Trucking Moves America Forward and Truckload Carriers Association Partner to Bolster Industry-Wide Trucking Movement

[November 13, 2014] – Today the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) announced a $25,000 cash donation to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) each year for the next five years.

In addition, the commitment includes an in-kind TCA co-branding effort with its work with Wreaths Across America and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

TMAF and TCA’s logo will appear on boxes containing all the wreaths for Wreaths Across America, which takes place at participating veteran cemeteries across the country and Arlington National Cemetery. TCA’s “Truckload of Respect” trucks will be delivering the wreaths to each of the 900 contributing cemeteries for the national wreath laying on Dec. 13, 2014. Countless volunteers at veteran cemeteries throughout the United States will see TMAF and TCA’s logo side-by-side as they lay wreaths as symbols of remembrance at the headstones of those who served.

The wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery will mark the final event in the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery as the final resting place for those who have served in the nation’s armed forces. It is estimated that 30,000 volunteers will be laying wreaths on the hundreds of thousands of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery during the December event.

“We’d like to thank TCA for such generous financial and in-kind commitments,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF vice chair and president of Jet Express. “It is as important as ever for all industry partners to join the movement and tell our stories. Programs like Wreaths Across America and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project show how the trucking industry is giving back to our communities and our country.”

The co-branding efforts of TMAF and TCA will also be featured during the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree campaign. This year, the TMAF/TCA logo will appear on promotional materials at the tree lighting and reception in Washington, D.C. In 2015, the co-branded TMAF/TCA logo will appear on the official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree signage and appear on all materials featured at the tree’s whistle-stop tour from Alaska to the nation’s capital. The annual delivery of “The People’s Tree” to Washington, D.C. is made possible through the efforts of the U.S. Forestry Service.

“TMAF is changing the way we all look at the trucking industry and is showing how important this industry is to our country,” said Shepard Dunn, TCA chairman and president of Bestway Express. “TMAF is promoting the good work that trucking is doing for everyone in America and it is only fitting that we partner with TMAF and work to improve the image of our essential industry.”

TMAF, launched at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2014, is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative. Its aim is to inform policymakers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry with the goal of helping to build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

TCA is the primary dispatching and logistical partner of Wreaths Across America and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. TCA is a founding member of the TMAF movement.
To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com

Trucking Moves America Forward Nearing One Million Dollar Goal, Shares Movement Milestones

Washington, DC – [October 7, 2014] – Today, at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual MC&E conference, the growing industry-wide movement Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) shared highlights in a “state of the movement” press conference, including that it has reached over 80 percent of its one million dollar fundraising goal.

TMAF – launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY – is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

“To be at 80 percent of our goal already is a remarkable achievement,” said Kevin Burch, vice chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express. “We’ve made concentrated efforts to lay the foundation of a groundbreaking movement within the industry and are excited about reaching our one million dollar goal. We’ve had a great start, but the best is yet to come for TMAF.”

Companies who have contributed significant financial donations include Pilot Flying J, Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry, ATA, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Love’s Travel Stops, Great West Casualty Company, Trucking Associations Executive Council and Jack Cooper Transport.
Industry Highlights:

• Reached over 80% of the million dollar goal
• $1.25 million contribution from Pilot Flying J; held press conference at Newseum in Washington D.C.
• Sponsorship on the Love’s Travel Stop and Pilot Flying J NASCAR race cars
• More than $2million in-kind financial contributions, including Randall Reilly and Transport Topics
• Over one million advertising impressions due to in-kind donations from MAXIM, Transport Topics, Overdrive Magazine, Commercial Carrier Journal and Heavy Duty Trucking
• Presence at ATA’s Annual Management Conference & Exhibition, Mid-America Trucking Show and Great American Trucking Show
Representative Media Coverage (more than 25 million impressions)

• Transport Topics
• Road Dog Trucking Channel
• Land Line Radio Now
• Land Line Magazine
• Commercial Carrier Journal
• Heavy Duty Trucking
• POLITICO Transportation
• Roll Call
• The Hill
• MAXIM Magazine
• American Trucker
• The Trucker
• The Memphis Business Journal
• Dave Nemo Show

 

Digital & Social Media

  • Launched a full and interactive movement website with over 1,800 subscribers
  • Created a new social media channels that have grown organically throughout the year
  • Facebook: More than 1,700 page “LIKES”
  • YouTube: Four videos on YouTube with more than 19,000 total views
  • Twitter: Nearly 600 followers

In addition to the financial contributions, TMAF has garnered support from industry leaders such as Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Truckload Carriers Association.

