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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2020 is September 13-19.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time to pause and reflect on the importance of truck drivers in keeping the country moving. Our everyday lives depend on them, especially their crucial role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Truck drivers transport food, clothing, electronics, medical supplies, construction materials, and just about everything else that we need. Without truck drivers, our world would come to a grinding halt. A truck driver is someone who performs a job that requires commitment, professionalism, safety awareness, and plenty of sacrifice that includes working long periods away from home and family. So next time you see a truck driver, say thank you.

For more ways to show your appreciation for truck drivers, visit the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driver Appreciation Week website.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2019 is September 8-14.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time to pause and reflect on the importance of truck drivers in keeping the country moving. Our everyday lives depend on them. The food on our table, the clothes on our back, the electronic gadgets in our hands, the construction materials for our buildings, roads, and bridges are all transported by truck. Without truck drivers, our world would come to a grinding halt. A truck driver is someone who performs a job that requires commitment, professionalism, safety awareness, and plenty of sacrifice that includes working long periods away from home and family. So next time you see a truck driver, say thank you.

There are many ways to show thanks to truck drivers. The Washington Trucking Associations is honoring truck drivers by hosting several events during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The following is a list of events where you can stop by for some breakfast or lunch with truck drivers and have a chance to say, “Hello, thanks for all you do.”

Monday, September 9

Scatter Creek Rest Area (just north of exit 88 on I-5)

Breakfast provided by Cattleman’s Food Truck & BBQ lunch provided by Foster Farms & DSU Peterbilt & GMC, Inc.

Tuesday, September 10

Bow Hill Scale House

Food Trucks Sponsored by Kam-Way Transportation & Ludtke Pacific Trucking, Inc.

Thursday, September 12

Spokane

Exact location & Food Trucks TBD, Breakfast catered by Jaunderfull Edibles

Friday, September 13

Grandview Scale House

Food Trucks TBD, Breakfast catered by Jaunderfull Edibles

 

Details for all events

Breakfast is 6 to 9 a.m.

Lunch is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

For more information about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week please visit the American Trucking Associations website.

For more information about the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week events in Washington State, please visit the Washington Trucking Associations.

The Champions for 2019!

The competition was explosive at the Washington Trucking Associations’ Truck and Step Van Driving Championships on June 22nd in Tacoma. The champions will go to the national event, August 14-17, 2019, in Pittsburgh, PA. Over 430 of the nation’s best and safest drivers will be competing in front of thousands of fans for top recognition in eight classes. The event has a long history – going back to 1937 when it was the National Truck Roadeo. All events are free to observers so if you want an excuse to visit Pittsburgh, here’s your chance to support our drivers.

Washington’s list of champions:

Grand Champion: Gary Herrygers, The Boeing Company

 

Rookie of the Year: Danny Ross, Safeway

 

Pre-trip: David Turley, Old Dominion Freight Line

 

And for the events:

Class/Place Driver Company
3 Axle
1st Chris Poynor XPO Logistics
2nd Robert Ludington Reddaway
3rd Fabien Boucher The Boeing Company
4 Axle
1st Tim Davis Peninsula Truck Lines
2nd Raymond Kerr Reddaway
3rd Daniel Crawford Fed Ex Freight
5 Axle
1st Gary Herrygers The Boeing Company
2nd Arlie Fase Old Dominion Freight Line
3rd Jack Lakey Old Dominion Freight Line
Flatbed
1st David Turley Old Dominion Freight Line
2nd Jeffrey Maas The Boeing Company
3rd Joshua Hicks Old Dominion Freight Line
Sleeper
1st Russell Miller Safeway
2nd Robert Yun The Boeing Company
3rd Nicholas Barrett Old Dominion Freight Line
StepVan
1st Cedric Pack Fed Ex Freight
2nd Joshua Pabst Fed Ex Ground
3rd Pete Colantes Fed Ex Express
Straight
1st Clint Anderson Fed Ex Express
2nd Julie Young Reddaway
3rd Roman Kilinkardis Fed Ex Freight
Tanker
1st Michael Mygatt The Boeing Company
2nd Victor Skoglund Fed Ex Freight
3rd Danny Ross Safeway
Twins
1st David Sutton Oak Harbor Freight Lines
2nd David Faust Old Dominion Freight Line
3rd Russell Ramirez Old Dominion Freight Line

On Your Marks! Get Set for the 2019 Truck Driving Championships!

