Best Fleets to Drive For Top 20 and hall of fame recipients named

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The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Tuesday, Jan. 31, unveiled the 2023 Best Fleets to Drive For.

The Top 20 winners are comprised of for-hire trucking companies from across North America that are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees.

Two overall winners, in large and small fleet categories, will be named during TCA's annual convention — Truckload 2023: Orlando — March 4-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Centre, Kissimmee, Florida. The overall winner awards are sponsored by Eleos Technologies and TruckRight.

This year's Top 20 winners include:

  • American Central Transport - Kansas City, Missouri
  • C.A.T. Inc. - Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc. - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
  • Chief Carriers, Inc. - Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Continental Express, Inc. - Sidney, Ohio
  • Decker Truck Line, Inc. - Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Erb Transport - New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
  • Fortigo Freight Services Inc. - Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc. - Fremont, Nebraska
  • Jetco Delivery a GTI Company - Houston, Texas
  • K & J Trucking, Inc. - Sioux Falls, Souith Dakota
  • Kriska Holdings Limited - Prescott, Ontario, Canada
  • Leonard's Express - Farmington, New York
  • Nick Strimbu, Inc. - Brookfield, Ohio
  • PGT Trucking, Inc. - Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc. - Defiance, Ohio
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc. - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Transland - Strafford, Missouri
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc. - Marinette, Wisconsin
  • Wellington Group of Companies - Aberfoyle, Ontario, Canada

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, for-hire companies operating 10 or more tractor-trailers had to receive a nomination from one of their company drivers or owner-operators. The fleets were then evaluated using a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, including total compensation, health benefits, performance management, professional development, and career path/advancement opportunities, among other criteria. Driver surveys were also conducted to collect input from drivers and independent contractors working with the fleets.

Last year, TCA and CarriersEdge expanded the program by adding a Hall of Fame category. This recognition level is above the regular Top 20 and honors fleets demonstrating Top 20 performance for extended periods of time. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, fleets must be named as a Best Fleet for 10 consecutive years, or seven years with at least one overall award, and must continue to qualify as a Top 20 to be eligible. While the fleets inducted last year have maintained their exemplary status, two additional fleets have earned the honor this year and will be inducted into the Best Fleets to Drive For Hall of Fame, sponsored by EpicVue.

Returning Hall of Fame recipients include:

  • Bison Transport Inc. - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Boyle Transportation - Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc. - Redmond, Oregon
  • FTC Transportation, Inc. - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Grand Island Express - Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc. - Superior, Wisconsin
  • Nussbaum Transportation Services, Inc. - Hudson, Illinois
  • Prime Inc. - Springfield, Missouri

New Hall of Fame recipients include:

  • Garner Trucking, Inc. - Findlay, Ohio
  • TransPro Freight Systems Limited - Milton, Ontario, Canada

In addition to the Top 20, TCA and CarriersEdge identified five Fleets to Watch (honorable mentions):

  • Crete Carrier Corporations and its Shaffer Trucking Division - Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mill Creek Motor Freight LTD - Ayr, Ontario, Canada
  • Skelton Truck Lines - Sharon, Ontario, Canada
  • Steve's Livestock Transport - Blumenort, Manitoba, Canada
  • USXL - Foristell, Missouri
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“This year we saw 165 fleets nominated by their drivers for this program and a record-breaking 95 finalists,” said CarriersEdge Chief Executive Officer Jane Jazrawy. “This year's Top 20 and Hall of Fame fleets rose to the top with a range of inventive and effective programs, that reflect true innovation and creative thinking.”