PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Celebrates America’s Truck Drivers During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Industry Launches Advertising and Digital Campaign to #ThankATrucker

 

Washington, D.C. – September 7, 2018 Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, today announced their plans for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 9-15, 2018. During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TMAF will launch an advertising and digital campaign to thank the professional truck drivers on our road, as well as educate the public about the important contributions that truck drivers make and encourage them to #ThankATrucker.

“During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we thank the professional truck drivers who travel 4.5 billion collective miles each year to safely deliver the essential goods that help us live,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “This week, we celebrate the drivers – the faces of our industry – and remind the public to appreciate and #ThankATrucker.”

TMAF is recognizing our nation’s 3.5 million dedicated truck drivers through many communications channels this year. Billboard advertisements will appear along interstates throughout the country to thank truck drivers while educating motorists. The billboards, which feature actual award-winning truck drivers from different states, depict the critical need for truck drivers in America, and how life’s essentials, such as food, gas or medicine would not be possible without truck drivers making those deliveries.

The billboards will appear on highways in Baltimore, Md.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Reno, Nev.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Conway, Ark.; Little Rock, Ark.; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Dayton, Ohio and Buffalo, N.Y.

As part of the advertising campaign, TMAF will also thank drivers over the radio airwaves, including on iHeartRadio, Road Dog Trucking Radio on Sirius XM and Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio. You can listen to the radio spots at the TMAF website.

As part of this year’s digital campaign, TMAF will share messages thanking drivers across its social media properties, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The social media content will demonstrate the important and fun fall activities and events that America enjoys – all brought to us by a professional truck driver.

In addition to the advertising and digital campaign, TMAF published an op-ed titled, “Celebrating truck driver’s contributions to our country,” on Foxnews.com. The op-ed will appear Saturday, September 8 here.

All campaign images can be viewed at: http://truckingmovesamerica.com/2018-advertising/.

PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Advocates for Infrastructure Investments During Infrastructure Week

Industry Unites to Spread Message: The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild

Washington, D.C. – March 14, 2018 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, announced it is once again an official affiliate of Infrastructure Week, which will take place May 14-19. Infrastructure Week is a series of events, education, and advocacy efforts aimed at highlighting infrastructure as a key policy issue nationwide. This year’s message is, “The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild.”

“Strong infrastructure is critical to the success of the trucking industry and economic security of all of America,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “TMAF is proud to unite with a diverse coalition of transportation and infrastructure groups to bring awareness to the role that infrastructure plays in our daily lives, especially as the President and Congress work towards passing an infrastructure bill. Closing the nation’s infrastructure investment gap must be a top priority.”

To contribute to the week’s activities, TMAF published a blog on the Infrastructure Week website, which can be found here.

TMAF will be promoting messages on the need for stronger infrastructure on its social media properties, which includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Medium. TMAF is also running 30-second radio advertisements on WTOP News in Washington, Red Eye Radio and Nemo Radio. The radio spots can be found here.

PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Announces Accomplishments in Industry Image Building on its Fourth Anniversary

Mascot Safety Sammy to Make First Appearance at Mid-America Trucking Show 

Washington, D.C. – March 14, 2018 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, today discussed its accomplishments in shifting the industry’s perception and promoting it more broadly during their 2017 year in review. TMAF also previewed its attendance at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) and announced that the mascot, Safety Sammy, will make its first appearance at the show this year. The press conference marked the four-year anniversary of TMAF, which was publicly launched at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in March 2014.

During the press conference, TMAF leaders, including Kevin Burch and Steve Ponder, co-chairs of TMAF, and Elisabeth Barna and Wendy Hamilton, executive committee members of TMAF,

introduced the newest member of the TMAF executive committee, Steve Bryan, President and Founder of Vigillo. The group’s remarks detailed the movement’s continued efforts to humanize and personalize the industry while promoting its significant economic importance to America. TMAF’s 2017 Annual Report, which is titled “The Many Faces of Trucking,” will be made available at MATS.

“As MATS approaches and we celebrate our fourth anniversary, it’s amazing to think of how much progress we have made since inception,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “Through our public relations, social and digital media, marketing efforts, and more, TMAF continues to grow and gain even more support throughout the industry and public. We’re excited to share our progress in our 2017 Annual Report, and we’re looking forward to continuing to share our message nationally on trucking’s significant and positive contributions to America.”

