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TCA, CarriersEdge release finalists for 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For competition


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

The overall winners of the Best Fleets to Drive For competition will be announced during the annual Truckload Carriers Association annual convention in late March. (Courtesy: TCA)
The overall winners of the Best Fleets to Drive For competition will be announced during the annual Truckload Carriers Association annual convention in late March. (Courtesy: TCA)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge have released the names of finalists in the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For competition.

These 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees.

“These companies represent the best of the best in truckload. As industry innovators, they bring fresh ideas that not only create a desirable workplace for employees, but also propel trucking to exciting new terrains,” said TCA President John Lyboldt.

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, companies operating 10 or more trucks were required to receive a nomination from at least one of its company drivers or owner-operators.

CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets regarding their corporate direction, policies and programs and evaluated the fleets against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportunities, among other criteria.

Driver feedback from a selection of each fleet was then compared with management’s and incorporated into the final score, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions.

Fleets raised the bar for driver programs more dramatically this year than any previous year, Lyboldt said.

The 2017 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For include:

  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company Inc., Redmond, Oregon
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
  • Fremont Contract Carriers Inc., Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation Inc., Oklahoma City
  • Garner Trucking Inc. Findlay, Ohio
  • Grand Island Express Inc., Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Washington
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, Ontario, Canada
  • Landstar System Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
  • Maverick Transportation, North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Motor Carrier Service, Northwood, Ohio
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, Illinois
  • ONE For Freight, Milton, Ontario, Canada
  • Prime inc., Springfield, Missouri
  • Smokey Point Distributing, Arlington, Washington
  • TLD Logistics Services Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee, and
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd., Milton, Ontario.

Two companies, FTC Transportation and Halvor Lines, have achieved the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list, while Motor Carrier Service, Fremont Contract Carriers, Landstar System and Grand Island Express have continued their streaks as Best Fleets, each appearing on the list for more than five times.

Five companies have also been identified as “Fleets to Watch” honorable mentions for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

  • Crete Carrier Corp., Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Hirschbach Motor Lines Inc., Dubuque, Iowa
  • Kroon Brothers Transport LLC, Hanover, Pennsylvania
  • Paper Transport Inc., De Pere, Wisconsin, and
  • Transport Corporation of America Inc., Eagan, Minnesota.

Phase two of the contest will divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large fleet categories, from which two overall winners will be selected.

The overall winners’ names will be announced during TCA’s Annual Convention March 26-29 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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