Recognizing the best workplaces for North American truck drivers

Produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association, Best Fleets to Drive For® is an annual survey and contest that identifies the for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers.

On March 28th, 2017 TCA and CarriersEdge unveiled the two overall winners for 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Name 2017 Overall Best Fleets to Drive For

This year's overall winners - Grand Island Express and Bison Transport - demonstrate strong commitments to excellence in their workplace environments

Nashville, Tenn. - March 28, 2017 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its partner CarriersEdge have unveiled the overall winners of the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey. The Best Overall Fleet for the small category, sponsored by Bose Ride, is Grand Island Express of Grand Island, Nebraska. Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the Best Overall Fleet for the large carrier category, sponsored by EpicVue. The winners were announced during TCA's Annual Convention, which takes place March 26-29 at the Gaylord Opryland.

Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies providing the best workplace experiences for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources. The 20 top finishers are identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and then divided in half according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named overall winner.

This is the sixth consecutive time that Grand Island Express (GIX) has landed in the Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For. With only 143 drivers/owner operators, the company continues to pull ahead of the pack on adopting new technology. For instance, it now conducts monthly driver meetings via WebEx so drivers can call in or join via mobile app if they can't attend in person. This practice is fairly common among larger carriers, but is unusual in companies as small as GIX. The company also conducts quarterly driver surveys to gauge satisfaction levels and collect feedback on current issues.

Bison Transport has placed in the Top 20 for seven of the nine years since the Best Fleets program was initiated. This year, recognizing a demographic shift among its drivers, Bison added a new, entry-level program specifically for team drivers. It also expanded the communication touchpoints during onboarding for all drivers, which helps people get up-to-speed more quickly.

Both GIX and Bison have been overall winners twice in the past, making this the third time each has been recognized.

"To claim the title of Overall Winner even once requires a strong combination of outstanding programs, high satisfaction levels, and great results in safety and retention," said John Lyboldt, TCA's president. "To do it three times is an unbelievable achievement that both companies should be very proud of."

Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, said, "For 2017's program, we had to adjust scoring levels more significantly than ever before, since fleets are doing so many more things for their drivers than we've seen in past years. The fact that these two previous winners are once again at the top of the list shows just how much effort they put into building great workplaces for their drivers. Their commitment to their people is clearly paying off."

The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest was open to any fleet operating 10 trucks or more, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets were evaluated in areas like driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.

For more information about the Best Fleets to Drive For program, please visit www.BestFleetstoDriveFor.com. You can also follow TCA on Twitter (www.truckload.org/Twitter) or Facebook (www.truckload.org/Facebook) or search the hashtag #BestFleets17 on social media networks.

CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.

  • Grand Island ExpressGrand Island Express
    Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
    Drivers/Contractors: 143
  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Drivers/Contractors: 1822

On January 31st, 2017 TCA and CarriersEdge announced the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For. Read the full press release.

Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For®

These companies have figured out what it takes to provide superior work environments that keep professional truck drivers and employees happy.

Alexandria, Virginia and Markham, Ontario - January 31, 2017 - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge are pleased to announce the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For. These 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees.

"These companies represent the best of the best in truckload. As industry innovators, they bring fresh ideas that not only create a desirable workplace for employees, but also propel trucking to exciting new terrains," said TCA President John Lyboldt.

To be considered for the Best Fleets program, companies operating ten or more trucks were required to receive a nomination from at least one of its company drivers or owner-operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets regarding their corporate direction, policies, and programs, and evaluated the fleets against a scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation package, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, and career path/advancement opportunities, among other criteria.

Driver feedback from a selection of each fleet was then compared with management's and incorporated into the final score, resulting in the selection of this year's winners and honorable mentions. Fleets raised the bar for driver programs more dramatically this year than any previous year.

Without further ado, here are the 2017 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For:

  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, MB
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, MA
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, Inc, Redmond, OR
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Cambridge, ON
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, NE
  • FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
  • Garner Trucking, Inc., Findlay, OH
  • Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, NE
  • Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, WI
  • Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, ON
  • Landstar System, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
  • Maverick Transportation, LLC, North Little Rock, AR
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Northwood, OH
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, IL
  • ONE For Freight, Milton, ON
  • Prime Inc., Springfield, MO
  • Smokey Point Distributing, Arlington, WA
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc., Knoxville, TN
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd., Milton, ON

Two companies, FTC Transportation, Inc., and Halvor Lines, Inc., have achieved the milestone of five consecutive years on the Best Fleets list, while Motor Carrier Services, LLC, Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Landstar System, Inc., and Grand Island Express, Inc. have continued their streaks as Best Fleets, each appearing on the list for over the fifth time. Five companies have also been identified as "Fleets to Watch" honorable mentions for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:

  • Crete Carrier Corp.
  • Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc.
  • Kroon Brothers Transport, LLC
  • Paper Transport, Inc.
  • Transport Corporation of America, Inc.

