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 31st, 2016 CarriersEdge and NAL Insurance announce Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets workshop. Read the full press release.

Best Fleets to Drive For and Driving For Profit Announce Combined Seminar

Two popular seminar programs combine for intense day-long workshop

London, ON and Markham, ON - March 31, 2016 - NAL Insurance, the leading provider of WSIB alternative coverage for the trucking industry, and CarriersEdge, a leading provider of online driver training services and creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, today announced that they are joining forces to produce a full-day workshop discussing best practices uncovered during the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For program, along with current issues in driver wellness and owner-operator contract compliance.

Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets will feature a full morning devoted to sharing information from the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For program, highlighting emerging trends, innovative ideas, and successful programs from this year’s crop of winning fleets. A panel of winners will provide furrther information about their own programs and secrets to success.

Building on that foundation, the afternoon will feature sessions digging into the issues of owner-operator contract compliance and driver wellness. Panelists of industry experts and fleet representatives will share tips for improving the effectiveness of company programs and avoiding potentially costly pitfalls.

"The 2016 edition of Best Fleets to Drive For uncovered a wide range of simple but effective ideas for creating great workplaces and we’re looking forward to sharing them", said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. "Driving for Profit has always done a great job of providing relevant, actionable information for fleet owners, and we’re excited to be working together for this event."

"Since inception, Driving For Profit has been about helping fleets improve their bottom lines", added Glenn Caldwell, VP of Sales and NAL Insurance. "By partnering with Best Fleets to Drive For we can expand that even further and showcase a great selection of proven program ideas".

Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets will take place June 1, 2016 at the Mississauga Grand in Mississauga, ON. The agenda for the day will include:

  • 9:00 - 10:15 - Best Practices from the Best Fleets to Drive For part I
  • 10:15 - 10:30 - Networking and refreshment break
  • 10:30 - 11:30 - Best Practices from the Best Fleets to Drive For part II
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Best Fleets to Drive For panel discussion
  • 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch and networking
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - Driver health & wellness panel discussion
  • 2:30 - 3:30 - Owner-Operator contract compliance panel discussion
  • 3:30 - 3:45 - Wrapup

Tickets are available at www.drivingforprofit.com for $199, with an early bird price of $149 until April 29. Complimentary passes will be provided to NAL and CarriersEdge customers, and Best Fleets to Drive For participants.

For more information, contact:

Glenn Caldwell
VP Sales
NAL Insurance
gcaldwell@nalinsurance.com

Mark Murrell
VP, Sales & Marketing
CarriersEdge
mark@carriersedge.com

About Best Fleets to Drive For
Produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association, Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest that identifies the North American for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers. More information is available at www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

About Driving For Profit
Driving for Profit is a series of one day seminars designed to offer quality information to attendees from transportation industry experts. More information is available at www.drivingforprofit.com.

About NAL Insurance
NAL Insurance is the largest provider of Worker’s Compensation Alternative Insurance in the Canadian Trucking Industry. Currently, NAL protects over 240 Fleets and over 7,000 Owner Operators throughout the country. More information is available at www.NALInsurance.com.

About CarriersEdge
CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the trucking industry, and creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. More information is available at www.CarriersEdge.com.

On March 8th, 2016 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association Unveils Overall Winners of 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For: FTC Transportation and Bison Transport

Award goes to fleets with an outstanding combination of excellent driver programs, high satisfaction rates, and low turnover

Las Vegas, Nevada - March 8th, 2016 - 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 names of the overall winners of the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. FTC Transportation, Inc., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for the small carrier category, an award sponsored by EpicVue, the industry leader in in-cab entertainment services for trucking fleets. Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for the large carrier category, an award sponsored by Bose Corporation, manufacturer of the award-winning Bose Ride® system for heavy-duty trucks.

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 overall winner.

This is the fourth time that FTC Transportation, Inc., has landed a spot in the Top 20, and the first time it has been named an overall winner. It was the smallest fleet to get into the Best Fleets Top 20, demonstrating that it's not necessary to be big in size in order to have big ideas. FTC earned top marks for its employee benefits, combining solid health insurance coverage, 401(k), and above-average vacation allowances - all things that are uncommon in a fleet of FTC's size.

2016 marks the second time that Bison Transport has been named an overall winner of Best Fleets, and the sixth time the company has been listed in the Top 20. Bison continues to push the limits in every category evaluated for Best Fleets. Even though its size is quite large, the company still manages to keep people engaged through a variety of committees (including equipment spec'ing, workflow efficiencies, wellness, and retention and referrals) and numerous online tools.

