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Check out the newest edition of Alabama Trucker magazine

Friday, June 22, 2018

The latest edition of Alabama Trucker, the official publication of the Alabama Trucking Association is ready for your review.

This quarter we showcase all that makes your Association a powerful advocate for the state’s trucking industry: our member firms and their employees — and their continual efforts to make trucking safer and better.

First up, we get to know ATA’s Truck Driver of the Year Moses Thomas of Birmingham, Ala., a 40-year professional truck driver and Army veteran who drives for ABC Transportation of Eufaula, Ala. Pushing 4 million miles in the cab, Thomas says he’d like to keep going as long as he can. By all accounts, the 64-year-old, who received his award in late March, is a model driver who exemplifies professionalism in the shop, on the road and working with customers at terminals and delivery sites. He’s also worked behind the scenes with management to development safety procedures and is quick to help train or help younger drivers.

We also provide full coverage of the 80th Annual ATA Convention & Meeting, which attracted nearly 500 attendees and guests representing 149 firms for three days of networking and professional improvement to move the state’s trucking industry forward. Held last April at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla., the event drew its largest attendance on record. According to Convention Chairman Fenn Church, this year’s meeting also grew in terms of participation and sponsorships.

Prior to that, Alabama’s fleet safety and maintenance community honored several individuals and businesses for excellence in fleet safety management at the Alabama Trucking Association’s Annual Fleet Safety Awards held March 26 in Birmingham. Award winners were gauged on safety performance metrics for the previous calendar year. Applicants submit reports and nomination letters to an independent panel of judges composed of troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency which determines winners independently.

And finally, we tell you how Mark Knight of AAA Cooper finally won the top award at the Alabama Truck Driving Championships earlier this month in Pelham. Knight a line-haul driver for AAA Cooper Transportation based in Moody, Ala., finally lifted the Alabama Truck Driving Championships’ Grand Champion trophy with a remarkable 387.5 combined score. The event was held June 1 near Birmingham with nearly 100 drivers competing. The Grand Champion’s Trophy was sponsored by Southland International Trucks & Trailers/Idealease.

Plus, there’s coverage of important industry news and events that affect your business. Click the link above to read Alabama’s only publication exclusively for Alabama trucking business owners and their staff.