Stevens Transport driver named top military vet rookie truck driver

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Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021:

Stevens Transport driver wins Transition Trucking military vet rookie trucker contest

Jimmy Reddell with his new Kenworth T680Jimmy Reddell won the keys to this new Kenworth T680 for winning the Transition Trucking award as the top military veteran rookie truck driver.Ian Wagreich / U.S. Chamber of CommerceA distinguished veteran with 22 years of combined service in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves received the annual “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” award during a special ceremony held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington, D.C.

For the sixth consecutive year, Kenworth teamed with the Fastport Trucking Track Mentoring Program and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes Program to find America’s top rookie military veteran who made the successful transition from active duty to driving for a commercial fleet.

During the ceremony, professional truck driver Jimmy Reddell, who drives for Stevens Transport (CCJ Top 250, No. 47), received the keys to a Kenworth T680, the top award in the recognition program. The T680 is equipped with a 76-inch sleeper and features the complete Paccar Powertrain with a Paccar MX-13 engine, Paccar TX-12 automated transmission and Paccar DX-40 tandem rear axles.

Reddell entered the trucking industry after he retired from the U.S. Army. Shortly after earning his CDL in 2020, he hired on with Stevens Transport. Reddell recently became an independent contractor through the Stevens Transport Contractor Division, where he currently leases a truck.

“This is certainly a special moment for me,” Reddell said. “I’m very honored to receive the 2021 Transition Trucking award out of all the deserving veterans nominated. Thanks to Stevens Transport and Angela Horowitz (the company’s vice president of administration and driver resources) for nominating me. Also special thanks to Hiring Our Heroes, Fastport and Kenworth for their support of veterans making the transition into the trucking industry. I can’t wait to get the Kenworth T680 out on the road.” 

Under the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence program, runners-up James C. Rose (U.S. Marines/Prime Inc.) and Christopher Slindell (U.S. Army/Knight Transportation) were each awarded with a check for $10,000.

Maverick raises pay for glass division drivers

Maverick Transportation (CCJ Top 250, No. 75) announced a substantial pay increase for its glass company drivers.

Beginning Jan. 2, Maverick is introducing a new 2 cents per mile increase for their glass division, along with a new $200 border crossing pay. This increase will allow student drivers to earn up to $76,000 their first year and experienced drivers $87,000 their first year, the company says.

“Driver pay increases are a direct result of the job our drivers do every day to be the best in the industry,” said John Coppens, Maverick vice president of operations. “As the largest specialized glass hauling fleet in the U.S., our customers rely on the best-in-class services we provide. Our latest pay increase for our over the road glass fleet is aimed directly at those driving jobs to meet the unprecedented need for our premier services.”

Women in Trucking seeking Driver of the Year nominations

The Women in Trucking Association is seeking nominations for its annual Women in Trucking Driver of the Year award sponsored by Walmart. The third annual award recognizes exceptional female truck drivers who lead the industry in safety standards while actively working to enhance the public image of the trucking industry. 

The application is open to any female driver who has safely driven at least one million consecutive, accident-free miles. Nominees must demonstrate a positive contribution to the trucking industry and their community. 

“Each year we become more amazed at both the quality and the quantity of drivers nominated for this prestigious award,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO.  “If you know of a female driver who deserves to be recognized, we ask that you submit her information so we can recognize her for her exceptional service to the industry.” 

The finalists and overall winner will be recognized at the 2022 Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, March 25.

The winner will be chosen based on her safety record, positive community contributions, and impact on the public image of the trucking industry. She will receive a plaque, commemorative ring and more.

Nomination forms can be submitted here by Feb. 1, 2022.