Disaster relief resources stretch as more need approaches with Irma

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) — Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas nearly two weeks ago and the outpouring of support and supplies continues for the victims.

But with another major storm on the way, more people will soon be in need of help.

Hurricane Irma is churning its way towards the U.S. and millions of people are in its path.

Now organizations say they fear they will have to stretch their resources.

Supplies and passion are all in a truck heading to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Just the devastation for the people down there,” said Matt Hart, Executive director Illinois Trucking Association. “And we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of the members of the Illinois Trucking Association that’s been wanting to help.”
Thousands across the nation are pouring their time into disaster relief.
But now a category 5 hurricane is approaching Florida and resources are wearing thin.
United Way said organizations are running into difficulties.

Link: Fox Illinois

Trucking Gives Generously to Help Houston Recover from Harvey

Trucking industry companies across the nation are pledging charitable support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the long recovery effort ahead.

The following is just a small sample of companies and people who have seen the destruction from Harvey’s floods and decided to give support in any way they can.

In a joint effort, U.S. subsidiaries of Daimler, including Daimler Trucks North America and Mercedes-Benz USA, are donating $1 million in total to victims of the storm. The donation will be given to the American Red Cross to be used for immediate disaster relief, emergency assistance, and other services.

The Illinois Trucking Association is collaborating with the Texas Trucking Association and has contacted its members that have terminals near Houston to offer equipment, supplies, and money to the Harvey recovery effort. ITA has asked any members with trailers or available trucks and drivers to assist in taking supplies to the area. It also asked for collections of supplies to be picked up by ITA, and for monetary donations as well.

Link: Trucking Info

The Trucker: Trucking Moves America Forward’s mascot gets a name – Safety Sammy – at GATS

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By: Klint Lowry

DALLAS – You can’t very well be the walking symbol of goodwill for an entire industry and have people referring to you as “what’s-its-name, that truck thingy.”

But from its debut in May, that was the Trucking Moves America Forward mascot’s lot in life, even as it began its duties as the embodiment of TMAF’s mission to promote and enhance the image of the trucking industry, appearing at the Truckers Jamboree in Wolcott, Iowa, and at the National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando.

Even during the first two days at the Great American Trucking Show, as it moved around the convention floor, posing for pictures, occasionally breaking out in dance and leaving a trail of happy faces behind it, it did so anonymously.

All that changed on the opening of Day 3, however, as Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., chairman of the American Trucking Associations and co-chairman of TMAF, took to the Red Eye Radio stage just outside the convention floor entrance to officially reintroduce the mascot, by name.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, meet Safety Sammy.

Trucking Moves America Forward was created three years ago to promote a positive image for the trucking industry and to educate the public as to trucking’s scope and importance.

“TMAF is an industrywide image movement,” Burch said. “It’s not a campaign. Campaigns are finite. This is something intended to be continuous.

Kevin Burch, co-chairman of Trucking Moves America Forward, officially christens Safety Sammy, the TMAF mascot, at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The name was chosen from five finalists in an online vote that drew over 2,000 ballots. (The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY)

“We have a mascot because it is long overdue. We need to tell our story, what we do every day. The mascot’s helping us amplify trucking’s voice both within the community and outside the industry.”

Burch was on hand in May when the then-unnamed mascot was unveiled at the Pilot Travel Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May. Its effectiveness as an attention -grabber was immediate.

“People wanted to gravitate around the mascot,” Burch said. The same thing could be seen at GATS. Kids, especially, want to have their picture taken with it.

It was also announced at that Knoxville debut that the mascot needed a name, and they wanted suggestions from the public. That in itself helped draw attention to TMAF. The response was overwhelming, Burch said. In a month, nearly 2,000 entries poured in on the TMF website. From those they chose five finalists. In addition to Safety Sammy the other choices were Axle, Bob Tail, Seymour S. Miles and Wheels.

Online voting continued right up until midnight the night before the announcement, with about 2,000 votes tallied overall.

Immediately after the announcement, Safety Sammy was fitted with a custom license plate bearing his name, after which he got back to work, taking a celebratory lap around the convention floor.

“Safety Sammy represents the safety we strive for each and every day on the road,” Burch said. “We’re looking forward to taking Sammy coast to coast, to tell the vital trucking story.”

