Luther has been a professional driver for over five years and has been with Melton for four years. Before becoming a driver, Luther worked at a lumber mill but always wanted to drive a truck. Read more about Melton Driver of the Month, Luther Hodges
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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