Category Archives: Breaking News

Roadrunner Freight Releases Driver Mobile Application called Haul NOW

DOWNERS GROVE, IL—April 2, 2019—Roadrunner Freight, a business unit of Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (“Roadrunner” or the “company”) (NYSE: RRTS), has released a mobile application called Haul NOW for its independent contractors.

By leveraging technology, Roadrunner Freight will increase visibility of available loads within the network, allow proactive online booking and improve communication between dispatch and drivers. Haul NOW will also allow drivers to view documents, access historical dispatch and settlement information and obtain directions to service centers.

Continued investment in technology, starting with this app, advances our mission of being the destination of choice for independent contractors and drivers. This is a huge step in improving the transparency of our network and streamlining communication between Roadrunner Freight and our customers, independent contractors and partners,” said Frank Hurst, President of Roadrunner Freight. “Feedback from our ICs allowed us to customize this application and improve their experience when partnering with Roadrunner Freight. This application will have a tremendous impact for our drivers, beginning with increased mileage and reduced downtime. We could not be more excited to debut this new tool!

Constantly focusing on technology enhancements is crucial in our industry and extremely important to our company,” said Michael Rapken, Chief Information Officer at Roadrunner Transportation Systems. “The launch of this application is just one of the ways we are using technology to emphasize the driver experience. Driver safety is a priority for Roadrunner Freight, therefore, our app requires users to declare that their vehicle is in park to eliminate driver distractions.

Roadrunner Freight has more than 2,000 team members, company drivers and independent contractors, 1,900 trailers, 1,000 trucks and processes roughly 7,000 LTL shipments daily, making it a great partner for drivers.

About Roadrunner Freight
Roadrunner Freight, a division of Roadrunner LTL, is committed to providing reliable and cost-effective less-than-truckload service. With 19 service centers across the country, and a comprehensive network of strategic partners, we offer expansive long-haul, regional, and next day service in all major US markets. For more information, please visit rrts.com/freight.

About Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.
Roadrunner Transportation Systems is a leading asset-right transportation and asset-light logistics provider offering a full suite of services and solutions under the Roadrunner®, Active On-Demand® and Ascent Global Logistics® brands. The Roadrunner brand offers less-than-truckload, over-the-road truckload and intermodal services. Active On-Demand offers premium mission critical air and ground logistics solutions. Ascent Global Logistics offers domestic freight management, retail consolidation, international freight forwarding and customs brokerage. For more information, please visit Roadrunner’s websites, www.rrts.com and www.ascentgl.com.

You can also see Roadrunner Transportation Systems jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

Joshua Deeds Named TMC Trainer of the Month for December 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, January 17, 2019– In the 10 years that Josh has been with TMC, he has made quite the reputation for himself. As some may recall, this is not the first time he has received recognition for the great work he does at TMC. After he first started training in 2010, Josh was named Trainer of the Month about a year later in 2011. Shortly after, he took a break from training to help with family matters back home.

His most recent recognition was being named a Driver of the Third Quarter in 2017. Also in 2017, Josh decided it was time to pick up training again, and he hasn’t turned back since. This second recognition goes to show he hasn’t skipped a beat!

While he is working with trainees, Josh focuses on the most basic, yet essential, parts of the job. “Being safe and practicing good time management are two of the most important aspects of this job,” he says. “To instill those values, I encourage drivers to get out and look (G.O.A.L.) and to always communicate with their Fleet Managers.”

Josh considers himself to be laid back when it comes to training. “When trainees first get in the truck, I’m more hands-on in teaching to make sure they are doing things correctly,” he says. “Once they are more comfortable, I stand back and let them take the lead.”

In the long run, Josh just wants to see his trainees succeed and keep seeing success. “I want to help them better themselves while doing this job so they can meet their personal goals, such as home time and providing for their families.”

He gives credit to recruiter Todd Cooper for bringing him to TMC. “He’s a great and truthful guy,” says Josh. “He really sold me on working here and TMC has come through on everything he promised me.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our December 2018 Trainer of the Month, Joshua Deeds!

 About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com.

You can see TMC’s jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

Covenant driving teams collect $368,000 in bonuses in May under $40,000 Teaming Bonus program.

Launched Feb. 1, nearly $500,000 paid out under program by mid-year point!

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Leaders at Covenant Transport were excited about April’s teaming bonus pay out of $88,000.

