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CORRECTING and REPLACING Ten FedEx Drivers Take Home Top Honors at the National Truck Driving …

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE[1])–Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions, including the corrected spelling of the Grand Champion’s name Roland Bolduc.

The corrected release reads:

TEN FEDEX DRIVERS TAKE HOME TOP HONORS AT THE NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express, Awarded Grand Champion Title

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today that 10 drivers representing the company took home top honors at the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Orlando August 8-12. Six were crowned National Champions in their respective driving classes and Roland Bolduc of FedEx Express was named the Bendix Grand Champion, the most prestigious award at the National Truck Driving Championships. Four other drivers also received awards recognizing excellence in the written test, professionalism and best first-time performance.

“We are proud of all the men and women who competed in the National Truck Driving Championships, and particularly those who took top honors at the national level. All of these skilled professionals represent the FedEx value of Safety Above All,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corp.

Team FedEx has now won 50 National Champion, four National Grand Champion and seven Rookie of the Year titles since the inception of the Chairman’s Challenge in 2003.

The following are brief profiles of the individuals honored:

Michael Bills[2] of Durham, N.C., was crowned champion of the Step Van class. Michael is a 25- year veteran of FedEx Express with 1 million accident-free miles.

Rick Bailey[3] of Warren, Mich., took home the championship for the Straight Truck class. Rick has logged 3.5 million accident-free miles during his 36-year professional driving career, 19 of which he has spent at FedEx Freight.

Jim Duffy[4] of Madison, Wis., was crowned champion of the 4-axle class. Jim, a driver for FedEx Freight, was recognized at the Wisconsin TDC as the Ray Newberry “Mr. Safety” Award winner and has been a professional driver for 17 years, logging more than 650,000 safe-driving miles.

Wayne Crowder[5] of Louisville, Ky., took home the championship in the Flatbed class. Wayne, an America’s Road Team captain and FedEx Freight driver, has accumulated 3.3 million safe-driving miles during his 35-year driving career.

Scott Woodrome[6] of Dayton, Ohio was named champion of the Tank Truck class. Scott, a FedEx Freight driver, is an America’s Road Team Captain and was named the 2015 Driver of the Year by the Ohio Trucking Association.

Roland Bolduc[7] of Windsor, Conn., was named the champion of the 5-Axle Sleeper class, and also took home the title of Grand Champion during his 14th appearance at the competition. Roland has driven for FedEx Express for 23 of his 34-year professional driving career, logging 1.7 million accident-free miles.

At NTDC and in the trucking industry year round, safety and professionalism are paramount. Three drivers representing FedEx took home awards that demonstrate these values:

  • Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award: Dan Shamrell, FedEx Freight (Portland, Ore.)
  • Rookie of the Year: Bryce Neilson, FedEx Freight (Butte, Mont.)
  • Best Written Score: Paul Brandon, FedEx Freight (New Haven, Conn.) and Don Logan, FedEx Freight (Topeka, Kan.)

Along with the Champions of each class and the individual awards winners, 16 drivers were top finishers in their respective driving class:

  • Kailen Bronson, FedEx Ground (Portland, Ore.), 5th Place, Step Van
  • Randy Byrd, FedEx Freight (Jackson, Miss.), 3rd place, Twins
  • Lalo Fernandez, FedEx Freight (Portland, Ore.), 2nd place, 5-Axle Sleeper
  • Todd Flippin, FedEx Freight (Springfield, Colo.), 4th place, Twins
  • Ross Garner, FedEx Freight (Decatur, Ala.), 2nd place, Tank Truck
  • Brent Glasenapp, FedEx Express (Milwaukee, Wis.), 2nd place, Straight Truck
  • David Hawk, FedEx Freight (Birmingham, Ala.), 5th place, Straight Truck
  • Nick Jones, FedEx Freight (Portland, Ore.), 4th place, 5-Axle
  • Artur Lesniowski, FedEx Ground (Secaucus, N.J.), 3rd place, 5-Axle
  • Don Logan, FedEx Freight (Topeka, Kan.), 4th place, Flatbed
  • Bart Masciulli, FedEx Express (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4th place, Step Van
  • Dave Rohman, FedEx Express (Charlotte, N.C.), 2nd place, 3-Axle
  • Dan Shamrell, FedEx Freight (Portland, Ore.), 3rd place, 4-Axle
  • Chris Shaw, FedEx Express (Albuquerque, N.M.), 4th place, Straight Truck
  • Darrell Shelton, FedEx Freight (Pasco, Wash.), 5th place, 4-Axle
  • Steve Ward, FedEx Express, (Greer, S.C.), 4th place, 4-Axle

