If you monitor the news, you’ve probably noticed something: Truckers are suddenly heroes once again. As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the country and more and more business and social activities shut down, everyday people are waking up to the fact that it is truckers who are literally carrying the supplies that they need.
Thank you to McDonald’s and other restaurants, who have ensured our drivers can get hot meals to perform their duties.
You are #essential to our drivers during this crisis!
ATTN DRIVERS: Some McDonald’s locations are offering a designated trucker curbside pick-up area. When you arrive, use the “My McD’s” mobile app to order and choose “curbside service.” Then proceed to wait at the designated trucker pick-up area.
Led by coach Ed Orgeron, the top-ranked Louisiana State University (LSU) Fighting Tigers recently won College Football’s National Champions title, putting themselves in the conversation as being one of the best teams ever.
Brad Nelson, Lake Charles Branch Manager remarked, “the Fighting Tigers had an incredible season with great sportsmanship and a community behind them! We can gather great inspiration from sports to spark a work environment with a commitment to excellence, team spirit, and the ability to cheer each other on.”
Brad is the third-generation owner of Freedom Trucks which is a Trimac associate in the Lake Charles area – a relationship that started in 2016. He also sits on the Executive Board member on the Louisiana Trucking Association (LMTA), who recently held a motorcycle raffle as a fundraiser for their TruckPAC.
To promote the raffle, the Harley Davidson was on display prior to the McNeese State University football game, where there was sure to be a lot of foot traffic. That’s when Brad had a champion of an idea!
“I figured LSU’s Coach Orgeron would be at the game, because his son is the starting quarterback for McNeese State University,” continued Brad.
“Knowing how popular Coach Orgeron is in our region, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to promote the raffle with a little of his magic! I contacted him ahead of time, and he graciously stopped by to help us promote our good cause.”
“To our delight, he also signed the gas tank with his Coach O autograph – which was a big hit, as we ended up raising $18,000 for the LMTA TruckPAC!”
The LMTA was founded in 1939 and represents the trucking industry in Louisiana and the United States to advocate and voice the laws and regulations of its members when they cannot. Brad has been a Director with the LMTA for the last 10 years, and was recently appointed to the Executive Board, leading to the position of American Trucking Association VP.
With trucking in his blood, Brad joined his family business, JW Nelson Transports in 1983, which now operates under FreedomTrucks. Upon joining Trimac Transportation as an Associate in 2016, we have seen a lot of success from this relationship, and their similar commitment to service with safety.
Founded in 1923, WJOB 1230 AM continues the tradition of providing community-based programming for Northwest Indiana and the Calumet Region. WJOB is an integral piece of the community, providing up-to-the-minute news, weather, traffic, local high school sports, local and college sports, quality local programming, and syndicated fare. Steve Kozma, Branch Manager in Chicago was recently invited to share Trimac’s story, and discuss the opportunities available at Trimac and in the transportation industry.
Today, Trimac has been recognized as a Top Fleet Employer by Trucking HR Canada. Top Fleet Employers are recommended as the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking industry, as reflected in the broad range of human resources policies and programs that they have in place.
“I am very proud of Trimac for receiving this designation,” said Kara Gillespie, VP of People and Culture. “This goes beyond the HR policies and programs that we have developed at Trimac, but speaks to the professionalism of the HR Team that meets the needs of our employees on a daily basis, our supportive leadership, and the culture we are building. This is another step in our transformation and evolution as a company, with more to come.”
The Top Fleet Employer Program is open to fleets of all sizes across Canada. As part of the process, Trimac participated in a rigorous three-part review of our human resources policies and programs. The review assesses the scope of an employer’s formal HR policies and programs in four key categories: Basics, Respect, Training and Family. The criteria was developed by a panel of trucking industry experts and a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), and reflects Canadian human resources issues, trends and working environments.
“Top Fleet Employers are leaders in promoting a positive image of the trucking and logistics industry,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “As the competition for skilled workers continues to intensify, their consistently strong HR approaches will help position us an industry of choice.”
Trucking HR Canada will celebrate and recognize the Top Fleet Employers at its annual Gala Awards Dinner being held in October in Toronto. Awards will be presented to the Top Fleet in each category (top small, medium, large and private fleet) along with Achievement of Excellence Awards in the following categories: Workplace Culture, Training & Skills Development, Workplace Diversity, HR Innovator, Employee Engagement and the two new Achievement of Excellence Awards will also be presented for Workplace Mental Health and Women in the Workplace. The evening will cap off with the announcement of the prestigious HR Leader of the Year Award.
Stay tuned for guidance on how to add the Trucking HR Canada’s Top Fleet logo to our e-mail footers in the near future.
Trimac Transportation prides itself on being an employer of choice by offering equal opportunities to every employee regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Trimac offers a flexible schedule that allows a work/life balance for our drivers, helping to maintain quality family time while building a career. Underlying this commitment to family is Trimac’s safety record which regularly ranks high in its class, ensuring special moments with loved ones for years to come. Trimac provides all company drivers comprehensive benefits including retirement, health insurance and paid vacation. Trimac also supports company drivers who have an entrepreneurial spirit with programs to become owner operators. Trimac is rooted in your journey.
Trimac held their annual United Way Campaign Oct 15-19, raising funds and awareness for those who require extra support in our community. Together, we are making a real difference. Please take a moment to learn more about the amazing work Calgary United Way does on their web site.
The Calgary United Way Planning Committee would like to thank everybody who donated as well as participated in activities and volunteering opportunities during the 2018 campaign. Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of those who require the assistance of the Calgary United Way.
The 2018 campaign reached new heights reaching a response rate of 68%, and we will announce the total funds raised once they are finalized. It’s not too late if you still want to donate! Just visit their web site: www.calgaryunitedway.org
Thank you once again for your contributions and donations, and we are looking forward to 2019!