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Keller Trucking merges with Everhart Trucking

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The Everhart Trucking fleet consists of 32 company trucks and eight owner-operators hauling primarily automotive freight. (Courtesy: KELLER TRUCKING)

DEFINANCE, Ohio — Keller Trucking, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, has merged with Everhart Trucking to bring the total fleet to 200 tractors and 550 trailers.

“Our two companies have a lot of similar philosophies and attributes,” said Keller Logistics Group President and CEO Bryan Keller. “Everhart Trucking and Keller Trucking are two very successful businesses with family cultures, great customer service, and are very safe trucking operations. We will take the best business processes from each company to make an even stronger company, providing customer diversity for all of us to have a more sustainable business for generations to come.”

Everhart Trucking started in 2000 when Kent Everhart purchased the company he drove for as one of the original eight owner-operators.

The Everhart fleet consists of 32 company trucks and eight owner-operators hauling primarily automotive freight, giving access to Keller Trucking to new geography for drivers, including Lima and Findlay, Ohio as the company plans continued growth.

Keller Trucking is retaining all Everhart employees in the merger.

“The Everhart team is excited about joining the Keller family and making this a great thing going forward for both teams,” said Kent Everhart, Everhart Trucking CEO.

Established in 1978, Keller Trucking is an asset-based carrier headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, consisting of 200 tractors and 550 53-foot dry van trailers, serving customers across the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and southern United States.

 

 

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Penske Logistics closing Indiana terminal, laying off 80

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Reading, Pennsylvania-based Penske Logistics has indicated it plans to close its terminal in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The move will result in the layoffs of 80 workers, most of them drivers.

A company spokesman said the closure is in response to a “recent local trucking contract termination.” The layoffs are scheduled to begin when the contract runs out July 20, according to the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) that it filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on May 18.

The WARN Act requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days’ notice of a possible plant closing or mass layoffs.

“All affected employees have been notified of their separation dates and have been told their separation from employment will be permanent,” Penske said in the WARN notice.

The notice goes to say there will be no “bumping” rights for any of the affected employees, meaning none of them can displace another company employee somewhere else by virtue of seniority or some other perceived hierarchical advantage.

However, Penske Logistics also told a local business news outlet that they are looking for possible relocation opportunities within the company for the laid-off workers.

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Robert Peiser resigned as chairman of the board at USA Truck

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USA Truck trucking and logistics groups offer a balanced approach to supply chain management including customized truckload, dedicated contract carriage, intermodal and third-party logistics freight management services. (USA TRUCK)

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Robert A. Peiser has resigned from his position as chairman of the board of USA Truck, Inc., effective immediately, the company reported in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing said his resignation  does not relate to any disagreement with the company on any matter relating to the company’s operations, policies or practices.

ROBERT A. PEISER

“He has served as our chair since early 2012 and provided a lasting contribution to our company,” the filing said. “His dedication to creating value and protecting our stockholders’ interests helped bring USA Truck through some very difficult times and leaves us well positioned to prosper. We are grateful for his efforts on behalf of all USA Truck stakeholders.”

The filing said Alexander D. Greene had assumed the role as chairman of the board.

“He has been a thoughtful and trusted member of our board for many years and has the experience and perspective to guide and counsel the company as we continue our path forward,” the filing said.

Greene has been a director of the company since May 2014 and currently serves on the boards of directors of Ambac Financial Group, a publicly held provider of financial guarantees and other financial services; Element Fleet Management Corp., a fleet management and services company; and GP Natural Resource Partners, a diversified natural resources company, as well as on a number of private company boards and committees. He also recently served as chairman of the board of Modular Space Corporation, a North American supplier of modular buildings and storage units, prior to its sale to Williams Scotsman in August 2018.

Previously, Greene spent over 35 years in private equity, investment banking and commercial banking with firms including Brookfield Asset Management, The Carlyle Group, Wasserstein Perella & Co., and Whitman Heffernan Rhein & Co.

