Trucking Elite March 2011

March 1, 2011

Averitt associate wins new truck for saving fuel

Averitt Express announced the winners of its recent “F-150 4×4 Fuel Duel” challenge at a surprise ceremony held at its Greensboro, N.C., service center.

 Pictured left to right are Greensboro Service Center Director Bobby Adkins; Renee Robbins (winner Marty Robbins’ wife); driver Marty Robbins; and Regional Vice President Ron Zimmerman.

Pictured left to right are Greensboro Service Center Director Bobby Adkins; Renee Robbins (winner Marty Robbins’ wife); driver Marty Robbins; and Regional Vice President Ron Zimmerman.

Driver Marty Robbins was randomly selected as the winner of the grand prize, a 2010 Ford F-150 4×4 pickup truck, from a pool of hundreds of eligible associates. In addition, 20 other Averitt associates each won a $500 fuel card after their names were selected from a random drawing.

The unveiling was the culmination of the six-month-long “F-150 4×4 Fuel Duel” challenge. Averitt designed the program to create enthusiasm about fuel conservation amongst its associates.

“Our associates are always ready to rise to a challenge,” said Scott Wolf, vice president of corporate services. “The Fuel Duel not only provided a way for our drivers to improve their fuel conservation, but it also brought out their competitive spirit and strengthened their sense of teamwork. Plus, our entire system sees many long-term benefits from a challenge like the Fuel Duel, such as lowering our operating costs and improving our carbon footprint. ”

Drivers from across Averitt’s system were assembled into 142 teams, each tasked with improving their fuel efficiency compared to the same time period as last year.

Among teams that improved their fuel efficiency, Averitt drivers conserved 132,544 gallons of fuel over last year and saved $356,545.
The Fuel Duel is the latest nationwide, environmentally focused challenge Averitt has held for its associates. In 2009, Averitt presented a Smart Fortwo car to a Louisville, Ky., driver in its “Smart Car for Smart Thinkin’” contest, which challenged all associates to reduce their use of fuel, utilities and paper.

Hornady Transportation Presents Jackson With Million-Mile Award

Hornady Transportation has honored Chris Jackson with membership into its One Million Safe Mile Club in recognition of his outstanding driving record.

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Chris Jackson

Jackson, in his 9th year with Hornady, was presented with a Hornady jacket and One Million Safe Mile cap. In accepting his driving award, Jackson told of coming to work for the company.  “On my first day at Hornady, I walked through the front door and was greeted by Mr. B. C. He asked me to come in and have a cup of coffee and we talked awhile,” he said. “That’s when I knew I was in the right place.”

Jackson also praised his driver manager, Larry Hildreth. “Larry is the best boss I’ve ever had,” he said. “When I need something he makes sure I get it.

Jackson lives in Defuniak Springs, FL with Terri, his wife of 30 years. When he’s not driving he spends time helping his father-in-law, A. R. Tucker, take care of a hundred head of cattle. “My father-in-law is a great fan of Hornady Transportation and was excited when I started to work there. He has three stock cars and used to race. He had a heart attack a couple of years ago and was sent to Birmingham. Hornady routed me in to the terminal and had someone take me to the door of the hospital in Birmingham,” said Jackson.

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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Con-way Truckload Announces Drivers of the Year

Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), recently announced its 2010 Drivers of the Year — the company’s highest recognition. The drivers selected were Thomas and Joan Walter of Madison, N.C.; Bill and Vicki Bumgardner of Grey Forest, Texas; George Cook of Arlington, Texas; and John Newkirk of Jay, Okla. The winners include both solo and team drivers who had been named Drivers of the Month in 2010. Award criteria included dedication to safety, professional service and exemplary performance. Con-way Truckload recognized the drivers over the weekend during an awards ceremony at its Joplin headquarters.

“It’s always a special day for me when I’m able to personally recognize the Drivers of the Year for their efforts,” said Herb Schmidt, president, Con-way Truckload. “Our 2010 honorees choose to go above and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of their job performance. They do more than simply drive a truck — they ensure the safety of the motoring public, the satisfaction of our customers and our success as a company. I congratulate and thank them for their commitment to Con-way Truckload.”

Each category nominee will be recognized and commended, while individual winners will be presented prizes for their achievement: an official Con-way Truckload jacket, a customized award plaque, a personalized Con-way Truckload watch, a cash prize, and an official proclamation from the Missouri State Senate. The Drivers of the Year were also inducted into the Con-way Truckload Hall of Fame.

The 2010 Con-way Truckload Driver of the Year honorees:

• Company Driver of the Year: George Cook of Arlington, Texas, joined Con-way Truckload in 1986, and has since driven more than 3.2 million miles. Cook and his wife, Tani, have six children and 11 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling and flying ultra light planes.

• Company Team of the Year: Thomas and Joan Walter of Madison, N.C., have six children and seven grandchildren. Since joining Con-way Truckload in 2009, the two have driven more than 389,000 miles. When not behind the wheel, Thomas enjoys watching drag racing while Joan enjoys working in the yard.

• Owner-Operator of the Year: John Newkirk of Jay, Okla., started driving for Con-way Truckload in 1988. Since then he has driven more than 1.7 million miles. Newkirk and his wife, Pam, have five children and five grandchildren. During his time at home, he enjoys spending time with friends and family.

• Owner-Operator Team of the Year: Bill and Vicki Bumgardner of Grey Forest, Texas, have been driving as a team for Con-way Truckload since 1997. Together they have driven more than 3.9 million miles for the company. When they’re not driving, they enjoy spending time with friends and family, including their six children and 11 grandchildren.

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Decker Truck Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stan Giddings and Rick Lackner have been chosen as the company’s Drivers of the Year for 2010.

Stan Giddings was selected as Driver of the Year in the Flatbed Division.

Stan Giddings

Stan Giddings

Giddings and his wife live in Morrison, Illinois. They are the parents of two sons and grandparents of three grandsons.  He joined Decker Truck Line almost eight years ago.  In his spare time, Giddings enjoys woodworking and collecting antiques. His dispatcher commented, “Stan is a very good driver and trainer. He will go anywhere, he delivers on time and gets along well with customers.” Giddings had earlier been selected as Decker’s April Driver of the Month.

Rick Lackner was chosen as the Reefer-Van Division Driver of the Year.

Lackner is the parent of three and his hobbies are golf, fishing and cooking barbeque.”Rick is good at everything he does, he is very professional and has a great sense of humor.” stated Mike Kehoe, Lackner’s dispatcher. Lackner had been selected as Decker’s Driver of the Month for January, 2010.

Rick Lackner

Rick Lackner

Both winners will receive a Driver of the Year plaque and jacket as well as an additional 1-cent-per-mile pay increase for twelve months.