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Excellence in Freight Transportation: Our 2018 Contract Carriers of the Year

Last week, we at C.H. Robinson had the great pleasure of hosting our 2018 Contract Carrier of the Year Award ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2018 Carrier of the Year Award Winners after the awards ceremony at C.H. Robinson

The Carrier of the Year Awards honor some of the most innovative and productive North American truckload carriers in our network. The event recognizes contract carriers who have provided outstanding service; this year’s winners are also leaders in technology use and collaboration with the C.H. Robinson team. It was a true privilege to welcome the awardees to our corporate headquarters, show them around our campus, and host a fun evening celebrating their many accomplishments.

C.H. Robinson’s 2018 Contract Carriers of the Year

We awarded twelve contract carriers—out of our network of over 76,000—in ten different categories. This year’s winners include:

  • Truck owner-operator: Jose Sanchez—Maywood, CA
  • Truck owner-operator: StanTranz—Walkertown, NC
  • 2–10 trucks: Avalon National, LLC—Cassadaga, NY
  • 2–10 trucks: Jeffrey D. Leyk—Burtrum, MN
  • 11–50 trucks: Jack Rust—Rogersville, MO
  • 51–100 trucks: Pope Trucking, Inc.—Pearson, GA
  • 101–299 trucks: A.N. Webber, Inc.—Chebanse, IL
  • 300–999 trucks: Nussbaum Transportation—Hudson, IL
  • 1,000+ trucks: Covenant Transport, Inc.—Chattanooga, TN
  • Flatbed: Cheetah Transportation Systems—Houston, TX
  • Temperature Controlled: Orbitz Trans, Inc.—Riverside, CA
  • Rookie of the Year: DJP Trucking, LLC—Trevor, WI

Celebrating our freight transportation relationships

C.H. Robinson teams and carriers shared many personal stories of working together to go the extra mile during the three-day event. The occasion also offered a chance to step back from the busy day-to-day world of freight transportation and reflect on the essential carrier/provider relationships that make C.H. Robinson’s services so powerful.

“The close relationships we have with our contract carriers are fundamental to the reliable quality that make up our diverse truckload shipping capacity network; these awardees represent many of the most exceptional out there,” said Mac Pinkerton, president of North America surface transportation, who emceed the presentation ceremony.

“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate these carriers that make freight shipping more efficient and more productive for all, and I’m excited to see how we continue to grow together,” he added.

Highlighting first-class freight management all year long

Though our annual ceremony is a special occasion, we’re proud to acknowledge our extraordinary contract carriers every day through our Carrier Advantage™ Program. We created this program to provide carriers with benefits that keep their business moving. The benefits of the Carrier Advantage Program include:

  • A dedicated account manager
  • Contractual freight opportunities
  • Early access to freight
  • Reduced QuickPay program fees
  • Web-offer capabilities

All our Contract Carriers of the Year have obtained Key status, the highest recognition tier within the program. Our Carrier Advantage Program is just one way we at C.H. Robinson keep our relationships central to connect trucks and freight in situations when no one else can.

Please join me in congratulating our 2018 Contract Carriers of the Year!

We’re already looking forward to the stories we’ll hear and the connections we’ll create at next year’s ceremony.

Carrier Spotlight 2018: Melton Truck Lines

In our final installment of our 2018 Carrier of the Year posts, I’d like to extend my congratulations to Melton Truck Lines, Inc. They have received the coveted title of C.H. Robinson Carrier of the Year in our 1,000+ tractor size segment.

I can personally attest just how hard everyone at Melton works. They truly deserve the honor of being named one of our Carriers of the Year for 2018.

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Since 1954, Melton has truly been a leader in the flatbed industry. Over the years, they’ve grown organically from their base in Tulsa, OK, to serve nearly all areas of North America. This includes their significant presence in both Mexico and Canada. Cross-border shipping has quickly become an area where they excel.

Their fleet consists of flatbed and step deck trailers. One of the great things about Melton is that every one of their drivers is ready to handle over-dimensional loads. And Melton has always believed in a strong commitment to safety. They adhere to a strict business model and driver employment standards to improve the safety of their drivers, other people on the road, and the products they transport.

Top three traits that describe Melton

I’ve had the honor of working with Melton for just over five years now and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Since I started working with them, my goal has been to help them find the most strategic opportunities possible. Together we’ve had a lot of success optimizing several challenging lanes for their fleet.

Trying to describe Melton could take me days. If I had to sum them up into three distinct traits that set them apart from other carriers, here’s what I would say:

Adaptable yet dependable

Melton has always responded well to any changes. They always seem able to adjust to last minute load changes, short timelines, and even unexpected weather disruptions. Their flexibility certainly doesn’t diminish their dependability. Because Melton believes in closely monitoring each load they haul, they currently have a 98% on time pick up and delivery record.

Professional and respectful

One thing that truly separates Melton from other carriers is that despite their size, they still manage to create a family atmosphere for all their employees. In today’s world where there’s a true driver shortage, knowing that I get to work with a great company that cares about and respects their drivers is a big deal.

Service above all else

At C.H. Robinson, we often find situations requiring extra work or effort to solve a challenging problem for customers. It’s who we are. And Melton is the same way. Because they care about a shipper’s freight just as much as I do, I know that they will place service at the top of their priority list.

A final congratulations!

In addition to saying congratulations, I also want to thank the individuals at Melton who make my working day so pleasant. You all are so friendly, open, and honest that it always puts me in a good mood.

Congratulations again on being named a C.H. Robinson Carrier of the Year for 2018. You deserve it!

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