Tribute Trailers

Danfreight Systems Inc., based in Joliette, Quebec, dedicated two trailers as memorials to recent American tragedies.

Tribute Trailers
In the wake of two historic tragedies – the terrorist attacks of September 2001 and the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its crew – Joliette, Quebec-based Danfreight Systems Inc. has dedicated four trailers as rolling memorials.

“It is always good to remember what happened in the past, because it will guide what you’re doing for the future,” says Daniel Berard, President of Danfreight Systems Inc. “Sept. 11 and the Columbia disaster captured the world’s attention and created a collective mourning. As we heal and people move forward, it is important that those events not be forgotten or pushed aside. I plan to keep these trailers dedicated to these events for a long time.”

DFS hauls general and refrigerated freight between Quebec and the western United States. Many tractors in the fleet are Peterbilt 387s.

“The response has been overwhelming. The drivers all want to pull one of the special trailers. On the road, the trailers get constant attention – people honking, waving, gathering to look at them when they’re at a truckstop,” Berard says. “It shows that there is still a lot of interest and a lot of emotion. The trailers are helping generate good will and a positive image for trucking.”

PTL Drivers
Paschall Truck Lines recently honored Terry Collins as its February Company Driver of the Month and Mark Womble as the February Owner-Operator of the Month for their outstanding service and safety on the road.

Collins has been with PTL for seven years and has logged more than 800,000 safe miles. His wife Juanita (Jean) and children Mark, Brittany and Megan live in El Paso, Texas.

Womble of Pensacola, Fla., has been driving for PTL for more than six years and has logged more than 600,000 safe miles. He is expecting his first grandchild in August.

Excellence Award
GlaxoSmithKline, a leading pharmaceutical and health care company, has recognized Arkansas-based Willis Shaw Express for excellence in transportation services. The award singles out companies that have provided the pharmaceutical company with outstanding service, based on their Intra-Company Carrier Evaluation Program.

Willis Shaw beat out all other transportation companies in the Evaluation Program, which includes measurements of on-time performance, in-house surveys and EDI Compliance ratings.

Martin Henry of Frankfort, Ky., was named Maverick’s March Driver of the Month.

Maverick’s Best
Maverick Transportation announced the first three recipients of Driver of the Month honors for 2003. These include January Driver of the Month Mike Harris of Coweta, Okla., February Driver of the Month Robby Adams of West Plains, Mo., and March Driver of the Month Martin Henry of Frankfort, Ky.

Each driver has received numerous safety awards from the Arkansas-based flatbed carrier.

Retention Champs
Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., received J.J. Keller’s 2002 Retention Champion award. The award was given in April at the annual North American Recruiting and Retention Summit held in Dallas.

Last year Combined Transport’s turnover rate was reduced from 71 percent to 53 percent.
Combined Transport is a flatbed, irregular route carrier, dealing in specialty hauling of uncrated glass and over-dimensional loads. The company employs 280 company drivers and 45 owner-operators who deliver throughout the 48 states and Canada.

500 Volvos
Covenant Transport will purchase up to 500 Volvo VN 670 trucks with sleeper cabs and Cummins ISX engines. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company is a new Volvo customer. The trucks will be used in single-driver operation in the fleet’s truckload service. Delivery of the trucks is planned for the third quarter.

OTA Recognizes Wooster Drivers
The Ohio Trucking Association recognized Wooster Motor Ways driver Myron Stough Jr., 55, of Jeromesville, Ohio, as its 2002 Driver of the Year. Stough, who has logged more than 2.1 million miles, celebrated his 31st year at Wooster without a preventable accident.

The OTA also honored Abe J. Keim, 65, of Wooster, Ohio, as a Driver of the Month for 2002. Keim, who earned the title previously in 1998 and 1999, is a 33-year veteran driver for Wooster Motor Ways who has traveled more than 2.6 million safe miles.

Stough and Keim received their awards from Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul McClellan at the association’s safety awards banquet.

Ed and Sue Krisher of Deming, N.M., were named CFI’s Company Team Driver of the Month.

CFI Drivers of the Month

Contract Freighters Inc. named its March 2003 drivers of the month.

Company Driver of the Month was Jerrill West of Kerrville, Texas, who joined CFI in 1993. Company Team Driver of the Month was awarded to Ed and Sue Krisher of Deming, N.M., who joined CFI in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

Contractor of the Month was Jay VanWormer of Springdale, Ark., who joined the company in 1992.
Contractor Team of the Month went to Bobby Clawson and Cheryl Hobbs of Bangs, Texas, who both joined CFI in 2000.

Winners are automatically nominated for the 2003 year-end award in their respective category.

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