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By on May 1, 2008
RoadKing Mag

Missouri’s Top Driver

William Girdler of Pomona, Mo., was named the 2007 Missouri Driver of the year by Missouri Motor Carriers Association (MMCA). A 33-year veteran of the road, Girdler drives for Prime and has never had a chargeable accident in the more than 4.5 million miles he’s driven throughout his career. Girdler received a trophy and a certificate noting his new title.

Millions of Safe Miles

Johnny Thompson of El Dorado, Ark., who has driven for CalArk International for 20 years, recently reached the milestone of 3 million accident-free miles. Thompson has a reputation for integrity and generosity among his colleagues. He consistently serves as a mentor to other drivers and regularly offers assistance to stranded motorists, even purchasing a meal for those in need. CalArk safety director Dennis Hilton presented Thompson with a plaque and a monetary award.

Wayne Blubaugh, of Marshalltown, Iowa, celebrated 2 million accident-free miles in 22 years of driving for Ruan Transport. Tim Laffoon, Blubaugh’s terminal manager, noted, “Wayne is always willing to go above and beyond to help with any problems our customers have and is always willing to help out a fellow driver to ensure they also get the job done in a safe manner.” Blubaugh has earned numerous safety awards over the years, and Ruan awarded him with a plaque and belt buckle honoring his latest accomplishment.

A. Duie Pyle recognized more than 40 of their drivers who have reached major safety milestones. Four drivers reached the 2 million mile mark with no accidents, including Dallas Powers, Bob Stoker and Tim Kershaw. Thirty-six drivers achieved 1 million accident-free miles. “This is an amazing accomplishment that takes tremendous diligence and skill,” says Rich Kaczynski, prevention manager. “These guys deserve a lot of credit.”

A. Duie Pyle, a family-owned business, is based in West Chester, Pa.

Con-way Tips Its Hat

Con-way Truckload recognized the following drivers in January:

Company Driver of the Month Kenneth Taylor of Halletsville, Texas, joined Con-way in 2003. He has been driving for 26 years and has driven more than 730,000 miles with the company.

Company Team of the Month Carl and Becky Holt of San Antonio, Texas, have been a successful duo for 10 years. Carl began driving for Con-way in 1996. Two years later, he convinced his wife Becky to join him on the road.

Contractor Driver of the Month Jon Smith of Joplin, Mo., began his driving career with Con-way Truckload in 1984.

Contractor Team of the Month Robert and Cecilia Wallraven of Clarksville, Tenn., have driven more than 2 million miles together since they began driving in 1990. They joined Con-way in 1998.

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