TMAF leaders highlighted the movement’s accomplishments since March 2017, including raising more than one million dollars; the introduction of the industry mascot, Safety Sammy; the expansion of their trailer wrap program, which now has 190 tractor-trailer wraps appearing on trucks throughout the country; the state association billboard campaigns and the creation of a new educational video, “The Delivery,” which is shown at events across the country.

Further, in 2017, TMAF:

  • Generated 17.4 million billboard impressions and 26.6 million radio listeners during NTDAW 2017.
  • Generated 54 earned media stories and placed 13 op-eds in national, beltway and local publications that led to 83.9 million total media impressions.
  • Grew the email database to 3,517 subscribers.
  • Expanded social media presence to over 13,500 followers on Facebook, over 3,600 on Twitter, and saw 100% growth on Instagram.
  • Launched its blog through Medium to enlist industry authors and writers to share their personal stories.
  • Reached a potential in-person audience of more than 170,000 at trade shows and other events.

An infographic that summarizes the 2017 Annual Report can be found here.

At MATS, the industry mascot, Safety Sammy will make its first official appearance at the show. The mascot will be available during the start of the show each day at the Red Eye Radio booth and stage. Safety Sammy will also traverse the show floor with its big smile and flashing lights, and stop at several booths to greet attendees and take pictures. Attendees are encouraged to upload their images with Safety Sammy to their social media accounts and use the hashtag #SafetySammy.

PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Applauds Trucking’s Charitable Work this Holiday Season

TMAF Shares List of Companies Giving Back this Year after Industry-Wide Call for Submissions

Washington, D.C. – December 18 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, proudly recognizes the trucking industry’s charitable work to give time and support to local communities. TMAF compiled a list of organizations and companies who submitted their good works after a call for submissions through email and social media.

“During this holiday season, it’s the ideal time to show gratitude to those in the trucking industry who are giving back to their communities while continuing to move America forward,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “TMAF is proud to highlight the many organizations and companies who donate their time and support to those less fortunate and those in need. From natural disaster relief efforts, to feeding the hungry, we are pleased to highlight the charitable contributions.”

Below is a list of trucking companies and industry organizations of all sizes that are making a difference in American communities from coast to coast:

  • American Trucking Associations once again participated in the Wreaths Across America convoy from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, delivering more than 3,500 wreaths. ATA also began raising money and awareness for the newly established Trucking Cares Foundation.
  • American Truck Dealers (ATD) members assisted with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey by providing more than 50,000 hot, fresh meals throughout the week for evacuees, first responders and volunteers. They provided drivers and trucks to transport food from Orlando, Fla., to Houston, delivered more than 20,000 pounds of smoking wood and diesel fuel for the refrigerated trucks and brought technicians for onsite repairs.
  • Celadon Trucking and Celadon Logistics, out of Indianapolis, Indiana, participated in an annual toy drive hosted by the local television station, WRTV Channel 6. Celadon provided drivers and trucks to coordinate the necessary logistics and transportation to ensure the donated toys were collected and delivered to the campaign center to distribute to children in need throughout Central Indiana.
  • CFI, out of Joplin, Missouri, is transporting remembrance wreaths for Wreaths Across America. CFI is also delivering coffee donations to military airfields. Earlier this year, CFI hosted their annual Truckloads of Treasures fundraiser, raising over $43,000 for various charity groups.
  • Dart Transit Company, out of Eagan, Minnesota, is transporting Christmas wreaths through Wreaths Across America for the 8th year in a row. They are also delivering toys through the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots program and collecting food donations for a local food shelf.
  • Defiance, Ohio-based Keller Logistics Group is working with Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. They are also delivering memorial wreaths to cemeteries throughout Ohio.
  • Members of DriverFacts, out of Anaheim, California, give back in many ways, including through partnering with local groups to provide toys and food to families in need, raising money for community programs, and volunteering to help after unfortunate events occur, such as Hurricane Harvey. DriverFacts owners and employees also participate in the Wreaths Across America laying ceremony at their local cemetery.
  • Garner Trucking, out of Findlay, Ohio, is participating in several community events, including a holiday charity walk and a coat drive. Members are also honoring fallen veterans by sponsoring a local wreath laying in conjunction with the national Wreaths Across America event, which Garner Trucking is also participating in at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Members of Helmbolt Express, out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, volunteer at the South Dakota Special Olympics and provide support for charity groups and the homeless.
  • Huff Contractors, Inc., out of West Harrison, Indiana, participated in the “Team Up for Texas” mission in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, delivering food, water and other supplies.
  • Every year since 2011, employees of Porter Construction, Inc. based in Norfolk Nebraska, donate toys to Toys For Tots. They also gave and collected donations for a local food shelter.
  • The Minnesota Trucking Association, out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, started the Trucks & Toys program more than 20 years ago to brighten the holidays for children in need throughout Minnesota. All money donated throughout the year is used to purchase toys for children. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the children. This year, members raised over $31,000 and donated a total of 3,113 toys to charities throughout the state of Minnesota.
  • Since Hurricane Harvey, the National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, raised $2.5 million for relief efforts to provide financial assistance to dealership employees and their families impacted by the hurricanes, floods and wildfires this year.
  • OOIDA, out of Grain Valley, Missouri, sponsors an annual campaign to raise funds to provide comfort packages to armed forces stationed overseas and for those who need assistance at veterans’ facilities in the United States. Since 2007, over $560,000 has been raised to send packages to over 50,000 troops.
  • Pilot Flying J gives back to the local communities in which they operate, trucking affiliated non-profits, veteran organizations and various humanitarian organizations during the holidays. One example is through partnering with Food Donation Connection (FDC) to combat hunger in areas where Pilot Flying J is present by donating food items to local non-profits and food bank agencies. They aim to surpass their 2017 goal with more than 200,000 pounds of food donated in 2018.
  • West Lebanon, New Hampshire-based Roadvision Systems partners with two groups, Girls On The Run and 1% For The Planet. They also support charities, including Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport, which provides transportation for animals in need.
  • Schneider National, based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, participates yearly in Wreaths Across America through their special Ride of Pride fleet.
  • Stewart Transport, based out of Phoenix, Arizona, sent volunteers with Champions for Christ Ministries to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, bringing a truckload of necessities.

In addition to these efforts and partnerships, trucking continues to contribute to every community in America, delivering the food, holiday gifts, and daily necessities that help to make this season brighter for all families. Earlier this month, professional truck driver Larry Spiekermeier, an owner-operator of Montana-based Whitewood Transport, delivered the Christmas tree to the U.S. Capitol this year and highlighted the importance of trucking’s role during the holiday season in a Fox News op-ed, as well as on Fox and Friends and Fox Business.

The TMAF holiday ornament featuring the Safety Sammy mascot was released earlier this year. To show one’s industry pride and to purchase an ornament for just $10, email TMAF@trucking.org. Visit http://www.shoptmaf.com/ to order TMAF-branded gear before the holidays.

To learn more and join the movement, visit http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/.

TMAF Honors America’s Truck Drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Billboard, Radio and Digital Marketing Complete 2017 #ThankATrucker Campaign

Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2017 — Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) honors America’s professional truck drivers this year with an education and marketing campaign comprised of messages of gratitude for their service.

“Truck drivers are 3.5 million strong, and their committed and safe work every day to deliver our nation’s most critical freight, is unbeatable,” said Kevin Burch, co-chair, Trucking Moves America Forward, chairman of ATA and president of Jet Express. “We celebrate them all year, but this week provides an important opportunity to say thank you to our country’s professional truck drivers.”

TMAF is celebrating our nation’s truck drivers by saluting them with the message of #ThankATrucker along with images of drivers and their families on billboards on interstates throughout the country. Billboard images will appear in Dallas, TexasDayton, OhioMinneapolis, Minn.Des Moines, IowaNashville, Tenn.Jackson, Tenn.Billings, Mont.Reno, Nev.Phoenix, Ariz.Jackson, Miss.Columbia, S.C.Little Rock, Ark. and Albuquerque, N.M. from September 11-October 9, 2017.

TMAF will thank drivers over the radio airwaves on Redeye Radio Network on Westwood One, the Road Dog Channel on SiriusXM radio and iHeartRadio during the week of September 11, 2017.  WTOP News in Washington, DC will air TMAF spots during the am and pm drive time during that week.

To view all the advertisements including the highway billboard locations, visit http://truckingmovesamerica.com/advertising-2/2017-advertising/.

