ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and its Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) continued National Technician Appreciation week by recognizing the first Trailer Technician Superstar. Clifford Roberson of Tyson Foods Inc. was awarded the honor Sept. 22.
“Recognizing professional excellence is an important part of what we want National Technician Appreciation Week to be,” said Robert Braswell, executive director of TMC. “Clifford demonstrates that excellence regularly, and we are pleased to honor him with this award.”
Roberson, of Russellville, Arkansas, has served as a technician for Tyson Foods since May 2002, and was named Team Member of the Year of the Tyson Valley Maintenance Center in 2019. He is considered an exceptionally reliable performer, having achieved six years of perfect attendance as a refrigerated trailer technician for Tyson.
“He is a lifelong mechanic that can and will work on anything. Clifford is currently a reefer tech at Tyson … but will do whatever is asked of him whether it be on a truck, hydraulics on a feed trailer, forklift at any of the local plants, yard trucks, live haul trailers,” said Dustin McKibbin, shop supervisor at Tyson. “To say that Clifford is very knowledgeable would be spot on.”
The Technician Superstar winners will receive a complementary registration to a TMC meeting of their choice and one year’s membership in the Council.