Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) Announces Continued Financial Support from Texas Trucking Association Foundation

TXTA Pledges $10,000 a year to Support TMAF’s Mission to Promote the Positive Image of Trucking

Washington, D.C. – September 8, 2021 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry wide education and image movement, announced today the continued financial support of the Texas Trucking Association Foundation (TXTA), one of the largest trucking associations in the country. TXTA has pledged $10,000 each year over the next three years to support TMAF’s mission of promoting the economic contributions of the trucking industry.

Elisabeth Barna, TMAF Executive Committee Member, Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, American Trucking Associations (ATA) said, “The Texas Trucking Association has been a steadfast ally of TMAF since our industry movement’s inception seven years ago. We are grateful for their generous donation and their continued partnership with TMAF to educate the motoring public on the important role that the industry has in the country’s economy. With the support of donors like TXTA, we are able to broaden our reach and continue to shift the public’s perception of trucking in the right direction.”

TXTA has partnered with TMAF on many educational activities over the years to help demonstrate the good works of trucking and the stories of the dedicated drivers and workforce that support the industry. Some of those activities include showcasing professional drivers from Texas through the placement of billboards on Texas roads and highways each year since 2016. In partnership with TXTA, TMAF tells the story of several industry professionals in Texas through the “Women of Trucking” series that shines a light on the various career paths for women in the industry. Additionally, TXTA’s charitable contributions are a key part of TMAF’s public relations and marketing efforts.

John D. Esparza, President and CEO, TXTA said, “One of the core goals of TXTA Foundation is to contribute to educational programs that enhance the understanding and image of the trucking industry—and no group does this better than TMAF. They have assembled an impressive group of leaders and educators and this campaign is absolutely essential to the successful future of the trucking industry. TXTA Foundation applauds TMAF for the meaningful contributions they’ve made to trucking. We are proud to be a supporter.”

In December 2014, the Texas Trucking Association Foundation and TMAF announced that TXTA committed a $50,000 financial contribution to support TMAF’s growth over five years. The TXTA has provided support each subsequent year. The donation followed TMAF’s official launch at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March 2014.

To learn more about TMAF and the movement’s work, visit http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/.

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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 http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/. Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Medium.

About TXTA Foundation
TXTA Foundation was established in 1978 to fund education and research projects for the Texas trucking industry. The Foundation is a non-profit educational, public relations, research and community service organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The mission of this all volunteer organization is to work with TXTA member companies to fund educational and community service programs to enhance the understanding of and image of the Texas trucking industry, with the ultimate goal of positioning trucking as the most vital and necessary industry in Texas. To learn more, visit www.texastrucking.com/txta-foundation/.

Trucking Industry Takes National Spotlight During Upcoming NASCAR Race

Trucking Moves America Forward and Industry Mascot to be Featured on The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in NASCAR Race on August 21

Brooklyn, M.I. – August 10 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), an education and image movement to bring awareness to the importance of the trucking industry, announced today it will be a featured brand on the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 21. The industry mascot, “Safety Sammy” will also be in the grandstands prior to the race from 10 AM to 3:30 PM to greet race fans.

Pilot Flying J invited TMAF to be part of their racecar branding which will feature the TMAF logo and #ThankATrucker campaign social media hashtag to support education about the trucking industry and demonstrate support for America’s 3.6 million professional truck drivers. TMAF’s industry mascot, Safety Sammy, will be featured on the rear of the car waving to the crowd. Today, JR Motorsports will officially reveal the vinyl wrap of the TMAF branded No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet at https://www.jrmracing.com/ and on the @JRMotorsports social channels.

Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, former ATA Chair and vice president of sales and governmental affairs at Martin Transportation Systems (MTS)said, “Presenting the #ThankATrucker message on The Pilot Flying J Chevrolet is a new and exciting opportunity to spread the industry message of essentiality on a national stage. We thank Pilot Flying J, one of TMAF’s first and most steadfast financial supporters since our launch, for providing TMAF with the opportunity to expand our reach and show why it’s important to show gratitude for America’s truck drivers.”

During TMAF’s inception in 2013, Pilot Flying J was a launch supporter and has continued its strong involvement in the organization by contributing a total of $3 million over the last seven years and with Wendy Hamilton, senior manager of Operations and Support for Pilot Company, serving as a TMAF board member. This year, Pilot Flying J is donating $150,000 to TMAF along with the in-kind sponsorship of the TMAF branded No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet.

“The men and women of the trucking industry are heroes. They are the heartbeat of our supply chain and we are thankful every day for their dedication to delivering the goods that we all depend on,” said Hamilton. “Pilot Flying J is grateful to TMAF for shining a light on the importance of professional drivers and the industry. We are proud to showcase how essential trucking is by bringing TMAF to the track on the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet and hope it helps raise appreciation for all that professional drivers do to keep the country moving.”

TMAF was established to educate the motoring public and lawmakers on how critical the trucking industry is to America’s economy and vitality. The movement includes educational marketing, advertising and public relations activities with industry facts and research, personal stories of truck drivers and industry personnel, safety programs, highway safety and an industry mascot. Since TMAF’s inception seven years ago, the public’s perception of the trucking industry has shifted in a positive direction. More Americans have recognized the essentially of trucking and the vital role of America’s truck drivers in keeping our country safe and secure. As support for trucking has increased, the movement to #ThankATrucker has also flourished nationwide.

