Alabama Trucker, 1st Quarter 2019

Page 1








Watkins Trucking: 75 years and counting

Seven-plus decades is a long time for any business to operate, especially a family business. Through the years, the operation has diversified and grown to become one of Alabama’s mainstay flatbed operations and a leader in the Alabama Trucking Association.

Published quarterly by the Alabama Trucking Assn., P.O. Box 242337, Montgomery, AL 36124-2337. or call 334-834-3983 PUBLISHER Ford Boswell

Strong Foundation



In 2018, the ATA Foundation was established to provide additional revenue to further the efforts of the Alabama Trucking Association. In recent months, the Foundation’s leadership board unveiled its plans to promote the industry through public awareness initiatives that will improve Alabama’s trucking community through outreach and scholarship.


Birmingham’s I-59/20 Bridge Project



The bridges along I-59/20 and portions of I-65 through Birmingham’ have been demolished, paving the way for new bridges designed to handle higher volumes of traffic more efficiently. So far, truckers have adjusted nicely … but the worst may be yet to come.

DIRECTOR OF SAFETY & MEMBER SERVICES Tim Frazier, CDS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT & EVENTS COORDINATOR Jane Nixon DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Ford Boswell MANAGER OF MEMBER RELATIONS Brandie Norcross ATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Aronhalt, Dennis Bailey, Nic Balanis, Joe Black, Gary Bond, Jack Brim, Greg Brown, Will Bruser, Billy Campbell, Dan Carmichael, Fenn Church, J.J. Clemmons, Mark Coffman, Jeff Coleman, John Collier, Rodger Collins, Driscoll Colquett, Brent Cook, Chris Cooper, Jerry Davis, Ranny Davis, Amy DeFee, Joe Donald, Edmund Doss, Mack Dove, Wesley Dunn, Jack Fricks, Kevin Henderson, Beau Holmes, Steve Johnson, Brian Kilpatrick, Terry Kilpatrick, Jason King, Mark Knotts, Jerry Kocan, Drew Linn, Hunter Lyons, Jeff McGrady, Barry McGriff, Bruce MacDonald, Tom McLeod, Rollins Montgomery, Buck Moore, E.H. Moore, Jr., Ross Neely, Jr., Tommy Neely, Butch Owens, David Padgett, Clay Palm, Kelly Robinson, Kevin Savoy, Bill Scruggs, Danny Smith, Ronnie Stephenson, Steve Stinson, Paul Storey, Harold Sumerford, Jr., Tim Tucker, Bill Ward, Bo Watkins, Wayne Watkins, Taylor White, David Wildberger, T.J. Willings, Keith Wise, Daniel Wright.

Cover image by Wes Frazer.



President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Safety Insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 SMMC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Trucking News Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Buyers’ Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 ATA Events and New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Advertising rates are available upon request. An Affiliate of the American Trucking Associations


334-834-3983 • 1

From the President

Frank Filgo, CAE

It’s Time to Invest in Alabama’s Infrastructure

President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association

T ‘Alabama ranks last in its support of its road and bridge program as compared to other Southeastern states.’


he mission of the Alabama Trucking Association is to advocate sound transportation policies and work to maintain a safe, responsible and efficient Alabama transportation goods movement system. By all accounts, Alabama is currently at a crossroads. According to The Alabama Transportation Institute, an increasing population, aging infrastructure, congestion, safety concerns and stagnant funding is holding our state back from reaching its economic potential. As to funding, Alabama ranks dead last in its support of its road and bridge program compared to other Southeastern states. The last time Alabama adjusted state fuel tax was in 1992, when it increased it by 5 cents. Based on inflation alone, it would take an additional 14 cents to have the same purchasing power as in 1992. Add fuel economy to the equation, and it would require an increase of 22 cents. This upcoming Legislation Session, an attempt will be made to increase the state’s gasoline and diesel excise taxes. The proposal calls for an additional 10 cents per gallon in both the gasoline and diesel taxes bringing in an additional $320 million. A 10-cent increase equalizes us with Ten-

nessee but is less than that of Georgia or Florida. Of the additional state monies invested in the state infrastructure, Alabama Dept. of Transportation Director John Cooper estimates that you would see about a 20 percent return on the investment in time saved, thus addressing the problem of congestion. Though earlier attempts to increase the state’s fuel tax have failed, this year’s effort holds promise. A well-coordinated effort by Gov. Kay Ivey and the leadership of both legislative chambers is now in play. ATA fully supports their commitment to move Alabama forward. The Alabama Trucking Association endorsed its support of an additional fuel tax increase back in 2017. Our commitment stands. Charged with moving Alabama freight safely, on-time and efficiently, truckers know that there is a cost of doing nothing. We will pay for it in weakened economic competitiveness, diminished economic productivity, increased vehicle maintenance and operating costs, and impaired access to education, employment, healthcare and social-recreational opportunities. Hopefully by the time you read this, the governor’s proposal will have passed.


Watkins Trucking: 75 Years & Counting

STILL IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL Wayne Watkins sits behind his meager office desk in North Birmingham wearing a tan shirt, matching tan vest, blue jeans, and a great, big smile. WORDS


Billy Ivey

Wes Frazer


Come on in, he welcomed with an exaggerated wave. Let’s do this thing! 5

The 3 Brothers— Randy, David & Wayne Watkins photographed in the Watkins Trucking workshop.




“This isn’t going to just be about me, OK? There are a lot of people driving this operation.” And he’s right. Watkins employs well over 100 drivers, 20 owner-operators and administrative staff, and several generations of Watkins family members. The company is led by Wayne, but also brothers, David and Randy; children, Bo, Reilly, and Kati who are all integrally involved in Watkins’ day-to-day. “We’ve all grown up in this business,” he continued. “My brothers and I were working on trucks by the time we were eight years old.” Watkins’ grandfather, Irvin “Pop” Watkins, started the company in the alleyways behind his house in 1944, and Wayne remembers getting under the hood of Pop’s trucks “right there in the back yard,” he said. When Watkins Trucking started operating in Decatur, Pop leased school buses to the county and hauled agricultural supplies, farm equipment, “and pretty much anything else folks would pay him to move from one place to another,” Watkins smiled. Early on, Pop moved to Birmingham, and 6

the operation grew consistently for the next 25 years as Pop recruited his son, Jerry, to help take the company to the next level. “We only had about 35 trucks in 1970, and that was more than Pop ever thought he’d have, but (my father) worked hard to ensure we were growing at a manageable rate.” Pop and Jerry set a high standard for their drivers, which is something Wayne says has remained paramount at the company. “Our father held to the belief that we should grow better before we grow bigger, and that starts with having the best people to literally and figuratively drive the company,” he said. That persistence and attention to detail has paid off for Watkins Trucking. Today, the company operates more than 110 trucks, and they remain an envy of the industry as drivers’ loyalty and longevity outmatch almost any other. “We have drivers who have been on the job almost as long as I have,” Wayne says, proudly. “Other companies try to lure them away with big signing bonuses from time to time, but when people become a part of the culture we have here, they want to stay. That’s

something we’re very proud of.” When asked why he thinks Watkins has enjoyed such longevity, Wayne paused, took a deep, satisfying breath, and said, “There’s a real joy and fulfillment that comes from moving toward progress, you know?” After another long pause, he continued, “I love being a part of a process that helps others do their jobs. I get a great sense of accomplishment knowing that we are a crucial part of the economy and society. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Watkins delivers materials all over the country, but a few of his trophy accomplishments include truckload after truckload to the new Mercedes Stadium in Atlanta, the General Motors plant in Indiana, cell phone tower materials to every state in the nation, and Amazon fulfillment centers all over the country. “We’re just moving materials from point A to point B, but I get a lot of satisfaction knowing we are a part of bringing necessary materials and even jobs to other people.” Wayne looks back in humble pride at the legacy he is now in charge of securing for A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