The Truck Driving and Step Van Driving Championships will roll in Tacoma on June 22nd. Enjoy the fun and high energy excitement as Washington’s best drivers compete for spots in the national event in Pittsburgh. Last year, nearly 100 professional drivers across 9 truck classes competed for the top scores in the written test, pre-trip inspection, and skills courses. Bring your families and friends to support the drivers and the industry’s commitment to safety. And check out the trucks!

No registration is necessary for spectators – it’s free to attend!

You can also join the dedicated volunteers who make this amazing event happen by helping them set up the course or serve as a timekeeper or judge.

Make sure to stop by the TIRES tent to say hi and test your skills on our training simulations. Take some free injury prevention materials for your next safety meetings or trainings. We will also have mountains of fresh, hot, buttery popcorn to make your taste buds explode! Hope to see you all there!

The competition will take place on June 22nd at Reddaway Trucking, 802 E. 11th Street, Tacoma, WA (map).

Drivers report at 7am and the course will start around 10am.

To register, volunteer, or get other information about the event, please email mike@watrucking.org or contact the Washington Trucking Associations office at (253) 838-1650.

Thank You, Truck Drivers! National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 9-15

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2018National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time to pause and reflect on the importance of truck drivers in keeping the country moving. Our everyday lives depend on them. The food on our table, the clothes on our back, the electronic gadgets in our hands, the construction materials for our buildings, roads, and bridges all have to be transported by truck. Without truck drivers, our world would come to a grinding halt. A truck driver is someone who performs a job that requires commitment, professionalism, safety awareness, and plenty of sacrifices that include working long grueling hours to being away from home and family for many weeks at a time. So next time you see a truck driver, say thank you.

There are many ways to show thanks to truck drivers. The Washington Trucking Associations is honoring truck drivers by hosting a National Truck Drivers Appreciation Day event on September 11. The event will take place from 6am to 1pm at the Northbound Scatter Creek Rest Area (just north of exit 88 on I-5). Stop by for some breakfast or lunch with truck drivers and a chance to say “Hello, thanks for all you do.”

For more information about National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week please visit the American Trucking Associations website.

For more information about the National Truck Drivers Appreciation Day event in Washington, please visit the Washington Trucking Associations.

Safe Fleets, Safe Drivers – Here’s to the best of 2018

Captain Tom Foster of the Washington State Patrol, Frank Riordan, President of Washington Trucking Associations, Tammi Elliot for Walmart

Walmart Transportation, the Grand Champion, receiving their award.
From left to right: Captain Tom Foster of the Washington State Patrol, Frank Riordan, President of Washington Trucking Associations, Tammi Elliot for Walmart Transportation

Better injury rates and lower worker’s compensation costs aren’t the only thing Washington companies and drivers earn by working safe. They also get noticed! Each year awards for excellence are presented to winning fleets and drivers at the Day with the Winners. Plaques are provided by the Washington State Patrol in partnership with the Washington Trucking Associations and Great West Casualty.

Fleet awards recognize companies for their safety record and for achieving excellence during a 12 month period of operating commercial vehicles.

This year’s winning fleets are:

Ludtke Pacific Trucking Inc. for Common Carrier under 5 million miles

Oak Harbor Freight Lines for Common Carrier over 5 million miles

Central Washington Asphalt Inc. for Dump Truck Conference

Pepsi Northwest Beverages, LLC. for Private Carrier under 5 million miles

Walmart Transportation for Private Carrier over 5 million miles

Mitchell Bros Truck Line, Inc. for Intermodal Conference

 

Grand Champion for Fleet of the Year for 2018 is Walmart Transportation

These drivers are recognized for maintaining outstanding safety records during their driving careers. They are judged based on years in the industry, total number of miles driven, preventable accidents, moving violations, community involvement and other activities of the nominee.

Calvin Phillips, Central Washington Asphalt Inc. – Dump Truck Conference

Victor Cuellar, Ludtke Pacific Trucking Inc. – Common Carrier Conference

Russell Miller, Safeway – Private Carrier Conference

Safety Professional of the Year for 2018 is Jason McFadden, Ludtke Pacific Trucking, Inc.

Congratulations to all the individual drivers and companies that make safety a priority. We appreciate you!

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The Champions for 2018!

