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Schneider inducts 26 elite drivers into Haul of Fame for career achievements in safety

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Schneider officials said over 250 drivers were honored this year for outstanding accomplishments in safety. (Courtesy: SCHNEIDER)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In recognition of those who live and embody its Safety First and Always core value, Schneider, among the nation’s largest truckload carriers, recently honored hundreds of its most accomplished drivers with awards celebrating career driving milestones.

Included in the esteemed awards were Haul of Fame inductions, Million Mile Driver Awards and Consecutive Safe Driving Year Awards.

The prestigious honor of induction into Schneider’s Haul of Fame is reserved for drivers who have accumulated at least 3 million safe driving miles and/or 20 consecutive years of safe driving without an accident. This year, 26 new inductees met these criteria, earning them membership alongside over 300 of Schneider’s elite drivers. Each inductee will have a commemorative plaque installed on the Haul of Fame wall at Schneider’s corporate headquarters in Green Bay.

“The honor and recognition these professional drivers have earned show that they truly exemplify our ‘Safety First and Always’ culture,” said Tom DiSalvi, vice president of safety, driver training and compliance at Schneider. “These outstanding drivers are the latest to contribute to a long history of safe driving, and we’re proud of the tradition they carry on through their achievements.”

The Million Mile Award is an honor earned by Schneider drivers who have transported freight over 1 million miles while remaining accident-free. This year, the number of drivers reaching million-mile safety marks is as follows:

  • 67 new 1-Million Mile Award winners
  • 42 new 2-Million Mile Award winners
  • 13 new 3-Million Mile Award winners
  • Three new 4-Million Mile Award winners

These new honorees have driven accident-free for the equivalent of 8,112 trips around the Earth’s equator. Through sleet and snow, across icy bridges and up winding mountain roads, Schneider drivers champion safety as their primary objective.

Additionally, Schneider recognized 113 drivers who have remained accident-free for 10 years and each five-year increment thereafter. This year’s Consecutive Safe Years Driving Award winners include:

  • 63 new 10-year Consecutive Safe Years Driving honorees
  • 25 new 15-year Consecutive Safe Years Driving honorees
  • 16 new 20-year Consecutive Safe Years Driving honorees
  • Six new 25-year Consecutive Safe Years Driving honorees
  • Two new 30-year Consecutive Safe Years Driving honorees
  • One new 45-year Consecutive Safe Years Driving honoree

Throughout the year, Schneider hosted 14 award banquets to recognize the Haul of Fame inductees as well as drivers receiving the Million Mile Awards and Consecutive Safe Years Driving Awards.

Professional drivers who are interested in earning a spot in the Haul of Fame and are eager to make safety their top priority can learn about driving opportunities with Schneider by visiting schneiderjobs.com.

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Delivering to the Zero G plane

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Delivering to the zero g plane

If my bank account didn’t have $0g in it, I’d spend the $5g to ride this baby!

Our friends at the The Trucking Review Channel make a special delivery.

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When you want to work out, but drive a truck all day!

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Perhaps this trucker did!  Looks like he has installed an exercise bike in the passenger side of his rig.  We gotta hand it to him, that is dedication!

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Optronics acquires USA Harness, becomes full-line lighting and harness supplier

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Optronics has acquired USA Harness to become one of few manufacturers and suppliers of comprehensive power delivery and lighting solutions for commercial vehicles. (courtesy Optronics International)

TULSA, Okla. — Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced it has completed its acquisition of Texas-based USA Harness, Inc. A supplier of trailer harnesses and electronic control systems, USA Harness serves the transportation industry with connection systems including the USA-PLUS Sealed Modular Wiring Harness and the patented USA-PLUS Modular Connection System. The USA-PLUS Modular Connection System has been tested and performed at three times the industry standard.

With the acquisition, Optronics is one of few manufacturers serving the light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry with both lighting and harness technologies.

“In less than a decade, Optronics has dramatically changed the competitive landscape in commercial vehicle lighting with its focus on technological innovation, broader options and greater value, and we’re about to do the same with harnesses,” Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International, said.

Optronics is a harness manufacturer on three continents. Coupled with this international experience, USA Harness will position Optronics to hit the ground running in North America.

“We have watched Optronics’ exponential growth over the years and have engineered more and more harness systems for use exclusively with their lighting,” said Debby Thompson, interim president of USA Harness. “Though we’ll continue to produce harness systems that interface with all major lighting manufacturers, we’re excited to now be able to offer a fully integrated modular power delivery and lighting solution.”

Optronics is committed to global manufacturing, and according to company officials, the acquisition of USA Harness increases the company’s supply-chain capabilities. “Just like the OEMs we serve, we’re going to manufacture harness and lighting systems wherever it makes the most sense,” Johnson said.

With their blended experience, Optronics and USA Harness will focus on selling integrated modular lighting and harness systems on a global basis. Targeted manufacturers include those making heavy-duty dry van, reefer, tank, car haul and flatbed trailers, as well as those making light- to medium-duty trailers. Heavy-duty truck and body manufacturers will also be a focus, as will heavy-duty off-highway vehicles, armored couriers and other specialized vocational equipment manufacturers.

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