Named Safety Fleet of the Year in the Large Fleet Category
Good work gets you noticed. Great work gets you awards. And, when you’re Smokey Point Distributing, part of the Daseke family of companies, the hardware keeps on coming, most recently from the Washington Trucking Association. Smokey Point Distributing received the WTA’s Safety Fleet of the Year in the common carrier category (more than 5 million miles).
“We take safety to heart and we’re very honored to be named the top carrier in our state,” says Lee Michaud, Executive Vice President for Smokey Point Distributing. “We’ve had a fantastic year — first being awarded our fifth straight Platinum Safety Award by our insurance provider, then being recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association as the top fleet in safety (15 million to 24.99 million mile category). This award from our home state means a great deal to us.”
Mike Southards, Safety Director for the WTA, says the Washington State Patrol named the ultimate winner in this category.
“We forward the nominations to the State Patrol and they select our winners as an independent third party,” says Mike. “We were very excited to see Smokey Point Distributing win the award — it was well-deserved. Smokey Point Distributing represents our state and our industry in a very positive light. They’ve grown to become one of the largest carriers in Washington, and they have a phenomenal outfit — both in management and in drivers.”
In 2015, Smokey Point Distributing’s national network of terminals grew to more than 300 drivers and almost 400 diverse open-deck trailers, plus a robust partner carrier network. Smokey Point Distributing is on pace to have another solid growth year in 2016.
According to Lee, Smokey Point Distributing had zero chargeable accidents in Washington during 2015 and boasted an accident rate of just .29 occurrences per million miles, well below the industry average.
“Safety begins with a meticulous maintenance program and culminates with our drivers, who truly care about the loads they haul,” says Lee. “Everything has to work together, and it does. We’re very proud of our CSA federal safety scores, which are among the top tier in the industry. And our drivers — they’re our cornerstones. We stay true to our culture of celebrating their professionalism and individualism; we trust and respect what they do and how they represent Smokey Point. It’s a recipe that works for us, and it’s one of many reasons why our turnover rate is one of the lowest in the industry. We’re family here, and we love what we do. And we do it with a safety-first mentality.”
About Daseke Inc.: Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc. is a flatbed, open-deck and specialized transportation company serving 49 states, Canada and Mexico. Daseke Inc. comprises of Smokey Point Distributing, based in Arlington, Wash., (www.spdtrucking.com); the E.W. Wylie Corporation, based in West Fargo, N.D., (www.wylietrucking.com); J. Grady Randolph, based in Gaffney, S.C., (www.jgr-inc.com); Central Oregon Truck Company, based in Redmond, Ore., (www.centraloregontruck.com); the Boyd Companies, based in Clayton, Ala., (www.boydbros.com); WTI Transport, based in Tuscaloosa, Ala., (www.wtitransport.com); Lone Star Transportation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, (www.lonestar-llc.com); Bulldog Hiway Express, based in Charleston, S.C. (www.bulldoghiway.com); and Hornady Transportation, based in Monroeville, Ala., (www.hornadytransportation.com