Clyde Matthews of Sapulpa, Okla., is Texas Star Express’ 2004 Owner-Operator of the Year. Leonard Brown of Panola, Texas, is the 2004 Company Driver of the Year.
Drivers of the Year
The 2004 Millis Transfer Driver of the Year is Norman Livengood of Desoto, Mo.
Robert Rushing of Fort Gaines, Ga., is the 2004 Regional Driver of the Year. James Petty of Calhoun, Ga., is the 2004 Dedicated Driver of the Year.
Millis Transfer announced these titles, added drivers to its Million Mile Club and passed out more than $1.1 million in safety bonuses at a banquet at the Quilted Bear in Germantown, Wis., March 19, 2005.
Million Mile Club inductees were Dick Barnes, Richard Bell, Herman Coberly, Dick Dougherty, Anton Dvorak, Isaac Jackson, Dave Krist, Ray Luedke, George Rudolph, Bob Rushing, John Shayder, Andy Smiley and Rich Tojek.
More than 360 drivers with at least one year of safe driving at Millis were honored.
South Carolina Driver and Fleet Awards
James Smith, a Roadway Express driver from Greenville, S.C., was named the 2004 South Carolina Driver of the Year by the South Carolina Trucking Association.
Bunch Transport, based in Charleston, S.C., was named the safest fleet. Bunch served 48 states and ran 3 million miles in South Carolina in 2004 but still had the lowest accident frequency rate out of all the South Carolina fleets considered for the award.
Superior Transportation was named Most Improved for its accident reduction efforts.
Bunch Transport, ABF Freight Systems, Tiger Transport Service, Con-Way Southern Express, Southeastern Freight Lines, Broadridge Transport, Star Trans, Roadway Express, G and P Trucking and Swafford Trucking all took home first place in the general commodities division.
Springs Industries Transportation, the Capitol Group, New South Express, W. Lee Flowers and Company, Milliken and Company, Bi-Lo, Unitech Services Group, Piggly Wiggly, Wal-Mart Transportation Tank Division: Superior Carriers, Star Trans, Associated Petroleum Carriers Heavy Hauler Division: Superior Transportation and Aggregate Hauler Division: Thompson Trucking all won first in the private carrier division.
2 Million Miles
Christenson Transportation gave its first 2 Million Mile Award for continuous service to husband and wife owner-operator team Paul and Liz Jordan of Grenola, Kan. They were the first owner-operators to join Christenson Transportation in 1996. They received a fully loaded Dell laptop computer with scanner and their names inscribed on the first 2 Million Mile plaque that will be displayed in the lobby of the corporate headquarters.
Epes Transport: Epes Transport System of Greensboro, N.C., is offering new pay packages.
Owner-operator pay will increase from 84 cents per mile to 86 cents per mile, and contractors will be in a fuel surcharge program that pays on all miles, base plates and permits, fuel and use taxes; makes them part of a national tire account; and provides health, dental and short-term disability insurance. They also will not be dispatched on runs to New York City or Canada.