As part of TMAF’s presence at the Michigan International Speedway on August 21, the organization has also secured the display of two billboards that will be seen on US-12, both east and west, heading into and out of the speedway to promote the appearance of mascot Safety Sammy at the race and #TruckingIsEssential.

The August race comes about a month before the annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which this year is September 12-18, 2021. TMAF’s industrywide #ThankATrucker campaign has been one of the movement’s signature education campaigns, which deploys digital and traditional advertising and marketing activities that include messages of gratitude for truck drivers’ steadfast service 24-7, 365 days a year. To learn more about TMAF and the movement’s work, visit http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/.

Pilot Flying J, the industry-leading network of travel centers in North America, has been the primary sponsor for JR Motorsports No. 1 for five consecutive years. The No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet is driven by Michael Annett who is now competing in his fifth season with JR Motorsports.

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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 http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/. Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on FacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitterLinkedIn and Medium.

About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest network of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. The Pilot Flying J Travel Center network includes over 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 680 restaurants, 74,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and provides truck maintenance and tire service through Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. More details on locations and amenities are available in the myRewards PlusTM app. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.

Pilot Flying J is part of the Pilot Company family of brands. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. For additional information about Pilot Company, its 28,000 team members and commitment to giving back, visit www.pilotcompany.com.

Trucking Moves America Forward Shares Stories of Trucking Industry’s Charitable Works during Holiday Season

Organizations Continue to Give Back during Year of Unprecedented Challenges and Hardships

Washington, D.C. – December 17 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is proud to share stories of the unique ways that the trucking industry has continued to give back to their communities over the holiday season. The trucking companies and organizations submitted their stories of charitable works to TMAF after an industry-wide call for submissions through email and social media.

Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc., said, “During one of the most difficult years in our nation’s history, the trucking industry not only stepped up to deliver the essential goods we have relied on throughout the pandemic; but also gave back to their community through charitable acts and giving. Trucking companies and organizations of all sizes and from states across the country stepped up once again year to help make the holidays a little brighter for those in need. From donating food, toys and transportation, to delivering food, medicine and supplies on the frontlines of the pandemic, trucking has helped keep our communities strong all year.”

Below is a list of trucking companies and organizations that gave back to their communities during the 2020 holiday season.

  • Advantage Truck Group (ATG), based in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, hosted their annual Haulin’ 4 Hunger initiative to provide meals to those in need. With an increased need for food assistance because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ATG increased their efforts this year and provided 6,000 meals and support to 12 local food pantries.

ATG employees in front of Friendly House, one of the organizations that ATG supported

  • American Trucking Associations (ATA) and its Workforce Heroes Program participated in Wreaths Across America; Workforce Heroes professional truck drivers and Army veterans, Nate McCarty and Sammy Brewster, drove the program’s truck from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. Additionally, ATA and Share the Road, its leading highway safety program, partnered with the American Logistics Aid Network to provide food and relief supplies to hurricane victims in Lake Charles, Louisiana to help victims recover ahead of the holidays. ATA and Share the Road also worked together to educate motorists on the importance of safe driving during the holiday season.

ATA’s Workforce Heroes Truck

  • Employees of Fort Worth-Texas’ Apex Capital hosted a Virtual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness and raised $1,725 to help fight breast cancer. Employees of Apex Capital also bought approximately $500 worth of gifts on Amazon wish lists to be gifted to local residents through a local organization, and organized a virtual tag pulling holiday gift donation event for a local children’s home.

Rachel Lewis, who organized the Apex Capital office gift drive, with some of the gifts donated by employees

  • The Arkansas Trucking Association partnered with a statewide coalition dedicated to raising awareness about adoption from foster care, and delivered Christmas gifts to over 480 children and teens during the program’s “Candyland Christmas” event.

Arkansas Trucking Association members while volunteering for the Candyland Christmas event

  • Employees of Bestpass in Albany, New York volunteered to build garden beds for a regional nonprofit; participated in a fundraiser to benefit children hospitals and raised more than $1,000; ran a virtual 5K Turkey Trot to support a regional food bank; and collected toys for Toys for Tots.

Bestpasss employees volunteering to build garden beds

  • Boshart Trucking, Inc. of Tangent, Oregon assisted their local community during the wildfires that spread across the state. Efforts included the coordination of evacuations for local families and their livestock; the collection of and coordination of donations and the delivery of hay bales to assist communities devasted by the fires with erosion control.

A Boshart Trucking truck provided for the hay bale delivery to Oregon communities

  • Brenny Transportation, based in St. Joseph, Minnesota, hosted their annual Driven to Serve campaign, which included a giving tree to benefit five local organizations; food and toy donations to three local food shelves and helping children in need through their involvement with the Minnesota Trucks and Toys Campaign.
  • Joplin, Missouri-based CFI raised $40,000 and supported 25 local, state, federal and global charitable efforts and organizations this year to help children, the elderly, veterans and first responders.
  • Conversion Interactive Agency, based in Brentwood, Tennessee, held an annual food drive and collected over 900 cans from their employees for a local charity.