Then the good news got even better – in May, the expedited shipping specialist paid out $368,000 to 184 driving teams who eclipsed 60,000 paid miles together, resulting in each team getting a $2,000 bonus, or $1,000 bonus per driver.

“We knew for months May was going to be a breakout month,” said Joey Hogan, president. “We just didn’t know exactly how big it would be.”

Since the $40,000 Teaming Bonus program launched Feb. 1, Covenant has paid out nearly $500,000 in bonuses to professional driving teams.

“It’s been exciting for us to be able to reward drivers who are committed to teaming,” Hogan said.

And Rob Hatchett, vice president of recruiting, pointed out that for many teams, the payouts will keep coming.

“Of course the great news is this isn’t a one-time payout,” Hatchett said. “The way we structured the teaming bonus, these 368 team drivers will hit the payout again in another three to four months.”

In other words, “it’s going to be a continual celebration around here,” he said.

For more information about Covenant Transport, visit http://www.covenanttransport.com. You can also see Covenant’s ads on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

More than 40 driving teams trigger payouts under $40,000 Teaming Bonus program in April, collect $88,000 cumulatively!

Launched Feb. 1, the program puts money in drivers’ pockets when teams eclipse 60,000 paid miles together!

By the end of April, 44 teams triggered Covenant’s new $40,000 Teaming Bonus program by eclipsing 60,000 paid miles together and collecting $2,000 per team.

Collectively, April’s recipients collected $88,000 in bonus money thanks to the program which launched Feb. 1, and company leaders expects those same results or better in May, as hundreds of team drivers are on track to eclipse their first 60,000 miles together by the end of the month.

The $40,000 Teaming Bonus is structured to pay $2,000 in bonus money to each driving team that eclipses 60,000 paid miles together, until the team reaches a total $40,000 in bonus money.

In the midst of a nationwide driver shortage, the teaming bonus program is designed to reward new and existing team drivers, and prove Covenant is the premier employer of team drivers, as well as a national leader in team freight and miles, according to Rob Hatchett, vice president of recruiting.

“We specialize in teams, and we created this program to not only cement our place as the leading team carrier in the country, but also to prove to our people that we value them and want them here,” Hatchett said. “Now, our folks and others in the industry are seeing this program isn’t just an empty promise, this is real.”

Other Covenant leaders said the teaming bonus sets Covenant apart in a market characterized by across-the-board hikes in driver pay and promises.

“Teaming is our niche, and has been since day one,” said Joey Hogan, president. “We want to always attract and retain top talent, and we want to do that by putting real rewards in our peoples’ hands. And with this program, that’s what we’re doing.”

Driving professionally is an increasingly tough job, said Hogan, which is why the teaming bonus is aimed at rewarding those driving the success of the company.

“Professional drivers are our front line,” he said. “They make sure our customers are happy, and that we do what we promise. So this is our way of thanking them for their hard work, loyalty and commitment.”

For more information about Covenant Transport, visit www.covenanttransport.com.

To watch a celebration honoring the first 20 recipients of bonus money under the $40,000 Teaming Bonus program, click here.

You can also see Covenant’s ads on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

Red Eye Radio Kicks the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show Up A Notch Featuring County Music’s Own Tanya Tucker

It will be a boot scootin’ affair as Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio network kicks the Mid-America Trucking Show up a notch as THE premier celebrity rendezvous spot in Louisville. This year’s star-studded event features live appearances and musical performances from Country artists: Tanya Tucker, Dustin Collins, Lucas Hoge, Ray Scott, Tyler Jordan, Jayne Denham, and Tony Justice.

Red Eye Radio will be treating attendees with this incredible mix of extremely talented and accomplished artists firsthand. These artists have won awards or had nominations from; the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Country Music Association of Australia, and Male and Female Artist and Song of the Year. To say this lineup is anything less than spectacular, would be an understatement.

Visitors to the booth will also be able to register for Daily Drawings for CB Radios, GPS Units, and much more. Red Eye Radio’s 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show events and activities are powered by: UNIROYAL TRUCK TIRES, PILOT FLYING J, CHEVRON DELO, PETERBILT MOTOR CO., MERCER TRANSPORTATION, MOTEL 6, TOUGHTESTED, and THE ST. CHRISTOPHER TRUCKERS RELIEF FUND.

