Alabama Trucker Magazine, 2nd Quarter 2021

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

ATA’s Driver of the Year Nathan Heflin embodies the best of Alabama's trucking industry -- he’s a driven, experienced professional with an unassuming demeanor that belies his full value to his employers at LB3, LLC. He’s logged close to 2-million accident-free miles in 15 years with laser-point attention to detail and unwavering commitment to safety.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cindy Segrest PRODUCTION EDITOR Brandie Norcross CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mark Colson, Tim Frazier ADVERTISING Ford Boswell 205-999-7487

Fleet Safety Awards


Last spring, the Alabama Trucking Association and the ATA Comp Fund celebrated dozens of the state’s safest fleets, managers, and employees during the annual Alabama Trucking Fleet Safety Awards Banquet. The program follows the American Trucking Associations’ criteria for fleet safety recognition and is judged by experts from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.


ATA Golf Classic


Even with swapping dates with our annual convention, ATA’s Annual Golf Classic raises nearly $365,000 for political action. See which firms made it happen. We appreciate their support and participation.

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Cindy York MANAGER OF SPECIAL PROJECTS J.J. McGrady SENIOR ADVISOR Ford Boswell ATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Aronhalt, Dennis Bailey, Nic Balanis, Brian Barze, Chris Bisanz, Joe Black, Gary Bond, Lacy Brakefield, Leigh Ward Breal, Greg Brown, Will Bruser, Craig Burgess, Dan Carmichael, Fenn Church, J.J. Clemmons, Kimble Coaker, Mark Coffman, John Collier, Driscoll Colquett, Brent Cook, Chris Cooper, Bo Cross, Jerry Davis, Amy DeFee, Joe Donald, Edmund Doss, Mack Dove, Wesley Dunn, Steve Dupuis, Jack Fricks, Beau Holmes, Jim Jenkins, Steve Johnson, Bryan Kilpatrick, Terry Kilpatrick, Mark Knotts, Jerry Kocan, Ben Leach, Alphonso Lewis, Andrew Linn, Drew Linn, Hunter Lyons, Jeff McGrady, Barry McGriff, Tom McLeod, Buck Moore, E.H. Moore, Jr., Tommy Neely, Butch Owens, David Padgett, Clay Palm, Kelly Robinson, Kevin Savoy, Bill Scruggs, Ronnie Stephenson, Steve Stinson, Paul Storey, Harold Sumerford, Jr., Gene Sweeney, Gaines Thomas, Bill Ward, Bo Watkins, Wayne Watkins, Taylor White, Keith Wise, Daniel Wright. Advertising rates are available upon request. An Affiliate of the American Trucking Associations




Opening Remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Safety Insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 SMMC Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Trucking News Roundup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Buyers’ Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 ATA Events and New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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Opening Remarks

Mark Colson President and CEO Alabama Trucking Association

‘(ATA is) willing to be part of a solution, but we believe any funding solution should be fair and equitable to all stakeholders.’


Mobile needs an I-10 bridge, but truckers shouldn’t be the only ones to pay for it


y the time this goes to print, the Mobile and Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) will have added the I-10 Mobile River Bridge project back to their long-range plans and transportation improvement plans. This step was expected and needed to secure $125 million in federal funds designated for this project and allows for studies to be conducted using federal money to identify solutions for the project. As both MPOs met, the Alabama Trucking Association was there to advocate for our members. (By the way, MPOs are basically committees made up of local politicians such as mayors, city councilmen and county commissioners who make decisions on infrastructure-related projects that use federal money. This process is required by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation). I want to bring you up to speed on the processes now in place, ATA’s official stance, and how we plan to be a part of the solution. In adding this project back to their lists, the MPOs have adopted a loosely formed and unsubstantiated concept developed by the Alabama Dept. of Transportation (ALDOT) that proposes paying for the first phase of the $2.1 billion project by tolling large trucks (46 only. There is universal agreement that a bridge is needed to relieve congestion from the Wallace Tunnel on I-10 in Mobile. And, as the MPOs have met, it has become clear that most of the members of the MPOs and other bridge advocates agree that the truck-only toll concept doesn’t make sense. The floating of this truck-only toll concept by ALDOT allowed for this project to be resurrected by the MPOs and avoid the public backlashes they faced in the past regarding tolling local residents. However, to bring this project to life, real solutions to pay for the project, other than a truck-only toll, must be studied and identified. Pursuing this current concept any further is a failed approach. There seems to be a broad acknowledgment of this, but there is still much work to be done (by all stakeholders) to find a real solution. For us, it is a bit odd to speak in “opposition” to something that you support, which is constructing a bridge to relieve congestion on I-10. But how do we pay for it? In early June, ATA filed public comments with the Mobile MPO on behalf of the trucking industry that outlines our support for finding a solution to pay for the bridge; our concerns with the current proposal; and the many important questions that the current truck-only toll bridge concept presents. State and local leaders must understand that the trucking industry supports the construction of a bridge on I-10 to relieve congestion. We are willing to be part of a solution, but we believe any funding solution should be fair and equitable to all stakeholders. Currently, the trucking industry is being asked to pay the same as the state and federal governments combined. Placing 100 percent of the private investment on trucking while we are only 10 percent or less of traffic is not a fair and equitable solution. Going forward, as local MPOs study solutions to construct and pay for the bridge, we strongly encourage them to take our concerns to heart, and let’s work collaboratively to find real solutions that are fair and not detrimental to local economies and businesses nor put an unfair burden on a single business sector. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021


ATA Driver of the Year Nathan Heflin believes an ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. By Ford Boswell WEDOWEE, Ala.—When it gets down to it, there is an inherent difference between your job and your work. That is to say, a job is a thing you leave at the end of the day while your work is the result of your labor—or in other words, the work you do that inspires or improves the lives of others. ATA’s Professional Driver of the Year Nathan Heflin loves his job and his work. The 40-year-old veteran truck driver embodies the best of Alabama’s trucking industry—he’s a driven, experienced professional with an unassuming demeanor that belies his full value to his employers at LB3, LLC, a fast-growing 20truck outfit hauling mostly chickens and other refrigerated items for export markets since 2014. Heflin has logged close to 2-million accident-free miles in 15 years with laser-point attention to detail and unwavering commitment to safety. His no-nonsense, getthe-job-done work ethic boosts not only his career but also the careers of the people he works most closely with, inspiring them to step up their game when it matters. Along with his regular duties running several loads of fresh chicken a week to a cold storage facility in Savannah, Ga., Heflin mentors new drivers, connects well with customers, and is mindful that his job is as much about ensuring the safety of those around him as it is about delivering a timely load. And folks take notice of his efforts. Over the past few years, he’s earned numerous awards from his company and was recently selected as LB3’s top driver for 2020—an award chosen by his coworkers. Last March, ATA’s Safety & Maintenance Management Council tapped Heflin its 2020 Driver of the Year, highlighting the SMMC Annual Fleet Safety Awards Banquet. ATA’s Driver of the Year award is sponsored by Southland Transportation Group. “The most important thing for me as a professional driver is paying attention to my surroundings,” he says. “It starts with the pre-trip inspection where I ensure my equipment is ready for the day. Once I am on the road, I’m mindful of everything and everyone around me. The truth is, my goal is always to spend more time with my family, and I want to safely return to them while also making sure everyone else on the road does the same.” LB3 founder and President Brian Lindley says that



Trucking Brotherhood: Nathan Heflin (left) and Jason Webber have worked together for more than a decade. They now serve as senior drivers for LB3, LLC training and advising new drivers and staff.

what sets Nathan apart is his consistency and attention to the small things that matter most in operating safely. “He is one of the most meticulous people I have ever met,” Lindley says. “He is conscientious about the vehicle and equipment to the point that sometimes I wonder if he is a little too nitpicky. Truth be told, he’s usually right, and I would rather have drivers who care about attention to detail. Those are the ones you want to retain, and those are the ones who will ultimately make you look good.”

