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March 1, 2010
Con-way Truckload Announces Drivers of the Year
Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced its 2009 Drivers of the Year. The winners comprise both solo and team drivers who had been named Drivers of the Month during the previous year. Award criteria included exemplary performance, dedication to safety and professional service representing the company.
“These drivers represent the best of the best in our industry,” said Herb Schmidt, president, Con-way Truckload. “Their commitment to safe driving practices, exemplary customer service and the highest professional standards make them a great example for all of us, and it’s a pleasure to award them our company’s top honor.”
Together, Con-way Truckload’s Drivers of the Year drove a total of more than 889,200 accident-free miles during 2009. The distance they covered is the equivalent of traveling around the circumference of the Earth 36 times or from the Earth to the moon nearly four times.
At an awards ceremony, the winners received commemorative plaques, wrist watches, custom jackets and cash prizes. They were also honored with a proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives and inducted into the Con-way Truckload Hall of Fame.
The 2009 Con-way Truckload Driver of the Year honorees:
• Company Driver of the Year: Ken Taylor of Hallettsville, Texas, has been a professional driver for 27 years and joined Con-way Truckload in 2003. He and his wife have six children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys riding and racing motorcycles.
• Company Team of the Year: Al and Jennifer Sidwell of Parkersburg, W.Va., became Con-way Truckload drivers in 2007 after more than 20 combined years of professional truck driving. Married, they have four children. This marks their second consecutive win as Company Team of the Year.
• Owner-Operator of the Year: Jon Smith of Joplin, Mo., is Owner-Operator of the Year for the third year in a row. He began driving professionally and joined Con-way Truckload in 1984, and has since driven more than three million miles. Smith is married and has two daughters.
• Owner-Operator Team of the Year: Michael and Jennifer Burns of Leechburg, Pa., have been driving for more than five years and became Con-way Truckload drivers in 2007. Married, they have a daughter. When they’re not driving, they enjoy spending time with friends and family.
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Danny Herman Trucking Recognized as a C-TPAT Certified Carrier
Danny Herman Trucking, Inc. announces earning Certification by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a participant in its U.S. Customs’ Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.
Danny Herman Trucking, Inc., a leading long-haul transportation provider announced today that it has been named as a certified Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) partner by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency of the Department of Homeland Security. As a partner, Danny Herman Trucking is committed to global supply chain security and has agreed to make a vital contribution to help secure the United States’ borders and ensure the continued free flow of international trade.
Established in 2001, C-TPAT is the first worldwide initiative in which participating organizations fully cooperate with U.S. Customs to establish acceptable security practices throughout their entire supply chain operations. Eligible companies must submit a detailed application and conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of their supply chain security procedures using the C-TPAT guidelines developed by the CBP and the community for each specific trade category.
“Obtaining C-TPAT certification confirms that our internal management processes and facilities are efficient, secure and compliant,” said Melanie H. Shepherd, Director of HR and Quality, and who is also the Security Point of Contact for DHT. Joe Herman, President added “Completing the stringent processes to achieve C-TPAT certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing customers, now and in the future, the highest quality service and security measures available.”
Participation in the program provides companies with the assurance of a safe, secure and expeditious supply chain, benefiting their employees, internal operations, suppliers and customers. C-TPAT members benefit directly by reducing the number of physical inspections and documentation reviews when crossing borders, helping to dramatically decrease the time required when passing through customs. Obtaining C-TPAT certification offers businesses an opportunity to take an active role in improving national security.
For more information regarding C-TPAT and other CBP security initiatives, please visit www.cbp.gov. For more information on Danny Herman Trucking, Inc., please contact a customer service representative at
1-800-251-7500 or visit www.dannyherman.com.
Transport America Announces Million Mile Achievements
Transport America, headquartered in Eagan, Minn., proudly announced the names of five drivers who have achieved one million accident-free miles.
Transport America’s latest One Million Miles Accident-Free Safety Award achievers and their years of service at Transport America are: Chris Cameron (11 years); Beverly Kulff (10 years); Gregory Crow (10 years); Karl Hibbs (11 years); and Norvellis Perkins (11 years).
If you are an experienced driver or an independent owner operator looking for a respectful work environment, high pay potential, good benefits and an opportunity to develop professionally, Transport America encourages you to call 1-800-447-1211 or visit our web site at www.transportamerica.com.
Warren Transport, Inc.’s Driver of the Year
Warren Transport, Inc. has announced that Wesley L. Sommer, of Waterloo, IA, a 2nd generation operator with WTI, has received the prestigious honor of being named Warren’s Driver of the Year. The announcement and award presentation was made at Warren’s annual Safety Award and Recognition Banquet in Waterloo, Iowa, by company president and CEO, Robert J. Molinaro.
To be considered for this award, Sommer had been previously selected as Warren’s driver of the month by his fellow independent contractors, and drivers, as well as Warren employees, based on his on-time deliveries, clean, well-maintained equipment, helpfulness and cooperation and, most importantly, his safety record.
Sommer has been associated with Warren since 1996 and had been honored as Driver of the Month for May 2002 and again in October 2008. Sommer’s father, LaVerne “Bud” Sommer, was WTI’s Driver of the Year in 1997. When not on the road, he enjoys watching race cars on TV and going to the races. He also loves to go camping.
Warren, headquartered in Waterloo, IA., is a specialized commercial motor carrier operating in all forty-eight contiguous United States, Canada and providing through-trailer service to and from Mexico. Warren is the largest transporter of agricultural and farm machinery and equipment in North America.
Decker Names Drivers of the Month
Decker Truck Line, Inc. recently named new Drivers of the Month. J.F. Mayo was selected Driver of the Month for the Flatbed division. Mayo has one son, three grandchildren and a great grandchild. When not on the road, he spends time fishing, writing music, playing his guitar and enjoying his horses. He is also a volunteer at St. Jude’s Hospital. Jerry Chapman, Mayo’s dispatcher said, “J.F. does a great job, will run about anywhere and is always on time.”
Selected as Driver of the Month for the Reefer/Van division was Rick Lackner.
Lackner is the parent of three and his hobbies are golf, fishing and cooking barbeque.
“Rick is good at everything he does and has a great sense of humor about him while doing it,” stated Scott Myers, Lackner’s dispatcher.
Drivers and owner-operators are nominated monthly by their dispatcher. They are selected based on overall performance within all areas of the company, including operational productivity, safety record, maintenance/care of equipment (including idle time), payroll, billing and customer service. All drivers and owner-operators selected as a Driver of the Month are eligible to be chosen as Driver/Owner-operator of the Year.