The Mid-America Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 70,000 attendees, will take place March 22-24, 2018 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Eric Harley, host of Red Eye Radio, will be on site to introduce attendees to the sizzling lineup of country music artists. The special guests will visit Red Eye Radio’s lobby booth (41064) for signing autographs, taking photos, and talking with drivers. For specific days, schedule, and details visit www.redeyeradioshow.com.

For almost 50 years, Red Eye Radio Network has been a part of the fabric of the trucking industry by consistently providing professional drivers up-to-the-minute news, information, and entertainment. The show is motivated by one purpose — to deliver a positive, in-cab experience by helping trucker drivers/owner operators and fleet owners stay informed, engaged, and entertained on the road or wherever they are in their daily lives.

With coverage across the United States and most of Canada, Red Eye Radio is hosted by radio veterans Eric Harley and Gary McNamara. The program airs Monday through Sunday from 1am – 6am EST on more than 240 AM/FM stations, on-demand/podcasts, on RER’s free downloadable app from iTunes and the Google Play Store, Amazon’s Alexa, and Live Streaming.

MATS 2018 Artist Schedule

Jayne Denham
Thursday – March 22: 11a – 11:45a performance, then 11:45a – 12p meet/greet

Dustin Collins
Thursday – March 22: 12:30p – 1:30p performance, then 1:30p – 2p meet/greet

Tanya Tucker
Thursday – March 22: 2p – 4p meet/greet ONLY

Tyler Jordan
Thursday – March 22: 4p – 4:45p performance, then 4:45p – 5:15p meet/greet

Ray Scott
Friday – March 23: 9:30a – 10:30a performance, then 10:30a – 11a meet/greet

Lucas Hoge
Saturday – March 24: 8:30a – 9:30a performance, then 9:30a – 10a meet/greet

Tony Justice
TBD

For individual photos or questions, please contact:
Steven Schildt
972-406-6812
sschildt@westwoodone.com

TMC Transportation Announces Recipient of Prestigious Wheel Master Award

TMC Transportation has announced that Herb House is their 2017 Wheel Master. The annual Wheel Master award is the highest driver honor given at TMC, and Herb’s hard work and dedication to his Black and Chrome family over the past 25 years has earned him this notable distinction.

Herb left his factory job in 1982 to chase his sense of adventure. He decided to go to truck driving school, and shortly after he found his niche in the flatbed industry. He spent some time with other carriers, but there was only one company he really wanted to work for. Finally in 1993, Herb took the chance and officially signed on with TMC. Two and a half decades and 2.5 million safe driving miles later, Herb will be joining a small group of prestigious drivers that call themselves TMC Wheel Masters.

“I feel like I’ve grown both as a driver and as a person during my time with TMC. I’ve learned a lot about patience,” says Herb. “But it is easy to work hard for a company that goes out of their way to treat you like TMC does. The people I work with are great, top-notch equipment, pay and home time. It doesn’t get much better.”

Herb currently drives for TMC’s Specialized Division, one that yields some of the best and safest drivers in the fleet. ‘Safe’ is a concept Herb knows well, however, as he has collected nearly every safe driving award TMC has to offer. He was also named Driver of the Quarter in 2010.

“I don’t think there really is a secret to being a safe driver,” Herb explains. “Pay attention to detail and don’t be afraid to ask questions. But above all, just keep your wheels on the ground.”

Herb resides in Morrison, Illinois with his wife Teri. He is a valued asset to TMC, and we are proud to bestow this prestigious award upon him. Herb will be honored at the annual Wheel Master Meeting that will take place at TMC’s headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa in March. Each spring, former Wheel Masters, some retired, many still active drivers, gather for a luncheon to catch up and induct the newest Wheel Master.

“I have just been going about doing my job the best way I know how, so receiving this award was something I was not expecting,” Herb says. “I am honored and humbled.”

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com. You can also see TMC JOBS on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

Ryan Rogers joins Covenant Transport Services as Chief Transformation Officer

Chattanooga, Tenn. — With today’s technology and tools, trucking stands at the doorstep of an innovation and improvement golden age, and Ryan Rogers is excited about what the upcoming era holds for the industry, as well as for the team he’s been tabbed to lead at Covenant Transport Services.

Rogers took over as the new head of Covenant Transport Services’ transformation and continuous improvement team in January, taking on the title of Chief Transformation Officer for the enterprise. In his new role, Rogers will head up merger and acquisition programs, innovation and technology and strategic planning.