Pathway to Trucking Heflin was born in 1981 in Roanoke, Ala. He lived with his family in the same house from the time he was born until the time he left at the age of 19 (He later bought the family’s homeplace and lives there with his own family today). He and his four sisters were homeschooled by their mother, and for the most part, 6

they enjoyed a happy and healthy existence together for several years. That all changed in 1993 when his father, James, succumbed to brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) that doctors believed was a result of exposure to Agent Orange, a tactical herbicide and defoliant chemical widely known for its use by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Devastated, the family struggled to cope with the loss of their dad. Over time, relationships with his siblings were damaged—irreparably in some instances— and for Nathan, there was residual hurt and anger about the collapse of his family. Around the age of 15, he found a passion for cars and trucks, and it became an obsession for him. He had always noticed that he had an innate ability for working with machines. They just made sense to him and turning wrenches seemed natural, perhaps a personality trait handed down from his father. With $800 he saved, he bought a friend’s

1988 Ford Mustang equipped with a 4cylinder engine. The car was a beater and not much to look at, but it ran well enough to drive it home, and he and a buddy cleaned it up and worked on it for weeks to get it running better. Looking back now, Heflin believes working on that car was something he could control in the chaos that surrounded him. His love for cars eventually led him to Gadsden State Community College to study auto collision repair technology. He breezed through the course work in 18 months and was working for area body shops by the age of 19. He bounced around jobs for several years rising through the ranks and learning the trade, but sometime around 2006, he wanted a career change. “Honestly, I had plateaued in that field, especially in the area where I live,” he explains. “I had offers for managerial positions in larger markets like Birmingham or Atlanta—ones that could advance my career, but I wanted to stay here. I also A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

knew that trucking jobs in the area were plentiful, so I had it in the back of my mind that one day I might try trucking.” He says he always had a love and respect for truck drivers. “I wanted to be a truck driver when I was a kid,” he explains. “I can remember being like five years old and being fascinated by big trucks.” A good friend of his father was a truck driver. One afternoon he let Nathan ride along on a local delivery of large HVAC units. “I remember almost everything from that ride,” he recalls, “being high up and seeing everything around us, the sounds, the smells, even the truck itself. It was a brown Kenworth truck—to this day, I still prefer a Kenworth.” Years later, on a whim one afternoon after work, Heflin stopped in at Truck Driving Institute in Oxford, Ala. to inquire about the school’s commercial driver’s license program, and ended up enrolling for the 15-day course to earn his Alabama CDL. “My impressions were the instructors cared deeply about doing things the right way and focused not only on the skills I would need to earn a CDL but also on vehicle maintenance and highway safety.” After earning his CDL, he drove for a large national carrier with a distribution center in Anniston, but quickly found a distaste for the impersonal culture and pay scale. “To be honest, I took a pay cut to become a truck driver, but I knew trucking offered a much higher ceiling. I could tell pretty quickly that I didn’t want to work for a large carrier.” He started looking for work with local smaller carriers. A friend convinced him to join the private fleet of Wellborn Cabinets, a family-owned cabinet manufacturer based in Ashland, Ala. All things considered, he really enjoyed his time there and credits the company with solidifying his transition to trucking. “I learned a lot there,” he says. “I gained a lot of experience and was getting great miles and making decent money. I doubled my old salary in two years. (Wellborn) is a great company to work for because their safety culture is among the best I have ever seen. It is a much more hands-on approach from top to bottom, and I can appreciate that. I credit them for my attention to safety.” When the housing market weakened in 2011, Heflin got antsy and felt it might be time to move on from that sector. He bounced around jobs with a couple of local carriers, gathering more experience at each stop, but always kept his options open for other opportunities. 8

Heflin visits a local high school to promote trucking.

He had gotten word of the newly founded LB3, LLC through a former coworker, and had even had casual conversations with a recruiter there about joining their fleet as an independent contractor, but, at the time, he was in a comfortable situation and politely declined the offer. Looking back, Heflin says even then he recognized LB3’s growth potential and the respect the owners had for drivers. He even sent his friend Jason Webber to go work there (Coincidentally, Webber was ATA’s Driver of the Year Runner Up this year). When he was ready to make his own move to LB3, he called his buddy Webber to ask for Brian’s cell number. The men talked business, and he was hired on the spot.

Trusted Leader The day Heflin arrived at LB3, it was still just a small company going through the expected growing pains as it found its footing in the local market. Over time, with the help of him and other more experienced drivers, LB3 managers focused on getting the safety program in shape. “To be honest, we were doing whatever it took to get the loads delivered on time,” Heflin laughs. “I’m not sure some of those tactics would work nowadays with e-logs and whatnot. Back then, we were just your stereotypical chicken hauler. We were growing so fast that our safety program wasn’t able to keep up. But the owners began changing the culture from the top down. Brain and Valerie are such great people, and they were willing to learn how to operate safely. Once the mindset changed at the top, it didn’t take long to get every-

one working on our safety and driver program to push us ahead.” As a senior employee, Heflin says his role a is now more than just driving. He consults company managers on best practices and DOT requirements and serves as a mentor to newer drivers as they become more acclimated to the LB3 way of doing things. “We are family here,” he says. “The success of this operation depends on all of us. We are small enough that everybody here works well as a unit. Sometimes new drivers are shocked by the closeness of the operation. They are surprised by the things we will do for each other, and the way we work together. Drivers will always come and go, but this kind of culture does a lot to keep the good ones around.” LB3’s Webber has known Heflin for about 10 years. The pair worked together at another carrier for years and have been great friends ever since. He says Nathan is known as the guru for the operation. “If anyone has questions about safety or equipment, we all know we can call him, and he will walk us through it,” he says. “Nathan knows DOT and LB3 safety standards and always goes above and beyond helping his fellow drivers. The first time I met Nathan, he helped me unload my truck without hesitation. He didn’t know me at all, and he didn’t have to do it. He just did it because that’s kind of person he is.” Director of Operations Valerie Lindley says Nathan’s experience and expertise have made her a better manager, especially in terms of safety and regulations. “Nathan is such an asset to our company,” she says. “He’s very conscientious of safety and is a leader for our company. I’ve even learned from him. Of course, he’s been doing this longer than I have been in the trucking industry. He’s always reading and learning new standards and policies. He stays up to date and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure things are done right.” Looking back, Heflin knows he made the right move to become a trucker. He says the key to his success is a willingness to work hard to get the job done no matter what. “It’s really that simple,” he explains. “My job is important to me, and I want to always have the willingness to do the things that no one else wants to do—and do it well. I am dedicated to trucking, but I am also dedicated to my family, and I want to spend as much time at home with them as possible. That’s probably the biggest motivator for me as a professional truck driver.” A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

CELEBRATING INDUSTRY SAFE The Alabama Trucking family recently celebrated the state’s

By Ford Boswell

PELHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Trucking Association and the ATA Comp Fund celebrated dozens of the state’s safest fleets, managers, and employees during the ATA’s Annual Fleet Safety Awards Banquet held here on March 22 at the Pelham Civic Complex. ATA’s awards program follows the American Trucking Associations’ criteria for fleet safety recognition. To create total impartiality, candidates are judged by an independent panel of experts from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) who pore over safety stats and parameters based on miles operated within the state. The candidates’ identities are also hidden from the judges.



