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ATA’s SMC honors industry’s safety commitment

May 2, 2022
Minnesota-based refrigerated carrier Fortune Transportation claims the association’s President’s Trophy for operations under 25 million miles.

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council (SMC) recently honored a number of fleets and industry leaders for their commitment to safety on the highway and in the workplace.

Windom, Minn.-based, for-hire carrier Fortune Transportation, which Refrigerated Transporter spotlighted in November 2020, was among them, claiming ATA’s President’s Trophy in the under-25 million miles category.

“Trucking is a safety-first industry, and the professionals being recognized (here) have made it their mission to build strong safety practices into the culture of their companies,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO.

“Through their dedication to safety, they provide a tremendous example to our industry, and I congratulate them on receiving these important honors.”

The winners were recognized at ATA’s 2022 Safety, Security & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition. They include:

  • ATA President’s Trophy (sponsored by Great West Casualty Company):
    • Under 25 million miles: Fortune Transportation, Windom, Minn.
    • 25-100 million miles: A. Duie Pyle, West Chester, Pa.
    • Over 100 million miles: FedEx Freight, Harrison, Ark.
  • ATA National Safety Director (sponsored by Great West Casualty): Jeff Mercadante, vice president of safety, Pitt Ohio
  • ATA National Driver of the Year (sponsored by EROAD): Robert Rossi, FTC Transportation
  • ATA Excellence in Safety (sponsored by Great West Casualty): Colorado Motor Carriers Association

“SMC is pleased to honor this year’s winners—all of whom play an important role in building our industry’s safety culture,” said Jacob Pierce, SMC executive director. “Motor Carriers, safety directors, drivers, and our state association executives do critical work in promoting and improving safety across our industry and we thank them all for their commitment.”

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