Greene graduated from The George Washington University and is a volunteer firefighter and president of the Armonk Independent Fire Company.

USA Truck provides comprehensive capacity solutions to a broad and diverse customer base throughout North America.

According to its website, USA Truck trucking and logistics groups blend an extensive portfolio of asset and asset-light services, offering a balanced approach to supply chain management including customized truckload, dedicated contract carriage, intermodal and third-party logistics freight management services.

 

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PGT Trucking honors million mile drivers, safe driver honorees

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Top: PGT Trucking CEO Pat Gallagher (left) presents the Grand Prize Ford Escape Titanium to Four Million Mile Driver Glenn Gray (right). Bottom Left: PGT Million Mile Drivers stand with CEO Pat Gallagher (far left) and President Gregg Troian (far right). Bottom Right: Million Mile and Safe Drivers and their guests enjoy an evening of entertainment, dinner and awards at this year’s event. (Courtesy: PGT TRUCKING)

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — PGT Trucking recently recognized 56 Million Mile Drivers and 144 Safe Drivers at its annual awards event held at the newly-renovated Willows event center in Industry, Pennsylvania, May 18.

These individuals set the standard for excellence at PGT Trucking and throughout the industry, according to Pat Gallagher, PGT Trucking CEO.

“We value and support our Million Milers and Safe Drivers,” Gallagher said. “We are encouraged and excited by their professionalism and attitude, and we are honored to have these drivers represent our company with their knowledge, dedication, integrity and above all, their commitment to safety.”

PGT’s Safe Drivers have driven for the company for more than five years, or less than one million miles, without a preventable accident and Million Mile Drivers have accomplished this pristine status by driving over a million miles without a preventable accident.

“The Million Mile Drivers represent a very exclusive group of professional truck drivers,” said Gregg Troian, PGT Trucking president. “Exclusive, since the accomplishment includes a mix of hard work, constant attentiveness, pride, loyalty and commitment. It’s an honor to have them wear the PGT Proud Professional badge.”

The Million Mile and Safe Driver Celebration is the premier event for PGT drivers and their guests.

PGT has recognized its million mile and safe drivers for more than 20 years.

The evening’s top award winners included Rick Franklin, recipient of the David Levin Award for Company Driver of the Year; Steven Dowler, recipient of the Harry “Buster” Barnes Award for Independent Contractor of the Year; Gwendolyn Campbell, PGT’s Rookie Driver of the Year; Mike Rowley, recipient of the Hobert Hill Award for Agent of the Year; Natalie Young, recipient of the Bill Wright Award for Team Player of the Year; Alan Harff, Safe Operations Manager of the Year; Cindi Janicki, PGT MVP of the Year; and Bill Hershey, President’s Award recipient. PGT also inducted three new million mile drivers into this elite group, including Peggy Glidewell, David Haynes and Tony Sheehan.

Additionally, all Million Mile and Safe Drivers receive an award package that includes Ray Ban or Oakley sunglasses, a personalized cap and a gift of their choice from watches to tools, and lawn equipment to tires.

Drivers at the event are entered into various raffle drawings, and this year, Four Million Mile Driver Glenn Gray took home the grand prize Ford Escape Titanium.

Gallagher said PGT was honored to welcome internationally known guest speaker David Coleman to the event, who shared his thoughts on how teamwork, strong relationships and purposeful decisions influence the lives of drivers and their families each and every day.

“We are so blessed to be able to have 200 of the nation’s top drivers within our fleet,” he said. “To recognize them each year at this event is just a small token of our appreciation for all that they do for PGT, our customers and the communities we service.”

PGT Trucking is a multi-service transportation firm offering flatbed, dedicated, international and specialized services. PGT operates in excess of 1,000 power units and over 1,500 trailers and is headquartered in Aliquippa.

For more information visit www.pgttrucking.com.

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