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Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce Winners of Best Fleets to Drive for Survey and Contest

After months of nominations, interviews, and scoring, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are proud to announce the 2012 winners of Best Fleets to Drive For, a survey and contest that identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year’s winners are as follows:

• Best Cartage – Kernersville, N.C.
• Bison Transport – Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. – Clayton, Ala.
• Celadon Canada – Kitchener, Ontario
• D.J. Knoll Transportation – White City, Saskatchewan
• Don Hummer Trucking – Oxford, Iowa
• Erb Group – New Hamburg, Ontario
• Fremont Contract Carriers – Fremont, Neb.
• Gordon Trucking, Inc. – Pacific, Wash.
• Grand Island Express – Grand Island, Neb.
• Kriska Holdings – Prescott, Ontario
• Landstar System – Jacksonville, Fla.
• Motor Carrier Services – Northwood, Ohio
• Paramount Freight Systems – Ft. Myers, Fla.
• Sammons Trucking – Missoula, Montana
• Steelman Transportation, Inc. – Springfield, Mo.
• Tennant Truck Lines – Orion, Ill.
• Trimac Transportation – Houston, Texas
• WTI Transport, Inc. – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
• Yanke Group – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In addition, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch” (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:
• American Central Transport – Liberty, Mo.
• Epes Transport System, Inc. – Greensboro, N.C.
• Liberty Linehaul, Inc. – Ayr, Ontario
• Melton Truck Lines – Tulsa, Okla.
• TimeLine Logistic International – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The nomination process for the fourth annual contest began in the fall of 2011, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 or more trucks. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies’ desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:

• Total compensation package – including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
• Health benefits
• Pension plans
• Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
• Career path/advancement opportunities
• Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
• Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
• Team building and driver community development activities
• Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve it
• Fleet safety record

A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with its feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: “For 2012, we saw a heightened level of interest from the nominated fleets. It seems that everybody wants to be named a Best Fleet to Drive For. Some folks even called us before we began interviewing just to double-check that we had their current contact information. It was the virtual equivalent of camping out overnight for concert tickets!”

TCA’s leadership is not at all surprised by the fleets’ enthusiasm. “We saw a 35 percent increase in the number of fleets that not only agreed to participate, but completed all their interviews and paperwork on time to make it to the final segment of the competition,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA’s 2011-12 chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., Hope, Arkansas. “But I have to say it’s not easy to become a Best Fleet… it takes serious thinking outside the box and a willingness to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for your drivers.”

The best practices that surfaced from this year’s winning fleet interviews indicate trends that many in the trucking industry will want to note. For example, more fleets seem to be offering drivers profit sharing as part of their compensation packages. Also, fleets appear to be replacing their traditional safety-based bonus systems for more comprehensive programs. Although safety is still a critical component, today’s drivers are also being rewarded for their performance in areas such as fuel efficiency, on-time deliveries, and maintaining current training.

The survey found that company drivers are driving the same number of miles and earning about the same income as last year. For owner operators, miles are also flat, but income has increased by a scant five percent. “One might think that as the economy improves, a driver might earn more, but, surprisingly, these statistics appear to show otherwise,” commented Murrell. “Fortunately, the drivers at our winning fleets still have high driver satisfaction levels, as a result of well-balanced program offerings.”

When it comes to continuing education, today’s drivers seem to have many different and more flexible options than in the past. Nearly half of the fleets surveyed said they are offering tuition reimbursement for drivers who take accounting, management, or similar programs at a college. They are also making a better effort to send drivers to conferences and trade shows and to help them earn various professional accreditations.

