TMC Transportation Names John Strickland Jr. as Driver of the Second Quarter for 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, August 8, 2018– TMC Transportation, the nation’s largest employee-owned open deck carrier, is proud to present John Strickland Jr. as the recipient of the distinguished Driver of the Quarter award for the second quarter of 2018. A professional truck driver with the company for more than seven years, John has steered his career with pride and perseverance. John was drawn to the trucking industry for the exciting challenges it entails and the comfortable living it provides. He enjoys the journey of the open road and the variance of the day-to-day over-the-road lifestyle. “I love working hard, it’s in my blood,” says John. “This job takes a deep sense of dedication, and I take pride in giving 100% effort every day.” John obtained his CDL several years before joining the Black and Chrome fleet while working at a small local operation. He didn’t see much driving time, and was hungry for adventure and the opportunity to further his career. John chose to sign on with TMC because of the diversity and physicality of flatbed, the industry leading home time and performance based pay package. After a successful first few years at TMC, John chose to become a driver trainer and help provide new drivers with the tools to succeed in their own careers. Then in 2013, upon TMC’s implementation of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), John’s job as a truck driver and trainer took a whole new meaning. “From the beginning I knew I wanted to retire here, but being an employee-owner gives you something more to reach for,” John explains. “Everything you do contributes toward your future, and training gives you the opportunity to teach new drivers the right way to do things to keep the company successful. It gives you a whole new goal.” John has been so successful as both a driver and driver trainer that he was named TMC’s “Trainer of the Month” in March of this year, and he is well on his way to reaching his first million safe driving miles, an accomplishment he has long been determined to achieve. Being a safe driver is of utmost importance to John, and he takes active steps every day to ensure the safety of himself, his trainees and other motorists. “Tolerance and patience is key,” he says. “Always execute thorough pre-trips and be prepared to adapt to new situations. And of course, always get plenty of rest!” "John is outstanding in every category,” says Sam Bricker, John’s Fleet Manager. “I have worked with john for several years now and he takes a lot of pride in his job and working for TMC. He is one of the hardest working drivers I have and always strives to do things correctly and safely. John is extremely reliable, easy going and will do whatever it takes to get the job done." John is a native of Camden, Arkansas, but currently resides in northeast Texas. He is a proud father, and recently became a grandfather. TMC is proud to have John as a fantastic representation of the company and trucking industry as a whole, and we look forward to his future successes. Criteria for Driver of the Quarter recognition includes years of service with the company, safe driving record, excellent customer service, professionalism and overall quality performance. Once a driver is recognized as a Driver of the Quarter they are eligible to receive the prestigious Wheel Master Award. 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's jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

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Jeff Sharp Named Trainer of the Month for May 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 27, 2018– Flatbed trucking was not a job that Jeff ever expected himself to be doing, but when the opportunity for a career change arose, he decided that it was time to step out of his comfort zone. Now that he is here and working in the training role, there is no place he would rather be. “I kind of just fell into the flatbed industry,” Jeff says. He joined the TMC family in December 2015 and became a driver trainer in October 2017. “I always heard about the principles and policies that TMC had, and I really liked that,” he says. Jeff’s goal is that his drivers walk away from training feeling confident about the job they need to do. He also suggests this as a primary objective for those who are considering becoming a trainer themselves. “Success from this job comes from following the standards that TMC has in place,” he says. “They set the bar very high, and my own trainer instilled in me the importance of doing the job right.” The Bossier City, La. native works to teach his drivers how to do the job as efficiently as possible, while always keeping safety at the forefront. He does this by keeping his training environment laid back and positive. “I know drivers are already nervous when they start training,” Jeff says. “They don’t need the extra pressure.” “The safety record of the drivers he has trained is impeccable,” says Jeff Geist, Training Coordinator Manager. “This attributes to the quality training that he provides.” Jeff is grateful for where his journey in the trucking industry has taken him. “It has taught me to be more patient and understanding, and I’m always learning new things from my trainees,” he says. “It makes me really proud to do this job, and it’s great to keep meeting new people and showing them the ropes.” 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 May 2018 Trainer of the Month, Jeff Sharp! 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 also see TMC's jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker by clicking here.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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TMC Names Dennis Kinzler Trainer of the Month for December 2017