This year’s digital campaign will aim to educate the public online on the essential-to-life items as well as the everyday delights that a truck driver provides America’s families. The online campaign will be found on TMAF’s FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn channels.

TMAF has been educating the motoring public and convening the industry for three and a half years, to the story of the trucking industry, promoting its essentiality and ultimately aiming to shift the perception of the industry. In May, TMAF announced the creation of an industry mascot to further extend the positive, friendly and safe image of the industry. Safety Sammy will help promote trucking throughout the nation to industry and public events.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com. Join and follow the TMAF conversation through social media, on FacebookYouTubeTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn. 

TMAF Announces Industry Mascot’s Name at Great American Trucking Show

TMAF invites attendees to take selfies with Safety Sammy, the mascot

Dallas, TX, Aug. 26, 2017 –  Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry movement founded more than three years ago, to celebrate the trucking industry’s contributions to communities nationwide, revealed the name of the new industry mascot. On the Red Eye Radio stage at this year’s Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas, TMAF co-chair, Kevin Burch unveiled Safety Sammy as the official name of the truck mascot.

“We are thrilled to officially announce the industry mascot’s name here at GATS, one of the trucking industry’s premiere events,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc., and chairman of American Trucking Associations. “Our mascot brings to life the great aspects of trucking, offering the more human aspect of the trucking industry. Safety Sammy represents the safety we strive for each and every day on the road. We’re looking forward to taking Sammy coast to coast, to tell the vital trucking story.”

TMAF first unveiled the mascot at the Pilot Travel Center in Knoxville, Tenn. in May. Over four months, the mascot’s naming has included public participation from TMAF’s grassroots support network. Five finalist names were selected from among nearly 2000 entries from the public, and over 2,000 people have voted for their favorite. Safety Sammy beat out four finalist names: Axle, Bob Tail, Seymour S. Miles and Wheels.

For companies and organizations interested in promoting Safety Sammy at your next event, please email info@truckingmovesamerica.com.

TMAF has been building a groundswell of industry professionals for three and half years.  It aims to change the perception of the trucking industry by promoting its economic contributions to America and the tireless work of truck drivers to deliver safely, and on time, America’s freight. Through news stories, digital campaigns and grassroots efforts, TMAF continues to educate and promote the industry.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

TMAF Supports 2017 Infrastructure Week Advocating for Better Roads and Bridges to Move Economy Forward

Trucking Industry Group Joins National Movement to Spread Message That It’s #TimeToBuild

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, is pleased to announce it will be an official affiliate of Infrastructure Week in 2017. Infrastructure Week, May 15-19, is a series of events, education, and advocacy efforts aimed at highlighting infrastructure as a key policy issue nationwide, and 2017 will mark the third year TMAF has supported the effort.

“When poor infrastructure slows down trucking, it slows down all of America,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc., and chairman of American Trucking Associations. “With our 3.5 million drivers traveling 279.1 billion miles annually to deliver the goods that our towns and cities need to thrive, trucking is directly impacted by poor roads, bridges, and tunnels. That’s why we’re proud to once again support Infrastructure Week and bring this issue to the forefront of national policy conversations.”

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Poor conditions of our nation’s roadways result in America’s businesses paying billions of dollars a year in additional freight transportation costs, which increases shipping delays and raises prices on everyday products. TMAF advocates for infrastructure spending that improves the highway networks most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel, while also prioritizing the safety of the motoring public. TMAF supports action from lawmakers at the state and federal levels to close the nation’s infrastructure investment gap. Truck drivers depend on structurally sound and safe roads to deliver America’s goods safely.

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As part of its contributions to the week’s activities, TMAF will be promoting infrastructure-focused messages on its social media properties. It also has a featured blog post on the Infrastructure Week website.

TMAF is joining more than 150 organizations in all – from the public, private, and non-profit sectors – to raise awareness around the need to invest in the infrastructure that makes up the backbone of the United States. The theme of this year’s Infrastructure Week is: It’s #TimeToBuild.2017TMAF-twitter1024x512-020-infrastructure

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About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Trucking Moves America Forward Celebrates Third Anniversary, Announces Milestones and Plans

 

Industry movement provides update at 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show

Louisville, Ky. – March 24, 2017 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, today provided an update on its continued efforts to promote a positive image of the trucking industry. TMAF announced recent achievements and provided a preview of its 2017 plans during a press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS). The press conference marked the three-year anniversary of TMAF, which was publicly launched at MATS in March 2014.

The press conference was led by TMAF Executive Committee members, Elisabeth Barna, chief operating officer of American Trucking Associations, and Wendy Hamilton, senior manager, sales marketing, at Pilot Flying J. Barna and Hamilton provided an update on the movement’s latest successes, citing the recently released 2016 TMAF Annual Report, “Reaching New Heights.”

“In just three years, TMAF has made impressive strides in our goal to alter the image of the trucking industry, from educational campaigns to earned media and member engagement,” said Barna. “We owe that success – and our gratitude – to our supporters, from drivers and companies to owner-operators and those who contribute to the industry by providing in-kind services and in so many other ways.”
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TMAF’s Annual Report highlights the movement’s accomplishments in 2016, including growing its member database, expanding social media presence and increasing visibility through paid and earned media. In 2016, TMAF:

  • Grew its online database to 2,900 subscribers
  • Secured 44 earned media stories and 16 op-eds in national, regional and community news outlets – resulting in 38.8 million total impressions
  • Surpassed 12,000 followers on Facebook and reached nearly 3,000 on Twitter
  • Launched 3 new digital platforms: LinkedIn, Instagram and Medium
  • Reached a potential in-person audience of more than 130,000 at trade shows and other events

Barna also announced that TMAF has today distributed 149 trailer wraps, surpassing its goal to put 100 wraps on the road. The organization is working toward a new goal of selling 200 trailer and tank wraps. A TMAF-wrapped truck will be on display at MATS in the main parking lot for the duration of the conference.tmaf-1

TMAF unveiled a new generation of wrap designs, including 3-D designs and new messages. The wrap designs will depict the vital goods delivered by trucks, reminding passing motorists of trucking’s necessity.

Hamilton announced the production of
a new TMAF branding video this year. The video, which tells the story of trucking, will add to TMAF’s growing bank of free online resources, available at truckingmovesamerica.com.

Hamilton concluded the press conference by announcing the addition of a new, special member of the TMAF team. The newest team member, to be unveiled in April, will further assist TMAF’s efforts to spread the positive message of trucking in 2017.

“We’re so proud of everything TMAF has achieved since MATS last year, but there is always work to be done,” concluded Hamilton. “We are working to gain even more pledges at this year’s conference, and you’ll see TMAF at trade shows, in the news, online and on the road throughout 2017.”

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About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com. Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Medium.

Trucking Moves America Forward Applauds Industry Efforts During the Holidays

Industry companies across the country are taking part in charitable activities

Washington, D.C. – Dec. 20, 2016 – As the end of the year approaches, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, proudly recognizes the trucking industry’s work to deliver the holidays through major charitable contributions and the tireless work of its 3.5 million professional drivers.

“The holidays are a time when all of us – friends, family, neighbors, communities – come together and share special moments, and I couldn’t be more pleased to highlight the integral role trucking has in making this happen each year,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc., and chairman of American Trucking Associations. “We’re also proud of the support TMAF has received, through people visiting our online store and purchasing our special edition TMAF holiday ornaments – because when people see those TMAF-branded items, it’s a symbol of both the endless charitable work our members do and their 24/7 commitment to Moving America Forward year-round.”

TMAF is proud to highlight the trucking-industry companies large and small, coast to coast, that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Knoxville, Tennessee-based Pilot Flying J has supported Wreaths Across America since 2012, and this year fundraised to sponsor a special section of the Arlington National Cemetery. The company has also given gifts to more than 140 children and elders for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Knoxville. Additionally, after the recent deadly wildfires in the Gatlinburg area, in just one day, Pilot Flying J raised nearly $20,000 in donations for the American Red Cross efforts while also filling a rental truck with supplies for those who lost their belongings in the devastating fires.
  • American Trucking Associations, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, delivered and helped distribute more than 3,500 wreaths to veterans’ graves in Arlington National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America. ATA’s Share the Road truck hauled the wreaths from Maine to Arlington, making stops along the way to participate in dozens of ceremonial events honoring America’s fallen heroes. ATA staff also donated preferred gift cards to Doorways for Women and Families, a local nonprofit targeting homelessness and domestic violence.
  • The Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund, out of Knoxville, Tennessee, is working again this season to assist semi-truck drivers with their living expenses during a medical crisis. This November alone, 41 drivers submitted applications for help; and since 2008, the fund has paid nearly $1.5 million on behalf of 1,699 drivers.
  • Brenny Transportation, out of St. Cloud, Minnesota, raised $3,400 this year to benefit local causes, including a shelter for battered women and children, the homeless, veterans, children in the hospital, a local foodbank, and adults with disabilities.

