John McKinley – Nebraska Driver of the Month

We here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation are proud to share that John McKinley has been recognized as the Nebraska Trucking Association Driver of the Month.  Competition is always tough, and it is a great honor for us to be a part of such an incredible accomplishment. 

Thirteen years and one million safe miles after joining Hunt Transportation, John McKinley received the honor of Driver of the Month for the Nebraska Trucking Association.  John, a Texas resident, embarked on a career in flatbed transportation after owning an auto repair shop for ten years.  “Owning my business was hard”, says John.  “I was there everyday working on vehicles, and I had to keep track of the business side too, but finding good help was my biggest struggle.”

John decided to attend truck driving school, and after his seven month program, he graduated at the top 10 percent of his class.  He began his driving career with Builders, where he earned his first million safe miles.  He joined the Hunt Transportation family 13 years ago because he loved the stability and family atmosphere that Hunt offered.  “Working for Hunt is the best job I’ve had.  You can walk into the headquarters in Omaha and talk with anybody,” John exclaims.

One of the many reasons John loves his career is the ability to see so many interesting places.  He loves visiting small towns, and often takes advantage of the biking paths with the 21-speed bicycle he travels with during the summer.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and working on his 1957 T-bird.

Congratulations John!

Operations March Madness – Crete Carrier Corporation

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Leaders of our Operations Department showing their pride and skill on the court during our Crete Carrier Corporation March Madness Competition

With all the excitement surrounding March Madness, the operations department at Crete Carrier Corporation decided to hold their own competition.  Four teams from each company, consisting of asset managers, load planners, and customer service representatives were challenged by President and CEO, Tonn Ostergard to compete against each other in order to increase miles per driver per day.

“It’s always fun to add competition into our days.  We all have a lot of fun with it, and as the challenge gets going, so does the interoffice banter.  Doing competitions like this benefit all of us here at Crete and Shaffer, especially the drivers.  Our goal is always to increase miles for our drivers to help them be successful”, says Roger Mundt, Asset Manager for Dedicated and Expedited Fleets.

The fight was tough, and there were many last efforts by individuals, but we are pleased to announce that taking the win was zone four for both Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking.  Each team received bragging rights and a pizza party.

“Our goal is simple – move every truck, every day; maximizing productivity to deliver our customers’ freight on time – safely, first and foremost”, says Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO.

February 2014 Drivers of the Month Announced

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Kevin Thomason Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Robert Griffith Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Bobbie Murphy Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Gerald Brown Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Joseph Damico DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
James Hurst DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
James Lawson Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
David Becher Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Ronald Shurtz Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Gregory Thurzann Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Brian Lips Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Clarence Lay Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Kevin Stipp Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Joshua Keyser Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
John Harris Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Kenneth Klaves, Jr Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Raymond Samuel, Jr Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Robert Pomroy New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
James Dewey New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Steve Gibson North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Jeffery Martin Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Frank Fowler Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Anthony Sherlock Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Franklin Berryman Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Teddy Lockhart Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Butch H. Henderson Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
William Larson Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

Crete Carrier Corportation 2¢ Pay Increase

Crete Carrier Corporation is pleased to announce a two-cent increase in pay for all national over the road drivers at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation.  The pay increase will take effect on April 1, 2014 and make starting pay for national Crete Carrier drivers range from $.43 to $.47 and starting pay for national Shaffer Trucking drivers range from $.44 to $.48 depending on experience.  Hunt Transportation starting pay for national drivers will be $.42 to $.46 per practical mile depending on experience.

“As a company, we have tremendous opportunities to grow.  Our customers want and need our trucks.  The only thing limiting our ability to grow is enough high quality drivers.  Our customers deserve and expect safe and reliable service, and that starts with having the best drivers,” says President and CEO, Tonn Ostergard.  “Our CSA scores are among the best in the industry, a further reflection of our commitment to hire the best drivers.  Being a great trucking company starts with having great drivers, and we are willing to pay for that quality and provide a gold standard benefit package that provides for the driver and their family.  This pay raise is not an expense, but an investment in our most valuable asset – our drivers!”