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 4-7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce Winners of Best Fleets to Drive for Survey and Contest

After months of nominations, interviews, and scoring, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are proud to announce the 2012 winners of Best Fleets to Drive For, a survey and contest that identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year’s winners are as follows:

• Best Cartage – Kernersville, N.C.
• Bison Transport – Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. – Clayton, Ala.
• Celadon Canada – Kitchener, Ontario
• D.J. Knoll Transportation – White City, Saskatchewan
• Don Hummer Trucking – Oxford, Iowa
• Erb Group – New Hamburg, Ontario
• Fremont Contract Carriers – Fremont, Neb.
• Gordon Trucking, Inc. – Pacific, Wash.
• Grand Island Express – Grand Island, Neb.
• Kriska Holdings – Prescott, Ontario
• Landstar System – Jacksonville, Fla.
• Motor Carrier Services – Northwood, Ohio
• Paramount Freight Systems – Ft. Myers, Fla.
• Sammons Trucking – Missoula, Montana
• Steelman Transportation, Inc. – Springfield, Mo.
• Tennant Truck Lines – Orion, Ill.
• Trimac Transportation – Houston, Texas
• WTI Transport, Inc. – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
• Yanke Group – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In addition, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch” (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:
• American Central Transport – Liberty, Mo.
• Epes Transport System, Inc. – Greensboro, N.C.
• Liberty Linehaul, Inc. – Ayr, Ontario
• Melton Truck Lines – Tulsa, Okla.
• TimeLine Logistic International – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The nomination process for the fourth annual contest began in the fall of 2011, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 or more trucks. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies’ desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:

• Total compensation package – including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
• Health benefits
• Pension plans
• Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
• Career path/advancement opportunities
• Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
• Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
• Team building and driver community development activities
• Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve it
• Fleet safety record

A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with its feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: “For 2012, we saw a heightened level of interest from the nominated fleets. It seems that everybody wants to be named a Best Fleet to Drive For. Some folks even called us before we began interviewing just to double-check that we had their current contact information. It was the virtual equivalent of camping out overnight for concert tickets!”

TCA’s leadership is not at all surprised by the fleets’ enthusiasm. “We saw a 35 percent increase in the number of fleets that not only agreed to participate, but completed all their interviews and paperwork on time to make it to the final segment of the competition,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA’s 2011-12 chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., Hope, Arkansas. “But I have to say it’s not easy to become a Best Fleet… it takes serious thinking outside the box and a willingness to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for your drivers.”

The best practices that surfaced from this year’s winning fleet interviews indicate trends that many in the trucking industry will want to note. For example, more fleets seem to be offering drivers profit sharing as part of their compensation packages. Also, fleets appear to be replacing their traditional safety-based bonus systems for more comprehensive programs. Although safety is still a critical component, today’s drivers are also being rewarded for their performance in areas such as fuel efficiency, on-time deliveries, and maintaining current training.

The survey found that company drivers are driving the same number of miles and earning about the same income as last year. For owner operators, miles are also flat, but income has increased by a scant five percent. “One might think that as the economy improves, a driver might earn more, but, surprisingly, these statistics appear to show otherwise,” commented Murrell. “Fortunately, the drivers at our winning fleets still have high driver satisfaction levels, as a result of well-balanced program offerings.”

When it comes to continuing education, today’s drivers seem to have many different and more flexible options than in the past. Nearly half of the fleets surveyed said they are offering tuition reimbursement for drivers who take accounting, management, or similar programs at a college. They are also making a better effort to send drivers to conferences and trade shows and to help them earn various professional accreditations.

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 4-7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida.

Trimac Transportation Wins 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For by The TCA

Houston, TX- The Truckload Carrier Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge announced Trimac Transportation as a winner of the 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For award. The award recognizes North American carriers whom provide the best work environments for their drivers and operate at least 10 or more trucks.

Nominations poured in during the fall of 2010. A series of interviews, conducted by CarriersEdge, with human resource representatives and executives took place evaluating Trimac’s corporate direction, policies, and programs.

“After each contest and survey cycle, we compile and widely publicize the best practices of each winning fleet. The results are a snapshot of excellence. It’s only natural for drivers and fleets to want to be a part of this,” says John Kaburick, chairman of TCA. The following scoring matrix came into play as Trimac soared to the Top 20 list, making the final cut.

• Total compensation package, including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment

• Health benefits

• Pension plans

• Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)

• Career path/advancement opportunities

• Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions

• Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking

• Team building and driver community development activities

• Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve

• Fleet safety record

About Truckload Carriers Association

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About CarrierEdge

CarriersEdge is the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

About Trimac Transportation

Trimac is the premier provider of bulk trucking services in North America, as well as related logistics, tank maintenance and cleaning services. Founded in 1945, J.W. McCaig was the first of three generations to preside over the organization. Our mission is to create value for our shareholders by delivering value to our customers safely. Trimac has taken a strategic approach to the business that we operate in. This strategy has primarily been focused on People and Processes. It is our belief that excellence in these two areas provides a solid foundation for our business to grow and be successful in the challenging bulk trucking segment.