A Chattanooga native and graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Rogers is a proven thought leader in transportation and logistics, with a successful record of accomplishments to show for it.

Joey Hogan, president of Covenant Transport Services, said Rogers is the right person in the right role at the right moment for the multi-company enterprise.

Ryan’s track record speaks for itself,” said Hogan. “He knows transportation and logistics, and he understands, as we do, that technology and data have the power to positively transform the way we do business, allowing us to work smarter and better, while leading the way for our industry.”

Rogers comes most recently from e-commerce giant Amazon, where he served as a transportation executive, leading procurement and carrier development at a time when e-commerce – led by giants like Amazon — turned heads around the transportation and logistics industry with increasing sales and demand for capacity.

Prior to Amazon, Rogers served in multiple roles at national truckload provider U.S. Xpress Enterprises, including corporate treasurer and Chief Operating Officer at the company’s logistics division at a time of extensive growth in revenue.

He currently serves as a mentor at Chattanooga-based transportation and logistics incubator Dynamo, and is a member of the Chattanooga Technology Council.

Rogers said coming to Covenant in the role of Chief Transformation Officer is the culmination of his professional experiences to this point – the melding of his knowledge and skills in operations, finance, logistics, innovation and mergers and acquisitions – and a chance for him to put his diverse know-how to work.

“This transition is an opportunity for me to capitalize on the background and experience I have, and to do so at Covenant, which has put itself in a very good position with its diverse operating companies,” he said.

Rogers also shares Covenant leaders’ passion for people and transformational technology, crediting his own financial and operational background for preparing him to lead, and his entrepreneurial spirit for helping him to see nimbler, better ways to do business and manage the company’s most valuable resource, people.

“We have a great organization and industry-leading people here,” he said. “I’m excited about where we’re going, and I look forward to continuing to bring top talent and other industry leaders into the Covenant group of companies.”

To learn more about Covenant Transport Services, visit their website here. To view their jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker, click here.

About Covenant Transport Services

Covenant Transport Services is a registered tradename of Covenant Transport, Inc., Covenant Transport Solutions, Inc., Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc. and Star Transportation, Inc. Covenant Transport Services represents more than 30 years of expertise and leadership in expedited and team truckload; temperature-controlled truckload; dedicated truckload; and managed transportation services. Covenant Transport Services is represented by a national enterprise-wide sales team. Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. (CTG) is the parent holding company for several transportation providers that offer premium services for customers throughout the United States and Mexico. The consolidated group includes operations from Covenant Transport, Inc. and Covenant Transport Solutions, Inc., of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc., of Texarkana, Ark.; and Star Transportation, Inc., of Nashville, Tenn. In addition, Transport Enterprise Leasing, LLC, of Chattanooga, Tenn. is an integral affiliated company providing revenue equipment sales and leasing services to the trucking industry. CTG’s Class A common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select market under the symbol, “CVTI”.

BOYD BROS. ANNOUNCES 2 CPM PAY INCREASE AND 6 CPM SIGN-ON BONUS!

Clayton, AL-based Boyd Bros. Transportation is issuing a two-cent-per-mile pay increase with a one-thousand dollar weekly minimum pay to its drivers, effective February 27, 2018.

Along with the pay increase, Boyd is launching a new sign-on bonus geared for an immediate pay out. Candidates hired by Boyd will receive five-hundred dollars upon delivery of first load, and an additional six-cents-per-mile for the following eighteen months.

“We are committed to creating a better OTR driving job and pay is a key factor,” Boyd president and CEO, Chris Cooper explained. “This across the board increase and weekly minimum not only attracts new candidates to Boyd, but shows how we value our current drivers in a very tangible way.”

“Our sign-on bonus pay out is aggressive for a reason,” states COO, Dwight Bassett. “A line in our mission statement reads ‘we do what we say we will do.’ We take that very seriously. By paying the bonus with each mile driven, new drivers at Boyd know that they will receive their bonus. It’s not a gimmick.” Bassett continues, “The bonus should accumulate to around $10,000 with experienced flatbed drivers starting at 57-cents-per-mile plus a monthly productivity bonus.”

For more information about the career opportunities at Boyd Bros., click here; visit www.driveforboyd.com; or call (888) 485-8717.