Crete Carrier Corporation is recognized by the National Transportation Institute as a Top Pay Certified Carrier, meeting three critical categories: top tier pay, benefits, and carrier stability.  The recent pay increase is a reflection of the continued effort to ensure drivers at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation have every opportunity to succeed in today’s trucking industry.

Furthermore, Crete Carrier Corporation also offers a gold standard benefit package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, ensuring coverage for both the driver and the family.  The typical insurance package cost for a single driver is less than $35 per week – making coverage affordable.  In addition, Crete Carrier Corporation also offers 401k and profit sharing opportunities.  Last year, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking distributed more than $6 million to employees, with the average qualified driver receiving $1,500 this year.

“In addition to increasing driver pay rates, we are experiencing much stronger demand for our services which has also resulted in increased miles for our drivers,” said Jack Peetz, President of Shaffer Trucking.  “Growing our fleet will benefit both our drivers and our customers.”

Additionally, Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation have replaced half of their fleet in the past 15 months, making the average age of equipment less than two years old.

Crete Carrier Corporation continues to prove itself as a solid employer.  As one of the industry leaders in retention, drivers typically stay with Crete, Shaffer, and Hunt three times longer than the competition.  Much of this success is due to the continued efforts to ensure drivers have the miles they want to make the good living they deserve.

January 2014 Drivers of the Month Announced

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
 Benjamin Lucas Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
 Rod & Deb Ward Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
 Robert Fitzpatrick Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
 Terence Artl Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
 Christopher Strauss DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
 William Smith DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
 Timothy McCreary Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
 Larry Broughman Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
 Carla Williams Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Daniel Kleffner Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Darin Hardwick Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
 Robert Bennett Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
 Cynthia Smith Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
 Johnny Russell Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
 Rick & Lois Dailey Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
 Donald Burger Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
John Minor Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
 Muhammad Umem New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Paul Goff New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
 Ron Bane North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
George Michaels Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
 Rocky Dashek Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
 Les Lundahl Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
 Leroy Odom Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
 August Zigmond Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
 Jose M Rodriguez Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Kalum Mosbrucker Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

Kyle Hoover – The Road to Health

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Kyle Hoover speaks about his weight loss transformation.

Written by: Kyle Hoover

Hi. My name is Kyle Hoover, and over the next year, I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know me. I have been a driver for Crete Carrier for just under four years now, and I have to say – I absolutely love this company. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t always felt this way. I was five hundred pounds and angry at everything. When I finally decided to get my health under control, I spent most of my day aggravated and angry at everyone and everything – dispatch, myself, home, work, food, diet – you name it, I was angry. Being a truck driver, I felt absolutely helpless because of the sedentary lifestyle we live. I knew I had to change, but how?

One of the first things that changed in me once I set my mind to losing weight was my attitude. At the time, it was almost laughable to me to think that my attitude could play any part in my quest for health. Looking back, I think it was the most important. When I’d spend all day angry at everything it was so easy to turn to food – my only form of release.  Every day I’d drift farther away from anything resembling a healthy adult, and before long, I was a ship lost in the fog. The shore was gone, and I didn’t even know which way to paddle, so I just drifted away.

Eventually, something in me snapped. I realized I was lost at sea and no one was coming to rescue me. The truth was simple. I am in this sea alone and any reason why has become irrelevant. The only way I was going to be saved was to put the work in and forgive everyone and everything. By doing this, I was able to just focus on changing – one day at a time. Seemingly overnight, my ‘me against the world’ attitude eased from my mind. Surprisingly even, the more weight I lost, the more open and at ease my mind became. With every pound, I felt myself becoming happier and less angry at others.