This year, 173 drivers from FedEx Freight, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground competed at the NTDC. For the second consecutive year, drivers from all the 50 states represented Team FedEx. Collectively this team of 173 individuals has 3,800 years professional driving experience and has driven 246 million accident-free miles. In order to compete at Nationals, each driver must be accident free for one year and win their respective states competition.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the annual championships, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers. Each driver is required to demonstrate his or her driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a series of tests, including a written exam, vehicle pre-trip inspection and driving-skills challenge.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $60 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com[8].

References

  1. ^ BUSINESS WIRE (www.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ Michael Bills (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ Rick Bailey (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ Jim Duffy (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ Wayne Crowder (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ Scott Woodrome (cts.businesswire.com)
  7. ^ Roland Bolduc (cts.businesswire.com)
  8. ^ about.fedex.com (cts.businesswire.com)
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Back to basics

DURHAM, Ont. – Rising from the ashes of the once mighty, now defunct, Fergus Truck Show, was the first ever Great Canadian Truck Show hosted at the Full Throttle Speedway in Durham, Ont., July 21-23.

The event, organized by volunteers committed to keeping a truck show in the region, drew more than 60 trucks. One of those volunteers, Jennifer Hatch, told Trucknews.com that many friendships were formed among show volunteers and the truckers who enjoyed the Fergus Truck Show in years past. It was important to them to offer a simpler, more grassroots show, where truckers could continue to gather and share their passion for trucks and trucking.

For those who didn’t make it out to the Great Canadian Truck Show, but are familiar with Fergus, expect a laid-back, scaled-down show experience, Hatch advised.

“We had a way more relaxed atmosphere,” she said. “Sometimes you have to take it back to grassroots, and I think Full Throttle Speedway, in a lot of people’s minds, is grassroots. It’s a place to come and enjoy family and friends, no pressure. I think that’s what this show brought. There wasn’t any stress, people just had fun, nobody got out of hand – it was an absolutely great, respectful time.”

The Fergus Truck Show, once the largest in Ontario, if not Canada, became a victim of its own success. The show regularly drew more than 400 trucks, but once it got about as big as a truck show in that area could get, well meaning organizers looked to expand other aspects of the event. They brought in bigger-name bands, which in turn attracted a larger audience, including some rowdies and their shenanigans.

Many of those folks had no interest in the trucks that were on display, and the truckers had little interest in the bands. The truckers – who formed the nucleus the show was built around – turned cranky when entry fees were steadily increased to pay for those big bands. Many felt The Fergus Truck Show had become less of a truck show, and more of a music festival. Greed wasn’t driving ambitions to grow the show; monies raised were plowed into worthwhile local causes. The intentions of the organizers were laudable – the more people they could draw, the more money they could raise for local initiatives. But for truck show purists, the Fergus Truck Show had lost its way.

Organizers announced in February the Fergus Truck Show was to cease operations.

“The Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank all of our volunteers, attendees and drivers that have come through the gates for the past 30-plus years. It is with the utmost of gratitude and appreciation that we thank you for your support over these past years,” organizers posted on the show’s Facebook page in February.

