Trucking Elite January 2010

January 1, 2010

Schneider National Driver Marks 4 Million Safe Miles
Thirty-six years is a remarkably long time to drive for a single transportation company.  Four million miles is a remarkably long distance to travel.  But to drive for 36 years and log 4 million miles without having one single accident?  That accomplishment is beyond remarkable.  And it was recently achieved by a man who considers himself anything but.
Bob Wyatt is one of just a few drivers in Schneider National’s 75-year history to achieve the 4-million safe mile mark.  He’s a down-to-earth guy with a great, dry sense of humor.  (When asked how he felt when he reached four million miles, he responded, “Tired!!”)  
Wyatt started with Schneider in 1973 and stayed because of the strength, stability and security of the company.  “I found a home here,” he says.  “I work with good people who have our best interests at heart.”  And how did he achieve his milestone?  “No one can tell anyone else how to drive safely for millions of miles or even to town and back,” said Wyatt.  “You do it one mile marker at a time, keeping your mind clear and your cell phone in the trailer.”

Decker Names Drivers of the Month
Decker Truck Line, Inc. recently announced the company’s November 2009 Drivers of the Month.  Montie Moore was selected as the November 2009 Driver of the Month for the Flatbed division.  Moore is married and has two sons.  His hobbies off the road are hunting, fishing and be outdoors.  Sue Anderson, his dispatcher, stated “He is a good driver who likes to keep busy.  He will go wherever the loads go, works hard and does a good job for the company. He has been easy to work with.”
Selected as Driver of the Month for the Reefer/Van division was Dane DeDecker. Rick Carlson, his dispatcher, stated, “Dane has been with Decker Truck Line for four years. Dane is a very good driver who communicates with dispatch very well and is willing to do what needs to be done. He is very easy to work with.”
Drivers and owner-operators are nominated monthly by their dispatcher.  They are selected based on overall performance within all areas of the company, including operational productivity, safety record, maintenance/care of equipment (including idle time), payroll, billing and customer service.  All drivers and owner-operators selected as a Driver of the Month are eligible to be chosen as Driver/Owner-operator of the Year.
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.  Under the sole ownership of Don Decker, Decker’s corporate office is located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Additional terminals are in Davenport, Iowa; Mediapolis, Iowa; Mason City, Iowa; Hammond, Indiana; Masury, Ohio; Birmingham, Alabama and Hutchins, Texas.

Prime Wins Multiple “Carrier of the Year” Awards
Being named Carrier of the Year by one blue chip customer is quite an accomplishment but Prime inc. has tripled that achievement in 2009 by being named Carrier of the Year by three different customers.  
ConAgra Foods, Kraft Foods, and General Mills have each given the honor to Prime based on individual company criteria.  “Each of these customers has their own measuring system based upon on-time pick-ups and deliveries, overall service and number of claims among other factors,” says Steve Wutke, Prime vice president of sales.  “This recognition is very meaningful to us. We’re very proud of our operators, fleet managers, customer service staff – everyone.  This was very much a team effort.”
This marks the second year Prime inc. has received this honor from Kraft as well as several other prestigious service awards from other customers, but Wutke says this is the first year Prime has achieved a “triple crown.”
“These awards just add even more to our credibility,” he says. “It is a testament to how very seriously we take customer service.”

Marten Transport Makes Forbes Top 200 Small Companies List
Marten Transport, Ltd., a leader in the time- and temperature-sensitive transportation industry, has been named to the Forbes Magazine list of the 200 Best Small Companies for the fourth time in the past five years.
Described by as a “robust, fundamentally disciplined public outfit,” Marten Transport has spent the last two years in a growth mode despite an industry downturn. The carrier has opened numerous new terminals and expanded its regional network to better serve customers and accommodate more driver-friendly schedules.
“This acknowledgment from Forbes is a great honor for us,” said Marten’s Director of Recruiting Tim Norlin. “It confirms that we’ve been doing things right in a challenging business environment.  This recognition is the result of our hard-working, committed drivers, contractors, employees and management team that have helped make Marten a success.”
The Forbes list of the 200 Best Small Companies in America begins with a search for companies that show both sales and earnings growth. Candidates must have annual revenue between $5 million and $750 million, be publicly traded for at least a year and have a stock price no lower than $5. Rankings are based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years. Forbes also compared the stock performance of each company with that of its peers. Shares of last year’s list members outpaced those on the Russell Index, a benchmark used by institutional investors, by 10 percentage points.
Marten Transport, Ltd. was founded in 1946 as a small dairy transportation service. Today the company hauls freight across the United States and Canada for some of the most successful companies in the world. It specializes in transporting frozen food, beverages, pharmaceuticals and other consumer-packaged goods that require a temperature-sensitive or insulated environment.
The company operates more than 2,459 tractors and 4,055 trailers. It employs more than 2,900 people and is headquartered in Mondovi, Wis.