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<p class="MsoNormal" align="right" style="text-align:right">For Immediate Release<br>

January 26, 2016<br>

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Contact: Deborah Sparks, Vice President, Development<br>

(703) 838-1950 or <a href="mailto:dsparks@truckload.org"><span style="text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">dsparks@truckload.org</span></a><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p align="center" style="text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:

18.0pt">Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge Announce</span></strong><span style="font-size: 18pt; font-weight: bold;"><br>

<strong>2016 </strong><em>Best Fleets to Drive For</em><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p align="center" style="text-align:center"><em><span style="font-size:13.5pt">What

does it take to provide superior working environments that keep trucking

employees and professional truck drivers happy?</span></em><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-style: italic;"><br>

<em>These companies have figured it out.</em><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal">ALEXANDRIA,

Va. and MARKHAM, Ontario – The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge

are pleased to announce the 2016 <em>Best Fleets to Drive For</em>. In the 8<sup>th</sup>

annual survey and contest, these 20 for-hire trucking companies from across

North America are being recognized for providing outstanding workplace

experiences for their employees and professional truck drivers: <o:p></o:p></p>

<p><strong>Top 20 </strong><em><span style="font-weight: bold;">Best Fleets to Drive For</span></em><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Bay and Bay Transportation<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Eagan, Minnesota<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Bison Transport<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Winnipeg, Manitoba<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Boyle Transportation<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Billerica, Massachusetts<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Central Oregon Truck Company, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Redmond, Oregon<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Challenger Motor Freight Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Cambridge, Ontario<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Erb Group<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>New Hamburg, Ontario<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Fremont, Nebraska<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>FTC Transportation, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Oklahoma City, Oklahoma<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Grand Island Express, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Grand Island, Nebraska<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Halvor Lines, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Superior, Wisconsin<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Interstate Distributor Co.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Tacoma, Washington<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Kriska Holdings Ltd.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Prescott, Ontario<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Landstar System, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Jacksonville, Florida<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Melton Truck Lines, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Tulsa, Oklahoma<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Motor Carrier Service, LLC<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Northwood, Ohio<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Nussbaum Transportation<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Hudson, Illinois<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Paramount Freight Systems, LLC<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Ft Myers, Florida<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Prime Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Springfield, Missouri<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>TLD Logistics Services, Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Knoxville, Tennessee<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>TransPro Freight Systems, Ltd.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Milton, Ontario<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>In addition, five companies have been identified as “Fleets to Watch”

(honorable mentions) for demonstrating innovation in their driver programs:<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Clayton, Alabama<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Brenny Specialized, Inc. <o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>St. Cloud, Minnesota<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Crete Carrier Corporation<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Lincoln, Nebraska<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Maverick Transportation, LLC<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>North Little Rock, Arkansas<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Trimac Transportation<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>Calgary, Alberta<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p>To be considered for the <em>Best Fleets</em> program, a company operating

10 trucks or more had to be nominated by at least one of its company drivers

or owner operators. CarriersEdge then interviewed human resources

representatives and executives of the nominated fleets about their corporate

direction, policies, and programs. Nominated fleets were evaluated against a

scoring matrix covering a variety of categories, such as total compensation

package (base pay, bonuses, vacation, sick days, etc.), health benefits,

pension plans, professional development opportunities, career

path/advancement opportunities, and more.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>A selection of each fleet’s drivers was also surveyed, with their feedback

compared to management’s and incorporated into the final score. The responses

were then tallied, resulting in the selection of this year’s winners and

honorable mentions. Two companies, Landstar System, Inc., and Grand Island

Express, Inc., reached the milestone of five consecutive years on the <em>Best

Fleets</em> list.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge, said, “For 2016,

we’ve noticed a trend toward the theme of ‘flexibility’ in job structure and

routing, as well as team communication. From within the Top 20 winner pool,

it seems that many companies are creating different types of jobs so drivers

have more options that suit their lifestyles.  We’re seeing more and more

communication going out on Facebook, meetings via web or conference call, and

similar things that just generally make life more convenient for professional

drivers. Fleets are also moving more of their business into mobile apps or

websites, and, in many cases, are providing devices directly to their

drivers.”<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>She also pointed out another trend: that the majority of <em>Best Fleets</em>

winners are participating in new entrant training. Most companies are hiring

drivers fresh out of school now, or starting their own schools directly.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>John Lyboldt, TCA’s president, said, “It is very helpful for the rest of

the trucking industry to study the trends that come to light with the <em>Best

Fleets</em> contest and survey, as these ideas can help everyone to improve

their workplace environments. Anything we can do collectively to attract

qualified employees – and keep them – is a positive thing.”<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Phase two of the contest will be to divide the highest scoring fleets into

small and large fleet categories, from which two overall winners will be

selected. These awards will be sponsored by EpicVue of Salt Lake City, Utah,

and Bose Ride of Framingham, Massachusetts.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The overall winners’ names will be announced during TCA’s Annual

Convention, March 6-9, 2016, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas,

Nevada. On March 1 and 3, clues about the winners’ identities will be posted

with the hashtag #BestFleets2016 to TCA’s Twitter account (<a href="http://www.truckload.org/Twitter">www.truckload.org/Twitter</a>)and

Facebook page (<a href="http://www.truckload.org/Facebook">www.truckload.org/Facebook</a>).<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>For more details about <em>Best Fleets to Drive For</em>, visit <a href="http://www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com">www.BestFleetsToDriveFor.com</a>.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p><span style="font-style: italic;">TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus

is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association

represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers

operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada.

Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively

produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization

tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p><em>CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the

trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance

courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions,

CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing

miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the

creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the

best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in

partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.</em><span style="font-style: italic;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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