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 26th, 2018 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Name 2018 Overall Best Fleets to Drive For

Kissimmee, Florida - March 26, 2018 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge have unveiled the overall winners of the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey. The winners were announced during TCA's 80th Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Best Overall Fleet for the small category, sponsored by EpicVue, is Central Oregon Truck Company of Redmond, Oregon. Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the Best Overall Fleet for the large carrier category, sponsored by Northbridge Insurance.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies providing the best workplace experiences 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 20 top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and then divided in half according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.

Central Oregon Truck Company and Bison Transport have each hit their "5 consecutive years" milestone for landing in the Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For. Both fleets also have active new entrant programs that bring in significant numbers of new drivers each year.

"These two companies are shining examples of consistency and innovation in trucking," said John Lyboldt, TCA's president. "Congratulations to Central Oregon and Bison for continuing to go above and beyond to create exemplary workplaces for their drivers."

Central Oregon Truck Company is a fleet of 314 trucks, and this is their first time winning Best Overall Fleet. The company has developed some of the most innovative programs in the industry, including an RFID system in their trucks that triggers a custom welcome when drivers return to the yard, as well as a concierge service that takes care of much of the return-related admin work. Central Oregon also received top marks for their compensation programs and operational strategy.

Whereas Central Oregon provides a fresh name to the Best Overall Fleet podium, Bison Transport continues to stake their claim as a dynasty. Bison has placed in the Top 20 for eight of the ten years since the Best Fleets program was initiated, including three consecutive years winning Best Overall Large Fleet. This year also marks Bison's fourth total Best Overall Large Fleet title, the first fleet to reach this milestone. Despite its long history of winning, the 1456 truck fleet is not resting on its laurels—the company continues to find new ways to improve its offerings for drivers. This year it received top scores for performance management programs, driver development and career path options, and work/life balance.

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, said, "Both fleets are taking different approaches but achieving comparable results. Bison is a large fleet that does a variety of different types of work, while Central Oregon is primarily a long-haul flatbed fleet. Both are also fleets that have been pushing the envelope for years, embracing technology to improve efficiency and constantly coming up with new ideas to enhance their drivers' experiences."

For more information about the program, please visit Best Fleets to Drive For or #BestFleets18. Follow along with all of the announcements from the 80th TCA Annual Convention on the association's Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.

  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, IncCentral Oregon Trucking Company, Inc
    Location: Redmond, OR
    Drivers/Contractors: 314
  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Drivers/Contractors: 1456

On January 30th, 2018 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For

Alexandria, Virginia and Markham, Ontario - January 30, 2018 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For. These 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and independent contractors.

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, companies operating ten or more trucks had to receive a nomination from at least one of their company drivers or owner-operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets regarding their corporate directions, policies, and programs. The fleets were evaluated using 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 was then compared with management's comments and incorporated into the final score, resulting in the selection of this year's winners and honorable mentions.

"Creative new programs from the Top 20 companies received high marks from drivers," said Jane Jazrawy, co-founder of CarriersEdge. "The average satisfaction level among the Top 20 companies was over 90%, and the average turnover among these companies was under 40%."

While the overall number of nominations was down this year, engagement among participants was higher than ever. As a result, the number of fleets making it through to the final round of evaluation was consistent with past years, with the level of effort among those participants continuing to impress.

Here are the 2018 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For (click on a carrier's logo to visit its website):

  • American Central Transport, Inc., Kansas City, MO
  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, MA
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc., Redmond, OR
  • Challenger Motor Freight, Inc., Cambridge, ON
  • Erb Group, New Hamburg, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, NE
  • FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
  • Garner Trucking, Inc., Findlay, OH
  • Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, NE
  • Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, WI
  • Maverick Transportation, LLC, North Little Rock, AR
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Northwood, OH
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, IL
  • Prime Inc., Springfield, MO
  • Smokey Point Distributing, Arlington, WA
  • Thomas E. Keller Trucking, Defiance, OH
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc., Knoxville, TN
  • TransPro Freight Systems, Ltd., Milton, ON
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc., Marinette, WI

Three companies, Bison Transport, Central Oregon Truck Company, and TransPro Freight Systems, have achieved the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list.

"It's not easy to be named one of the Best Fleets to Drive For," said TCA President John Lyboldt. "It simultaneously requires commitment to an individual carrier's operations and a vision for the future of the industry as a whole. Congratulations to all of the winners for this immense achievement."

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

  • Bennett Motor Express, McDonough, GA
  • Hoekstra Transportation, LLC, Kankakee, IL
  • Larway Transportation, Barrie, ON
  • LoadOne LLC, Taylor, MI
  • Werner Enterprises, Omaha, NE

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. These awards will be sponsored by EpicVue of Salt Lake City, UT and Northbridge Insurance of Toronto, ON.

