Alabama Trucker, 1st Quarter 2016

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ON THE COVER: or call 334-834-3983 PUBLISHER Ford Boswell EXECUTIVE EDITOR Frank Filgo

You’ve probably heard by now that we’re heading to Las Vegas for our 2016 Annual Convention, April 28-30. It’s a rare opportunity to gather at a world class destination with colleagues and friends. The Westin Las Vegas Hotel Casino & Spa will serve as our headquarters for three days of industry discussions, Association business, and, of course, the vast entertainment possibilities from one of the world’s most electric destinations. Visit for details and registration information. Also, check pages 8-9 for event descriptions, hotel information, and a list of current sponsors.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cindy Segrest PRODUCTION EDITORS Jane Nixon, Brandie Norcross CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ford Boswell, Frank Filgo, Tim Frazier, Dan Shell ADVERTISING Ford Boswell

Passion for Fleet Safety


Last fall, the American Trucking Associations named BR Williams Trucking Vice President and Director of Safety Allan Hicks its 2015 National Safety Director of the Year. The honor followed the veteran fleet manager’s years as a staunch safety advocacy not only for his employer but the local industry as a whole. A fixture among the state’s trucking elite, Hicks is a no nonsense fleet safety practitioner who understands and constantly works toward the ultimate goal of getting his drivers home safely.


Easing the Driver Shortage


A nationwide shortage of long-haul truck drivers is hitting home for trucking companies. To help address the problem, Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala. has a plan to assist individuals seeking training and companies who need drivers trained.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Brandie Norcross ATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Aronhalt, Dennis Bailey, Aubrey Baugh, Rhonda Bees, Joe Black, Gary Bond, Jack Brim, Greg Brown, Will Bruser, Mike Callahan, Dan Carmichael, Fenn Church, Mark Coffman, Jeff Coleman, John Collier, Rodger Collins, Driscoll Colquett, Brent Cook, Gail Cooper, Al Cox, Jerry Davis, Ranny Davis, Amy DeFee, Joe Donald, Edmund Doss, Mack Dove, Russ Elrod, Dean Flint, Will Forbes, Jack Fricks, Beau Holmes, Terry Kilpatrick, Jason King, Susan Kirkpatrick, Mark Knotts, Jerry Kocan, Drew Linn, Hunter Lyons, Bart McCrory, Jeff McGrady, Barry McGriff, Bruce MacDonald, Tom McLeod, Buck Moore, E.H. Moore, Jr., Ross Neely, Jr., Tommy Neely, Butch Owens, Clay Palm, Mike Pursley, Kevin Savoy, Bill Scruggs, Danny Smith, Ronnie Stephenson, Steve Stinson, Paul Storey, Harold Sumerford, Jr., John Summerford, James Suttles, Bill Ward, Wayne Watkins, Scott White, David Wildberger, Skip Williams, T.J. Willings, Keith Wise.

D E P A R T M E N T S President’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Safety Insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 SMMC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Trucking News Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Buyers’ Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 ATA Events and New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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Funding Our Roads Frank Filgo, CAE President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association

‘The Alabama Trucking Association has long been on record in support of a fuel tax increase to shore up the state’s highway infrastructure.’



tate highway funding is front and center in this Alabama 2016 Legislative Session. At issue is how any new road funds will be split between counties and cities versus that of the state’s road program. The actual revenue generating bill is yet to be introduced. However, the debate over the disbursement of those funds could kill any hope of addressing the state’s road and bridge disrepair. Since all politics is local, legislators are tempted to award an additional piece of the pie to counties and cities in their districts, thus leaving fewer funds to address the state’s infrastructure needs for freight movement. From our vantage point, that would be a mistake. Recently, the Alabama Dept. of Transportation (ALDOT) completed its Statewide Freight Plan which forecast the state’s highway infrastructure needs out to 2040. Trucks will continue to move more than 80 percent of the freight with tonnage increasing by 46 percent. A disturbing fact is that the bottlenecks along our major freight corridors will worsen if not addressed. The Birmingham metro area will continue to have the highest level of congestion statewide, occurring along its interstates and principle arteries that carry freight traffic. Smaller pockets of bottlenecks and greater freight volumes are projected to occur or

worsen on non-interstate facilities such as US Alternate 72, US 231, and US 280 which already experience significant bottleneck conditions during peak hours. The Statewide Freight Plan identifies as many as 170 improvement projects that are the most critical for freight mobility in Alabama. All projects are candidates for additional federal matching funds which add value to the state’s share of the road and bridge investment. The proposal to allocate a larger piece of the pie (highway funds) to counties and cities would reduce ALDOT’s share by some $58 million annually, and result in a loss of over $232 million in federal matching funds. A $290 million hit to the state road program is about a third of Alabama’s road program budget. The Alabama Trucking Association has long been on record in support of a fuel tax increase to shore up the state’s highway infrastructure. We stand by that commitment. In regard to the disbursement of highway funds, the movement of freight is key to Alabama’s economic growth. Without the ability to export Alabama’s products to market and the import of needed consumer goods, Alabama will not reach its full potential. That in our opinion is a step in the wrong direction. As always, your Alabama Trucking Association appreciates your support as we strive to move Alabama forward.


‘Getting Home Safe’ Award Winner Has “Passion for Safety”


By Dan Shell

uring an interview with Alabama Trucking Assn. on a cold and rainy winter day, as lines of storms and potential severe weather raced across the state, BR Williams Trucking Vice President and Safety Director Allan Hicks said even though trucking safety is a 24/7 endeavor, every time he sees weather like that his first thoughts are with BR Williams’ drivers and their assignments. “On days like these, especially with the bad weather, I’m always thinking about our people and where they are, and hoping that all our drivers are safe,” Hicks says.


Such a commitment to safety reflects the professionalism and pursuit of excellence Hicks has followed in his interesting “dual career” in Alabama and the greater Southeast trucking industry. After starting at Anniston Motor Express in 1969 while a student at Jacksonville State University, Hicks spent more than 20 years in logistics, dispatching and terminal management. He took a break for a year, then came back to spend almost another 20 years—and still counting—on the human resources and safety side of the industry with BR Williams Trucking of Oxford. The combination of such wide-ranging experience and dedication to his profession rewarded Hicks last year as he was honored with the American Trucking Associations’

2015 National Safety Director Award. Hicks had entered BR Williams’ safety program for the national award in the past, and the winner was announced at the ATA Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference in Little Rock, Ark. this past November. Hicks says he was happy his wife was there, and his boss, BR Williams Trucking CEO Greg Brown, also made a surprise appearance and helped with the award presentation. The national award is just the latest in a line of safety achievements for Hicks and BR Williams Trucking, which includes more than 50 safety awards from the American and Alabama trucking associations and Truckload Carriers Assn. The company has won the Liberty Mutu-


al Insurance Excellence Award for eight straight years, and Hicks was named Alabama Safety Professional of the Year by the ATA in 2001 and again in 2014.

