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$500,000-plus raised for Trucking Moves America Forward campaign

Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.

The Trucker News Services

4/30/2014

WASHINGTON — Trucking industry executives announced Monday that following the launch of the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) campaign in March more than $500,000 has been raised, which is more than halfway to the annual goal of $1 million dollars per year over the coming years.

TMAF is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build a ground swell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

“The committee is thankful for the response and feedback since the launch of the campaign, and especially for the top level sponsorship commitments from a host of our industry leaders,” said Steve Ponder, chairman, Trucking Moves America Forward and vice-president of Great West Casualty Company. “This campaign encompasses every person who touches the industry and therefore, every donation is appreciated. There is no amount too small as we are all working toward improving the industry and improving America.”

Trucking companies and associations that have contributed top level sponsorship include Cummins Inc., Midsouth Truckers Group Inc., Trucking Association Executives Council Region IV, National Tank Truck Carriers, Great West Casualty Co., and Allied Committee for Trucking (ACT1).

“The trucking industry is critical to the American economy: It injects more than $642 billion dollars into this country annually and trucks exclusively serve more than 80 percent of our country’s communities,” said Mike Card, fundraising chairman, Trucking Moves America Forward and president of Combined Transport. “The industry has made great strides in safety, innovation and technology and looks forward to sharing that with the American people.”

Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.

Founding members of the movement include ACT1; Allison Transmission; American Trucking Associations (ATA); Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; Bridgestone Commercial Solutions; Bulldog Hiway Express; Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants; Combined Transport Inc.; Cummins Inc.; Daimler Trucks North America; Dana Holding Corp.; Detroit Diesel Corp.; Eaton Corp.-Roadranger; GE Capital; Goodyear; Great West Casualty Co.; Hahn Transportation Inc.; Hendrickson; International; J.J. Keller & Associates Inc.; Jet Express Inc.; Kenworth Truck Co.; Longistics; Love’s Travel Stops; Mack Trucks Inc.; Meritor; Michelin; Motor Carrier Service Inc.; Old Dominion Freight Lines; Omnitracs Inc.; Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA); Pegasus; Peterbilt Motors Co.; Tennant Truck Lines; Tennessee Express Inc.; TransTech; Truckload Carriers Association (TCA); TRW; and Volvo Trucks.

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