“75 years is a long time for any business to be in operation, but especially a family business. I’m just so proud to be a part of this family — and that goes for all of us: the drivers and their families and our staff and their families.” Wayne Watkins, President

the next generation. “75 years is a long time for any business to be in operation, but especially a family business,” he says. “I’m just so proud to be a part of this family — and that goes for all of us: the drivers and their families and our staff and their families,” he adds. When asked about what’s next for the trucking icon, Wayne smiled and said, “Well, we’ve been in this current building on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard for a long time,” he said. “It’s a great location, but I’d like to create a more welcoming place for my drivers and the people who work for us. We took a 1940s fuel station and built onto it in 1970. I think these folks deserve an upgrade,” he finished with a slight grin. “Other than that, we’re just gonna keep on keeping on. We will continue to grow a small company — small on purpose, with a purpose — and continue to serve others with excellence. That has been the key to our longevity so far, so it doesn’t make sense to change that now.” He added that most businesses — espeA LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

cially in trucking — reach a certain size or scale and get purchased by a much larger conglomerate. Over the years, Wayne and his family have been approached many times about selling the business or merging with another, but that has never been an option for Wayne. “And when I’m no longer sitting at this desk, the fourth generation of Watkins’ is primed and ready to take the wheel. No pun intended.” Pun-intended or not, there is a genuineness about Wayne Watkins that leaves no doubt why his family’s company has been serving others with excellence since long before Eisenhower introduced the interstate system; through several economic recessions; deregulation and the EPA’s consistent regulations on trucking; and more than three generations of family leadership. Endearing brands are enduring brands, and today, the Watkins Trucking brand is spearheaded by one of the most endearing leaders you’ll ever meet. Congratulations, Wayne, David, Randy, and to your entire family. Thank you for leading the way for us all.

75 Years Strong— Watkins Trucking Co. believes in keeping their drivers in great trucks.


BUILDING A FOUNDATION The ATA Foundation works to Improve Alabama’s trucking community through image, outreach and scholarship. By Ford Boswell


hen Terry Kilpatrick was installed as the Alabama Trucking Association’s Chairman of the Board in July 2017, he announced his intent to create a new non-profit organization for the sole purpose of providing funding for charitable acts on behalf of the state’s trucking industry. He placed the idea among his priorities as ATA’s chief elected officer, and over the next few months, recruited other leaders among Alabama’s trucking community to help build and support the rising organization. In January 2018, the ATA Foundation was officially established, with by-laws and procedures to provide an additional source of tax-free revenue to further expand the efforts of the Association. The Foundation’s leadership board soon unveiled its plans to promote the industry through public awareness initiatives such as the Teens and Trucks program that educates high school students about driving safely around large trucks and providing scholarships to young adults pursuing truck-related vocations. Today, the ATA Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable arm of Alabama Trucking Association dedicated to advancing highway safety; investing in meaningful research for Alabama trucking industry; providing scholarships to young adults seeking a trucking related career; and creating an effective, ongoing image campaign for the trucking industry. “The work of this Foundation signifies our ongoing objective to support and com-

Terry Kilpatrick 10

Part of the ATA Foundation’s focus is training young drivers about sharing the road safely with trucks.

plement the efforts of the Alabama Trucking Association,” says President and CEO Frank Filgo. “We are committed to making a valuable impact on the important work of the Association. Collectively, the ATA Foundation and the Alabama Trucking Association can and will make a difference as we continue to serve the membership in a variety of ways, as well as advancing the industry’s needs and its public image in Alabama.”

son; and from Bishop State, Kyle Durant. Each of these young men was selected by his respective instructors based on one or more of the following criteria: academics, leadership and financial need. According to ATA leaders, given additional support, the Foundation will grow its scholarship program to provide additional financial assistance to those interested in seeking a truck related career.

Scholarship Program

Public Image

A leading tactic of the Foundation’s mission is to encourage young adults to seek trucking related careers, either as fleet managers, professional drivers or diesel technicians. So far this year, the Foundation has provided scholarships to diesel technology students at several trade schools, including Wallace State Community College in Hanceville; Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Opp; and Bishop State Community College in Mobile. This year’s recipients are: from Wallace State, Zach Benefield and Kyle Keck; from LBWCC, Danny Lee and Braxton Robin-

Unfortunately, trucking has a public image problem facilitated by those who fail to see the vital contributions the industry provides to society. Likewise, trucking’s commitment to safety is taken for granted, and many forget the scores of jobs and services the industry provides. Such attitudes are nurtured by a continuous barrage of television and radio ads from law firms demonizing the trucking industry for their own financial gain. For years, ATA members expressed concern that these ads perpetuated a false impression of the industry’s professionalism and commitment to A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

doing the things the right way. A common refrain from members was, “There has to be something we can do to get our message out there?” Foundation leaders agreed and resolved to implement an awareness campaign to educate the public of trucking’s vital role in the state’s economy, and to highlight the extent to which our industry emphasizes highway safety and professionalism. To that end, Foundation leaders commissioned a month-long television and online ad campaign in January 2019 to demonstrate that ATA members are committed to safety, and that the trucking industry is an essential part of the state’s economy, contributing to the lifestyles enjoyed by Alabama families. The Foundation paid for a series of one-minute television ads that aired during nightly news broadcasts at leading stations in Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery. The initial media buy consisted of 60-80 spots airing over a four-week period. The campaign used two ads developed by the ATA Communications Dept. The ads also appeared statewide across various social media platforms, reaching hundreds of thousands of Alabamians, collectively. Meanwhile, ATA leaders also arranged several oncamera, in-studio interviews with current ATA Chairman of the Board Fenn Church, who discussed the industry’s efforts to improve highway safety through training and modern equipment investments. Church gave exclusive interviews to WBRC in Birmingham and WSFA in Montgomery.

Road Team Captain Rodney Cosper stands with students from John Carrol Catholic High in Homewood, Ala. during a Share the Road presentation.

Road Safety Awareness Foundation leaders also pledged to do more to educate teens about driving safely around large trucks and commercial vehiA LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

Nearly 80 ATA Foundation television ads ran throughout Alabama in January.

cles. Motor vehicle crashes are the single most common killer of teenagers. The nationally known curriculum Teens and Trucks and the Share the Road programs were created in collaboration with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Arizona

Trucking Association, Arizona Department of Public Safety and American Trucking Associations. The programs are an excellent resource complete with instructor lesson plans, student workbooks, DVDs and preand post-test evaluations. 11

ATA Foundation Sponsors PLATINUM SPONSOR Mr. and Mrs. Terry Kilpatrick GOLD SPONSOR Mr. & Mrs. Chris Hornady McLeod Software R.E. Garrison Trucking Truckworx Kenworth Watkins Trucking Co. Wright Transportation, Inc. SILVER SPONSOR Alabama Motor Express, Inc. Church Transportation & Logistics Perdido Trucking Company Ward International Trucks

ATA Foundation Board Members: Terry Kilpatrick, Chairman Billy Barnes Enterprises, Inc. Monroeville, Ala. Daniel Wright, Vice Chairman Wright Trucking Co. Mobile, Ala. Collins White, Treasurer Alabama Motor Express Ashland, Ala.

The Foundation has dispensed $7,500 in scholarships to diesel tech students at several colleges across Alabama with more planned. Above, from left Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics, scholarship winners Zachary Benefield and Kyle Keck, ATA Foundation President Terry Kilpatrick and Wallace State Diesel Technology instructor Jeremy Smith stand for a photo during a recent ceremony.

Leigh Breal Ward International Trucks Mobile, Ala. Will Bruser Truckworx Kenworth Birmingham, Ala. Chris Hornady Hornady Transportation LLC Monroeville, Ala.

With additional funding Foundation and support from several ATA members, ATA’s Safety Dept. added three new Alabama Road Team members to present the programs at public and private high schools and commercial companies that teach driver’s education. Unfortunately, there is not enough emphasis on the importance of understanding how to drive safely around large trucks and commercial vehicles. Teens and Trucks and Share the Road curriculums are well structured and effective and can easily be incorporated into any existing driver’s education program.