Trucking and took the job in 1997. Safety being such an all-encompassing part of the trucking industry, Hicks had been involved somewhat with safety issues before. He remembers his first day on the job for BR Williams Trucking as a veteran of the trucking industry but working in a brand new role: “My first thought was, ‘What exactly does a safety director do?’”

Background A stellar safety career wasn’t on Hicks’ mind when he decided to go into the trucking business after graduating from JSU in ’74 with an accounting degree. Instead, money was: “I looked at some of the starting salaries, and decided to go into the Roadway Express training program,” Hicks remembers. “After that, I moved around a lot.” Hicks’ 20-year logistics and dispatching career with Roadway Express, CRST Malone and CF Motor Freight found him positions in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. He had worked with CF as assistant terminal manager, city manager and dispatch operations manager. He was working in Nashville when, in the mid ’90s, he found himself a bit “burned out” on managing daily trucking operations. While in Nashville in ‘95, he made a major career change when he got his real estate license. Yet the change didn’t go as well as he thought and in mid ’96 he


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moved to Birmingham. In fact, far from setting the real estate world on fire, he eventually found himself working for a collection agency, of all things. Hicks was trying to figure out what to do next when he learned of a safety director opening at BR Williams

Looking back, Hicks says BR Williams already had a good safety program in place, and he’s since learned that a quality, proactive safety program requires that three elements are in place: l A company culture of safety. “BR Williams had that, but it’s always important that you are getting buy-in from employees that safety is important,” Hicks says. “And that they hear about safety more than just once a year at a meeting. We stress safety every day.” l Awareness. “You have to make sure employees know what’s going on” not just with major mandatory safety items but also with any company policies or directives, Hicks says.


National Award

Hicks (second from left) also won the Alabama Safety Professional of the Year in March 2015. Standing with him (from left) are former ATA Chairman Wayne Watkins and award sponsors Brain Haley and Robert Westergard of Ahern & Associates. l Accountability. “When employees stray, you have to try and change bad behavior to good behavior,” he emphasizes. One thing Hicks says he quickly learned when taking on the safety job was to take advantage of the resources available through groups like the American and Alabama Trucking Associations and working with safety-minded individuals in the industry. Another aspect of BR Williams’ safety outlook is that Hicks and other executives have all driven trucks—and some still do. “When the drivers talk to us, we understand and know what they’re dealing with,” Hicks says. One thing Hicks says has helped with BR Williams’ trucking safety is the driver recognition program, which is a point of pride for individual drivers and the overall organization, Hicks says.

“We’ve put 35 or 36 drivers in the million mile club without an accident,” Hicks says, adding that the company also has several drivers at the 3 million mile mark of accident-free driving. “We wanted to have a good recognition program, and giving recognition to drivers and employees has been a strong point,” he says. In addition to his award-winning efforts and safety program at BR Williams Trucking, Hicks has also taken his commitment to safety to a larger industry audience. Hicks has given presentations to groups of Auburn University students and the American Moving and Storage Assn. and Kentucky Trucking Assn. Seeking to spread his knowledge and the “safety gospel,” Hicks has been working with other carriers to improve their safety programs, working

The American Trucking Associations National Safety Director award requires complete documentation of a company’s safety program, filling roughly a 3-inch binder with policies and procedures. An ATA committee selects a group of finalists, then those finalists programs are reviewed by a committee of third-party safety experts from other associations, regulatory agencies, etc. That committee makes the final choice. “Devoting one’s life to the safety of our highways is a noble cause,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves during the award presentation. “I am proud that we have men and women like Allan working in our industry.” through state trucking associations. “I already have several of those scheduled for this year,” Hicks says, adding that his presentations show what’s worked for him over the years. Hicks has also begun working with the Vertical Alliance Group, which offers a variety of web-based training programs for the trucking industry. He represents that organization in Alabama and Georgia. At age 67, Hicks says he’ll one day reduce his role with BR Williams, though there’s no plan to do so now. “I’ll always be involved with BR Williams Trucking,” he states, noting two big issues facing the industry. One is the new electronic driver log requirements that go into effect in 2017. Implementing compliant and efficient systems is important for company and industry

BR Williams’ driver recognition program has put more than 35 drivers in its Million Miles Without an Accident Club – and several of those drivers have more than 3-million miles. 6


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overall, he says. Second is addressing a general lack of qualified drivers and people joining the industry. “We’ve had some people retiring, and we’ve had to address it over the past year especially about how to attract the younger generation” to the industry, Hicks says. Whether making a presentation to another carrier or seeking to improve his own award-winning safety program, Hicks says, “I truly have a passion for safety in the


trucking industry.” He adds that he’s only had one incident in his career when a driver didn’t make it home, and says the event had and still has a big effect on him and how he goes about his job. With a safety advocate like Allan Hicks, truck drivers and carrier operators in Alabama and the Southeast have an asset that makes their jobs safer and who truly understands and constantly works toward the ultimate goal of getting home safe.

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Wallace State Steps Up To Ease Commercial Driver Shortage HANCEVILLE, Ala. — A nationwide shortage of long-haul truck drivers is hitting home for trucking company owners. To help address the problem, Wallace State College-Hanceville has a plan to assist individuals needing training and companies who need drivers trained. “The college made a decision to increase the number of trucks, instructors and to build a training lot in order to accommodate a large number of students,” said Melinda Edwards, Dean of Institutional Outreach. Speaking of a new large training lot, she said, “there is a critical shortage and we expect to be able to assist with training for many years to come. The lot needed to be durable so we constructed it with concrete and equipped it with lights for evening training.” In order to expand offerings, Wallace State is also introducing a new evening/ weekend program for those who work during the normal work week. Edwards said the college is also seeking contracts with companies for a training partner. The driver shortage is expected to reach a record 47,500 by the end of 2015. It’s on pace to grow to 73,500 next year and approach 175,000 by 2024, according to an October 2015 report from the American Trucking Associations, the industry’s largest trade group. “Most all our motor carrier members are looking for drivers,” said Tim Frazier, Director of Safety and Member Services of the Alabama Trucking Association. Frazier, who has worked in the industry for 30-plus years, says some fleets have as many as 10 percent of their trucks parked because they don’t have the drivers to operate them. “Those parked trucks don’t generate revenue,” he added. Frazier also noted that some companies are making trucking more attractive offering programs by which the driver can be home more often. “Operations that offer regional runs, relay programs, week on/week off, and newer equipment, are companies that are more successful attract-

ing new drivers,” he said. A major obstacle for carriers is that most insurance companies will not insure new drivers due to inexperience. Some companies provide mentorship programs whereby companies hire students straight out of training programs and place them under the supervision of a seasoned driver for a period of time. “I support such a program, and a few of our members are successfully conducting these type opportunities today,” said Frazier. The shortage of drivers threatens to put the brakes on an industry that moves more than 70 percent of the nation’s freight, according to the American Trucking Associations. “If the trend stays on course, there will likely be severe supply chain disruptions resulting in significant shipping delays, higher inventory carrying costs, and perTim Frazier, Director of Safety and Member Services for the Alabama Trucking Association, talks with Ben Matanane, CDL Instructor at Wallace State Community College, about the trucking industry and the new training lot constructed by the college.


MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEWS haps shortages in stores. It will eventually trickle down to the public,” the report stated. Truck driving can be high-paying field. For tractor-trailer drivers, the median pay — meaning half made more and half made less — was $38,200 in 2012, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to Frazier, drivers who are willing to work and conduct themselves in a professionally have the opportunity to earn quality pay. “We see many of the reputable companies with the opportunity for drivers to earn $50-$70,000 dollars annually,” he said. “There are specialized operations that actually can exceed these numbers.” The median starting salary for graduates of Wallace State Community College’s truck-driving program is $19.87 an hour — more than $41,000 a year, according to Ben Matanane, CDL Instructor at Wallace State. Despite the relatively high pay, there are a variety of reasons why trucking firms are struggling more than ever to find drivers, industry experts say. Baby boom-generation drivers are reach-

ing retirement age. The median age for long-haul drivers is 49. Meanwhile, experienced drivers are switching companies lured by newer equipment, better pay and perks such as assigning bonuses that can range up to $5,000. Rules that bar drivers younger than 21 from doing interstate routes have caused people coming out of high school to gravitate to construction or service industry jobs, the American Trucking Associations’ report noted. But the recovering U.S. economy has made the shortage more severe. During the Great Recession, which ended in 2009 and in the years immediately after, demand from consumers for goods and by manufacturers for parts and components was weak. Trucking companies weren’t delivering as many orders, so they could get by with fewer drivers. The economy has picked up since and so has the need for drivers. Wallace State’s CDL program, which is four weeks for those who attend during the day, or six weeks for those who attend on nights and weekends. “The state picks up the cost for jobless people looking to get back into the workforce through WIA funding made available through the Alabama Career Center in Cullman. There are loans available through banks if a student qualifies and some local trucking companies are willing to pay for tuition for students who cannot afford it,” said Edwards. “Most of those in the program are between the ages of 35 and 55 and have lost their job or want to change careers. More than 90 percent are men. We are also interested in veterans and women who want to pursue this field as a career,” said Matanane.

Congress creates HOS 34-hour re-start loophole, ATA working on a solution Kevin Jones writing for Fleet Owner magazine reported February 15, 2016 that Congress didn’t just roll back the restart provision of the hours of the service (HOS) rule language in its recently passed highway bill, it basically eliminated it altogether. According to the report, because the Department of Transportation has interpreted that the restart clause in the FAST Act ap-

REMINDER: SMMC annual Fleet Safety Awards set for March 21 The Alabama Trucking Association’s Safety and Maintenance Management Council (SMMC) will hold its annual Fleet Safety Awards Banquet at the Pelham Civic Complex on March 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The contest includes Fleet Safety contest, Driver of the Year, Safety Professional of the Year, Maintenance Professional of the Year; and Fleet Manager of the Year. The event is open to all ATA members. Register at propriation package “contains no language to direct our industry on a restart provision, then there is no restart provision to abide by,” according to an “urgent” notification emailed by the Truckload Carriers Assn. to its members. American Trucking Associations became aware of a problem with the legislative language in last year’s omnibus appropriations bill intended to address concerns about restrictions placed on the 34-hour restart, a portion of the hours-of-service rule that that provides an extended rest period for professional truck drivers. However, truckers are urged to carry on business as usual until a resolution to the apparent new loophole in HOS can be worked out. “As discussions around this issue remain fluid, we are instructing our carrier members to keep their fleets operating as they have always been as members of Congress seek to reach an agreement on the best way to proceed,” says the TCA notice, signed by Chairman Keith Tuttle and President John Lyboldt. The alert came after the American Trucking Associations informed TCA of the matter in early February. An ATA white paper on the issue explains that, at the end of January, ATA was approached by “key members” of Congress who had been informed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that DOT interprets the highway bill language “in a troubling way.” According Fleet Owner, at issue are the “bolt-on” provisions to the HOS restart Continued on page 12



News (the two consecutive 1-5 am off-duty periods and the 168 hour restriction) added by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to the 2013 overhaul of HOS. ATA had lobbied successfully in the spring of 2014 that the “bolt-ons” actually had an adverse impact on safety and productivity by forcing trucks onto the road at peak morning traffic hours. The resulting suspension and rollback to the pre-2013 restart, included by Congress in the DOT’s 2015 budget, also called on FMCSA to produce a study comparing the effectiveness of the two systems. However, because the study had not been completed by the end of the fiscal year, Congress continued the suspension with language in the highway bill. But, by DOT’s interpretation of the recent legislation, if the study finds the 2013 changes do not meet the standards set by Congress, “the entire restart provision


would have to be vacated,” according to the ATA summary. So ATA has been working with trucking interests to come up a solution to provide “clear guidance and parameters on negotiating positions.” “If successful, a compromise could limit maximum hours in any 7 calendar days while retaining industry flexibility through use of an unrestricted restart-type provision,” the ATA white paper says. “The Executive Committee took this action with the understanding that while such a compromise could result in some operational challenges for a portion of the industry, it would help ensure the future existence of sufficient weekly work hours to meet freight demand.” ATA emphasizes that the daily work rules—11 driving hours, 14 on-duty hours, 10 off-duty hours, and the 30-minute rest break—are not affected by the highway bill language and are not “on the table for discussion” as part of any ‘restart-related’ solution. The upshot is the trucking industry does not want to lose the scheduling flexibility afforded by the simple restart. “Any compromise solution must not be overly restrictive, but would likely restrict total weekly hours to a limit below that which is currently possible,” the white paper states. As for the most likely legislative course of

action, Congress hopes to append the new HOS provision to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill now being debated in the House, or to any extension of the current FAA authorization. If a compromise solution cannot be reached in the very near term, ATA says the organization “is prepared to engage in a fight” to retain the simple 34 hour restart provision.

Sleep apnea ‘pre-rule’ clears White House, set for publication An effort by the U.S. Dept of Transportation to collect data to gauge how many truck drivers have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. In early February, Commercial Carrier Journal reported that with the OMB’s clearance, a “pre-rule” from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will likely be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. The data request, being conducted in a joint effort by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, is intended to not Continued on page 14


News only gauge the prevalence of moderate-tosevere obstructive sleep apnea among truck operators, but also to get feedback from the industry about how a sleep apnea rule could affect truckers and the industry at large. The agency began work on the pre-rule, also designated as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, at the beginning of October. SMMC leaders from left, Butch Owens of Golden Flake Snack Foods; Dennis Bailey of Wal-Mart Transportation; guest speaker Tajuan McCarty of The WellHouse; and Herbie Boring of Southland International.