Phase two of the contest will divide the highest scoring fleets into small and large fleet categories, from which two overall winners will be selected. These awards will be sponsored by EpicVue of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Bose Ride of Framingham, Massachusetts.

The overall winners' names will be announced during TCA's Annual Convention, March 26-29, 2017, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more details about Best Fleets to Drive For, visit www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com.

  • Bison TransportBison Transport
    Location: Winnipeg, MB
    Drivers/Contractors: 1823
    Entry-level programs specifically for team drivers as well as family members are part of several competency-based training programs.
  • Boyle TransportationBoyle Transportation
    Location: Billerica, MA
    Drivers/Contractors: 100
    Smartphones, a mobile app and company email accounts are provided to all drivers to assist in job performance and communication.
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, IncCentral Oregon Trucking Company, Inc
    Location: Redmond, OR
    Drivers/Contractors: 340
    A comprehensive mobile app provides real time performance data to drivers. Drivers can also access a personalized Driver Performance Forecast.
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc.Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
    Location: Cambridge, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 1555
    Every three years, mandatory defensive driving training is combined with workplace violence training to prevent incidents before they occur.
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.
    Location: Fremont, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 368
    Drivers can check out vehicles from the concierge car fleet to run errands while waiting for truck maintenance or on a scheduled HOS restart.
  • FTC Transportation, Inc.FTC Transportation, Inc.
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK
    Drivers/Contractors: 36
    The company provides tablets to drivers so that they can complete online training during their downtime on the road.
  • Garner Trucking, Inc.Garner Trucking, Inc.
    Location: Findlay, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 110
    The driver council board, comprised of drivers with a mix of experience and gender, attend the corporate Annual Strategic Meeting.
  • Grand Island Express, Inc.Grand Island Express, Inc.
    Location: Grand Island, NE
    Drivers/Contractors: 143
    Drivers can attend an online safety & wellness monthly meeting through a conference call and watch presentations on their mobile devices.
  • Halvor Lines, Inc.Halvor Lines, Inc.
    Location: Superior, WI
    Drivers/Contractors: 492
    Gender and ethnic diversity has increased 6.5% since 2014 and the company has implemented a discrimination and diversity training program for all drivers and staff.
  • Interstate Distributor Co.Interstate Distributor Co.
    Location: Tacoma, WA
    Drivers/Contractors: 1759
    Has implemented a voluntary Freedom board where drivers and owner operators can select their own loads when they choose, and return to regular dispatch at any time.
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd.Kriska Holdings Ltd.
    Location: Prescott, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 378
    Created KNOW (Kriska's Network of Women) where women drivers and office staff can share their experiences through regular meetings.
  • Landstar System, Inc.Landstar System, Inc.
    Location: Jacksonville, FL
    Drivers/Contractors: 8881
    Provides bimonthly training through Webex sessions plus an online version of CABS business training.
  • Maverick Transportation, LLCMaverick Transportation, LLC
    Location: North Little Rock, AR
    Drivers/Contractors: 1607
    The Milestones page, updated daily, allows drivers to see their performance compared to the rest of the fleet.
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLCMotor Carrier Service, LLC
    Location: Northwood, OH
    Drivers/Contractors: 76
    The COO meets with each driver and spouse after orientation and prior to the first dispatch to clarify expectations on both sides.
  • Nussbaum TransportationNussbaum Transportation
    Location: Hudson, IL
    Drivers/Contractors: 302
    Drivers are provided with a weekly company operational results report that includes % deadhead miles, % brokered loads, miles per truck, etc.
  • ONE For FreightONE For Freight
    Location: Milton, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 42
    Implemented a ONESafetyWeek that allows owner-operators to come off the road to receive training, update paperwork and review performance.
  • Prime Inc.Prime Inc.
    Location: Springfield, MO
    Drivers/Contractors: 6976
    Start Right pay program offers guaranteed pay to new drivers and owner operators for their first three weeks on the job.
  • Smokey Point DistributingSmokey Point Distributing
    Location: Arlington, WA
    Drivers/Contractors: 314
    Weekly driver forums allow drivers to discuss positive and negative issues concerning them individually or as a group.
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc.TLD Logistics Services, Inc.
    Location: Knoxville, TN
    Drivers/Contractors: 442
    Using a company simulator, run Teens & Trucks Share the Road education sessions to help educate teen drivers on driving safely around heavy trucks.
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.TransPro Freight Systems Ltd.
    Location: Milton, ON
    Drivers/Contractors: 103
    Owner-operators receive 2 cents per mile when they start using ELD's before the mandate and another 1 cent when they use a speed limiter.

In addition, the following Fleets to Watch were also announced.

  • Crete Carrier Corp.
  • Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc.
  • Kroon Brothers Transport, LLC
  • Paper Transport, Inc.
  • Transport Corporation of America, Inc.

Download the final results booklet

On October 12th, 2016 CarriersEdge revealed early Best Fleets to Drive For results. Read the full press release.