Darrell Shelton

Darrell Shelton, 2018 Grand Champion (photo courtesy Washington Trucking Associations, corrected 8/3/2018, 4:27 pm)

 

Washington Trucking Associations Truck and Step Van Driving Championships occurred June 23. Our champions will proceed to the national event, August 15-18, 2018 in Columbus, OH. Both events are free to observers so if you want an excuse to visit Ohio, here’s your chance to support Washington’s winning drivers.

Grand Champion and Pre-trip:
Darrell Shelton, FedEx Freight

Rookie of the Year: Keith Moorman, Old Dominion Freight Line

And now for the event winners:

Class/Place

Driver

Company

3 Axle
1st Tim Davis Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc.
2nd Chris Poynor XPO Logistics
3rd Robert Ludington Reddaway
4 Axle
1st Keith Moorman Old Dominion Freight Line
2nd Naim Mesan Old Dominion Freight Line
3rd Aaron Dent FedEx Freight
5 Axle
1st Victor Skoglund FedEx Freight
2nd Brian Brager Reddaway
3rd Robert Ness Safeway
Flatbed
1st Mike Mygatt The Boeing Co.
2nd Greg Unseth Safeway
3rd David Turley Old Dominion Freight Line
Sleeper
1st Roy Garcia Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc.
2nd Linda Nodland Ryder
3rd Gregory Luke Carlile
StepVan
1st Clint Anderson FedEx Express
2nd Cedric Pack FedEx Freight
3rd Jamie Mason FedEx Ground
Straight
1st Lance Anderson Columbia Distributing
2nd Jason Tschosik The Odom Corporation
3rd Bradley Medlock The Odom Corporation
Tanker
1st Russ Miller Safeway
2nd Chris Bates Mission Support Alliance
3rd Edwin Jeffries Safeway
Twins
1st Darrell Shelton Fed Ex Freight
2nd Josh Jenkins Peninsula Truck Lines, Inc.
3rd Johnny Malone Safeway

Congratulations to all the winners!

More information on the 2018 ATA National Truck Driving Championships & National Step Van Driving Championships.

 

 

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A Tribute to the Driver of the Year

 

By: Jena Cole

Joe Lee Brown

At the Day with the Winners event hosted by the Washington Trucking Associations, Joe Brown was recognized as the 2016 Common Carrier Driver of the Year.

According to Donna Hall, CDS, safety director for Dedicated Farms, LLC, Joe’s dedication to safety developed in the coal mines of Washington State before he became a truck driver. This dedication carried over into all he did – his 6 years of driving, with 2 years for Dedicated Farms, LLC, were accident-free. Ms. Hall shared that on May 14, 2017, he “died a hero.” The California Highway Patrol reported it appeared when Joe realized he was having a medical emergency; he pulled his truck to the side of the freeway where he passed away still buckled in his seatbelt. In his last moments, his concern was for others.

Ms. Hall shared some of the secrets to Joe’s success, “Safety was of the utmost importance to him. His truck was always above clean and in excellent working order. He never complained and if he saw a problem he let us know immediately in a respectful way, always offering a solution.”

Thank you, Mr. Brown for your hard work and dedication to safety. Our condolences to your friends, family and colleagues at Dedicated Farms LLC.

James Maltby Recognized with Patriotic Employer Award

By Jena Williams

Jim Maltby (left) is presented the Patriotic Employer Award by Gregg Bergstrom.

Jim Maltby (left) is presented the Patriotic Employer Award by Gregg Bergstrom.

The National Guard and military reserves are vital to the security or our nation. But as many reserve or guard soldiers will tell you, it can be tricky to schedule your day job around military service weekends. Sometimes those weekends can last 4 days; sometimes you can get called to active duty for a month or more. Understandably, this can make scheduling difficult for employers as well.

You might be thinking, “Isn’t it the law to allow employees to serve and isn’t their job protected?” The short answer to these questions is yes and yes. However, allowing and supporting do not mean the same thing. An employer that proactively supports the dedication of citizen soldiers is greatly appreciated.

James (Jim) Maltby, Director of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) at Lynden Incorporated, the parent company over all the Lynden companies, is one such employer. Jim was recently recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer. This award recognizes employers that give high levels of support to their employees who are part of America’s National Guard or military reserves.

Jim was nominated for the award by Gregg Bergstrom, the Safety Director of Lynden Air Freight Inc. Gregg is in the Army Reserves and said he appreciates the times when he had last minute or unexpected orders and Jim’s willingness to work with him on those. Gregg said, “Jim always asks what he can do to help and goes out of his way to support you so that you don’t have to worry about your regular work when you are gone.”

