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October 26, 2021 5:30 PM, EDT

ATA Recognizes SmartWay Honorees

Mike Russell Trucking Image Awards Recipients Also Honored
Mike Russell Award winners Mike Russell Trucking Image Awards winners by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations honored 28 member companies for being recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Awards.

Through the SmartWay Transport Partnership, the agency collaborates with freight companies to reduce emissions.

SmartWay Excellence Awards honorees were: ATS Inc.; Meijer Logistics; KBX Logistics; ABF Freight, an ArcBest company; Hub Group; J.B. Hunt Transport; Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products; Meijer; A&M Transport; Bison Transport; CRST Dedicated Services.; CRST Expedited; Doug Andrus Distributing; Duncan and Son Lines; Freymiller; Hogan Transports; Knight Transportation; Lake Trucking Co.; Mesilla Valley Transportation; Old Dominion Freight Line; Penske Logistics; Roehl Transport; Ruan Transportation Management Systems; Ryder Dedicated Transportation Solutions; U.S. Xpress Enterprises; Walmart Transportation; Werner Enterprises; and Wilson Logistics.

ATA honored the companies Oct. 26 at the Management Conference & Exhibition from the Music City Center.

“For 17 years the SmartWay Transport Partnership has worked together with stakeholders in the freight industry to find innovative ways to reduce pollution from goods movement,” said Sarah Dunham, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “We commend the innovation, drive and collaborative spirit of our partners whose efforts are helping to meet the challenge of climate change and to create a healthier environment for us all.”

Separately, ATA presented a motor carrier, a state association, a commercial driver and an industry communications professional with the Mike Russell Trucking Image Awards. The honorees were Carbon Express, the Indiana Motor Truck Association, America’s Road Team Captain Wayne Crowder, and John Walsh, vice president of marketing at Mack Trucks.

“Since 2007, the Mike Russell Trucking Image Awards have shone a light on the great work our carriers, associations and most of all, what drivers do in promoting the image of the trucking industry,” said incoming ATA Chairman Harold Sumerford Jr., CEO of J&M Tank Lines. “This year’s winners have all gone above and beyond to show just how safe, professional and essential trucking is.”

“ATA and its members are proud supporters of the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership; it is a model for how the public and private sector can come together to address shared goals and address real issues in a constructive way,” said ATA President Chris Spear. “I’m proud that so many of our member companies not only belong to SmartWay, but have been recognized for their efforts with this award.”

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“Elevating our industry and enhancing our image is something that we all benefit from. Sharing our stories of success and highlighting the hard work and dedication that is core to our profession provides an opportunity to engage the public and underscore the essentiality and innovation and true heart of trucking,” said Elisabeth Barna, ATA executive vice president of industry affairs. “ATA is in the trenches next to you all working daily to continue to raise the public’s perception of trucking and the Mike Russell Image Award recipients are the pinnacle of this work in action.”

The Mike Russell Awards are sponsored by Great West Casualty Co.

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