But a handful of volunteers didn’t want to see the area go without a truck show, and decided to host a new one that would mark a return to the Fergus show’s grassroots origin. A site was selected about 70 kilometers to the northwest of Fergus, at the Full Throttle Speedway in Durham, Ont. The speedway provides expansive grounds for truck and RV parking and some side entertainment in the form of motorsports, including a truck pull. The pairing went over well, according to Hatch.

“We had a great turnout for the truck pulls on Friday night,” Hatch said, noting even some of the highway tractors participated. More than 2,000 spectators attended the races and truck show on the evening of Saturday, July 22, despite some unpleasant weather.

The committee will meet in the coming days to decide on the future of the Great Canadian Truck Show, but Hatch was optimistic it will return to the same venue next year.

“The grounds worked well for us,” she said. “There were lots of hiccups, obviously. When it’s your first time at the grounds, you’re not sure how it’s going to work, and Mother Nature made some wet areas we weren’t expecting. We will have a meeting of the minds and see if it worked for everybody. I do believe it will be here next year, but we have to talk to everybody and make sure they’re on-board.”

Several truck owners received awards as part of the show’n’shine, but there was one award organizers were unable give out. The President’s Award was to go to a participant who went above and beyond to promote the event. There were too many candidates to choose from, Hatch said.

“We had truckers who came in here on Tuesday to help set up for the show, volunteering, no questions asked,” she said. “We had people who worked everywhere, getting it out on social media, telling people about the show. We couldn’t choose somebody, so this year it went to all the people who made the show happen.”

Show’n’shine awards went to: Earl MacDonald & Sons Transport, Best 2017 Working Truck; Schlueters, Best Vintage Working Tractor; Earl Hardy Transport, Best Restored Tractor; Steve Constantine, Best Paint Tractor; Boyd’s, Best Mural; Premier Bulk Systems, Best Commercial Logo; and Gervais Towing, Best Heavy Recovery.

Hatch said Royal Engraving sponsored the plaques, and she thanked everyone who chipped in to make the inaugural event a success. For more on the event, visit its Facebook page here[1].

References

  1. ^ here (www.facebook.com)
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Touch-A-Truck event returns to Oshawa

OSHAWA, Ont. — The fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event is set to take place on August 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. outside Oshawa’s Tribue Communities Centre.

The event is presented by Midway Nissan in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham. Entrance to the hands-on, family-friendly event is free. Touch-a-Truck allows children of all ages to get up close and personal with more than 40 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Vehicle partners include the Oshawa Fire Services, Durham Regional Police, Hard-Co Construction Ltd., Ontario Regiment Museum, and many more.

“We are thrilled to announce the fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event,” stated William Balfour, director of marketing and group sales for Spectra Venue Management, operators of the Tribute Communities Centre. “Over the past four years, we as a community have raised more than $6,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham through this event and the level of support we receive from the vehicle and community partners year after year is incredible. Without the support from community partners, this event would not be possible.”

Due to overwhelming demand, this year’s event will start an hour earlier to help make it possible for families to visit more vehicles during the event.

“The crowds continue to grow each year and it is an amazing feeling to see children having so much fun turning on the sirens and honking the horns while they sit in the driver’s seat of so many different vehicles. It’s also great to see the parents participating as well after their children’s turn,” Balfour added. “This year’s event will utilize a portion of Bruce Street and Charles Street as the south suite holder’s parking lot will be under construction and unavailable for the event. The City of Oshawa and Spectra know how much our community enjoy this event so we worked to ensure it could proceed despite the loss of the south parking lot to construction.”

The 2016 event was the largest Touch-a-Truck Spectra had organized at the Tribute Communities Centre with almost 50 participating vehicles and attendance nearing 4,000. The Spectra team aims to surpass last year’s $2,027 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham and encourages all attendees to donate what they can afford to Big Brothers Big Sisters during the event at their booth.

There will also be a charity barbecue for those who attend.

For more information, click here[1].

References

  1. ^ click here (www.tributecommunitiescentre.com)