The overall winners' names will be announced during TCA's Annual Convention, March 25-28, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL.

For more details about Best Fleets to Drive For, make sure to follow the hashtag #BestFleets18 on TCA's Twitter and Facebook pages.

  • American Central Transport, Inc.American Central Transport, Inc.
    Location: Kansas City, MO
    Drivers/Contractors: 325
  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, MB
    Drivers/Contractors: 1456
  • Boyle TransportationBoyle Transportation
    Location: Billerica, MA
    Drivers/Contractors: 65
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, IncCentral Oregon Trucking Company, Inc
    Location: Redmond, OR
    Drivers/Contractors: 314
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc.Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
    Location: Cambridge, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 1073
  • Erb GroupErb Group
    Location: New Hamburg, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 657
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Location: Fremont, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 403
  • FTC Transportation, Inc.FTC Transportation, Inc.
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK
    Drivers/Contractors: 31
  • Garner Trucking, Inc.Garner Trucking, Inc.
    Location: Findlay, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 96
  • Grand Island Express, Inc.Grand Island Express, Inc.
    Location: Grand Island, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 134
  • Halvor Lines, Inc.Halvor Lines, Inc.
    Location: Superior, WI
    Drivers/Contractors: 438
  • Maverick Transportation, LLCMaverick Transportation, LLC
    Location: North Little Rock, AR
    Drivers/Contractors: 1611
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLCMotor Carrier Service, LLC
    Location: Northwood, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 79
  • Nussbaum TransportationNussbaum Transportation
    Location: Hudson, IL
    Drivers/Contractors: 355
  • Prime Inc.Prime Inc.
    Location: Springfield, MO
    Drivers/Contractors: 5500
  • Smokey Point DistributingSmokey Point Distributing
    Location: Arlington, WA
    Drivers/Contractors: 242
  • Thomas E. Keller TruckingThomas E. Keller Trucking
    Location: Defiance, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 120
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc.TLD Logistics Services, Inc.
    Location: Knoxville, TN
    Drivers/Contractors: 402
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.
    Location: Milton, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 110
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.Veriha Trucking, Inc.
    Location: Marinette, WI
    Drivers/Contractors: 250

In addition, the following Fleets to Watch were also announced.

  • Bennett Motor Express
  • Hoekstra Transportation, LLC
  • Larway Transportation
  • LoadOne LLC
  • Werner Enterprises

Download the final results booklet

On September 5th, 2017 TCA and CarriersEdge Seek North America's Best Fleets for the Tenth Time Read the full press release.

TCA and CarriersEdge Seek North America's Best Fleets for the Tenth Time

The 10th annual survey and contest is now open for nominations from professional truck drivers.

Alexandria, Virginia and Markham, Ontario - September 5, 2017 - In the modern trucking industry, it is not enough for a company to transport goods from one place to another—every company does that. What distinguishes the top tier, best of the best companies from the rest of the pack are the exceptional cultures they cultivate, enticing every member of their workforces to buy into their missions. Since 2008, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge have sought to identify and recognize these top tier carriers and exactly what makes them so successful, and are now proud to open the 2018 Best Fleets to Drive For® contest and survey for nominations.

"Innovation is a necessity for trucking companies to thrive in this ever-changing industry," said TCA President John Lyboldt. "While keeping up with technological innovations is important for staying a step ahead of competitors, innovations in a company's relationship with its drivers are the key ingredients for building a real team."

For a company to be eligible for the contest, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada and a professional truck driver must nominate the company online at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. TCA membership is not required. The nomination period is open between September 5 and October 31, 2017.

Once a company accepts their driver's nomination, CarriersEdge will contact them and have them complete an electronic questionnaire and telephone interview. Senior management and a random sampling of the company's drivers will be surveyed to learn more about aspects of the company's workplace environment such as compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc. The answers to the survey reveal 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, and this year's is no different. According to Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, "Building on last year's insights about driver/office staff communication and the importance of making drivers feel like valued team members, we're going to be asking specifically how companies keep drivers integrated with the business. Do they get voicemail or email accounts? Are they able to walk into the main office or are they separated from other employees?"

"We're also digging more into maintenance, particularly around new vehicle technology, to see how fleets keep drivers running and their communication process around it," says Jazrawy. "Maintenance is always a top priority issue for drivers, particularly the area of reporting problems and getting them fixed."

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 25-28, 2018, at the TCA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida.

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 #BestFleets18 to join the conversation.