Friday, August 31, 2012

US Freight Truckers Honoured as Logistics Groups Name Top Road Haulage Oufits and Drivers

Sometimes America Just Does Things That Much Bigger
Shipping News Feature

US – Occasionally a snippet of news reaches us which for a moment makes one consider just how big the freight industry actually is. This week’s announcement from Schneider Logistics Inc., part of the Schneider National enterprise, told of the company’s 10th annual Carrier Recognition Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin and reading between the lines one could begin to grasp the scope of the American road haulage industry.

Schneider had invited over 225 representatives from just the top 10% of the company’s contracted carriers to the event and the awards given recognised the top one per cent, the companies Schneider Logistics consider ‘the best of the best’. The awards preclude any self congratulating pats on the back as Schneider National itself is ineligible for any honours.

A host of carriers which specialise in specific fields were recognised however the prestigious Carrier of the Year award from Schneider Transportation Management, Schneider’s brokerage arm, went to Mesilla Valley Transportation, a company unknown to us at the Guide and initially presumed to be a fairly inconsequential subcontractor. At this point one gets that glimpse of the size and scope of the US freight transportation system.

Mesilla Valley Transportation was first formed in 1981to pull reefer loads throughout the Southwest Borderland of El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico via its own small fleet of trucks. By the 1990’s it had developed into the skeleton of the organisation it is today with a fleet in excess of two and a half thousand air ride trailers in various configurations and eight hundred and fifty tractor units less than 18 months old. By dint of its application to cross border time sensitive deliveries throughout Canada as well as the US and Mexico the carrier has manoeuvred itself into a strong position, reinforced by having customers and charter partners like Schneider Logistics and others also affiliated by way of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Way system.

The full list of Schneider Logistics Carrier of the Year awards winners for 2012 is as follows:

Bulk - Caltrans Trucking, Inc.   Dedicated - Black Horse Carriers     Flatbed: Thompson Transportation and TC & Sons Trucking     LTL - Standard Forwarding LLC, AAA Cooper Transportation, Old Dominion Freight Line and Con-way Freight       Truckload - Heartland Express, Evans Distribution Systems, Raven Transport, Ryan Transportation Group, Landstar Transportation and Bay & Bay Transportation       Intermodal - JB Hunt Transport and Triple Crown Service Company

Schneider Logistics also recognized a single customer service representative who excels at interacting with the Schneider Logistics Customer Service teams with the Customer Service Representative of the Year award. Written nominations from each team were submitted, and the award was presented to Wanda Shelton from Royal Trucking.

In addition to the Carrier Recognition Event, a charity golf outing was held Wednesday benefiting the American Cancer Society. In total, Schneider Logistics was able to raise $5,000 for the organization through a contribution from the Schneider National Foundation and those who participated in the golf outing.

As further evidence of the size and scope of the US freight truck scene Con-way Truckload announced its own Drivers of the Month for July 2012 yesterday and as well as the selected batch of professionals suitably honoured was the usual Con-way footnote to credit those drivers who have clocked up some extraordinary mileages in their years of service.

Torrie McCosh of Rose Hill, Kansas and David Turner of Lee's Summit, Missouri get a nod for completing one million miles, and New Mexico again springs up with Wallace Rowan of Las Cruces knocking out double that. The eye opener however is trucker Richard Primmer of Spokane Valley, Washington State who this month ran up an astonishing three million miles driving for Con-way Truckload, a figure which will no doubt be read in awe by many professional drivers elsewhere.