Trucking Elite July 2010

July 1, 2010

Pella Corporation Presents Truckload Carrier of Year Awards
Pella Corporation, together with Ryder System, Inc., its third-party logistics provider, has announced their 2009 Truckload Carrier of the Year Awards. Carriers were honored for their performance in safely and efficiently transporting Pella Windows & Doors and materials used by the privately-held, family-owned company headquartered in Pella, Iowa, serving customers throughout North America. Carriers honored include:
Northeast – Kinard Trucking, York, Pennsylvania
Southeast – Millis Transfer, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Central States – Dillon Transportation, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Midwest – Stan Koch & Sons Trucking, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Overall Carrier of the Year – Stan Koch & Sons Trucking, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Each week, truckloads of Pella Windows and Doors move over the road to meet the needs for new construction, remodeling and replacement needs creating better views in homes and businesses,” said Steve Bowers, Pella corporate logistics manager. “Pella is known for delivering customer satisfaction. That’s why Pella is pleased to honor these carriers for their dedication in swiftly and efficiently transporting Pella Windows and Doors to our customers,” he said. Recognizes Con-way Freight As A Most Valuable Military Employer has announced that Con-way Freight was named a winner for the 2010 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military™. The MVEs were recognized to help honor Armed Forces Day on May 15.
The Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military serves to help military-experienced job seekers identify the top employers to target for civilian careers. MVEs are selected annually based on those employers whose recruiting, training and retention plans best serve military service members and veterans.

“I would like to congratulate all of the MVE award recipients,” said Sandra (Sandy) Morris, CEO of Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), parent company of “We are excited to have employers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies represented in this year’s winners and finalists list. Each MVE company understands the value that military-experienced talent brings to their organization.”

The Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military 2010 was open to all U.S.-based companies. The winners and finalists were selected based on surveys in which employers outlined their 2010 recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans.

Builders Transportation Is An Alcoa Tier 1 Core Truckload Carrier Winner
Alcoa, (NYSE:AA) as part of its annual Tier 1 Core Truckload Carrier Awards Program, recently honored Builders Transportation Company. The program measures, acknowledges and rewards the performance of Alcoa’s Tier 1 U.S. and Canadian truckload carriers for providing exemplary service to Alcoa during 2009.

Builders Transportation Company is a flatbed carrier that operates throughout the 48 contiguous states but primarily in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. A first time winner, Builders Transportation Company was recognized for exceptional flatbed service.

“We are very proud to earn this recognition,” says Dwight Bassett, Chief Financial Officer for Builders Transportation Company.” It is a privilege to haul for Alcoa, one of the largest and most prestigious flatbed shippers in the marketplace.”
Tim Reyes, president of Alcoa Materials Management, said: “Alcoa achieved its business sustainability goals for 2009. That critical achievement would not have been possible without the commitment delivered by Alcoa suppliers, such as our North America Tier 1 Core Carriers.”

Selection criteria for carrier performance metrics includes volume growth, actual delivery data population, published rate turnaround time, tender offer acceptance/expiration percentages.

In addition, specific qualifications are required to participate as an Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier. These include: provide service to multiple Alcoa businesses; cost competitive; meets Alcoa business performance expectations, i.e., pickup, delivery and safety; reconcile loss & damage claims and transmit advance-shipping notification.

The awards were modeled after the Alcoa forged aluminum truck wheel.

Melton Truck Lines, Inc. names Drivers Of the Month
Please help us congratulate Barry Evans and Jimmy Gay on their prestigious driver of the month awards. Barry and Jimmy were nominated and earned their awards because of their professionalism and commitment to safety, productivity, fuel conservation, and service to customers.

Barry Evans has been with Melton for 13 of his 16 years driving over the road. He used to work construction before getting a job delivering furniture and fixing appliances. He got into trucking for the money and the adventure. Barry believes that Melton is different from other companies because of the people.  “Everyone is knowledgeable and helpful.” When asked what he loves most about Melton, he said “My Driver Manager. Tami McCarty has been my dispatcher for years and I’m keeping her.”  In his spare time, Barry likes to hunt ducks and geese, fish, and work around the house.  He is from St. Michaels, MD and says “HI” to his family there.

If you know Jimmy Gay, you understand why he just smiles when asked how long he has been driving for Melton. His tenure began back in 1984 and he has logged over 2 million miles here. Before coming to Melton, he was a surveyor and then a fuel truck driver for a pipeline. He says, “My daddy had his truck leased on with ‘Old Melton’, so it was just natural for me to come here.”When asked what makes Melton different from other companies, Jimmy has only one response. “I haven’t worked for any other trucking companies and just wouldn’t. Everybody treats you really well here.”   For more information, please visit

Crete and Shaffer Wins Carrier of the Year Awards
Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking recently received awards from cereal and convenience producer Kellogg’s.
Lincoln, Nebraska-based Crete Carrier Corp. was named as Kellogg’s Komplete Carrier of the Year. Their sister division, Shaffer Trucking, was named 2009 Temperature Controlled Carrier of the Year.

This marks the first time in Kellogg’s history that a company has been given the dry van and temperature controlled awards in the same year.

TMC Transportation Awards Garth Thompson with Quarterly Award
TMC Transportation, the largest privately-held flatbed carrier in the nation, recently awarded TMC owner-operator Garth Thompson with the Driver of the First Quarter award for 2010.

Garth has been an owner-operator with TMC for nearly 15 years and has almost two million safe miles He is an exceptional example of what the TMC Driver of the Quarter represents. “In the years Garth has been with TMC the conversations with the safety dept have been rare,” says Todd Bunting, VP of Safety. “He has never had a moving violation and he is preventable accident free.  TMC is fortunate to have had him as a company driver and o/o for the past 14 and a-half years.”

TMC, the nation’s largest privately-held provider of flatbed transportation, provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. TMC, founded in 1972, is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. You can visit the TMC web site at

Million Mile Achievements Recognized At Prime Inc.
Seven drivers have been recognized by Prime inc. for completing one million or two million safe driving miles.
“We’re always proud of our driving associates who achieve a million miles or more without a preventable accident because it is such a significant accomplishment,” says Don Lacy, Prime inc. director of safety. “Only a special class of driver can reach these milestones.”

Driving two million safe miles was Eugene Ghiurca.  For this achievement, Ghiurca received a custom-fitted lambskin leather jacket, a lapel pin and certificate.

Drivers who reached a million miles and have been at Prime for seven years with no preventable accidents reached the Gold Million level. They were: Tracy Crawford, Patrick J. Lemay , Micheal McClenaham, William O. McCloud, and Cesar Pinillos. James Lewallen achieved a Silver Million, meaning he’s been with Prime for three consecutive years with no preventable accidents plus four years with a previous carrier with no preventable accidents.

For passing the one million mile mark, the drivers were given an engraved plaque and watch, a certificate and a lapel pin.  Plaques bearing the names of all of these individuals will hang in the Prime Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mo.
Congratulations to Prime’s million and two million milers.  For more information on Prime’s services or career opportunities, visit

Averitt Helps With Flood, Storm Relief
Averitt Express donated $50,000 to help victims hit recently by floods and tornados in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, the Cookeville, Tenn.-based carrier said. The American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund will use the funds to give food and shelter to those forced to flee homes during the weather emergencies, said Averitt spokesman Chris Asberry.

Additionally, the carrier transported its staff’s donations of bottled water and cleaning supplies in one of its tractor-trailers to a Murfreesboro, Tenn., Salvation Army warehouse for distribution.