Looking Ahead So far, the ATA Foundation has 12 donors, including a mix of individual and corporate entities. As of this printing, the Foundation 12

In February, Foundation leaders presented another scholarship to Kyle Durant, a senior studying diesel technology at Mobile’s Bishop State Community College. From left are Bishop State Foundation Board member Voncile Cunningham, ATA’s Tim Frazier, Foundation Board Members Leigh Ward Breal and Daniel Wright, Kyle Durant and Bishop State President Dr. Reginald Sykes.

has raised nearly $150,000 through one-time donations and added apportionment of ATA annual member dues. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and seven levels of sponsorships are offered.

If you’re interested in donating to the ATA Foundation, please download a pledge form at Please make checks payable to the Alabama Trucking Association Foundation. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

Delayed Impact Only a month in, Birmingham trucking operations are adjusting nicely to the I-59/20 bridge project, but the worst may be yet to come. By Ford Boswell ometimes it’s best to rip the bandage off and be done with it. For the next 14 months, commuters who rely on the I-59/20 bridges flowing through downtown Birmingham to get around the region will be forced to take alternate routes and adjust travel times when making trips through Alabama’s largest metropolitan area. Beginning last month, the bridges along I-59/20 and portions of I-

S 14

65 through Birmingham’s Central Business District (CBD) have been systematically demolished, paving the way for new bridges designed to handle higher volumes of traffic more efficiently. The old system of bridges, constructed more than 45 years ago, was originally designed to accommodate 80,000 vehicles per day. Over time, that stretch of interstate has become the highest rate of traffic flow in Alabama, carrying more than twice the number of vehicles than it was intended to accommodate. And by 2035, traffic is expected to A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

Photo credit: Lee Drumheller, Untethered Drone Works, LLC

increase to more than 225,000 vehicles per day. Consequently, this vital infrastructure was determined to be functionally obsolete, and highway officials opted to replace it in the interest of public safety and to ease the flow of commerce and traffic through Birmingham’s CBD. Transforming the interstate system through the downtown area has been a lengthy, multiphase project that began back in September 2015. Phase I (completed in 2016) involved the widening of some roads and elevating of some bridges in the interchange of I-59/20 with I-65. Phase II (which wrapped up last year) involved redesigning and constructing the new interchange ramps at I-65. The current project (Phase III) involves the replacement of the bridges at the interchange between I-59/20 and Red Mountain Expressway, or U.S. 31 and U.S. 280, and the bridges that carry I-59/20 through downtown. The overall project is expected to cost more than $700 million. For now, through-traffic traveling to and from surrounding areas and roadways is asked to take detours and alternate routes where and when possible while the area is closed. Unfortunately, trucking businesses located along the closed routes are forced to make some adjustments to their operations, including using reroutes, adjusting pickup and delivery locations, and educating truck drivers about detours and delays. Buck Moore, whose flatbed operation, Buddy Moore Trucking, is located only a few miles from the bridges, says construction has had A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

a direct affect on his daily operations, but thanks to careful planning and preparation, there hasn’t been too much of a disruption to regular operations. “We rented a drop yard in Bessemer (about 10 miles to the west of town) where we are staging loads so our drivers coming in from the west can avoid Birmingham,” he said. “Our afternoon trucks are struggling to get to our yard, and we are doing some of our maintenance at other terminals. Also, some trucks coming in from the west that need to come to our yard are going I-459 to Irondale and then coming back in on I-20. But on the other hand, the effect on our office workers has not been as bad as we thought it would be.” Fleet managers at Watkins Trucking, another flatbed carrier located only a few miles to the east of the main construction, report they have noticed delays in and around Birmingham. “The delays have affected our scheduling ability in and around Birmingham significantly,” says Bo Watkins. “That isn’t surprising, as we knew these detours would be jam packed with other people trying to use the same reroutes that we do. The most commonly used detour to avoid downtown is I-459, and we are definitely noticing a longer transit time using that route. All we can do is keep our (drivers and dispatchers) informed and be prepared for delays as best we can.” Matt Frazier, a safety manager, for Montgomery Transport, which like Buddy Moore is located within a mile of the construction zones, says the closures have presented some problems, but overall, they have adjusted to delays and reroutes and things “haven’t been too bad.” “Our guys are just having to go up I-65 N to the Fultondale exit and cut through (back roads), which is adding 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic,” he says. However, Montgomery Transport’s sister company, RM Logistics, has been affected by the closures considerably more. Those drivers are having to cut through on Finley Blvd., then use Carraway Blvd. to get to Southland Tube (which is where loads are picked up). “We have had to scale back those guys to one less turn per day than normal,” he says. “But other than that, outside the construction areas, we’ve heard very little from our drivers regarding delays, so far. For us, there were no major adjustments, but our drivers were notified and reminded far in advance (of the bridge closures). We provided them detour directions to our headquarters and several frequently visited shippers in the area. We also provided (ALDOT’s) I-59/20 hotline number, which perhaps has provided some assistance for drivers.” Those outside the construction zone have fared far better. Wesley Dunn, co-owner for RangeWay Logistics, which is in Pelham, Ala. about 17 miles south of downtown Birmingham, says his operation hasn’t seen nearly the issues he anticipated. “We prepared by having back routes for certain periods of time (mostly around school traffic) to avoid I-459, but there have only been a couple of small delays we have seen so far outside of normal traffic flow issues and times,” he says. “Of course, there will be good days and bad days. If accidents occur, I do foresee there will be congestion and delays, especially along 459. I’m sure all of this is most likely affecting the guys downtown a lot more, but so far, it has been a pleasant surprise (for us). I’m hoping it stays that way.” In the meantime, ALDOT will post all information about closings, detours or anticipated traffic delays on its website The agency has also set up several social media accounts where it will share information regularly with local media and area officials. Follow the project on Twitter and Facebook @5920bridge for more updates. There is also a 24-hour Hotline with operators waiting to answer detour and reroute questions at 205-346-5080. ALDOT officials recommend that trough traffic on I-59/20 from either direction use the I-459 bypass around Birmingham to avoid delays. 15


Get Involved and Make a Difference

Tim Frazier

Director of Safety & Member Services

‘Many ATA member companies have accepted the challenge and have provided their drivers with the easy, online accessible training provided by TAT.’



fter many months of planning, the Alabama Trucking Association recently partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office (AG) to co-host a fantastic coalition build meeting to combat human trafficking in our industry and our state (See news item on page 20). The meeting was held last month at the AG’s office in Montgomery with tremendous attendance and support, including industry and law enforcement representatives. Approximately 120 people attended, receiving in-depth training and information regarding human sexual exploitation in our state. So, why a coalition built with law enforcement and industry representatives? Surely, here in the great state of Alabama, human trafficking is not a prevalent issue – it’s something seen only on television or occurs in big metro cities far from here, right? While I wish that were true, the fact is it does happen here, and it happens a lot. It’s our responsibility to do our part in preventing and stopping this practice. With presentations from law enforcement officials and TAT representatives, attendees learned our interstate highway system connecting four of the largest cities in our state is a prime setup for this practice to take place. Easy on and off access in these areas, especially around truck stops and major events, provides traffickers multiple locations to practice their evil trade. The Alabama Trucking Association has been a corporate sponsor for TAT for several

