Lady Racer: The Past Life of a Safety Auditor

Some people would describe safety auditor Wendy Carnahan as quiet and reserved. Don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover because some may be surprised to hear that she raced stock cars for eight years and did two demolition derbies. 

In 1999 Wendy came onto the racing scene after her husband Shawn decided to build a car to race himself. She decided to give it a try and was instantly hooked. They had to share the car, “the red, white and blue 42” while he raced in the Thunderstock division and she raced the Women on Wheels division at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA. She raced with the ladies in the W.O.W division on Saturdays from 1999-2002.  Read More >

'55 Studebaker Truck 

For those who made it to our last North Liberty Driver Appreciation event, it was quite a special occasion. Harold Spring, Heartland’s most Senior Driver, and Justin Spring (Harold’s son) honored us with the presence of their 1955 Studebaker Pickup that has quite the story. Harold originally purchased the Pickup in 1984 about the same time the “Mega Bit Chip” was invented at Bell Labs. The Soviets boycotted the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and Mary Lou Retton wins two gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Pop Culture is winding up with both Madonna and Prince’s popularity at an all time high and then there’s the Studebaker.  Read More >


Summer Blood Drive

May 26, 2015 in North Liberty, IA

Heartland held a summer blood drive for the American Red Cross and had our most successful drive ever! The goal the Red Cross set for us was to collect 44 pints of blood. Well, in good ‘ole Heartland fashion, we blew that goal out of the water collecting 59 pints. We had the potential to collect 62 as we had willing givers, but had to turn some donors away for various reasons. Thank you all for your generosity and doing your part in giving or trying to give!

The Red Cross sent the following, “Thank you so much for taking the time to host a blood drive! With your amazing recruitment efforts, and the help of your wonderful donors, we were able to collect 50-life saving pints of blood! We registered 62 and deferred eight of those donors-six donors did our double red procedures for a total of 59 pints!  All of you that gave potentially saved a life. Your gift is invaluable. Thanks again.

A Piece of the Heartland

One of Heather Snipes’s (NL-Ops) favorite things to do is to get on her Harley Davidson motorcycle and just drive. Her trips often lead her down quiet country roads, where she takes in the scenic farmlands and landscapes. It was during one of these rides when she first became entranced by the beauty and intricacy of the quilt paintings hanging on area barns. “When you see those old barns out there with those beautiful designs on the sides of them, I thought, ‘you know, I could do that,”’ Snipes said.   Read More >

HEartland takes on hunger

April 18, 2015 in Coralville, IA

The North Liberty employees started collecting money and non-perishable items in August 2014 for a local food pantry whose motto is: “Give food. Give Hope.” The food drive would last until April 2015, the goal - 40,000 pounds of food. Although the goal was nowhere near being met, the sentiment was all the same. For Football Friday’s, every Friday from August 29 to November 28, we could show our team pride by wearing our favorite team’s shirt, jersey or sweatshirt for either $2 or two non-perishable items. Read More >

Thank you

Heartland Express,

Due to a large part of Heartland employees that donated to Joshua’s Journeyers for the Muscle walk this year, our team raised $8,089.00! Thanks so very much to all who contributed and to Heartland for matching!! 100% of this money will go towards research for Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, Joshua’s
MD is Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2I. So please know how important and cherished your hard earned money given, means to us. There were a total of 22 teams and combined we raised a total of $55,224.29 for the walk.

Thanks again to everyone who donated!

God Bless,
Cindy Downes (NL-Ops)



Heartland Chester Team,

Yesterday the Hopewell site shipped 1,140,570 pounds of finished goods product out the door. Of that 1.1MM lbs, Heartland Express carried 946,631 pounds of that material. DTF put a lot of weight on your shoulders and you performed in outstanding fashion. Thank you so much for a job well done and doing it safely while at our facility. This is one of the heavier month ends that I’ve seen in a while and it went well. Thanks for all the communications between our groups that made this month end successful. We needed this volume for our end of quarter numbers.

Please convey our appreciation to everyone who was involved in making this happen.

Thanks again & Best Regards,

Visit from Dad

Heartland Express driver visits his children and their class on the last day of school.  Dad gave the kids a tour of a Heartland Express truck!  The kids really enjoyed blowing the air horn and their gifts of CAT scales ticket collector cards.  What a fun treat for the kids and what a fun Dad!


For Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Landazuri, Heartland Driver #644, the decision to bail out of his two-man border outpost last month came after the ninth or tenth incoming rocket-propelled grenade finally knocked him to the ground. Wounded in the face and leg by the shrapnel, the 82nd Airborne Division trooper abandoned his position just as he and Queens-born Pfc. David Joy were about to be overrun on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border by a platoon of suspected Al Qaeda fighters.  Read More >

Hometown Connection: Iowa City

When Heartland employees hear “Iowa City” they think of the corporate office. But did you know the Iowa City area is pretty interesting by itself? Iowa City is a vibrant college town that’s rich in history. It is the former state capitol, and it is the proud home to The University of Iowa. (Go Hawkeyes!)

The population of Iowa City is about 72,000. This number nearly doubles on football game days when over 70,000 fans pack into Kinnick Stadium. The University of Iowa is part of the Big Ten conference, our mascot is Herky the Hawk and we bleed black and gold. But we’re not only about football. The UI Children’s Hospital is known as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country, our International Writing Program is ranked #1 and actor Ashton Kutcher is from here.

What’s neat about Iowa City is our history. Iowa City was the first capitol of Iowa. The city operated as the state’s legal hub from 1846 to 1855, when legislators decided to move the capitol to more centrally located city, Des Moines. The original capitol building, “Old Cap” as we know it, remains in the heart of Iowa City and is still fully operational. The chamber rooms are used for college classes and speaking events and the entire building is a museum that is open to visitors daily. Whether you are coming for a college visit, to see a Hawkeye game, or to brush up on your history, Iowa City welcomes you. See you soon! - Sara Post (NL-Bill)

Gift to Ronald McDonald Family Room

December 15, 2014 in Cedar Rapids, IA 

Hundreds of families with hospitalized children will be the beneficiaries of a major gift from the Gerdin Family Foundation. The family is gifting $300,000 to St. Luke’s Foundation for the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family. Room®, which is located on the second floor of St. Luke’s Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Foundation will use $100,000 of the gift to open an endowment to support future capital needs as there will always be a demand for this type of facility for the families of critically-ill children.   Read More >

Wreaths Across America

December 13, 2014  In Arlington National Cemetery

As a society, we have long observed traditional, solemn funeral ceremonies as a means of remembering, honoring and mourning those who have passed. As a nation, we observe some very formalized rituals as a means of affording our very highest honors to members of the armed forces who have died in the service of their country, particularly those who have fallen in wartime. Military funerals with honor guards, flagdraped coffins, salutes and burials in cemeteries set aside for veterans are all symbols by which we honor and acknowledge our gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Read More >


Trip to Antarctica

December 7-19, 2014 

Penguins, seals, whales, icebergs and exploring the southern-most continent was how I spent the best two weeks of my life. I had the great opportunity of going on a Study Abroad trip through Iowa State University from December 7 - 19, 2014. We flew 6,822 miles total going from Des Moines to Atlanta to Miami to Buenos Aires and finally to Ushuaia, Argentina, the Southern-most city in the world. Once there we got to spend a day hiking in Tierra Del Fuego National Park, it was there that I learned that hik-ing is not meant for those who are out-of-shape!   Read More >