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, noted that both of this year's overall winners are providing a winning combination of outstanding programs for their drivers, satisfaction rates above 90%, and low driver turnover under 30%. Both companies were also the 2014 grand-prize winners of TCA's National Fleet Safety Awards.

"It's interesting that both of our Best Fleets overall winners are also previous grand champions in the safety arena... it may well be that their safety numbers are outstanding because of all the other things that they do," she said. "Both have taken a holistic approach to improving fleet operations and working to build a more efficient, more inclusive fleet that all drivers can benefit from. As a result, they have happier drivers, who focus on doing their jobs better, leading to better safety and more efficient operations. This, in turn, makes everyone happier... and the cycle continues."

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, said, "What happens in a trucking company every day is the biggest opportunity for increasing revenue and net profit. The leaders and their teams who have figured this out are examples for all of us to learn from. The Best Fleets winners raise the bar for all of us to reach for, and they provide a road map of success in building a sustainable workforce. Anyone who loves what they do knows they are valued, important, and respected. Congratulations Best Fleets."

The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets were evaluated in areas like driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.

For more information about the Best Fleets to Drive For program, please visit www.BestFleetstoDriveFor.com. You can also follow TCA on Twitter (www.truckload.org/Twitter) or Facebook (www.truckload.org/Facebook) or search the hashtag #BestFleets2016 on social media networks.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.

  • FTC Transportation, Inc.FTC Transportation, Inc.
    Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Drivers/Contractors: 36
  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Drivers/Contractors: 1785

On January 25th, 2016 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For®

What does it take to provide superior working environments that keep trucking employees and professional truck drivers happy? These companies have figured it out.

Alexandria, Virginia - January 26, 2016 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For. In the 8th annual survey and contest, these 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing outstanding workplace experiences for their employees and professional truck drivers:

Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

  • Bay and Bay Transportation, Eagan, Minnesota
  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc., Redmond, Oregon
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Cambridge, Ontario
  • Erb Group, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Washington
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, Ontario
  • Landstar System, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
  • Melton Truck Lines, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Northwood, Ohio
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, Illinois
  • Paramount Freight Systems, LLC, Ft Myers, Florida
  • Prime Inc., Springfield, Missouri
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee
  • TransPro Freight Systems, Ltd., Milton, Ontario

In addition, five companies have been identified as "Fleets to Watch" (honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

  • Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc., Clayton, Alabama
  • Brenny Specialized, Inc., St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Crete Carrier Corporation, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Maverick Transportation, LLC, North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Trimac Transportation, Calgary, Alberta

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, a company operating 10 trucks or more had to be nominated by at least one of its company drivers or owner operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package (base pay, bonuses, vacation, sick days, etc.), health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, career path/advancement opportunities, and more.

A selection of each fleet's drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management's and incorporated into the final score. The responses were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year's winners and honorable mentions. Two companies, Landstar System, Inc., and Grand Island Express, Inc., reached the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list.

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, said, "For 2016, we've noticed a trend toward the theme of 'flexibility' in job structure and routing, as well as team communication. From within the Top 20 winner pool, it seems that many companies are creating different types of jobs so drivers have more options that suit their lifestyles. We're seeing more and more communication going out on Facebook, meetings via web or conference call, and similar things that just generally make life more convenient for professional drivers. Fleets are also moving more of their business into mobile apps or websites, and, in many cases, are providing devices directly to their drivers."

She also pointed out another trend: that the majority of Best Fleets winners are participating in new entrant training. Most companies are hiring drivers fresh out of school now, or starting their own schools directly.

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, said, "It is very helpful for the rest of the trucking industry to study the trends that come to light with the Best Fleets contest and survey, as these ideas can help everyone to improve their workplace environments. Anything we can do collectively to attract qualified employees - and keep them - is a positive thing."

Phase two of the contest will be to 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, Utah, and Bose Ride of Framingham, Massachusetts.

The overall winners' names will be announced during TCA's Annual Convention, March 6-9, 2016, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. On March 1 and 3, clues about the winners' identities will be posted with the hashtag #BestFleets2016 to TCA's Twitter account (www.truckload.org/Twitter) and Facebook page (www.truckload.org/Facebook).

For more details about Best Fleets to Drive For, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.