TY & INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE safest fleets and individuals at annual awards banquet.

Driver of the Year The evening’s big winner was LB3, LLC, veteran truck driver Nathan Heflin of Lineville, Ala., who earned Professional Truck Driver of the Year for an exceptional driving career and a dedication to safety excellence (Read his full story starting on page 4). Heflin has driven for LB3 for five years and during his 15-year career has successfully logged nearly 2-million safe driving miles. LB3 officials say that Heflin quickly emerged as a leader who consistently sets the example with a commitment to details and professionalism. For that effort, he’s earned the company’s 4- and 5-year safe driving awards and was recently selected as its top driver, an award chosen by fellow LB3 drivers. Heflin also serves as a road test examiner for the company assessing and training all new hires. “The most important thing for me as a professional driver is paying attention to my surroundings,” he says. “It starts with the pre-trip inspection. I make sure my equipment is ready for the day. Once I am on the road, I am mindful of everything and everyone around me.” LB3 co-founder and President Brian Lindley says what sets Heflin apart



is consistency. “He is one of the most meticulous people I have ever met,” Lindley says. “He is conscientious about the vehicle and equipment to the point that sometimes I wonder if he is a little too nitpicky. Truth be told, he’s usually right, and I would rather have drivers who care about attention to detail. Those are the ones you want to retain, and those are the ones who will ultimately make you look good.” Heflin says the key to his success in trucking is a willingness to work hard to get the job done. “It’s that simple,” he says. “My job is important to me, and I want to always have the willingness to do the jobs that no one else wants to do — and do it well. I am dedicated to trucking, but I am also dedicated to my family, and I want to spend as much time at home with them as possible. That’s probably the biggest motivator for me.” The Professional Driver of the Year Runner Up is Jason Webber also of LB3. Webber has logged 2.8 million miles in 20 years. He has also become a trusted leader for LB3, helping with new-hire training and mentoring. Company managers say his work ethic and dedication in inspiring.

Away from work, Webber volunteers with his local fire department. Where he serves his local community with safety and first aid skills he acquired as a truck driver. That training has been useful in many emergencies. He’s pulled individuals from crashed vehicles, blocked traffic at crash scenes to protect first responders and victims, and never shies away from an opportunity to assist with tire changes or provided food and shelter for stranded motorists. (There will be a full story on Mr. Webber in a future issue). ATA’s Driver of the Year and Driver of the Year Runner Up awards are sponsored by Southland Transportation Group.

Safety Professional Valerie Lindley doesn’t seek the spotlight. She is a no-nonsense fleet manager who prides herself on staying behind the scenes and paying close attention to the details others might miss. In her view, the granular tasks of trucking add up to build a successful safety program. And the one she has built at LB3, LLC is among the state’s best. In 2014, she left a successful career as a teacher to help her husband Brian start a trucking company from scratch. She had no experience in trucking, other than occasionally helping out with bookkeeping or other administrative tasks for the family’s old poultry farm business. Yet, she was a quick study, smartly used her resources, and has been instrumental in the company’s meteoric growth and success. Most safety directors serve several roles for a trucking business, 12

ATA’s Safest Fleets ATA recognized dozens of member fleets that have displayed top safety records or improved safety metrics for the previous calendar year. Hazardous Materials Georgia Tank Lines Tank Truck J & M Tank Lines Private Carrier Under 1 Million Miles Golden Flake Snack Foods Private Carrier 3 to 5 Million Miles Publix Super Markets Private Carrier Over 5 Million Miles River Valley Ingredients Miscellaneous Category 1 to 3 Million Miles Massey Hauling Co. Household Goods Changing Spaces Moving Heavy Haulers Under 1 Million Miles Scott Bridge Co. Heavy Haulers 1 to 3 Million Miles RM Logistics General Commodities Local Under 100,000 Miles Montgomery Transport General Commodities Local under 1 Million Miles New South Express General Commodities Local 1 to 3 Million Miles Buddy Moore Trucking General Commodities Local 3 to 5 Million Miles Greenbush Logistics General Commodities Local 5-10 Million Miles Evergreen Transport General Commodities Linehaul Under 1 Million Miles New South Express General Commodities Linehaul 1 to 3 Million Miles ABF Freight General Commodities Linehaul 3 to 5 Million Miles Shelton Trucking General Commodities Linehaul 5 to 10 Million Miles Boyd Bros. Transportation General Commodities Linehaul over 10 Million Miles Walmart Transportation General Commodities Combined Under 1 Million Miles New South Express General Commodities Combined 1 to 3 Million Miles Buddy Moore Trucking General Commodities Combined 3 to 5 Million Miles Greenbush Logistics General Commodities Combined 5 to 10 Million Miles Wright Transportation General Commodities Combined over 10 Million Miles Southeastern Freight Lines General Commodities Combined Over 20 Million Miles AAA Cooper Transportation For a full list of winners, please visit A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

but Valerie is without question the lifeblood for hers. Leaning on her experience in the classroom and her Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees from Jacksonville State in Education, she handles all the small trucking company’s administrative duties, including payroll, bookkeeping, safety compliance, personnel, and other tasks. Valerie is active and participates regularly in ATA and ATA Comp Fund functions, including SMMC meetings, TDC’s, training sessions, conventions, and roadside inspections — experiences she says have afforded her extensive regulatory knowledge about the industry and built valuable relationships with other industry professionals. She is also a dedicated mother and community leader, and her time away from the office is just as impressive as her professional work. She and Brian share the homeschooling of their three daughters, Maggie, Ella, and Claire. She is also very active with her church, serving as a Deacon’s wife, church pianist, couples’ retreat coordinator, and foster care fundraiser participant.

ATA Comp Fund Awards

The ATA Comp Fund also announced during the program. Winners were selected by Fund employees based on “a willingness to instill a culture of safety, a commitment to implement the group’s risk management model and overall loss ratio.” This year’s winners are: Small Fleet Safety Award - Bay Lines Medium Fleet Safety Award - Busby Trucking Large Fleet Safety Award - Watkins Trucking Co. Allied Services Safety Award - Gulf City Body & Trailer Works Moving & Storage Services Safety Award - American International Movers Safety Excellence Award - Atomic Transport For more on the ATA Comp Fund and its awards program, please visit The Maintenance Professional of the Year award is sponsored by Truckworx Kenworth.

Fleet Manager ATA’s Safety Professional of the Year Runner Up is Curtis Roberts of Montgomery Transport, LLC. The Safety Professional of the Year award is sponsored by Four Star Freightliner.

Maintenance Professional LB3, LLC maintenance director Todd Martin has worked in trucking for more than 23 years and is among the state’s most technically trained maintenance pros. Through the years, he has received dozens of certifications in various maintenance and leadership programs; holds a Diesel Technology degree; and possesses a current Class-A CDL. He began his career as a Tech 1 mechanic and worked his way to becoming service manager and safety coordinator at a branch location with a leading truck rental organization. His extensive training and experience have provided LB3 a 20-percent reduction in vehicle inspection violations. LB3 owner Brian Lindley says Martin is the kind of manager who always takes pride in his work and is an asset to the team. “Because of Todd’s leadership, our equipment and drivers are safer than we have ever been,” he says. “If you ask him about the importance of his role as maintenance director, he’ll tell you that safety is his main focus.” Martin lives in Ashville, Ala. where, in his spare time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, most everything outdoors, and is said to be a pretty good cook.


