Alcoa initiates new awards program

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Alcoa has announced the results of its inaugural Tier 1 Core Carrier Awards Program. The program was created to recognize the top 12 truckload carriers for their outstanding commitment and service to Alcoa in 2006. Covenant Transport of Chattanooga, Tenn., won the top award for outstanding van service, and TMC Transportation of Des Moines, Iowa, was honored for excellent flatbed service.

“The Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier Program has been a significant paradigm shift in our historically broad truckload carrier management philosophy,” says Kevin Anton, president of Alcoa Materials Management. “This program has delivered strong results to both Alcoa and our core carriers in 2006 and continues to be facilitated on both sides by strong trust and meeting predetermined success factors. Alcoa looks forward to continued business alignment and growth with our Tier 1 Core Carriers as we continue this program into 2007.”

The Alcoa Core Carrier program was created in 2005 to enable and facilitate focused collaboration between Alcoa and its Tier 1 motor carriers. “By nurturing these strategic relationships, this partnership has delivered continuous improvements in safety, capacity and service across the Alcoa network,” Anton says.

Selection criteria for carrier performance metrics includes volume growth, actual delivery data population, published rate turnaround time and tender offer acceptance/expiration percentages. In addition, specific qualifications are required to participate as an Alcoa Tier 1 Core Carrier, including providing service to multiple Alcoa businesses; cost-competitiveness; meeting Alcoa business performance expectations, i.e., pickup, delivery and safety; reconciling loss and damage claims; and transmitting advance shipping notification.

Alcoa Flatbed Tier 1 Core Carriers are:

  • Arrow Trucking – Tulsa, Okla.
  • Builders Transportation – Memphis, Tenn.
  • CRST Malone – Birmingham, Ala.
  • Prime Inc. – Springfield, Mo.
  • TMC Transportation – Des Moines, Iowa
  • Alcoa Van Tier 1 Core Carriers are:

  • Celadon Trucking Services – Indianapolis
  • Covenant Transport – Chattanooga
  • Dart Transit Company – Eagan, Minn.
  • Heartland Express – Coralville, Iowa
  • Paschall Truck Lines – Murray, Ky.
  • Swift Transportation – Phoenix
  • USA Truck – Van Buren, Ark.