Decker earns honors at state contest, names Drivers of the Month

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A team of eight drivers represented Decker Truck Line of Fort Dodge at the 2007 Iowa Truck Driving Championships, held June 22-23 at the Iowa State Center in Ames. The company also named its June 2007 Drivers of the Month.

Driving team wins recognition

Members of the Decker Team were Steve Alliger, Paton, Iowa; Dave Bush, Fort Dodge; Dean Filmer, Lake City, Iowa; Josh Filmer, Lake City; Chad Hicks, Gowrie, Iowa; Mark Hullerman, Mt. Hope, Wis.; Greg Thede, Badger, Iowa; Bob Wolvers, Hampton, Iowa.

Decker driver Dave Bush surpassed all the competition, winning first place in the Four-Axle Van Division, as well as achieving the highest overall driver score. Dave is an independent contractor and has been associated with Decker Truck Line for nearly nine years. Josh Filmer won the third-place trophy in the Five-Axle Van Division. He is a company driver and has been associated with Decker for two and one-half years.

Recognized for their support and dedication as a group, the entire Decker Team earned the trophy for Team Sportsmanship. Even Jerry Collins Sr., vice president of Decker, got in on the competition, earning second place in the Board of Directors and CEO Driving Challenge.

Drivers on the Decker Team were among 111 professional truck drivers representing 25 trucking companies that participated in the two-day event, sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Iowa Council of Safety Management.

Drivers of the Month announced

Decker announced that Rod Irwin was selected as the June 2007 Driver of the Month for the flatbed division. Irwin, who lives in Fort Dodge, has been selected for Driver of the Month in previous years, and he also has reached the two-million-mile mark during his five years with the company.

Selected as Driver of the Month for the reefer/van division was Bahne Struecker, who lives in Algona, Iowa. Struecker, who also has been selected as a Driver of the Month in previous years. has reached the million-mile mark during his 11 years with Decker.

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.