TCA names Best Fleets to Drive For winners
The next phase of the contest will be to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers. The names will be announced at the March 25 awards ceremony during TCA’s Annual Convention at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Results are in and the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have announced the 20 trucking companies from across North America as winners in the 2014 Best Fleets to Drive For.
The annual survey and contest, now in its sixth year, identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers.
This year’s winners are as follows:
Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd., Breslau, Ontario; Central Oregon Trucking Co., Redmond, Ore.; DJ Knoll Transport Ltd., Emerald Park, Saskatchewan, Canada; Fremont Contract Carriers, Fremont, Neb.; FTC Transportation, Oklahoma City; Gordon Trucking Inc., Pacific, Wash.; Grammer Industries Inc., Grammer, Ind.; Grand Island Express, Grand Island, Neb.; Halvor Lines Inc., Superior, Wis.; Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, Ontario; Landstar System Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.; Load One LLC, Taylor, Mich.; Motor Carrier Service Inc., Northwood, Ohio; Paramount Freight Systems LLC, Fort Myers, Fla.; Prime inc., Springfield, Mo.; Sue Vinje Trucking, Superior, Wis.; TimeLine Logistic International Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Transpro Freight Systems Ltd., Milton, Ontario; and Trimac Transportation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In addition, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch” (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs, including Drive Logistics, Windsor, Ontario; Erb Group of Companies, New Hamburg, Ontario; Roehl Transport Inc., Marshfield, Wis.; Steelman Transportation Inc., Springfield, Mo.; and Tennant Truck Lines, Inc., Colona, Ill.
The nomination process began in the fall of 2013 when company drivers and owner-operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 or more trucks.
After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies’ desire to participate, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies and programs.
Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package – including base pay; bonuses; vacation and sick day allotment; health benefits; pension plans; professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.); career path/advancement opportunities; commitment to employee personal growth including work/life balance, driver family support and employee-directed charitable contributions; commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and including of driver feedback in policymaking; team building and driver community development activities; annual driver turnover rate; and fleet safety record.
A selection of each fleet’s drivers were also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions.
“The biggest trend we saw this year was a shift to mobile technology. Most companies are using smartphones and tablets to deliver information to their drivers, and some are even developing their own custom mobile apps,” Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said.
The winners represent a wide range of fleet sizes and business focus areas. The smallest fleet has 25 drivers, while the largest has more than 8,500.
“Each year, I am more and more amazed at the innovative programs these fleets are implementing, regardless of their size. And several of the Best Fleet winners are also in contention for TCA’s National Fleet Safety Awards, so clearly these are not just nice places to work — they’re also safe,” TCA President Chris Burruss said.
The next phase of the contest will be to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators, sponsored by Marsh Inc. of New York, N.Y., and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Bose Ride of Framingham, Mass.
The names will be announced at the March 25 awards ceremony during TCA’s Annual Convention at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.
Between Monday, March 17, and Friday, March 21, clues about the winners’ identities will be posted with the hashtag #BestFleets14 to TCA’s Twitter account (www.truckload.org/Twitter) and Facebook page (www.truckload.org/Facebook).
For more details about Best Fleets to Drive For, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.
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