2016 Best Fleets To Driver For

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 Transportation
  • Bison Transport
  • Boyle Transportation
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, Inc
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
  • Erb Group
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
  • FTC Transportation, Inc.
  • Grand Island Express, Inc.
  • Halvor Lines, Inc.
  • Interstate Distributor Co.
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd.
  • Landstar System, Inc.
  • Melton Truck Lines, Inc.
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC
  • Nussbaum Transportation
  • Paramount Freight Systems, LLC
  • Prime Inc.
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc.
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.

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

Download the final results booklet

2015 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 10th, 2015 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Two Nebraska-Based Truckload Carriers Named Overall Winners of Best Fleets to Drive For®: Grand Island Express and Fremont Contract Carriers

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge find that these fleets are best in their respective sizes for providing outstanding working environments

Kissimmee, Florida - March 10th, 2015 - Earlier this morning, as part of its Annual Convention, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge announced the names of the overall winners of the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For®. Grand Island Express of Grand Island, Nebraska, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for the small carrier category, an award sponsored by Bose Corporation, manufacturer of the award-winning Bose Ride® system for heavy-duty trucks. Fremont Contract Carriers of Fremont, Nebraska, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for the large carrier category, an award sponsored by Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor.

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 top 20 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 second time that Grand Island Express (GIE) has earned an overall winner award. Like last year, its drivers say the company cares deeply about its people. For example, it has created a closed Facebook page for spouses of drivers to help them stay connected and share information. GIE also utilizes the latest technology, providing tablets to all of their drivers. It convenes ad-hoc committees of drivers to research new technologies and make recommendations about future purchases.

Fremont Contract Carriers (FCC) is also a previous winner of an overall award - 2015 marks its third time. While it was being evaluated, the judges noted that FCC is a proactive company, analyzing a variety of data points to identify potential problems with shippers and address them with customers before problems arise. It has also created an innovative maintenance management system that is connected directly to each truck. The system streamlines maintenance scheduling and makes the drivers' lives easier.

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, noted that both overall winners have shown a commitment to adding new driver programs while refining existing ones. Thus, they are perpetually improving the driving experience for their people. In addition to best-in-class program scores, both companies rated better than 90 percent driver satisfaction and demonstrated strong safety and retention scores.

"Make no mistake... our two overall winners keep surfacing in this contest, but that doesn't mean that either fleet has rested on its laurels," she said. "Both of these fleets are providing multiple opportunities to not only recognize their drivers, but also allow them to provide input on company operations and decisions. People want to work where they feel needed and valued. So it's not surprising that we keep seeing them back at the podium."

Brad Bentley, TCA's president, agrees. "These two fleets keep impressing us year after year as they constantly provide excellent examples of innovation and creativity in the workplace," he said. "In fact, in addition to Fremont, I'd like to recognize two other companies - Motor Carrier Service of Northwood, Ohio, and Paramount Freight Systems of Ft. Myers, Florida - who have made the Top 20 winner list for five consecutive years. This is no easy feat!"

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 #BestFleets15 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 empowers fleets to improve their business performance by increasing the quality of their drivers, without the hurdles they have traditionally encountered. The CarriersEdge Software-As-A-Service system combines a library of online training courses, testing and assessment tools, and management reporting to help fleets identify gaps in driver knowledge and close them without disrupting operations or driver home time.

  • Grand Island ExpressGrand Island Express
    Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
    Drivers/Contractors: 150
  • Fremont Contract CarriersFremont Contract Carriers
    Location: Fremont, Nebraska
    Drivers/Contractors: 313

On January 30th, 2015 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Twenty Winners Named 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For®

TCA and CarriersEdge recognize trucking companies for providing outstanding places to work

Alexandria, Virginia - January 30, 2015 - Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge of Markham, Ontario, have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as the 2015 Best Fleets to Drive For®. The 7th annual survey and contest identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers.

This year's winners are as follows:

  • Bay and Bay Transportation, Eagan, Minnesota
  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc, Redmond, Oregon
  • Erb Group, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Farm2Fleet, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 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
  • Liberty Linehaul Inc., Ayr, Ontario
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc., Northwood, Ohio
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, Illinois
  • Paramount Freight Systems, Ft Myers, Florida
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc., Colona, Illinois
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd., Milton, Ontario
  • WTI Transport, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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

  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Cambridge, Ontario
  • Drive Logistics, Windsor, Ontario
  • Melton Truck Lines, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Raider Express, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc., Marinette, Wisconsin

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 - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
  • Fleet safety record

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.

"This year, we saw a large increase in the number of companies with retirement plans that included a company match, like a 401(k)," said Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge. "We also noted that many companies are providing mobile devices to their drivers, often with custom mobile apps to go with them. New for this year, we saw a few fleets offering guaranteed pay for their drivers, similar to the base salary that sales reps or consultants might receive."

When examining the list of winners and Best Fleets to Watch, Brad Bentley, president of TCA, commented: "I'm pleased to see that four of these companies were flagged as Fleets to Watch in the past and five are also finalists in TCA's National Fleet Safety Awards. Clearly, these fleets are doing something right, and their efforts are paying off on multiple levels!"

The next phase 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 Marsh, Inc., of New York, New York, and Bose Ride of Framingham, Massachusetts.

