KNIGHT TO OPEN REFRIGERATED OPERATION
Knight Transportation has created Knight Refrigerated to offer a temperature-controlled truckload service as a separate business. It will open the refrigerated operation in Phoenix with 50 trucks in the third quarter of 2004. The Phoenix-based carrier expects to open additional regional reefer operations.
SCHNEIDER RECEIVES HONORS
Wal-Mart Inc. recognized Schneider National as the recipient of two of the company’s trucking awards: Truckload Carrier of the Year and Intermodal Carrier of the Year. Award criteria includes ease of doing business, communication, flexibility, customer service and correction of errors.
Schneider also earned the Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center Inbound Carrier of the Year Award for 2003.
MELTON LEASE PROGRAM
Melton Truck Lines’ new $0 Down Lease Program offers late-model Kenworth and Freightliner trucks with Cummins and Caterpillar engines of at least 400 horsepower, 10- and 13-speed transmissions, Qualcomm systems, locking headache racks, 5-foot storage boxes and 72-inch walk-in sleepers with 42-by-80 oversized bunks. Buyers receive the remaining factory warranty on engine, transmission and rear-end; additional warranties are available.
JEVIC WINS SAFETY AWARD
Jevic Transportation has been ranked No. 1 in road safety by Pennsylvania. Jevic had the best safety performance of any carrier operating in the state, based on reportable accidents, out-of-service incidents, citations, injuries, fatalities and other statistics.
MILLIS OPENS NEW SCHOOL
Millis Transfer opened a new driver training site. The Millis Training Institute in Richfield, Wis., is the third addition to the company’s driver educational program. Graduates are guaranteed a job with Millis.
CON-WAY TO LAUNCH TRUCKLOAD COMPANY
Con-Way Transportation Services formed a new operating company, Con-Way Truckload, which will begin operating during the first quarter of 2005. The company will serve Con-Way’s three regional less-than-truckload carriers, Con-Way Central Express, Con-Way Southern Express and Con-Way Western Express, by providing linehaul service on full loads of LTL shipments moving in transcontinental traffic lanes.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
NATIONAL CARRIERS recognized Duane Leiker of Liberal, Kan., for his 31-year affiliation with the company. Leiker leases his operation to the Livestock Division.
STAR TRANSPORTATION honored Bill Clark for 20 years of accident-free driving by giving him a gold and diamond Bulova watch.
PASCHALL TRUCK LINES named Juventio “Juvie” Cortez Jr. of Los Fresnos, Texas, the March Company Driver of the Month. Cortez has received the award three times.
MultiMedia named Fred Steudle TRUCKER BUDDY OF THE MONTH for June. For nine years, Steudle has been writing Bev Biccum’s fifth grade class in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. Steudle is a company driver for Heyl Truck Line in Akron, Ohio.
OVERNITE TRANSPORTATION driver Mark Asbury of Kansas City received top honors in the five-axle class at the Kansas State Truck Driving Championships. Asbury, a member of the company’s All-Star Road Team, also earned a state title in 2002 when he won the three-axle competition.