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Tank carriers name finalists for top organization award

Finalists will now move forward to the final round of the selection process, which will be held Jan. 30 in Arlington. The winner will be named in April. (The Trucker file photo)

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ARLINGTON, Va. — National Tank Truck Carriers Friday named eight professional tank truck drivers as finalists in the selection process to become the recipient of the prestigious Usher Award recognizing the tank truck industry’s professional driver of the year.

The award is named for William A. Usher Sr. of Louisville-based Usher Transport Inc., for his extensive career in and service to the tank truck industry.

NTTC member Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. is the official sponsor of the Award.

“The strength of the entire group made the judging process very, very difficult. Each and every applicant should be proud of their performance and commitment to safety. I encourage all NTTC members to participate next year in our annual Driver of the Year Award,” NTTC Chairman Jim Shaeffer said.

“Congratulations are due to our finalists, as well as all of our applicants in this first year of our program,” NTTC President Daniel R. Furth said. “With over 20,898,124 collective accident free miles, our finalists truly represent the best of the best in the most challenging of all trucking segments.”

Finalists, their company and hometown include the following professional drivers:

Allen Blair, Miller Transporters, Petal, Miss.; Robert Coverson, Dupré Logistics, Missouri City, Texas; Ronald Evans, Liquid Cargo Inc., Crown Point, Ind.; Ronald Hawkins, K-Limited Carrier LTD, Perrysburg, Ohio; Benjamin Robbins Jr., Quality Distribution, Salem, N.J.; James Starr, Groendyke Transport, Wichita, Kan.; Robert Stevens, McKenzie Tank Lines, Panama City, Fla.; and Robert Weller, Hahn Transportation, Monrovia, Md.

Finalists will now move forward to the final round of the selection process, which will be held Jan. 30 in Arlington. A panel of industry officials will judge the contestants on their knowledge of the trucking industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages, and overall safe driving record.

The 2013-2014 Usher Award recipient will be announced in Las Vegas at the NTTC’s 66th Annual Conference & Exhibits on April 28. During the champion’s one-year term, the Usher Award winner will serve as the NTTC spokesperson for the industry and will attend many NTTC events. The Usher Award furthers the NTTC’s mission to champion safety and success in both the tank truck community and the people we serve.

For almost 70 years, the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) has represented the tank truck industry before Congress and various federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, OSHA, and others. NTTC provides its members with information on legislative, regulatory, and operational developments that affect their businesses. The Association also serves as an industry resource to carriers, shippers, regulators, the news media, financial community, and the general public.

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