It’s one thing to be recognized by your family and next-door neighbors for doing good things, but when you’re honored by folks on the other side of the country, well, you’re on your way to becoming a national treasure. Last spring, both the Indiana Motor Trucking Association and the Illinois Trucking Association hosted summits to recognize fleets for excellence in safety management, and would you believe both groups gave their top award to a carrier from … the Evergreen State?
Yep, Washington State. Gordon Trucking Inc., headquartered in Pacific, won the Fleet Safety Awards for the large fleet divisions in both Illinois and Indiana. Brett Terchila, vice president of operations for Gordon’s Eastern region, credited the recognitions to the organization’s safety culture of “working together to place safety at the forefront of everything we do. We owe thanks to our driving associates for their continued professionalism and commitment to our core values of safety, service and sustainability.”
Gordon Trucking also has received state safety awards this year from Oregon and California, so if there’s any more state trucking groups hosting safety awards ceremonies this year, I’ve putting my money on Gordon.
Next, if you’re looking for a company that’s bouncing up pay for everyone that works behind the wheel, look no further that Rosemount, Minn.-based Bay & Bay Transportation, which recently rolled out its second pay raise this year for its company, lease-purchase and owner-operator drivers.
The latest pay raise brings its driver base pay range to 41 to 45 cents per mile depending on length of tenure with previous companies. Company drivers can earn an additional 1 to 4 cents per mile in bonuses, again depending on experience.
Last but in no way least, Con-way Freight announced that Indianapolis-based driver sales representative Darrell Thompson became the eighth driver in the company’s 33-year history to surpass 3 million consecutive accident-free miles. Thompson, who was honored at a special ceremony at Con-way Freight’s Indianapolis service center, joined the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company in 1985 and has been a professional truck driver for more than 31 years.
Thompson is a Con-way Inc. Quarterly Leadership Award recipient and serves on his local service center’s Safety Review Board. He also has been recognized for professionalism by the Indiana Motor Truck Association, which designated him a Master Truck Driver.