It’s time again to let you know that we know just how much you mean to America.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week will be celebrated Aug. 24-30. All around the country trucking company employees, truckstop owners and various national and local elected officials will be promoting the good things that truckers do. It’s the seventh year to have a coordinated effort, and every year the national media picks up on the celebration.
“Our truck drivers are the industry’s most important asset,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “They deliver America safely each and every day. It is a real tribute to our drivers that so many states and affiliated organizations have joined our efforts to recognize them this year. America’s professional truck drivers deliver 87 percent of the total value of goods in this country.”
He was reminding everybody that 10.1 million people, or more than one in 14 American workers, are directly or indirectly employed by the transportation industry. “It’s important that we honor these folks for their contributions to our nation and its economy.”
At Truckers News we’ll again be doing something to say thanks to the men and women who drive our nation’s trucks. Our editors, art directors, sales guys, support staff and managers will be set up between Birmingham, Ala., and Tuscaloosa at the Petro Stopping Center along Interstate 59/20 (Exit 100), and we’ll be showing you how much we appreciate your work. We’ll be cooking burgers and hot dogs and giving out goodie bags and hats. We hope you’ll stop by and join us. Getting to know you and your issues is a year-round commitment for Truckers News. We get your calls and e-mails, and our magazine reflects what you tell us you want to read about. That’s why you can come here and find answers you are looking for in departments like our technical articles, new products, news, commentary, equipment profiles, book and CD reviews and event information. Appreciation doesn’t work when it’s a one shot deal.
Appreciation is like a good preventive maintenance schedule: regular, thorough attention to detail and upkeep.
So, from the entire Truckers News staff: Thank you. And here’s to the best work force of any industry anywhere in the world. You.