Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Con-way Freight Have Best Freight Drivers - It's Official

Company Driver Crowned National Truck Driving Champion - Again
Shipping News Feature

US – Less than truckload (LTL) specialists, Con-way Freight, certainly know how to pick a winner. For the second successive year a company driver has won the coveted title of Grand Champion at the 2010 National Truck Driving Championships held in Columbus, Ohio last week. Carl Krites, a driver sales representative based out of the company's Sidney, Ohio, service centre took the crown beating 415 other hopefuls who attended the 73rd annual competition conducted by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Wapakoneta, Ohio based winner Carl has participated in state truck driving championships since 2002. This year marked his first trip to the national competition, representing Ohio as the state champion in the Tankers class. At the Nationals he took first place in the Tankers class, and based on his composite score, captured the overall title of Grand Champion and industry recognition as the nation's top truck driver. Krites has been a Con-way Freight driver sales representative since 1998.

Carl took the title from company colleague Dale Duncan, a Con-way Freight driver from San Diego, who was last year's Grand Champion. In addition five other Con-way Freight drivers also won accolades at the "Super Bowl of Safety” and all were praised by John G. Labrie, president of Con-way Freight:

"These individuals are true professionals in every sense of the word, demonstrating the attitude, spirit and commitment it takes to be the best yet I'm just as proud of the 920 Con-way Freight drivers who devoted the time to train, study and compete in state competitions across the nation. Their hard work, professionalism and dedication to our number one core value of Safety deserve equal recognition.

"On behalf of the entire Con-way Freight organization, I want to congratulate Carl Krites on a tremendous milestone. To go up against the best of the best and come out on top is a signature accomplishment that speaks volumes about his professionalism and commitment to excellence. We are also very proud of our other five top competitors.”

In this year's competition, Con-way Freight fielded a total of 92 U.S. state champions from 38 states. They included state Grand Champions from eight states, as well as first place teams from Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In the corresponding Canadian event, company drivers won two provincial championships and team honors in Manitoba. The Canadian National Truck Driving Championships will be held in September in Winnipeg.

As the 2010 Grand Champion, Con-way Freight is awarding Krites a new Ford F-150 pickup truck (or the cash equivalent). He also will receive a customized commercial tractor displaying his name and championship title, which he will drive exclusively for the next year. In addition, he and Joseph Hicks will receive special cash prizes for winning the Grand Champion and Rookie of the Year titles.

To qualify for U.S. state and national competitions, drivers must have maintained an accident-free driving record for the previous year. At the national competition, drivers face testing in three areas: a timed written exam, a pre-trip inspection test and a driving skills test. Each driver competes in one of nine equipment classes: 3-Axle, 4-Axle, 5-Axle, 5-Axle Flatbed, 5-Axle Sleeper, Step Van, Straight Truck, Tankers and Twins.

The National Truck Driving Championships bring together hundreds of the nation's most skilled and accomplished commercial truck drivers each year. Since the first championships in 1937, 14 Con-way Freight drivers have been named National Champion in their equipment classes.