I have been incredibly lucky. Essentially, I have lived two completely different lives through weight loss alone. Before, I was handicapped by my weight and angry. As the pounds melted away, so did this burden. Mentally, I was completely transformed. It’s so incredibly interesting how different the world can look when you know that you’ve achieved something you never thought you would be able to. Weight loss was my impossible dreamand I accomplished it through my own determination and will. I live in a kinder, more relaxed world now that I’m not completely unhappy with the man I see in the mirror. Losing weight has completely changed my outlook on life – for the better. I can stand up now, a mundane task I couldn’t do before.

Before losing the weight, I’d panicked at a receiver telling me ‘driver assist’. I would have to sit on the concrete three to four times while walking twenty dock doors from the receiving office. Because of the weight loss, I no longer fear driver assist unloads or walking twenty dock doors anymore, in fact, I don’t know how I did that.

Over the next year, I’m going to try to share some key points I used to achieve my weight loss goals. I will talk about easily attainable goals, tips, and tricks to help everyone at Crete and Shaffer reach their fitness goals.

If you would like to read more about Kyle and his transformation, please visit his blog at www.gainsthroughloss.com

The views expressed by Kyle Hoover or www.gainsthroughloss.com are solely those of the author, in the author’s individual and private capacity, and do not necessarily represent the views, position, or policy of Crete Carrier Corporation or any of its divisions, subsidiaries, or affiliates.

December 2013 Drivers of the Month Announced

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Charles Way Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
John Satterfield Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Daniel Conley Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
Marcel Noel Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Patrick Stuart DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Katherine Brosman DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Konrad Reitan Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Christopher Abraham Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
Kyle Hoover Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Ken Akin Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Allen Haley Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Jack Bowers, Jr. Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Michael Spicer Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Katherine Venz Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Charles Herron Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Dennis Dockery Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Adam Martin Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Kenneth Stepp New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Duane John New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Ron Evans North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
Christopher Ahee Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Gary Desloover Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
Leonard Kinski Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Bruce Robison Tulsa, OK Shaffer Trucking
Friday Ofor Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Charley Holmes Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Aaron Cox Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Anthony Hutchinson Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

Crete Carrier Continues Focus on Driver Health

This year, Crete Carrier Corporation and SleepPointe celebrate the fourth anniversary of their partnership in the sleep apnea program.  In 2010, Crete Carrier opened the first sleep study lab in Wilmer, TX.  Since this time, Crete has expanded to include sleep apnea labs at our terminals located in New Kingston, PA and Salt Lake City, UT.

Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep, lasting at least 10 seconds and associated with a fall in blood oxygen or arousal from sleep.  This sleeping disorder is commonly found in patients also diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, and cardiac problems.

The decision to partner with SleepPointe and offer this program was to provide drivers with sleep apnea an easy and effective means of diagnosis and treatment.  Additionally, the Department of Transportation had announced that it would be introducing more stringent regulations in regards to sleep apnea.  In preparation for the anticipated regulation and to improve overall driver health, Crete Carrier teamed with SleepPointe, a pioneer in providing sleep diagnostic services, treatment, and compliance monitoring for DOT regulated employees.

Each of the Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking sleep labs offer full polysomnogram testing with a certified sleep technician.  Once testing is completed, the sleep results are interpreted by a board certified doctor and treatment options are discussed.  Currently, nearly 20 percent of company drivers and owner operators are using their C-Pap machines to treat their sleep apnea.  Since the inception, Crete Carrier Corporation has invested more than three million dollars in the sleep study program to promote better driver health and wellbeing.

“Our drivers are our most valuable assets,” says Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO.  “Ensuring their health and safety is a top priority here.  That is why we have made safety number one in the seven principles the company was founded on.  The sleep apnea program is just one more step we are taking to help our drivers.”

The Crete Carrier sleep apnea program was designed to help drivers afford the cost of the tests and treatment, and also to reduce the number of “out of service” days drivers could expect if required to take the test elsewhere.  By doing the sleep tests in-house, Crete has cut “out of service” time for drivers from nearly 20 plus days to two.  In addition, Crete covers the full cost of testing, which can cost upwards of six thousand dollars with insurance coverage.

