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April 1, 2010

West Side Transport Honors Driver of the Year
West Side Transport recently named Will Parrish from Yadkinville, NC as the company’s 2009 Driver of the Year. Parrish was selected from a field of 12 Drivers of The Month for 2009. Driver of the Year is selected based on outstanding achievement in driven miles, fuel management, service and professionalism.

West Side President & CEO, Don Vogt, presented Parrish a check and engraved sculpture during the awards ceremony. Vogt stated, “Our drivers are what make West Side the successful company that we are. We are pleased to honor Will and our Drivers of the Month as they exemplify our mission by providing total quality service to our customers.”

Parrish was also awarded the chance to participate in the Iowa Motor Carriers Championship next year. Parrish, who was Driver of the Month in July 2009, shared his feelings of surprise about receiving the honor. “They announced my name and it dumbfounded me that I was even in the running.” When asked why he thought he’d been selected, he continued, “It’s doing a job in a professional manner, meeting the deliveries, picking up appointments on time, turning in paperwork on time – just knowing your job and doing your job in a professional manner.”

Danny Herman Trucking Recognized as a C-TPAT Certified Carrier
Danny Herman Trucking, Inc., a leading long-haul transportation provider recently announced 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, as well as DHT’s Security Point of Contact.  DHT President Joe Herman 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 For more information on Danny Herman Trucking, Inc., please contact a customer service representative at 1-800-251-7500 or visit

Decker Names Drivers of the Month
Decker Truck Line, Inc. recently named the company’s January 2010 Drivers of the Month. Jim Jarrett was selected as the Driver of the Month for the Flatbed division. Jarrett is married and the proud parent of five children and grandparent of ten. Jerry Chapman, Jarrett’s dispatcher stated, “Jim is a hard worker and very seldom complains about any problems with loads or load assignments.”
He enjoys working on antique tractors and spending time with his grandchildren when not on the road.
Selected as Driver of the Month for the Reefer/Van division was Dennis Nelson.
Nelson has been a professional driver for 19 years and he likes to golf and hunt pheasant when not driving. Gary Northrop, Nelson’s dispatcher stated, “Dennis is always on time. He does a great job for Decker and me. Dennis is always pleasant to work with and willgo anywhere. I enjoy Dennis being on my board.”

Drivers and owner-operators are nominated monthly by their dispatcher. They areselected 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.

Landstar Honors Newest Class of Million Mile Safe Drivers
Landstar System, Inc., a non-asset based provider of integrated supply chain solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation, warehousing and logistics services, has recognized 101 men and women for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel.

The business capacity owners (BCOs) were honored as Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers at a recent awards banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. BCO is Landstar’s term for the independent contractors who provide the company with transportation capacity under exclusive lease arrangements.

Collectively, these 101 BCOs have safely driven a total of 109 million miles – a distance that would cover the 4 million miles of public roads in the United States 27 times. On average, it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. This distance would take the typical driver of a passenger vehicle 67 years – around the time of their 83rd birthday – to complete.
Leading the 2009 class is 3 Million Mile Safe Driver Charles Page of Hartford, Kentucky.

In addition, six BCOs reached the 2 million mile mark: Wayne Bennett, Hanson, Kentucky; Dennis Depoy, New Market, Virginia; Arnold Minot, Cumberland, Rhode Island; Billy Osborne, Eastern, Kentucky; Slawomir Szuba, Norwood Park, Illinois; and Andrew Whitehead, Marana, Arizona.

Ninety four BCOs were honored for the first time for driving 1 million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.
“These men and women are among the safest and most talented professional owner-operators in the industry,” said Landstar Chairman, President and CEO Henry Gerkens. “Their outstanding safety records are a tribute to their dedication and commitment to over the road safety. We’re proud to be associated with such accomplished professionals.”
This class of 101 brings the total number of active BCOs who have earned the Million Mile title to 639

Con-way Freight Driver Achieves Two Million Accident-Free Miles
Every industry has certain unique career milestones which set apart an individual as especially skilled and accomplished in their profession. For a professional truck driver, two million miles of safe driving without an accident is the ultimate measure of excellence. It is an elite club that now counts Oak Creek, Wis., resident Brian Busch as a member.

Busch is a driver sales representative for Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW). He safely drove the two million miles starting in June 1983, and recently reached the two-million-mile mark. The company plans to recognize his achievement in a ceremony at its Milwaukee service center, where Busch is based.
“Brian Busch’s impressive accomplishment highlights the personal and professional commitment to safety of those of our employees who go behind the wheel of a truck every day, and who make it their business to demonstrate superior safety performance on the highways, in our service centers and at our customers’ facilities,” said John G. Labrie, president, Con-way Freight. “Safety is one of our core values, and we congratulate Brian for his extraordinary achievement.”

Busch has worked for Con-way Freight since 1983 and has been a professional truck driver for 40 years. He was previously recognized by the company with awards for one, three, five, 10, 15 and 20 years of safe driving, as well as for achieving one million miles of accident-free driving. Busch’s route takes him from Milwaukee to Fremont, Ind., a round trip of approximately 500 miles. He has two daughters, Sheila and Jessica, and four grandchildren: Thomas, 20; Breanna, 16; Zachary, 7; and Riley, 2. In his spare time, Busch is very active in supporting the sport of motocross racing.
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Prime Inc. Wins Lowe’s Service Award
Recently, Prime Inc. was honored by Lowe’s home improvement chain as the recipient of the 2009 Gold Carrier Service Award.
The award, which recognizes exceptional on-time service, was given at the Lowe’s Annual Carrier Conference held January 14, 2010.

“This is a prestigious award that sets us apart from other flatbed carriers because it is based completely on measurable service metrics,” says Brian Brown, Prime’s National Account Manager, Flatbed Operations. “We gain consideration from Lowe’s and other customers when new opportunities arise because of this accomplishment and others like it. We are very proud of our drivers and in-house associates who have worked hard to earn this award.”

Lowe’s operates more than 1,700 stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1970 by Robert Low, Prime Inc. is North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed, logistics and tanker trucking company.   Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Prime’s personnel, equipment and technology remains on the cutting edge of the transportation industry, and the company’s growth remains steady and well managed.  For more information on Prime’s services or career opportunities, visit

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