ATA safety council donates $2,500 to human trafficking victims group The Alabama Trucking Association Fleet Safety & Maintenance Management Council (SMMC) donated to $2,500 to The WellHouse, a nonprofit, faith-based organization devoted to the rescue and recovery of sexually exploited women. SMMC, which is composed of fleet managers and other industry employees who work


for Association member firms, made the donation at a Christmas Banquet and Officer Election held Dec 14 in Birmingham. Each year, SMMC officials choose a local charity to support financially. Donations are made to the group’s Benevolent Fund collectively by ATA member firms. Since its inception in 2012, the SMMC has donated more than $15,000 to various charities throughout the Birmingham area, including The Lakeshore Foundation, The Firehouse Shelter,

and Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama. In early 2015, ATA joined the national human trafficking awareness group Truckers Against Trafficking, which works to enlist members of the trucking industry to train drivers to recognize human trafficking and report what they see to law enforcement. More than 1,500 Alabama drivers have already been trained through the program, and the numbers are growing weekly. Through their work with TAT, Association


officials learned of The WellHouse founder Tajuan McCarty, who herself was a victim of human trafficking, and invited her to deliver the keynote address at the group’s Christmas Banquet. The WellHouse serves victims of sex trafficking across the southeastern U.S., providing shelter, food, clothing, spiritual guidance and other necessary support. “Ms. McCarty’s own story of redemption dovetails with our Association’s recent involvement with TAT,” said ATA spokesman Ford Boswell. “She didn’t gloss anything over during her presentation. Her message was powerfully honest and demonstrated how our Association can change the course of many lives through our efforts with TAT. Human trafficking is not a pretty topic, but the trucking industry has an excellent opportunity to assist in the struggle to save people trapped in very dangerous situations. Some view prostitution a victimless crime, but the reality is that many, if not most, are forced into it – and sadly many are children.”

Turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose 13 percent The annualized turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose 13 points to 100 percent in the third quarter of 2015, the highest it has been in three years, according to

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. However, the rate at smaller truckload carriers dipped to 68 percent, its lowest point since the final quarter in 2011. “It is just one data point, so it is hard to draw any real conclusions on what is happening with turnover,” Costello said. “However, the increase in the turnover rate at large carriers matches up with what we’ve been hearing anecdotally from fleets: that the market for drivers continues to be tight.” For the first three quarters of 2015, the turnover rate for larger carriers – fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue – has averaged 90 percent, down slightly from 2014’s average of 95 percent. The small carrier rate has averaged 75 percent year-todate, a significant dip from the 90 percent it averaged in 2014. The turnover rate at less-than-truckload fleets dipped three points to 10 percent in the third quarter and has averaged 10 percent for the first nine months of 2015 – down from the 11 percent it averaged for 2014. “The split in the truckload turnover rates is not unusual, but may be caused by a variety and combination of factors,” Costello said. “We may likely have a clearer picture of the driver market once fourth quarter turnover figures are in so we can better analyze any possible trend.”

FMCSA to lower controlled substances random testing rate The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it will lower the random testing rate for controlled substances from the current 50 percent to 25 percent for the upcoming calendar year, effective January 1, 2016. FMCSA conducts a random survey to ensure compliance with the set testing rates, known as the Management Information System (MIS) or MIS survey. According to federal regulations, when the data received in the MIS for two consecutive calendar years indicate that the positive rate for controlled substances is less than one percent, the FMCSA Administrator has the discretion to lower the minimum annual testing rate. While the MIS survey resulted in a positive rate of less than one percent for the 2011 and 2012 testing years, the Acting Administrator chose to maintain the 50 percent rate for another year. The 2013 testing year also showed a positive rate of less than one percent, so after three years, the Acting Administrator approved a lower testing rate. If at any time the positive rate for controlled substances exceeds one percent, the testing rate will revert back to 50 percent.

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Court strikes down out-of-state N.Y. truck decal fees

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association recently won its class action lawsuit against New York after a state trial court ruled its Highway Use Registration and Decal taxes are unconstitutional, according to a report from Overdrive magazine’s Jill Dunn. The New York Supreme Court granted OOIDA summary judgement and permanently enjoined the state from collecting the taxes Feb. 2. The association asserted trucks owned and/or operated outside of New York log fewer miles in the state than trucks owned and/or operated in New York. That results in out-of-state truck owners have a higher per-mile-tax rate, which violates the federal Commerce Clause prohibiting states from imposing burdens on interstate commerce, the court ruled. Overdrive reported that the state charges $15 registration for each vehicle subject to HUT unless operating on New York Thruway’s tolled portions. OOIDA filed suit in 2013, when New York began requiring a $4 decal as proof of registration and not displaying it, became classified as a traffic infraction. The association now has 60 days to submit briefs regarding refunds, which OOIDA has estimated could total more than $30 million.

New data confirms improvement in trucking industry safety Analysis of recent data from the Department of Transportation done by the American Trucking Associations shows the rate of truck-involved fatalities is declining. According to analysis of miles traveled data from the Federal Highway Administration and highway fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the truck-involved fatality rate fell for the second straight year to 1.40 per 100 million miles traveled. There were 3,903 truck-involved fatalities in 2014, a decline of 61 from the previous year. At the same time, the number of 18

Alabama exports hover near record amid global struggles

Despite headwinds in global markets, Alabama exports last year held steady at nearrecord levels on growing overseas shipments of products such as transportation equipment, primary metals and machinery. Figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce show that Alabama exports totaled $19.37 billion last year, just below the all-time Exports of Alabama-built autos reached $7 billion in 2015. record of $19.58 billion set in 2012. Last year’s total represents a slight decline — 0.36 percent – from the figure for 2014 — $19.44 billion. Alabama exports have grown 25 percent since 2010 and 78 percent since 2005, these figures show. “Alabama companies operating in the global economy through exports continue to be one of the state’s most powerful growth engines,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “By trading Alabama-made products overseas, these companies support Alabama communities and create well-paying jobs for citizens across our state. “We want to continue helping Alabama companies reach new customers around the globe because their exporting activities pay significant benefits here at home,” he added. Alabama companies exported goods to 188 countries in 2015, with transportation equipment once again the No. 1 category with shipments valued at $9.3 billion, an increase of 7.5 percent from the prior year. Other top export categories were chemicals, iron and steel, machinery and paper. Foreign shipments of Alabama minerals and ores – primarily coal – declined 38 percent to $705.8 million last year, dragging down the state’s overall export total. In 2011, Alabama mineral exports topped $2.2 billion, and the decrease reflects the mounting difficulties of the global coal industry and sharply reduced demand for the product. “Alabama’s exports remained vital last year in spite of turbulence in the global economy, which included a collapse in oil prices and a slowdown in China,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Exports of Alabama-made vehicle and parts continue to expand, underscoring the state’s status as a major player in this international industry, while there were also meaningful gains in exports of aerospace parts, machinery and paper.” While Alabama exports held steady in 2015, U.S. exports overall were down 7.5 percent from the prior year. The Top 5 markets for Alabama 2015 exports were: Canada ($4.1 billion, down 4.7 percent); China ($3.2 billion, up nearly 1 percent); Mexico ($2.9 billion, up 24 percent); Germany ($2.5 billion, up 15 percent); and United Kingdom ($610 million, up 2 percent). Exports of Alabama-made vehicles climbed 5.8 percent to $7 billion last year, while overseas shipments of motor vehicles jumped 18 percent to $1.2 billion, figures show. Exports of Alabama-made aerospace products and parts rose 16 percent to $868 million. Other major export categories with gains in 2015 were: primary metals ($1.6 billion, up 5 percent); machinery ($1.1 billion, up 25 percent); paper ($805 million, up 19 percent); and plastics and rubber products ($423 million, up 12 percent). “The economic benefits of exporting are very clear,” said Hilda Lockhart, director of Commerce’s International Trade Office. “Our focus at the Alabama Department of Commerce has always been to work with small and medium-sized companies to help them sell their products in new and expanding markets. “The trade and business development missions we undertake each year are a key component of our international strategy,” she added. “For Alabama companies, the opportunities far outweigh the challenges when you have our agency, along with the Export Alabama Alliance, providing assistance in every nuance of international trade.” — Alabama Dept. of Commerce A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2016

