Keegan Wiggins

Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Container Farms: A New Type of Agriculture

Forklift picks up container at Freight Farms production facility A forklift truck picks up a container at the Freight Farms production facility. (Freight Farms)

Innovators within the produce industry are breaking the boundaries of food production — by growing crops not in fields, but in recycled shipping containers.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
August 20, 2018
Business, Safety

Idaho Grand Champion Tim Melody Is Living Out the Career He Always Dreamed Of

Tim Melody remembers being a child and having his father describe truck drivers to him as "knights of the highway." Now Melody, with 3.2 million safety miles and an Idaho Grand Champion title on his resume, can be considered one of those knights himself.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 24, 2018
Business, Safety

First Time’s the Charm for Alaska Grand Champion Ryan Wolcoff

Alaska Grand Champion Ryan Wolcoff holds winner's check Alaska Grand Champion Ryan Wolcoff holds winner's check (Lupine Photography)

The saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Ryan Wolcoff, a truck driver for SPAN Alaska, won’t have to put that idiom into practice. He succeeded on the first try.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 19, 2018
Business, Safety

ABF Freight’s Tim McElwaney Dedicates Georgia Title to Late Father

Tim McElwaney and Georgia Motor Trucking Association's Emily Crane Georgia Grand Champion Tim McElwaney and Georgia Motor Trucking Association's Emily Crane courtesy of Bruce Bugg/ABF Freight

For ABF Freight’s Tim McElwaney, this year’s Georgia truck driving championships were bittersweet.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 18, 2018
Business, Safety

Inspired by Dad, Tennessee Grand Champion Phil Shelton Has Plenty Left in the Tank

Tennessee Grand Champion Phil Shelton Shelton courtesy of Tennessee Trucking Association

For Tennessee grand champion Phil Shelton, trucking runs in his blood. Shelton, of Walmart Transportation, finished first in the tank truck class and won the grand champion title at Tennessee’s trucking championships April 27-28, earning his third trip to nationals.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2018
Business, Safety

Keeping Others Safe is the Only Victory Oregon’s Outen Needs

Oregon Grand Champion Chris Outen Outen courtesy of Oregon Trucking Associations

Distracted drivers were responsible for the deaths of 3,450 people on U.S. highways in 2016, according the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is an issue that hits close to home for Chris Outen of FedEx Freight.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 10, 2018
Business, Safety

New Mexico Grand Champion Is in a League of Her Own

New Mexico Grand Champion Loretta Bruyere of FedEx Freight Bruyere courtesy of FedEx Freight

Trucking isn’t just a man’s world, and Loretta Bruyere of FedEx Freight — New Mexico Grand Champion and proud owner of 2 million safety miles — is proving it.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 3, 2018
Business, Safety

Delaware's Louis Lockard Likes Variety in Competitions but Shows Consistency in Winning

For Delaware Grand Champion Louis Lockard of FedEx Freight, there is nothing better than being behind the wheel of a truck.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 2, 2018
Business, Safety

For Someone With a Late Start in Trucking, Montana's James is Coming On Strong

Montana Grand Champion Tracey James Courtesy of Tracey James

Safety and hard work. For Montana Grand Champion Tracey James of Jaybird Delivery and FedEx Ground, these are not only an integral part of truck driving championships, they’re integral to trucking.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
July 2, 2018
Business, Safety

Father, Neighbor, Mentor Boost Maine’s Ken Duncan to the Top

Maine Grand Champion Ken Duncan Duncan courtesy of Maine Motor Transport Association

They say you never work a day in your life if you do what you love. For Walmart Transportation’s Ken Duncan, who won Maine’s grand champion title May 19, this couldn't be any closer to the truth.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
June 21, 2018

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