years providing more than $20,000 in that time. That money is used to help provide necessary training for professional drivers to spot and report incidences of human tracking. Truck drivers are in many locations throughout their day where innocent victims are placed and made to offer their body for a trafficker’s profit. With the training provided by TAT, drivers spotting this activity can contact the TAT hotline for immediate law enforcement intervention. Often, reported activity can be addressed quickly enough to capture the trafficker and provide immediate relief and support for the victim. Many ATA member companies have accepted the challenge and have provided their drivers with the easy, online accessible training provided by TAT. This training provides the necessary tools that will equip our drivers to help fight this awful practice, as they are often in and around areas where this activity takes place. I would encourage CEOs, managers, staff, and especially drivers, obtain the free training offered and help make a difference in a victim’s life. Thanks to TAT’s coalition build director Esther Goetsch, Assistant Attorney General Audrey Jordan, Attorney General Steve Marshall, and the Alabama Trucking Association members, our coalition build was so successful! We are already working on plans for another meeting. Get involved, connect with Truckers Against Trafficking, train your drivers, and just maybe we can make a positive impact on an innocent victim’s life. For more information, visit or call 612-888-4828. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEWS FMCSA ends driver diabetes exemption The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on February 21 announced it was ending the exemption process for medical certification of insulin-dependent truck and bus drivers. In a Federal Register announcement, the agency said diabetic drivers who possess a medical card will need to renew, and those seeking a medical card in the future will be certified to drive only if they get a green light from an agency-certified medical examiner. “Obtaining certification under the new standard should be much less burdensome in terms of both time and resources than the lengthy process of applying for and maintaining an exemption,” the announcement said. “FMCSA withdraws its Sept. 3, 2003, notice concerning exemptions for certain individuals with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus and its Nov. 8, 2005, revision.” The exemption process will remain in effect for drivers with epilepsy and seizure disorders, as well as for hearing and vision disorders, the agency said. The revised diabetes standard grants certified medical examiners, in consultation with a driver’s treating clinician, ability to determine whether to approve an insulin-treated individual for a medical certificate to drive a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce for up to a year. “FMCSA has determined, therefore, that an exemption program for [treated diabetics] is no longer necessary,” the agency said. The new rule eliminates a typical two- or three-month delay for the estimated 4,700 diabetic drivers with medical cards to navigate a bureaucratic process requesting an exemption from FMCSA after being automatically disqualified for having the condition. While waiting for the exemption, diabetic drivers were not allowed to drive, often resulting in loss of income. Under the old rule, about 76 percent of drivers that apply receive an exemption. Despite dropping the exemption process, a diabetic driver still must convince his treating clinician and medical examiner that his or her diabetes is under control. Although the final rule outlining the requirements for diabetic exemptions technically ended the process in September, the agency still was clearing out drivers requesting exemptions until late November.

SMMC Fleet Safety Awards banquet set for March 25 The Alabama Trucking Association Safety and Maintenance Management Council (SMMC) will honor its safest fleets, managers and drivers at the group’s annual Fleet Safety Awards banquet set for Monday, March 25th at the Pelham Civic Complex near Birmingham. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

Statewide competitions include awards for fleets, safety managers, fleet managers, maintenance professionals and, of course, the big one, the Alabama Driver of the Year. ATA’s Fleet Safety Awards are based on accident frequency measured by the number of accidents per million miles for a company’s drivers in 2018. Only accidents and miles that occurred in Alabama are

Driver of the Year Moses Thomas celebrates at last year’s Fleet Safety Awards banquet.

considered in these contests. The Safety Professional of the Year Award goes to the individual who has done the most to promote highway safety within his or her company, community, state and the Alabama Trucking Association. The Maintenance Professional of the Year is presented to the individual who effectively supervises the maintenance department of a member company while improving efficiency and lowering maintenance costs. The Fleet Manager of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has a proven track record in managing a fleet of drivers who consistently exceed expectations of the principals and owners for the fleet or terminal they manage. And lastly, the Alabama Driver of the Year Award is presented to the state’s top driver from an ATA member firm. Every ATA member should have several drivers deserving of this recognition, whether they win the contest or not. The prestige of just being nominated goes a long way toward improved driver morale and retention. The winning driver is presented a trophy and is invited as a VIP guest of the Alabama Trucking Association at the 2019 Annual Meeting later this spring in Destin, Fla. By participating in this contest, Alabama trucking fleets can demonstrate how committed they are to highway safety. All winners are selected by an independent panel of judges composed of officers from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. For more information about attending the event, please call 334-834-3983. Continued on page 20 17

WH Thomas Oil Co. Clanton, AL 205-755-2610 Decatur, AL 256-351-0744

Think of us as your lubrication experts for the long haul.

As your Chevron Distributor, we do more than just offer high quality motor oils, transmission fluids and gear lubricants for your fleet. We provide effective lubrication solutions that can reduce your operating costs and improve your bottom line.

Whether it’s performing an oil analysis, helping with inventory management or any other service, we’re always ready to help minimize downtime, extend maintenance intervals and the life of your engines so your entire business is always in high gear.

And that’s good for your bottom line

ATA’s Frazier serves as judge for ALEA License Examiner of the Year

News ATA, Truckers Against Trafficking and law enforcement co-host human trafficking summit In February, the Alabama Trucking Association, Truckers Against Trafficking, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall cohosted a seminar in Montgomery to build a network of law enforcement and industry stakeholders that will work together to end human trafficking in Alabama, and beyond. More than 150 attendees learned how law enforcement agencies can use the trucking industry to combat child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Several presenters including ATA Chairman of the Board Fenn Church briefed the group on the harsh realities of domestic sex trafficking and the critical role the trucking industry serves in fighting it. Church noted that because truck drivers are often in locations where these crimes occur, places like truck stops, gas stations, rest areas, busy city streets, loading docks, and the like, they have an opportunity to observe and report suspicious activities as they occur, but they need to know what to look for. “A program like this makes sense (for the industry) because truck drivers are often in locations where these heinous crimes occur,” Church said. “Truck drivers and other industry employees have a unique op-

Alabama Trucking Association Director of Safety Tim Frazier recently served as a panel judge selecting Alabama Law Enforcement’s top driver’s license examiner for 2018. Frazier, right, stands with the winner Patricia South at a recent ceremony held in Montgomery.

portunity to observe and report suspicious activities, but they need to know what to look for.” The Alabama Trucking Association was an early adopter of Truckers Against Trafficking’s mission and has since donated more than $20,000 over the last several years – one of only two state level trucking groups to donate at that level. “Our Association believes the work that Truckers Against Traffic and law enforcement are doing is amazing, and we’re proud to play a small role in supporting their efforts,” Church said. “Our members have bought in, and many of them have been involved with Truckers Against Trafficking for years, collectively certifying nearly 10,000 Alabama-based truck drivers to date.” Church encouraged any business leader whose company hasn’t had their drivers sit through the Truckers Against Trafficking training program to do so as soon as possible. “The certification process is very efficient and easy to administer,” he said. “Your driv-

More than 150 attended last month’s human trafficking briefing in Montgomery.


ers will gain a lot from it, I promise you. This coalition’s goal is to build a cohesive network that will merge trucking’s leadership and resources to help law enforcement more effectively protect exploited men, women and children.”

FMCSA’s Martinez warns carriers to prepare for ELD deadline Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Ray Martinez told attendees at Omnitracs’s recent User Conference in Dallas that trucking operations need to fully prepare for the December 2019 mandate for the transition from automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) to electronic logging devices (ELDs). According conference coverage from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s Jim Beach, Martinez noted that 2019 is a critical year for ELD implementation and that putting it off implementation of approved devices is bad practice that will lead to disruptions and penalties. “We do believe (ELDs) will have a positive impact on industry efficiency and highway safety,” he said, citing figures that show decreases in out-of-service violations – as much as 50 percent in the last year or so. Plus, the data generated by ELDs provides the agency more flexibility by highlighting areas in the current HOS rules that could use improvement or tweaking. The data from ELDs “helps us explore that,” he said. “We appreciate the commitment of carriers and drivers to see this through.” He said the agency had conducted listening sessions across the country on the issue. “We came in with ‘what do you think?’” As a result, FMCSA received over 5,000 specific comments. “We were very pleased with that. It provides guidance for possible HOS rule changes.” Beach’s report stated, “that the agency is A LABAMA T RUCKER • 1 ST Q UARTER 2019

moving forward with a proposed rulemaking.” And while he said he couldn’t announce anything yet, he was encouraged about the prospect of moving forward. Martinez added that he understands the FMCSA in the past may not have been open to communication. “That’s a big problem. Yes, we are a regulatory agency, we enforce rules, but if the way you regulate doesn’t make sense to the ones you regulate, you lose something. We are not just here to talk, but to engage.” Technology continues to play an important role in safety, he said, but that “we are not developing technology ourselves, we know that is happening in the private sector.” That’s why the agency engages with technology providers. Exploring ways to harness technologies in transportation is an important tool for the agency. As for the FMCSA itself, he said “we are only 1,100 people spread out in every state.” Since its formation in 2000, the agency has worked to ensure that freight and people move safely by providing oversight. The agency regulates over a half-a-million carriers and 4.7 million active CDL holders. FMCSA can’t do its job without its partnership with state agencies. “We work through our state partners,” he said, supporting over 13,000 state commercial vehi-


cle inspectors and providing grants to help state DOTs improve their technology. “This is the way we carry out our mission.” He described the philosophy in some state capitals as one where if you want to get to safety you need more laws and more regulation. “I think there’s a different tack. I want to be a promoter of using technology to get to more safety,” and not necessarily more regulation. There will always be enforcement, he said, but there also needs to be more engineering in terms of new technology that makes vehicles safer and helps drivers.

