Fleet Focus: PAM Cartage, Navajo Express, Con-way Freight

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If you’re a company driver who wants to own your own truck, or you already have your own small fleet and you’re ready to expand your operations, PAM Cartage Carriers wants to help you. The PAM Transportation Services division recently rolled out its Overdrive Lease Program, a new lease-purchase program eligible to drivers with no credit check required and as little as three months of experience driving with PAM or one year of commercial driving experience with any carrier.

The program is divided into three tiers: Promo, Classic and Elite. The Promo tier gives drivers who have six months of experience driving for PAM a path to lease their own Freightliner raised-roof sleeper. The Classic tier requires only three months with PAM and allows drivers to lease multiple trucks. The Elite tier offers drivers with one year of commercial driving experience at any carrier the opportunity to lease an International ProStar that comes with a two-year major mechanical warranty.

Speaking of elite company, Navajo Express recently was recognized for its safety efforts at this year’s Colorado Motor Carriers Association Safety Awards Banquet. The Denver-based fleet was awarded the Grand Trophy for Most Improved Fleet, which was given to the carrier that showed the largest percentage drop in accident rate within Colorado for 2014.

Navajo, which has more than 1,000 trucks, also received third place for Fleet Safety for Carriers with Truckloads over 3 Million Miles. The award was based on DOT recordable crashes within Colorado, as well as a thorough fleet safety audit.

Another fleet that’s been doing things the right way for a while now is Con-way Freight, one of the nation’s largest less-than-truckload haulers, and it just keeps on getting bigger.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based branch of Con-way Inc. recently opened its newest service center in Joliet, Ill. The facility will serve as the Chicagoland-area hub from which the company will provide LTL services regionally and nationally. The $12 million, 41,600-square-foot facility employs 70 and over time will double its local workforce.