“I am just very thankful Crete is now doing this for the owner operators.  I just want to thank Crete for making this possible and making the medical devices so affordable!  I am very glad Crete will do this for the drivers – it helps the drivers and the company,” said Steve Shapiro, Company Owner-Operator.

Doug Wilson – Driving Faith

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Crete Carrier Driver – Doug Wilson

Doug has been an over-the-road driver for over 20 years and has over two million career miles, one million of which have been awarded by Crete Carrier as safe miles.  Doug joined the Crete Carrier team over 10 years ago and served as a trainer for a portion of those years – helping to train over 80 new drivers during this time.  Staying with Crete for over 10 years has been an easy decision for Doug, who claims the best part about working for Crete is how the company works hard to take care of their drivers, from safety to upper management.  When asked what his favorite part about working for the company is, Doug stated, “The people – our management, our staff, the people in the offices and terminals.  We have a very close-knit tight group of people, and it is like a big family.”

When Doug Wilson graduated high school, he enrolled in Bible College in Scottsbluff, Neb. for one year, and then joined the U.S. Armed Services.  After being discharged as a disabled veteran during Operation Desert Storm, Doug rejoined the ministry in the Dallas/Fort Worth Seminary Baptist Theological School with the goal of becoming a minister.  Unfortunately, Doug was not able to finish his degree because of funding, so he decided to become a driver.  He fell in love with over-the-road driving and the ability to see so many different types of scenery – from the mountains to the lights of Albuquerque.  When asked what he enjoys most about driving Doug stated, “The change of scenery and seasons of the year – I have an office with a view.”

Over the past year, Doug has become deeply involved as a driver missionary with Truckstop Ministries, Inc.  Truckstop Ministries is a non-denominational ministry that works to bring the Word of God to drivers, giving the church an opportunity to spread the message of Jesus Christ to those who are very limited in access.  Truckstop Ministries has 82 chapel locations in 29 states and also provides a 24-hour prayer line and 24-hour devotional line available to drivers across the country.  As a driver missionary, Doug assists the chaplains in the chapels by helping to conduct fellowship meetings, praying with drivers, and distributing literature.

“I spent all this time in seminary school, but I never got the opportunity to finish it.  I thought that there would be no way that God would be able to use me,” Doug stated.  “Then I found out about the Truckstop Ministries missionary driver program and stepped into that role.  I realized that when you don’t think that God is able to use you, you find out just how valuable you can be.  I believe that if God can use me, he can use anybody.”

We are proud to have Doug as part of the Crete Carrier family.

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Doug Wilson – Truckstop Ministry Missionary Driver

Kyle Hoover – The Road to Health

 

In 2011, Kyle Hoover started a journey to change his life – by losing 265 pounds.  As he sat in his truck and finished a gallon of Ben & Jerry’s, dreading the moment he would have to step down and walk the length of his trailer, Kyle realized he needed to change.   He got out of his truck, set the timer on his phone for two minutes, and began his weight loss journey.

Kyle started with Crete Carrier in August 2010, weighing in at over 478 pounds.  At this weight, doing even the smallest tasks presented great difficulty, and he had convinced himself that this was his life and there was nothing he could do about it.  One of the many excuses he had accepted was that in his career, losing weight would be nearly impossible.  Sleeping in a truck, eating at truck stops, sitting all day, and only small amounts of contact with a support system all added up to failure and justified his weight.

“Helplessness was probably the biggest hurdle I faced in my own quest for health.  Being alone, unloved with no real connection and constantly feeling empty is hard, especially for someone like me.  I was built for love,” Kyle stated.  “Lacking love, I’d find myself chasing any good feeling I could find – and that was almost always food.  I’d binge until I was so full my stomach felt like it would split open. I’d feel alive and fulfilled.  Well for about twenty minutes, anyway.  After those minutes ticked away the guilt, anger and regret would set in.  I’d be enraged at myself and the world.  Who is doing this to me?  There is nothing I can do.  I can’t change.  This is my life.  It’s probably genetic. Even if I could control this, I won’t lose weight.  You fat loser – you deserve this life.”