transporters from the requirements of 49 CFR Sec 393.87” – “the requirement to place warning flags on projecting loads of new motor vehicles.” In granting the limited five-year exemption, FMCSA stated, “The Agency has determined that the lack of warning flags on stinger steered automobile transporter equipment when transporting motor vehicles would not have an adverse impact on safety and that adherence to the terms and conditions of the exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation.”

FMCSA grants automobile haulers petition for exemption on flag requirement On February 15, FMCSA announced its decision to grant the ATA Automobile Carriers Conference a limited, five-year exemption relieving motor carriers operating stinger steered auto transporters from being required to place warning flags on projecting rear loads extending four feet or more. The exemption is in effect until February 15, 2024. In July 2017, ACC filed a petition with FMCSA seeking a renewable five-year exemption “for stinger steered automobile

FMCSA’s medical certification program under audit by DOT Spurred by a wake of criminal charges against medical examiners who have fraudulently issued DOT medical certificates to truck operators, the U.S. DOT’s Office of Inspector General announced in February the agency is opening an audit to evaluate the DOT medical certification program. According to a report from Commercial Carrier Journal, focus of the audit is the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2014. Continued on page 22


News Since the August 2014 onset of the National Registry, there have been eight indictments and six convictions against medical examiners who have issued fraudulent certificates to drivers. In most cases, the examiner was issuing certificates without performing a full exam and, in some cases, the examiners uploaded fake exam results to FMCSA. On a few instances, FMCSA had to issue a notice that required hundreds of drivers to renew their medical certifications within 30 days, even though they hadn’t expired, due to circumstances surrounding alleged fraud of a medical examiner. In one occasion, more than 6,000 drivers had to immediately renew their medical certificate. Part of a multi-part overhaul of the driver medical certification process, the National Registry rule requires drivers to obtain their medical certificate from an FMCSA-approved examiner. Examiners must complete required training and pass a test to be listed in the reg-


istry. Ultimately, medical certificates will be combined with driver CDLs, with states tapping into FMCSA’s database to know whether a driver’s medical certificate is current and valid. That portion of the overhaul has been delayed and is now slated to take effect in June 2021. Slim on details so far, the DOT OIG’s audit is planned to begin immediately, the OIG said its Wednesday notice to FMCSA. The OIG will evaluate FMCSA’s oversight of the medical certification process and its protocol for verifying the information within the National Registry.

Congress to reintroduce measure to lower interstate driver age A bipartisan effort in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives has emerged that would allow drivers as young as 18 years old to drive heavy duty trucks in interstate commerce. According to a report by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE-Safe) Act is aimed at changing federal law to allow commercial driver’s license holders under the age of 21 to move goods from state to state. While all 48 states in the continental U.S. currently allow 18-year-

olds to obtain a CDL, until federal law is changed, they cannot drive a truck across state lines until they are 21. While lowering the minimum age for interstate drivers, the bill also establishes an apprenticeship program for CDL holders under 21. Young drivers would apprentice under the guidance of a veteran driver while also studying best driving practices, safety standards. During the training period apprentice drivers are subjected to performance benchmarks. They must complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time with an experienced driver in the cab. Trucks used for training must be equipped with active braking collision mitigation systems, a video event-capture system, and a speed governor set at 65 miles per hour or below, according to published reports. American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said his group fully supports the bill, calling it “critically important to the American economy.” “The strong bipartisan, bicameral support behind this legislation demonstrates how real a threat the driver shortage presents to our nation’s economic security over the long-term – and how serious our lawmakers are about addressing it with common-sense solutions,” Spear said. “Given


the broad coalition of interests backing this measure, there is growing understanding across the country that the impact of this issue reaches far beyond just trucking and commercial vehicles. It is a strain on the entire supply chain, from the manufacturers and producers on down to retail and the end consumer, who will see higher prices at the store.” The bill is opposed by safety advocacy groups and independent driver organizations, including the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association, whose President Todd Spencer called the measure "irresponsible to put young drivers behind the wheel of a truck in order to avoid addressing the real problems of high turnover. The focus should instead be on fixing the staggering turnover rate with better pay and working conditions.”

Greenbush Logistics recognizes safe, high-mileage drivers Greenbush Logistics’ safety department recently honored several of its drivers for safety milestones. Among the honorees from its Mobile terminal were Robert Hanners, David Harper and William Seward for each reaching 1 million safe driving miles with the company; from the


Greenbush Tuscumbia safe drivers, from left, are Brady Warhurst, Dennis Phillips, Jason Croisant, Paul Norman and Robert Holt.

Greenbush Mobile safe drivers, from left, are Robert Hanners, David Harper and William Seward.

Abbeville terminal were Rex Eunice (1.25 million miles), Willie Glenn (1.25 million miles) and Kent Holmes (1 million miles); and from the Tuscumbia terminal were Jason Croisant (1.5 million miles), Robert Holt (1 million miles), Paul Norman (1.25

Greenbush Abbeville safe drivers, from left, are Rex Eunice, Kent Holmes and Willie Glenn.

million miles), Dennis Phillips (1.5 million miles), and Brady Warhurst (1.5 million miles). Greenbush Logistics is flatbed carrier based in Abbeville, Ala. operating in the Southern, Central and the Eastern U.S.



ALEA asks for additional funding to hire more troopers writer Mike Cason recently reported that Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has asked the Legislature for funding to hire 50 more state troopers next year. According to, ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor presented the agency’s budget request to legislators in February. ALEA leaders contend the agency’s trooper force is understaffed with only 370 troopers on the road. ALEA aims to eventually increase that to 650, which is the number most experts agree is needed to adequately cover the state. ALEA requested an $8.7 million increase in its appropriation from the state General Fund, to $61.5 million. Of that, $5.5 million would be for the 50 additional troopers and their training and equipment. This year’s budget enabled ALEA to hire and equip 30 new troopers, Cason added. Part of the challenge in beefing up the trooper force will be replacing more than 200 sworn personnel who are scheduled to retire over the next five years.

Government announces reduced UCR fees for 2019 The federal government has announced reduced annual fees in 2019 for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has oversight of UCR, published a final rulemaking on December 28. For the second consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees. The reductions for 2018 and 2019 are based on recommendations from the UCR Board of Directors following several years of higher than expected collections. The 2019 UCR registration period is now open. You may complete your UCR Registration at For support or questions, call 1-833-UCR-PLAN or send an email to Be aware that several states maintain their own UCR systems and at least some of them may require a few days before they’re ready to accept registrations. State enforcement of the UCR registration requirements commonly begins on Jan24

Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. showcases new Montgomery branch with February open house event

Gulf Coast’s Montgomery branch hosted several hundred customers and guests at a recent open house.