To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com

Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry Donates $100,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward

Washington, DC – [October 6, 2014] – Today, at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual conference, the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ACT1) announced a $100,000 donation to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF).

TMAF – launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY – is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

“We couldn’t be happier to continue our partnership with Trucking Moves America Forward,” said ACT1 president John Conkin. “Positioning our industry in a positive light is one instance where the entire industry can come together. It is essential for our fellow industry leaders to get on board and join the movement.”

In addition to ACT1, TMAF has been bolstered by significant financial contributions from ATA, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Great West Casualty Company, Pilot Flying J, Trucking Associations Executive Council and Jack Cooper Transport. TMAF has also received support from industry leaders such as National Tank Truck Carriers, National Auto Dealers Association, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Truckload Carriers Association and in-kind donations from Randall-Reilly, Love’s Travel Stops, Transport Topics, MAXIM, Overdrive Magazine, Commercial Carrier Journal and Heavy Duty Trucking.

“As we increase our presence in and outside of the trucking industry, support from industry leaders like ACT1 is crucial to our continued growth,” said Mike Card, co-chairman of the TMAF Fundraising Committee and president of Combined Transport. “ACT1 has been on board with TMAF from the start of this movement and is one of the cornerstones in this movement.”

To learn more and join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com

American Trucking Associations Donates $100,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward

Today, American Trucking Associations announced a $100,000 commitment to help Trucking Moves America Forward – the growing industry-wide movement – tell the positive stories of the trucking industry and its essentiality to America’s economy and communities. With ATA’s donation, TMAF stands at $700,000 towards its goal to raise one million dollars by the end of the year.

TMAF – launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show – is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

“One of our most important jobs is to tell the trucking industry’s story,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “There’s so much to know about the safety, the essentiality and the sustainability efforts of this industry and Trucking Moves America Forward has been designed to do just that.”

“We have come a long way in almost two years of planning and preparation, and now ATA is proud to announce we’re taking our support to a higher level today announcing a contribution of $100,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward,” Graves said.

ATA’s contribution brings TMAF closer to its goal of raising $1 million to fund its educational and outreach mission.

“It is not surprising that the industry’s vendors and suppliers are embracing the movement, as well as other industry organizations like National Tank Truck Carriers and the Truck Dealers Association,” said Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express and vice chairman of ATA.  “Associations like OOIDA, the Truckload Carriers Association and Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association all are spreading the message.”

“As an industry-wide image campaign, we’re happy that such a prominent industry association as American Trucking Associations is now combining its in-kind contributions with financial ones,” said Mike Card, Chairman of the TMAF Fundraising Committee and president of Combined Transport. “TMAF has been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received from all corners of the industry and look to continue this momentum this year and beyond.”

For more on the donation, click here to see a video message from ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com

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About American Trucking Associations

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 and Facebook.

About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward is 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, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/TruckingFWD), or follow @TruckingFWD on Twitter.

Founding members of the movement include: ACT1, Allison Transmission, American Trucking Associations, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Bulldog Hiway Express, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, Combined Transport Inc., Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Holding Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Eaton Corporation – Roadranger, GE Capital, Goodyear, Great West Casualty Company, Hahn Transportation Inc., Hendrickson, International, J.J. Keller & Associates Inc., Jet Express Inc., Kenworth Truck Company, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc. Meritor, Michelin, Motor Carrier Service Inc., Old Dominion Freight Lines, Omnitracs Inc., Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Pegasus, Peterbilt Motors Company, Pilot Flying J, Randall Reilly, Tennant Truck Lines, Tennessee Express Inc., TransTech, Trucking Associations Executive Council, Truckload Carriers Association, TRW and Volvo Trucks.

