Trucking Elite August 2011

August 1, 2011

Hornady Transportation Presents Torris Dale With  20 Year Service Award

Torris Dale, a driver for Hornady Transportation, was presented his 20-year service award. Dale joined Hornady in 1989 as a company driver. After several years, Dale opted to participate in the Hornady lease-purchase program. “I enjoy working for Hornady,” Dale said. “I like the family atmosphere.”

His Driver Manager, Roger Smethers, presented the award to Dale. “Torris is as good as you get,” said Smethers. “He is not only one of Hornady’s best drivers, but he is also a good person.” Smethers also commented on Dale’s success as a lease driver, “Lease drivers are in charge of their own truck. Their success depends on them and Dale has been very successful.”

Dale lives in Camden, Alabama with his wife, Christine. “I’ve been driving for over twenty years,” said Dale. I couldn’t have been as successful without my wife, Christine. She has always been supportive.”

Established in 1928, Hornady Transportation, LLC is a family-owned and operated flatbed carrier operating east of the Rockies. With customization services to meet flatbed transportation needs, from line-haul, regional or dedicated services, business is coordinated through the corporate office in Monroeville, Alabama.

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Decker Truck Line Names Drivers of the Month

Decker Truck Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dale Leman and Lloyd Evans have been chosen as the company’s May 2011 Drivers of the Month.

Dale Leman was selected as Driver of the Month in the Flatbed Division. Leman was nominated by his dispatcher, Sue Anderson, who said “Dale is one of the easiest drivers to work with. He is willing to do anything that is asked of him, even will run on weekends if needed.” Leman has driven for Decker for 11 years. He and his wife Lezlee have five grown children.

Lloyd Evans was chosen as the Reefer-Van Division’s Driver of the Month. Evans’ dispatcher, Gary Northrop said, “Lloyd is great to work with, goes anywhere anytime. He is a great asset to Decker.” Evans has worked with Decker for 6 years and enjoys fishing and hunting when he’s not driving.

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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MCA Driver Enjoys A Lifetime Of Career Success

Professional driver Robert Peterson, on the road since he was 17, has made truck driving his lifetime career choice for an astounding 48 years. Peterson, who has been with Mail Contractors of America (MCA) since 1993, recently reached a milestone few drivers ever achieve; he drove his millionth safe mile with MCA.

“Safely driving one million miles represents the best that Mail Contractors of America strives to see in all of its drivers,” says Rich Clair, CEO of MCA. “In these days of ever increasing traffic congestion and the needs of our customers for their freight to be delivered on time, I thank Mr. Peterson for the dedication, service and consideration of the motoring public that this award recognizes and hold him as an example to all professional truck drivers.”

Peterson is known around MCA as a dependable driver who is willing to help out wherever he can. For his achievement, Peterson received a certificate and company patch, as well as a personal letter from Clair.

“I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to reach this milestone with MCA,” says Peterson. “When you enjoy working for a company, it makes it easy to do a good job.”

In addition to awards for drivers like Peterson who provide a consistently high level of service, MCA provides drivers with scheduled home time, hourly pay and a variety of health and other benefits.

For more information about opportunities at MCA, please visit or call 1-800-844-6245. •