Link: The Trucker

TMAF at GATS 2017: The Mascot’s Schedule

TMAF’s new mascot will have a BIG presence at GATS 2017! Look for us at TMAF’s booth, our partners’ booths and throughout the show. See below for the mascot’s full GATS schedule:

Thursday, August 24
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. American Trucking Associations / Booth 12044
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. TMAF Booth / Booth 40018
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Pilot Flying J / Booth 22024

Friday, August 25
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. American Trucking Associations / Booth 12044
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. TMAF Booth / Booth 40018
12:15 -12:45 p.m. OOOIDA / Booth 21017
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. TMAF Press Conference / Press Room / Lower Lobby AB

Saturday, August 26
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Red Eye Radio Stage – Name Announcement
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Photo Opportunities / Red Eye Radio Stage
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. American Trucking Associations / Booth 12044
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. TMAF Booth / Booth 40018

Send your mascot selfies to mascot@truckingmovesamerica.com!

Roland Bolduc Crowned National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion

Bryce Neilson Named Rookie of the Year at Trucking’s “Super Bowl of Safety”

Orlando, Florida – Today, American Trucking Associations announced Roland Bolduc as the Bendix Grand Champion of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships.

“With an impressive showing this week, Roland Bolduc emerged as the leader of the field and is taking home our industry’s top prize,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “On behalf of ATA and the entire trucking community, I want to thank the strong field of competitors for participating in these championships and practicing safety every day on our nation’s highways. Your commitment to excellence makes us proud to be in the trucking industry.”

To clinch the esteemed title of 2017 Bendix Grand Champion, Bolduc’s driving accuracy and knowledge of truck safety surpassed the more than 420 other state champion professional truck drivers competing in all vehicle classes in Orlando, Florida this week.

Bolduc, who also took home the Sleeper Berth class title, lives in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and drives professionally for FedEx Express. He has more than 1.9 million safe driving miles in his career and has worked in the trucking industry for more than 36 years, spending the last 23 years with FedEx Express. Bolduc was named an America’s Road Team Captain in 2000.

ATA also recognized Bryce Neilson as the 2017 Rookie of the Year. Neilson claimed the title after performing well in the Flatbed division. Additionally, the team of drivers from Kentucky produced the best collective score, with an average of 307.13, and were honored as the top state delegation.

Professionalism and dedication to the trucking industry were key themes during the National Truck Driving Championships. Daniel Shamrell was honored during the awards banquet with the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award and Joe Smith was chosen as the Lifetime Volunteer Award recipient.

ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, which took place Aug. 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.

Champions from each of the 9 vehicle classes were also announced. Joining Roland Bolduc on the list of national champions are:

3-Axle: Glen Kirk, Franklin, Indiana, Old Dominion Freight Line

4-Axle: James Duffy, Marshall, Wisconsin, FedEx Freight

5-Axle: Michael Miltenberger, Cumberland, Maryland, PITT OHIO

Flatbed: Wayne Crowder, Louisville, Kentucky, FedEx Freight

Sleeper Berth: Roland Bolduc, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, FedEx Express

Straight Truck: Richard Bailey, Macomb, Michigan, FedEx Freight

Tank Truck: Scott Woodrome, Middletown, Ohio, FedEx Freight

Twins: Chris Poyner, Richland, Washington, XPO Logistics

Step Van: Michael Bills, Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, FedEx Express

Other Awards

Rookie of the Year: Bryce Neilson, Anaconda, Montana, FedEx Freight

Team Champions: Kentucky

Vehicle Condition: Bryan Wold, Reiles Acres, North Dakota, XPO Logistics

Highest Written Exam Award: Paul Brandon, Oxford, Connecticut, FedEx Freight and Don Logan, Eskridge, Kansas, FedEx Freight

Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence: Daniel Shamrell, Battle Ground, Washington, FedEx Freight

Lifetime Volunteer Award: Joe Smith, Kenco Management

Full results from today’s final competition below:

Final Standings
Class Place Name Employer State
1 Glen Kirk Old Dominion Freight Line Indiana
  2 David Rohman FedEx Express North Carolina
  3 David Murphy YRC Freight Idaho
  4 Walter McGuire Walmart Transportation Georgia
  5 Sam Wilson XPO Logistics Nebraska
1 James Duffy FedEx Freight Wisconsin
  2 Tony Archambault Walmart Transportation Maine
  3 Daniel Shamrell FedEx Freight Oregon
  4 Steven Ward FedEx Express South Carolina
  5 Darrell Shelton FedEx Freight Washington
  6 Bruce Quaal YRC Freight Minnesota
1 Michael Miltenberger PITT OHIO Maryland
  2 Jose Orozco XPO Logistics Arizona
  3 Artur Lesniowski FedEx Ground New Jersey
  4 Nicholas Jones FedEx Freight Oregon
  5 Tom Hopkins Walmart Transportation Nebraska
1 Richard Crowder FedEx Freight Kentucky
  2 Dennis Shirar Walmart Transportation Indiana
  3 Brian Walker UPS Freight North Carolina
  4 Donald Logan FedEx Freight Kansas
  5 Edward Mikan UPS Illinois
Sleeper Berth
1 Roland Bolduc FedEx Express Massachusetts
  2 Heladio Fernandez FedEx Freight Oregon
  3 Rick Pledger Walmart Transportation Texas
  4 Brian Hall Old Dominion Freight Line Tennessee
  5 Gary Mars Walmart Transportation Arkansas
Straight Truck
1 Richard Bailey FedEx Freight Michigan
  2 Brent Glasenapp FedEx Express Wisconsin
  3 Dale Brenaman UPS Kentucky
  4 Christopher Shaw FedEx Express New Mexico
  5 David Hawk FedEx Freight Alabama
Tank Truck
1 Scott Woodrome FedEx Freight Ohio
  2 Thomas Garner FedEx Freight Alabama
  3 Anthony Spero ABF Freight System Connecticut
  4 Gerald Wrinkle Walmart Transportation Kentucky
  5 Daniel Bartelson XPO Logistics North Dakota
1 Chris Poynor XPO Logistics Washington
  2 Jeffrey Rose YRC Freight Ohio
  3 Marcus Byrd FedEx Freight Mississippi
  4 Michael Flippin FedEx Freight Colorado
  5 Esteban Perez AAA Cooper Transportation Texas
Step Van
1 Michael Bills FedEx Express North Carolina
  2 Jason Imhoff Walmart Transportation Ohio
  3 Ceth Christensen UPS Illinois
  4 Bartholomew Masciulli FedEx Express Pennsylvania
  5 Kailen Bronson FedEx Ground Oregon

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

Time to Enter FMCSA’s 2017 Kid’s Art Contest!

Everyone who uses the roads has a role to play in safety. This includes large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.

This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.

Children can:

  • Share Important Safety Messages
  • Have Your Art Featured in a Safety Calendar

Click here for more information and to submit your entry by Sept. 24, 2017.


Our Roads Art Contest

TMAF on iTruck Radio: Talking Mascot, Jamboree, and More!

Co-chairman Kevin Burch joined iTruck Radio to discuss the latest TMAF news, including the naming of our new mascot and its presence this week at the Truckers Jamboree in Walcott, Iowa. Listen to the full interview below:

TMAF Releases All-New Video “The Delivery”

TMAF has released an all-new video, titled “The Delivery.” It illustrates how and why we’re proud to answer the call by operating safely and making the delivery – on time, every time – no matter how long the road ahead.


I’m a trucker; as summer travel season starts, please join me in helping keep our roads safe

Our industry strives for that. For all of us, the most vital trip is the one home to our families. 
Millions of Americans will hit the roads this coming weekend for Memorial Day beach trips and barbecues with friends and family. I’ll be right there beside them — not for a vacation, but as one of 3.5 million professional truck drivers working to safely deliver the goods that keep our community running.

Driving alongside your family on the highway is a tremendous responsibility that I do not take lightly. It’s my first priority that we all return home safely from our trips — whether it’s a trip to the beach or a delivery to stock the shelves at the local grocery store.

As we kick off the busy summer travel season, I hope that you’ll share this goal so that we can successfully share the road.

While driving next to a truck on the highway can seem intimidating, know that I am well-trained and dedicated to ensuring your safety. The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in improving safety every year, and it’s paying off. Our trucks are safer than ever, and I’m trained to drive with the highest level of caution, especially on a busy weekend like the one ahead.

Yet the same things that frustrate you on the road — bad traffic and crumbling infrastructure — frustrate me, too. And with a big rig and a trailer full of freight, the stakes are high.