miles traveled by large trucks rose to more than 279 billion. Of note, these figures only represent fatalities where a large truck was involved in the crash and do not reflect causation. Numerous studies have found that trucks are responsible for initiating less than a third of all fatal car-truck crashes, which is why ATA supports aggressive traffic enforcement and education programs aimed at changing the unsafe behaviors of all motorists. The fatality rate dipped 2.78 percent from 2013 and has fallen 4.76 percent over the past two years. More importantly, it has fallen an impressive 40.6 percent over the past decade. “The short-term decline is welcome news, but the important figure is the long-term trend,” said American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves. “Short-term changes, whether they’re increases or declines, can be blips – and just like you shouldn’t track your 401k on a daily basis, they shouldn’t be the primary lens truck safety is viewed through. The long-term trend – in this case, a more than 40 percent improvement – is of paramount importance.” “Our industry has worked hard and invested in technology and training to improve highway safety not just for our drivers, but for all motorists,” said ATA Execu-


tive Vice President for National Advocacy Dave Osiecki. “And while there is more work to do, it is gratifying to see those efforts paying off in safer roads for all of us.”

Vehicle sales tax reciprocity changes effective Jan. 1 Alabama Trucking Association officials remind its members that a bill to create a level playing field for the taxation of vehicle sales between the State of Alabama and certain other states took effect January 1, 2016. The measure provides that any state that does not allow an Alabama resident to purchase a motor vehicle for first titling and registering in Alabama without the payment of tax to that state will receive similar treatment from Alabama for sales to that state’s residents. The new law impacts sales of vehicles to residents of the southern states of Florida and South Carolina, as well as five other states. The new law has no impact on leases, ATA officials stressed. Tom Dart, President of the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama, has prepared a thorough summary of the new measure, its changes and several scenarios to demonstrate how the new requirements will

affect Alabama businesses after Jan 1. The summary has been reviewed and approved by state Department of Revenue officials.

Carrier ordered to pay former driver $51k after firing him for refusing overweight load A federal court recently ordered Wisconsin-based carrier Marten Transport to pay former driver Cedric Sinkfield $51,167 in back pay and punitive damages stemming from the carrier’s 2014 firing of Sinkfield. According to reports, Sinkfield was fired for refusing a load at a shipper’s facility because it was 40 pounds over the 80,000-lb. federal limit and several pounds over allowable axle limits. Days later, Sinkfield overslept and delivered, six hours late, a load for one of Marten’s biggest customers. His Supervisors subsequently recommended to the company’s HR department that Sinkfield be fired. Marten cited Sinkfield’s May 2014 refusal of the overweight load as one of seven “notable issues” to occur since his March 2014 hiring and one of the reasons for his firing, according to court documents. Sinkfield’s refusal to haul the load, however, is protected by federal law, says Judge Continued on page 20



Daniel F. Solomon, who heard Sinkfield’s case against Marten and issued the Feb. 4 order. And even though the company fired Sinkfield for a litany of performance issues, “protected activity was part of the equation,” Solomon writes in his order, thereby making his termination for the incident wrongful, he says. Solomon awarded Sinkfield $1,167 in back pay and $50,000 in punitive damages. He also ordered Marten to reinstate Sinkfield. Marten officials say they will appeal the ruling, citing Sinkfield’s file was full of mishaps, missed load assignments, failure to properly secure company equipment and more. Marten may appeal the order within 14 days of Solomon’s Feb. 4 order.

Sponsorships opportunities remain for ATA 2016 events The Alabama Trucking Association’s event and meeting sponsorship program offers our members exceptional marketing exposure and supports the local industry. ATA has prepared a detailed pamphlet outlining all scheduled events and meetings open to spon-


sorships for the 2016 calendar year. Brochures were mailed to the membership last month, but if you’d like one or need additional copies, please contact Brandie Norcross at 334-8343983. As always, thanks for supporting the Alabama Trucking Association.

Baldwin Transfer Co. announces executive changes Baldwin Transfer Co., Inc. recently promoted three members of its executive team. Effective January 1, 2016, former Chief Executive Officer Lorie Gaillard has been promoted to Chairman; former President Bart McCrory has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer; and Matt Matthews is now President and Chief Operating Officer. Baldwin Transfer, a regional truckloadvan and intermodal carrier, operates from its Mobile headquarters and has terminals in Bay Minette, Ala.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; and Bogalusa, La. “These executive changes are based on our board’s corporate vision and strategy,

which involves growth and expansion throughout the southeast,” Gaillard stated in a press release. Gaillard brings 20-plus years of industry experience focused on sales, marketing and trucking operations to the chairman’s role. She will collaborate with company executives on corporate strategies while continuing to promote the company at a high level with clients, prospects and industry and civic leaders. McCrory has been with Baldwin since 2003, serving as President for the past 7 years. As CEO, he will work with Matthews on development and implementation of corporate strategy with focus on financial and accounting operations. “Matt has worked in the logistics and transportation industry for 23 years,” said McCrory. “He will be responsible for leading the operational efforts of the organization, utilizing his diverse background, strong leadership and valuable strategic planning experience.” The strategic role played by Matthews will incorporate all operations including van and intermodal operations, sales, marketing, business development, human resources, safety compliance and equipment maintenance and repair. Continued on page 22



In September 2015, Baldwin Transfer added a warehousing and logistics company, Elite–Baldwin, LLC (dba Elite Logistix). It is the result of a merger between Baldwin Transfer Co.’s warehouse division and a company owned by the Matthews family, Elite Logistics, LLC. Matthews will serve as President and COO of Elite Logistix, as well.

