On Tuesday, a list of the 20 “best fleets to drive for” was published by the Truckloads Carriers Association, a trade association that represents nearly 700 companies working in and serving the truckload freight industry; and CarriesEdge, a provider of online driver training for the trucking industry.
The report recognizes 20 for-hire trucking companies that provide “exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and independent contractors.”
In order to qualify for the list, a company must be operating 10 or more trucks, and must have been nominated by at least one company driver or owner operator. CarriersEdge then interviews human resources representatives and executives about company policies and programs before scoring the fleets based on total compensation packages, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportunities.
Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge then compare driver feedback with comments from the management, and come up with a “final score,” which determines the year’s winners.
Here’s the companies that made the list of “best fleets to drive for” in 2018.
American Central Transport, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Bison Transport, Winnipeg, MB
Boyle Transportation, Billerica, MA
Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc., Redmond, OR
Challenger Motor Freight, Inc., Cambridge, ON
Erb Group, New Hamburg, ON
Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, NE
FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
Garner Trucking, Inc., Findlay, OH
Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, NE
Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, WI
Maverick Transportation, LLC, North Little Rock, AR
Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Northwood, OH
Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, IL
Prime Inc., Springfield, MO
Smokey Point Distributing, Arlington, WA
Thomas Keller Trucking, Defiance, OH
TLD Logistics Services, Inc., Knoxville, TN
TransPro Freight Systems, Ltd., Milton, ON
Veriha Trucking, Inc., Marinette, WI
Three of the Top 20 companies listed, Bison Transport, Central Oregon Truck Company, and TransPro Freight Systems, have made the list for five years in a row.
“It’s not easy to be named one of the Best Fleets to Drive For,” said Truckload Carriers Association President John Lyboldt.
“It simultaneously requires commitment to an individual carrier’s operations and a vision for the future of the industry as a whole.”
“The average satisfaction level among the Top 20 companies was over 90%, and the average turnover among these companies was under 40%,” added Jane Jazrawy, co-founder of CarriersEdge.
Despite the release of the list, phase two of the contest is still in progress. The highest scoring fleets will be divided into small and large fleet categories, and from there two overall winners will be selected.
The overall winners will be announced at the Truckload Carriers Association’s Annual Convention, which will be held March 25th-28th, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL.