Moving association gives awards

The American Moving & Storage Association has recognized its industry’s top van operators and safest company fleets operating during 2010.

The criteria for AMSA’s Super Van Operator awards are miles driven, accidents, lifetime driving record, time out of service for hours-of-service or equipment violations, financial responsibility, community involvement, customer service, driving awards and outside interests and activities.

Richard Rosenbush of Clear Lake, Wis., a driver for Minnesota-based Barrett Moving, won the 2010 Super Van Operator Lifetime Achievement award. Robert Stanton of Daytona Beach, Fla., an owner-operator leased to Illinois-based Bekins Van Lines, garnered the prize for Super Van Operator for Special Commodities.

The association awarded Robert “Mike” Westfall of Dover, Tenn., a driver for Colorado-based Bailey’s Moving & Storage, Super Van Operator in the household goods category. It also recognized Keith Winfree of Yuba City, Calif., who drives for California-based Graebel Sacramento Movers, as Rookie Super Van Operator.

The association also honors carriers with the lowest accident rate per million miles of vehicle operation and the lowest vehicle and driver out-of-service rate during the year.  Fleet winners are certified as ProMovers, AMSA’s program to identify a quality, professional mover.

The 2010 fleet safety awards went to:
•    Colorado-based Graebel Van Lines for Fleet Safety Improvement, for having the best two-year improvement in its accident rate.  
•    Indiana-based Atlas Van Lines for Fleet Safety Initiative, which honors a carrier’s leadership and creativity in a safety program.
•    Oregon-based Lile International Companies, for the inaugural recognition in the new intrastate category.

Finally, the association gave fleet safety awards to Missouri-based Mayflower Transit in the more than 50 million miles category; Indiana-based Wheaton Worldwide Moving in the 20 million-to-50 million miles category; Illinois-based New World Van Lines in the 5 million-to-20 million miles division; and to Virginia-based Interstate Worldwide Relocation for the less than 5 million miles.

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