ATA’s Fleet Manager of the Year Alan Howard has worked in the trucking industry for more than 21 years, working with his current employer Blair Logistic of Birmingham since 2015. He currently manages 33 drivers who collectively have helped Blair Logistics earn several accolades for safety and compliance, including the company’s Clean Inspection award six times, Top Revenue Fleet three times, and twelve winners of the Contractor of the Month award. Howard even has three drivers on his team who have each reached more than 1-million safe miles. His supervisor, Jeff Loggings, Vice President of Safety for Blair Logistics says, “In order for someone to be successful, I believe they help those around them to be successful. Alan is a great coworker and is well-deserving of this award for his work inside and outside the office”. Howard enjoys going to concerts, playing video games, following Formula 1 racing, and supporting Auburn University football in his leisure time. The Fleet Manager of the Year is sponsored by Vertical Alliance.

President’s Award (Alabama’s Safest Fleet) New South Express, Inc. of Mobile, Ala. earned the 2020 ATA President’s Award as ATA’s safest overall fleet for miles driven by company drivers within the state of Alabama. The award is sponsored by McGriff Tire & Service.



Tim Frazier Vice President of Safety & Compliance

‘The road to the National Truck Driving Championships looks very different this year, but we’re still planning to celebrate professional truck drivers!’


We’re looking for a few good drivers The Alabama Trucking Association recently announced that it is joining dozens of other state trucking associations in participating in the American Trucking Associations’ Battle of the States Virtual Truck Driving Championships, a two-part virtual trivia contest where participants compete first at the Alabama Trucking State Competition on July 31, 2021, and then at National ATA’s competition on August 14. Cash prizes of up to $400 will be awarded to the top three finishers, and the top 10 finishers will each receive $100 Visa gift cards and are eligible to compete at the national competition for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes! Our contest is open and free to any Alabama-based driver from an ATA member firm in good standing. The deadline to enter is July 14, 2021, and you may register as many of your drivers as you want. To register as a contestant, please visit

State Competition Contestant Requirements Be a full-time truck driver with a valid CDL. l Have at least one year of employment with an ATA member company. l Be accident-free (regardless of fault) from August 23, 2020. l Your company must be domiciled or have a terminal in Alabama. l Contestants must not receive any form of pay, bonus, or remuneration for participating, but they can be reimbursed for expenses incurred. l

What to Expect Our contest happens Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. CST with a 45 to 60-minute trivia test consisting of 40 questions derived from federal regulations, state laws, Alabama Trucking history and culture, and the Facts for Drivers handbook (which will be mailed to contestants at no cost once the ATA staff receives your registration information). We will administer the test with Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform that can be accessed via a web browser or with the Kahoot! App. Sponsorship Opportunities Like our in-person Alabama Truck Driving Championships, we are offering several marquee sponsorship opportunities so you can show your support for these amazing truckers. Alabama truck drivers deserve our recognition. Over the past year, they have done so much to keep store shelves stocked, deliver medicine and supplies, and work long and hard to ensure our economy has kept rolling during difficult conditions. Please consider supporting this great event. For more information on how, please visit or email Brandie Norcross at Meanwhile, learn more about the American Trucking Associations’ Battle of the States at A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

MANAGEMENT COUNCIL NEWS ATA Safety Council holds Roadside Inspections near Tuscaloosa

Feds extend exemptions for covid relief August 31 On Tuesday, May 25, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is extending the Emergency Declaration set to expire on May 31, 2021, to August 31, 2021. This extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance for relief efforts related to COVID-19, as included in the earlier versions of the declaration. This declaration covers the transport of the following items only:

It was great to see so many ATA and ATA Comp Fund members show up at April’s live Roadside Inspections near Tuscaloosa. This free ATA member service is one of the most informative, hands-on safety programs we offer. Working alongside troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Commercial Vehicle Division, Alabama Dept. of Transportation inspectors, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agents, the group performed 17, 1 and 2 Level inspections in two hours on April 15 with dozens of trucks passing through the portable weigh station. Incredibly, there were only two outof-service violations with equipment. ATA Vice President of Safety and Compliance Tim Frazier said, “We had a great day for our members to work alongside our troopers during the inspection process. Our officers provided excellent training and education as to how the inspections are conducted step by step. This allows our members to apply what they learned today in helping keep our equipment, drivers, and families safe.” ATA President Mark Colson added, “A safe trucking company is a profitable trucking company. Through programs like our Roadside Inspection, Alabama Trucking members and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are working together to make Alabama roads safer” Thanks to ATA Comp Fund, Blair Logistics, LB3, LLC, and Trantham Services, Inc. for providing lunch and refreshments. We’ll do it again in the fall! A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

1. Livestock and livestock feed; 2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; 3. Vaccines, constituent products, and medical supplies and equipment, including ancillary supplies/kits for the administration of vaccines, related to the prevention of COVID-19; 4. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants; and 5. Food, paper products, and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores. The Agency says it intends to review the status of this and other emergency regulatory relief — including CDL, CLP, and medical card validity extensions — on July 1 and may take action to modify or terminate, if conditions warrant. The Agency says, “it is FMCSA’s intention to wind down the exemptions granted under this Emergency Declaration and related COVID-19 regulatory relief measures to the extent possible.” As with previous declarations, emergency regulatory relief is provided from parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSRs, including the hours-of-service regulations. Emergency relief does not include certain FMCSR’s related to the safe operation of CMVs, such as controlled substance and alcohol testing, financial responsibility requirements, CDL requirements, operation of a CMV while ill or fatigued, size and weight requirements, and additional FMCSR’s which are outlined in the declaration. Additionally, FMCSA also announced the extension of waivers related to CDL/CLP/Medical Card validity and Third Party CDL Skills Test Examiners. The agency encourages stakeholders to review the applicability, restrictions and limitations. The full text is available at FMCSA’s website

What CDL drivers should know about using CBD products Positive drug tests account for 81 percent of the total violations reported in the Clearinghouse since January 6, 2020. As of May 1, 2021, marijuana has been detected in more than half of all drug tests that have been filed in the Clearinghouse. It is important for all employees who perform safety-sensitive functions, including CDL drivers, to know that DOT requires testing for marijuana but not CBD. The labeling of many CBD products may

be misleading because the products could contain higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than what’s stated on the product label. DOT’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation, 49 CFR Part 40, does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason. CBD use is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed marijuana positive result. Therefore, Medical Review Officers will verify a drug Continued on page 22 21

News test confirmed at the appropriate cutoffs as positive, even if an employee claims they only used a CBD product. Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, USDOTregulated CDL drivers should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products. Read USDOT’s full “CBD Notice” at

National ATA forms climate and clean energy advisory committee The American Trucking Associations announced the formation of a new Climate and Clean Energy Advisory Committee to help shape the association’s policies and actions on a number of key environmental issues.