DES MOINES, IA-based TMC has named Dennis Kinzler Trainer of the Month for December. Dennis has been driving for TMC for just over three years and has already proved himself a valuable asset in the training department. He had training experience from a previous employer, so the interest to move into the role was always there. “The underlying motivation was that I always appreciated that somebody was able to train me,” says Dennis. “I saw what they were doing in helping new drivers come about and I wanted to be a part of that.” Like many others in the industry, Dennis enjoys the shared camaraderie between drivers out on the road. “I think the relationships you gain out here are invaluable,” he says. “Even the ones you build with drivers from other companies.” Dennis applies the relationship building approach in his training. “I’m always helping my guys out and reassuring them that I have their best interest in mind,” he says. He believes this hands-on teaching helps his trainees the most. “I’m really patient and I try to teach little things along the way, and I think they appreciate that.” Dennis is aware of the challenges that new drivers face, such as being away from their families thing and the obstacles of being in a new work environment. “My job is to make sure these guys have a career they enjoy,” Dennis says. “Helping them gain experience and learn to grow is the way to do that.” For those who are interested in training, Dennis says to give it a shot. “I encourage it because it is rewarding to see people grow in the industry,” he says. “Take each day as a small challenge and hold true to what you know.” Finally, Dennis is appreciative of the opportunities at TMC, and training has turned out to be one of the most rewarding for him. “It’s a blessing when you find out some of the guys you trained are now trainers themselves,” he says. “It feels like you really had an impact on somebody.” 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 2017 Trainer of the Month, Dennis Kinzler! 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. You can see their openings here or visit their website here.

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Know a Good Trailer Mechanic Near Cedar Hill, TX or Blenker, WI?

If you know a good trailer mechanic living near Cedar Hill, Texas or Blenker, Wisconsin, tell them to call deBoer today! deBoer is hiring Trailer Mechanics at their Cedar Hill, TX & Blenker, WI locations, and their ideal candidate would be self-motivated, have a positive attitude, and have the ability to work well with others to achieve set goals. Trailer Mechanic job duties include: • Performing scheduled trailer basic preventative maintenance. • Performing annual DOT vehicle inspections (if qualified) • Inspecting brake systems, tires, lights, wheel bearings and other vital parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition. • Repairing floors, side wall, roofs, and cross members • Remove and install wheel assemblies and tires • Completing other basic electrical and trailer repairs • Completing assigned repair orders concisely and within time restrictions. Trailer Mechanic jobs require: • Previous experience or education in maintenance related field • Candidate must own tools to perform job duties • High school diploma or equivalent • Valid driver license • Ability to read, write, and speak English • Filling out and submitting all required documents in an accurate and timely manner To apply please email your resume to jeremiah@deboertrans.com.

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The Reindeer of E-commerce!

Santa has a new team of helpers delivering Christmas! A rare Southern snow in early December found Don and Jason Lord, a father-son driving team at Covenant Transport, sitting warmly in their truck waiting out unexpected wintry road conditions. In a suburb just west of Atlanta – with its bird’s nest of big roads and crucial status as an eastern shipping center – the Lords checked their in-cab dispatch device, and waited for confirmation of their next load assignment. The Lords had recently delivered a thousand-mile load for a major less-than-truckload carrier, and at this time of year, it was reasonable to believe it contained Christmas gifts, purchased by shoppers online and slated to be dropped on a doorstep, in some cases, as little as two days later. Once unheard of, this speed of service is normal in an immediate economy – a luxury most Americans have grown used to, but one that hinges on millions of professional drivers just like the Lords. Santa’s helpers, also known as over-the-road professional truck drivers, are the hidden figures who drive freight long distances, even cross-country, so that the time-sensitive delivery of goods happens. And it’s horsepower – not a team of reindeer – which powers them. “It ain’t just me,” said Jason Lord, waiting out the weather on this cold, purple evening. “This country revolves around trucks. Nothing gets anywhere without them.” Sure, you may very well know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen. But it’s the names you don’t know who really make Santa’s deliveries happen. Covenant Transport is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., a mid-size, Southern meeting point for a handful of Interstates, adjacent to both river and rail. And here in a city centrally located to the eastern United States, Andy Vanzant, vice president of operations at Covenant Transport, leads a team of 150 operations employees who oversee the logistics and management of nearly 2,500 of Santa’s best helpers. Because thanks to two-day shipping, Kris Kringle has quite a reputation to uphold. “We expect that package on our porch in two days or less,” said Vanzant. “The only way to make that happen is expedited team transit.” Covenant specializes in expedited team transport, with a model built on putting two professional drivers in a truck and powering that truck almost around the clock. Covenant is the secondlargest team carrier in the United States and play a major role in e-commerce. Just like traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, online retail – and the shippers who move goods bought online – experience a spike in business in the weeks leading up to Christmas, typically beginning around Thanksgiving and not totally subsiding until mid-January. This year, between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday alone, more than 174 million Americans went shopping, both in-store and online, according to the National Retail Federation. And critically, according to an NRF survey, more Americans plan to buy online than in-store this holiday season. And in nearly every meaningful metric, online shopping and e-commerce show only signs of rising in coming years. And that means carriers like Covenant must also rise to the challenge. Planning for peak season begins as early as the first of July. “We ramp up about 10 percent in-house to accommodate the logistics of expedited loads [during peak season],” said Vanzant. In addition, Covenant offers drivers peak pay bonuses to carry expedited loads in the most crucial windows of the holiday shopping season. When everything works as it should, nobody notices the elves working behind the scenes. “We’re silently making e-commerce happen,” said Vanzant. Though her role is entirely behind-the-scenes, Kendall Bruning, load planner at Covenant, knows how important her job – like thousands of others across the country – is this time of year. Part of Bruning’s role is to make sure loads assigned to Covenant are assigned to trucks and then delivered safely, and on time. She works closely with professional drivers to match loads with the best person or truck for the job at that particular moment. “All year long, where you set schedules – however many a day – during peak, it doubles or triples,” she said. This year will be Bruning’s fourth at Covenant, and by now, she is a seasoned veteran with three peak seasons under her belt and a network of trusted fleet teams and professional drivers. And with that experience comes a greater understanding of the responsibility of playing Santa. “If we don’t meet these [deadlines], people aren’t going to get gifts for Christmas,” she said. “You plan [loads], then you check them. You double check them. You triple check them. “Then in the morning, first thing, you check them again. You don’t want them to fail,” she said. Back in Lithia Springs, Ga., the Lords have confirmation from Vanzant’s team for a load to pick up nearby, away from the logjam of downtown Atlanta. So it’s on to another stop, to pick up another load of toys and goodies – whatever it takes to see the sleigh emptied by Dec. 25. For the Lords, though, Christmas won’t come until after the actual holiday, likely somewhere closer to Dec. 29. After months out on the road, they’ll finally spend some time back home in Florida, soaking up the warmer weather on sunny shores with their family. They don’t mind not being home on Christmas day. Because, said Jason, for at least one day, it’s true what the old song says: on Dec. 25, the traffic is terrific. “More freight gets where it needs to be, and I’m a little bit safer because nobody’s out on the roads,” he said. It may not be a glamorous job, being a Comet, Cupid, Donnor or Blitzen in a world where Rudolph gets all the glory. But Rudolph sure couldn’t do it by himself. “We enjoy it and do the best we can,” said Jason. “We trust in God and go with it.” Click here to see Covenant's jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker!