Conversion Interactive Agency employees with the collected donations

  • CRST International, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, partnered with Central Furniture Rescue to help deliver furniture donations, such as chairs, couches, and cushions, to the Cedar Rapids area after a derecho storm devasted the community leaving many residents without roofs or homes.

Chris Landwehr and Kendall George, the two CRST truck drivers who picked up the donated furniture

  • Employees from DriverFacts, based in Anaheim, California, gave back to their community in many ways, including volunteer work for local food banks, charities and churches, as well as other charitable efforts to give back to members of the community, including seniors.
  • The truck manager for Four Star Freightliner, located in their Montgomery, Alabama location, donated 20 children’s bicycles after deciding to donate one bike for every chemotherapy treatment he completed, turning a negative situation into a positive one by giving back to his community!
  • Garner Trucking gave back to their community in Findlay, Ohio in several ways, including through the donation of a trailer to a local food drive; the donation of coats collected by employees for local community members and a fundraiser to benefit Wreaths Across America, an event which Garner Trucking also participated in.

Participants of Garner’s fifth annual Ride to Remember fundraiser to benefit Wreaths Across America

  • Employees of Great Dane, based in Savannah Georgia, gave back to the communities they serve in Nebraska and Pennsylvania this holiday season. In Wayne, Nebraska, employees held a food and clothing drive to support a local pantry and donated an additional $1,211. Great Dane employees in Danville, Pennsylvania raised donations for a Salvation Army program and purchased gifts, clothing, shoes and coats for children of families in need.

Bob Burke, Quality Control Manager at Great Dane’s Wayne location, is pictured above, right, with Rev. Teresa Bartlett from First Presbyterian Church

  • Defiance, Ohio-based Keller Logistics Group raised funds for their Keller Assists Veterans In Crisis, or Operation K.A.V.I.C. program, which helps local military personnel and veterans. Keller Logistics Group also served as a donation processing center for Soles4Souls and participated in Wreaths Across America.
  • Load One, based in Taylor, Michigan, partnered with several communities in their area to provide trailers for toy drives. Employees also collected toys at Load One facilities to donate to those in need within their community.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines, Inc. gave back to their community through donations to local organizations; the purchase of a K-9 dog for their local police department; and the sponsorship of wreaths for Wreaths Across America. Additionally, one of their drivers led the effort to deliver supplies and essential items from Washington state to the New Orleans area following Hurricane Laura.

The Melton Truck Lines truck that delivered donations for hurricane victims in Louisiana

  • Mississippi Trucking Association (MTA) continued to give back to their community through support of local initiatives, including organizations with the mission of ending human trafficking. The association recently received two awards by these organizations, including from Truckers Against Trafficking and the Center for Violence Prevention.

Hal Miller, President of MTA, right, accepting an award from Steve Boudreaux, Director of Safety & Membership Development for TAT

  • During the pandemic, Omnitracs, based in Dallas, Texas, donated $25,000 to four charities in lieu of a holiday party. Omnitracs also supported Wreaths Across America for an 11th consecutive year and donated more than $73,000 to organizations and nonprofits nationwide, including St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund and Truckers Final Mile, as well as healthcare organizations, disadvantaged schools, food banks, and more.
  • Pilot Company, based in Knoxville, Tennessee served as a sponsor of Wreaths Across America this year and hosted a fundraiser to benefit the event. Guests at any Pilot Company location were able to round up their purchases to donate to Wreaths Across America during the holiday season.

  • Professional Driver Agency, based in Tennessee, gave their two branch offices in Brentwood, Tennessee and Van Buren, Arkansas, a donation to give to local charities. Employees voted on and selected the charities of their choice

Employees from Professional Driver Agency

  • State Highway 130 Concession Company in Texas partnered with the Caldwell County Sheriff Department’s Brown Santa in Central Texas and donated over 100 toys, games and books for local families in need. The company also donated $5,000 to a local food pantry to help meet an increased need in the region this year.

SH 130 Concession Company employees are pictured above with the Caldwell County Sheriff Department

 

  • Thomas E. Keller Trucking, Inc., an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group based in Defiance, Ohio, created the “Charity Truck” to advance Autism awareness, understanding and acceptance, as the truck travels the country; a percentage of the truck’s revenue will be donated to causes, charities and initiatives related to Autism and youth development within their community. Thomas E. Keller Trucking, Inc. also partnered with a local organization to wrap a semi-trailer to raise awareness of and help end violence against women.

Keller Trucking’s Charity Truck

Zonta International human trafficking awareness trailer wrapped by Keller Trucking 

  • Transport America out of Eagan, Minnesota donated $950 worth in gift cards to a local charity program that provides assistance for local families. Additionally, Transport America supported Wreaths Across America and delivered over 10,000 wreaths.
  • Cleveland, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America launched its first point-of-sale fundraising campaign at their travel stores, restaurants, and fuel buildings, to benefit the Christopher’s Trucker Relief Fund (SCF), which helps professional drivers who may be out of work due to an illness or injury. Additionally, TravelCenters of America ran a gift card fundraiser with the American Red Cross to benefit families in the Cleveland area and veterans at regional VA Hospitals.
  • The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its member companies were instrumental in the delivery of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s The Wall That Heals mobile education unit and Wreaths Across America remembrance wreaths. Additionally, TCA and Cargo Transporters, Inc. hosted a community stop in Asheville, North Carolina for residents to gather to view the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it traveled to Washington, D.C.
  • The Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association hosted a ThankATrucker fundraiser to thank truck drivers for delivering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceeds of the fundraiser were used to purchase $10 Kwik Trip meal gift cards that were handed out to over 900 truck drivers at various locations across the state.

Members of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association while distributing the Kwik Trip gift cards to truck drivers

  • The Virginia Trucking Association’s member company, VHI Express of Chester, provided trailers and transportation for the collection of food donations in the Richmond, Virginia area by local Boy Scouts. The food was transported to a nonprofit organization that distributes food to neighbors in need across Central Virginia.

To learn more about TMAF and the movement’s work, visit http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/.

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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 http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/. Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Medium.

PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Recognizes Trucking Industry’s Charitable Works this Holiday Season

Trucking Moves America Forward Recognizes Trucking Industry’s Charitable Works this Holiday Season

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is proud to recognize the many ways that the trucking industry gave back to their local communities during this holiday season. Trucking companies and organizations consisting of all sizes across the U.S. submitted their stories of charitable works after TMAF issued an industry-wide call for submissions through email and social media.

“While America is preparing for the busy holiday season, it’s important to acknowledge the dedicated efforts of the trucking industry who are not only delivering our special holiday moments, but who are giving back to their communities,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “Whether it is through charitable donations, delivering the goods that make a family’s holiday special, or helping communities prepare for severe weather challenges, trucking keeps America moving forward during the winter season.”

Below is a list of U.S. trucking companies and organizations that gave back to their communities during the 2019 holiday season. Professional truck drivers and employees also donated their time and service for the causes important to them.

  • Advantage Truck Group (ATG), based in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, hosted their annual Haulin’ 4 Hunger program, a program to help address hunger and food insecurity in the community, and delivered nearly 3,000 fresh meals to six food pantry organizations in Central Massachusetts. Over the past seven years, Haulin’ 4 Hunger has grown to include the support of eleven businesses and has provided almost 16,000 meals.
  • American Trucking Associations (ATA) led a convoy and delivered wreaths from Bangor, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for Wreaths Across America. ATA’s Workforce Heroes Truck, which is part of their Workforce Heroes Program, led the convoy. The program helps highlight career opportunities for service members and veterans within the trucking industry. ATA also hosted a Tribute to Wreaths Across America raising over $50,000 to purchase additional wreaths for cemeteries across the U.S.

  • Bestpass in Albany, New York collected and donated presents and household items for two families through the Albany County Executive’s Adopt a Family Program. Bestpass employees shopped for more than 100 items on the children’s wish lists, as well as household items for the family, and wrapped them to be delivered to the families just before the holidays. During the holiday season, Bestpass employees also collected gloves for Street Soldiers, which provides hot meals and needed essentials to the less fortunate.

