News from the fleets

CON-WAY SPONSORS NASCAR TRUCK TEAM
Con-Way Transportation will be the primary sponsor of the No. 60 Wyler Racing team during the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Owned by Jeff Wyler, of Jeff Wyler Automotive in Cincinnati, the team competed in 15 Craftsman Truck Series events in 2005.

Driver Jack Sprague had a standout 2005 performance, bringing home the team’s best finish at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with second place. He holds the most records in the history of the Craftsman Truck Series and is the only three-time series champion: 1997, 1999 and 2001.


USA TRUCK OFFERS INTEREST-FREE LOANS
USA Truck has launched a new recruiting effort: an interest-free loan to help students pay their tuition at the driver training course at Weatherford College near Dallas.

Students must sign a one-year commitment to the company and will receive a $1,000 bonus at the end of the first year.


ANTI-IDLING DEVICE ADDED TO PROGRAM
Schneider National has launched the Owner-Operator Success Lease Program for all new units leased or sold by Schneider Finance. It includes Thermo King TriPac heating and cooling units in aerodynamic Freightliner Century, Kenworth T2000, Volvo 780 and Peterbilt 386 and 387 tractors.

Schneider says owner-operators can save $18,000 to $20,400 in fuel costs per year with TriPac. TriPac also will be installed on Schneider’s low-mileage used tractors.

The fleet also launched an $8,400 bonus program for company drivers interested in owning TriPac-equipped tractors.


MAGNUM RAISES OWNER-OPERATOR PAY
Magnum now pays owner-operators 89 cents per mile for all miles. Owner-operators previously earned 87 cents for loaded miles and 80 cents for empty miles.

Magnum’s fuel program charges $1.29 per gallon at company fuel locations.


MELTON ANNOUNCES 2-CENT PAY INCREASE
Melton Truck Lines has increased pay 2 cents per mile for company drivers and owner-operators.

The raise could give drivers an annual boost of $2,400 per year, the fleet says.
Melton’s top drivers will earn about 50 cents per mile, including tarp pay and the safety bonus.

Drivers with six months or less over-the-road experience will earn about 41 cents per mile.


TYSON OFFERS BONUS
Tyson Foods Logistics is offering a new $1,500 sign-on bonus to owner-operators, in addition to paying practical miles and base plates.

The fleet is part of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, Ark.


AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
THE MIDNIGHT TRUCKING RADIO NETWORK inducted 10 new members in January into its Million Mile Club, sponsored by Chevron Delo: William Butterfield, Todd Dressler, John Duvall, David Hill, Kenn Nelson, Mac Owens, Richard Richter, James Smith, Roymel Vidal and Terry White.

OVERNIGHT TRANSPORTATION’S William Gray Jr. was named Driver of the Year by the Maryland Motor Truck Association. He has driven more than 2.8 million accident-free miles during his 27 years with Overnite.

WHEATON WORLD WIDE MOVING named six Drivers of the Month: Gerald Barta, Donald Hatt and Emil Santoyo in October, John Pangle, Robert Pleasants and Dennis Upson in November.

MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION named three Drivers of the Month: Bobby Pfaff in October, Dan Adams in November and Randall Harmon in December.

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