In a world where news often spotlights struggles and crises, it is crucial to illuminate the positive developments within the work truck fleet industry.
We've gathered a selection of inspiring news highlights from October 2023 that promise to bring a smile and much-needed inspiration during challenging times.
Top Fleet Stories
Here are the top seven fleet stories of the month to brighten your day from October.
Enhancing Safety for Women on the Road
The American Trucking Association's Women in Motion is partnering with Trucker Path to address and improve women's concerns while on the road.
This partnership aims to enhance safety for women in the trucking industry by helping them locate facilities with specific safety features, including lighted parking, bathroom access, lounge areas, shower and laundry facilities with 24/7 access, round-the-clock maintenance, and onsite security.
Facilities with all seven features will be marked with the Women in Motion logo, and drivers can provide updates on the condition of these amenities through the Trucker Path mobile app.
Honoring the Founders
Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington, the founders of Kenworth Truck Company, were inducted into the 2023 American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the American Truck Historical Society headquarters in Kansas City on October 25th.
This recognition coincided with Kenworth's 100th anniversary and celebrated their contributions to the trucking industry.
Kenworth's origins date back to January 1923 when the founders combined their names and established the company in Seattle, Washington, with the first truck rolling off the production line two months later.
Paying Tribute to Veterans
On Veterans Day, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will pay tribute to veterans, active-duty U.S. Military personnel, and first responders by offering complimentary car care checks and special discounts.
This tradition of honoring those who have served continues, with Goodyear Auto Service Centers and Just Tires company-owned locations nationwide extending an invitation to these individuals.
They can receive free car care checks and enjoy an immediate 10% discount on tires and services as a token of appreciation for their service and dedication.
Celebrating 70 Years
J. J. Keller & Associates marks its 70th anniversary. Founded on November 1, 1953, by World War II Veteran John J. (Jack) Keller, the company began as a one-man consulting firm, initially focusing on transportation regulations for motor carriers.
Since its inception, the company has experienced significant growth, broadening its services to encompass regulatory complexities for various industries.
Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation
Leonard's Express, a transportation services provider offering refrigerated trucking, dry van, warehousing, and freight brokerage services, received recognition as a "Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation" in 2023 by Redefining the Road, the official magazine of the Women In Trucking Association.
The Women In Trucking Association is dedicated to promoting women's employment in the trucking industry, highlighting their achievements, and reducing their challenges.
This acknowledgment underscores Leonard's Express's commitment to fostering a workplace environment supporting and valuing women in the transportation sector.
Fleet Management Technology Company of the Year
Fleetio, a fleet management software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, has achieved the distinction of "Fleet Management Technology Company Of The Year" for the second consecutive year in the fourth annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards.
These awards, organized by AutoTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization, highlight outstanding companies, technologies, and products within the global automotive and transportation technology sectors.
Fleetio offers a comprehensive fleet maintenance software solution, aiding fleets of all sizes in monitoring, analyzing, and enhancing their fleet operations.
Best Midsize Truck of the Year
SEMA member companies have chosen the all-new Toyota Tacoma as the 2023 SEMA Best Midsize Truck of the Year.
This award is the second win for Toyota in the Best Midsize Truck category in three years and the third consecutive recognition for Toyota products.
The accolades include the 2021 Midsize Truck of the Year for Tacoma, the 2021 Sport Compact of the Year for GR Supra, and the 2022 Sport Compact of the Year for GR86.
Toyota was also named a finalist in four additional vehicle categories for 2023.