U.S. Xpress honored 153 of its professional truck drivers from its U.S. Xpress and Variant brands for more than 180 million combined miles of safe driving during an in-person ceremony at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee headquarters.Drivers achieved these career milestones in 2019 and 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were not honored with an in-person ceremony until it was safe to do so, according to the company, which is No. 18 on theFleetOwner500: For Hire list.
“Professional truck drivers are the backbone of our country’s supply chain, and now, more than ever, we celebrate these true road warriors who have each achieved significant milestones of safe driving,” said Eric Fuller, president and CEO of U.S. Xpress.
Two Variant drivers, Larry Holmes and Johnny Loftis, reached more than 3 million miles each throughout their careers. U.S. Xpress driver William Freelove reached 3 million safe miles and was recognized as the longest tenured driver in attendance.
In addition to the awards ceremony, U.S. Xpress and Variant drivers were celebrated by office employees in a Million Miler Walk of Fame and breakfast at company headquarters followed by afternoon activities and socializing with office staff and company leadership. Each driver also received a personalized award and company merchandise.
The awards ceremony is part of a two-day event hosted by U.S. Xpress for drivers and their guests, which has been a company tradition since 1995. U.S. Xpress will hold another awards ceremony in June, recognizing drivers with mileage milestones that occurred in 2021.