February 5, 2021 4:45 PM, EST

ABF Freight’s Tim Thorne Gets Service Award

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Tim Thorne, president of ABF Freight, ArcBest’s less-than-truckload carrier, was honored with the 2020 Herbert Metzger Service Award from the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services.

Thorne was honored for his efforts and ABF’s commitment to helping military personnel as they transition to civilian careers.

“I’m very honored and humbled to be recognized by an organization like the Dixon Center, which does so much to support our veterans and their families,” Thorne said. “I appreciate their work, along with that of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for helping ABF successfully launch the Teamsters Military Assistance Program in 2015. It’s important that our veterans have a clear career path as they transition out of the military, and this program helps ensure their path to success.”



Through TMAP, ABF creates job opportunities for military personnel transitioning to civilian careers by training them for their Class A CDLs. Training is available at Fort Carson, Colo., and Fort Riley, Kan., and involves a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training. So far, more than 500 veterans have graduated from the program.

“The TMAP program for me was a seamless transition from the structure of military life into the civilian world,” said Eric Zuhlsdorf, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, a TMAP graduate and an ABF road driver. “This is an interesting way to work with purpose, and I’m proud to do that with a company that embraces military veterans.”

ABF was also recently recognized as a 2021 Military Friendly Employer.

ArcBest ranks No. 14 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

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