ATA Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Screenshot via Trucking Moves America Forward

American Trucking Associations kicked off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

Running Sept. 10-16, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week highlights the efforts of professional truck drivers to remind the industry of the important role that truck driver’s play in transporting goods across the nation. More than 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on truck drivers to deliver goods and commodities, and some remote towns and territories are unreachable by other modes of transportation.

“This week was created to commemorate and support the industry professionals who work daily to deliver America’s goods,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “Truck drivers are hard-working men and women who practice safety on the roads and serve as the faces of our industry. These drivers improve our collective quality of life by making personal commitments to safety and delivering our critical goods like medicine, food, building supplies and clothing.”

ATA is asking the trucking industry to engage their communities in this week’s celebration of truck drivers. Public officials, community leaders, members of the media and local businesses can all play a role in helping to better understand the important work that truck drivers do in safely moving the economy each day. Highway safety is dramatically improved when the motoring public acknowledges the difficulties of driving a truck and the limitations of large commercial vehicles.

In support of this effort, Trucking Moves America Forward, the trucking industry’s image movement, is partnering with state trucking associations to run billboard advertisements along key highways to thank truck drivers for their service to the industry.

This year, special attention is being paid to the 1.6 million trucking industry employees who live and work in the direct paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. During National Truck Driver Appreciation week, ATA is monitoring the storms and working with FEMA and the American Logistics Aid network to carry out relief efforts.

State trucking associations, industry suppliers, and carriers are set to host appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver more than 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States. Additionally, America’s Road Team Captains and Share the Road professional truck drivers will take to the airwaves Sept. 12 for live satellite broadcasts from the Nashville terminal of TCW. ATA first vice chairman Dave Manning, president of TCW, will participate in the morning broadcasts and speak alongside the professional truck drivers about the important role that drivers play in the nation’s economy.

“Truck drivers work day in and day out to make our jobs possible, our shopping more convenient, and our roads a lot safer,” said Manning. “Truck drivers are entrusted with large vehicles, yet we know we can rely on them to be fully aware of their surroundings on the road and make good decisions. They make safety their responsibility and truly deliver everything that makes our economy function.”

The ATA official NTDAW site offers a collection of resources to magnify driver appreciation events. The content provided by ATA allows industry professionals to engage their communities during this week of outreach. These resources are aimed at demonstrating public support for the work that drivers do each day and reflecting the image of professional truck drivers.

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ReedTMS August 2017 Employee of the Month!

Congratulations to Alexis Hardy and Jason Gensrick, ReedTMS Logistics’ Employees of the month for August. Alexis and Jason both have an incredible amount of work ethic. They continuously are willing to help in areas where the business needs them.

Some of the comments as to why they were nominated are as follow:

“Alexis has done tremendous work in two of the hardest markets/zones there are, mainly by herself.”

“What I like about Alexis’s accomplishments is that they are tangible. What she has done is not perception based, but real.”

“She comes in and WORKS! It’s 10 toes down, grinding type of work. The kind of stuff that most would turn their nose too. The type of stuff that most have opinions over sitting down and actually covering loads.

“Jason continues to strive at becoming the best in his responsibilities”

“Jason looks at every challenge as an opportunity and we are thankful to have him on our team.”

“Jason asked to take on even more work after a fellow employee resigned. This type of initiative and teamwork is exemplary on so many different levels. Jason’s positive attitude and eagerness to take on more to help the team have made him an outstanding choice for Employee of the Month.”

Thanks for all you do Jason and Alexis, keep up the good work!

ReedTMS Logistics Pitches in to help hurricane Harvey relief

ReedTMS Logistics has joined local relief efforts to help Texas residents as they work to rebuild after the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.

ReedTMS Logistics donated a variety of items including clothes, shoes, socks, blankets, towels, toiletries, soap, shampoo. toothpaste, dogfood, and deodorant.

Harvey slammed into Texas on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane and lingered over Houston and other areas as a tropical storm. The rain totaled nearly 52 inches in some spots, at least 60 deaths are attributed to the storm and Texas officials say it could take years for communities damaged to recover.

