Past representatives of the Best Fleets to Drive For. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Past representatives of the Best Fleets to Drive For. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriesEdge have announced the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For, made up of 20 North American for-hire trucking companies recognized for providing exemplary work environments for drivers and other employees.

Two fleets, FTC Transportation and Halvor Lines, achieved the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list. Impressively, Motor Carrier Service, Fremont Contract Carriers, Landstar System, and Grand Island Express have appeared on the list consecutively more than five times.

“These companies represent the best of the best in truckload,” said TCA President John Lyboldt. “As industry innovators, they bring fresh ideas that not only create a desirable workplace for employees, but also propel trucking to exciting new terrains.”

To be considered for the program, companies operating 10 trucks or more must receive a nomination from at least one of their company drivers or owner-operators.

Once nominated, CarriersEdge interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets regarding their corporate direction, policies, and programs. It then evaluated the fleets against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportunities.

Driver feedback from each fleet was then compared with management’s and incorporated into the final score, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and honorable mentions.

From the list of the 20 Best Fleets to Drive For, TCA will divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large fleet categories from which two overall winners will be selected.

The overall winners will be announced during TCA’s Annual Convention, slated for March 26-29 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Here are the 2017 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For:

Bison Transport                Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Kriska Holdings Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Boyle Transportation Billerica, Mass. Landstar System Jacksonville, Fla.
Central Oregon Trucking Company Redmond, Ore. Maverick Transportation North Little Rock, Ark.
Challenger Motor Freight Inc. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada Motor Carrier Service Northwood, Ohio
Fremont Contract Carriers Fremont, Neb. Nussbaum Transportation Hudson, Ill.
FTC Transportation Oklahoma City, Okla. ONE For Freight Milton, Ontario, Canada
Garner Trucking Findlay, Ohio Prime Inc. Springfield, Mo.
Grand Island Express Grand Island, Neb. Smokey Point Distributing Arlington, Wash
Halvor Lines Superior, Wis. TLD Logistics Services Knoxville, Tenn.
Interstate Distributor Tacoma, Wash. TransPro Freight Systems Milton, Ontario, Canada

Five companies have also been identified as “Fleets to Watch” honorable mentions for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

Crete Carrier Lincoln, Neb.
Hirschbach Motor Lines Dubuque, Iowa
Kroon Brothers Transport Hanover, Penn.
Paper Transport De Pere, Wis.
Transport Corporation of America Eagan, Minn.