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$500 Reward if You Help Ginger Home! (Flying J, New Caney, TX)

This post is from Judy on Facebook. Please share it so Ginger can get home!!! Ginger was lost on November 29th from the Flying J Hwy 242 New Caney, Tx, and Judy is offering a $500 reward if you can get her home. Judy asks that you please call her (256-238-3932) if you see Ginger. Thank you!

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Marten Announces Dedicated Run Shelbyville, TN

Have you heard about Marten Transport's Shelbyville, TN 100% dedicated run? These limited positions serve a major retailer, so they'll fill up fast! Marten Transport offers consistent pay and weekly hometime. Don't wait ... APPLY TODAY! Learn more on Marten's profile page here.

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Nine Truckers Win Big in the Chance to Win $1 Million Contest!

Red Eye Radio, Target Media Partners, Women In Trucking, and SmartPhoneTrucker team up to end the year on a very happy note for these nine drivers.

Nine truckers are having very happy holidays this year after being finalists in SmartPhoneTrucker’s Chance to Win $1 Million Contest. And the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has received a $1,000 donation on behalf of Boyd Bros., Celadon, Forward Air, Marten Transport, Maverick Transportation, Melton Truck Lines, Mercer Transportation, and USA Truck, all motor carrier sponsors of the contest. “This contest was a big success for SmartPhoneTrucker,” said John Carter, publisher of SmartPhoneTrucker. “I’d like to thank Red Eye Radio, Target Media Partners, and Women In Trucking for being wonderful co-sponsors. We had a lot of fun, interacted with fantastic drivers, and we were able to make a nice donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and give some drivers really nice prizes.” Those prizes included NASCAR packages, laptops, big screen TVs, Playstations, and cash. Carter adds, “We were hoping one of the finalists would hit the lucky number and win the grand prize of one million dollars plus $100,000 for our veterans, but we’re happy that everyone won a nice consolation prize.” The drivers chosen at random as finalists were Edward O'Donnell (50-inch 1080p LED High Definition TV), Jessica Garza (PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console), Joyce Gilliland ($500 cash), Sky Hanstein (PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console), Talmadge Mitchell (NASCAR package), Donald Putnam (NASCAR package), Orison Rollins (50-inch 1080p LED High Definition TV), Jamison Smith (Samsung Galaxy 18.4-inch 32GB Wifi Tablet), and Sean Tripoli (Samsung Galaxy 18.4-inch 32GB Wifi Tablet). Red Eye Radio Network, hosted by Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, can be heard on over 240 AM/FM stations nationwide.  Owned and operated by Westwood One Broadcasting, Red Eye Radio is a five hour nightly program airing Monday – Sunday between 1a-6a EST.  Eric and Gary focus on the news of the day with a spin on how it affects the trucking industry.  Drivers call in and participate with topics pertaining to their business, life and interests.  In 2019, Red Eye Radio will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in entertaining drivers while keeping them safe and alert along the highways. You can tune into Red Eye live or on-demand through their AM/FM affiliates, podcasts, streaming, or free app through iTunes or Google Play. Target Media Partners offers digital and print solutions to help recruit professional drivers. Their print publications are distributed in top truck stop locations and travel centers nationwide. The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry. SmartPhoneTrucker.com offers drivers a fast, easy, and mobile-friendly way to find the best jobs where they live.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lone Star (Daseke) Announces Stock Plan for Truck Drivers

Lone Star's parent company, Daseke, has earmarked an estimated $10 million in stock to invest in their employees!

Click here to read an article that includes a radio interview with Daseke CEO Don Daseke, who talks about this exciting new plan on KLRD Radio.

Want to learn more about Lone Star? Click here to visit their profile page.

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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.

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Owner Operators – Sign-On Bonuses up to $5,000!

Have you heard the latest news from Forward Air? They're looking for top Owner Operators to run OTR, Dedicated and Expedited Routes. Sign-On Bonuses up to $5k. Lease Purchase Program Available. Click here to visit the Forward Air page and learn more!

