Juan Cadenas named National Carriers’ 2009 Driver of the Year
National Carriers Inc. announced Juan Cadenas as its 2009 Driver of the Year. He pulls a reefer for the Liberal, Kan.-based carrier that specializes in refrigerated and livestock services nationwide.
Bekins Van Lines, based in Hillside, Ill., recently honored Scott Hostetler, Kurt Kloth, Jordy Jones and Robert Stanton as its 2009 Drivers of the Year . . . Company drivers Dennis Howard and Virgil Shell were recognized for driving 2 million miles safely, Boyd Bros. Transportation announced. The Clayton, Ala.-based carrier was recently selected as Best Fleet for Company Drivers by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge. . . Perry Famularo, Harvey Penhollow and Pedro Vela were named Contractors of the Month for November at Dart Transit, based in Eagan, Minn. . . . Third-party logistics provider Greatwide Logistics Services, based in Dallas, won the Innovation Award from CHEP USA, which provides pallet and container pooling services. . . Jacksonville, Ill.-based Landes Trucking Inc. announced company driver Bob Oitker as the first recipient of its Customer Appreciation Award.
Dedicated short-haul truckload carrier James Brown Contracting, based in Atlanta, purchased West Brothers’ Companies, a Durham, N.C.-based transportation, logistics and commercial fleet leasing services provider. . . Vitran Corp. Inc., a Toronto-based less-than-truckload transportation and supply chain firm, sold 794 Frontier trailers to On-Line Transport, based in Indianapolis. The proceeds and net working capital is about $5 million.
The tanker division at Schneider National, Schneider National Bulk Carriers, is increasing owner-operator compensation by 5 cents a mile. The new rate is $1.05 plus fuel surcharge, for loaded and unloaded miles. n
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.
The new “health-based requirements” will need to be met before a driver is allowed to register his or her truck through the Department of Motor Vehicles, CARB says. For older vehicles, CARB says they must be either replaced with a 2011 or newer vehicle or repowered with a 2010 or newer engine.