  • Employee-owners from Shelbyville, Tennessee-based Big G Express, Inc.’s raised $1,600 and collected toys for The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program in Bedford County, Tennessee. Big G Express also served as a toy donation site and provided a trailer for the 53rd Annual Lincoln County Toy Drive in Fayetteville, Tennessee. The toy drive provided toys for approximately more than 500 children in the community.
  • Brenny Transportation, based in St. Joseph, Minnesota, hosted their annual Driven to Serve campaign this holiday season. Brenny Transportation employees participated in a giving tree and the items collected were donated to six local organizations. Brenny Transportation also donated food and toys to three local food shelves and the Minnesota Trucking Association’s Trucks and Toys Campaign to help children in need. Employees also volunteered their time within the community. This year, employees built and donated a Christmas tree stand for their local church and sang Christmas carols at nursing homes.
  • Leawood, Kansas-based Cline Wood and Scott City, Missouri-based Buchheit Logistics participated in Wreaths Across America for a fourth year. Buchheit Logistics delivered two truckloads of wreaths that were placed on veterans’ graves in local cemeteries in Illinois and Missouri.
  • Employees from Joplin, Missouri-based CFI raised over $41,000 in donations and supported 19 charities across eight cities as part of their 26th Annual Truckloads of Treasures Holiday Giving Campaign. Employees also partnered with service organizations in their communities to provide holiday gifts, food and other items for underserved children and senior citizens throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
  • Contract Leasing Corp. (CLC) in Piscataway, New Jersey donated the fully wrapped Wreaths Across America Honor Trailer and hosted the challenge for a company to sponsor the trailer. The Wreaths Across America Honor Trailer, which was sponsored by UPS this year, was escorted to Arlington to support National Wreaths Across America Day. In addition to the trailer donation, CLC donated to Wreaths Across America.
  • Employees from Anaheim, California-based DriverFacts gave back to their community in many ways, including serving in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky at Big Creek Missions; volunteering at their local church; raising support for the Multiple Sclerosis Society during the BIKE MS race; supporting the Gold Rush Cure Foundation with “A Pot of Gold” program; and volunteering at adult day care and nursing homes, veteran centers, schools and more.
  • Garner Trucking in Findlay, Ohio donated a trailer for a local food drive hosted by The University of Findlay, served as a collection point for coats and winter hats and volunteered for the Coats for Christmas Drive hosted by a local elementary school, and adopted a local veteran for the holidays through their local Veterans Service Office. Garner Trucking also participated in the national and local Wreaths Across America events.
  • Defiance, Ohio-based Keller Logistics Group raised $273,159 and honored 524 hardship requests through their Keller Assists Veterans In Crisis, or Operation K.A.V.I.C. program, which helps local military personnel and veterans. Keller Logistics Group served as a donation processing center for Soles4Souls, a global nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. In 2019, Keller Logistics Group collected and processed over 9,000 pairs of shoes. Keller Logistics Group also participated in Wreaths Across America in Ohio.
  • Leonard’s Express in Farmington, New York transported a truckload of donated food to California to support the Young Living Salinas Valley program. In their community, Leonard’s Express delivered two truckloads of donated goods and donated 138 Thanksgiving dinner boxes to the local Small Business Council’s Cares Thanksgiving Drive. Employees volunteered at a gift-wrapping booth to benefit the Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation, which provides innovative programs and services for people with disabilities or other challenges. Leonard’s Express also donated trucks and drivers for Wreaths Across America.
  • The Minnesota Trucking Association raised $37,173 and donated 3,048 toys to over 20 charities throughout the state of Minnesota as a result of their annual Trucks & Toys program. Trucking companies throughout the state participated in the program through donations and serving as collection sites.
  • The Rhode Island Trucking Association co-hosted Rhode Island’s first Torch Run Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. The Truck Convoy is a fundraising event hosted in partnership with law enforcement and truckers to increase support for the Special Olympics. Over 50 trucks and 30 companies participated in the event to benefit the Rhode Island Special Olympics.
  • Ryder employees across the country volunteered to help charitable organizations in their local community, such as Meals on Wheels, The Red Cross and Rise Against Hunger. For the eighth consecutive year, Ryder employees contributed to the global day of giving by volunteering at local food banks, making bagged lunches, conducting toy drives, installing smoke alarms and performing other gifts of caring.
  • SH 130 Concession Co., which operates and maintains the southern sections of SH 130 in Central Texas, partnered with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department’s Brown Santa, which collects presents for children in need in Central Texas. This year, SH 130 donated over 80 toys, games and books for local families in the community.
  • Nonprofit organization, The St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, helped professional truck drivers and families who were taken off the road after an illness or injury by paying the families’ rent, utilities, vehicle payments, and insurance payments. Since their inception in 2008, The St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund has helped over 3,000 with more than $3 million to date.
  • Titan Transfer, Inc., based in Shelbyville, Tennessee, runs their annual Blue Jeans Brighten Up Children’s Christmas program, which supports Titan employees and fellow community members in need of assistance during the holiday season. Throughout the year, Titan Transfer’s employees contribute $1 to the fund to participate in “Casual Friday” at the office; employees are also encouraged to donate to the fund through weekly payroll deductions. Titan Transfer uses the money collected through the fund to donate meals and toys to local charities and organizations in the community.
  • Strafford, Missouri-based TransLand participated in Wreaths Across America by delivering wreaths to Ohio and Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Additionally, TransLand joined with the Springfield Area Motor Carriers Club (SAMCC) and led the effort to ensure that all U.S. veterans in Springfield would be honored during the holiday season. Last year, only 6,000 of 14,000 veterans’ graves received a wreath. This year, TransLand and SAMCC raised enough funds to cover 14,500 graves.
  • The Truckers Christmas Group (TGCO), a nonprofit organization, hosted their 12th annual holiday fundraising campaign in partnership with trucking’s top musicians to help raise funds for professional truck drivers and their families who need additional help and assistance during the holiday season. This year, TGCO assisted 25 families with $500 per family. Over the past eleven years, TGCO has helped 154 trucking families and raised and distributed $90,000.
  • The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) hosted several events throughout the year, including golf outings and touch-a-truck events, that raised over $21,000 in donations. TANY donated the money to various charities, including the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany, Paige’s Butterfly Run in Syracuse, Holy Childhood in Rochester, and Long Island Cares. TANY also held a gift drive in conjunction with their holiday party to support Things of My Very Own, an organization that provides support services for children in crisis.
  • Cleveland, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America supported The American Red Cross by hosting an annual holiday toy drive. This year, approximately 500 local kids benefited as a result of the toy drive. TravelCenters of America also supported Toys for Tots; participating locations across the country are official Toy Drop Sites.

PR Newswire: TMAF to Launch 2019 #ThankATrucker Campaign During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is thanking America’s professional truck drivers during their #ThankATrucker campaign, during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 8-14, 2019. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Delivering Life’s Moments.”

“Throughout National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, TMAF will be showcasing the life moments that pro truck drivers make possible through their deliveries,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “Whether it’s teaching your grandkid how to bike, playing tee ball with your son, or sharing an afternoon snack of milk and cookies with your daughter, all of life’s precious moments are made possible by America’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers who deliver the items and products for these events.”

