Fleet Focus: Con-way Freight, Western Express, Estes

Overdrive

Jul 17, 2015

In this era of tight shipping capacity and driver shortages, Ross Reynolds certainly sounds like someone worth retaining. The Con-way Freight driver, based at the company’s terminal in Tucson, Ariz., was named the winner of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s first International Driver Excellence Award, a new annual award that recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver.   Reynolds, who has driven more than 2 million miles over nearly 40 years without an accident, has been driving trucks since 1978 and has spent the last 29 years working for Con-way Freight, where he has received numerous awards and accolades. He also was a finalist for the American Trucking Associations’ Americas Road Team for three consecutive years. Reynolds also placed in the top four of every Arizona State Truck Driving Championship from 2001 to 2010.   Another company that knows the value of its drivers is Western Express Inc., which is equipping most of its tractors with in-cab satellite TV packages from EpicVue. The Nashville, Tenn.-based fleet is rolling out the systems in 1,600 tractors in its truckload dry van and flatbed divisions – EpicVue’s largest single fleet installation to date.   “Our drivers are on the road for seven to 14 days on average, so we wanted to give them one of the creature comforts they have at home,” said Robert Stachura, chief operating officer. Western Express is planning to install the satellite antennas, DVRs and 24-inch flatscreen TVs in 150 to 200 tractors per week and plans to complete the installations by September. Afterward, the carrier will evaluate whether to install EpicVue in its 800 power units used in regional and dedicated operations.   Finally, trying to do its part to get more freight on the road is Richmond, Va.-based Estes Express Lines, which recently opened a new terminal in Norristown, Pa., to accommodate increased demand for the less-than-truckload company’s services in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Located near Interstate 476, I-276, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. 202, the Norristown terminal provides 44 doors and is the eighth Estes facility in the Philadelphia area.   “Norristown sits at the junction of a major highway network in the Philadelphia region, and the new terminal will help us continue to meet our customers’ growing needs,” said Steve Smitherman, Estes’ director of operations planning. “The Norristown terminal will help Estes manage an increased workload while continuing to serve our customers with dependability and excellence throughout the region.”   See Original Article Image Credit: Conway Freight
Nussbaum Transportation and Prime Inc., were named the Best Overall Fleet in their respective categories in the Truckload Carriers Associations’ 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For Contest.   Hudson, Illinois-based Nussbaum took top honors in the small carrier category and Springfield, Missouri-based Prime received the honor for the large carrier category. Prime and Nussbaum have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.   Nussbaum operates a fleet of 400 tractors, combining both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. The company scored high in several categories including having an industry leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple, effective driver outreach schedule and a formal career path and certification program.   Prime’s fleet includes 7,200 tractors, but was noted for maintaining a personal touch despite it’s size. The company hosts a variety of committees, social groups and educational offerings, providing contractors with a range of options for personal and professional development. New for this year, the company implemented a new program in partnership with Missouri Good Dads, to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.   Both companies were also noted for their safety and retention numbers as well as satisfaction scores well above 90%.   “For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge chief executive officer. “Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it’s easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they’re achieving such stellar results.”   Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey, now in its 11th year, that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.   From the nominated fleets, the top 20 finishers are identified as the Best Fleets to Drive For and are then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.   The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. The award is offered in partnership with CarriersEdge and is co-sponsored by DMC Insurance and EpicVue.   “Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game,” said John Lyboldt, TCA president. “It’s imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor.”       https://www.truckinginfo.com/326830/nussbaum-prime-named-best-overall-in-tcas-best-fleets-to-drive-for