From left, Frederick Stimpson, New Truck Sales Manager; Robert Hope, Chief Financial Officer; Mitch Shackelford, Sr. Vice President; and Shelby Bleyswyk, Fixed Operations Manager

Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment recently showcased its new Montgomery Branch, located off Montgomery’s Northern Blvd. at 2120 N Belt Dr. During an open house event held Feb. 7, several hundred customers and guests were treated to barbecue, snacks, door prizes and several displays of heavy-duty Mack trucks and various other product lines the location offers. The new facility was completed in January 2018 after the dealership’s original Montgomery Highway location (about 11 miles away) was destroyed by a fire in December 2016. According to company officials, the Montgomery team was supported by services and employees at other locations within the organization’s network while the new location was being built. Operations manager Shelby Bleyswyk said the open house was as much about celebrating the branch’s dedication to customers while handling a major crisis as it was showing off a new, fully modernized facility. “Our team displayed a lot of resilience and worked hard to exceed our customer’s needs and standards while dealing with this relocation project,” Bleyswyk said. “We now have an outstanding facility and a dedicated team for our customers. I invite Alabama’s trucking community to come by anytime and see all we have to offer.” In 1940, T.A. Cross founded Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. in Florida’s Panhandle and later moved the company’s headquarters to Mobile, establishing it as the local authorized Mack dealership. Since then, the Cross Family has instilled in its employees a dedication to hard work and excellent customer service. Along with Montgomery, the dealership has three other locations including Mobile, Dothan and Pine Hill.


uary 1. But since the opening of the 2019 registration period was delayed several months, UCR is requesting states delay enforcement until April 1, 2019. The UCR Act, established in 2005, requires motor carriers involved in interstate commerce, and other businesses subject to The Act, to submit annual fees based on fleet size to supplement funding for state highway motor carrier registration and safety programs.

BCA taps new president The Business Council of Alabama has selected Alabama native Katie Boyd Britt as the organization’s next president. Britt, who served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby, started the job January 2, 2019. Britt “We are excited to welcome Katie as the BCA’s new president,” said Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite, who chairs the BCA’s Executive Committee. “As the top staff member


for Senator Shelby, she has worked daily with businesses and elected officials from around Alabama and the country. She also has a special ability to work with and unite people from all walks of life. She has all of the tools we were looking for to support the business growth across the state that will drive our economy in the years ahead.” Britt was born and raised in Enterprise and attended The University of Alabama, where she served as President of the Student Government Association. She also earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Over the past decade, she has served several senior positions for Senator Shelby in Washington. Before becoming Chief of Staff, Britt was the youngest press secretary in the U.S. Senate. She previously led state governmental affairs for the Butler Snow law firm in Montgomery practicing corporate law. She has also served as a member of the BCA Board of Directors. Britt, her husband, Wesley, and their two children, Bennett and Ridgeway, will reside in Montgomery. “My heart is in Alabama,” said Britt. “Our state has made significant progress in recent years, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead BCA during this time of growth. I look forward to building on that momentum through collective efforts with our BCA members,

elected officials, and business allies across the state – identifying opportunities every day in which we can provide and advance real, tangible solutions. BCA’s successes are Alabama’s successes, and our unique ability to take on big challenges and deliver strategic results will advance our economy and best serve the men and women who make up the backbone of our state.” Britt, who will be the first female president at BCA, said her top initial priorities will be working with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to develop a new long-term strategic plan for the organization; build bridges with other organizations to identify shared priorities and objectives at the state and federal level; and bring a fresh approach to working with elected officials and policymakers at the local, state, and federal level to support pro-business, pro-economic growth policies. BCA Executive Committee Member Carl Jamison said Britt brought to the table the qualities and experience needed to successfully move BCA forward. “BCA has an important responsibility to its members and to our state moving forward,” Jamison said. “With Katie’s energy and experiences in Montgomery and Washington, she understands the constructive Continued on page 26


role BCA can play.” Britt said a strong BCA is vital for Alabama’s success as a state and for its residents. “From the Tennessee Valley to the Wiregrass and then over to Mobile Bay, we have a remarkably diverse economy,” Britt said. “But to ensure Alabama’s future success, we must encourage policies and priorities that strengthen our businesses and provide opportunities for our citizens.”

Four Star Freightliner hosts U.S. Rep. Martha Roby U.S. Representative Martha Roby, RMontgomery, visited Four Star Freightliner’s Montgomery headquarters on Feb. 20 to discuss opportunities for Alabama students, which include Four Star’s efforts to bridge the gap between high school and the workforce by providing training and apprenticeship programs for students who are interested in the diesel technology field. “It was such an honor to have Congresswoman Roby visit our business and interact with our employees,” said Jerry Kocan, dealer principal. “We were able to spotlight our employees and discuss issues that affect them and our business. She was very open and receptive. I believe we shared a common bond in our support of vocational and


Rep. Martha Roby and Four Star principal Jerry Kocan

trade schools in Alabama”. Also, during the meeting, the Four Star team reviewed the effects of the 12 percent federal excise tax (FET) on the retail sale of most new heavy-duty trucks. This tax often adds as much as $22,000 to the price of a new heavy-duty truck. Truck dealers have been urging members of Congress to repeal this World War I era tax. “She was very open, a great listener and asked very good questions,” Kocan said of Rep. Roby. “This visit gave us an opportunity to discuss our day-to-day challenges with an elected leader because I think these leaders want to serve the needs of their constituents. We need to do a better job of expressing our needs when we have opportunities to meet with them.”

Four Star Freightliner prides itself on providing customers with world class truck products from Daimler (Freightliner, Western Star and Fuso) and a full spectrum of services. It maintains one of the most comprehensive networks of dealerships and service centers in the Southeast region. There are 6 locations to support customers’ needs: Montgomery, Ala.; Dothan, Ala.; Tifton, Ga., Valdosta Ga., Albany, Ga. and Midway, Fla. Visit us online at

Coffman International among OEM’s top North American dealerships Dothan’s Coffman International, Inc. recently received International Truck’s Presidential Award, which honors the top seven percent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and most importantly, customer satisfaction. “This award is the highest honor an International dealer principal can achieve from the company,” said Mark Belisle, senior vice president of Distribution at Navistar. “Coffman International, is one of only 15 International dealerships in the United States and Canada who earned this presti-


The Coffman Family: from left, Mark, Bob and John

gious recognition in 2018.” Belisle continued, “The Presidential Award also recognizes the effort and dedication of all the dealership’s employees. A highly skilled, professional staff is a critical success factor for any commercial truck dealership. John and Mark Coffman are clearly committed to growing their business and being recognized by customers as the dealership of choice in their market. I congratulate everyone at Coffman International for their commitment to outstanding customer service, operational excellence and representation of the International Truck brand.” “This award is a great honor for everyone at Coffman International because it recognizes all the hard work and professionalism we bring to customers in the area,” said


John Coffman. “Everyone at Coffman is dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience. Our customers rely on us to keep their businesses moving and growing. For more than 42 years, our customers have been returning to us because they know we deliver quality International products and services that help drive profits to their bottom line.” Coffman International is a full-service International Truck dealership serving customers in the Wiregrass area. Coffman is also an Idealease affiliate. Additional information is available at

Former AU football standout Reese Dismukes joins Palomar Palomar Insurance has hired former Auburn University football standout and NFL journeyman Reese Dismukes to its expanding sales team as an Account Executive specializing in the trucking and construction industries. Prior to joining Palomar, Dismukes served commercial clients in the trucking and construction industries for an insurance brokerage in Mobile. His in-depth knowledge of these industries and personalized service will help clients understand the risks for their spe-

cific industry and company and help shape insurance products to best meet their needs. Dismukes graduated from Auburn University, where he was a starting center for the Tigers and earned the Rimington Trophy along with consensus All-American status. He spent three seasons in the NFL, playing for the Pittsburg Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. His pro career highlight was playing in Super Bowl 50 in 2015. Nowadays, in his spare time, he gives back to the community serving as a volunteer Little League football coach. He is Dismukes also president of The 50 Foundation, a non-profit organization he created for Epilepsy awareness. Since 1954, Palomar has delivered effective, tailored insurance programs to companies small and large. Palomar’s relationships, resources and expertise work to protect company and individual assets through commercial and personal insurance from the nation’s best carriers. For more information, visit




PO Box 242337 • Montgomery, AL 36124 • Phone: (334) 834-3983 • Fax: (334) 262-6504