“The trucking industry has a strong, positive record on addressing climate change – from our broad support for programs like SmartWay to our backing of historic and first-ever greenhouse gas standards for new trucks - ATA has been a leader in making sure our industry is at the table and delivering results on these issues,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Today, with even more attention being paid to issues impacting our climate and clean energy in Washington and in state capitals, we are creating an advisory committee to help guide our future direction and actions.” The newly formed CEAC will address a number of topics ranging from fuels, carbon pricing, and zero-emission vehicle development that have the potential to have significant impacts on the trucking industry in the 21st Century. The committee will focus its work on four areas initially: research and development opportunities, infrastructure resiliency, zero-emission vehicle fueling infrastructure and environmental justice, and will continue to advise ATA on its broad-based advocacy platform so the association can remain a leader on these critical issues. “Good public policies should be based on

sound data and strong analysis. It is the goal of this advisory committee to seek out that data so we can be at the table with policymakers at the state and federal levels as they tackle these complex issues regarding climate change and technology pathways,” said ATA Energy and Environmental Affairs Counsel Glen Kedzie. “As we chart a course for the most dynamic shift ever in the types of equipment and fuels we use, we must do so in an orderly and least disruptive manner that takes into account the wide diversity of trucking operations.”

Have you viewed your Clearinghouse record lately? Drug and alcohol program violations incurred by CDL drivers are recorded in the Clearinghouse and associated with the CDL number of the driver who incurred the violation. You will need to register for the Clearinghouse and verify your current CDL information to view whether there are violations associated with your current or previous CDL numbers. Visit the new Before You Register page at for more information and to start registration.



2021 Legislative Session ends with priorities met for Alabama Trucking By Ford Boswell The 2021 Alabama Legislature Regular Legislative Session ended earlier last month with several big wins and interesting developments that will impact Alabama truckers for years to come. The Alabama Trucking Association’s top priorities for the session included renewing economic development incentives, passing COVID-19 liability protection, and expanding CARES Act tax relief for businesses struggling due to the pandemic. We are pleased to report that each of these measures was enacted thanks to the guidance and support of Gov. Kay Ivey and the legislature. Our leadership team also assisted and supported the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) effort to get a federally required update to Alabama law related to Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT). In short, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requiring additional requirements for ELDT under Section 380 and ALEA is responsible for enforcing these requirements beginning February 7, 2022. Working closely with Sen. Kirk Hatcher (D-Montgomery) and Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper), we helped pass SB 322 to conform Alabama law to align with the federal standards that will enhance safety and training at CDL programs. Of other interest to truckers, Gov. Ivey signed a corresponding $7.67 billion Education Trust Fund budget. The budgets will boost the state’s investment in electric vehicles in two ways: a $2 million grant program for electric vehicle infrastructure and planning housed at the Alabama Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs, as well as $1 million for an electric vehicle technology education program. Meanwhile, on the highway safety front, the definition of construction zone violations would be expanded and a $250 minimum fine set under SB 4 by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa). After both chambers agreed to an executive amendment, the bill is once more pending with the governor. The biggest news outside of the industry came on the final day of the session when Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she had signed medical marijuana legislation into law. After thorough and extended consideration in the legislature, SB 46 by Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) had been pending with the governor since May 6. In the ensuing days, speculation had focused

ATA hires J.J. McGrady to lead special projects Alabama Trucking Association President and CEO Mark Colson recently announced that J.J. McGrady has joined the ATA team as Manager of Special Projects. “J.J. brings a solid McGrady 24

on the possibility that she would allow it to become law without her signature. Running to more than a hundred pages, Act 2021-450 is extremely comprehensive, specifically addressing everything from recommendation limits (conditions, dosage, delivery method), production and dispensary rules, to establishing a governing commission and detailed employer protections. Among protections for employers, key provisions include: l Employees and/or their dependents are ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits if the injury or death resulted from the employees’ impairment by medical cannabis. l Health insurance plans are not obligated to cover medical cannabis treatment. l Employers are not required to allow employees to use medical cannabis and are allowed to consider medical cannabis use in hiring/firing/disciplinary decisions. l Employers are not prohibited from establishing or enforcing a drug testing policy. l The new state law does not supersede federal restrictions on employment and does not create a cause of action against employers due to an employee’s use of medical cannabis. l The drug-free workplace discount on workers’ compensation premiums is preserved. l Employers retain the right to deny payment of workers’ compensation benefits due to a positive drug test. In economic development news, the House started Monday by concurring with Senate changes to the proposed Alabama Rural, Agribusiness and Opportunity Zone Jobs Act. HB 473 by Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) is now pending with the governor. The bill would establish a $50 million pool of capital that must be invested in small businesses in rural and economically impoverished (opportunity zones and low-income census tracts) communities. It would also set targets for investing in minority-owned businesses. Federal SSBCI grants from the American Rescue Plan would be used to match private sector investments on a 1:1 ratio to raise capital for the fund, which would, in turn, be invested by fund managers into small businesses with growth potential. Access to capital is one of the primary barriers faced by entrepreneurs in rural and impoverished areas and for minority businesses. Source: Fine Geddie & Associates. Visit them at

work ethic and collection of skills and experience gained from a variety of internships at political, nonprofit and public relations organizations. We are proud to add J.J. to our team and are excited about the spark he will add to our organization,” said Colson. “He’s a trucker now, and he’s ready to roll to help make Alabama Trucking even better.” Originally from Prattville, Ala., McGrady is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information

Sciences, double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science and was also active in SGA as a Senator, was a leader in Beta Upsilon Chi and the college ministry The Well Tuscaloosa. He recently completed internships with Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed as well as the Business Council of Alabama. He also has past experience with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and WVUA 23 Tuscaloosa. In his free time, he also worked as a Shipt shopper. A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

“I’ve even got trucking roots,” McGrady said. “My grandparents met and fell in love while working in different states for the old Floyd and Beasley Transfer, and I have family still working in trucking. I’m proud to be a trucker and ready to get to work.” Colson said that McGrady will be working closely with the entire ATA staff to help ensure that the strategic priorities of the organization are accomplished. “His training in public relations and political science will serve our members’ needs well,” Colson added. For fun, McGrady enjoys movies, music, reading, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, watching TV and short films. He is also a huge sports fan, especially for his Alma mater Crimson Tide.

Alabama and Georgia adopt elective Pass-Through Entity Tax The 2017 Federal Tax Reform Law included a provision that limits the state and local tax (SALT) itemized deduction for individuals to $10,000 a year. Since then, state legislators and tax experts have been exploring ways to circumvent this limitation. There have been many attempts to enact legislation (referred to as a SALT workaround) and the most successful strategy is for states to enact legislation to allow passthrough entities to pay tax at the entity level, shifting the tax on the pass-through income from the owner to the pass-through entity. This methodology requires that state income tax is paid by the pass-through entity directly, which is not limited in the amount of state taxes that it can deduct for federal purposes. Therefore, the tax is deductible without limitation via the net taxable operating income passed through to the owner. The IRS has stated its approval. Source: Warren Averett. Visit them at

ATA applauds Gov. Ivey’s decision to end pandemic employment benefits The Alabama Trucking Association applauds Governor Kay Ivey’s decision to drive Alabama’s economic recovery by discontinuing federal pandemic unemployment benefits. Employers will tell you there are plenty of good-paying jobs available, but they are unable to fill them under the current system. And the trucking industry is no different. “The trucking industry did not stop throughout the pandemic,” said ATA A LABAMA T RUCKER • 2 ND Q UARTER 2021

Alabama Trucking meets with Sen. Tuberville to promote industry

We’re so thankful to provide an opportunity for our members to voice their concerns with U.S. Sen, Tommy Tuberville on May 25 during the Alabama Trucking Town Hall virtual meeting. Extremely productive discussions on tolling, infrastructure and workforce development yielded great feedback and exchanges between ATA members and Sen. Tuberville. Thanks to the team at the American Trucking Associations for setting up the meeting, and thanks to Sen. Tuberville and his staff for taking the time to learn more about the issues that matter most to Alabama truckers. We’ll do it again soon! Our next Town Hall will feature Congressman Jerry Carl (Alabama District 1). Details on that event are forthcoming. Please visit for current updates and registration information. President and CEO Mark Colson. “Millions of truck drivers, fleet managers, service technicians, dispatchers, and other industry workers were essential in keeping the nation’s economy rolling during an unprecedented time. But now we need even more Americans to step up and get the economy rolling again. For thousands of trucking businesses, a shortage of professional drivers is having a ripple effect throughout the economy.” Unemployment benefits were a lifeline to millions of displaced workers who were negatively impacted by government shutdowns and a struggling economy caused by the pandemic, but now it’s time to get to work. “As the economy starts to rev up, Alabama truckers have and will continue to drive the recovery,” Colson added.

