Trucking Elite December 2011

December 1, 2011

Big G Express Wins Carrier of the Year Award

Big G Express, Inc was awarded Carrier of the Year by Continental Mills in recognition of its excellent customer service, on-time deliveries and timely load status reports.

In addition to a handsome plaque for display, the award included a $1,000 charitable donation given in Big G’s name to the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizen Center.

This was the first Carrier of the Year competition hosted by Continental Mills as a way to reward carriers who offer the best possible service and value to Continental Mills and its customers. Each primary Continental Mills shipping location (Hopkinsville, Ky., Tukwila/Kent, Wash., and Pendleton, Ore.) scored the top 10 carriers by load handling outbound shipments from their locations. Carriers were ranked based on their on-time delivery, tender acceptance ratio, events ratio, timely load status updates, relative pricing ratio and a qualitative survey completed by select Continental Mills personnel.

Big G has long been recognized as a leader in safety, technology and efficiency. According to Kim Wood, vice president of customer service, “Our professional drivers and customer service representatives take personal responsibility in delivering excellence to our customers every day, and to be recognized by one of our customers for that commitment is very satisfying,” she says. “I’m proud of our team and so glad to see their consistent excellence recognized.”

Big G Express is currently recruiting professional drivers. Qualified drivers must be at least 21 years of age, have a good MVR/ driving record and at least six months of recent OTR experience. Big G Express offers an array of benefits, including retirement, vacation and holiday pay; health, dental, vision and life insurance; 401k plan; new equipment; and home time on most weekends.
To learn more about the company or to find out more about employment opportunities, please visit or call recruiting at 1-800-684-9140 ext 2.

Decker Truck Line Names Drivers of the Month

Decker Truck Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that John Kilmer and Scott Heathman have been chosen as the company’s September 2011 Drivers of the Month.

John Kilmer was selected as Driver of the Month in the Flatbed Division. Kilmer was nominated by his dispatcher, Jerry Chapman, who said “John always does a great job, always wanting the long loads even for delivery on Monday morning. “ Kilmer has worked for Decker for 22 years.

Scott Heathman was chosen as the Reefer-Van Division’s Driver of the Month.
Heathman’s Dispatcher, Alan Henderson, says, “Scott is a great driver, he always is where he says he will be early.” He enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Laurie when 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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ATA’s Graves Congratulates 2011 EPA SmartWay Champions

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves congratulated the industry leaders and organizations the Environmental Protection Agency honored as 2011 SmartWay Champions here during ATA’s annual Management Conference and Exhibition.

“Earlier this year when the Obama administration released its historic fuel economy standards for large trucks, I hailed it as a model for how the government and industry can work together as partners to craft sensible regulations,” Graves said. “Well, that partnership has its roots in the EPA SmartWay program and the 13 individuals and organizations the agency has honored today deserve a great deal of credit for laying a solid foundation for future collaborative efforts.”

These SmartWay Champions have been chosen for their strong and lasting contributions to the success of the program. The winners are:

• Glen Kedzie, American Trucking Associations;
• Mitch England, C.R. England;
• James Jack, Center for Responsible Transportation;
• Elena Craft and Mark MacLeod, Environmental Defense Fund;
• IKEA Transport Team;
• Kristi Noland and Gary Whicker, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.;
• Michael Cole, Timothy Dzojko and Harry Haney, Kraft Foods
• Steve Palmer and Kevin Perry, Lowe’s Companies Inc.;
• John Sheehy and Mark Whittaker, Pepsico Inc.;
• Mark Servidio, Sharp Electronics Corp.;
• Dave Berry, Swift Transportation Corp.;
• Mike Kelley, YRC Worldwide Inc. and
Dave Guernsey, UPS Inc.

“While all these individuals and their companies have made great contributions to the success of SmartWay,” Graves said, “I want to particularly recognize Glen Kedzie from ATA, as well as ATA leaders like C.R. England, Swift, YRC and UPS for their leadership on sustainability and fuel efficiency issues.”

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