Recognizing the best workplaces for North American truck drivers
Produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association, Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest that identifies the for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers.
On March 11th, 2019 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.
Truckload Carriers Association, CarriersEdge Unveils Overall Winners of 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For: Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation
Winning fleets demonstrate broad range of exceptional programs, high satisfaction, and solid results
Las Vegas, Nevada - March 11, 2019 - At its Annual Convention, taking place this week at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge announced the overall winners of the 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For.
Best Overall Fleet in the small carrier category was presented to Nussbaum Transportation, of Hudson, Illinois. This award is sponsored by DMC Insurance.
Best Overall Fleet in the large carrier category was presented to Prime Inc., of Springfield, Missouri. This award is sponsored by EpicVue.
Best Fleets to Drive For, now in its 11th year, is an annual survey and contest that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies who provide the best workplace experience for their drivers.
To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.
The Top 20 finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.
Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.
Nussbaum Transportation, operating 400 tractors, combines both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. With an industry-leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple but effective driver outreach schedule, and a formal career path and certification program, Nussbaum has raised the bar in all categories.
For Prime Inc., operating 7,200 tractors, being a large company doesn't mean losing the personal touch. Its variety of committees, social groups, and educational offerings provide contractors with an ever-increasing range of options for personal and professional development. Notable this year is a new program designed in partnership with Missouri Good Dads to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.
CarriersEdge Chief Executive Officer Jane Jazrawy noted that while both Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation provide exceptional programs for their drivers, they also have impressive safety and retention numbers, and satisfaction scores well above 90%.
"For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs," said Jazrawy. "Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it's easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they're achieving such stellar results."
TCA President John Lyboldt agrees. "Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game," he said. "It's imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor."
The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.
On January 29th, 2019 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.
The Best of the Best Announced by TCA and CarriersEdge
Alexandria, Virginia and Markham, Ontario - January 29, 2019 - With a record number of nominees and finalists, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are proud to announce the 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For.
"When it comes to working with drivers, our Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For are North America's best-of-the best in the for-hire trucking segment," said CarriersEdge Chief Executive Officer Jane Jazrawy. "This recognition program is now in its 11th year, and each year we've seen fleets up their game - making a positive difference in the lives of drivers with innovative programs."
The 2019 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For are:
- American Central Transport, Inc. - Kansas City, Missouri
- Bennett Motor Express - McDonough, Georgia
- Bison Transport - Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Boyle Transportation - Billerica, Massachusetts
- Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc. - Redmond, Oregon
- Crete Carrier Corp - Lincoln, Nebraska
- Epes Transport System, LLC - Greensboro, North Carolina
- Erb Transport - New Hamburg, Ontario
- FTC Transportation, Inc. - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Garner Trucking, Inc. - Findlay, Ohio
- Grand Island Express - Grand Island, Nebraska
- Halvor Lines, Inc. - Superior, Wisconsin
- Landstar System, Inc. - Jacksonville, Florida
- Maverick Transportation, LLC - North Little Rock, Arkansas
- Motor Carrier Service LLC - Northwood, Ohio
- Nussbaum Transportation Services, Inc. - Hudson, Illinois
- Prime Inc. - Springfield, Missouri
- Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc. - Defiance, Ohio
- TLD Logistics Services, Inc. - Knoxville, Tennessee
- Transpro Freight Systems Limited - Milton, Ontario
In addition to the Top 20, TCA and CarriersEdge identified five Fleets to Watch (honorable mentions).
The Top 5 Fleets to Watch:
- Fortigo Freight Services Inc. - Etobicoke, Ontario
- Leavitt's Freight Service - Springfield, Oregon
- Liberty Linehaul Inc. - Ayr, Ontario
- Roehl Transport, Inc. - Marshfield, Wisconsin
- TransLand - Strafford, Missouri
Three fleets have also achieved the milestone of five consecutive years on the list: Boyle Transportation, Nussbaum Services and TLD Logistics.
To be considered for the Best Fleets program, companies operating 10 or more trucks had to receive a nomination from at least one of their company drivers or owner operators. The fleets were then evaluated using a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, including total compensation, health benefits, performance management, professional development, and career path/advancement opportunities, among other criteria. Driver surveys were also conducted to collect input from drivers and independent contractors working with the fleets.
According to John Lyboldt, TCA's president, the Best Fleets program and its annual list of the Top 20 has grown to become one of the most anticipated announcements in the industry. ""The winners have set the bar high when it comes to keeping their professional truck drivers engaged while also providing a superior work environment. This coveted contest reveals the tremendous efforts put forth by these driver-centric companies."