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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
 

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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.

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Visit Top Companies at the Mid-America Trucking Show

If you're near Louisville, KY, consider visiting the Mid-America Trucking Show, held each year at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The show attracts 70,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad and is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. MATS runs through Saturday, April 2nd, at 4pm. Check out the photos below, and be sure to visit these companies if you make it to the show. If you can't attend, look for many of the show's top employers right here on SmartPhoneTrucker.   Visit Boyd Bros. at the Mid America Truck Show, booth 67057. Ask about Boyd's 2 cent per mile Christmas bonus and $900 per week guarantee! Click the image below to learn more. mats - boyd   Roadrunner offers Intermodal Opportunities for CDL-A Company Truck Drivers and the chance to be home every day! Click the image below to learn more. mats - roadrunner   Owner Operators can earn a $3,000 Sign On Bonus at Atlas. Visit Atlas at booth 69077. Click the image below to learn more. mats - atlas   Regional, dedicated, and a whole lot more! Visit JBS Carriers at booth 66188. Click the image below to learn more. mats - jbs You can learn more about the companies below by visiting their booths at MATS. Visit Averitt Express at booth 62020. mats - averitt   Visit Knight Transportation at booth 69196. mats - knight   Visit NFI at booth 63032. mats - nfi Visit XPO Logistics at booth 65052. mats-xpo logics Visit Walmart at booth number 63016. mats-walmart  

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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.

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Penske bringing truck driving jobs to Findlay, Ohio

The Findlay Courier reports that Penske is bringing 25 trucking jobs to Findlay, Ohio, and possibly 75 within a year, as Penske Logistics sets up operations on Findlay’s northern end.
The Penske trucking jobs will pay $60,000 to $70,000 per year on average, a 401(k) and a $3,000 signing bonus. Performance bonuses also will be offered.
Click here to read more ... or click here to see Penske jobs on SmartPhoneTrucker!

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Share your ads via social media and expand their reach!

Every SmartPhoneTrucker listing has a green button like this: expand Once you click the green button, at the bottom of each ad, you’ll see a strip of share buttons like this: share When you share your ads via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, you extend their reach enormously and make them easier for drivers to find. It’s one more way to get even more hires from your SmartPhoneTrucker listings. Do you have a good idea that you’d like to share? Send it to us at Support@SmartPhoneTrucker.com.

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Maverick USA. Inc. Announces Acquisition of Flanary and Sons Trucking, Inc.

Maverick USA, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Flanary and Sons Trucking, Inc. (FAST), based in Church Hill, TN.  Through the purchase, Maverick acquired substantially all of the assets of FAST, including approximately 75 tractors and 175 trailers. FAST, founded in 1984 by Curtis Flanary, is privately held and family owned. The company services the architectural flat glass market in both the United States and Canada. While founder Curtis Flanary will be retiring, Shon Flanary, the company’s President, and his brothers, Aaron and Andre Flanary, will join Maverick with the acquisition and continue to work out of the office located in Church Hill, TN. "With increasing regulatory and industry challenges, we felt joining a larger company with greater resources provided the best long term growth opportunity for FAST,” said Shon Flanary. “We are confident this acquisition will allow our employees to grow and the company to better serve the glass industry.” Stephen Selig, President and COO of Maverick said, "FAST is an outstanding glass carrier that shares the same core values and desire for excellence that Maverick does.  We are very excited to combine our expertise and resources with that of FAST to offer our customers premier specialized glass freight services throughout North America." Maverick USA, Inc. is the parent company of Maverick Transportation, LLC based in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Maverick operates over 1,400 units providing OTR and dedicated services to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. For more information, visit www.maverickusa.com or call (800) 289-6600.  You can also connect with Maverick on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Werner Announced Dedicated Local Runs for Dallas and Ardmore Drivers