 

 

Trucking Moves America Forward Introduces “High-5 and Show Your Pride” Campaign

The Trucking Moves America Forward movement introduces the “High-5 and Show Your Pride” campaign, which will debut at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on August 20, and encourages each attendee to donate five dollars to the TMAF movement to reach its goal of one million dollars its first year, emphasizing the pride within the industry.

The second phase of the campaign – “Show Your Pride” – urges industry workers to sign a pledge at the TMAF booth, #8042 showcasing their dedication to trucking and is open to anyone affiliated with the industry.

Launched in March, TMAF is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policymakers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build the groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.

“We are 70% of the way to our goal of raising $1 million since our launch six months ago,” said Mike Card, fundraising chairman, Trucking Moves America Forward and president of Combined Transport. “These incredible results are a testament to the passion within trucking and we believe the ’High-5 and Show Your Pride‘ campaign will continue to energize, excite and inspire our industry at GATS and beyond. TMAF is a long-term movement and we aim to continue fundraising well past our goal.”

Attendees of GATS will be able to donate at the TMAF booth along with founding member American Trucking Associations (Booth #14059). Member companies will be easily identified via “High-5 and Show Your Pride” signage throughout the convention and those who donate will receive special recognition at the show as well as on TMAF social media and its website.

“We challenge the more than 40,000 attendees to continue celebrating and supporting the TMAF movement by participating in the ’High-5 and Show Your Pride‘ campaign at GATS,” said Steve Ponder, chairman, Trucking Moves America Forward and vice-president of Great West Casualty Company. “There would be nothing more exciting than moving closer to our goal with our friends and colleagues in Dallas.”

Significant landmarks to TMAF include reaching the half-million dollar donation mark two months after its launch thanks to major contributions from ATA, Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry, Cummins Inc., Great West Casualty Company, Jack Cooper Transportation, JJ Keller, Lipscomb & Pitts, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Minnesota Trucking, NTTC, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Pilot Flying J, TAEC Region IV and Southeastern Freight Lines.

For more information visit www.truckingmovesamerica.com

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About Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking Moves America Forward is 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, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/TruckingFWD), or follow @TruckingFWD on Twitter.

Founding members of the movement include: ACT1, Allison Transmission, American Trucking Associations, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Bulldog Hiway Express, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, Combined Transport Inc., Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Holding Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Eaton Corporation – Roadranger, GE Capital, Goodyear, Great West Casualty Company, Hahn Transportation Inc., Hendrickson, International, J.J. Keller & Associates Inc., Jet Express Inc., Kenworth Truck Company, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc. Meritor, Michelin, Motor Carrier Service Inc., Old Dominion Freight Lines, Omnitracs Inc., Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Pegasus, Peterbilt Motors Company, Pilot Flying J, Randall Reilly, Tennant Truck Lines, Tennessee Express Inc., TransTech, Trucking Associations Executive Council, Truckload Carriers Association, TRW and Volvo Trucks.

 

 

 

 

Heavy Duty Trucking: ATA Predicts Continued Growth for Industry, Revenues

American Trucking Associations recently released the latest edition of ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2025, a look at the future of freight, which predicts continued growth for both the trucking industry and freight economy overall.

According to Forecast, which is produced by ATA in conjunction with IHS Global Insight, overall freight tonnage will grow 23.5% from 2013 to 2025 and freight revenues will jump 72%.

“We continue to see growth for the entire freight economy, but we also see that trucking will maintain its position as the nation’s dominant mode of freight transportation,” said ATA Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Bob Costello in a statement.

According to the latest edition of Forecast:

  • Trucking’s share of freight tonnage will grow from 69.1% in 2013 to 71.4% in 2025;
  • Truckload volume will grow 3.5% a year through 2019, then 1.2% annually from 2020 to 2025; however, truckload carriers will make greater use of intermodal rail for intermediate- and long-distance hauls.
  • Rail intermodal tonnage will grow 5.5% annually through 2019 and 5.1% a year through 2025.
  • Railroad market share will shrink from 14.5% of all tonnage in 2013 to 13.8% in 2025.

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