"We do a very thorough analysis and take a deep dive into each fleet's programs," mentioned Jazrawy. "An important component in the scoring process is analyzing driver feedback on the company and then comparing it with management's comments. The two need to align in order for fleets to score well. This year's Top 20 had an average driver satisfaction rate over 91%, and annual driver turnover under 35%, so what they're doing is obviously working."
An overall winner -- in the large and small fleet categories -- will be named during TCA's Annual Convention, being held March 10-13 at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort. EpicVue and DMC Insurance sponsor the overall winner awards.
- American Central Transport, Inc.
Location: Kansas City, MO
- Bennett Motor Express
Location: McDonough, GA
- Bison Transport
Location: Winnipeg, MB
- Boyle Transportation
Location: Billerica, MA
- Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc.
Location: Redmond, OR
- Crete Carrier Corp
Location: Lincoln, NE
- Epes Transport System, LLC
Location: Greensboro, NC
- Erb Transport
Location: New Hamburg, ON
- FTC Transportation, Inc.
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
- Garner Trucking, Inc.
Location: Findlay, OH
- Grand Island Express
Location: Grand Island, NE
- Halvor Lines, Inc.
Location: Superior, WI
- Landstar System, Inc.
Location: Jacksonville, FL
- Maverick Transportation, LLC
Location: North Little Rock, AR
- Motor Carrier Service LLC
Location: Northwood, OH
- Nussbaum Transportation Services, Inc.
Location: Hudson, IL
- Prime Inc.
Location: Springfield, MO
- Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc.
Location: Defiance, OH
- TLD Logistics Services, Inc.
Location: Knoxville, TN
- Transpro Freight Systems Limited
Location: Milton, ON
In addition, the following Fleets to Watch were also announced.
On September 4th, 2018 We Ask If Your Fleet is One of North America's Best? Best Fleets to Drive For Nomination Period Now Open! Read the full press release.
Is Your Fleet One of North America's Best? Best Fleets to Drive For Nomination Period Now Open!
Alexandria, Virginia and Markham, Ontario - September 4, 2018 - Since 2008, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge have sought to identify and recognize the top tier carriers and exactly what makes them so successful, and are now proud to open the 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For® contest and survey for nominations. For a company to be eligible for the contest, a professional truck driver must nominate a for-hire fleet with 10 or more trucks operating in the U.S. or Canada at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. TCA membership is not required. The nomination period is open between September 4 and October 31, 2018.
"Our industry is rapidly embracing innovative technologies and best practices that are making fleets safer and making life easier for our professional truck drivers," said TCA President John Lyboldt. "This contest showcases the most forward-thinking companies and steps they are taking to retain their skilled workforces."
Once a company accepts their driver's nomination, CarriersEdge will contact them and have them complete an electronic questionnaire detailing aspects of the company's workplace environment such as compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, and training. The questionnaire is supplemented by a telephone interview with senior management and a survey of a random sampling of the company's drivers and owner-operators. The information gathered through this process reveals the key innovations that help to attract and retain skilled personnel in the trucking industry.
Part of what has propelled Best Fleets to Drive For® to grow and thrive is that each year's findings provide new information and best practices that can be explored in the following year's program.
"Last year, we highlighted some new questions about how companies make drivers feel like equal partners in the business, and some maintenance and equipment questions," said CarriersEdge's Chief Executive Officer, Jane Jazrawy. "This year, we'll be expanding on the ‘driver as valued partner' subject, digging further into how companies communicate on a day-to-day basis, and processes for addressing driver questions and resolving problems."
CarriersEdge and TCA will also continue exploring how fleets build an inclusive culture by looking at how diversity is represented in the management team, committees, and other public parts of the business.
"On the ever-important subject of compensation," added Jazrawy, "we've been exploring guaranteed pay programs over the past few years, but a new compensation tool has popped up as well – stock options." She shared that as more fleets have gone public recently, more of them are offering stock options to their drivers as a result. CarriersEdge and TCA will be digging into the issue further to see who's doing what.
The top 20 finalists will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For® and will be announced at the end of January. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both "small" and "large" categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 10-12, 2019, at the TCA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In late-October, companies that have been nominated (or believe they will be nominated) and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the survey requirements through a free webinar outlining the questions that surveyors will ask, data requirements, and methods for collecting better information.
To view best practices from last year's survey and profiles of the overall winners, visit BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/BestFleetsToDriveFor. Use the hashtag #BestFleets19 to join the conversation.