Con-Way Transportation Services, Inc., a subsidiary of CNF Inc., announced that its three less-than-truckload freight companies and six employees from those companies were honored for their safety records and practices.
At its annual safety awards banquet for the year 2005, the South Carolina Trucking Association awarded Con-Way Southern Express (CSE) first place in the General Commodities Local 2 million to 5 Million Miles Driven category. The company also was named overall winner for most improved safety record for 2005. Citing an already strong safety record, company officials said the award confirmed the positive growth of their safety program during 2005.
Three CSE driver sales representatives were also honored. Butch Matherson a 37-year trucker, who works out of the company’s service center in Augusta, Georgia was named driver of the month for April 2005. Matherson joined Con-Way in 1987. He has driven 1.3 million miles without an accident. A CSE President’s Club winner, Matherson is also a mentor and trainer for new drivers. Jake Tollison was named driver of the month for May. He joined CSE in 1987 and has a safety record of over 320,000 miles driven without an accident. An experienced driver, he joined the industry in 1965. He works out of the CSE service center in Greenville, SC. Willie Atkinson was named to the association’s 2006 road team which promotes highway safety through educational events held throughout the state. Atkinson joined the industry in 1988, joining CSE in 1993 and has driven over 608,000 miles without an accident. In 2003 he won first place in the state driving championships in the Twins class. He is based out of the company’s service center in Florence, SC.
For the third consecutive year the Michigan Trucking Association (MTA) named a Con-Way Central Express (CCX) driver sales representative as their driver of the year. Dave Scott, who works out of the company’s service center in Detroit, was also named their driver of the month for December 2005. An industry veteran with 14 years driving experience, Scott joined Con-Way in 1999 and has driven over 1.2 million miles without an accident. In 2005 he was named to the association’s road team of safety ambassadors. In 2003 and 2004 he placed first in the Michigan Truck Driving Championships, Tanker class. Company honors from the MTA went to CCX which received the Great West Casualty Safety award for highway safety in the General Commodities Division-Combined 10 Million Miles Plus.
The Ohio Trucking Association named Bruce Early as a driver of the month. He will receive his award on May 19 at the association’s annual banquet. A 37-year veteran of the trucking industry, Early has worked 22 years for Con-Way. In 1999 he won national champion driving honors in the 3-Axle class. He also placed first in the Straight Truck class in the 2004 Ohio driving competition. His accident-free driving miles total over 1 million.
The Missouri Motor Carriers Association, at their 59th annual awards luncheon in early March, named Con-Way Central Express the Grand Trophy Winner in their Fleet Safety contest. The contest was a competition among motor carrier fleets for the best ‘no accident’ record on a fleet-wide basis during 2004-2005. The company also won the Great West Casualty Safety award in the City Division for Outstanding Achievement in Highway Safety. CCX also received the Great West award for Outstanding Highway Safety in the Over the Road, Over 5 Million Miles category. The company was also named the association’s Overall Safety Winner for the year 2005.
At their spring conference, the Oregon Trucking Associations named Con-Way Western Express manager of safety, Jeff Turner, their Safety Professional of the Year. Turner was selected from a field of 25 other top rated trucking safety professionals. The award judges were from the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation. Turner is the only safety professional to have received the award twice in the last 10 years. A 32-year trucking veteran, Turner joined