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30 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Love’s Expands its Corporate HQ

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Love's Travel Stops has purchased the building and land south of its main corporate campus on Pennsylvania Avenue that was previously occupied by The Hertz Corporation.

The 126,000-square-foot building located on 16 acres adjacent to its main corporate headquarters will give Love's the opportunity to double the size of its existing campus in Oklahoma City, Okla. The purchase agreement closed Aug. 29 and represents a major development for the company as it focuses on expansion.

The 38-year-old building will require extensive updates, and Hertz will have a small presence in the building for the immediate future. Hertz relocated employees who were working in the building to one of its other locations in Oklahoma City. Currently, Love's has 1,200 corporate employees working on three company campuses in Oklahoma City.

“The purchase of our neighboring Hertz data center building is a direct result of Love's plans for the future,” said Greg Love, co-chief executive officer of Love's. “The acquisition of the Hertz building and the associated raw land will allow us to house our future growth needs at our main campus in The Village.”

Related: Love's Donates $25,000 to Louisiana Flood Relief

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30 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Highway Deaths Climbed 7.2% in 2015; Those Involving Large Trucks Rose 4.1%

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Traffic crashes took the lives of 35,092 persons in 2015, according to final data released Aug 29 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

That 7.2% increase in highway fatalities from 2014 marks the end of a nearly 50-year trend toward declining fatalities. The largest percentage increase previously was the 8.1-percent rise recorded from 1965 to 1966.

The number of deaths attributed specifically to crashes involving large trucks jumped 4.1%, marking the highest increase in this statistic since 2008. Of the 4,067 large-truck fatalities, 16.4% were occupants of large trucks, 10.1% were non-occupants, and 73.5% were occupants of other vehicles.

The 2015 data also showed that the estimated number of people injured on the roads increased as well, from 2.34 to 2.44 million people, as did the number of police-reported crashes, from 6.0 to 6.3 million.

NHTSA said that traffic deaths increased across nearly every segment of the population, including passenger vehicle occupants, passengers of large trucks, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Also up were alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Fatalities of drivers of large trucks was one of the few groups that remained unchanged.

Per NHTSA, the number of traffic deaths was nearly 25% higher ten years ago, with 42,708 fatalities reported in 2005. “Since then,” the agency stated, “safety programs have helped lower the number of deaths by increasing seat belt use and reducing impaired driving. Vehicle improvements, including air bags and electronic stability control, have also contributed to reducing traffic fatalities.”

However, NHTSA also pointed out that recently “job growth and low fuel prices… have led to increased driving, including increased leisure driving and driving by young people. More driving can contribute to higher fatality rates. In 2015, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased 3.5% over 2014, the largest increase in nearly 25 years.”

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