About Boyd Bros. Transportation
In business since 1956, Boyd Bros. knows what it takes to do business right. From their headquarters to their terminals in Birmingham, Ala., and Cincinnati, Ohio, the employment picture at Boyd Bros. is vibrant and full of opportunity. Join the team and discover how it feels to work for a stable company that values who you are and offers the support you need to succeed.

SRT Drivers to Receive Biggest Raise in Company History this Spring!

Up to 6-cent-per-mile increase is second pay bump in six months for refrigerated carrier, as company officials double down on recruiting and retaining driving talent!

TEXARKANA, Ark. — More money, no tricks – it’s the message Southern Refrigerated Transport (SRT) officials are sending drivers with the announcement of a pay increase which will result, depending on years of experience, in an up to 6-cent-per-mile increase for mileage-based drivers.

The pay increase is the greatest of its kind at SRT in more than 30 years in business, and it comes on the heels of a 1 cent-per-mile driver pay hike which rolled out Oct. 2017.

Billy Cartright, COO at SRT, said the recent pay increases reflect the company’s dedication to treating its people right and to ensuring SRT is a great place to work for both current and future drivers.

“Our drivers didn’t want another bonus, which you see so often throughout the industry,” he said. “They wanted a pay increase they can see every week on their paycheck.”

And Cartright said the good news for SRT drivers doesn’t end with simply making more money. Utilization at the company is up, which means drivers can expect to make more money and move more miles in 2018.

Terri Lafayette, director of recruiting at SRT, said the pay increase is exciting, as it puts the results of drivers’ hard work and many days away from home back into their own pockets.

She said combined with existing bonuses – which pay up to 12 cents-per-mile — and recently-announced winter holiday pay, this driver pay raise also helps set SRT apart from the pack when it comes to recruiting new drivers.

“There are a lot of companies competing for drivers today,” she said, “but not all of them are willing to invest in their people once they have them.”

At SRT however, Lafayette feels the company has its priorities straight.

“Our drivers are the backbone of everything we do,” she said. “Without them, none of the rest of us would be here. So it’s fitting we show them how important they are to us, and to SRT.”

The new pay raise is adjusted for factors including experience and tenure with the company, and officially goes into effect for all mileage-based SRT drivers on March 11.

To learn more about Southern Refrigerated Transport, or to apply for a driving job, visit www.southernref.com, or view their jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker here.

Drivers at Millis Transfer Recognized for Safe Driving Practices

Millis Transfer Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of twelve new drivers to their One Million Mile Safe Driver Club. Along with the impressive driving accomplishments of these outstanding industry professionals, the company is extremely proud to recognize two additional drivers for their achievement in being named to the Millis Transfer Two Million Mile Safe Driver Club.

“Safety has always been a top priority for Millis Transfer. The diligence of these drivers is part of what makes Millis Transfer not only one of the best carriers in the industry, but one of the safest fleets on the road,” Dan Millis, Safety Director of Millis Transfer, said. “Our drivers demonstrate remarkable skill and precision, setting a standard that few ever accomplish. We extend our congratulations to each of these professionals. They are an exemplary part of our team and we are pleased to recognize this milestone in their careers.”

According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry moves more than 10.4 billion tons of freight annually. As that freight is transported, driving practices of professional drivers are tracked and reported on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration.

“Achieving one or two million safe miles makes a tremendous difference, not only for the safety of those on the highway, but for the consumers who rely on the trucking industry to deliver the goods they depend on in their daily lives,” Millis said. “Please join us in thanking each of these drivers for all that they do.”

The following drivers are the new members of the Millis Transfer fleet to successfully achieve one and two million safe mile status:

One Million Mile Safe Driver Club

  • Paul Buckwald
  • Kieran Chew
  • Jon Cox
  • Oscar Cummings
  • William Dula
  • Bernard Jankowski
  • Larry Lacharite
  • Douglas Niedfeldt
  • Carl Roscoe
  • Wade Slagle
  • Gregory Waycott
  • Michael Wheelock

Two Million Mile Safe Driver Club

  • Andy Carrington
  • Charles Taylor

About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., the company is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license.

For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880. You can also click here to visit the Millis Transfer page on SmartPhoneTrucker.

Highway Transport employees donate vacation days to colleagues in Texas

Knoxville, Tennessee – Employees at Highway Transport locations nationwide are donating vacation days to colleagues at Highway Transport locations in La Porte, Texas and Freeport, Texas.