Application For Membership Motor Carrier: ___

Private: ___

Household Goods: ___

Allied Industry: ___

Your Dues Amount: $ __________________ (please fill in by using dues chart) Firm Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: (Box)________________________________(Street) ____________________________________________ City, State & Zip: ________________________________________________________________________________ DOT Number: ______________________________________ Number of Trucks: __________________ __________ Telephone: (______) ____________________ Fax (______) ____________________ 800/ ______________________ Website Address:


Type of Business: ________________________________________________________________________________ Official Representative : ________________________________Title: ______________________________________ Email address:


Alternate Representative: ________________________________Title: ______________________________________ Email address:



FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY CODE # _________________ Date _________________________

Mbr Type ____________________

Nxt Bill Date __________________

Check # ______________________

Dues Cat _____________________

AL Sen ______________________

Dues Amt ____________________

Freq _________________________

AL Hse ______________________

Mbr Class ____________________

Exp Date _____________________

CG Dist ______________________

MAG ______ MC ______ GC ______ YR ______ LTR/PLQ ______ RSL ______ BC ______



Schedule of Membership Dues (Effective July 1, 2017)

A. For-Hire Motor Carriers (Membership dues are based on truck count; maximum of $4,000) $500 plus $20 per truck

B. Private Carriers (Schedule based on miles traveled in Alabama) $300 ..............................for up to 1 million miles $600 ..............................for 1,000,000 up to 4 million miles $900 ..............................for 4,000,001 up to 7 million miles $1,200 ...........................for 7,000,001 up to 10 million miles $1,500 ...........................for 10,000,001 up to 13 million miles $1,800 ...........................for 13,000,001 miles up to 16 million miles $2,100 ...........................for 16,000,001 up to 19 million miles $2,400 ...........................for 19,000,000 up to 21 million miles $2,800 ...........................for 21,000,000 up to 24 million miles $3,100 ...........................for over 24 million miles

C. Household Goods Carriers (Schedule based on intrastate revenue only) $420 ..............................for under $100,000 $480 ..............................for $100,001 up to $150,000 $540 ..............................for $150,000 up to $200,000 $660 ..............................for $201,001 up to $250,000 $780 ..............................for $250,001 up to $300,000 $900 ..............................for $300,001 up to $400,000 $1,200 ...........................for $400,001 and over

D. Allied Industry (Those who service and equip the trucking industry) $600 annually

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT – The amount of dues paid by individual members of the Alabama Trucking Association is confidential information and is not subject to publication. Dues information can only be released by ATA to the principal representative of the member in question, and requests by other persons or parties will not be honored. Members are strongly urged to honor this privacy statement and to not share their confidential dues information with other ATA members or the general public.

2019 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 AUTO DEALER (SERVICE OR REPAIR) Faucett Motors of Boaz, Inc. (256) 593-7162 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 Blackberry Radar (678) 429-3900 J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 Omnitracs, LLC (615) 594-7565 Orbcomm, Inc. (703) 433-7763 Peloton Technology (650) 395-7356 SmartDrive Systems (858) 225-5551 Trimble Transportation (407) 347-5121

DRIVER STAFFING ProDrivers (334) 391-2715 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. (205) 585-3895

Comdata 615-376-6917

ENGINE MANUFACTURERS Cummins Sales & Service (901) 488-8033

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

EQUIPMENT LEASING CB Repair & Trailer Maintenance, Inc. (205) 338-0943 KLLM/Equipment Solutions LLC (205) 515-1478 Metro Trailer Rental (205) 985-8701 Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Trailer Sales of Tennessee A Fleet Equipment Co. (615) 259-3301

EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING Daehan Solution Alabama, LLC (334) 301-3498

Corporate Financial Services, LLC (334) 215-4499 Crestmark Bank 615-620-3509 Electronic Funds Source, LLC (615) 777-4619

The Baxter Agency (334) 678-6800

Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988

Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340

ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447

Caribou Insurance Agency, Inc. (205) 822-7577

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848

Cottingham and Butler (563) 587-5521

Safety First-Div. of Behavioral Health Systems (205) 443-5433

Dozier Insurance Agency LLC (334) 420-3798 Farris Evans Insurance Agency, Inc. (901) 274-5424 Great West Casualty Co. (865) 392-3752

First Tennessee Bank (615) 734-6046

Hudgens Insurance, Inc. (334) 289-2695

IBERIABANK (251) 345-9676

Hudson Insurance Company (317) 810-2038

National Bank of Commerce (205) 422-7111

JH Berry Risk Services, LLC (205) 208-1238

People’s Capital & Leasing Corp. (205) 856-9354 People’s United Equipment Finance Corp. (205) 664-9374 PNC Bank N.A. (205) 421-2764

Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing (334) 398-1410 ProBilling and Funding Service (256) 736-4349 EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Allison Transmission, Inc. Progress Bank (678) 367-7011 (205) 527-5692

Liberty Mutual Group (804) 380-5169 www.libertymutual,com Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance (251) 473-4600

Pivotal LNG (404) 783-3550

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Davison Fuels & Oil (251) 544-4511 Jack Green Oil Co., Inc. (256) 831-1038 Kimbro Oil Company (615) 320-7484 Major Oil Company, Inc. (334) 263-9070 Myers Oil Company, Inc. (954) 938-7211 RelaDyne (205) 384-3422

McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc. (205) 583-9641

Shell Oil Products US (601) 529-7244

Joe Morten & Sons, Inc. (865) 392-3844

The McPherson Companies (205) 661-4400 W.H. Thomas Oil Co., Inc. (205) 755-2610

Renasant Bank (334) 301-5955

One Beacon (609) 613-0010

Imperial Supplies LLC (920) 496-4334

Santander Bank. N.A. (205) 414-7554

Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems 334/798-0080

ServisFirst Bank (205) 949-3433

Regions Insurance, Inc. (501) 661-4880

Paccar Parts/Kenworth (206) 898-5541

Signature Financial, LLC (423) 290-9986

Reliance Partners, LLC (877) 668-1704

Trucking Partners, LLC Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788

NON-PETROLEUM FUEL PRODUCTS GAIN Clean Fuel – Div. of US Oil (804) 291-7892

McGriff Insurance Services (334) 674-9810

Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. (800) 844-8277

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

Workforce QA dba EDPM (205) 326-3100

Trans Con Assurance, LTD (205) 978-7070

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Accounting Firms: Aldridge, Borden & Co. (334) 834-6640 Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068 Parker, Gill, Eisen & Stevenson, P.C. (334) 387-9813 Warren Averett (256) 739-0312

Star Truck Parts (205) 324-4681

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (314) 374-2165

TransRisk, LLC (334) 403-4114

Thermo King of B’ham-Dothan-MobileMontgomery-Chattanooga (205) 591-2424

INSURANCE Aon Risk Solutions (501) 374-9300

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

Attorneys: Adams and Reese LLP (251) 650-0861

W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083

Aronov Insurance, Inc. (205) 414-9575

York Risk Services Group (205) 581-9488

Austill, Lewis & Pipkin, P.C. (205) 870-3767

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

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. (205) 572-1462

FINANCIAL SERVICES BMO Transportation Finance (770) 960-6307

AssuredPartners of Alabama (205) 823-2300 BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc. (334) 386-3317

Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680

(Current as of 2-25-19) Burr-Forman LLP (205) 458-3393

MCG Workforce (251) 652-5244

Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson, P.C. (251) 626-9340

McLeod Software (205) 823-5100

DeLashmet & Marchand, P.C. (251) 433-1577 Dodson Gregory, LLP (205) 834-9170 Ferguson, Frost, Moore & Young LLP (205) 879-8722 Fisher & Phillips, LLP (404) 231-1400 Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, P.C. (205) 278-7000 Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC (251) 432-5511 Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. (334) 834-7600 James M. Sizemore, Jr. (334) 215-9330 Porterfield, Harper, Mills, Motlow, Ireland PA (205) 980-5000 Speegle, Hoffman, Holman & Holifield, LLC (251) 694-1700 Starnes Davis Florie LLP (205) 868-6000