Omaha-based Werner Enterprises has announced a Dedicated Local runs for driver living within 40 miles of Dallas, Texas or Ardmore, Oklahoma. The position pays a $2,500 sign-on bonus for qualified drivers, and offers weekly home time. The company reports average annual earnings of $50,000, with solos averaging $52,000 per year and trainers averaging $75,000 per year. (more…)

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Maverick Transportation Announces Driver Pay Increases and Incentive Pay for Experience for 2015

Maverick Transportation has recently announced several changes to their driver pay scale for 2015, including pay for experience and significant increases to mileage pay in all divisions.  These pay increases will impact all incoming and current drivers and became effective January 4th, 2015. With Maverick’s new pay for experience program, drivers with at least one year of over the road driving experience will be slotted in higher starting pay ranges, and these rates will increase for each year of verifiable driving experience. These increases will bring experienced drivers W2 pay averages to between $60,800 and $66,500 depending on how many years of experience and what division they drive in. Drivers without experience that come in as part of Maverick’s industry leading student program also received mileage increases. Students that come to Maverick with a brand new Class A CDL or less than 6 months of driving experience can now expect to average over $53,000 their first year. Those that come to Maverick with 6-12 months of experience will average closer to $57,500. Many of Maverick’s dedicated accounts also received pay increases. “This is a significant pay increase across the board for all Maverick drivers,” said Director of Recruiting Brad Vaughn. “We are looking for the most professional and safest drivers on the road. Maverick’s pay package, extra incentives for experienced drivers, training, equipment, and overall recruiting package is truly second to none.” This announcement comes on the heels of the Grand Opening of Maverick’s new $3.5 million driver training center, their new introductory pay for performance program, and their recent announcement regarding a partnership with Arkansas State University (Newport) to sponsor students looking to obtain their Class A CDL for the first time. Founded in 1980, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and operating over 1,400 units, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to the flatbed, glass, and temperature controlled transportation markets throughout North America. To learn more about driving opportunities or specific pay scales available with Maverick Transportation, call the recruiting department at 800-289-1100 or visit the website at www.maverickusa.com. You can also connect with Maverick on Facebook or on Twitter @drivemaverick.

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Women in Trucking and Girl Scouts of America … Moving Toward the Mission

The Women In Trucking Association’s primary purpose is to increase the percentage of women in the trucking industry. In an effort to provide exposure to young girls who might not have considered a career in trucking, we initiated a Transportation Patch for the Girl Scouts of America.

In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the curriculum was designed to provide the girls with insight into the trucking industry. The event was planned for October 13th, which was Columbus Day and there was no school scheduled.

Olive-Harvey College in the southeast Chicago area hosted the event and provided a meeting area for the girls to listen and learn about trucking, as well as two tractor-trailers for the girls to climb in and learn about. Joanne Ivory is the Associate Dean of the college and coordinated the event.

The day began with a welcome from Ms. Harvey in the auditorium, followed by a short talk about careers in the trucking industry by Women In Trucking President/CEO, Ellen Voie. A video about trucks was provided by J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

The keynote speaker was Dr. H. Lenora Hardee, who talked about her job as Chief Technical Engineer at Navistar, Inc. Dr. Hardee told the girls about the importance of truck cab design and how it relates both to comfort for the driver as well as aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. She explained that a proper fit is crucial and asked the younger girls if they felt comfortable in the auditorium chairs when their feet couldn’t reach the floor. She showed them photos of mannequins in cabs and how the pedals, steering, and seats must allow the driver to be able to reach all of them.

The girls were then led outside to where to tractor-trailers were parked and numerous instructors were available to talk to them about the skills needed to drive a truck. Older Scouts were allowed to climb into the trucks and see the view from the driver’s seat. They learned about the parts of the tractor and trailer and the importance of maintaining the equipment for efficiency and safety.

Ms. Ivory had activities ready for the girls when they returned to the auditorium. First, they were given maps and asked to identify things on the maps and to look at the geography of the rivers, roads, and state borders. They were then provided with cardboard trucks to assemble and to take home after the event.