As aggravated as I may get from congestion, it’s my duty to stay calm and operate at safe speeds to ensure the safety of those around me and to make a successful delivery. Millions of drivers will be on the roads this holiday weekend, so you and I may be sitting in some traffic together.

I keep my cool by focusing on what lies ahead. The next mile is always the most important.


One way to fix America’s congestion problem is by working to expand and improve our highway system. Like many of you, I’m anxiously waiting for Congress to make a greater investment in infrastructure. Increased funding for America’s roads and bridges will only help to ensure safe, efficient deliveries — something we can all celebrate.

I’m proud to be a professional truck driver, playing an important role in our country’s economy. Trucks help deliver everything you can see or touch around you, from your picnic supplies at the beach to the fuel that helped you get there.

Here in Minnesota, trucking delivers 78 percent of all goods in the state. Instead of viewing trucks as something getting in your way this holiday weekend, I hope you’ll view us as keeping your lives supplied and moving.

The summer travel season is one of the busiest times of the year, and I’m proud to share the road with you. I want drivers to know that when they pass me on the highway this weekend, they’re safe.

The most important trip I make is the trip home to my family, and I know that’s true of everyone I drive alongside. Let’s work together this Memorial Day weekend to keep our roads and highways safe, our shelves stocked and continue Moving America Forward.

Bill Krouse, of Shakopee, is a professional truck driver and member of Trucking Moves America Forward.

Link: The Star Tribune

Knoxville News-Sentinel: Trucking industry introduces mascot, calls for name submissions

Trucking Moves American Forward introduced its newest member, the trucking industry’s mascot on Thursday.

The mascot is a smiling red, white and blue semi-truck with working head and tail lights and an “I love trucking” license plate. It will travel the U.S. spreading the word about trucking’s influence on the economy.

But he or she is still nameless.

TMAF, along with its partner and largest financial supporter, Pilot Flying J, called on the industry to help name the mascot. Name submissions can be sent to mascot@truckingmovesamerica.com, and the winning name will be announced at the beginning of July.

Anne LeZotte, senior manager, corporate communications

“(The mascot) is a great conversation starter,” said Wendy Hamilton, Pilot Flying J senior manager of sales marketing and a TMAF executive committee member. “It’s an integral part of the movement to help bring folks into understanding the knowledge of why trucking is so important.”

The mascot is part of the goal TMAF set when it started in 2013 — to spread the word about the economic impact of the trucking industry, Hamilton said.

One in 16 Americans 

There are 3.5 million truck drivers and 7.3 million industry workers in the U.S., which brings $726.4 billion in revenue to the country, said Kevin Burch, TMAF co-chairman and Jet Express Inc. president.

He said because one in 16 Americans is part of the trucking industry, creating positivity around the industry is critical.

“Trucking, for probably the last 10-15 years, has gotten a really bad rap on image and we’re trying to change that,” he said. “Back in the ’60s we were the knights of the road. If you had a problem on the road, a truck driver, male or female, would stop and help and assist, change a tire and whatnot. Nowadays, if somebody has a car on the side of the road, if a truck driver stops they’re rolling up their windows, locking the door and calling 911. We need to get back to that simple mentality that we are good people that move America’s goods.”

He said much of the effort to change that mentality relies on image. That’s where the mascot comes in.

“Out of sight out of mind,” said Burch, chairman of the American Trucking Association. “We want to have this mascot so we can go to schools, events. We move America’s goods, but we move them safely, and that’s the story we want to tell. It’s an image thing, so this gives us the opportunity to do that.”

A shortage of jobs 

The trucking industry is facing a driver shortage, Burch said. Part of telling truckers’ stories includes sharing career opportunities.

“We want to make our story known as to the careers we have,” he said. “Trucking Moves America Forward is for everyone in the industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re union or non-union, truck load or LTL. You’re a professional truck driver that makes a difference moving those goods.”

Hamilton said the impact of a professional truck driver is something that American culture tends to overlook.

“We see trucks on the road,” she said. “We understand that they’re a part of our daily lives, but I’m not sure they understand how integral that are to our daily lives. As a mom, when my child is sick, I can go to the store and pick up the medicine because a trucker brought it there.

“Without trucks, our country truly stops.”

Link: Knoxville News-Sentinel