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  • In Seaford, Delaware, Trinity Logistics partnered with a local food bank and Perdue to feed 250 families a Thanksgiving meal. This month, Trinity is partnering with local organizations to provide presents and essentials for seven families in need as part of its Trinity Christmas Families program.
  • TransLand, out of Springfield, Missouri, has been a sponsor of the Dallas County Toys for Tots motorcycle toy run since 2010. Additionally, the company has adopted a family this year, supplying it with gifts, household goods, and food for Christmas, while donating time and equipment to transport more than 14,000 new toys to thousands of children in Greene County.

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  • Each year, New York-based Bestpass partners with the Trucking Association of New York to sponsor a local family in need during the holidays. Additionally, the Bestpass team is working to help feed the poor and hungry this January by volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
  • Dart Transit Company, based in Eagan, Minnesota, is participating in programs such as Toys for Tots and Wreaths Across America. Dart is delivering the wreaths to Arlington and several other veterans’ cemeteries across the country in its brand new fleet of military-themed trucks and trailers, which the company unveiled this Veterans Day.

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  • Each year, Joplin, Missouri-based Contract Freighters, Inc. meets or exceeds its goal of raising $40,000 for its Truckloads of Treasures program, which has presented more than $745,000 in employee and independent contractor-raised donations to local organizations since 1993. CFI also supports an effort to provide coffee to American troops at home and overseas, as well as Wreaths Across America, through in-kind donations.
  • For the second year in a row, Phoenix-based Stewart Transport is partnering with a local school, Imagine East Mesa, to support homeless families through its Adopt a Family program.

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  • Delano, Minnesota’s Otto Transfer, Inc. is participating in a “Stop for Safety Day,” in which its 25 employees, including 19 drivers, build six high-end bikes for local children who asked for bikes for Christmas but whose families cannot afford one. The company then works with a local charity to deliver the bikes on Christmas Day.

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  • National Carriers, Inc., out of Irving, Texas, is participating in the distribution for Wreaths Across America; also, this marks the third year the company will actively support The Family Place, the leading organization in the Dallas area for victims of family violence.
  • Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx Freight is marking the 12th anniversary of its Trees for Troops program, in which it joins forces with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation – and generous tree farmers across North America – to deliver more than 18,000 real Christmas trees to service members and their families at nearly 65 bases in 17 countries.
  • Omaha, Nebraska-based Hill Brothers Transportation, Inc. is again helping with the transportation and storage needs of “Operation Others” – gathering and delivering more than 800 meals for families in need. The company also delivers food and books to homes that teachers with Omaha Public Schools flag as being in need.

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  • Keller Logistics Group, based in Defiance, Ohio, in addition to its year-round programs raising money for veteran families, adopt-a-highway efforts, and others, is a dedicated truckload carrier volunteer helping deliver hundreds of memorial wreaths to cemeteries across Ohio as a part of Wreaths Across America.
  • Pottle’s Transportation, based in Bangor, Maine, has participated in Wreaths Across America for nearly a decade and this year its convoy from Maine to Arlington, Virginia will include a Gold Star dad and an Army veteran Pottle’s driver. For the second year, the company is collecting donations for area animals through the Furry Friends Food Bank and for the third year is participating in the Anah Shrine Temple’s “Fez”tival of Trees in Bangor.

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In addition to these efforts and partnerships, trucking is the only industry that can say it directly ships to every community in America. No time of the year is this more important than during the holidays, when trucking will deliver the food, holiday gifts, and everyday necessities that will help to make this season brighter for all families.

To learn more and join the movement, visit www.truckingmovesamerica.com. To enquire about a TMAF holiday ornament, email TMAF@trucking.org. And visit www.shopTMAF.com to order TMAF-branded gear before the holidays.

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About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward aims to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com. Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn.