Ronnie was born in Ida, Louisiana. He started driving a truck when he got out of the Army in 1977, and started with Melton in 1989. Read more about Melton Driver of the Month, Ronnie French here.
Tulsa, OK (December 8, 2016) – Melton Truck Lines announced today that it has been named a Gold-level Military Friendly® Employer Award recipient for 2017. Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families, published its special awards for 2017 Military Friendly® Employers and Schools at https://militaryfriendly.com. For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families.
New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as “Military Friendly®” in November. Of those designated, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only “Are you Military Friendly®?” but “How Military Friendly® are you?”
“All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly® development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.”
“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, servicemen and women are set up for incredible success with Melton, and we are excited to help them find their career with us.”
Companies and schools must have successfully completed a 2017 Military Friendly® survey and been designated as a 2017 Military Military Friendly® Employer or School to be considered for the Awards program. The names of awardees are published online at https://militaryfriendly.com and will be printed in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® or Guide to Military Friendly® Schools. To see a complete list of this year’s award winners, or to learn more about Military Friendly® ratings and how to participate, visit https://militaryfriendly.com.
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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