Henry has been a professional driver for 30 years and has been with Melton for 2 and a half years. Read more about Melton Driver of the Month, Henry Shumate
Tulsa, OK. - Melton Truck Lines, Inc., a premier air-ride flatbed carrier announced a partnership with FASTPORT through the Hiring Our Heroes Trucking Track program in a joint mission to educate Veterans about the variety of career paths trucking offers and provide them with employment opportunities with the industry.
“Melton Truck Lines believes that it is our duty to provide America’s Veterans and transitioning service members with access to great careers in an industry where they fit in so well,” said Bob Peterson, Melton Chairman and CEO. “We have found that the military culture and our company culture are linked with connection points that include the value of teamwork, discipline, dedication, and an adventurous spirit. With those shared values, Veterans are set up for incredible success with Melton, and we are excited to help them find their career with us.”
By partnering with FASTPORT, Melton is continuing in its strong support of the United States Armed Forces. Currently, over 30% of Melton employees are Veterans or members of the Guard and Reserve. Melton recently honored Armed Forces members at the Great American Trucking Show when they signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.
In addition to its wrapped truck that brings awareness and recognition to the Melton’s military community, all Melton veterans enjoy special decals for their trucks. The company has a longstanding history of recruiting Veterans and helping with the transition back to civilian life and is the only transportation company based in Oklahoma with an on the job training program that is certified by the State of Oklahoma Accrediting Agency to be approved for Veteran’s Benefit.
“Melton Truck Lines has an outstanding track record for supporting our nation’s heroes, and we look forward to helping this military-friendly company continue to grow and improve that effort,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “The company has truly earned the title of 2016’s Best Fleets to Drive For, and we are proud to be able to offer the military community a direct channel into Melton’s excellent careers and culture.”
Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest identifying the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. To qualify, carriers had to be nominated by at least one of their drivers. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories such as total compensation package, benefits, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportunities. A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score.
John Lyboldt, TCA’s president, said, “It is very helpful for the rest of the trucking industry to study the trends that come to light with the Best Fleets contest and survey, as these ideas can help everyone to improve their workplace environments. Anything we can do collectively to attract qualified employees – and keep them – is a positive thing.”
“We are honored to be named a Best Fleet to Drive For. At Melton Truck Lines, driver services are a priority,” said Angie Buchanan, Vice President of Safety & Human Resources. “We put together a mix of programs like the President’s Clubs, Elite Fleet, Lifeworks, Driver of the Month and Year, Safety Rewards Programs, Top Fuel Recognition and Profit Sharing Bonus Program to name a few. We also have onsite clinics and dentist available at no cost to our drivers. We challenge ourselves every day to develop and maintain programs that make drivers feel like a part of the family and be recognized for a job well done. We know that professional drivers have choices and we want them to choose Melton.”
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – A Kenworth T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper with a PACCAR MX-13 455-hp engine was recognized as the historic 500,000th truck produced at the state-of-the-art Kenworth factory in Chillicothe, Ohio. The milestone T680 was presented to Melton Truck Lines, a premier flatbed carrier based in Tulsa, Okla., during a special celebration today before a large gathering of Kenworth plant employees. Melton currently operates more than 1,100 Kenworth trucks.
Feight presented a special commemorative plaque and the keys to the new Kenworth T680 to Bob Peterson, Melton Truck Lines chairman and CEO and his wife, Cindy Peterson. Also participating in the ceremony were Melton’s Robert Ragan, senior vice president and CFO; Jeff Robinson, senior vice president of maintenance; and 3 million safe mile veteran driver Ronnie French; Charlie Anderson, branch manager of MHC Kenworth – Tulsa, Melton’s Kenworth dealer; Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing; Daryl Simon, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations; Kevin Baney, Kenworth chief engineer; and Judy McTigue, Kenworth-Chillicothe plant manager.
“Melton Truck Lines is an outstanding company that takes excellent care of its customers and drivers,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Melton has supported its high standards by adding more than 500 reliable and comfortable Kenworth T680s to its fleet in the past two years, with 400 more to come in 2016. We very much appreciate Melton’s confidence in the T680, and we value our strong partnership.”
Every year in September trucking companies, shippers, truck stops, and pretty much anyone in the transportation industry celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The purpose of this week is to honor and recognize all the truck drivers out there on the road. The same truck drivers who deliver our much needed goods safely and on-time.
This year, Driver Appreciation Week was September 13th-19th. Currently, there are over three million truck drivers in America. These people are not only some of the safest drivers on the road, but they are also some of the hardest working, dedicated individuals. Without truck drivers, this country would come to a halt. We wouldn’t have many of the things we use on a daily basis. That is why it is so important to appreciate truck drivers every day of the year, not just during Driver Appreciation Week. Appreciating a driver can be shown in many different ways, whether it be driving courteously around trucks or a simple “thank you” at a truck stop. The smallest kind gesture can make the biggest difference in a driver’s day.
Currently truck drivers are in high demand and with the driver turnover rate being nearly 100 percent, it is important for companies to show how much they care about their drivers. Companies can show they care by paying their drivers well, working with them on their hometime requests, keeping their trucks running, and working hard to get them the miles they need.
Drivers work tirelessly to deliver the things that we can’t live without, and it is our duty to be thankful for all that they do.
From your friends at Melton, thank you truck drivers! We appreciate you every day of the year!
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