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December 1, 2010

Decker Truck Line Names Drivers of the Month

Decker Truck Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that Brian Samuelson and Dan Stuhr have been chosen as the company’s September 2010 Drivers of the Month.

Brian Samuelson was selected as Driver of the Month in the Flatbed Division. Dispatcher Jerry Chapman compliments Samuelson, saying, “Brian is a good worker and does a great job on the Portage run. He has also been hauling drivers to different terminals plus parts/boxes around for me with no complaints.” A Decker driver for four years, Samuelson is married with one daughter and one stepson. His hobbies include boating, hunting and watching drag racing.

Chosen as the Reefer-Van Division winner, Dan Stuhr has been driving for Decker for five years. Dispatcher Michael Kehoe said, “Dan is willing to work and keep a positive attitude.”  Dan is married with two daughters and has four grandchildren under the age of four. When not working, he enjoys golf, football, Italian food and walking his dog.

In addition to winning a Decker gift certificate, both of these drivers will now be eligible to compete for Driver/Owner-Operator of the Year. This year-end recognition of one driver from each division brings a 1-cent-per-mile pay increase for twelve months.
Decker’s Drivers of the Month are selected by their dispatchers based on overall performance within all areas of the company, including operational productivity, safety record, maintenance/care of equipment, payroll, billing and customer service.

Founded in 1931, Decker Truck Line, Inc. is a diversified carrier, transporting flatbed, refrigerated and dry van freight to the 48 contiguous states and seven Canadian provinces.

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Schneider National Named as a Top-Paying Carrier

Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, has been independently certified as a Top Pay Carrier by the National Transportation Institute (NTI). Schneider is among the top 20 percent of 35,000 carriers evaluated in the NTI’s annual National Survey of Driver Wages.

Now in its 15th year, the NTI survey benchmarks driver pay packages and evaluates carriers on the basis of excellence in three key categories: driver pay, health and retirement benefits, and financial stability. This year, for the first time since the NTI started conducting the survey, the results of the evaluation process are weighted into a single index number and ranked against other carriers, creating a select group of carriers in the top 20 percent.

“Schneider is committed to providing both experienced and inexperienced drivers with one of the top compensation packages in our industry,” said Mike Hinz, Schneider vice president. “For 75 years we’ve been about doing right by our people, so we’re honored to receive the Top Pay Carrier recognition as we mark our anniversary milestone. Retaining and attracting safe, experienced drivers ensures we’re able to continue to deliver superior service to our customers every day.”

In addition to consistent freight and flexible schedule options to meet drivers’ home time and earnings goals, Schneider provides an industry-leading compensation package that includes performance bonuses, benefits (including medical, dental and vision plans with preventative care covered 100 percent), paid vacation time and paid military leave. Schneider also offers a 401K retirement savings plan that the company matches $0.50 on each dollar for the first 1 to 4 percent a driver contributes and dollar for dollar on the fifth and sixth percent.

“Schneider is certainly an industry employer of choice in these three areas, which all drivers are looking for when deciding where they’d like to work,” said Gordon Klemp, president of NTI. “We’re proud to recognize Schneider as one of the nation’s best for its total compensation package with our Top Pay Carrier award.”

To learn more about driving positions available and benefits at Schneider National, please visit or call 1-800-44-PRIDE (1-800-447-7433).

Maverick Transportation’s Dean Newell Named ATA National Safety Director of the Year

Maverick Transportation’s Vice President of Safety and Training, Dean Newell, was recently named National Safety Director of the Year by the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Safety Management Council at its annual Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Rogers, Arkansas.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious National Safety Director Award, which recognizes a motor carrier safety executive whose professional qualifications, safety programs, and achievements are deemed most outstanding among his or her peers. It is the highest honor given at the national level to a safety professional in the transportation industry.

Newell began his career with Maverick in 1985 as an over the road driver. After spending ten plus years as a driver, Newell came off of the road and held a variety of positions at Maverick’s corporate office in Little Rock, AR, including positions in Recruiting, Training, and Safety. He was later promoted to Vice President of Safety in 2000.

Dean is responsible for Maverick’s safety and training programs for our diversified fleet of over 1,200 units. Maverick has been recognized numerous times for our safety record under Newell’s leadership. He was also honored as the Arkansas Safety Director of the Year in 2000. He is an active member of the ATA’s Safety Management Council, the Arkansas Trucking Association, and sits on the ATA’s National Accident Review Committee.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas and operating over 1,200 units, Maverick has 30 years of experience serving the flatbed, specialized, dry van, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more visit their website at

Maverick Transportation’s Dean Newell Named ATA National Safety Director of the Year

Barr-Nunn Transportation, leading national trucking firms, is happily celebrating their 28th year in operation.  Although these days Barr-Nunn is among the 200 largest truckload carriers in the U.S., they proudly claim that they still run based on the principles and beliefs with which they were founded by Bob Sturgeon in the early 1980s: full staff involvement in company affairs, high safety standards, and a respect for clients and employees alike.

When the value of farm ground surged in the mid ‘70’s, Sturgeon, then a farmer, seized the opportunity to sell his land and change careers.  Surveying the possibilities, Sturgeon saw huge potential in the transportation industry with deregulation kicking into full gear in the early 80’s.  When the opportunity arose to purchase the intermodal side of a friend’s business, Sturgeon purchased 13 tractors, and formed  Sturgeon Truck Lines, Inc.  The later purchase of Barr-Nunn Transportation further expanded his company.

These days, the corporation has grown to a fleet of 500 trucks and 1,500 trailers with extensive service in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast regions of the U.S.  “I’m extremely proud that we’ve made it this far” says Sturgeon. “I feel so fortunate to have been able to hire such capable transportation professionals.  Because of them we have been able to truly put safety and excellent customer service at the forefront of our business.”

Barr-Nunn’s commitment to excellence is certainly evident.  As the innovator in pay packages, offering practical miles, band pay, and unique 401(k) plans for employees, they strive to keep those who make them great happy.  The plan certainly seems to be working as Barr-Nunn passed a recent audit by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration with the highest possible rating.  Sturgeon is looking forward to many more birthday celebrations in Barr-Nunn’s future.  “I’m sure we can continue to improve with each one just like we have done so far,” he declares. For more information about Barr-Nunn Transportation, visit them on line at