Kevin Savoy appointed to state conservation advisory board Alabama Trucking Association Board Member and former ATA Chairman (FY 2013-14) Kevin Savoy has been appointed to the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board by Gov. Kay Ivey. Savoy replaces Patrick Cagle of Montgomery, whose six-year term expired. A native of Mobile, Savoy is a 1991 grad-

uate of Auburn University. He currently serves as Vice President of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. and Greenbush Logistics, Inc. Savoy’s involvement in state, community, and professional organizations is extensive. In addition to his work with ATA, he serves on the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Alabama Savoy Wildlife Federation Board of Directors Executive Committee, the Leadership Alabama Wiregrass Area Board of Directors, is a member of the HNB First Bank Advisory Board, and is the current chairman of the Houston Academy Board of Trustees. “This appointment is truly an honor,” Savoy said. “As an Alabamian and an avid outdoorsman, I know that we are fortunate to have a vast treasure of natural resources in every corner of our state. I appreciate the opportunity to join with the other Conservation Advisory Board members to strengthen our conservation efforts on behalf of all Alabamians.” Gov. Ivey also reappointed four current Continued on page 26 25

board members to new terms: Joseph Dobbs, Jr., of Birmingham; Brock Jones of Tuscaloosa; Gary Wolfe of Fairhope; and Grady Hartzog of Eufaula. “I am very pleased with the addition of Mr. Savoy to the Conservation Advisory Board and I am thankful for the reappointments of four of the current members,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). “We have an outstanding Board that brings a wealth of knowledge and outdoor recreation experience to their work. I look forward to working with the Board to continue our progressive management of Alabama’s abundant natural resources.” The Conservation Advisory Board is composed of 10 members appointed by the Governor for alternating terms of six years and three ex-officio members: the Governor, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, and the Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. ADCNR’s Commissioner serves as the ex-officio secretary of the board. The board assists in formulating policies for ADCNR and examines all rules and regulations. By a two-thirds vote of the members present and with the Governor’s approval, the board can amend, change or repeal current rules and regulations or create


and promulgate additional rules and regulations. The board also assists in publicizing the department’s programs and activities. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit

New ATRI research documents effects of national VMT tax The American Transportation Research Institute recently released a report detailing the costs of deploying and operating a national vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax. This study was identified as a top research priority by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee in 2020. With a goal of understanding the opportunities and challenges of a federal system, the research first explored the technical and administrative requirements of charging every U.S. driver for miles driven. Next, the costs of operating a VMT tax program were calculated, including those associated with technology, data com-

munications and account management. It was found that replacing the federal fuel tax with a VMT tax that is assessed on 272 million private vehicles could result in collection costs of more than $20 billion annually – or 300 times higher than the federal fuel tax. The central reason for this large increase in costs is the shift in collection points – from a couple of hundred fuel terminal operators to every registered motor vehicle in the U.S. “It’s clear that a VMT tax is a far more complicated and costly replacement for the fuel tax than many had anticipated,” said James Burg Trucking Co. President and CEO Jim Burg. “If a system like this is going to work for everyone, many years of thoughtful planning and federal leadership are needed.” Additionally, the report found that hardware costs alone would have an initial price tag of $13.6 billion and require ongoing replacement, telecommunications costs would be approximately $13 billion annually, and account administration would be an additional $4.3 billion each year. On top of these costs, credit card transactions for electronic payment and even the shipping costs for the hardware could each cost more than $1 billion. “With policymakers preparing to lay out a Continued on page 28



vision for the future of America’s infrastructure, ATRI’s analysis could not come at a more critical time,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Most experts agree that some sort of VMT system is a part of that future, and ATRI’s report makes clear that implementing it will take thoughtful leadership, cooperation from stakeholders and a strong plan to transition away from current funding streams.” For access to the full report please visit ATRI’s website at

Truckworx promotes Matt Dobbins to Southern Region VP, bolsters management team Truckworx, a Kenworth Truck dealer for Alabama and Mississippi, has named Matt Dobbins its new vice president for the southern region. In this newly created role, Dobbins will oversee all aspects of business for the company’s four southernmost dealerships located in Mobile, Thomasville, Dothan and Montgomery.


Dobbins has worked at Truckworx for seven years, first as Truckworx-Mobile’s service manager and then as the dealership’s branch manager. Since taking over that position in Dobbins 2015, TruckworxMobile’s overall yearly revenue has increased by 98 percent and the company has added 10 employees. Mike Levering, Vice President of Operations says, “Over the last seven years, Matt has consistently demonstrated his passion for making this company better in so many ways; from making the company more efficient to improve the overall experience of customers and employees. Matt leads with great passion and a genuine love for his team, and I expect great things to come from his increased focus.” Dobbins says, “I am looking forward to providing leadership and guidance to the Mobile, Thomasville, Montgomery and Dothan teams to help empower our employees to be the best they can be so that we can continue to build depth in our business.” With Dobbins’ increased area of focus

and the company’s growth, other changes to Truckworx-Mobile’s management team have also taken place. Replacing Dobbins as Truckworx-Mobile’s branch manager is a 15-year Truckworx employee, Nathan Shirah, who worked most recently as the company’s service manager. According to Shirah, his new role will involve working with corporate and local management teams to develop strategies to continuously improve dealership efficiency and service levels. He says, “I look forward to growing as a leader in this new role. I truly care about the team and our customers and I hope to bring a positive influence and add value to everyone around me.” Meanwhile, Ben Wolfe, who has worked in the company’s service department since 2015 has accepted the service manager position. Shirah says, “Ben has been a huge asset to our service department. His ability to learn and excel at each position he has worked in made him an easy choice as a service manager. He is excellent with customers even in difficult situations and is great at connecting with people around him.” In addition to filling the existing management roles, two new management positions have been created at Truckworx-


Mobile to accommodate the growing business. Kandice Morgan, a previous service advisor, stepped into a newly created assistant service manager role. Shirah says she will be responsible for managing overall productivity and minimizing customer downtime by focusing on the productivity of technicians and improving customer communications. The company also added an office manager position, promoting Ethel Casher-Moore into the new role. Casher-Moore has worked as the dealership’s office administrator since starting with the company in 2018 and will oversee all accounting functions for the dealership going forward. Dobbins says, “Each member of the new Truckworx-Mobile management team has a unique skill set and they all compliment each other well. We look to this team for the future of this branch.” Truckworx is the premier heavy and medium-duty truck and school bus dealer featuring nationally acclaimed parts and service teams and award-winning product lines in Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. In addition to Kenworth trucks, Truckworx also represents PacLease commercial truck leasing and rental, Hino (made by Toyota) and Isuzu commercial trucks, Blue