Other Services:

Metro PictureWorks, Inc. (205) 252-0304 Motor Carrier Safety Consulting (205) 871-4455 North American Commercial Vehicle Show (773) 796-4250 Porter Billing Services LLC (205) 397-4079 Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207 QuikQ LLC (678) 591-4675 Soar Payments LLC (888) 225-9405 moving-company-merchant-account/ Spectrum Environmental Services, Inc. (205) 664-2000 Swift Supply, Inc. (251) 929-9399 Inc. (866) 245-3918

Max Coating, Inc. (205) 849-2737

W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 (334) 279-6083

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

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

Trojan Industries, Inc. dba Lyncoach Truck Bodies (334) 566-4330

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573 Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345

TIRE DEALERS & MANUFACTURERS Best One Tire & Service (615) 244-9611

TRUCK DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS Action Truck Center (334) 794-8505

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (205) 514-8341

Alabama Freightliner (205) 322-6695

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

Birmingham Freightliner (205) 322-6695

Columbus Tire Company dba Complete Tire and Service Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (706) 321-8133 (334) 262-8856

Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000

McGriff Treading Co., Inc. (256) 734-4298

Fitzgerald Peterbilt (205) 379-8300

Michelin North America (859) 661-0855

Four Star Freightliner (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery)

Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. (256) 878-0211

Long Lewis Western Star (205) 428-0161

Transportation Safety Services (251) 661-9700

Yokohama Tire Corp. (317) 385-2611

Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 201-4770

Trucking Partners, LLC Sales Agency & Factoring (256) 737-8788

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

Navistar (813) 382-3113

Repairs: Big Moe Spring & Alignment of B’ham, Inc. (205) 780-0290

Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000

Transportation Compliance Services, USA (228) 872-7160

Lytx DriveCam, Inc. (858) 430-4000

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

Southeast Trailer Mart, Inc. (404) 361-6411

McGriff Tire Co. (256) 739-0710

TMW Systems, Inc. (440) 721-2260

C Cross Logistics, LLC (205) 759-1818

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

Southern Truck Center, Inc. (205) 226-0880

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

Daimler Trucks NA LLC (803) 554-4831

Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC (205) 788-4000

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848

Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235

R C Trailer Sales & Service Co., Inc. (205) 680-0924

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (708) 557-3406

Team One Logistics (770) 232-9902

Allstate Beverage (251) 476-9600 Ext. 1231

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

Mann Automotive Diesel, Inc. (334) 792-0456

SelecTrucks of Alabama (205) 322-6695

Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111

Transportation and Logistical Services, Inc (205) 226-5500

Drivewyze (780) 461-3355

Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (251) 626-5121

Gulf Coast Truck & Equipment Co. (251) 476-2744

Continental Tire North America (662) 549-7570

ACTS/Anytime Consulting Transportation Services (334) 405-4971

Corporate Billing, LLC (256) 584-3600

Eufaula Trucking Co., Inc. (334) 689-8586

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

Fleetco, Inc. (615) 256-0600 Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA (205) 421-4300 Great Dane (205) 324-3491 Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. (251) 438-5521

Neely Coble Co. (256) 350-1630 Nextran Truck Centers (205) 841-4450 Performance Peterbilt of West Florida (850) 352-9901 Peterbilt Motors Company (615) 208-1800 Rush Truck Center-Mobile (251) 459-7300

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 Volvo Trucks North America (336) 508-4950 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616

TRUCK & EQUIPMENT AUCTIONEERS Insurance Auto Auction, Inc. (478) 319-8574 Jeff Martin Auctioneers, Inc. (601) 450-6200 Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613

TRUCKSTOPS Love’s Travel Stops, Inc. (405) 202-4451 Oasis Travel Center, LLC (251) 960-1122 Pilot Flying J Centers (865) 207-3874 TravelCenters of America/Petro Shopping Centers (678) 591-4675

VEHICLE LEASING Penske Truck Leasing (757) 603-2853 Southland International Trucks, Inc. (205) 942-6226 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616



New Members (as of 2-28-19) Alabama Productivity Center, University of Alabama P.O. Box 870318 Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 205-348—7957 Barika McNeal Hamilton Area Sand & Gravel, Inc. 134 Redland Road Wetumpka, AL 36093 334-567-1850 Trent Clark Byrom Transportation, Inc. P.O. Box 2257 Huntsville, AL 35804 256-929-3608 Buzzy Byrom Canvas Products of Dothan, Inc. P.O. Box 1053 Dothan, AL 36303 334-793-4451 Jeff Turvin

Commercial Hauling Co. 1700 22nd Ave. N Birmingham, AL 35204 205-251-1222 Edmund Doss

JWH Transport 300 Booze Mountain Road Lindale, GA 30147 706-234-4434 Nicholas Hann

Movers Plus LLC P.O. Box 394 Helena, AL 35080 205-936-2636 Josh Stephenson

Espee LLC 579 Trails End Road Leeds, AL 35904 205-224-5501 Michael Williams

Lyncoach Truck Bodies P.O. Box 887 Troy, AL 36081 334-566-4330 David Phelps

ProDrivers 1520 Trolley Road Prattville, AL 36066 334-391-2715

Evans Meats, Inc. 617 21st Ave. West Birmingham, AL 35202 205-324-6666 Addam Evans

Mar-Jac Transportation, LLC P.O. Box 1017 Gainsville, GA 30503 770-654-7205 Keith Poss

Progress Bank 2121 Highland Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35205 Ben Leach 205-527-5692 Chase Carlisle

Fayette Fabrication, LLP 904 2nd Ave. SE Fayette, AL 35555 205-442-7011 Mark McClanahan

MJA Enterprises Inc. 5601 Riverwood Landing Theodore, AL 36528 251-490-9738 Monica Allen

Road Runner Moving II, LLC 1430 8th Ave. N Birmingham, AL 35203 205-945-8339 Chase Carlisle

Glasgow Trucking, Inc. P.O. Box 1377 Vernon, AL 35592 205-712-6072 Dianne Glasgow

Monnette’s Transport, LLC 5016 Eagle Valley Tr. Birmingham, AL 35242 205-215-9530 Paul Monnette

Smiths Trucking 4040 CR 232 Thorsby, AL 35171 205-280-5505 Wendy Smith


Alabama Trucker (AT), the official publication of the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA), is an award-winning trade publication highlighting the Association's activities while documenting the business environment of the day. AT is published quarterly and distributed to more than 2,500 trucking executives, regulatory officials, and political figures. Want to reach decision makers at more than 1,500 Alabama-based trucking firms? Consider this: Advertising in AT reaches the most concentrated readership of trucking professionals in the state. Our rates are affordable, but on top of that, your helping ATA send positive messages about one of the state's largest employers.

Contact Ford Boswell at or 877-277-TRUK (8785) For More Information




Soar Payments LLC 507 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E, Ste. 550 Houston, TX 77060 888-225-9405 Adam Carlson Southern Hardwoods, LLC 9792 Bella Drive Daphne, AL 36526 601-317-0415 Colby Stewart Sun Drop Cola Bottling Co., Inc. P.O. Box 1907 Decatur, AL 35601 256-772-8596 Newell Johnson Wiregrass Trucking 57 Faison Dr. Eufaula, AL 36027 334-695-2178 Melissa King







(334) 834-7911

The Baxter Agency


(800) 873-8494


(205) 322-6695



(800) 572-8952

R.E. Garrison


(800) 643-3472

Great West Casualty


(800) 228-8053

International Trucks


(800) 844-4102

J.J. Keller


(888) 473-4638 ext. 7892

McGriff Insurance


(334) 674-9803

Nextran Truck Center


(800) 292-8685

Palomar Insurance


(800) 489-0105

Southland Trailer Div.


(888) 844-1821

Truckworx Kenworth


(800) 444-6170

Turner & Hamrick


(888) 385-0186


(205) 755-2610

Birmingham Freightliner

WH Thomas Oil Co.



Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.