Con-Way LTL companies, drivers honored for safe operations

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All three Con-Way Transportation less-than-truckload operating companies — Con-Way Western Express (CWX), Con- Way Central Express (CCX) and Con-Way Southern Express, along with five driver sales representatives — were honored at the national and state levels for their overall safety programs and safe operating records.

The American Trucking Associations, at their Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council conference in Miami, presented its President’s Trophy in the 100 Million Miles Driven category to CWX on Friday, Oct. 7.

The trophy recognized CWX for having the best safety record of any large fleet carrier in the United States and the company’s efforts to promote safety throughout the company and the trucking industry, and to the general public. More than 150 large trucking companies competed for the honor.

CWX President Kevin M. Hartman accepted the award, which is sponsored by Great West Casualty. The ATA also awarded the company first place in the General Commodities LTL/Linehaul 50 to 100 Million Miles Driven category.

In September, the Arizona Trucking Association recognized CWX as being the safest carrier in two categories, Linehaul 5 Million Operating Miles and Local 5 Million Operating Miles. The association also honored the eight Arizona state driving champions who competed at the National Truck Driving Championships in August. Four of the champions — Chris Finn, Bob Gromley, Billy Robidoux and Ed Romero — work out of the CWX Tucson service center. Each received a gift from the association.

The ATA awarded CCX first-place honors for its safety record in the General Commodities LTL/Local 50 to 100 Million Miles category. The company also received a Great West Fleet Safety Award in the 1.5 to 1.9 Million Operating Miles category from the South Dakota Trucking Association.

The association also recognized Credan Ewalt as South Dakota Driver of the Year. Ewalt works out of CCX’s service center in Watertown. The Iowa Motor Truck Association also awarded their Great West safety award to CCX for “outstanding highway safety in 2005” in the over 10 million operating miles division.

Con-Way Southern Express received first-place ATA honors in the General Commodities LTL/Local Over 100 Million Miles category.

“These recognitions of Con-Way’s focus on safety are a tribute to the over and above efforts Con-Way employees put forth every day and night to operate safely,” said David S. McClimon, president of Con-Way. “They do this not only for themselves and Con-Way but also for the motoring public. Safety is our number one corporate value, and their accomplishments make me very proud of our organization and industry.”