Bird Bus, as well as six heavy-duty trailer manufacturers. Truckworx is also an authorized dealer of Yeti products, M.B. Ranch King deer blinds, Pure HardSurface Disinfectant, and Pitmaker Grills & Smokers. For more information on Truckworx or for current career opportunities, visit

Palomar’s Toni Jones receives CRM designation Palomar Corp. Vice President of Transportation Insurance Toni Jones has earned Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation, following her successful completion of a Jones rigorous risk management education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Risk Managers. This accomplishment was affirmed by the President of the Society of CRM Dr. William Hold, who also serves as President and CEO of the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The Society of CRM is a key member of

The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the nation’s preeminent provider of insurance and risk management education. The National Alliance conducts more than 2,500 programs annually throughout all 50 states and around the world. The program is designed to serve a variety of individuals practicing risk management so that they may better serve their clients’ insurance and risk management requirements. Jones has demonstrated her professional competence through the successful completion of the five CRM courses and the corresponding comprehensive examinations that focus on all major fields of risk— principles of risk management, analysis of risk, control of risk, financing of risk, and practice of risk management. “Palomar Insurance is pleased to announce the designation of CRM completed by Toni Jones, an invaluable member of our marketing team,” says Lane Milam, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Her in-depth knowledge of the industry, trucking insurance, along with her new designation as CRM will help our transportation clients understand their company’s risks and help shape our insurance products to meet their needs.” Headquartered in Montgomery, Ala. with Continued on page 30



offices in Georgia and Tennessee, Palomar Insurance delivers tailored insurance programs to national and international companies.

Four Star Freightliner awards annual Zach Sizemore Scholarships In an effort to continue the legacy of Four Star Freightliner employee Zachary Sizemore, the company has awarded four additional scholarships to high school seniors. Four Star awarded the first Zachary Sizemore Memorial Scholarship in 2017, one year after Sizemore passed away from cancer. He worked in the accounting department at the Dothan, Ala. location. When choosing recipients, Four Star Freightliner dealer principal Jerry Kocan said he looks for candidates who appear to not only have a dream but a plan. He said he knows Zach would be proud of how he is being remembered. “Knowing Zach, I think he would


helping others to live their dreams. He is still having an impact all these years later.” The 2021 recipients include Marcus Fields of Greenville, Ala., Greenville High School; Zach Marcus Fields Zach Cosby Cosby, Montgomery, Ala., Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School; Amber Hammon, Gordon, Ala., Cottonwood High School; Alana Wallace, Hoover, Ala., Hoover High School. Students receive Amber Hammon Alana Wallace a one-time $1,000 award to use appreciate our efforts because he was very towards expenses at the college of their passionate about Four Star and loved his choice. Four Star Freightliner has awarded a job and the people he worked with, said total of $18,000 to students in honor of Kocan. “He lives because his memory is Sizemore.


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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

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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.

2021 ATA Buyer’s Guide

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

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 Pitts Media (205) 792-1280 AUTO DEALER (SERVICE OR REPAIR) Faucett Motors of Boaz, Inc. (256) 593-7162

Premier Trailer Leasing (205) 680-3184

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

Reliable Trailer Sales, Inc. dba Storage Trailers of Alabama (205) 808-0042

Corcentric (856) 406-3745

Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 BUS SALES & SERVICE Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226 Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226 Transportation South, Inc. (205) 663-2287 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280 Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616 Trailer Sales of Tennessee A Fleet Equipment Co. (615) 259-3301 CHEMICAL PRODUCTS Rushing Enterprises, Inc. (334) 693-3318 Vacuum Truck Rentals, LLC (205) 277-6190 COMMUNICATIONS/ELECTRONICS J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING (920) 722-2848 Allison Transmission, Inc. (678) 367-7011 Netradyne (833) 476-9663 Omnitracs, LLC (615) 594-7565 Orbcomm, Inc. (201) 510-0423 Trimble Transportation (407) 347-5121

DRIVER STAFFING Transportation Support, Inc. (205) 833-6336 EDUCATION & TRAINING Central Alabama Community College (256) 215-4301 J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848 JP Transportation Safety Consulting, LLC (205) 329-8182 (205) 945-8550 TRW Solutions, LLC (251) 362-2275 Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. (205) 585-3895

ENGINE MANUFACTURERS Cummins Sales & Service (901) 488-8033 EQUIPMENT LEASING CB Repair & Trailer Maintenance, Inc. (205) 338-0943 KLLM/Equipment Solutions LLC (205) 515-1478 Metro Trailer Rental (205) 985-8701

Daehan Solution Alabama, LLC (334) 301-3498

CorpFinancial, LLC (334) 215-4499 Crestmark Bank 615-620-3509 Electronic Funds Source, LLC (615) 777-4619 FirstBank (256) 970-1618 First Horizon Bank (615) 734-6046 Hancock Whitney Bank (251) 665-1667 IBERIABANK (251) 345-9676

People’s Capital & Leasing Corp. Eaton Corp./Roadranger Field Marketing (205) 856-9354 (334) 398-1410 People’s United Equipment EQUIPMENT PARTS/ACCESSORIES Finance Corp. (205) 664-9374 Dothan Tarpaulin Products, Inc. (800) 844-8277 PNC Bank N.A. (205) 421-2764 Imperial Supplies LLC (920) 490-6707 ProBilling and Funding Service (256) 736-4349 Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems 334/798-0080 Progress Bank (205) 527-5692 Paccar Parts/Kenworth (206) 898-5541 Renasant Bank (334) 301-5955 Southern Truck & Equipment, Inc. (251) 653-4716 ServisFirst Bank (205) 949-3433 Star Truck Parts (205) 324-4681 Trustmark Bank (205) 995-4615 Thermo King of B’ Mobile-Montgomery-Chattanooga (334) 263-5782 Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (314) 374-2165 W.W. Williams (205) 252-9025 INSURANCE (334) 279-6083 Aon Risk Solutions (501) 374-9300 FINANCIAL SERVICES Bank of America Merrill Lynch Aronov Insurance, Inc. (205) 298-7467 (334) 277-1000 BMO Transportation Finance BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc. (770) 960-6307 (334) 386-3317 CenterState Bank The Baxter Agency (205) 422-7111 (334) 678-6800 Comdata (615) 376-6917 Benton & Parker Insurance Services (770) 536-8340

Boozer & Associates (205) 223-3108 (800) 325-4368

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

Byars|Wright Insurance (205) 221-3621

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

Caribou Insurance Agency, Inc. (205) 822-7577 Cottingham and Butler (563) 587-5521


DMC Insurance, Inc. (317) 436-4909

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS Davison Fuels & Oil (251) 544-4511

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

Jack Green Oil Co., Inc. (256) 831-1038

Great West Casualty Co. (865) 392-3752 Key Benefit Administrators (317) 284-7753 Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance (251) 473-4600 McGriff Insurance Services (334) 674-9810 McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc. (205) 583-9641 Joe Morten & Sons, Inc. (865) 392-3844 Palomar Insurance Corp. (334) 270-0105 PR Companies (334) 836-1377 Reliance Group, LLC (205) 504-4841 Reliance Partners, LLC (877) 668-1704 Sedgwick (800) 277-7500 Steinhilber & Strawbridge (334) 401-0218