As a veteran of the Air Force with 12 years of service, Jim believes former military to be some of the best trained and hardest workers out there. He and the Lynden family of companies encourage former military to become truck drivers through the Troops to Truckers program and stay involved in events that support the troops.

Thank you Jim for your support of your employees’ service in the armed forces.

 

More about Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve: http://www.esgr.mil/Employer-Awards/ESGR-Awards-Programs.aspx

More information on Troops to Truckers: http://troopstotruckers.com/

When safety is a lifelong achievement

by Jena Williams

Mike Southards, Safety Director of Washington Trucking Associations

Mike Southards, Safety Director of Washington Trucking Associations

Because Mike Southards is a modest man, he did his best to refuse me an interview. I persisted. The Washington Trucking Associations (WTA) recently honored him with The Lifetime Achievement Award for Safety.

Years ago, Mike helped craft the award and determine its requirements so he claims he doesn’t qualify – that he was only doing his job, not doing anything extra like the other recipients.

Mike recalled former honoree Dave Kerns for his work training teens on visibility (or lack of) around trucks. Dave used to take a Haney big rig out to Yakima high schools, park a personal vehicle beside it and have the students climb in the truck to see how little there was to see. In many respects, Dave introduced the “No Zone Training” that is now known nationally. I wonder how many collisions were prevented and lives were saved by Dave’s work? Even though it is hard to quantify the impact on the lives of those teens, I’m sure most will agree that it was time well spent.

Mike described the efforts of Dennis Morgan to promote safety training from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI).  He was the first to attain their Certified Director of Safety (CDS).

He remembered Jack Morris of Great West Casualty Co. and his volunteer work teaching and supporting safety classes from NATMI.  Jack willingly presented safety to anyone who needed a speaker or presenter, whether or not they were clients. Jack’s career has been spent molding the safety directors who follow in his footsteps.

You see, the impacts of improving safety are often hard to quantify. Counting injuries that don’t happen and deaths that don’t occur is not the same as counting widgets sold. Yet without healthy trucking workers, widgets can’t get from point A to point B. I’m glad we are honoring those who have dedicated their lives to keeping these workers safe.

When Mike joined the WTA as Safety Director in 1999, he, like the others, committed himself to improving the safety, and thereby the profitability, of the trucking industry. He may think he was just doing his job, but the impacts of his commitment to safety are widespread.

Mike has had a big impact – in 2002, he worked alongside others in the WTA to protect the motoring public and carriers from the liability of an impaired driver by strengthening rules surrounding positive drug or alcohol tests (See Chapter 272 pg. 1260). In 2006, they proposed and attained legislation to maintain fairness in the industry and protect the motoring public by removing carriers that break the rules that everyone else abides by (See Chapter 327, pg. 1498). In 2007, Mike and the WTA worked to improve the training required to become a professional truck driver and hold a CDL. As Mike noted, no one can learn enough to earn a CDL in 8 hours. Drivers need to be trained well so they don’t find themselves in situations they aren’t prepared to handle (See Chapter 419 , pg. 1941). These are just a few examples of Mike’s commitment to safety.

Additionally, Mike has worked to create a relationship between the trucking industry and the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicles Unit that is unparalleled in any other state. There is an open-door policy between the two where the Commercial Vehicles Division Chief gives out his card to those in the industry and tells them to call with questions or concerns. Ask around and you’ll see this doesn’t happen in other states – which is why Chief Batiste awarded Mike the coveted “Chief’s Coin” twice for his contribution to this relationship.

Through Mike’s outgoing personality and gift for remembering faces, names, and details about people, he brings the local industry safety people together. Curt Burhenn, WTAs’ Safety Management Council Chairman shared that Mike knows EVERYONE in the industry and that Mike is a walking-talking Federal Regulations book. “He’s like the internet, only a phone call away. If Mike hears you have a problem you can’t figure out, he’ll put you in touch with someone who just went through it.” Mike has a way of brightening the gloomy environment and stressful atmosphere that sometimes surrounds safety professionals.

So, thank you Dave Kerns, Jack Morris, Dennis Morgan, Mike Southards and all the other leaders in safety who have invested your time and talents in making the trucking industry safe. It might not be the same as counting widgets, but you are making a difference to each and every one of us that goes home safe.