If you want to be with a 2011 winner of The Best Fleets To Drive For, call us today at 877-914-4374 or visit us online at www.trimac.com today!

TCA Announces 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For

Twenty companies are recognized for having the best workplaces for truck drivers; five upcoming companies are identified as “Best Fleets to Watch”

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For, a survey and contest that identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Twenty companies are being recognized this year:
·         1st Express, Inc. – Toledo, OH
·         Best Cartage – Kernersville, NC
·         Bison Transport – Winnipeg, MB
·         Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. – Clayton, AL
·         Con-way Truckload – Joplin, MO
·         Dart Transit Company – Eagan, MN
·         Don Hummer Trucking – Oxford, IA
·         Erb Group – New Hamburg, ON
·         Fremont Contract Carriers – Fremont, NE
·         Kennesaw Transportation – Rydal, GA
·         Brian Kurtz Trucking – Breslau, ON
·         MacKinnon Transport – Guelph, ON
·         Paramount Freight Systems – Ft. Myers, FL
·         Pride Transport, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
·         Schneider National – Green Bay, WI
·         Motor Carrier Service, Inc. – Northwood, OH
·         Trimac Transportation – Houston, TX
·         Vedder Transportation Group – Abbotsford, BC
·         WTI Transport, Inc. – Tuscaloosa, AL
·         Yanke Group – Saskatoon, SK

In addition, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch” (honorable mentions) for making rapid progress toward an outstanding driver workplace:
·         Drive Logistics – Windsor, ON
·         Hueneman Trucking – Garner, IA
·         Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. – Orion, IL
·         Spirit Truck Lines, Inc. – San Juan, TX
·         Turk Enterprises – St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada

The nomination process for the third annual contest began in the fall of 2010 when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 trucks or more. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies’ desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as:
·         Total compensation package – including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
·         Health benefits
·         Pension plans
·         Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
·         Career path/advancement opportunities
·         Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
·         Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
·         Team building and driver community development activities
·         Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
·         Fleet safety record

A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s 20 winners and five honorable mentions.
“We were pleased to see that for 2011, drivers nominated 30 percent more fleets over last year. Also, fleet participation [fleets who agreed to participate in the phone interviews] went up by over 80 percent,” said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. “We had a much higher level of interest, especially from first-timers.”

TCA attributes this heightened interest to more awareness of the Best Fleets program. John Kaburick, chairman of TCA and president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company, Salem, Illinois, said: “After each contest and survey cycle, we compile and widely publicize the best practices of each winning fleet. The results are a snapshot of excellence. It’s only natural for drivers and fleets to want to be a part of this.”

The best practices culled from this year’s winning fleet interviews indicate some interesting new trends that barely appeared on last year’s survey. For example, social networking has become prominent in trucking. A number of fleets have Facebook groups that serve as a foundation for their recruiting efforts online. The benefit is that drivers do much of the recruiting work by answering questions about the company and providing testimonials. Twitter has also emerged as a popular tool, primarily for sharing just-in-time information about weather conditions, traffic, and company activities.

Some fleets also said they are incorporating Google’s Street View technology into their standard operating procedures. Street View is used for route planning, and some carriers are making it a normal part of ramping up new customers because they can check out all of the places their trucks will be driving without having to go in person first. Both the Satellite Maps and Street View technologies are also becoming key tools for accident investigations and are quite useful for understanding why collisions took place and what can be done to avoid them in the future.

CarriersEdge noticed another technology appear on this year’s survey results: vehicles that are powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas). A few fleets have made the leap to LNG, which is environmentally friendly and easily renewable, while others said they are evaluating it right now. “While a lot of larger fleets are getting on board with it, we’re also seeing interest (and purchases) in some smaller fleets as well,” said Murrell.

Now that the top 20 finalists have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 13-16, 2011, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and Convention Center in San Diego, California.

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