Trucking Elite November 2011

November 1, 2011

Driver Reaches Impressive Milestone With MCA

Reaching a million miles of safe driving is something that driver Steve Roberts has always looked forward to accomplishing. Now, after 22 years of driving with Mail Contractors of America (MCA), Roberts has finally attained his million-mile status – something that few drivers ever do.

“Safely driving one million miles represents the best that Mail Contractors of America strives to see in all of its drivers,” says Rich Clair, CEO of MCA. “In these days of ever increasing traffic congestion and the needs of our customers for their freight to be delivered on time, I thank Mr. Roberts for the dedication, service and consideration of the motoring public that this award recognizes and hold him as an example to all professional truck drivers.”

Roberts notes that driving a truck is very different today than it was when he started in the industry 20 years ago. In order to combat the additional distractions drivers now face, Roberts focuses on making safety a priority and making sure he doesn’t text or use his cell phone while driving.

“Today, drivers have to be more aware of the traffic around them and keep an eye on everyone else,” says Roberts. “Never let your guard down.”

MCA provides drivers with scheduled home time, hourly pay and a variety of health and other benefits, in addition to awards for drivers like Roberts who consistently deliver a high level of service. Roberts received a certificate and company patch, as well as a personal letter from Clair for his achievement.

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Prime inc. recognizes million mile achievements

Prime recently recognized five of its drivers for reaching 1 million miles of safe driving for the company during August.
“For these drivers to attain a million miles of safe driving while working for Prime is a true testament to their hard work, dedication to safety and their passion for being a part of the Prime family,” said Don Lacy, Prime inc. director of safety. “It is a real honor for us to recognize these individuals for their professionalism on the road.”

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: Roberto Alonzo, Robert R. Bryant, Christopher Ewing, Angela Faye Justice and William F. Stanford.
For passing the one million mile mark, the drivers received an engraved plaque and watch, a certificate and a lapel pin.  Plaques bearing the names of all of these individuals will also hang in Prime’s Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mo.

Congratulations to Prime’s one million milers.  For more information on Prime’s services or career opportunities, visit

Professional Truck Driver Named Rand McNally Navigator of the Year

Edward Crumer, a 20-year veteran driver, was named the 2011 Navigator of the Year by Rand McNally at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS). Crumer, an owner operator who works for Allied Van Lines, was selected among thousands of applicants for his impressive hauls, professionalism, self-navigation ability, and uniqueness of story.

As part of his award, Crumer will receive $25,000, presented by Navigator of the Year sponsor, NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital maps, traffic and location content.

“As part of the Moving America Trucker Appreciation Tour, we wanted to recognize the important, grueling, and sometimes dangerous work that professional truck drivers perform every day. It was a difficult decision to select just one Navigator of the Year as we had many great entries.  But in the end Ed’s harrowing story of driving through an avalanche in the middle of the night and the touching details of how he counsels the families of fallen soldiers as he delivers their possessions to them set him apart,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

Crumer, who lives outside of St. Louis, won the competition in part due to his story recounting his most difficult haul this past year. Deep in the Canadian Rockies in the middle of winter, making a haul from Calgary to Vancouver via Rogers Pass, Crumer was stopped three times due to ongoing avalanches. With chains on his truck and trailer, it took 48 hours for the road to open up.

Crumer also noted in his entry into the Navigator of the Year contest that he enjoys being a professional driver because he is “his own boss” and gets the opportunity to see the country and meet people coast-to-coast.

For anyone wondering how difficult yet rewarding truck driving can be, thousands of stories were collected as part of the 2011 Navigator of the Year program.  Many of these stories will be posted on Drivers are invited to come to the site to share their stories as Rand McNally and Moving America continue to celebrate the professional driver.

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.

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