Trucking Elite January 2012

January 1, 2012

Decker Truck Line Names Drivers of the Month

Decker Truck Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kirby Goos and Roy Wilson have been chosen as the company’s October 2011 Drivers of the Month.

Kirby Goos was selected as Driver of the Month in the Flatbed Division. Goos was nominated by his dispatcher, Sue Anderson, who said “Kirby is a good driver. He does his job in a timely manner and I don’t have any issues with him.”  Goos has worked for Decker for 9 years. He and his wife Shirley have 8 children and 17 grandchildren.

Roy Wilson was chosen as the Reefer-Van Division’s Driver of the Month.

Wilson’s dispatcher, Gary Northrop, says, “Roy is a great driver to work with and he is very flexible.” Wilson has worked for Decker for 7 years. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gloria, and working at his church.

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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Two Hunt Transportation Drivers Make Hall of Fame

The Nebraska Trucking Association inducted five professional truck drivers into its Safe Driver Hall of Fame September 23 in Omaha, Nebraska. Two of these drivers are part of the Hunt Transportation team: Darrell Allumbaugh and Gary Vanatta. Congratulations to both Darrell and Gary for their great accomplishment.

To enter the Hall of Fame, drivers must complete 25 years of driving with a perfect record—no accidents, violations or citations in either their commercial vehicles or their personal vehicles.

Prime Driver Finishes Triathlon

Season With Rev3 Win
Prime inc. lease owner operator Siphiwe Baleka finished his triathlon season on a high note with a first place win at the Rev3 Series in Anderson, S.C. Baleka placed first for the Men’s 40-44 Olympic division, making this race his first full triathlon win since his return to athletic competition in January after an 18-year hiatus.

“Winning this race was a great way to end my season,” said Baleka. “This was by far the most challenging course and the most fun of all the triathlons I’ve done this year.”

Baleka held the time for the second fastest swim in his division and the fifth fastest overall. He finished the race in 16th place overall.
“I just wanted to finish strong and get that top spot on the podium,” explained Baleka. “I really wanted to do this race because it was sponsored by Pilot/Flying J, and I wanted to prove that I am the fittest truck driver in America.”

Inspired by his work at Prime, Baleka started Fitness Trucking Inc., a company that provides drivers with a series of exercises on DVD that can be performed while in the truck or just outside the cab in 30 minutes or less. The 40-year-old driver’s participation in swimming and triathlon competitions began as a part of the fitness program. This season, Baleka also won national championships at the U.S. Masters Swimming, competed in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships and was invited to join the Endurance Films Racing Team.

“Now that the season is over, I am going to take some time off from training, finish my lease with Prime and then start training for Ironman South Africa next April,” said Baleka.

In addition to the support given to drivers like Baleka in both their personal and professional lives, Prime also offers drivers substantial pay and benefits including high miles, state-of-the-art equipment and generous home time.

For more information about the driving opportunities at Prime inc., please visit or call 1-877-PRIME-JOB.

Southeastern Freight Lines Named LTL Carrier of the Year by The Home Depot

Southeastern Freight Lines, a leader in regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been named LTL Carrier of the Year for 2011 by The Home Depot®, the nation’s largest home improvement retailer. This is the second year in a row that Southeastern has won this distinguished award.

Southeastern led in all of The Home Depot’s performance requirements which include on-time delivery and electronic shipment status metrics. In addition, The Home Depot specifically referenced Southeastern’s continual efforts to help the company with special projects to improve their shipping system.

“Our company’s dedication to quality, technology and customer support is the reason we have earned this award,” said Dennis Brittain, national account manager for Southeastern Freight Lines. “We value our relationship with The Home Depot and appreciate this recognition of our people’s efforts.”

The award was recently presented to Southeastern at The Home Depot’s Executive Carrier Council awards banquet.•