

“During this chaotic time, it’s important to come together as a community. So, when CoxHealth leadership told us about this need, we were glad to contribute,” Robert Low said. “We are all in this together. We will persevere and defeat this virus. We thank our Prime associates – in-house and drivers – who are certainly doing their part to keep essential goods moving throughout the nation. We also want to thank our front-line health care workers, and let them know: We support you.”

The COVID-19 unit at the hospital was completed this month and includes a 51-bed, ward-style Intensive Care Ventilator Unit.

Penske launches special leasing offer for fleets
Penske Truck Leasing is offering fleets a “Get Back to Business” special full-service truck leasing offer on late-model, low-mileage tractors and box trucks.

The offer includes lower rates and flexible lease terms for tandem-axle day cab and sleeper tractors, 26-foot medium-duty box trucks and 16-foot light-duty box trucks.

Volvo, Mack offering free technician courses for high school, secondary students
Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks launched Tuesday free 90-day access to eLearning courses for high school and secondary technical education students interested in becoming diesel technicians.

The courses will be offered through local dealerships, which have relationships with eligible schools interested in enrolling.

Students will have free access to Technical Education Support (TES) online training and resources with courses in engines, transmissions, vendor components and more.