For Kyle, losing the weight started the moment he decided to change his life.  He knew nothing about how to eat healthy or even making the changes needed for such a drastic change, so he gave himself a 30-day challenge in which he fought through hunger pangs, depression, and anger.  By taking it one day at a time, focusing only on what he could accomplish each day he survived the first 30 days – and jump-started his mission with a forty-pound loss.  That was the moment he knew that he could survive this journey.  Today, Kyle weighs 213 pounds.

“The main thing is, I had to want to lose weight.  All the doctors, friends, family telling me how important it was just fueled my depression.  Once I convinced myself I had a problem and admitted I had to change, the hard part was over,” Kyle said.

Changing his diet was the key to his success.  He spent hours researching ways of eating healthy and testing what worked best for him.  By avoiding breads and pastas and eating whole foods, Kyle worked to keep his diet as simple as possible while he was on the road.  He stated, “My general rule of thumb is if I have to guess how it was made or the ingredients used, I don’t eat it.  Another important thing is being accountable for calories.  I have a ten-dollar digital food scale from Wal-Mart and a set of measuring cups.  I never guess how much food I am eating, when we guess, we always eat more.”

Since losing the weight, Kyle has found a new passion for life.  He loves Harley Davidsons, skateboarding, writing, and technology.  He also has a love for fashion, music, and all things artistic.  His newest passion, however, is helping people get on the path to a healthy lifestyle.  Kyle will be a guest blogger for Crete Carrier Corporation throughout 2014, publishing a monthly post discussing his weight loss journey and giving tips on how to start your own journey.  He has a lot to offer, and enjoys inspiring people through his story.

If you would like to read more about Kyle and his transformation, please visit his blog at www.gainsthroughloss.com

The views expressed by Kyle Hoover or www.gainsthroughloss.com are solely those of the author, in the author’s individual and private capacity, and do not necessarily represent the views, position, or policy of Crete Carrier Corporation or any of its divisions, subsidiaries, or affiliates.

Hunt Transportation 2013 Driver of the Year Awards

Hunt Transportation is pleased to announce their 2013 Driver of the Year award winners. Below is a list of all the awards and the winning drivers. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Hunt Transportation.

Driver Name Award Company Name
Troy Jones Company Driver of the Year Hunt Transportation
Ronald Coleman Contractor of the Year Hunt Transportation

Crete Carrier & Shaffer Trucking Approved for on the job Training Program

Lincoln, NE (Dec 23, 2013) – Crete Carrier Corporation, a premier provider of truckload and logistics services and its refrigerated division, Shaffer Trucking, officially announce their approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide on the job training to veterans and other eligible persons. This is a twelve-month program that provides approved veterans and other eligible persons access to GI Bill benefits.

According to the Driver Development Manager, Issac Phillips, with this program in place, service members transitioning from the military will not only receive on the truck training with Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking, they may be eligible to receive additional compensation from their GI Bill. “This program, along with the Patriot Fleet, are two ways Crete and Shaffer are giving back and supporting the men and women that served this country,” stated Issac.

“As a company, we are very excited to announce the approval of this program. We are all very proud of our men and women who have served,”says Tim Aschoff, COO of Crete Carrier, “and this program is just one way we can help honor our country’s veterans by providing them opportunities to transition back to civilian life.”

Earlier this year, Crete Carrier announced the addition of five new trucks into its Patriot Fleet, for a total of 10 honorary trucks. The Patriot Fleet trucks are black International ProStar tractors with wrap graphics that include decals to salute the United States Armed Forces and customized dog tags listing the drivers’ military branches, years served, and miles with Crete.