In the midst of Hurricane Harvey, Marshall Franklin, CFO of Highway Transport, created a leave donation program to assist employees who work at two of Highway Transport’s Texas locations directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Flooding continues, and employees need workplace weather disaster relief… relief in the form of income.

Today, employees working and living near Highway Transport LaPorte and Highway Transport Freeport can rest in the assurance that they will receive wages for days missed during the most intense phase of the storm.

“Hopefully, our locations in LaPorte and Freeport will be open soon, but the top concern is for human life. We want everyone to return to Highway Transport LaPorte and Highway Transport Freeport safely. As colleagues and friends, we want to do everything we can to help one another. Here at corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, we’ve been receiving reports of employees who have lost homes and vehicles and property. Merly in LaPorte lost her car. The list of loss and destruction goes on and on. Everyone at all Highway Transport locations has been very worried about coworkers who live and work in the communities near Houston. “

Tropical Storm Harvey shifted back out into the Gulf of Mexico then came ashore one final time. The destructive storm ambled slowly over Houston then eastward at a pace of 3 to 5 miles per hour…basically, the speed of someone who is strolling. The slow pace of the system continues to elevate rain levels beyond all expectations.

Water levels continue to rise in many Houston neighborhoods. Highway Transport LaPorte and Highway Transport Freeport security camera images are encouraging, but these facilities are officially closed. Rescues are still taking place.

Plus, this is not the time for Highway Transport employees to attempt to maneuver around dangerous flood conditions. The official word from HR Director Jean Anne Dugger is, “Please take care.  Your safety and well-being are most important.”

REMINDER: It is against Texas law to drive around barricades at flooded roads.

Highway Transport received the following update from LaPorte Service Center Manager Colin Bailey:

“My wife and I woke up to the water coming up to our second-floor apartment.  So, we had to evacuate by boat, was a boat similar to what the NAVY Seals use to a local church, but now we are trying to get to my son’s house in Spring. The rest of my operations team as well as many of our drivers can’t get in to the SC.  We are all safe but it may be well in to the weekend before we return to the SC.  On behalf of my driver, operations, and shop/TW team your support and help is appreciated.  We are truly a family.”

Highway Transport’s own Christina Nolan shares the following:

For Texas HTC employees and their families:

I lost everything in a tornado 12 years ago this November. Even though it wasn’t a flood, I know how devastating it can be to lose your home. I know this is a very stressful and painful time. I’m proud to be a part of the Highway family and that they have given us the opportunity to show our support by donating our vacation days to you. As grateful as I am to have the opportunity to help, I wish I could do more. My prayers are with you all for the strength to overcome the challenges you are facing.”

Highway Transport is a chemical tanker trucking company in operation since 1948 providing transportation of specialty chemicals throughout the United States and Canada. Highway’s tanker fleet has served chemical manufacturers with the highest quality service and equipment.

The longstanding perception of Highway Transport continues to be one of family and tradition.

Highway Transport has a presence in the following U.S. cities:

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • LaPorte, TX
  • Freeport, TX
  • Garland, TX
  • McDonough, GA
  • Croydon, PA
  • Florence, KY
  • Joliet, IL
  • Wyandotte, MI
  • Geismar, LA
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Highway Transport has a legacy of steady growth, servicing chemical companies with quality driven service for 68+ years.  Check their web sites at www.hytt.com and Drive4Highway.com or visit their SmartPhoneTrucker page here.

TMC Names Doug McNeel Trainer of the Month for July 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa, September 21, 2017– Doug began his career at TMC in December of 2012 and worked for a little over a year to get some experience under his belt before becoming a trainer in January 2014. Training new hires was certainly Doug’s forte, as he spent 28 years in the military and was a trainer there as well. “I always liked it, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I wanted to do it here,” said Doug.

His military experience has helped him transition into his role at TMC. “All of the right tools and assets are always available,” he says. “There’s also that family oriented feeling, and you feel like you’re a part of something important.”

“Doug focuses on all of the company policies and processes and does his best to instill these into the guys he trains,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “He truly cares about TMC and the future of the drivers he trains.”

“The military taught me many ways to train, but I have to figure out what works best for each trainee and modify my training to each person,” says Doug. “I take a more ‘coaching’ approach, and give them the guidance they need when they need it.”

