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2022 FleetOwner 500 Private Fleets of the Year

June 14, 2022
Three different kinds of fleets were honored this year by FleetOwner editors for excelling in providing their companies with in-house transportation services. The fleets' leaders shared some insight on how they're excelling this year.

Three companies were honored for their impressive transportation systems with FleetOwner 500 Private Fleet of the Year awards at the National Private Truck Council’s NPTC 2022 conference in Cincinnati this spring.

The awards were presented to Pacific Gas & Electric, Meijer, and Hillyard fleet executives by FleetOwner’s executive editor Josh Fisher and Jean-Sebastien “J.S.” Bouchard, co-founder and EVP of sales at Isaac Instruments, which sponsored the awards.

For more than 20 years, FleetOwner magazine has compiled and published the most comprehensive listings of the top private fleets in the U.S. The FleetOwner 500: Private Fleets uses various sources to rank companies by total power units. The 2022 list was unveiled in the April edition of the magazine. Earlier this year, the FleetOwner 500: Top For-Hire list of the largest truckload and LTL for-hire carriers in the U.S. was published. 

Editors select winners of the annual FleetOwner 500 Private Fleet of the Year awards based on fleets’ accomplishments, safety records, technology adoption, community outreach, and more. All companies on the FleetOwner 500: Top Private Fleets list are eligible, along with all NPTC member fleets.

In 2022, a record number of award nominations were received. Fleets, customers, and readers will again be invited to nominate companies for the 2023 awards early next year. The goal is to recognize excellence in trucking—regardless of size or duty cycle—and how the fleets contribute to keeping the nation moving forward.

Overall winner: Pacific Gas & Electric, the 49th largest fleet on the FleetOwner 500: Top Private Fleets, was named the overall 2022 winner by FleetOwner editors. The fourth-largest private utility fleet in the U.S., PG&E is firmly committed to sustainability. Its work in California is laying the groundwork for fleets across the country that will be working to reduce emissions in the coming years. The fleet operates more than 1,300 battery-electric vehicles and 60 that run on compressed natural gas. Read more ...

Finalist: Meijer Logistics, the private fleet for the Midwest supercenter grocer Meijer, was honored as FleetOwner 500 Private Fleet of the Year finalist. The five-time EPA SmartWay Excellence Award winner committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 50% by 2025. Ranked No. 500 on the FleetOwner 500, Meijer Logistics reported a 99.8% on-time delivery rate last year. It also reported no driver- or vehicle-out-of-service incidents in the past two years. The fleet is also involved in several community programs that include drivers giving their time to deliver donations and goods during emergencies. Read more ...

Private Fleet to Watch: Hillyard. For the first time in the history of the FleetOwner 500 Private Fleet of the Year award, editors are honoring a fleet that did not rank in the FleetOwner 500. Hillyard won the inaugural FleetOwner Private Fleet to Watch award. The fleet has become the epitome of what makes NPTC a strong trade organization for the private fleet industry. Hillyard has grown its fleet by turning NPTC’s benchmarking report into a monthly tool it uses in-house. With a strong FMCSA safety record, Hillyard has shown in recent years that a fleet doesn’t need to be one of the biggest to be successful. Read more ...

Nominations for the 2023 FleetOwner 500 Private Fleets of the year will open early next year. The awards will be presented at NPTC 2023 in Orlando in May. 

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