Gordon Trucking integrates family values

Gordon Trucking, Inc. (GTI) has come a long way from their early days of beer hauling in 1946. Back then, the route ran the suds between Washington cities of Vancouver and Tacoma in one of two trucks belonging to Gordon Fast Freight. Sixty-seven years, a name change, and almost 1900 trucks later, GTI has grown to become the 22nd largest truckload carrier in all of North America that transports across the lower 48 states, Canada, and Mexico.

Their reputation continues to grow stronger in the trucking industry; Gordon Trucking was recently selected with 19 other elite companies as the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For®. Of course, recognition of a job well done is not a new measure of success for GTI or their drivers. Gordon Trucking and its associates have been honored for safe driving and fleet operation, environmental sustainability efforts, and great workplace experience. Additionally, GTI excels in public service areas as a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency and as a partner with the Washington State Patrol.

The Homeward Bound project was born out of a partnership with WSP in 2006 to keep the faces of missing children visible for recovery efforts.  In addition to monetary donations for an increased number of posters, Gordon Trucking volunteers the side of their trailers as moving displays throughout the states to increase awareness and visibility of missing children from the Northwest. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children create age enhanced photographs of the missing children that are added to the trailers with an original picture and an 800 phone number to report a child that has been spotted. At this time, seven children have been recovered and reunited with their families.

Assisting separated families is just another visible indication of the family values that are at the core of Gordon Trucking’s success. As a family-owned business since its beginning, GTI and the Gordons have extended the feel of family throughout the company, creating a high retention rate of truck drivers, whether they’re owner operators or driving the company’s trucks. Aside from great pay and benefits packages, stability plays a major role in a family environment and Gordon Trucking has been achieving that for many years. A list of their current openings can be found on GTI’s company profile page here.

20 Fleets Are Named Best Fleets to Drive For®

Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge have named twenty trucking companies as the 2013 Best Fleets to Drive For®. The contest identifies for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. This year’s winners are listed below:

  • Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd. – Breslau, Ontario
  • Erb Group of Companies – New Hamburg, Ontario
  • Fremont Contract Carriers – Fremont, Nebraska
  • FTC Transportation, Inc. – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc. – Pacific, Washington
  • Grand Island Express – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Halvor Lines, Inc. – Superior, Wisconsin
  • Landstar System, Inc. – Jacksonville, Florida
  • Load One Transportation & Logistics – Taylor, Michigan
  • Motor Carrier Service, Inc. – Northwood, Ohio
  • Paramount Freight Systems – Jeffersonville, Ohio
  • Sammons Trucking – Missoula, Montana
  • Spirit Truck Lines, Inc. – San Juan, Texas
  • Steed Standard Transport Ltd. – Stratford, Ontario
  • Steelman Transportation – Springfield, Missouri
  • Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. – Colona, Illinois
  • TimeLine Logistic International – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Trimac Transportation – Calgary, Alberta
  • WTI Transport – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Yanke Group of Companies – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

For demonstrating innovation in their driver programs, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch” (honorable mentions):

  • Celadon Canada – Kitchener, Ontario
  • Farm2Fleet – Gibson City, Illinois
  • Freight Exchange of North America, LLC – Chicago, Illinois
  • Prime, Inc. – Springfield, Missouri
  • Transpro Freight Systems Ltd. – Milton, Ontario

This is the fifth year that the annual contest has taken place. The winners were selected by owner operators and company drivers, who were asked to submit nominations starting in the Fall of 2012. Only carriers that operate 10 or more trucks were eligible for nomination. CarriersEdge  first confirmed the validity of the nominations and the trucking companies’ desire to participate, and then interviewed human resources representatives and executives of the nominated fleets, and evaluated their corporate direction, policies, and programs.

Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, said: “It’s a pleasure to report that we had a 50% increase in nominations and participation for the fifth anniversary of the program. Clearly, being named a Best Fleet to Drive For® is a prestigious title that is motivating companies to constantly raise the bar on the offerings they provide their truck drivers.”

The next phase of the contest is to choose winners from two sub-categories: Best Overall Fleet for Owner Operators, and Best Overall Fleet for Company Drivers. These overall winners will be honored at the TCA Annual Convention, March 3-6, 2013, at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read the original story here: http://www.bestfleetstodrivefor.com/pr/2013_top20.php

Focus on… Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, and boasts one of the largest metro populations in the world. Formally part of Mexico, in 1848 Los Angeles was purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles is now a sprawling metropolis, perfectly situated near the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and close to natural wonders like Joshua Tree National Park.
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Commonly regarded as the most diverse of the nation’s largest cities, the City of Angels is a leading world center of business, international trade, entertainment and culture. Full of actors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians, Los Angeles is often called the “Creative Capital of the World.” However, in addition to Hollywood and movie stars, Los Angeles is also home to a thriving trucking industry. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach combined make up the fifth busiest port in the world. With so many goods heading in and out of the city, it should come as no surprise that there is a large need for all types of truck drivers in and around the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles boasts some of the best weather in the country, averaging 284 sunny days a year. There are many ways to take advantage of that sunshine—whether it’s relaxing on Venice Beach, or enjoying a sporting event of one of L.A.’s many great sports teams—in L.A. there is truly something for everyone. No matter what your walk of life is, there are few better places to call home than Los Angeles.