The results are in, and the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge of Markham, Ontario, announced 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:
- Drive Logistics, Windsor, Ontario
- Erb Group of Companies, New Hamburg, 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 or more trucks. 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.
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.