Paschall Truck Lines named Ken Osendott of Milton, Fla., its July Driver of the Month.
Osendott has driven for Paschall more than seven years and received a 250,000-mile safe driving award. Paschall also praised Osendott for helping others. Three years ago while traveling through Oregon, he pulled a person from a burning vehicle on the interstate. Before becoming a trucker, Osendott served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.
Mercer Wins Award
Contech Construction Products presented Mercer Transportation Co. of Louisville, Ky., with the Quality Carrier Special Award.
To receive the award Mercer had to maintain and extend the Contech serviceability standard when delivering Contech products to jobsites. Flexibility and safety standards were also important to Contech.
Mercer is one of Contech’s top three carriers in dollar volume.
Contract Freighters’ Kevin McKelvy (right) congratulates Michael L. Gray, winner of a CFI Mini Red Racer.
CFI Pay Raise
CFI of Joplin, Mo., announced a pay increase for its drivers based on longevity. Drivers with one year of experience will still be paid 32 cents per mile. The increases are at eight different levels depending on the number of miles a driver logs. The new pay policy affects existing and new hires.
ROCOR Wins Court Case
After 22 months of litigation, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and two owner-operators lost their court case when U.S. District Judge Tim Leonard ruled in favor of ROCOR on all claims in a class-action suit.
The case was filed in October 1998 by OOIDA and Gary Jones, who weren’t happy with ROCOR’s handling of a workers’ compensation claim Jones filed. The plaintiffs complained that ROCOR’s lease provisions did not comply with federal truth-in-leasing regulations. Although ROCOR paid Jones’ workers’ compensation claim after the Colorado workers’ compensation court ruled his claim was valid, Jones claimed the program was fraudulent under Oklahoma law.
The second complainant, Don Holly, had claimed he shouldn’t be required to have workers’ compensation coverage for the employees who drove his truck that was leased to ROCOR.
Jevic Transportation of Delanco, N.J., announced recipients of its new One Million Mile Award and commended 25 drivers for safe driving records.
The One Million Mile Award drivers were recognized in the road/regional or local driver categories. The local drivers were Daniel Ronca, New Jersey; Frank Rossana, Pennsylvania; Frank Shaw, New Jersey; and Ray Byers, Virginia.
The road and regional drivers were Frank Trent, New Jersey; Guy Trent, Texas; Stephen Underwood, Virginia; Diana Wadkins, Texas; William Wenck, Alabama; Kevin Worley, Pennsylvania; Tom Villeneuve, Pennsylvania; Mike Burnley, Virginia; Robert Carter Jr., New Jersey; George Hall, Illinois; Donald Harrison, North Carolina; Lonell Lenox, Arkansas; Frank Lett, North Carolina; Alfred McFadden, New Jersey; Samuel Rogers, Florida; Patrick Morrison, Florida; Ronald Patacky, New Jersey; Jack Akers, North Carolina; Patrick Fleming, Pennsylvania; Gary Benner, Illinois; and Bruce Miller, Pennsylvania.
CFI August Honorees
CFI of Joplin, Mo., announced its August drivers of the month. Company Driver of the Month was Robert Maxwell, who has driven 12 years for CFI and lives in Waco, Texas. Ryan and Linda Goff of Springfield, Mo., were named Company Team of the Month. Ryan joined CFI in 1995; Linda joined in 1996. Contractor Driver of the Month was Gerald Sheppard of Nyack, N.Y. He’s driven for CFI for eight years. Allan and Marian Bruton were Contractor Team of the Month. They’ve driven for CFI since 1988 and live in Tulsa, Okla.