In this year’s digital campaign, TMAF’s content will feature families making memories alongside an image of a professional truck driver and the message #ThankADriver. The online campaign of “Delivering Life’s Moments” is launching on TMAF’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn channels.

TMAF is emphasizing the importance of educating the motoring public on the significant value the trucking industry brings to our nation’s economy. This year, TMAF will focus its radio advertisements on Westwood One Sports programs nationwide. Starting September 8, commercials thanking our professional truck drivers and educating consumers on how essential the industry is in delivering all our products and goods, will air on CBS Sports, NBC Sports and play-by-play broadcasts of professional football. TMAF is encouraging the state trucking associations and other TMAF members to share the campaign messages by airing the radio ads.

TMAF also created and offered campaign billboard advertisements to the state associations and companies to run during National Truck Driving Appreciation Week or at any time during the year. The billboards, which are customizable for each organization, feature award-winning truck drivers from specific states or regions. Print advertisements are available too. All campaign materials can be found at: https://truckingmovesamerica.com/2019-advertising/.

As part of NTDAW celebrations, on Friday, September 13, it’s “Trucking Day” in the Nation’s Capital hosted by the American Trucking Associations. Mascot Safety Sammy will be at the Navy Yard-Ballpark metro station at Nationals Park greeting baseball fans and spreading the industry’s message. Additionally, a truck driver will sing the National Anthem, and eight trucking representatives will be honored on the baseball field.

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PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Advocates for Infrastructure Investment to Build Better Roads and Bridges During 7th Annual Infrastructure Week

TMAF Joins 500 Groups to Urge Lawmakers to:#BuildForTomorrow

Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is advocating lawmakers to invest in better and safer roads and bridges as part of its affiliation with the seventh annual Infrastructure Week, May 13-20, 2019.

“With 3.5 million truck drivers on our highways every day working to deliver America’s goods, it’s imperative that we have safe and modern roads,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “A strong infrastructure network is critical to the success of the trucking industry and all of America. Our lives, businesses and economy depend on it. Our leaders must address the nation’s infrastructure gap and provide the proper funding to #BuildforTomorrow because, as the industry’s latest television commercial shows, life won’t wait.”

To help promote Infrastructure Week and its message, TMAF published an editorial in the publication Morning Consult titled, “The Time to #BuildForTomorrow is Now.” The op-ed can be found here. TMAF also published a blog post on their blog page through Medium, which can be found here.

Throughout Infrastructure Week, TMAF will be sharing messages about how strong infrastructure is critical to the success of the industry on its other social media properties, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

In addition, TMAF provided social media content for the industry to use throughout Infrastructure Week, including shareable images, in their monthly social media content calendar, which is available to members of the trucking industry. To join the list and start receiving free social media content, email info@truckingmovesamerica.com.

To learn more about TMAF’s free promotional offerings, click here. To visit the Resources section of our website and access our free content, click here.

PRESS RELEASE: TMAF Provides National Polling Results on Perception of the Industry, Celebrates Milestones During Five-Year Anniversary

TMAF’s Research Confirms Positive Shift of Trucking Industry’s Image Louisville, Ky. – March 28 – Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, announced the results of a national poll and detailed five years of progress, in a press conference during their fifth anniversary at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show. TMAF commissioned new research last month to determine perceptions of the industry from the motoring public. The results confirm that the industry has been successful in shifting public perception toward a more positive image. Key findings include:

  • 67% of American drivers have a favorable view of the trucking industry. This was nearly the same as 2015 at 68%.
  • 74% of American drivers believe the trucking industry plays a very important role in the nation’s economy, up from 71% in 2015.
  • 70% of motorists are overwhelmingly positive about the trucking industry’s safety record; the same in 2015.
  • 86% view trucking as a career versus a temporary job, the same as 2015.
  • A growing percentage of American motorists, 57%, believe that trucks move more freight than railroads or airplanes, an increase from 49% in 2015.
  • Though a small percentage of motorists have seen, heard or read information about TMAF, of those who have, 83% have a more favorable view of the industry.

The online survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 800 American adults with driver’s licenses from February 14-18, 2019, and it compared results from a replicated survey from 2015. A breakdown of the research findings, including verbatim responses, can be found at TruckingMovesAmerica.com. Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc., said, “TMAF was founded five years ago to help shift the public’s perception of the trucking industry, which had suffered from an outdated and tarnished reputation. We’re proud of the milestones we’ve accomplished in five years. Our latest poll shows that more Americans recognize that truck drivers are hardworking professionals who work diligently to safely deliver our goods on time. Motorists have a much more positive view of the industry now, describing truck drivers as the  ‘backbone of our country.’ Americans also understand the industry plays a very important role in the country’s economy.” “As we enter our fifth year of operation, we will extend our message more broadly through our outreach and education efforts to reach more of the motoring public and aim to shift public perception even further,” Burch added. During the press conference, a video highlighted TMAF’s accomplishments over five years since its inception, including:

  • 200 donors
  • 3,410 subscribers
  • 240 trailer wraps on the road, reaching a total of 38.4 billion Americans each year
  • More than 344 million advertising impressions
  • More than 200 earned media placements totaling 162 million impressions
  • 16, 276 Facebook followers; 4,586 Twitter followers; 1,100 Instagram followers
  • 24 blog posts

TMAF’s 2018 accomplishments are showcased in their newly released 2018 Annual Report titled “Miles in a Movement: Advancing the image of the trucking industry.” To view the report, visit the website or click here. An infographic that summarizes the report is included online. Highlights of TMAF’s accomplishments in 2018 alone include:

  • 35 million billboard impressions and 385K social media impressions during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
  • 47 earned media stories and placed 11 op-eds, resulting in 35.5 million print impressions.
  • 254 million radio listener impressions.
  • 16,000 Facebook followers; 4,500 Twitter followers
  • 116% growth on Instagram; 79% growth on LinkedIn.
  • Mascot Safety Sammy traveled across the U.S. and helped TMAF reach more than 130,000 attendees at events.