Averitt Express provided a pizza lunch and snacks of chips were donated by Frito-Lay. The Girls Scout Troop provided fruit drinks for the Scouts and their chaperones.

At the end of the event, each Girl Scout was presented with the first ever Transportation Patch for her sash. They were all surprised to receive goodie bags from Women In Trucking Association with items from corporate members and sponsors. The cost of the patches was paid for by C. H. Robinson, Inc.

There were eighty-four girls ranging in age from four to thirteen who attended the Girl Scout day at Olive-Harvey College. Accompanying the girls were many moms and dads who were also told about potential jobs available in the trucking industry.

The day was truly a historical opportunity to launch an initiative that will introduce the next generation of girls to careers as drivers, mechanics, engineers, managers and company owners.

Women In Trucking Association and the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana have finalized the curriculum, which will be shared with troops across the country that can offer the same patch in their area.

We are truly proud of initiating this opportunity to share the trucking industry and its importance to these girls. More importantly, we are supporting our mission to increase the percentage of women employed in the trucking industry by introducing these girls to career opportunities at a young age.

For more information about the Transportation Patch and how to present the curriculum to your local troops, call Women In Trucking Association at 888-464-9482.

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New Owner Operator Maintenance Supports Program at Interstate Distributor

Interstate Distributor, a trucking company known for its commitment to safety, service and operational excellence, has launched its new Maintenance Support program for Owner Operators and Lease Purchase drivers. Interstate’s primary goal is to offer several choices for Operators when signing on with the company.  The new Maintenance Support program is the newest option available to save Operators money on repairs and receive discounts on labor, parts and tires.  The program also offers Operators the option to establish a pre-paid Maintenance Fund to use for future expenses. Highlights of the program include a $1,000 sign on bonus applied to the Owner Operator’s Maintenance Fund, $75 per hour shop rate at the company’s maintenance facilities, discounted pricing on repair parts and tire purchases, and Interstate corporate pricing at thousands of vendors.  Owner Operators also receive the option to make weekly contributions to their Maintenance Fund as well as optional tow and breakdown coverage. “Breakdowns are the single largest contributor to Owner Operator failures,” said Interstate Distributors’ Vice President of Maintenance Martin Singh. “Interstate is committed to leveraging our size and corporate discounts to provide Operators competitive services, parts and support.  By cutting costs to our Operators, they are more successful and can continue to build their business.” Operators are able to establish their own Maintenance Fund by designating a transfer of existing funds or by deducting a fixed amount from their settlements.  Funds are accepted at Interstate’s shops as well as some external vendors.  Operators also receive free annual DOT inspections on their anniversary month. Interstate Distributor has experienced solid growth this year as it expands operations, divisions and customer service in support of its Fortune 500 customer base.  In order to keep up with demand, the company continues to focus on partnering with Owner Operators, Lease Purchase candidates and small to medium-sized carriers with their own authority. About Interstate Distributor Co. Headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., Interstate Distributor Co. is a preferred carrier of choice for driving associates and many Fortune 500 companies.  Interstate has terminals and facilities located in major markets throughout the United States, Western Canada and along the Mexican border to support regional and transcontinental business.  Additional divisions include dedicated fleets, expedited teams, specialized and refrigerated equipment and intermodal service. At Interstate we proudly provide a safety first culture and family friendly culture. For more information, see Interstate Distributor ads on www.SmartPhoneTrucker.com or visit www.DriveInterstate.com.

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Welcome to the better-than-ever SmartPhoneTrucker!

Welcome to the better-than-ever SmartPhoneTrucker! For our fourth anniversary, we’ve upgraded nearly every aspect of our site, and we hope the result is a website that you’ll like even more!

We still allow drivers to browse all of our truck driving jobs, with the latest jobs at the top of the list. Or you can search by city, driver type, freight type, run type, or company. We think it’s the best way to help professional drivers find motor carriers with high-paying trucking jobs, steady freight and quality home time in their own back yard.

Enjoy, and happy job hunting!

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