Meritor, Inc. announced a financial contribution of $10,000 to a nationwide industry campaign highlighting trucking and its important role in the U.S. economy.
Meritor made the contribution to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), a movement spearheaded by the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry, on Monday at its annual reception recognizing the outgoing and incoming chairmen of the American Trucking Associations. In addition to promoting the industry’s image, TMAF is working to build the political and grassroots support needed to strengthen and grow the industry.
“This campaign will help maintain and build a positive image for our industry to ensure that the importance of trucking to America’s economy is well understood,” said Jay Craig, president and chief operating officer for Meritor. “We believe in trucking and the work being done to support it, and this campaign is the right activity at the right time.”
Meritor, which has more than 100 years of industry leadership, supports initiatives that promote industry growth, Craig said. The TMAF campaign seeks to raise $1 million by the end of 2014 to fund education and outreach. Meritor and its industry partners have raised more than $700,000 toward that goal.
“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,” said Mike Card, chairman, TMAF Fundraising Committee, and president, Combined Transport.
Trucking currently supports almost 7 million jobs, including more than 3 million professional drivers, according to TMAF.