ABF celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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ABF Freight System is celebrating the 12th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week — set for Sunday, Aug. 26-Saturday, Sept. 1 — with a system-wide campaign to highlight the long history of successful achievement by its employees.

“Our campaign recognizes the contributions of ABF professional drivers as well as all other ABF employees,” says Bob Davidson, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Smith, Ark.-based company. “It’s a time when we thank ABF employees across North America for their individual and collective contributions to the continued success of our company. After all, ABF is far more than brick, mortar and rolling capital — it’s 13,000 employees whose dedication to safety, cargo handling and customer service inspires confidence among customers throughout North America.”

During the campaign, each ABF employee is sent a special letter of appreciation from Davidson, and service centers host special events. ABF also recognizes outstanding performance by its employees, particularly professional drivers, throughout the year. Ongoing ABF training and incentive programs for professional drivers are designed to help truckers maintain the highest standards of professionalism and become ambassadors for promoting safety and increasing public appreciation for the trucking industry.

The annual campaign immediately follows the National Truck Driving Championships being held in Minneapolis, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations. Drivers across the ABF system competed in state driving competitions, with 15 of those drivers taking first place and earning the right to compete in this year’s national championships.