Crete and Shaffer start military program
Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking added a military segment to their driver training program to help ease the transition from military service to civilian life. The program requires drivers to have a Class A CDL, two years of active duty military experience in the past five years, one year of military driving experience in the past five years and to have been honorably discharged. Drivers are compensated $500 a week during the eight-week program and will earn between 37 and 40 cents per practical mile after. For more information, visit CreteCarrierJobs.com.
Siphiwe Baleka, an owner-operator for Prime Inc., was one of 11 members selected for Endurance Films’ inaugural sponsored triathlon racing team. The team made its debut at the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group National Triathlon championship on Aug. 20 in Burlington, Va.
Arkansas Driver of the Year named
CalArk International driver Christopher Patton was selected as Arkansas’ Truck Driver of the Year for 2010 by the Arkansas Trucking Association. Patton has driven for CalArk since 2006.
Shaffer receives Tyson recognition
The Tyson Foods Carrier Development group has recognized Shaffer Trucking for its work in ensuring safety and compliance with the CSA and Driver and Vehicle Out of Service percentages, the company says.
Con-way driver named Driver of the Year
Con-way driver Kurt Coulson was named 2011 Driver of the Year by the Washington Trucking Association. The association made the announcement at its annual Day With the Winners ceremony in Auburn, Wash. Coulson has been driving for Con-way since 1998.
Central Freight founder inducted into hall of honor
William Woody Callan, Central Freight Lines founder, was inducted as the 33rd member into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor. Central Freight Lines this year received the first-place safety award in the LTL/P&D division from the Texas Motor Transportation Association, achieving the highest safety standards in the state of Texas. Callan founded the company in 1925 with a Model-T truck and built it into the largest intrastate, regular-route common carrier in the nation, employing more than 4,500 people and serving 1,200 Texas cities and towns. He retired as president of the company in 1952, served as chairman of the board and was active in transportation and community affairs until his death in 1987.
Old Dominion increases base rates
Old Dominion Freight Line has increased its base rates, which will affect the ODFL 559/555 and the 505 Canadian tariffs. The rate increase will also provide for a nominal increase in minimum charges in intrastate, interstate or cross-border lanes. Although each customer will have a different financial impact based on the lanes and distance their shipments move, the overall impact of the increase is approximately 4.9 percent, the company says.
Transport America receives Quest for Quality award
Logistics Management has awarded Transport America with the 2011 Quest for Quality awards. Transport America ranked No. 1 in on-time performance, information technology and customer service, and the company out-scored its nearest competitor in the truckload category by 3.85 points with an overall score of 50.21.
Boyd increases driver pay
Boyd Bros. Transportation announced a 1-cent pay raise on every paid mile and an increase in tarp and detention pay to $20 and $18 per load, respectively.
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