News from the fleets

GREATWIDE INTRODUCES INSURANCE PROGRAM
Greatwide Logistics Services’ new insurance program for its owner-operators offers $1 million of lifetime medical coverage at what it says is half the cost of traditional major medical coverage.

The plan, offered through MetLife, is exclusive with Greatwide until year’s end. It includes preventive and supplemental health care benefits, dental insurance, 10-year term life insurance and disability income protection.

Through MetLife, Greatwide also will offer participants legal counseling, home and personal auto insurance, pet insurance, a Preferred Savings Plan and critical illness insurance.


McGRIFF ANNOUNCES NEW PAY PACKAGE
McGriff Transportation’s new owner-operator pay package eliminates all administrative fees while raising the base per-mile pay.

Additional benefits include one free truck wash per month, waived tag rental charges for drivers who have been accident-free for a year, and waived quarterly IFTA taxes for qualifying drivers.


BARR-NUNN LAUNCHES NEW PAY PROGRAM
Barr-Nunn Transportation now pays Northeast regional owner-operators a guaranteed $425 per day and a 100 percent fuel surcharge. The carrier also is offering payment of excess fuel taxes and guaranteed home time.

Barr-Nunn also has increased pay levels for owner-operators.


TANGO OPENS LOUISIANA WAREHOUSE
Tango Transport recently opened a service center in Coushatta, La., to support its nearby Weyerhaeuser contract operations.

The facility serves as a full-time drop yard with up to 600 outgoing weekly shipments. The site also features a customer service center, dispatch offices and a maintenance facility.


CON-WAY SUBSIDIARY WINS SAFETY AWARDS
Con-way less-than-truckload subsidiary Con-way Freight-Southern recently received the President’s Trophy from the American Trucking Associations for its low incidence of vehicle and employee accidents. The Fort Worth, Texas, company won the same award in 2002. The company also placed first in the General Commodities LTL/Local Division Over 100 Million Miles.


AWARDS & RECOGNITION
WARREN TRANSPORT honored two owner-operators as Drivers of the Month: Safet Lakic, July; Jose Camacho, August.

CTL DISTRIBUTION recently presented Bull Dog Awards: Joey Noah, July; Roy Witthoft, August.

MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION honored three Drivers of the Month: Marvin Cranford, April; Scott Schwarzlose, May; and David Danaho, June.

DECKER TRUCK LINE selected its July Drivers of the Month: Gary Moneypenny, flatbed; Jerry Staton, reefer/van.

TRANSPORT AMERICA recognized its June Drivers of the Month: owner-operators Justice Bilson, Thomas Warrick and Norman Weinstein; company drivers Robert Burlingame, Greg Payne and David Richmond.

AVERITT EXPRESS was named 2005 Truckload Carrier of the Year by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.

CONTRACT FREIGHTERS INC. named its July Drivers of the Month: Marvin Peck, contractor; David and Shirley Schrader, contractor team; Howard Williams, company driver; and John Dotzler and Alicia Carde, company team.

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