2016 was a highly eventful year for Daseke, which proves again how there is no such thing as a “typical year” for the company. 2016 was full of exciting news, accomplishments, and inspiring stories about drivers, employees and companies in the Daseke family. Not only was Daseke awarded as a whole in the trucking industry, but individual companies in the Daseke family were recognized and awarded for their achievements as well. This year also showed us that drivers and employees in the Daseke family are top of the line, both on the job and outside of work.
Watch our Daseke 2016 Milestones video to see our favorites moments from the past year.
Central Oregon Truck Company named for the third consecutive year as one of North America’s 20 Best Fleets to Drive For®, and Smokey Point Distributing crowned as TCA’s safest fleet in the 15-24.99 million-mile division.
The awards were for safe driving in heavy haul, general commodities (combined) and general commodities (intercity). The company had zero chargeable accidents in South Carolina.
Boyd Bros. Transportation stepped up to support Truckers Against Trafficking by teaching its drivers how to spot illegal activity and report it to authorities at a workshop in a Boyd Bros. terminal.
Bulldog Hiway Express was awarded Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association’s 2016 Fleet Safety Award and Fleet Safety Zero Accident Award and had zero reportable accidents in the heavy haul division.
Washington Trucking Association awarded Smokey Point Distributing the Safety Fleet of the Year award in the Large Fleet category.
Daseke jumps five spots up from the previous year to land at #44 on Transport Topics Top 100 list. Don Daseke and Phil Byrd (Bulldog Hiway Express) join Transport Topics to discuss trends in the trucking industry.
Dan Leon-Guerrero, a driver for Central Oregon Truck Company, used his EMS training to help deliver a baby girl when a mother-to-be went into labor at a Flying J truck stop.
Brian Matthews, a driver for E.W. Wylie, spends his time off creating beautiful woodworking projects in the cab of his truck. Brian presented a blue and white Daseke-themed wooden ship to Don Daseke with his mantra of “Investing in People”.
Daseke rises to the top and is awarded first place in Flatbed, Specialized Carrier in the Commercial Carrier Journal Top 250 Rankings for 2016. Daseke also climbed the list in the overall category to #42.
Dave Baker from Boyd Bros. Transportation was invited to join the Dave Nemo show for Tech Talk with TMC to discuss new trends in safety and technology in the trucking industry.
Rendy Taylor, CEO of WTI Transport, shares about his weight loss journey and how it has changed his life for the better. He has inspired many through his commitment to healthy living and hopes to continue his journey into 2017.
Bulldog Hiway Express was awarded first-place honors in the “general commodity/local haul” (up to 25 million miles) and “heavy haul – unlimited” categories. They also came in second in the “flatbed/line-haul” segment (up to 10 million miles).
Daseke had drivers from several companies volunteering to deliver wreaths across the country for Wreaths Across America in December to honor our country’s veterans.
Don Daseke sends a message about the upcoming merger with Hennessy Capital to become a public company. His dream of Daseke going public and each employee being able to share in that growth will now be possible!