SAN DIEGO. Fremont Contract Carriers and Paramount Freight Systems have been named the overall winners in the Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA)’s “Best Fleets to Drive For” survey. The winners of the third annual survey were announced this week at TCA’s Annual Convention in San Diego.
Fremont was named as the Best Fleet for Company Drivers and Paramont as Best Fleet for Owner Operators.
“All 20 of the companies named as ‘Best Fleets’ finalists in January have outstanding driver programs, but FCC and PFS, in particular, have risen above the rest,” said John Kaburick, outgoing chairman of TCA and president of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Co. We are pleased to be able to honor them for excellence within the trucking industry.”
Survey participation is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Fleets had to be nominated by one of their drivers and those fleets were then evaluated on current human resources best practices, such as driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.
Fremont, based in Fremont, NE, boasts one of the most comprehensive bonus programs of any fleet in the 2011 survey, TCA said. The company rewards drivers for mile production, customer service (on-time performance), fuel performance, minimizing out-of-route miles, and company profitability in addition to standard safety and referral bonuses.
Paramount, of Ft. Myers, FL, which is a 100% owner-operator company, was lauded for providing its contractors with steady miles and home time and offers different insurance options, conducts quarterly surveys to collect input on the company programs, and has instituted a “buddy” system to ensure a smooth transition for new contractors.