West elected chairman of North Carolina Trucking Association

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West Brother’s Companies — a provider of commercial transportation, logistics and leasing services in the Southeast — announced that one of its owners, Tommy West, has been elected as chairman of the North Carolina Trucking Association. West was chosen by the general membership of NCTA and will serve until the annual convention next summer.

“Tommy West is dedicated to the cause of highway safety, and he is a staunch advocate for the trucking industry,” says NCTA President Charlie Diehl. “He is eager to strengthen this association and advance the group’s collective initiatives.”

Last August, West Brother’s Companies was honored with five awards for highway, driver and work force safety by NCTA. It was the most awards won by any trucking company in the state of North Carolina. Most recently, West Brother’s Transportation Services was named runner-up for the Vehicle Safety award in the 10-25 million mile category for its performance during 2007.

“Tommy and I were raised within the trucking industry family, and he has a lifetime of experience to offer NCTA,” says Craig West, the company’s chief executive officer. “NCTA draws together the best ideas from trucking companies across the state, and we feel that West Brother’s has a lot to offer in terms of our rigorous safety training program. I’m sure we’ll gather a few new ideas as well from Tommy’s tenure as chairman.”

West Brother’s says it has shown a sustained commitment to helping businesses achieve their continuous productivity improvement goals by offering Productivity in Motion solutions while still maintaining an aggressive safety program across its fleet.

At West Brother’s Transportation Services, potential drivers must have a minimum two-year safe driving record to pass the initial screening. Once hired, drivers frequently attend refresher courses on safety, including time spent in the specially equipped West Brother’s “Excellence Training Vehicle” where they are tested in real-time traffic situations to make sure they follow all safety protocols. Drivers who excel in upholding these protocols are given awards for their efforts. West Brother’s also says its fleet is maintained and inspected regularly to ensure compliance with all DOT requirements.