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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. recognized 116 company drivers for achieving million-mile marks without a preventable accident, the company announced Oct. 12.
The Lowell, Ark.-based transportation and logistics company honored the drivers during its annual Million Mile Celebration at its corporate headquarters. The drivers who were recognized reached 2-, 3- and 4-million mile marks. But for the first time in company history, there were drivers who reached 5 million miles.
“Our Million Mile drivers represent the epitome of who we want all of our drivers to be,” Nick Hobbs, chief operating officer and president of contract services at J.B. Hunt, said. “It’s their unwavering commitment to be the very best at what they do that makes this accomplishment so special. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”
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Drivers and employees participated in the Million Mile Walk of Fame. The annual company tradition is used to commemorate the milestones. The Million Mile drivers descended four flights of stairs lined with employees greeting them with cheers and applause to express appreciation for their safety efforts. J.B. Hunt also awarded more than $1.6 million in safe driver bonuses.
“We’ve been hosting this ceremony for 20 years, and I believe we’ll be doing it for 20 more,” J.B. Hunt CEO John Roberts said. “The atmosphere is electric. There’s so much excitement to celebrate our drivers and their achievements.”
The Million Mile Celebration is the premier event for J.B. Hunt drivers and their families. The company has hosted the ceremony since 2001 and has recognized Million Mile drivers dating to 1971. The recent celebration recognized drivers over the past two years since the event was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020.
The drivers will also receive further recognition on J.B. Hunt’s Million Mile Wall. The wall lists all company drivers who have achieved between 1 and 5 million safe miles while employed at J.B. Hunt, totaling almost 4,000 drivers.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. ranks No. 4 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. It also ranks No. 5 on the Transport Topics list of the 50 largest logistics companies in North America.
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