The overall winners' names will be announced at the March 10th awards ceremony during TCA's Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. Between February 24 and March 5, clues about the winners' identities will be posted with the hashtag #BestFleets15 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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Bay and Bay Transportation
    Eagan, Minnesota
  • Bison Transport
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Boyle Transportation
    Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc.
    Redmond, Oregon
  • Erb Group
    New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Farm2Fleet Trucking
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Grand Island Express
    Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc.
    Superior, Wisconsin
  • Interstate Distributor Co.
    Tacoma, Washington
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd.
    Prescott, Ontario
  • Landstar System, Inc.
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Liberty Linehaul
    Ayr, Ontario
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC
    Northwood, OH
  • Nussbaum Transportation
    Hudson, Illinois
  • Paramount Freight Systems, LLC
    Ft. Myers, Florida
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.
    Colona, IL
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.
    Milton, Ontario
  • WTI Transport
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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

  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
    Cambridge, ON
  • Drive Logistics
    Windsor, ON
  • John Veriha Trucking, Inc.
    Marinette, WI
  • Melton Truck Lines, Inc.
    Tulsa, OK
  • Raider Express
    Ft. Worth, TX

Download the final results booklet

2014 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 25th, 2014 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2014 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

TCA/CarriersEdge Announce Overall Winners of Best Fleets to Drive For®

Bison Transport and Paramount Freight Systems, LLC are recognized for offering the most desirable workplaces in the trucking industry

Grapevine, Texas - March 25th, 2014 - At the Annual Convention of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), taking place this week at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, two companies were named as the overall winners of Best Fleets to Drive For®, an annual survey and contest produced by TCA and CarriersEdge. Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, while Paramount Freight Systems, LLC of Ft. Myers, Florida, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators.

The Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers award is sponsored by Framingham, Massachusetts-based Bose Corporation, manufacturer of the award-winning Bose Ride® system for heavy-duty trucks. The Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators award is sponsored by New York, New York-based Marsh, Inc., the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor.

When asked about this year's overall winners, Chris Burruss, TCA's president, said, "Bison and Paramount are at the forefront of an industry that recognizes our most important asset is our people. They have carefully studied what people need and want in a job, as well as what motivates them to stick with a career in trucking long-term. Congratulations to these companies for figuring out what works and then making it happen!"

Best Fleets to Drive For®, now in its sixth year, identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

2014 marks the fourth time that Bison Transport has made the list of Top 20 winners for this contest, and it has also won numerous safety awards from TCA in the past. The company received the highest score ever recorded in the "programs" section of the evaluation, very close to the maximum points in every area measured. It also demonstrated outstanding driver-retention numbers for a fleet of its size, with an extremely rare turnover rate of less than 20 percent.

This is the third time that Paramount Freight Systems has been named an overall winner of Best Fleets to Drive For. The company has implemented an innovative bonus program that compensates for the fact that contractors do not receive holiday pay. It also provides more than a week of training per year to contractors. Such perks may be the reason why Paramount received the highest driver-satisfaction score in the program this year.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, based in Markham, Ontario, said, "We continue to be amazed by the terrific programs the Best Fleets winners are coming up with. The investment these companies are making in their people is clearly a success story for all parties involved - from support staff, to drivers, to the chief executive officer."

The Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA-membership status. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Those companies were evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current human-resources best practices in areas such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. In early February, TCA announced the top 20 winners and "fleets to watch" (honorable mentions). For the two weeks leading up to the announcement of the overall winners, clues about the winners' identities were posted to TCA's Facebook page-www.truckload.org/Facebook-and Tweeted from @TCANews-www.truckload.org/Twitter-with the hashtag #BestFleets14.

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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Drivers/Contractors: 1718
  • Paramount Freight SystemsParamount Freight Systems
    Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
    Drivers/Contractors: 130

On February 5th, 2014 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2014 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

TCA and CarriersEdge Announce Best Fleets to Drive For Top 20 Winners and Fleets to Watch

It's definitely not business as usual for those who made this year's list; 6th annual contest and survey recognizes carriers that provide outstanding places to work

Alexandria, Virginia - February 5, 2014 - The results are in, and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge of Markham, Ontario, proudly announce that they have selected 20 trucking companies from across North America as the 2014 Best Fleets to Drive For®. The annual survey and contest, now in its sixth year, identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year's winners are as follows:

  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd., Breslau, Ontario
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, Inc., Redmond, Oregon
  • DJ Knoll Transport Ltd., Emerald Park, Saskatchewan
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc., Pacific, Washington
  • Grammer Industries, Inc., Grammer, Indiana
  • Grand Island Express, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, Ontario
  • Landstar System, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
  • Load One, LLC, Taylor, Michigan
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc., Northwood, Ohio
  • Paramount Freight Systems, LLC, Ft. Myers, Florida
  • Prime Inc., Springfield, Missouri
  • Sue Vinje Trucking, Superior, Wisconsin
  • TimeLine Logistic International Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Transpro Freight Systems, Ltd., Milton, Ontario
  • Trimac Transportation, Calgary, Alberta

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

  • Erb Group of Companies, New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Drive Logistics, Windsor, Ontario
  • Roehl Transport Inc., Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Steelman Transportation, Inc., Springfield, Missouri
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc., Colona, Illinois

The nomination process began in the fall of 2013, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 trucks or more. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies' desire to participate, CarriersEdge 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 - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
  • Fleet safety record

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.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: "The biggest trend we saw this year was a shift to mobile technology. Most companies are using smartphones and tablets to deliver information to their drivers, and some are even developing their own custom mobile apps."

The winners represent a wide range of fleet sizes and business focus areas. The smallest fleet has 25 drivers, while the largest has more than 8,500. Chris Burruss, president of TCA, said, "Each year, I am more and more amazed at the innovative programs these fleets are implementing, regardless of their size. And several of the Best Fleet winners are also in contention for TCA's National Fleet Safety Awards, so clearly these are not just nice places to work-they're also safe!"