If you feel compelled to help some vetted areas for donation drop off locations are below:

  • Gulf High School: 5355 School Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34652
  • Millennium Academy: 10005 Ridge Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34654
  • Greg Pilkington campaign headquarters: 3102 State Road 60 East, Valrico, Florida
  • Caroline Contractors, 18039 N US 41, Lutz 33549 (M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

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Could apprenticeship programs bring more youngsters into trucking?

This particular thought has been bandied about the trucking industry for some time now: allowing 18 to 21 year olds, under close supervision, to drive commercial trucks.

Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) acknowledged to me at the recent TMW Systems and PeopleNet 2017 in.sight user conference and exposition that the trade group plans to push for the establishment of an apprentice program that would allow the trucking industry to “capture” 18 year old high school graduates and train them as drivers.

“We’re losing the 18 to 21 year olds to other industries,” he explained as the reason why ATA plans to make a concerted effort to get the federal government behind its apprenticeship plan.

“We’re going to need 960,000 people for our industry as drivers over the next decade,” Spear emphasized. “We need to think outside of the box; we do a disservice to our industry if we don’t.”

Spear added that when he work in the Department of Labor during the George W. Bush’s presidency, he noted that the agency provided workforce training “grants” to a variety of industries to the tune of $4 billion a year – and Spear believes just retooling some of that money to fund truck driver apprenticeships, especially in the inner cities of the U.S., could uncork a broader flow of candidates into the truck driver employment pool.

But not so fast, argue others – including John Larkin, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research for Stifel Capital Markets.

John Larkin. (Photo: Aaron Marsh/Fleet Owner)

In a recent research note, Larkin said “it could take several years” to gain Congressional and regulatory approval for such an apprenticeship program – “if the industry association can get any traction at all,” he added.

“Most insurance companies refuse to insure companies hiring drivers younger than 22 to 25 years old,” Larkin pointed out. Also “most of the higher quality high school graduates, who are not attending college, have developed other careers prior to becoming age eligible for a professional truck driving position.”

In addition, he noted that “all the talk of autonomous trucks is scaring away many young people from the industry. Why would a young person want to enter a profession that will soon be disrupted by technology?”

Yet Larkin also emphasized that widespread adoption of autonomous trucks might be several decades, or more, away – leaving the trucking industry facing yet another challenge, that of “getting that message across to young people” who might consider a career as a professional truck driver if they were not going to eventually be replaced by self-driving machines.

It’s a ticklish problem, no doubt: one of many bedeviling industry efforts to find, recruit, and retain good safety-conscious truck drivers. And it’s an effort that will need to be sustained for a long time to come.

Story by Sean Kilcarr in Trucks in Work to host Lakeland Job Fair on Wednesday, August 23 is hosting a job fair in Lakeland on Wednesday, August 23 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. to fill hundreds of open positions.

The job fair will be held at the Lakeland Center located at 701 W. Lime Street and will feature 17 different employers from the across the bay area.







Companies participating in the job fair include:

  • ReedTms Logistics
  • 1st Priority Staffing
  • Bridgestone
  • Chapters Health System
  • CyraCom, Devry University
  • GC Services
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • Keymark Corporation of Florida
  • Lakeland Regional Health
  • Massey Services
  • MidState Machine
  • PeopleReady
  • Advanced Disposal
  • The Mosaic Company
  • Charter Communications – Spectrum Direct
  • CareerSource Polk

You must register for the event. Click here to register.

Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring resumes or work history with them to the event.

There will be free parking and admission to the job fair.


ReedTMS July 2017 Employee of the Month!

Congratulations to Andy Patel, ReedTMS Logistics’ Employee of the month for July. Andy has been an incredible asset to the company and is regarded by his peers as one of the most innovative employees in the entire office.


Some of the comments as to why he was nominated are as follow:

“Andy has taken oven the marketing department and sprinted with it. He has found a way to get employees involved in a cross-departmental way that wasn’t present before.”

“Andy always shows up with a positive attitude and has brought an innovative spirit that has helped propel success in different facets of the company”

“He has taken the lead on enhancing our brand both locally and nationally. We are doing more events than ever before and the general moral of the organization seems to be reaching a new high”

“We are starting to see high-level partnerships with different organizations form through our marketing efforts”

Thanks for all you do Andy, keep up the good work!