ATA Hires Mike Joyce as New Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs The American Trucking Associations has hired Mike Joyce, a veteran of Capitol Hill and the trucking industry, as senior vice president of legislative affairs. “Mike is well-known and respected in the halls of Congress and in our industry,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “We are tremendously pleased that he will be part of the ATA family going forward.” Joyce most recently worked as Director of Government Relations for ATA allied member PACCAR Inc. Previously Joyce worked for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Congressmen Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), current Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Mac Collins (R-Ga.), former member of the Ways and Means, Select Intelligence and Budget Committees. “Trucking is the backbone of our Nation’s economy. I’m excited about the opportunities to harness the tremendous expertise and resources of the ATA; picking up the tradition of being a robust and active voice in promoting our dynamic industry among policymakers, regulators, and the general public, both in Washington, D.C. and the state level,” said Joyce. “Much of the value of a membership of ATA comes from the advocacy efforts put forth by the staff in Washington, specifically on Capitol Hill,” said Dave Osiecki, ATA executive vice president and chief of national advocacy. “Mike’s depth of knowledge and experience with the issues that impact trucking the most made him an obvious choice for us and will make him a valuable member of the advocacy team.” Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management with a political science minor from Gettysburg College, and lives in Washington.

Allied News Four Star hires Tom McGuire as account manager Tom McGuire has joined the Four Star Freightliner sales team as an account manager. He will work primarily out of the Montgomery, Ala. office. McGuire brings with him 6 years of experience in sales. He also spent two years as a driver where he said he gained McGuire a lot of knowledge and knows what drivers are looking for when purchasing a new vehicle. “When I initially left sales, I knew I’d want to come back,” he Continued on page 24 22



said. “I love the interaction with people and the challenge that comes with the job.” “We are very proud to add Tom to our team,” said David Turner, New Truck Manager. “He is a very knowledgeable salesman that will work well with our customers. He brings a driver’s view to the sales process that can only be learned from actually driving OTR. He is very enthusiastic and brings a renewed energy to our team.” Tom McGuire can be reached by phone at (334) 782-5749 or by email at

J. J. Keller hires transportation consultant Todd Ward To further assist companies in improving regulatory compliance and driver safety, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has added another highly respected industry professional to its transportation consulting team. Todd Ward brings over 31 years of transportation compliance and safety leadership experience to the consulting position and is a certified FMCSA Safety Investigator. Prior to joining J. J. Keller, Ward held several key

positions with Consolidated Safety Services, Inc., including Regional Manager & Safety Investigator. While there, he managed safety investigators conducting New Entrant safety audits for the FMCSA, developed the training program for the Transportation Safety Exchange, Inc. (TSX) program, and served as an investigator for the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) passenger program. Prior to that, Ward held the roles of general manager for Velocity Express, Inc., safety director for FMX, Inc., and regional safety director for Expedited Delivery Services, Inc. “Todd Ward’s expertise spans an impressive range of areas, from DOT compliance and fleet maintenance to driver training and risk management/loss prevent,” said Steve Murray, senior director of consulting services for J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “His extensive knowledge will help our clients navigate complex regulations so they can establish and maintain more effective compliance programs.”

Four Star Freightliner finalist for national dealer award ATA board member Jerry Kocan’s truck dealership Four Star Freightliner was named one of five finalists for the American Truck

Dealers (ATD) 2016 Truck Dealer of the Year. Based in Montgomery, Ala. the dealership also has locations in Florida and Georgia. Other nominees are: NorCal Kenworth, with locations in California; M&K Truck Centers, with locations in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan; Noerr’s International, with locations in Pennsylvania; and Thompson Truck & Trailer,Inc., with locations in Illinois and Iowa. Nominees will be evaluated by a panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business on dealership performance, industry leadership and civic contributions. Nominees were selected by state, metro and national association leaders. The winner and runner-up will be announced during the 53rd annual ATD Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, which runs from Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3. For more information visit

Southeastern Freight Lines’ Montgomery terminal reaches milestone Southeastern Freight Lines, a provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, reached 25 years of servContinued on page 26

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ice from its Montgomery, Ala., terminal center last month. Originally opened for business in February of 1991, the Montgomery service center, located at 5000 Westport Blvd., features 37 dock doors and employs 32 associates. Interestingly, two linehaul drivers, Jesse Keeble and Archie Blevins, have been with the Montgomery service center since its opening, company officials added. “As we celebrate a quarter-century of service in Montgomery, it’s incredible to look back at the impact we’ve had on our customers through the quality, without question culture our team operates by,” said Jeff Sittnick, service center manager, Southeastern Freight Lines. “Since opening 25 years ago, we’ve built lasting relationships with our customers and provided quality service through our great associates, state of the art equipment and dedication to putting customers first.” The Montgomery service center was the 29th service center opened by Southeastern Freight Lines since its founding in 1950. Since then, the company operates


88 service centers spanning 14 states, Canada and Puerto Rico and has undergone numerous upgrades in trucks and trucking technologies.

America’s Road Team accepting nominations for drivers The American Trucking Associations has opened the nominating process for professional truck drivers to serve on the 20172018 America’s Road Team. “Being selected as part of America’s Road Team means joining a group that represents the trucking industry as its greatest ambassadors,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “These elite professional drivers lend a voice to trucking professionals from all segments of the industry and help make trucking a safer, more productive and more respected industry.” Every two years, the torch is passed to a new group of America’s Road Team Captains, while America’s Road Team Captains from previous classes remain very active within the program – serving as mentors and attending events alongside the newest class. The professional drivers take a few days away from their companies each month to meet with the public, including

news media, students, transportation officials and public policy makers to perform truck safety demonstrations and explain the sustainable role that trucking plays in the nation’s economy. Formed in 1986, America’s Road Team gives an authentic voice to the millions of professional truck drivers who operate safely and efficiently throughout North America. The program makes a difference by teaching the motoring public about how to properly operate a vehicle near a large truck and advocating for safer driving conditions in front of public officials, business and community leaders and the news media. To nominate a professional truck driver, please carefully read the eligibility requirements and fill out the nomination form found at: Nominations are due August 22. Finalists will be announced October 22, with the final selection taking place in January 2017. The America’s Road Team, sponsored by Volvo Trucks, is a national public outreach program led by a small group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway.