The next phase of the contest will be to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators, sponsored by Marsh, Inc., of New York, New York, and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Bose Ride of Framingham, Massachusetts. The names will be announced at the March 25 awards ceremony during TCA's Annual Convention at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Between Monday, March 17, and Friday, March 21, clues about the winners' identities will be posted with the hashtag #BestFleets14 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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Bison Transport
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking
    Breslau, Ontario
  • Central Oregon Trucking
    Redmond, Oregon
  • D.J. Knoll Transport
    Emerald Park, Saskatchewan
  • Fremont Contract Carriers
    Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gordon Trucking
    Pacific, Washington
  • Grammer Industries
    Grammer, Indiana
  • Grand Island Express
    Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines
    Superior, Wisconsin
  • Kriska Holdings
    Prescott, Ontario
  • Landstar System
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Load One
    Taylor, Michigan
  • Motor Carrier Services
    Northwood, OH
  • Paramount Freight Systems
    Ft. Myers, Florida
  • Prime Inc.
    Springfield, Missouri
  • Sue Vinje Trucking
    Superior, Washington
  • TimeLine Logistic International
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • TransPro Freight Systems
    Milton, Ontario
  • Trimac Transportation
    Calgary, Alberta/Houston, Texas

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

  • Drive Logistics
    Windsor, Ontario
  • Erb Group
    New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Roehl Transport Inc.
    Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Steelman Transportation, Inc.
    Springfield, Missouri
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.
    Colona, Illinois

Download the final results booklet

2013 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 7th, 2013 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Grand Island Express and Landstar System, Inc., Named Overall Winners in the TCA/CarriersEdge Best Fleets to Drive For® Contest

Driver satisfaction runs very high at these two truckload carriers

Las Vegas, Nevada - March 7th, 2013 - Two fleets have risen above their competition to be named the overall winners of Best Fleets to Drive For®, an annual survey and contest produced by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge. Grand Island Express of Grand Island, Nebraska, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, an award sponsored by Bose Corporation, manufacturer of the award-winning Bose Ride® system for heavy-duty trucks. Landstar System, Inc., of Jacksonville, Florida, was selected as the Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators, an award sponsored by Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor.

Best Fleets to Drive For®, now in its fifth year, identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

Both companies received their awards this morning as part of the TCA Annual Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Grand Island Express (GIX) scored high marks from its drivers, who note that the company is very safety conscious and seems to care deeply about its people. It utilizes several special programs to retain drivers and keep them happy. A common theme that emerged from interviews with GIX drivers was the company's open door policy and the sincerity of the office staff. "This company has so much to offer drivers," said one professional truck driver. "They are constantly improving and upgrading their fleet, and they treat their employees with respect!"

At Landstar, contractors receive excellent training and pay, and many said they feel "at home" with the company. The company's MUST (Mutual Understanding of Safety Together) and CABS (Continuing Awareness of Business and Safety) programs received numerous positive comments. "Had I known 10 years ago how and what Landstar had to offer, I would have leased on then. This has been the best move I've made," said one contractor. Another said, "There may be a better company out there, but I haven't found it. I would be more than satisfied to finish up my working life here."

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, was impressed by the statements that drivers made about each overall category winner. "It's clear that both these fleets run a range of innovative and effective programs. The results, in terms of driver satisfaction, speak for themselves," he said.

Chris Burruss, TCA's president, agrees. "Everyone knows the trucking industry has been dealing with a shortage of professional truck drivers for some time. If all carriers could get their drivers to feel as passionate about their companies as Grand Island Express and Landstar System, I bet that driver shortage would disappear pretty quickly."

The Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current human resources best practices, such as 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.

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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Grand Island ExpressGrand Island Express
    Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
    Drivers/Contractors: 160
  • LandstarLandstar
    Location: Jacksonville, Florida
    Drivers/Contractors: 8091

On February 7th, 2013 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

In Fifth Annual Survey and Contest, 20 Fleets Are Named Best Fleets to Drive For® by TCA and CarriersEdge

The 2013 winning fleets are true innovators when it comes to providing outstanding workplace experiences for their drivers

Alexandria, Virginia - February 7, 2013 - Twenty trucking companies from across North America have been named the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For® by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge. The annual survey and contest, now in its fifth year, identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year's winners are as follows:

  • Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd. - Breslau, Ontario
  • Erb Group of Companies - New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers - Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc. - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc. - Pacific, Washington
  • Grand Island Express - Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc. - Superior, Wisconsin
  • Landstar System, Inc. - Jacksonville, Florida
  • Load One Transportation & Logistics - Taylor, Michigan
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc. - Northwood, Ohio
  • Paramount Freight Systems - Jeffersonville, Ohio
  • Sammons Trucking - Missoula, Montana
  • Spirit Truck Lines, Inc. - San Juan, Texas
  • Steed Standard Transport Ltd. - Stratford, Ontario
  • Steelman Transportation - Springfield, Missouri
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. - Colona, Illinois
  • TimeLine Logistic International - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Trimac Transportation - Calgary, Alberta
  • WTI Transport - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Yanke Group of Companies - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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

  • Celadon Canada - Kitchener, Ontario
  • Farm2Fleet - Gibson City, Illinois
  • Freight Exchange of North America, LLC - Chicago, Illinois
  • Prime, Inc. - Springfield, Missouri
  • Transpro Freight Systems Ltd. - Milton, Ontario

The nomination process began in the fall of 2012, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 trucks or more. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies' desire to participate, CarriersEdge 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 - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
  • Fleet safety record

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.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: "It's a pleasure to report that we had a 50% increase in nominations and participation for the fifth anniversary of the program. Clearly, being named a Best Fleet to Drive For® is a prestigious title that is motivating companies to constantly raise the bar on the offerings they provide their truck drivers."

The Yanke Group of Companies, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, holds the distinction of being the only company to be named a Best Fleet for all five years since the program was launched. "I think that's a real achievement, considering how much we've seen fleets improve their programs since we started," said TCA President Chris Burruss. "It's very difficult to get named a Best Fleet to begin with, let alone remain on the list for five consecutive years!"

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 3-6, 2013, at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd.
    Breslau, Ontario
  • Erb Group of Companies
    New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers
    Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc.
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gordon Trucking
    Pacific, Washington
  • Grand Island Express
    Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc.
    Superior, Wisconsin
  • Landstar
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Load One, LLC
    Taylor, Michigan
  • Motor Carrier Services, Inc
    Northwood, OH
  • Paramount Freight Systems
    Ft. Myers, Florida
  • Sammons Trucking
    Missoula, Montana
  • Spirit Truck Lines
    San Juan, Texas
  • Steed Standard Transport Ltd.
    Stratford, Ontario
  • Steelman Transportation
    Springfield, Missiyru
  • Tennant Truck Lines
    Orion, Illinois
  • TimeLine Logistic International
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Trimac Transportation
    Calgary, Alberta/Houston, Texas
  • WTI Transport
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Yanke Group of Companies
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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

  • Celadon Canada
    Kitchener, Ontario
  • Farm2Fleet
    Gibson City, Illinois
  • Freight Exchange of North America, LLC
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Prime, Inc.
    Springfield, Missouri
  • Transpro Freight Systems Ltd.
    Milton, Ontario

Download the final results booklet

2012 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 6th, 2012 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Motor Carrier Service, Inc. and Paramount Freight Systems Are Overall Winners of 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For®

Both fleets incorporate driver feedback into company operating procedures to ensure the best possible working environment

Kissimmee, Florida - March 6, 2012 - This morning, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge named the overall winners of the fourth annual Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest. Motor Carrier Service, Inc. (MCS) of Northwood, Ohio, was selected as the Best Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh Canada, Ltd. For the second year in a row, Paramount Freight Systems (PFS) of Ft. Myers, Florida, was selected as the Best Fleet for Owner Operators.

Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

Both companies received their awards on March 6, 2012, as part of the TCA Annual Convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

Motor Carrier Service, Inc., like most carriers, measures driver performance as a routine part of daily operations. However, unlike other fleets - where evaluation methods are created at the management level and then communicated to the drivers - MCS actively solicits its drivers' feedback up front. For example, drivers were recently asked what they should measured on and which factors they believe are less useful indicators of performance. When they suggested that truck cleanliness and driver attitude be taken into consideration, MCS incorporated these measurements into the overall evaluation procedure. The result was a resounding success that "changed things dramatically," according to Keith Tuttle, president. He continued, "The process resulted in better understanding between management and drivers - especially when it became clear that both groups agreed!"

MCS drivers also provide integral feedback via a Driver Liaison Committee that reviews company policies and makes recommendations for changes and future programs. At twice-yearly safety meetings held in conjunction with driver rodeos, the Committee watches as fellow drivers are randomly selected to perform maneuvers. The Committee suggests improvements, offers advice, and helps their fellow drivers understand how local and national regulations might apply to the situation at hand. This type of driver-to-driver feedback has proven to be highly effective for MCS, moving the focus of the safety meeting from a passive listening situation to an active skill-building scenario.

Paramount Freight Systems continues to build on the outstanding workplace environment for which it was recognized last year. Like Motor Carrier Service, Inc., it maintains a committee of drivers who provide their input on company policies and procedures. It also uses a "buddy program" to pair experienced contractors with those just starting out. Both programs are fairly common in carriers that employ company drivers, but are somewhat unusual for an all-owner-operator fleet.

PFS has been reaching out to new drivers through social media. Early on, it embraced social media tools and now runs an aggressive and effective social media campaign that includes Facebook and Twitter. The company says it has hired 25 new owner operators as a direct result of its social media posts.

In general, drivers leased to the company seem content. One driver wrote: "Paramount has great runs, and they get me home weekly so I can be a mother and still have a good paying job. They are really focused on hiring women and have always done what they said they are going to do. The operations department is helpful and friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to help out owner operators. With the high price of parts, the parts discounts they offer are saving me thousands of dollars each year. Paramount is truly a class act and second to none."

This opinion seems to reflect the feelings of most of the drivers leased to PFS, as the company enjoys a very low driver turnover rate. In fact, 60% of its drivers have been with the company for more than five years. Of fleets operating in the United States, it has one of the highest percentages of drivers who have been with the company for 10 years or longer.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said, "Both of this year's overall winners are fairly small fleets of under 200 drivers each, yet they act like 'big companies' in terms of their driver outreach efforts, committees and programs. They are out there every day pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally thought of as a 'normal' program, and it's clearly working. It goes to show you don't have to be big to be progressive."

Gary Salisbury, outgoing chairman of TCA and the president and CEO of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Arkansas, agrees. "Motor Carrier Service, Inc. and Paramount Freight Systems dispel the myth that small companies can't compete with the big guys. No matter what your size, you can still create an outstanding work environment for your people."

The Best Fleet to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current HR best practices such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, safety record, etc.

For more information about the Best Fleets to Drive For® contest and survey, please visit www.BestFleetstoDriveFor.com.

Note: Publications that would like to receive a photograph of these companies accepting their awards should contact Michael Nellenbach at (703) 838-1950 or mnellenbach@truckload.org.

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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Motor Carrier Services, Inc.Motor Carrier Services, Inc.
    Location: Northwood, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 90
  • Paramount Freight SystemsParamount Freight Systems
    Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
    Drivers/Contractors: 138

On January 26th, 2012 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2012 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce Winners of Best Fleets to Drive For® Survey and Contest

2012 survey provides a valuable snapshot of the unique programs being offered by North America's most innovative fleets

Alexandria, Virginia - January 26, 2012 - After months of nominations, interviews and scoring, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are proud to announce the 2012 winners of Best Fleets to Drive For®, a survey and contest that identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year's winners are as follows:

