Fleet insider

| July 03, 2007

Leman has been with Decker Truck Line for seven years, working mostly in the flatbed division but also helping out in the reefer/van division. He and his wife, Lezlee, live in West Bend, Iowa.

Abbott and his wife, Debra, live in Mabank, Texas, with their two children, Jessica and Christopher.

TMTA Driver of the Year
Texas Motor Transportation Association has named Wayne Lowe of FFE Transportation Services 2007 Driver of the Year. Lowe was one of 27 drivers nominated. TMTA’s Driver of the Year award is an annual program with a 20-year history.

Lowe, who has driven a truck for more than 39 years, began hauling to Shreveport, La., while he was still in high school. When he was 21, Lowe was drafted into the U.S. Army, bringing his transportation experience to his assigned Anchorage, Alaska, duty station during the Vietnam War. From transporting active-duty military members’ children back and forth to school to driving officers in the presidential convoy for President Lyndon Johnson, Lowe drove every kind of ground vehicle the Army had to offer.

“I never held a gun after boot camp. I was a road soldier driving green berets to their transport planes headed out to Vietnam or bringing soldiers up to Lake Louise for R&R,” says Lowe. Ten days after being discharged from the armed forces, Lowe took a driving test to work for FFE Transportation Services and was hired on the spot. Four decades and 4 million miles later, Lowe is still driving for FEE at the age of 63.

Averitt Honored
Averitt Express recently was honored with the 2006 Carrier of the Year award from Nestle Waters during an annual carrier meeting held in Atlanta.

Nestle Waters presented the award to only one out of more than 40 of its carriers in its Tennessee region. Based on criteria such as cost-effectiveness, flexibility and creativity, this award recognizes Averitt for its accomplishments in providing transportation solutions.

Bonus Increase
Barr-Nunn Transportation recently increased its pay package for owner-operators. Every time an owner-operator runs 60,000 paid miles, he or she will now receive a $750 appreciation bonus, the company says, an increase from $600.

CFI Drivers of the Month
CFI recently announced the monthly driver award recipients for April 2007:

Company Driver of the Month: Wayne Herrington started driving for CFI in 1994. He lives in Fort Smith, Ark.

Company Team of the Month: Grant and Joyce Blevins began driving for CFI in 2000 and 2003, respectively. They live in Houston and have driven more than 1 million miles together.

Contractor Driver of the Month: Roberto Silva began his career with CFI in 2000. He lives in Brownsville, Texas.

Contractor Team of the Month: Randy and Diana Cross began their careers at CFI in 1999 and 2002, respectively. They live in Hallett, Okla.

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