Drivers receive monthly recognition awards

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Three carriers — Con-Way Freight, Decker Truck Line and CFI — recently announced that their drivers have been recognized with monthly achievement awards for various accomplishments.

Con-way Freight driver recognized in Michigan

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has announced that Richard King, a driver out of Rockford, was named the Michigan Trucking Association’s Driver of the Month for January. King received the recognition at a recent awards banquet in Lansing.

The association selected King based on criteria including safety, customer relations, employer relations, acceptance of responsibility, care of equipment and work habits. His Con-way Freight service center manager nominated him for the award. Member companies may nominate just two drivers per year under the annual program.

“Con-way Freight drivers are our best ambassadors – known throughout the United States for their commitment to safety and courtesy to customers and the public,” says David S. McClimon, president of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Con-way Freight. “The Michigan Trucking Association’s selection of Richard King for this highly competitive award shows that we select and train the best and brightest to represent our company on the road. We congratulate Richard on this significant accomplishment.”

King has been driving for Con-way Freight for 21 of his 39 years’ total driving experience. A mentor and leader in the Grand Rapids service center, King has completed five perfect-attendance years on the job – in 2001 and 2003 through 2006.

Decker selects May Drivers of the Month

Decker Truck Line recently announced that Warren Erxleben was selected as the May 2007 Driver of the Month for the Fort Dodge, Iowa-based company’s flatbed division. Erxleben is a resident of New Liberty, Iowa. Selected as Driver of the Month for Decker’s reefer/van division was Todd Wulf, who lives in Lakeville, Minn.

Drivers and owner-operators are nominated each month by their dispatcher and are selected based on their overall performance within all areas of the company, including operational productivity, safety record, maintenance/care of equipment (including idle time), payroll, billing and customer service. All drivers and owner-operators selected for Driver of the Month during 2007 are eligible for the honor of 2007 Driver/Owner-Operator of the Year.

CFI announces April Drivers of the Month

CFI, an international truckload carrier based in Joplin, Mo., has announced its monthly driver award recipients for April 2007:

  • Company Driver of the Month: Wayne Herrington started driving for CFI in 1994. He lives in Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Company Team of the Month: Grant and Joyce Blevins both began driving for CFI in 2000 and 2003, respectively. They live in Houston and have driven more than 1 million miles together.
  • Contractor Driver of the Month: Roberto Silva began his career with CFI in 2000. He resides in Brownsville, Texas.
  • Contractor Team of the Month: Randy and Diana Cross began their careers at CFI in 1999 and 2002, respectively. They reside in Hallett, Okla.
  • As the April 2007 winners, each driver and team is nominated for the 2007 yearend award in their respective category. All full-time over-the-road drivers who have been certified as a driver at CFI for one year are eligible for the awards. In addition, drivers must have:

  • Received no moving violations in the previous 12 months;
  • Been involved in no accidents in the previous 12 months; and
  • Received no out-of-service violations through state/federal inspections in the previous 12 months.