Doug makes sure that all of his trainees know he can be a point of contact, even when they are no longer in the truck with him. “I expect them to call me with questions they have when they are out on their own,” he says. “To me, this is a 24/7 job, even when I’m not on the road.”

For those who hope to train in the future, Doug says having patience is a must. Being a people person also helps and making sure you are training for the right reasons. “This job is a lifestyle,” Doug says. “You have to be able to commit to this lifestyle or it won’t work for you.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers. Congratulations to our July 2017 Trainer of the Month, Doug McNeel!

About TMC

TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers. Visit us at www.tmctrans.com.

TMC Names Ed Dolsen Trainer of the Month for April 2017

Des Moines, Iowa-based TMC has named Ed Dolsen Trainer of the Month for April 2017. Ed started with TMC back in 2009 after coming back from deployment. He found TMC by doing some research and decided to apply. After starting to work for TMC, Ed was injured during another deployment and had to take a break from work. He decided to take a job locally when he was able to work again, but shortly came back to TMC.

“The money, respect, and equipment of the other company I was at were subpar, which brought me back to TMC,” said Ed.

He became a trainer in 2010 and has been a valuable asset to the training team ever since. “I wanted to do my part to get new drivers trained the right way,” said Ed.

Ed values the relationships that he forms with his trainees. In fact, that is one of his favorite parts about being a trainer. “Most of my trainees have maintained contact with me since they got their own truck,” he says. “I really like building these new relationships, since it’s hard to meet people out on the road sometimes.”

“Ed goes the extra mile to make sure his guys are well prepared to handle this new career,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “He ensures they know he is there for help and support if they need it.”

Ed is no stranger to the stresses that over-the-road trucking can bring, especially for new drivers with families back home. “I try to keep a pattern when I train, and I try to make it as low-stress as possible,” he says. “I do my best to keep things light when it’s appropriate, while also maintaining instruction.”

Building strong friendships with his trainees, keeping things light, and being patient have been the keys to Ed’s success. “You don’t always get along with your trainees, but you can’t let that get in the way,” he says. “As long as I teach them how to do the job right and they walk away with that knowledge, then I’ve done my job.”

Driver trainers are vital to the TMC training department, and each month a trainer is chosen who demonstrates the outstanding qualities TMC looks for in a trainer. The Trainer of the Month recipient is chosen based on their safety record and the safety performance of their trainees, the number of drivers trained and the retention percentage of those drivers.

Congratulations to TMC’s April 2017 Trainer of the Month, Ed Dolsen!

About TMC
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.

Visit their webpage at www.tmctrans.com or see their profile on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

Forward Air Kicks Off Driver Appreciation Events Nationwide!

Forward Air Driver Appreciation Events are kicking off on September 2nd, and the company is holding events all over the U.S.

Join them as they show how much they appreciate their Fleet Partners, Company Drivers & all the wonderful men and women who make it possible for Forward Air Transportation Services to be the industry leading carrier of choice!

DATE LOCATION(S) TIME / NOTES

  • September 2nd Salt Lake City, UT / Denver, CO Donuts & Pizza
  • September 6th – 9th Tulsa, OK Bagged Lunch on Outbound Routes
  • September 6th – 9th Oklahoma City, OK Bagged Lunch on Outbound Routes
  • September 6th – 9th Laredo, TX Coffee & Donuts in the AM and Refreshments & Appetizers throughout the week
  • September 7th Harrisburg, PA Cookout Dinner 11 PM – 3 AM
  • September 7th * *Kansas City, MO * * Lunch
  • September 9th & 12th McAllen, TX Donuts on the 9th / Cookout on the 12th
  • September 9th Phoenix, AZ Donuts & Pizza
  • September 9th Chicago, IL (ORD) Nighttime Dinner
  • September 11th – 12th Portland, OR Pizza on the 11th (PM) / Donuts on the 12th (AM)
  • September 11th – 17th All Solutions Locations Lunch Cook-out – Burgers & Hot Dogs
  • September 12th San Diego, CA / Las Vegas, NV Donuts & Pizza / Breakfast
  • September 12th – 16th All CST Locations Cook-Out
  • September 13th – 15th * * Columbus, OH * * Breakfast & Lunch Cook-Out
  • September 13th Des Moines, IA Breakfast
  • September 14th Cedar Rapids, IA See Manager for Details
  • September 14th Jacksonville, FL Breakfast Sandwiches & Pizza for Lunch
  • September 15th Detroit, MI / Cleveland, OH / Houston, TX Donuts & Pizza / Cookout / Cookout
  • September 15th Miami, FL Pizza & Snacks 5 PM – 7 PM
  • September 15th Austin, TX Donuts & Coffee in the AM
  • September 15th – 16th New Orleans, LA Donuts & Pizza
  • September 16th San Antonio, TX BBQ Dinner
  • September 19th * * Los Angeles, CA * * / Moline, IL Lunch / Donuts & Sandwiches
  • September 20th Charlotte, NC / Indianapolis, IN Breakfast / Late Dinner, Early Breakfast 11 PM – 4 AM
  • September 21st Evansville, IN Lunch & Dinner
  • September 21st * * Sacramento, CA * * Lunch 11 AM – 4 PM
  • September 22nd Rock Tavern, NY Dinner 11 PM – 3 AM
  • September 23rd Memphis, TN Lunch & Dinner
  • September 23rd El Paso, TX Lunch & Dinner
  • Septmeber 26th – 27th * * Atlanta, GA * * Lunch & Dinner
  • October 4th – 5th Dallas, TX Lunch

 

Boyd Brothers Now Guarantees $900/Week

Boyd Brothers Transportation, Inc. guarantees $900 a week for 8 weeks for new drivers that join their company.  

 Clayton, Alabama. Starting a new career in transportation should be exciting and fulfilling, that’s why Boyd Bros. implemented a $900 per week guarantee earlier this year. The program was designed to take the uncertainty out of changing carriers and has really made an impact with drivers. The $900 per week guarantee allows drivers to shift from van to flatbed without financial risk.

Transitioning to Boyd has never been easier now that Boyd Bros. gives drivers an opportunity to polish their flatbed techniques and get comfortable with their new role. Drivers now have the assurance that they will have ample time to learn the system and be successful. Jeff Hopkins, Boyd Bros. VP of Operations said, “We implemented the minimum pay for the first few weeks of truck assignment to give a level of security to our newest drivers that will protect them financially from situations that might be detrimental to them in the first few weeks of transitioning to Boyd Bros. We extended the period to 8 weeks as an added level of security to help with the transition.”

Boyd Bros is happy to take the risk out of making a career change. Chris Cooper, President of Boyd Companies said, “Guaranteeing a base pay for 8 weeks, helps our team members take their time learning a new company. This also sets a baseline pay for their family, that’s easily attainable once they become acclimated with their new professional home. The average Boyd driver makes much more than our $900 guarantee.”

Founded in 1956. Boyd Brothers Transportation, Inc., an Alabama based flatbed truckload carrier that provides OTR, regional and logistics services throughout North America. To find out more about Boyd Bros. Transportation or to apply for a driving position, visit www.driveforboyd.com or contact a recruiter today by calling 888-485-8717.

Stephen Selig to Retire as Maverick President and COO; John Culp Named as Successor

Maverick USA, Inc. has announced the pending retirement of Stephen Selig, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Selig will retire from the company effective December 31, 2015. John Culp, who currently serves as Maverick’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role of President and COO on January 1, 2016.

Selig has been the company’s President and COO since January 1, 2001. He joined Maverick in 1984 as a Sales Manager.  At that time, Maverick posted sales of $5.1 million and operated approximately 50 tractors.

Maverick’s Chairman and CEO Steve Williams commented that, “Stephen has led our organization as President for half of his 32 years; through some very challenging times. The cornerstone of his leadership has been his personal character and work ethic which has gained the respect and trust of our employees, our customers, and our competitors.”

Culp joined Maverick in 1989 as Vice President of Finance and was named Executive Vice President and CFO in 1995. “I am excited to have this opportunity to lead Maverick, particularly given current industry challenges and the unprecedented opportunities that come with them,” he said. “Over the next few years I think our industry will experience step change of a magnitude not seen since trucking was deregulated in 1980.  Our management team is well positioned to seize these opportunities and is committed to continue to provide our customers the value added transportation services they expect.”

Founded in 1980, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and operating over 1,500 units, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more about Maverick Transportation visit the website at http://www.drivemaverick.com. You can also connect with Maverick on Facebook or on Twitter.