Fleet Focus – March 2009

Averitt donates $500,000 to children’s hospital

Averitt Express, based in Cookeville, Tenn., recently donated $500,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cancer research facility. The donation is the single largest ever made in the fleet’s 22-year associate-giving program, which includes a $1.5 million endowment for a leukemia and lymphoma clinic. “This generous gift will ensure that St. Jude can continue conducting groundbreaking research and providing lifesaving care for children,” says David McKee, the hospital’s chief operating officer.

Compliance Safety Systems, a third-party drug and alcohol testing service, honored customers J.B. Hunt Transport, Maverick Transportation, Dart Transit, U.S. Xpress, WSE Transportation and USA Truck with first-time awards for practicing safety. . . . Con-way Freight honored driver Herb Mitchell for safely completing three million miles and driver Bill Henderson for two million miles. Dart Transit made second-quarter monthly awards to owner-operators Rene Perez and Roy Brown for April, Gregorio Sierras and Gerald Clouse for May, and Michael Smith and David Sizemore for June. . . . Diversified carrier Decker Truck Line Inc. recognized these drivers for safe mileage records: Devin Tadlock, Paul Sigle and Dean Filmer, one million; James Brown, John Kilmer, Alvin Johnson and John Robertson, two million; and Dan Liska and Rodney Irwin, three million. Decker Drivers of the Month for August, September and October are owner-operator Ron Nielsen and company drivers Lyle Grate, Carl Vettel, Scott Killey, M. Brett Duncan and Stan Giddings.

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