TA Travel Centers of America and Ideal Shield recently teamed up to capture an unclaimed business opportunity. Founded in 1972, TA Travel Centers is the largest full service travel center company serving professional highway travelers.
With over 165 free-standing locations to service highway travelers, TA travel has proven to be a frontrunner in full-service motorist care. Due to strict restrictions the DOT enforces in the amount of hours a long haul tracker can keep their rig on the road, many of the drivers are forced to find a suitable location to rest when their time is up and are then forced to pull over and rest wherever space is available. Many times a TA Travel Center is at full capacity when a driver pulls in and has no other option for a place to rest. This is often why you see trucks lining a highway or ramps leading to and from a rest area.
TA Travel Centers came up with a plan to better service their important professional clients by offering them to reserve a spot ahead of time for a nominal fee at a TA Travel Center that the trucker will be passing through at the scheduled “off time”. This way, the driver is assured they would be in compliance with DOT regulations and not be stressed to find “no room at the inn”.
TA travel Centers worked closely with Ideal Shield in perfecting a movable sign base system with wheels that they use to reserve the spots for truckers that can then be wheeled away when the rig pulls in to park.
Ideal is proud to work with a customer orientated company as Travel Centers of America since we share the same value that the customer is king.
Ideal Shield has added Concrete Bollard Covers to our bollard cover product line. These bollards covers are designed to offer superior protection and security outside commercial and retail facilities and are a great compliment to the Ideal Shield steel post and bollard cover system
Concrete bollards are designed to easily withstand harsh weather and offer a great solution for banks, schools, office buildings, and other facilities with pedestrian traffic requiring security measures and traffic control barriers.
These formidable bollards are available in a variety of natural, earth toned finishes and architecturally pleasing styles. With these concrete bollards customers are able to provide enhanced security and protection from accidents and acts of vandalism without sacrificing facility appearance. Read more »
Ideal Shield is pleased to announce that we have added a new decorative bollard cover, the Skyline Bollard, to our popular decorative bollard product line.
This sleek, minimalistic bollard cover features a 45º angled top and smooth sides. The skyline bollard has a modern, architecturally appealing appearance and is an excellent, cost effective alternative to stainless steel or concrete decorative bollards.
The motivation behind the design of this bollard comes from one of our customers. We are always looking for ways to broaden our product offerings and satisfy our customer’s needs, so when one of our customers expressed interest in a bollard with this shape and style we got to work and created it.
The skyline bollard is manufactured from ¼ thick HPDE plastic, fits over any standard 6” bollard post, and is available in virtually any color. As with all other bollard covers that we manufacture, the Skyline Bollard Cover is harsh weather and fade resistant. The cover can be purchased and placed over existing bollard posts or purchased with steel pipe for new installations.
Including the Skyline bollard, our decorative bollard cove line includes seven styles, and one UV or Hardwired lighted bollard cover. Decorative bollards offer stylish, architecturally appealing bollard protection and are a great option for municipalities with strict visual ordinances and non-industrial settings.
Find out more about the Skyline bollard and other decorative covers today!
What is a handrail kick-plate and is it really necessary? A kick-plate, or toe-board, is placed at the bottom of your handrail system by your toes, where your feet would kick it – hence the name. Kick-plates, while very common, are not standard, or automatically included as part of a handrail system. So, when are kick-plates necessary? Do you have to put them on your handrail system? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the situation.
The reason to install a handrail system is safety and the prevention of accidents and falls. The same is true for kick-plates; they are installed for safety and the same reasons as the handrail system itself. If your handrail is near an edge and the potential exists for something to fall off that edge and injure someone, then a kick plate is necessary. Consider any areas where you have installed a handrail. Is the handrail near an edge? Could a tool fall off this edge and hurt someone? If the answer is yes, then a kick-plate is necessary. Read more »
Facility cleanliness and appearance play a direct role in the health of your business. It’s not just the look of your offices, lobbies and store fronts regularly seen by customers, but also the cleanliness and appearance of industrial areas, warehouses and manufacturing plants, not typically seen by the public. A clean industrial facility may seem like a pie in the sky idea, but there are solid business reasons to make this a corporate goal. Read more »
Each year we see tens of thousands of workplace accidents related to forklifts and other powered industrial trucks; accidents that are often caused by lack of safe operating procedures and lax safety enforcement. Most of these accidents involve employee injuries and property damage – both a high price to pay, much higher than the cost of prevention.
The first rule of safety, not only for forklift operators but for all workers, is training and education. Human error plays a huge role in workplace accidents. Read more »
Two things that all plants, factories, warehouses and distribution centers have in common are the needs for efficiency and safety. Businesses across the United States are doing more with less; they are maximizing productivity while minimizing expenses. This minimization includes cutting down on facility space and improving efficiencies so that more can get done in a smaller space and in less time. Read more »
In the spirit of Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2011, we’ll talk about Ideal Shield’s Green Initiative, including how bumper post sleeves are actually good for the environment and our ReSleeve Program.
How is it that a bumper post sleeve – a product made of plastic – can actually be good for the environment? There are a couple of ways. First, using bumper post sleeves to cover your bollards means less paint and less paint waste. The biggest benefit of not having to paint bollards is the money saved on labor and paint supplies, an average of $28 dollars per post. Read more »
Last week we talked about improving the external appearance of your facility and making a good impression with customers, including using colored bollard covers to create a clean, branded appearance. This week let’s talk about why you need to have bollards in the first place.
Keeping your facility, and most importantly your customers and employees, safe is a top priority. Most businesses are located near moving cars; unless you have a store inside a mall, there will be a street or parking lot nearby. Where there are cars, unfortunately there are bound to be accidents. Read more »
In today’s competitive marketplace customer experience is everything. A key factor in this experience is your customer’s impression of the way your business looks. When a customer drives into your parking lot, what do they think of your building, and what is it saying about your business? Is it clean and well-kept? Does it reflect your corporate standards and represent your brand image? Read more »