Fleet insider

| February 28, 2007

Maverick Drivers
Maverick Transportation announced its Drivers of the Month for the fourth quarter of 2006. They are Lee Hammond of Norwalk, Okla., October; Tom Collier of Fredricktown, Mo., November; and Buddy Mayle of Culloden, W.Va., December. As Driver of the Month, each recipient also will represent Maverick drivers on the fleet’s Driver Advisory Council.

Millions of Miles
Decker Truck Line recently honored six drivers as the 2006 inductees into the company’s Million Mile Team: Kenneth Harden of Tinley Park, Ill.; William Locke of Fort Dodge, Iowa; William Pena of Mesquite, Texas; Mark Tracy of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Daniel Welsh of Pittsburgh; and Charlie Wilson of Hartford, Iowa.

Nine drivers were recognized for attaining 2 million miles: Larry Beasley of Silvis, Ill.; Mark Gombert of Maquoketa, Iowa; Rodney Graves of Webster City, Iowa; Eric Jensvold of Nevada, Iowa; Donald Lee of Whittemore, Iowa; Richard Muessigmann of Stanhope, Iowa; Art Renken of Aplington, Iowa; Tom Weiss of Clarion, Iowa; and Jerome Ziemet of Algona, Iowa.

Five drivers were recognized for attaining 3 million miles: Allen Chapman of Elgin, Iowa; Marty Delay of Jefferson, Iowa; Steve Jones of Rudd, Iowa; Paul Newman of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and Maurice “Butch” Olson of Thor, Iowa.

Tri-State Gets Award
Tri-State Motor Transit of Joplin, Mo., recently received the Quest for Quality Logistics Management Service Award. Manufacturers and shippers across the nation cast more than 6,100 ballots. Tri-State placed second in the vote totals, receiving recognition alongside companies such as Schneider, Melton, Roehl, CRST, Pacer and Landstar.

Trucker Buddy of the Month
John Rose has been named the January Trucker Buddy of the Month. He is matched up with Cindy Slovacek’s seventh grade class at Meyersville School in Meyersville, Texas, as well as a fifth-grade class in Savannah, Ga.

An owner-operator leased to O&S Trucking in Springfield, Mo., Rose is the first Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month to receive a set of steer tires from Continental Tire. Also from Springfield, Rose has been a contractor for O&S since 1986.

Each Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month receives a personalized jacket, along with a check for $300 to spend on the class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise, compliments of ACS MultiMedia Advertising (www.tmi-multimedia.com). They also receive an IdleAire adapter (www.IdleAire.com), a Koolatron cooler and a complete set of Airtabs for their tractor or trailer (www.airtab.com). Owner-operators receive a set of steer tires from Continental Tire. The class will receive a CrossCountry USA game from Ingenuity Works (www.ingenuityworks.com), which will help them learn more about how trucks move freight across the continent.

Trucker Buddy International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen-pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades two through eight. For more information about Trucker Buddy International, visit www.truckerbuddy.org or call (800) MY-BUDDY.

Sitton Honors Top Drivers
Sitton Motor Lines of Joplin, Mo., has named Robert Morris its Driver of the Month. Morris, an owner-operator from Lake Lotawana, Mo., was previously Sitton’s Driver of the Year for 2000. As Driver of the Month, he receives an embroidered jacket, a $150 savings bond, a framed certificate and a choice of other prizes.

Runners-up for Driver of the Month are company drivers Dennis Bryant of Wewoka, Okla., and James Owens of Tulsa, Okla.

KLLM Receives Hunger’s Hero Award
KLLM Transport Services is the recipient of the 2006 Hunger’s Hero Award, the highest honor given by the Mississippi Food Network. In 2006, KLLM donated a 53-foot refrigerated trailer to the food network to support its statewide vision “to eliminate poverty-related hunger in our service area.”

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