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A. Motor Carriers Domiciled in Alabama

1) Gross Annual Revenue Under and not over 1,000,000 and not over 5,000,000 and not over 10,000,000 and not over 15,000,000

$999,999 4,999,999 9,999,999 14,999,999 19,999,999

Annual Dues $500 600 900 1,200 1,500

2) Gross Annual Revenue 20,000,000 and not over 25,000,000 and not over 30,000,000 and not over 35,000,000 and not over 40,000,000 and over

B. All Other For-Hire and Private Carriers Schedule based on miles traveled in Alabama From 0 500,001 1,000,001 2,000,001 3,000,001 4,000,001 5,000,001 6,000,001 7,000,001 8,000,001 9,000,001

To 500,000 1,000,000 2,000,000 3,000,000 4,000,000 5,000,000 6,000,000 7,000,000 8,000,000 9,000,000 10,000,000

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1) Gross Annual Revenue Not Over 100,001 and not over 150,001 and not over 200,000 and not over

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2016 ATA Buyer’s Guide

We make every effort to ensure this list is correct. For changes or corrections to your company’s listing, contact Jane Nixon at

Alabama Trucking Assn.’s Buyer’s Guide lists those companies that have taken an active role in supporting Alabama’s trucking industry by becoming members of the Association. We ask that each time you plan a purchase that you consult this guide and give ATA members the opportunity to gain your business. These companies proudly support your association and deserve your support, as well. ADVERTISING/PUBLISHING Randall-Reilly (205) 349-2990 BUS SALES & SERVICE Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Transportation South, Inc. (205) 663-2287 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 CHEMICAL PRODUCTS Rushing Enterprises, Inc. (334) 693-3318 COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRONICS CarrierWeb LLC (770) 232-9541 J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 Omnitracs, Inc. (615) 594-7565 PeopleNet (888) 346-3486 Rand McNally (501) 835-1585 SmartDrive Systems (858) 225-5551 DRIVER STAFFING TransForce, Inc. (205) 916-0259 Transportation Support, Inc. (205) 833-6336 EDUCATION & TRAINING J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 945-8550 Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 USA Driver-s, Inc. (205) 661-0712 Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. (903) 792-3866 ENGINE MANUFACTURERS Cummins Mid-South, LLC (901) 488-8033 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365

EQUIPMENT LEASING CB Repair & Trailer Maintenance, Inc. (205) 753-4495

BMO Transportation Finance (770) 960-6307

KLLM/Equipment Solutions LLC (205) 515-1478

Comdata, Inc. 615-376-6917

Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716

Commercial Credit Group, Inc. (704) 731-0031

Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226

Crestmark Bank 615-620-3523

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

Electronic Funds Source, LLC (615) 777-4619

Transport Enterprise Leasing LLC (423) 463-3390

First Tennessee Bank (615) 734-6046 business-credit

Trico Trailer Leasing (205) 242-6908

People’s Capital & Leasing Corp. (205) 856-9354

EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing People’s United Equipment Finance (334) 398-1410 Corp. (205) 664-9374 EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Allison Transmission, Inc. PNC Financial Services Group (678) 367-7011 (205) 583-3651 Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. Renasant Bank (800) 844-8277 (334) 301-5955 Imperial Supplies LLC ServisFirst Bank (800) 558-2808 (205) 949-3433 Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems TAB Bank 334/798-0080 (404) 202-4870 Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. Trucking Partners, LLC (205) 323-2877 Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788 NAPA Auto Parts (205) 510-2900 Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (314) 374-2165 Paccar Parts/Kenworth (206) 898-5541 INSURANCE American Claims Service, Inc. (205) 669-1177 Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 Aon Risk Solutions (501) 374-9300 Star Truck Parts (205) 324-4681 Aronov Insurance, Inc. Thermo King of B’ham-Dothan-Mobile- (205) 414-9575 Montgomery (205) 591-2424 BancorpSouth Insurance Services (334) 272-1200 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 The Baxter Agency (334) 678-5900 W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 BB & T Insurance Services (334) 279-6083 (912) 201-4706 FINANCIAL SERVICES BancorpSouth Equipment Finance (205) 422-7111 BB & T Commercial Banking (205) 445-2464

Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340 Caribou Insurance Agency, Inc. (205) 822-7577

Cottingham and Butler (563) 587-5521

Turner & Hamrick L.L.C. (334) 566-7665

Farris Evans Insurance Agency, Inc. (901) 274-5424

York Risk Services Group (205) 581-9488

Great West Casualty Co. (865) 670-6573

MEDICAL/DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES Alabama Specialty Clinic (256) 736-1460

Harmon-Dennis-Bradshaw, Inc. (334) 273-7277 Hudgens Insurance, Inc. (334) 289-2695 JH Berry Risk Services, LLC (205) 208-1238 Johnson-Locklin & Associates (205) 980-8008 J.R. Prewitt & Associates, Inc. (205) 397-5118 Liberty Mutual Group (804) 380-5169 www.libertymutual,com Liberty Truck Insurance (205) 352-2598 Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance (251) 473-4600 McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc. (205) 252-9871 Joe Morten & Sons, Inc. (865) 392-3844 S. S. Nesbitt (205) 262-2620 One Beacon (609) 613-0010 Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105 Protective Insurance Co/Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. (317) 452-7413 Regions Insurance, Inc. (501) 661-4880 Regions Insurance (334) 808-9441 Reliance Partners, LLC (877) 668-1704 Stephens Insurance LLC (601) 605-5681 Sterling Risk Advisors (770) 710-3404 Trans Con Assurance, LTD (205) 978-7070 TransRisk, LLC (334) 403-4114 Transure Services, Inc. (336) 584-9494

Bradley Screening, LLC (334) 272-3539 Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988 CPAPnea Medical Solutions (205) 874-6870 ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447 J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 Life Style Solutions for Truck Drivers (334) 213-0054 Safety First-Div. of Behavioral Health Systems (205) 443-5450 St. Vincent’s Occupational Health (205) 930-2660 Workforce QA dba EDPM (205) 326-3100 PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Clean Energy Fuels (949) 437-1000 Corridor Clean Fuels, LLC (256) 894-0098 Davison Fuels & Oil (251) 544-4511 GAIN Clean Fuel – Div. of US Oil (804) 291-7892 Jack Green Oil Co., Inc. (256) 831-1038 Hunter Oil Company, Inc. (800) 607-4066 Kimbro Oil Company (615) 320-7484 Major Oil Company, Inc. (334) 263-9070 Pivotal LNG (404) 783-3550 The McPherson Companies, Inc. (888) 802-7500 Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 W.H. Thomas Oil Co., Inc. (205) 755-2610

(Current as of 2/12/2016) PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Accounting Firms: Aldridge, Borden & Co. (334) 834-6640

Delta Distributors, LLC (334) 222-3671 Drivewyze (780) 461-3355

Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068

George L. Edwards & Associates (334) 745-5166

Warren Averett (256) 739-0312

HELP, Inc. Provider of PrePass (931) 520-7170

Attorneys: Adams and Reese LLP (205) 250-5091 Austill, Lewis & Pipkin, P.C. (205) 870-3767 Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. (205) 328-0480

Information Builders (770) 395-9913 J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 Jeffers Trucking, Inc. (205) 808-1112

Real Estate: Mary Lou’s Team RE/MAX, Inc. (205) 566-5911

Repairs: Big Moe Spring & Alignment of B’ham, Inc. (205) 780-0290 Birmingham Frame & Alignment, LLC (205) 322-4844 Carrier Transicold South (404) 968-3130 Childersburg Truck Service, Inc. (256) 378-3101 Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111

JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 329-8183

Eufaula Trucking Co., Inc. (334) 687-0391

Lytx DriveCam (838) 380-3511

Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (251) 626-5121 Metro Trailer Repair Co., Inc. (205) 323-2877

DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C. (251) 433-1577

McLeod Software (205) 823-5100 Motor Carrier Safety Consulting (205) 871-4455

Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235

Dodson Gregory, LLP (205) 834-9170

Porter Billing Services LLC (205) 322-5442

Ferguson, Frost, Moore & Young LLP (205) 879-8722

Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207

Fisher & Phillips, LLP (404) 231-1400

Preferred Risk Services (334) 836-0358

Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. (205) 278-7000

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (678) 378-2740

Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680 Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson, P.C. (251) 626-9340

Hand Arendall LLC (251) 432-5511 Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. (334) 834-7600 James M. Sizemore, Jr. (256) 409-1985 McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC (251) 432-5300 Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, Ireland PA (205) 980-5000 Speegle, Hoffman, Holman & Holifield, LLC (251) 694-1700 Starnes Davis Florie LLP (205) 868-6000

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083

Yokohama Tire Corp. (317) 385-2611

Neely Coble Co. (256) 350-1630

TRAILER DEALERS/ MANUFACTURERS C & C Trailers, Inc. (334) 897-2202

Nextran Truck Corporation (205) 841-4450

Dorsey Trailer Company (334) 897-2525 Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000 Equipment Logistics, Inc. (256) 739-9280 Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA (205) 421-4300 Great Dane Trailers (205) 324-3491 Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. (251) 438-5521 Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. (251) 476-2744 R C Trailer Sales & Service Co., Inc. (205) 680-0924 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573 Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345

Peterbilt Motors Co. (770) 330-7014 Peterbilt of Montgomery & Birmingham LLC (800) 264-4555 Rush Truck Center-Mobile (251) 459-7300 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 Thompson/Caterpillar (205) 849-4365 Truckworx Kenworth - Birmingham (205) 326-6170 Truckworx Kenworth – Dothan (334) 712-4900 Truckworx Kenworth – Montgomery (334) 263-3101 Truckworx Kenworth – Mobile (251) 957-4000 Truckworx Kenworth – Huntsville (256) 308-0162 Truckworx Kenworth – Thomasville (334) 636-4380

TIRE DEALERS & MANUFACTURERS Best One Tire & Service (615) 207-9079

Vanguard National Trailer Corporation (404) 304-6676

Southeast Transportation Safety, LLC (334) 798-5806

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (770) 317-5777

TRUCK DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS Volvo Trucks North America Action Truck Center (336) 393-2975 (334) 794-8505

Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc. (205) 664-2000

Butler Industrial Tire Center, Inc. (334) 376-0178

Safety Vision (713) 929-1057 Inc. (615) 942-6219 TMW Systems, Inc. (216) 831-6606 Transportation and Logistical Services, Inc (205) 226-5500 Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC (205) 788-4000 Transportation Compliance Services, USA (228) 872-7160

Webster, Henry, Lyons, White, Bradwell Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700 & Black, P.C. (334) 264-9472 Trico Trailer Leasing (205) 242-6908 Other Services: Ahern & Associates LTD Trucking Partners, LLC (602) 242-1030 Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788

Columbus Tire Co., Inc. (706) 321-8133 GCR Tire Centers (407) 466-5907 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (708) 557-3406 McGriff Tire Co. (256) 739-0710 McGriff Treading Co., Inc. (256) 734-4298 Michelin North America (601)497-1259 Snider Fleet Solutions (404) 361-0130 Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. (256) 878-0211

Truckworx Kenworth – Tuscaloosa (205) 752-2886

Birmingham Freightliner (205) 322-6695

Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616

Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (334) 262-8856

TRUCK & EQUIPMENT AUCTIONEERS Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613

Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 Daimler Trucks NA LLC (803) 207-4099 Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000 Fleetco, Inc. (615) 256-0600 Four Star Freightliner (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery)

TRUCKSTOPS Love’s Travel Stops, Inc. (405) 202-4451 Oasis Travel Center, LLC (251) 960-1148 Pilot Flying J Centers (865) 207-3219 TravelCenters of America/Petro Shopping Centers (678) 591-4675

Long Lewis Western Star (205) 428-6241

VEHICLE LEASING Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226

Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 201-4770

Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616



New Members (as of 2-17-2016) B & D Logistics 7850 Schillinger Park Rd Mobile, AL 36608 Mr. Billy Young (251) 639-6281 Bay Area Food Bank, Inc 5248 Mobile South Street Theodore, AL 36582 Mr. David Reaney (251) 653-1617 Big Sandy Injun, LLC P. O. Box 98 Centreville, AL 35042 Mr. Sandy Browder (205) 926-9797 C & R Movers, LLC 5067 Business Park Dr. Suite J3 Montgomery, AL 36116 Mr. Charles Underwood (334) 233-6766

C H Trucking, LLC 1851 Riverton Dr. Prattville, AL 36066 Ms. Chera Howard (334) 799-4310

GFA Alabama, Inc. 6211 Fairfax Bypass Valley, AL 36854 Mr. Blair Cho (334) 756-3040

Liberty Moving LLC 465 Old Oak Cove Chelsea, AL 35043 Mr. James R. England (205) 296-6088

S & D Trucking, LLC P. O. Box 1003 Vernon, AL 35592 Mr. Danny Sorrells (205) 695-6569

College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving 7587 Unit A Hwy 72 West Madison, AL 35758 Mr. John Smith (256) 603-4484

Harvey Transport, Inc 1500 Co Rd 104 Muscadine, AL 36269 Mr. Tony Harvey (770) 309-7625

MacArthur Moving, LLC 1524 AL. Hwy 205 South Albertville, AL 35950 Ms. Jennifer MacArthur (256) 960-4159

Southeast Transportation Safety P. O. Box 221 Hartford, AL 36344 Mr. Tommy Waters (334) 798-5806

Hot Mix Transports, Inc. 13264 Eva Drive Andalusia, AL 36420 Ms. Mary Ellen Bullard (334) 222-9223

Plantation Patterns, LLC 146 Resource Center Parkway Birmingham, AL 35242 Mr. Pat Soileau (334) 526-9980

Sterling Risk Advisors 2500 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30339 Mr. Danny Sellers (770) 710-3404

First Tennessee Bank One Perimeter Park South, Suite 100 N Birmingham, AL 35243 Mr. Bill Benning (615) 734-6046

KW'S Trucking & Construction 1785 County Road 64 Plantersville, AL 36758 Mr. Kerry Walker (334) 419-8402

ATA Calendar of Events A Fleet Safety Awards March 21, 2016 Pelham Civic Complex Pelham, Ala. SMMC Spring Courtesy Roadside Inspection (Northern District): April 14, 2016 Location TBA SMMC Spring Courtesy Roadside Inspections (Northern District): April 21, 2016 Location TBA ATA Annual Convention April 28-30, 2016 Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa Las Vegas, Nev. ATA Board of Directors Meeting April 30, 2016 Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa Las Vegas, Nev. SMMC Mock Trial May 17, 2016 Alabama Trucking Association Headquarters Montgomery, Ala.








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