Major Oil Company, Inc. (334) 263-9070 Myers Oil Company, Inc. (954) 938-7211 RelaDyne (205) 384-3422 Shell Oil Products US (601) 529-7244 W.H. Thomas Oil Co., Inc. (205) 755-2610

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Accounting Firms: Aldridge, Borden & Co. (334) 834-6640 Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP (317) 580-2068 Warren Averett (256) 739-0312

Attorneys: Adams and Reese LLP (251) 650-0861 Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A. 334-387-7680 Carr, Allison, Pugh, Howard, Oliver & Sisson, P.C. (251) 626-9340

TransRisk, LLC (334) 403-4114

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophette, LLP (205) 252-9321

TrueNorth Companies (616) 690-5856

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

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

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

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

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

Carlisle Medical, Inc. (251) 344-7988 ErgoScience, Inc. (205) 879-6447

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC (251) 432-5511 Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. (334) 834-7600

(Current as of 5-10-21)

Brandie Norcross at 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: Allstate Beverage (251) 476-9600 Ext. 1231 AMG Driver Recruitment (256) 683-4499 AngelTrax (334) 692-4600 C Cross Logistics, LLC (205) 759-1818 Charity Steel (205) 668-2200 Corporate Billing, LLC (256) 584-3600 Davis Direct, Inc. (334) 277-0878 Enterprise Holdings, Inc. (205) 823-4599 Drivewyze (780) 461-3355 J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. (920) 722-2848

PR Companies (334) 836-1377

Rowe Management Corp. (205) 486-9235

Great Dane (205) 324-3491

Nextran Truck Centers (205) 841-4450

PrePass (931) 520-7170

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

Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc. (251) 438-5521

Rush Truck Center-Mobile (251) 459-7300

QuikQ LLC (678) 591-4675

Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

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

Ryder Vehicle Sales LLC (205) 492-2428

SET Logistics, Inc. (205) 849-6309

Thompson Tractor Company (205) 244-7812

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

SelecTrucks of Alabama (205) 322-6695

Soar Payments LLC (888) 225-9405

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

Reliable Trailer Sales, Inc. dba Storage Trailers of Alabama (205) 808-0042

Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226

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

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

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

Stamps Transport, LLC (205) 233-5326 Swift Supply, Inc. (251) 929-9399 Inc. (866) 245-3918 TeamOne Logistics (770) 232-9902 TMW Systems, Inc. (440) 721-2260 Transportation and Logistical Services, Inc (205) 226-5500 Transportation Billing Solutions, LLC (205) 788-4000

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

Transportation Compliance Services, USA (228) 872-7160

Lytx DriveCam, Inc. (858) 430-4000

Vomela Specialty Company (205) 310-2151

M & N Transport, Inc. (256) 657-5161

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

Max Coating, Inc. (205) 849-2737 MCG Workforce (251) 652-5244 McLeod Software (205) 823-5100 Motor Carrier Safety Consulting (205) 871-4455 Pitts Media (205) 792-1280 PM Environmental, Inc. (205) 986-0270 Porter Billing Services LLC (205) 397-4079 Power South Energy Cooperative (334) 427-3207

Birmingham Frame & Alignment, LLC (205) 322-4844 Childersburg Truck Service, Inc. (256) 378-3101 Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 Eufaula Trucking Co., Inc. (334) 689-8586 Lazzari Truck Repair, Inc. (251) 626-5121 Mann Automotive Diesel, Inc. (334) 792-0456 MHC Carrier Transicold (404) 968-3130

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (205) 514-8341 Butler Industrial Tire Center, Inc. (334) 376-0178 Columbus Tire Company dba Complete Tire and Service (706) 321-8133 Continental Tire North America (662) 549-7570 Love’s Truck Tire Care and Speedco (800) OK-LOVES McGriff Tire Co. (256) 739-0710 McGriff Treading Co., Inc. (256) 734-4298 Michelin North America (859) 661-0855 Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Inc. (256) 878-0211 Snider Fleet Solutions (336) 691-5499 Southern Tire Mart (251) 457-9915 Yokohama Tire Corp. (317) 385-2611

TRAILER DEALERS/ MANUFACTURERS C & C Trailers, Inc. (334) 897-2202 Dorsey Trailer, LLC (334) 897-2525 Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 933-5190 Fleetco, Inc. (615) 256-0600 Fontaine Fifth Wheel NA (205) 421-4300

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

Trojan Industries, Inc. Southland Transportation Group dba Lyncoach Truck Bodies (205) 942-6226 (334) 566-4330 Star Leasing Co. (205) 763-1280

Truckworx Kenworth - Birmingham (205) 326-6170

Transport Trailer Center (334) 299-3573

Truckworx Kenworth – Dothan (334) 712-4900

Utility Trailer Sales of Alabama LLC (334) 794-7345

Truckworx Kenworth – Montgomery (334) 263-3101

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

Truckworx Kenworth – Mobile (251) 957-4000

Alabama Freightliner (205) 322-6695 Birmingham Freightliner (205) 322-6695 Capital Volvo Truck & Trailer (334) 262-8856 Coffman International Trucks (334) 794-4111 Daimler Trucks NA LLC (803) 554-4831 Empire Truck Sales, LLC (601) 939-1000 Fitzgerald Peterbilt (205) 379-8300 Four Star Freightliner (Dothan) (334) 793-4455 Four Star Freightliner (334) 263-1085 (Montgomery)

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 Taylor & Martin, Inc. (662) 262-4613 TRUCKSTOPS Love’s Travel Stops, Inc. (904) 738-4019 Pilot Flying J Centers (865) 207-3874 TravelCenters of America/Petro Shopping Centers (678) 591-4675

Long Lewis Western Star (205) 428-0161

VEHICLE LEASING Penske Truck Leasing (757) 603-2853

Mack Trucks, Inc. (678) 201-4770

Southland Transportation Group (205) 942-6226

Navistar (813) 382-3113

Ward International Trucks, LLC (251) 433-5616

Neely Coble Co. (256) 350-1630



New Members Balch & Bingham LLP Birmingham, AL Brian Rell

Key Benefit Administrators Indianapolis, IN John Penko

Richardson Services LLC Mobile, AL Kyle Richardson

Upstate Trucking, Inc. Fountain Inn, SC Robert McDannald

Boozer & Associates Birmingham, AL Todd Boozer

KLB South Anniston, AL Travis Driskel

Tingley Trucking, LLC Brookwood, AL Zachary Dunn

DMC Insurance, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Heather Halmi

Lower Alabama LA Transport, LLC Bay Minette, AL Dalton Plato

TuSimple, Inc. San Diego, CA Robert Brown

Please note: Due to restrictions on large gatherings caused by the coronavirus pandemic, event locations and dates are subject to change. Please contact Brandie Norcross at bnorcross@alabama or visit for updates and changes.

American Trucking Associations Battle of the States August 14, 2021 Virtual Event

SMMC Combined Chapters Meeting September 15, 2021 Montgomery, Ala.

American Trucking Associations MC&E October 23-27, 2021 Nashville, Tenn.

SMMC Mock Trial + Legal Seminar August 26, 2021 Montgomery, Ala.

82nd ATA Annual Convention September 23-26, 2021 Destin, Fla.

ATA SMMC Holiday Celebration December 13, 2021 Pelham, Ala.

Alabama Virtual Truck Driver Championships July 31, 2021 Virtual Event

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week September 12-18, 2021 Nationwide

SMMC South District Roadside Inspection October 14, 2021 Location TBA




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