Paschall Truck Lines Announces February Awards
Paschall Truck Lines (PTL) congratulates the February 2005 Company Driver of the Month Douglas Apato and Owner Operator of the Month Mark Hatfield. Apato has been a professional driver for 25 years, including 14 years with PTL. He was named Company Driver of the Month five times and was awarded Driver of the Year for 1999. A professional driver for eight years, Hatfield has partnered with PTL for the last three years. Hatfield earned 400,000 safe driving miles at PTL. PTL offers a competitive pay package, including a $3,000 sign-on bonus for company drivers and a $1,500 sign-on bonus for owner operators.
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C.R. England Offers Opportunities
“The future of the trucking industry lies on the shoulders of the Hispanic community,” says Alberto Ortiz, a recruiter for C.R. England, Inc. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15 percent of the nation’s 3.2 million truck drivers are Hispanic. In business for 85 years, C.R. England offers bilingual drivers a choice of career paths as a company driver, independent carrier, owner operator or a team driver. Indepen-dent drivers can own their own business by leasing a truck from C.R. England with no money down.
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Transport America Drivers Are Highway Heroes
In April 2004, Transport America drivers Pat and Brenda Foraker began their route to Greenville, MI. With only three miles to go before their destination, the Forakers arrived on the scene of an accident. Their efforts at the scene not only helped save the lives of two women, but Pat was subsequently honored as the second-place winner of the 2004 Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award. Pat and his wife are both members of the Quaker City Volunteer Fire Department in Quaker City, OH.
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Dart Announces Contractors of the Year
Dart Transit Company named Richard Ma-gers and Randall Johnson as its Contract-ors of the Year for 2004, recognizing them for professionalism, outstanding safety records, business success and contributions to the trucking industry. The contractors received trophies, $1,000 bonuses and mongrammed leather jackets. Magers has contracted with Dart for 24 years and has trained two sons, Richard Jr. and Chris, as professional truck drivers. Johnson joined Dart in 1996 to become an independent owner-operator. He has successfully purchased four trucks through Highway Sales, a truck and financing vendor to Dart.
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JDC Logistics Offers Sign-On Bonus
JDC Logistics offers a $2,750 sign-on bonus for company drivers and paid orientation. In addition, 90 percent of its 700 drivers are home weekly, and those that are not home weekly are dedicated to single customer runs that offer a schedule with the ability to plan when they will be home.
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Arnold Rewards Top Drivers
Arnold Transportation honored 66 drivers who achieved at least two years of 100% on-time service. The award-winning drivers received a bonus check at an awards luncheon.
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Marten Honors ‘Mile Millionaires’
Marten Transport honored nearly three dozen drivers with induction into its exclusive Million Mile Club at a special ceremony in Eau Claire, WI. The event celebrated the outstanding achievements of 34 men and women who have demonstrated extraordinary care, dedication and perseverance in over-the-road driving. The Million Mile Club is the highest honor Marten Transport bestows on its drivers. To be eligible for induction, drivers must accumulate at least a million miles of accident-free driving with Marten Transport.
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Mercer Makes the Difference
Mercer independent contractors John and Carol Wieczorek recently reflected on their driving career and decision that took them from just getting by to career satisfaction. “I’ve been driving for 22 years, the last two at Mercer, and my only regret is I didn’t decide to come to Mercer all those years ago,” John says. Mercer is 100 percent owner-operator.
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J&R Schugel Offers Lease-Purchase
J&R Schugel Trucking’s lease-purchase program puts truck ownership within reach. After just under three years, Nathan Broerman completed his lease-purchase agreement in January with J&R Schugel and received the title for his 2000 International truck from owner Jerry Schugel. Broerman joined J&R Schugel as a company driver in February 2002 and started his lease program two months later after seeing how J&R Schugel operated.
Hogan Transport Named Innovator of the Year
TCA member Hogan Transport was awarded Commercial Carrier Journal’s (CCJ) Inno-vator of the Year award. The award recognizes trucking operations that have demonstrated true innovation in trucking management. The editors of CCJ select finalists, one of whom will be named Innovator of the Year and featured in a CCJ cover story. Hogan Transport was featured in the April issue of CCJ, which outlined their extensive safety program. Hogan Transport is a past winner of the TCA Fleet Safety Grand Prize Award.
Barr-Nunn Provides Vision Plan
Barr-Nunn Transportation introduced a new vision savings plan accessible to everyone associated with Barr-Nunn for $23.50 per year. Barr-Nunn is a member of the Avesis Network, preeminent vision providers who allow its members access to selected vision care providers at discounted prices.
New Entry-Level Driver Training Requirement
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminis-tration (FMCSA) requires drivers who first began operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) after July 20, 2003 to receive special “entry-level driver training” in order to operate a CMV over 26,000 pounds in interstate commerce.