Preview of MATS: Join Us As We Celebrate TMAF’s Five Year Anniversary at MATS

TMAF was launched five years ago at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) and we’re excited to celebrate our anniversary with you!

During MATS, from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30, stop by TMAF’s booth,#40569 in the North Wing Lobby, to show your industry pride and grab a photo with our industry mascot Safety Sammy. We”ll also have window clings, handheld fans and more!

Members of the media are invited to join us at 11 AM on Thursday morning for TMAF’s press conference, which is being held in Room C101. TMAF leaders will unveil our latest poll results on the image of the industry and share about our growth and success over the past five years. To RSVP or learn more, contact info@truckingmovesamerica.com.

During MATS, don’t forget to upload your photos with Safety Sammy to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Use the hashtag #SafetySammy for a chance to be featured on TMAF’s social media channels.

P.S. — Make sure you follow TMAF on Instagram: @truckingfwd. Safety Sammy will be taking over the TMAF Instagram later this month as we count down the days until MATS. You won’t want to miss it.

PRESS RELEASE: Trucking Moves America Forward Shines a Light on Industry’s Charitable Work Coast to Coast During Holiday Season

From Hurricane Relief Efforts to Clothing Donations, the Industry Shows Pride in Giving Back

Washington, D.C. – December 20 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide education and image movement, is sharing the industry’s honorable charity efforts during this holiday season after an industry-wide call for submissions through email and social media.

“From participating in efforts to feed the hungry and support our veterans, to collecting and delivering toys, shoes and other donations for those in need, the trucking industry has always taken great pride in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express, Inc. “Our trucking companies, drivers and employees united to donate their time, money and supplies, to help others. TMAF is proud to share a collection of efforts of the organizations and companies who supported those in need this year this holiday season.”