  • Bay and Bay TransportationBay and Bay Transportation
    Location: Eagan, MN
    Drivers/Contractors: 500
    Updated scorecard and benchmarking process, combined with expanded coaching program, led to largest CSA improvement in company history.
  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, MB
    Drivers/Contractors: 1785
    Variety of driver-focused committees, including wellness and workflow efficiencies, keep drivers involved and engaged.
  • Boyle TransportationBoyle Transportation
    Location: Billerica, MA
    Drivers/Contractors: 100
    Tuition grant of $2500 per year for each driver's child enrolled in a post-secondary program helps offset the cost of continuing education.
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, IncCentral Oregon Trucking Company, Inc
    Location: Redmond, OR
    Drivers/Contractors: 268
    Custom designed, indoor load securement training facility ensures new hires get ample practice securing and tarping loads before heading out.
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc.Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
    Location: Cambridge, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 975
    Weekly roundtable meetings with drivers keep information flowing in both directions. Meeting notes posted on intranet allow drivers not in attendance to stay informed and weigh in with thoughts.
  • Erb GroupErb Group
    Location: New Hamburg, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 1068
    Annual clothing allotment for each driver includes winter coat, spring jacket, hats and a week's worth of shirts, all free of charge, as well as a safety boot allowance.
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Location: Fremont, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 344
    Regularly poll drivers on interests and preferences. Recent poll showed a strong interest in satellite radio, so that's now provided to everyone.
  • FTC Transportation, Inc.FTC Transportation, Inc.
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK
    Drivers/Contractors: 36
    11 paid holidays and multiple weeks of vacation ensure drivers have ample opportunity to recharge throughout the year.
  • Grand Island Express, Inc.Grand Island Express, Inc.
    Location: Grand Island, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 160
    New feedback system allows drivers to rate each load immediately after delivery. A weekly summary report gives management useful tools for planning and customer communication.
  • Halvor Lines, Inc.Halvor Lines, Inc.
    Location: Superior, WI
    Drivers/Contractors: 405
    Addition of new, full-featured terminals close to where drivers live improves both hometime and efficiency.
  • Interstate Distributor Co.Interstate Distributor Co.
    Location: Tacoma, WA
    Drivers/Contractors: 1761
    Maintenance management system communicates directly with truck so shop has a full diagnostic before truck arrives for maintenance.
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd.Kriska Holdings Ltd.
    Location: Prescott, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 405
    Company worked with largest customer to launch 'safe haven' pilot project, giving drivers access to secure overnight parking. Pilot was so successful that customer is now rolling it out across entire supply chain.
  • Landstar System, Inc.Landstar System, Inc.
    Location: Jacksonville, FL
    Drivers/Contractors: 8682
    Quarterly roundtable meetings in different locations across the country (including Bass Pro Shops!) allow contractors to share best practices and network.
  • Melton Truck Lines, Inc.Melton Truck Lines, Inc.
    Location: Tulsa, OK
    Drivers/Contractors: 1035
    On-site health and dental clinics at multiple terminals provide convenient support services for drivers and their families.
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLCMotor Carrier Service, LLC
    Location: Northwood, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 76
    Recognizing the changing preferences of its workforce, the company is shifting more and more work into shorter hauls.
  • Nussbaum TransportationNussbaum Transportation
    Location: Hudson, IL
    Drivers/Contractors: 280
    Management pulse-taking sees execs calling a random group of drivers each week to discuss current issues and collect feedback. Weekly summary of feedback is shared internally and used in decision making.
  • Paramount Freight Systems, LLCParamount Freight Systems, LLC
    Location: Ft. Myers, FL
    Drivers/Contractors: 115
    Continued shift of business into dedicated model means most contractors are now home every night while still getting full week of miles.
  • Prime Inc.Prime Inc.
    Location: Springfield, MO
    Drivers/Contractors: 7000
    More than a dozen vendors on-site fulltime, providing direct access for drivers to ask questions and learn more about different products.
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc.TLD Logistics Services, Inc.
    Location: Knoxville, TN
    Drivers/Contractors: 460
    Plan-Do-Check-Act process allows company to isolate problems with granularity across the business and measure the effect of improvement efforts.
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.
    Location: Milton, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 84
    Dash cams provided in all trucks, including both company and owner-op vehicles.

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

  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.
  • Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc.
  • Crete Carrier Corporation
  • Maverick Transportation, LLC
  • Trimac Transportation

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