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Hanson in as FMCSA deputy administrator, Gautreaux moving to NHTSA

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Before joining the Department of Transportation Alan Hanson was the top Trump administration official at the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs. (Courtesy: DOJ)

WASHINGTON — Even in the midst of a partial government shutdown, the revolving door keeps on churning.

In the latest move, Alan Hanson will replace Cathy F. Gautreaux as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

And Marianne McInerney, assistant to the Secretary of Transportation and director of public affairs at USDOT is leaving that position.

Cathy Gautreaux began serving as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in November 2017, (Courtesy: FMSCA)

Sources said Gautreaux is taking a new position at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Whether McInerney will remain with the DOT or a DOT agency could not be determined.

Hanson has been serving as one of two deputy chiefs of staff at DOT, coming there from the Department of Justice where he was the top Trump administration official at the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs. He carried the title of acting assistant attorney general.

Published reports said Hanson previously served as the general counsel, chief of staff and legislative director for Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., as well as the legislative director for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, R-Ky. He also served as deputy of staff and chief counsel for former U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.

Sources also confirmed that Todd Inman, another deputy chief of staff at DOT is replacing Geoff Burr as chief of staff at the agency. Matt Sturges, the Federal Railroad Administration’s deputy administrator, and Sean McMaster, DOT’s deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs, will replace Inman and Hanson.

As the FMSCA’s second-ranking official, Cathy was principally responsible for overseeing FMCSA’s day-to-day operational programs and activities, which are performed by more than 1,100 employees located in its Washington headquarters, four regional service centers, 52 divisional offices and 31 field units.

Prior to joining FMCSA in November 2017, Gautreaux was serving as executive director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association for more than three decades.

She is a past national chairman of the Trucking Associations Executive Council.

 

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Big rig causes 100-year-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota

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This undated photo provided by Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department shows the overweight semi that caused the collapse of a small, historic bridge near Northwood, N.D. Authorities say the semi, with a trailer load of dry beans, was traveling on the 56-foot-long, restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River Monday. (Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department via AP)

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Sheriff’s officials say an overweight semitrailer loaded with dried beans caused a more-than-century-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota.

Grand Forks County sheriff’s officials say the bridge over the Goose River near Northwood collapsed Monday afternoon. Photos show the wooden and iron span buckling under the weight of the vehicle. The bridge is partly submerged in the water.

Police said a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on the bridge when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment.

The 56-foot-long bridge was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has a 14 ton weight restriction. Sheriff’s officials say the semitrailer was 29 tons over that limit.

The driver, who was not injured, faces an $11,400 overload fine.

Officials say it will cost up to $1 million to replace the bridge.

It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation

Northwood is about 200 miles northeast of Bismarck.

 

 

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Women In Trucking names its 2019 top woman-owned businesses

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Angela Eliacostas is the founder and owner of AGT Global Logistics, one of the companies the Women In Trucking Association has named its 2019 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Transportation. (Courtesy: Women in Trucking)

PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”

The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.

WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”

Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.

Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.

This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:

  • Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
  • Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
  • London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
  • Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
  • Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
  • Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
  • Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
  • S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
  • International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
  • Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
  • Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
  • LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
  • AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
  • Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
  • LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
  • United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
  • BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
  • Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
  • DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
  • RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)

These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit WomenInTrucking.org.

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