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

  • American Trucking Associations’ America’s Road Team helped deliver the items necessary for the Snowball Express event hosted by the Gary Sinise Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps America’s veterans, first responders and their families. America’s Road Team transported the items for the event from Dallas, Texas to Orlando, Florida.
  • American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road program participated in the Wreaths Across America convoy from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery carrying more than 3,900 wreaths to be placed on the graves of America’s fallen heroes. The convoy made stops in communities along the trip to Arlington, met with Gold Star Families, and showcased the important role trucking plays in honoring America’s fallen service members. ATA staff joined Share the Road truck drivers Nate McCarty and Ralph Garcia of ABF Freight to help disperse wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Albany, New York-based Bestpass collected items for “Goodnight Bags,” for a local human services agency. The “Goodnight Bags,” which include items such as small blankets, flashlights, sketch pads, color pencils, crayons and stuffed animals, help make a child’s stay at The Equinox Domestic Violence Shelter as homey as possible. Bestpass also provided support and donated services for other causes through its #BestpassGives community outreach program.
  • CFI, out of Joplin, Missouri, donates to several charities, including Salvation Army, Bethany House, and Wilmer’s Initiative to Spread Hope. This holiday season, CFI donated 51 Christmas trees to local schools, senior centers and Children’s Haven. CFI also donated to Wreaths Across America.
  • Goodyear, Arizona-based Contracted Driver Services donated blankets to The Honey Foundation, which provides blankets, jackets and socks to local homeless shelters during the holiday season.
  • Employees of DriverFacts, based out of Anaheim, California, give back through a variety of ways, including serving annually in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky at Big Creek Missions; making visits to Veterans Centers, Adult Day Care Centers, Convalescent homes, work in schools, and delivering food boxes and helping weatherize homes; helping to raise funds for Wreaths Across America at an annual banquet in Washington D.C. and participating in their local wreath laying ceremony and raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Gold Rush Cure Foundation.
  • Garner Trucking, based out of Findlay, Ohio, participated in the 13th Annual Helping Hands Food Drive coordinated with The University of Findlay, and provided two trucks, trailers and drivers to accommodate the food hauling of over 97,400 pounds of food. Garner Trucking also delivered a truckload of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery and Maine for Wreaths Across America, and employees donated coats to a local Coats for Christmas campaign and adopted a veteran and his family for the holiday season through the Salute a Veteran for the Holidays program.
  • Defiance, Ohio-based Keller Logistics Group serves as a donation processing center for Soles4Souls, a global nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. To date, Keller Logistics Group has collected and processed 16,867 pairs of shoes. Keller Logistics Group also supports veterans through the Keller Assists Veterans in Crisis program, which has raised $181,173 in donations, and by helping deliver wreaths to cemeteries across Ohio for Wreaths Across America Day.
  • Kenan Advantage Group (KAG), based out of North Canton, Ohio, participated in Project North Pole through the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. and helped support a few specific families at one of the local shelters. KAG also hosted a holiday party for their cleaning crew. Additionally, a KAG Dispatcher collects toys and donates them to the Midland County Probate & Juvenile Court Foster Care Program and Midland County Foster Closet.
  • Load One, LLC, based out of Taylor, Missouri, donated winter jackets to students in need at a local elementary school. Load One transported the jackets from Chicago, Illinois and used their warehouse to sort the jackets before delivering them to the school.
  • San Diego, California-based Lytx partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego. Lytx employees participated by providing gifts for ten families that they “adopted.” Employees could select tags hanging from a tree in the Lytx lobby with the families’ “wish lists” items and return the wrapped presents under the tree. Lytx employees also served lunches to those in need at Father Joe’s Village, San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, which provides care to nearly 1,800 individuals daily.
  • The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) raised $35,000 for its Trucks and Toys program, which helps connect children in need at local charities with holiday gifts provided by trucking industry professionals. This year, MTA members were able to donate over 3,000 toys to charities throughout the state of Minnesota. MTA members also raised $11,000 to donate to a local state senator’s Annual Stock the Shelves event, which collects funds for Hunger Solutions Minnesota. 
  • The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, which includes the American Truck Dealers (ATD), provided financial assistance to employees from three commercial truck dealerships in North Carolina and South Carolina who sustained personal property damage from Hurricane Florence.
  • Omnitracs, based out of Dallas, Texas, partnered with a variety of charities, including Wreaths Across America Foundation; Omnitracs pledged $25,000 to purchase 2,500 wreaths for wreath-laying ceremonies across the nation. Omnitracs’ individual offices also supported local charities. The team in Minnetonka, Minnesota held a food drive and donated 499 pounds of food and made a monetary donation to its local food shelf. The Omnitracs’ team in Oakville, Ontario partnered with The Mississauga Food Bank and raised $1,032.78 through an online giving page and donated 187 pounds of food.
  • Pilot Flying J, based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, donated $2 million to more than 20 nonprofit organizations that support veterans and those in need throughout the communities they serve, including Hire Heroes USA, Boys and Girls Club of America and Feeding America.
  • Commercial Vehicle Driving instructors from Florida’s Pinellas Technical College (PTC) delivered a trailer full of wreaths to Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg. The wreaths were placed at the headstones of fallen heroes during the Wreaths Across America Day.
  • Prime Inc., based out of Springfield, Missouri, hosted a dodgeball tournament to raise money and toy donations for Toys for Tots.
  • R&M Freight, based out of South Hampton, New Hampshire, a member of the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association, donated their trailer at the Newington Mall for the Marine Toys for Tots Program, which was filled with donations.
  • SH 130 Concession Co., which operates and maintains Segments 5 & 6 of SH 130 from Mustang Ridge to Seguin, Texas, partnered with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department’s Brown Santa program, which distributes hundreds of toys across the county in Central Texas. SH 130 Concession Co. provided over 70 toys, books and games that will go to families needing a little extra help this holiday season.
  • Knoxville, Tennessee-based Skyline Transportation, Inc. donated a tractor, trailer and drivers in support of the Mission of Hope Christmas Campaign, which delivers food, hygiene, new clothing and new toys to families in Appalachia. Skyline also helped deliver wreaths for Wreaths Across America. This year, Skyline delivered 200 boxes, just under 2,000 wreaths, from Maine to the Knoxville National Cemetery.
  • TransLand, based out of Springfield, Missouri, transported toys and helped package eggs and food for distribution for a local non-profit, Crosslines, which distributes holiday food and brand-new toys to thousands of neighbors in need. TransLand participated in Wreaths Across America, delivering a truckload of wreaths from Maine to national cemeteries in Illinois. Employees at TransLand also adopted a family of five to ensure they have a Merry Christmas.
  • The Texas Trucking Association’s Emerging Leaders Council coordinates an annual donation event for Toys for Tots. The council arranged the pickup and storage of toys from locations across the state, distributing more than 100 boxes and picking up donations from over 300 pickups. Participating member companies include: Canal Cartage, Gulf Intermodal Services, Point 2 Point, Scopelitis, Apex Capital, Central Freight, Walport, VOLVO, Refrigerated Transport Inc., The Fuentes Firm, CKJ Transport, Premier Refrigerated Warehouse, Great West, Mondics Insurance Group, Utility Trailer of Dallas, Bruckner Truck Sales of Dallas, Craddock Moving and Storage, Edward Jones of Plano.
  • Tri State Truck Center, Inc., based out of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, hosted their annual Haulin’ 4 Hunger Program, which provides fresh meals to almost 13,000 food insecure community residents.
  • The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its member companies were instrumental in the delivery of the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s The Wall That Heals, as well as Wreaths Across America remembrance wreaths this holiday season.

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

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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 http://www.truckingmovesamerica.com/. Also join and follow TMAF through social media, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Medium.

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: https://truckingmovesamerica.com/2018-advertising/.