  • Best Cartage - Kernersville, NC
  • Bison Transport - Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. - Clayton, AL
  • Celadon Canada - Kitchener, ON
  • D.J. Knoll Transportation - White City, SK
  • Don Hummer Trucking - Oxford, IA
  • Erb Group - New Hamburg, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers - Fremont, NE
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc. - Pacific, WA
  • Grand Island Express - Grand Island, NE
  • Kriska Holdings - Prescott, ON
  • Landstar System - Jacksonville, FL
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc. - Northwood, OH
  • Paramount Freight Systems - Ft. Myers, FL
  • Sammons Trucking - Missoula, MT
  • Steelman Transportation, Inc. - Springfield, MO
  • Tennant Truck Lines - Orion, Illinois
  • Trimac Transportation - Houston, TX / Calgary, AB
  • WTI Transport, Inc. - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Yanke Group - Saskatoon, SK

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

  • American Central Transport - Liberty, MO
  • Epes Transport System, Inc. - Greensboro, NC
  • Liberty Linehaul, Inc. - Ayr, ON
  • Melton Truck Lines - Tulsa, OK
  • TimeLine Logistic International - Saskatoon, SK

The nomination process for the fourth annual contest began in the fall of 2011, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 trucks or more. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies' desire to participate, CarriersEdge 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 - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
  • Fleet safety record

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.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: "For 2012, we saw a heightened level of interest from the nominated fleets. It seems that everybody wants to be named a Best Fleet to Drive For. Some folks even called us before we began interviewing just to double-check that we had their current contact information. It was the virtual equivalent of camping out overnight for concert tickets!"

TCA's leadership is not at all surprised by the fleets' enthusiasm. "We saw a 35 percent increase in the number of fleets that not only agreed to participate, but completed all their interviews and paperwork on time to make it to the final segment of the competition," said Gary Salisbury, TCA's 2011-12 chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., Hope, Arkansas. "But I have to say it's not easy to become a Best Fleet... it takes serious thinking outside the box and a willingness to do whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for your drivers."

The best practices that surfaced from this year's winning fleet interviews indicate trends that many in the trucking industry will want to note. For example, more fleets seem to be offering drivers profit sharing as part of their compensation packages. Also, fleets appear to be replacing their traditional safety-based bonus systems for more comprehensive programs. Although safety is still a critical component, today's drivers are also being rewarded for their performance in areas like fuel efficiency, on-time deliveries, maintaining current training, etc.

The survey found that company drivers are driving the same number of miles and earning about the same income as last year. For owner operators, miles are also flat, but income has increased by a scant five percent. "One might think that as the economy improves, a driver might earn more, but, surprisingly, these statistics appear to show otherwise," commented Murrell. "Fortunately, the drivers at our winning fleets still have high driver satisfaction levels, as a result of well-balanced program offerings."

When it comes to continuing education, today's drivers seem to have many different and more flexible options than in the past. Nearly half of the fleets surveyed said they are offering tuition reimbursement for drivers who take accounting, management, or similar programs at a college. They are also making a better effort to send drivers to conferences and trade shows and to help them earn various professional accreditations.

Now that the winners have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 4-7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida.

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 the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

  • Best Cartage
    Kernersville, NC
  • Bison Transport
    Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Trucking
    Clayton, AL
  • Celadon Canada
    Kitchener, ON
  • D.J. Knoll
    White City, SK
  • Don Hummer Trucking
    Oxford, IA
  • Erb Group of Companies
    New Hamburg, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers
    Fremont, NE
  • Gordon Trucking
    Pacific, WA
  • Grand Island Express
    Grand Island, NE
  • Kriska Holdings
    Prescott, ON
  • Landstar System, Inc.
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Motor Carrier Services, Inc.
    Northwood, OH
  • Paramount Freight Systems
    Ft. Myers, FL
  • Sammons Trucking
    Missoula, MT
  • Steelman Transportation
    Springfield, MO
  • Tennant Truck Lines
    Orion, IL
  • Trimac Transportation
    Houston, TX/Calgary, AB
  • WTI Transport
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Yanke Group of Companies
    Saskatoon, SK

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

  • American Central Transport
    Liberty, MO
  • Epes Transport System, Inc.
    Greensboro, NC
  • Liberty Linehaul
    Ayr, ON
  • Melton Truck Lines
    Tulsa, OK
  • TimeLine Logistic International
    Saskatoon, SK

Download the final results booklet

2011 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 15th, 2011 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., and Paramount Freight Systems Named Overall Winners of 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For®

Third annual survey and contest recognizes best workplaces for truck drivers

San Diego, CA - March 15, 2011 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), an organization dedicated to representing the interests of truckload carriers, and CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, are pleased to announce the overall winners of the third annual Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest. Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. (FCC) of Fremont, Nebraska, was selected as the Best Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. Paramount Freight Systems (PFS) of Ft. Myers, Florida, was selected as the Best Fleet for Owner Operators.

Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

Both companies were officially presented with their awards on March 15, 2011, as part of the TCA Annual Convention at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and San Diego Convention Center in California.

In 2009, when the first Best Fleets to Drive For® program was launched, Fremont Contract Carriers was named the overall winner in the "Over 100 Power Units" category (the contest no longer classifies carriers by size). Today, the company continues to excel, boasting one of the most comprehensive bonus programs of any fleet in the 2011 survey. FCC rewards its drivers for mile production, customer service (on-time performance), fuel performance, minimizing out-of-route miles, and company profitability, in addition to the standard safety and referral bonuses. It balances compensation with strong driver/dispatcher relations, solid maintenance programs, and continuing investments in safety technology.

As one of FCC's drivers commented: "Every time I think about the grass being greener elsewhere, all I have to do is make a mental checklist of the things I want out of a company. FCC has nearly all of them. Definitely more than any other company I have worked for or am familiar with."

Paramount Freight Systems stands out because of the exceptional way the company takes care of its independent contractors. In addition to providing steady miles and home time, PFS also serves its owner operator partners by providing a range of different insurance options at reasonable rates, quarterly surveys to collect input on the effectiveness of company programs, and an innovative "buddy" system that ensures a smooth transition for new contractors.

As the company's nominating contractor stated: "They are a 100% owner operator company that knows how to treat owner ops. Dispatch is pro-driver and gets it done. They have 120 trucks, and everyone I talk to gets the miles and home time they need and want."

The Best Fleet to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated against a broad range of criteria reflecting current human resources best practices, such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said, "The 2011 overall winners of this contest are clearly doing all the right things to provide a desirable workplace for their company drivers and owner operators. The testimonials that were collected through our survey demonstrate that despite a recession, innovation and high standards can still attract and retain satisfied drivers."

John Kaburick, outgoing chairman of TCA and the president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company, Salem, Illinois, said, "All twenty of the companies named as Best Fleets winners in January have outstanding driver programs, but FCC and PFS, in particular, have risen above the rest. We are pleased to be able to honor them for excellence within the trucking industry."

About Truckload Carriers Association
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.

About CarriersEdge
CarriersEdge is the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

About Marsh, Inc.
Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk adviser, has over 24,000 employees and provides advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a member of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services firm with over 50,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue of $10 billion, which is also the parent company of Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of HR and related financial advice and services; and Oliver Wyman, the management consultancy. Its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago and London stock exchanges.

  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Location: Fremont, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 289
  • Paramount Freight SystemsParamount Freight Systems
    Location: Ft. Myers, Florida
    Drivers/Contractors: 122

On February 10th, 2011 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

TCA Announces 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For®

Twenty companies are recognized for having the best workplaces for truck drivers; five upcoming companies are identified as "Best Fleets to Watch"

Alexandria, VA - February 10, 2011 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Best Fleets to Drive For®, a survey and contest that identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Twenty companies are being recognized this year:

  • 1st Express, Inc. - Toledo, OH
  • Best Cartage - Kernersville, NC
  • Bison Transport - Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. - Clayton, AL
  • Con-way Truckload - Joplin, MO
  • Dart Transit Company - Eagan, MN
  • Don Hummer Trucking - Oxford, IA
  • Erb Group - New Hamburg, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers - Fremont, NE
  • Kennesaw Transportation - Rydal, GA
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking - Breslau, ON
  • MacKinnon Transport - Guelph, ON
  • Paramount Freight Systems - Ft. Myers, FL
  • Pride Transport, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Schneider National - Green Bay, WI
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc. - Northwood, OH
  • Trimac Transportation - Houston, TX
  • Vedder Transportation Group - Abbotsford, BC
  • WTI Transport, Inc. - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Yanke Group - Saskatoon, SK

In addition, five companies have been identified as "Fleets to Watch" (honorable mentions) for making rapid progress toward an outstanding driver workplace:

  • Drive Logistics - Windsor, ON
  • Hueneman Trucking - Garner, IA
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. - Orion, IL
  • Spirit Truck Lines, Inc. - San Juan, TX
  • Turk Enterprises - St. Andrews, MB

The nomination process for the third annual contest began in the fall of 2010, when company drivers and owner operators were asked to nominate carriers that operate 10 trucks or more. After confirming the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies' desire to participate, CarriersEdge 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 - including base pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick day allotment
  • Health benefits
  • Pension plans
  • Professional development opportunities (training, coaching programs, etc.)
  • Career path/advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to employee personal growth, including work/life balance, driver family support, and employee-directed charitable contributions
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, including dispute resolution processes and inclusion of driver feedback in policymaking
  • Team building and driver community development activities
  • Annual driver turnover rate and efforts to improve
  • Fleet safety record

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 20 winners and five honorable mentions.

"We were pleased to see that for 2011, drivers nominated 30 percent more fleets over last year. Also, fleet participation [fleets who agreed to participate in the phone interviews] went up by over 80 percent", said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. "We had a much higher level of interest, especially from first-timers."

TCA attributes this heightened interest to more awareness of the Best Fleets program. John Kaburick, chairman of TCA and president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company, Salem, Illinois, said: "After each contest and survey cycle, we compile and widely publicize the best practices of each winning fleet. The results are a snapshot of excellence. It's only natural for drivers and fleets to want to be a part of this".

The best practices culled from this year's winning fleet interviews indicate some interesting new trends that barely appeared on last year's survey. For example, social networking has become prominent in trucking. A number of fleets have Facebook groups that serve as a foundation for their recruiting efforts online. The benefit is that drivers do much of the recruiting work by answering questions about the company and providing testimonials. Twitter has also emerged as a popular tool, primarily for sharing just-in-time information about weather conditions, traffic, and company activities.

Some fleets also said they are incorporating Google's Street View technology into their standard operating procedures. Street View is used for route planning, and some carriers are making it a normal part of ramping up new customers because they can check out all of the places their trucks will be driving without having to go in person first. Both the Satellite Maps and Street View technologies are also becoming key tools for accident investigations and are quite useful for understanding why collisions took place and what can be done to avoid them in the future.

CarriersEdge noticed another technology appear on this year's survey results: vehicles that are powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas). A few fleets have made the leap to LNG, which is environmentally friendly and easily renewable, while others said they are evaluating it right now. "While a lot of larger fleets are getting on board with it, we're also seeing interest (and purchases) in some smaller fleets as well", said Murrell.

Now that the top 20 finalists have been named, the next phase of the contest is to announce the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers, sponsored by Marsh, Inc. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 13-16, 2011, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and Convention Center in San Diego, California.

About CarriersEdge
CarriersEdge is the leading provider of online driver quality improvement solutions. Comprised of online testing, training and reporting tools, along with expert business analysis and consulting services, CarriersEdge allows trucking companies to improve business performance by improving driver quality, and do so without the compromises required by traditional alternatives.

About Truckload Carriers Association
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.

About Marsh, Inc.
Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk adviser, has over 24,000 employees and provides advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a member of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global professional services firm with over 50,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue of $10 billion, which is also the parent company of Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of HR and related financial advice and services; and Oliver Wyman, the management consultancy. Its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago and London stock exchanges.

  • 1st Express
    Toledo, OH
  • Best Cartage
    Kernersville, NC
  • Bison Transport
    Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Trucking
    Clayton, AL
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking
    Breslau, ON
  • Con-way Truckload
    Joplin, MO
  • Dart Transit Company
    Eagan, MN
  • Don Hummer Trucking
    Oxford, IO
  • Erb Group of Companies
    New Hamburg, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers
    Fremont, NE
  • Kennesaw Transportation
    Rydal, GA
  • Mackinnon Transport
    Guelph, ON
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc
    Northwood, OH
  • Paramount Freight Systems
    Ft. Myers, FL
  • Pride Transport
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Schneider National
    Green Bay, WI
  • Trimac Transportation
    Houston, TX
  • Vedder Transportation
    Abbotsford, BC
  • WTI Transport
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Yanke Group of Companies
    Saskatoon, SK

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

  • Drive Logistics
    Windsor, ON
  • Hueneman Farms
    Garner, IA
  • Spirit Truck Lines
    San Juan, TX
  • Tennant Truck Lines
    Orion, IL
  • Turk Enterprises
    St. Andrews, MB

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2010 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 2nd, 2010 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2010 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Boyd Bros. Transportation and Dart Transit Company Named Overall Winners of 2010 Best Fleets to Drive For®

Annual survey and contest recognizes best workplaces for truck drivers

Las Vegas, Nevada - March 2, 2010 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), an organization dedicated to representing the interests of truckload carriers, and CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, have announced the overall winners of the second annual Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest: Boyd Bros. Transportation of Clayton, Alabama, was selected as Best Fleet for Company Drivers, and Dart Transit Company of Eagan, Minnesota, was selected as Best Fleet for Owner Operators.

Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

Both companies were officially presented with their awards at the TCA Annual Convention, February 28-March 3, 2010, at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas.

Boyd Bros. Transportation won in its category for demonstrating solid and consistent results across a variety of areas. The company has invested in a simulator to help drivers learn and/or improve safe driving techniques, developed a mentoring program tied to the usage of the simulator, and established a benchmarking program to track and manage driver performance on the road. It utilizes structured performance reviews to ensure that new hires transition smoothly, consults with a driver advisory board to guide company policy, and offers a variety of educational and career development opportunities. It also maintains a formal wellness program and provides the services of a company chaplain, who conveniently doubles as a certified financial planner.

"The Boyd family has always listened to our drivers. We want to address their needs in every possible aspect of their lives, from instilling safe driving habits, to helping maintain their health, to ensuring their financial stability," said Richard Bailey, president. "It's good to know from receiving this recognition that our drivers recognize our efforts and are happy driving for us."

Dart Transit Company stands out because of its commitment to helping owner operators do the right thing, and do it profitably. The company has arranged a large selection of different insurance options for their owner operators and has used its size to arrange group discounts. It uses the same approach for fuel, parts, and maintenance discounts, making it easier for Dart operators to keep costs down and profits up. To ensure that owner operators understand the importance of those fundamentals, Dart offers a "Keys to Profitability and Success" workshop that teaches new independent contractors about the business side of trucking. When it comes to the environment, Dart has patented a new trailer design that allows each truck to haul 10% more by weight, improving fleet fuel efficiency and reducing the overall carbon footprint.

When he was told that his company has been named Best Fleet for Owner Operators, Dart Transit Chairman Don Oren said, "That's terrific! At Dart, everyone who comes in contact with our owner operators—not just fleet managers, but accountants, permit people, you name it—has genuine respect for them. Actually, I'd say it's beyond respect; it's really more like admiration. So we're thrilled to hear that our efforts are succeeding. We will continue to do everything possible to maintain a strong working relationship with each and every one of our contractors."

The Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more. Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated in areas such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said, "In January, we announced the names of the 17 winning fleets for 2010. All of them demonstrated excellence, but Boyd Bros. and Dart Transit really stood out. Their programs are outstanding, and their drivers and owner operators seem very content. They speak highly about these carriers."

Kevin Burch, TCA's outgoing chairman, said, "We're pleased to recognize this year's overall winners for the innovative components of their driver programs. Their safety, retention, and driver survey results all demonstrate that the investments are paying off."

Best Fleets to Drive For® is supported by its two official media partners—Ramp Media Group, publisher of Over the Road and Pro Trucker magazines, in the U.S. and Over the Road magazine in Canada.

  • Boyd Bros. TruckingBoyd Bros. Trucking
    Location: Clayton, AL
    Drivers/Contractors: 627
  • Dart Transit CompanyDart Transit Company
    Location: Eagan, MN
    Drivers/Contractors: 2448

On January 27th, 2010 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2010 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

TCA Announces 2010 Best Fleets to Drive For®

Seventeen companies are recognized for having best workplaces for truck drivers; top category winners to be announced in March

Alexandria, VA - January 27, 2010 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), in conjunction with CarriersEdge, is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest:

  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Transportation, Clayton, AL
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking, Breslau, ON
  • CalArk Trucking, Mabelvale, AR
  • Central Hauling, Mabelvale, AR
  • Coastline Transport, Fowler, CA
  • Con-Way Truckload, Joplin, MO
  • Dart Transit Company, Eagan, MN
  • Don Hummer Trucking, Oxford, IA
  • Kennesaw Transportation, Rydal, GA
  • Laidlaw Carriers Van, Guelph, ON
  • MacKinnon Transport, Guelph, ON
  • Melton Truck Lines, Tulsa, OK
  • MSM Transportation, Bolton, ON
  • Schneider National, Green Bay, WI
  • Shulist Trucking, Maple, ON
  • Yanke Group of Companies, Saskatoon, SK

Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. To qualify, carriers operating 10 trucks or more had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). CarriersEdge conducted the survey and compiled the research data, evaluating each nominee on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers.

"This is the second time the survey has been conducted, and the data that has emerged from it has been very useful to the industry in terms of identifying trends and where things are headed," said Chris Burruss, TCA's president.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, agreed, adding, "For example, the survey reveals that fleet sizes went down overall last year, but a number of the Best Fleets actually grew in size. Many of the Best Fleets also took advantage of low prices and interest rates to invest in new equipment."

Murrell said many drivers noted that the biggest area to get cut last year was employer matching 401(k) and RSPs. Many fleets dropped their employer match altogether, while those who kept it generally lowered the matching rate, he said.

Drivers also said that their fleets are continuing to invest in green technology, even though fuel prices have stabilized. "More and more bonus programs seem to be tied directly to environmental initiatives like fuel efficiency and idle time," Murrell stated.

In addition to industry trends, the survey also provided a glimpse into some of the most innovative programs carriers are operating to recruit and retain drivers. Notable company initiatives include Don Hummer Trucking's quilting club, through which drivers fill some idle time making quilts that are later raffled or donated to charity; Bison Transport's extensive corporate intranet, which allows drivers' family members to login and see their satellite position; Boyd Bros. Transportation's seasonally adjusted mileage-based bonus program; and Kennesaw Transportation's starting pay program, which is based on the driver's longevity at his previous employer.

In March, TCA will announce the names of the highest scoring fleets from each of two categories: Best Fleet for Owner Operators and Best Fleet for Company Drivers. These overall winners will be recognized at the TCA Annual Convention, February 28 – March 3, 2010, at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Bison Transport
    Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyd Bros. Trucking
    Clayton, AL
  • Brian Kurtz Trucking
    Breslau, ON
  • Cal-Ark Transport
    Mabelvale, AR
  • Central Hauling
    Little Rock, AR
  • Coastline Transport
    Fowler, CA
  • Con-way Truckload
    Joplin, Missouri
  • Dart Transit Company
    Eagan, MN
  • Don Hummer Trucking
    Oxford, Iowa
  • Kennesaw Transport
    Rydal, GA
  • Laidlaw Carriers Van
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Mackinnon Transport
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Melton Truck Lines
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • MSM Transportation
    Brampton, ON
  • Schneider National
    Green Bay, WI
  • Shulist Logistics
    King City, Ontario
  • Yanke Group of Companies
    Saskatoon, SK

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2009 Best Fleets To Driver For

On March 10th, 2009 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2009 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Fremont Contract Carriers and Wannemacher Enterprises Applauded as Best Fleets to Drive For®

Orlando, Florida - March 10, 2009 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), an organization dedicated to representing the interests of truckload carriers, and CarriersEdge, the leading provider of online driver improvement programs, have announced the winners of the first annual Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest: Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. of Fremont, Nebraska, was selected in the category for fleets with over 100 power units, and Wannemacher Enterprises of Lima, Ohio, was selected in the category for fleets with under 100 power units.

Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. Nominated carriers are evaluated on the range and depth of offered programs, the overall effectiveness of those programs across key metrics, and the responses of surveyed drivers. The top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For®, and the highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

Both companies were officially presented with their awards at the TCA Annual Convention, March 8-11, 2009, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando.

Fremont Contract Carriers (FCC), which operates 312 trucks out of Fremont, Nebraska, won its category with a range of programs closely aligned to driver needs. For this fleet, investments in technology to improve safety and efficiency, along with profit sharing, driver wellness, and flexible performance rewards, combined to deliver strong results in safety, retention and overall driver satisfaction.

"We're honored to be named Best Fleet to Drive For in the over 100 power units category," said Mike Herre, president. "FCC strives to promote a high quality work environment for our drivers, and we're very pleased to be recognized for that."

Wannemacher Enterprises, which operates 56 trucks out of Lima, Ohio, won its category through a combination of innovative programs, such as its public safety video series – ongoing videos that address general issues of road safety and are aired as a public service on local television stations. The program has helped Wannemacher drivers maintain a safety focus, while extending the Wannemacher brand and promoting the trucking industry in general as a partner in safety.

"Being selected as the Best Fleet to Drive For in the under 100 power units category is a real honor," said Greg Wannemacher, president. "We're not a big company, but we try to do creative things to keep drivers engaged and move the industry forward."

The Best Fleets to Drive For® survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more (whether TCA members or not). Fleets had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers (either a company driver or an owner operator). Nominated fleets were evaluated in areas such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, safety record, etc.

"All of the 2009 Best Fleets to Drive For® demonstrate that companies of all sizes are offering great experiences for their drivers," said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. "However, Fremont Contract Carriers and Wannemacher Enterprises went well beyond, with outstanding programs and unmistakable results."

Deborah Sparks, TCA's spokesperson, agrees. "These companies are great examples of the many outstanding workplaces in the North American trucking industry," she said. "Both companies should be applauded for finding innovative ways to serve the needs of their drivers."

  • Wannemacher Enterprises, IncWannemacher Enterprises, Inc
    Location: Lima, Ohio
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Location: Fremont, NE
  • Batesville Logistics
    Batesville, Indiana
  • Celadon Trucking Services
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Con-Way Truckload
    Joplin, Missouri
  • Creekbank Transport
    Mississauga, Ontario
  • Dart Transit Company
    Eagan, Minnesota
  • Don Hummer Trucking Corporation
    Oxford, Iowa
  • Erb International
    New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Fremont, Nebraska
  • Hi-Tech Express
    Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Hueneman Farms Trucking
    Garner, Iowa
  • Kindersley Transport Ltd.
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Laidlaw Carriers Van LP
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Mackinnon Transport
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Melton Truck Lines
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Pottles Transportation
    Herman, Maine
  • Shulist Trucking Ltd.
    King City, Ontario
  • TransX Group of Companies
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Tri-Alexander Transportation
    Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Wannemacher Enterprises, Inc
    Lima, Ohio
  • Yanke Group of Companies
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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