Trucking Elite November 2010

November 1, 2010

H.O.W Driver, Bill Bowering Awarded National Highway Angel Recognition

Bill Bowering, Fulton, NY native and professional Class A CDL truck driver for H.O. Wolding, Inc. (H.O.W) of Amherst, WI, was named a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel for steadfast bravery and compassion in the face of a deadly rollover car accident.

On April 28, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Bowering was driving southbound on 1-57 near Mattoon, Illinois, when a vehicle with three young women in it, passed him on the left hand side. As it reentered the right lane, the driver hit a pothole, apparently overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over and slid into the ditch.

Bill Bowering and his H.O.W Driver Manager, Deb Senechal, with the TCA Highway Angel awards.

Bill Bowering and his H.O.W Driver Manager, Deb Senechal, with the TCA Highway Angel awards.

Bowering pulled his truck over, got out and ran over to the wrecked vehicle to assist. Many other vehicles passed by the crash but none of them stopped. When he arrived, he found two women climbing out of the wreck with another woman still trapped inside. He entered the vehicle at risk to his life and took her pulse but could not find one. He also checked for signs of breathing, but again, there were none.

Finally, another driver stopped who was a paramedic and he took over care of the woman in the car. Bowering then was able to turn his attention to the other two women. He did his best to console them and ease their grief until authorities arrived on the scene.

Bill was still shaken when he recounted details of the accident to his H.O.W Driver Manager, Deb Senechal. According to Deb, when Bill related to her what had happened, all he could think about was, “I was too late. I couldn’t do anything about the driver.” Deb said she told him, “You did your best and tried everything you could to save her and that is all you can do. If you could have done any more, you would have.”

Deb, who nominated Bill for the Highway Angel award, describes him as an “all-around nice guy and very modest.” Deb further states, “I am very proud of Bill and it is an honor to work with him. Although Bill is very humble about his efforts, he should feel proud of his actions. His heroics, affirmed through this award are truly inspiring.”
Marc Wolding, Vice-President of Operations shared these comments, “We are very proud that one of our drivers had the foresight to react so courageously in the face of such a severe, life threatening accident. Bill Bowering is to be commended on his quick thinking and his ability to handle the situation with strength and determination.”

No stranger to fame, Bill stepped into the spotlight last year at the renowned Talent Quest singing contest, by advancing through local, state, regional and national levels to proceed to the Final Five round, where he won Third Place, 2009 Male Country/Western Singer. His performances may be viewed on by searching on Bill Bowering.

KLLM Benefits From $1.08 Million EPA Grant To Go Green

The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded Mississippi State University’s Center for Advance Vehicular Systems (CAVS) a $1.08 million grant as part of the National Clean Diesel Funding assistance Program.
KLLM Transportation Services is very proud to be one of the University’s industry partners. The funding from this grant will be used to install battery powered climate controlled systems on a minimum of 101 trucks.  The units will reduce diesel emissions significantly by allowing the driver to run air conditioning and heat without idling the vehicle’s engine.

“This project is a perfect example of the positive economic and environmental impact that Mississippi State is making in the state and region,” said Michael Mazzola, the associate director for advanced vehicle systems at CAVS and the principal investigator on the EPA grant. “We will also have a national impact because of the cross-country routes many of our partners’ trucks drive.”

Jim Richards, president and CEO of KLLM, said “We are excited to partner with Mississippi State. This is just one more avenue in our attempt to go green and be as environmentally-friendly as possible.”

Currently, 60% of KLLM’s fleet is equipped with Alternative Power Units (APU’s). The company has purchased lightweight, aerodynamic tractors and low resistance tires. They are also installing trailer skirting. KLLM drivers receive incentive bonuses to reduce unnecessary idling. All company-owned tractors are governed at 62 mph.
“As a result of actions taken at KLLM we are proud to have attained the highest ranking from the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Carrier Partnership program,” stated Richards. SmartWay Transport is an innovative collaboration between the EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions and improve energy security. Companies that partner in SmartWay Transport programs save money, reduce fuel consumption and are recognized for their responsibility and leadership.