Crete and Shaffer have received numerous awards as a national leader in supporting current and former members of the military. This year alone, Crete Carrier Corporation received the American Legion Employer of Veterans Award for the Large Business category and was recognized as a finalist for CivilianJobs.com’s Most Valuable Employers for Military list. Additionally, the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) awarded Crete the Pro Patria Award, while the ESGR also named Crete a semifinalist for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

To learn more about Crete Carrier Corporation’s career opportunities for current and former military members, please visit http://www.wehireveterans.com. For specific questions concerning the on the job training truck driving position, please call the Driver Development Fleet department at 800-998-9121. You can also join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thepatriotfleet.

November 2013 Drivers of the Month Announced

Congratulations to all of the drivers below for being selected driver of the month for their respective terminal. Many elements are considered by the individual fleet managers in their selection for Driver of the Month. Safety, mileage, attitude, and appearance are among the key traits of a true professional and a driver who takes a great deal of pride in their work. The qualities you exhibit on the road are exemplary of the type of driver we strive to hire and retain here at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete Carrier Corporation.

Company Drivers Terminal Location Company Name
Thomas Kahler Cheyenne, WY Crete Carrier
Christopher Williams Cheyenne, WY Shaffer Trucking
Kenneth Landry Columbus, OH Crete Carrier
David Slayton Columbus, OH Shaffer Trucking
Keith Fullmer DeLand, FL Crete Carrier
Kevin Kellum DeLand, FL Shaffer Trucking
Roger Ringer Greensboro, NC Crete Carrier
Thomas Moses Greensboro, NC Shaffer Trucking
John McCann Indianapolis, IN Crete Carrier
Jeremy Nickels Kansas City, MO Crete Carrier
Beckie Hall Kansas City, MO Shaffer Trucking
Ruben Lopez Knoxville, TN Crete Carrier
Roger McCollom Knoxville, TN Shaffer Trucking
Silvia Heinrich Lincoln, NE Crete Carrier
Steven Powell Lincoln, NE Shaffer Trucking
Ben Perry Marietta, GA Crete Carrier
Steven Dorr Marietta, GA Shaffer Trucking
Wayne Neisner New Kingstown, PA Crete Carrier
Raymond Hallmen New Kingstown, PA Shaffer Trucking
Carl Hunt North Platte, NE Crete Carrier
John Long Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation
Vidal Chavez Phoenix, AZ Crete Carrier
James Anderson Salt Lake City, UT Crete Carrier
Jacob Devries Wilmer, TX Crete Carrier
Lawrence Simmons Wilmer, TX Shaffer Trucking
Owner Operators
Norris L. Phillips Lincoln, NE Crete / Shaffer
Gary Vanatta Omaha, NE Hunt Transportation

2013 Crete Carrier & Shaffer Trucking Driver of the Year Awards

Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking are pleased to announce the 2013 Driver of the Year award winners. Below is a list of all the awards and the winning drivers. Each winner received a mantel clock, a personalized leather jacket, and $500 gift certificate. Congratulations to all!

Thank you very much for your commitment to excellence. Your quality and your ability to apply that to the completion of your job are greatly appreciated by everyone at Crete/Shaffer.

Driver Name Award Company Name
Sam Botsios Rookie of the Year Crete Carrier
Jason Graham Rookie of the Year Shaffer Trucking
David Moon Trainer of the Year Crete Carrier
Dawn Leverich Trainer of the Year Shaffer Trucking
Dan & Kathy Kouba Team of the Year Crete Carrier
Ralph & Ann Wright Team of the Year Shaffer Trucking
Curtis St. Clair Owner Operator of the Year Crete Carrier
Terry Pride Owner Operator of the Year Shaffer Trucking
Tony Albert Company Driver of the Year Crete Carrier
Tracey Slough Company Driver of the Year Shaffer Trucking