Fleet Insider

| April 11, 2005

Maverick Expands
Maverick Transportation is expanding its hiring area by creating a Regional Southeast Division so that it may recruit from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and part of Northern Florida.


Onsite Maintenance
RFK Transportation has opened a service site at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, terminal.
The terminal will service Freightliner Select trucks in the RFK fleet along with any trucks driven by RFK owner-operators.


Fortune Ranking
For the third consecutive year Yellow Roadway Corporation ranked first in the transportation industry on Fortune Magazine’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies. Yellow Roadway also ranked first in seven of the eight attributes of reputation categories: innovation, employee talent, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, long-term investment and quality of products and services.


Smith Driver of the Year
Greg Puryear of Milwaukee is Smith Transport’s 2004 Driver of the Year. The 16-year trucking veteran has worked for Smith since 2002. As Driver of the Year, Puryear will receive $1,500, a commemorative leather jacket, a variety of gift certificates, tickets to professional sporting events and his choice of a 2005 Freightliner or Peterbilt.


PTL Drivers
Paschall Truck Lines’ October 2004 Company Driver of the Month is Edmond Goodsell. He has been driving for 30 years, the last 12 and a half for PTL. He recently received his 1.5 Million Mile Safe Driving Award.

Jerry Terry is the October 2004 Owner-Operator of the Month.

Terry has driven for PTL the last 10 months and has more than 30 years of driving experience.


Pro Fleet Driver Honored
Pro Fleet Transport named William Gardner its 2004 Driver of the Year. He was the third-quarter Driver of the Quarter in 2004. Gardner received an embroidered leather jacket, a $500 savings bond, a Driver of the Year plaque and “Driver of the Year” lettering for his tractor.


Pay Raises
Covenant: On April 1, Covenant Transport raised experienced solo driver pay to 48 cents per mile.

Experienced team drivers split the raised 56 cents-per-mile pay.

Transport America: Transport America is raising owner-operator pay by 2 cents per mile this month. After the raise, total compensation for owner-operators will stand at 90 cents per mile, plus additional fuel surcharges and bonus opportunities.

In February, Transport America added a 4.5-cents-per-mile raise for company drivers.

CTL Distribution: CTL Distribution, Inc. has raised its company driver pay. Current tank truck drivers with seven or more years of tractor-trailer experience received a 5 percent pay increase.

Roehl: Roehl Transport has raised experienced driver pay by 6 to 12 percent depending on the fleet and region of the country. The new rates would set starting pay for experienced drivers between 38 and 41 cents per mile in the van division and between 40 and 43 cents in flatbeds.

Roehl also increased owner-operator mileage rates to as high as 91 cents per mile for van and $1.02 per mile for flatbed pulls on the driver’s own trailer.

Roehl will also offer experienced drivers as much as $2,000 as a bonus for signing with the company.


Referral Winners
Joe Sackville won first place in the Smithway Motor Xpress Driver Referral Contest. He is a flatbed owner-operator from Norfolk, Neb.

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