ABF celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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ABF Freight System is celebrating the 13th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Aug. 24-30, with a systemwide campaign called: “ABF Employees. Standing the Test of Time. 1923-2008.” The campaign highlights the integral role played by transportation industry employees in supporting the North American economy.

“This campaign recognizes the professional drivers of ABF as well as the valuable contribution of all employees,” says Wes Kemp, president and chief operating officer of Fort Smith, Ark.-based ABF. “ABF people have earned a reputation as the safest, most conscientious, highly innovative members of our industry. We commend and sincerely thank our employees across North America for their contributions to the continued success of our company.”

During the campaign, each ABF employee receives a special letter of appreciation and has the opportunity to win an HDTV, GPS unit or Maglite flashlight in a special drawing in their honor. ABF service centers host special events such as cookouts and other forms of recognition.

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 Houston. The American Trucking Associations sponsors this safe-driving event. Drivers across the ABF system competed in state driving competitions, with 19 of those drivers taking first place and earning the right to compete in this year’s national championships. The ABF driving team includes five former national champions, four state grand champions and seven repeat champions from 2007.