CarriersEdge Reveals Early Best Fleets to Drive For® Results

Annual Best Fleets To Drive For survey produced by CarriersEdge for TCA shows how carriers can provide the best workplace experience for drivers

Markham, ON - October 12th, 2016 - As a record breaking number of nominations are rolling in for the ninth annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey produced by CarriersEdge in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association, CarriersEdge is revealing initial survey results that show drivers value high quality equipment, a responsive, thorough maintenance department, and schedules and routes that assure off-duty time at home.

"We are just more than half way through the nomination period for 2017 and have already received as many nominations as we normally see during the entire program," said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry. "We believe this rate of response indicates an increasing number of fleets are working hard to make sure their drivers are happy. The drivers turning in the nominations are very eager to tell us why they prefer working for their company."

Launched in 2008 by CarriersEdge as a service to the industry, the Best Fleets to Drive For award is fast becoming a coveted honor and the survey results are providing a wealth of information into driver likes and dislikes. The 2017 nomination period runs until October 31, 2016.

In addition to valuing high quality equipment, responsive and thorough maintenance, and schedules and routes that assure off-duty time at home, initial survey results indicate that drivers want a "family atmosphere" where they have a say in the development of policies and operational practices. Honest, open management, including many comments about "taking the time to listen" to drivers were also noted as very important to a number of drivers.

Of the 5,300 driver surveys received in 2016 for the eighth annual event, only 28% of respondents said pay was something that needed to be improved, Jazrawy noted. That reference, however was not just about wages; it also included other pay issues, such as better pay for non-driving work, like waiting at the border, or working on holidays.

2017 survey questions will ask companies how much time drivers spend on the road, whether they provide guaranteed pay and paid waiting time, and what in-cab amenities they offer. In addition, for the first time the topic of diversity will have its own scoring section. Fleets will be asked what they are doing to bring a more diverse driver pool into the industry.

Now in its ninth year, the Best Fleets to Drive For program accepts nominations of carriers by one of their drivers. Management at a nominated carrier then completes a questionnaire about all departments in a company, and participates in an interview. The next step in the evaluation process is to survey a portion of each nominated company’s drivers. In late January, CarriersEdge and TCA announce the Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For and then reveal two overall winners from among the Top 20 at the TCA Convention in March.

CLICK HERE for a nomination form for the 2017 Best Fleets To Drive For survey.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 400 large and small fleets are incorporating the comprehensive CarriersEdge library of safety and compliance courses into their driver training programs. Endorsed by a growing number of industry leaders, CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions are used to train drivers without impacting operations. Founded in 2005, CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association. For more information, visit www.carriersedge.com.

On September 6th, 2016 the ninth edition of Best Fleets to Drive For opened for nominations. Read the full press release.

TCA and CarriersEdge Seek the Best Fleets to Drive For® in North America

All it takes is one nomination from a professional truck driver to get a company started in the 9th annual survey and contest

Alexandria, Virginia - September 6, 2016 - From within the trucking industry, there are companies that stand out from the rest. Their workplace environments are considered exceptional because they feature attractive compensation and benefits, an enviable company culture, or perhaps unique perks and incentives for their employees. To identify and recognize them, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge offer Best Fleets to Drive For®, an annual contest and survey now in its ninth year.

Nominations must come from professional truck drivers and can be made online at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. The nomination period is open between September 6 and October 31, 2016.

Once a company accepts the nomination and agrees to participate, CarriersEdge will contact them for more details through an electronic questionnaire and telephone interview. They will speak with senior management and a random sampling of the company's drivers to learn more about the company's compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training, etc. Ultimately, the survey answers reveal the innovations that have proven successful in attracting and retaining skilled personnel in the trucking industry.

According to Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, "This year, in addition to our usual questions, we're going to be asking fleets about how much time their drivers spend on the road, whether they provide guaranteed pay and paid waiting time, and what in-cab amenities they offer. We'll also get into the topic of diversity, asking what fleets are doing to bring a more diverse driver pool to the industry. For the first time, this will have its own scored section."

John Lyboldt, TCA's president, added: "Through our questions to the nominated fleets, we will unearth and publicize the most popular benefits and perks that are being implemented right now. These are the things that are keeping current drivers happy, while enticing potential new drivers to join our industry."

To be eligible, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada. TCA membership is not required. The top 20 finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For® and will be announced in January 2017. From this pool, companies will then be divided into both "small" and "large" categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 26-29, 2017, at the TCA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

In late-October, companies that have been nominated (or believe they will be nominated) and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the survey requirements through a free Webinar. More details will be released as they are finalized, but the event will outline the questions that surveyors will ask, data requirements, and methods for collecting better information more easily.

To view best practices from last year's survey as well as profiles of the overall winners, visit BestFleetsToDriveFor.com. To view the program's Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/BestFleetsToDriveFor.

TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

CarriersEdge, headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a leading provider of online driver training for the North American trucking industry. More than 300 large and small fleets are incorporating the CarriersEdge comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses endorsed by industry leaders into their driver training programs. A growing number of companies are using CarriersEdge management tools and reporting functions to train drivers without impacting operations. Founded in 2005, CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For® program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.