“An investment in green technology is an investment in the future of our company and will have a positive effect for generations to come,” said Richards. KLLM was also presented with the 2009 Chiquita Green Transportation Excellence Award. For more information, visit their website at, or call 1-800-925-5556.

CRST Expedited Honors Drivers of the Quarter and Million-Mile Drivers

CRST Expedited held its bi-annual awards banquet on August 20 to recognize drivers who demonstrated exceptional abilities during the first and second quarters of 2010.

CRST Operations Manager Lance Votroubek served as Master of Ceremonies at the awards banquet, held at the Clarion Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Speakers for the evening included CRST Vice President of Operations Cameron Holzer and Kent Stock, a motivational speaker, author and coach from Norway, Iowa, whose 1991 high school team’s final season was depicted in the film “The Final Season”.

A Two-Million-Mile Driving Award was presented to John Kramer for completing two million safe driving miles. Million-Mile Driving Awards went to Louis Hofheinz, Stephen Reno, Joseph Sale, and Luciano Ramos for one million miles without an accident or safety issue.

Award-winning drivers for the first quarter include Kate Bangs, Fleet Manager of the 1st Quarter; Cynthia Ballard, Lead Driver of the 1st Quarter; George Martin & James Barrett, Co-Drivers of the 1st Quarter; Steven Green, New Lead Driver of the 1st Quarter; Gary & Alicia Yeary, New Team of the 1st Quarter; Michael Lesassier, Lead Independent Contractor of the 1st Quarter; Paul Hart, Solo Independent Contractor of the 1st Quarter; Levy & Angela Delee, Team Independent Contractor of the 1st Quarter.

Award-winning drivers for the Second Quarter include Phillip Reges, Fleet Manager of the 2nd Quarter; Christopher Kelley, Lead Driver of the 2nd Quarter; Patricia Bedford & Patrick Carney, Co-Drivers of the 2nd Quarter; Juan Lopez & Jesus Diaz, New Team of the 2nd Quarter; Earl Savage, New Lead of the 2nd Quarter; James Dodson, Lead Independent Contractor of the 2nd Quarter; Betty Parker, Solo Independent Contractor of the 2nd Quarter; Martin Connell & Michelle Schauer, Team Independent Contractors of the 2nd Quarter.

Award winners were presented with engraved plaques and CRST jackets embroidered with the award they received. Plaques recognizing the Million Miler award recipients were also placed in the CRST terminals in Cedar Rapids and Oklahoma city. “We are excited to recognize these men and women for all their hard work and their safe driving records,” said CRST representative Lydia Gehling. “They are an inspiration to us and to our other drivers.”

Hornady Transportation Company  Receives National Safety Award

For the fifth consecutive year, Hornady Transportation Company was honored with a Silver Award from Great West Casualty Company as part of its National Safety Awards Program.

This award recognizes Hornady’s outstanding safety record and the company’s hard work in preventing accidents.
On hand to receive the award for Hornady was Judy Martorana (Vice President of Risk Management and Governmental Affairs), Jim Bobzien (Safety Director), Debra Allred (Claims and Subrogation Specialist), Carl Ritter (Vice President Joe Morten & Son, Inc. and Todd Butler (Agency Manager Joe Morten & Son, Inc.).

“We are very proud to receive this award for another year,” said Jim Bobzien, Safety Director. “Without a great safety record we don’t function. We’re very satisfied that our drivers are doing an excellent job for us.”
The National Safety Award program is based on year-end preventable accident results for carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload). This past year the program drew over 800 participants from across the country. 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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Transport America Inc. Receives 2010 Platinum Award from FedEx Express.

FedEx Express, headquartered in Memphis, TN, recently awarded Transport America with their Core Carrier Platinum Award. The Platinum Award is given to Carriers who exceed 99.74% on-time service performance. FedEx Express uses a global air and ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, with delivery time guaranteed, so exceptional service levels are critical. Transport America has been honored to receive the Platinum Award for two consecutive years.