Werner Recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer

Werner Enterprises was named by GI Jobs® magazine as a “Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer for 2017” and a “Top 50 Military Spouse Employer for 2017.”

This is the 11th time Werner has been named as a Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer and the second time as a Top 50 Military Spouse Employer. The magazine ranks companies on the strength of their military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior active military service and policies toward National Guard and Reserve services.

Werner widely has been acknowledged for its efforts to ease the transition of military veterans into the workplace, including its Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship that allows veterans to use their benefits to pay for training while receiving on-the-job instruction.

Werner has hired more than 25,000 veterans since April 2006 and more than 600 veteran spouses since May 2013. Werner’s industry-first Department of Labor Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program has enrolled over 35,000 drivers. In 2016, two of Werner’s military veteran drivers were recognized with the Truckload Carriers Association’s Rookie Driver of the Year Award and the Transition Trucking Driving for Excellence Award for the Top Military Veteran Rookie Driver of the Year.

ATRI Seeks Professional Driver Input on NC Parking Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a survey for professional drivers that will identify and analyze truck parking issues in North Carolina. The brief online survey requests important information from professional drivers on where, why and when they park at locations throughout North Carolina and how truck parking can be improved at both private truck stops and public rest areas.

The survey effort is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the information will provide important input on freight planning throughout the state. Commercial drivers who operate in the southeastern U.S. are encouraged to provide their insights and information through ATRI’s survey by Friday, Nov. 18. The survey is available at www.atri-online.org.

All survey responses are confidential, and the results will be available later this year.

Werner Named Best for Vets Employer 2016

Werner Enterprises was recently designated a Best for Vets Employer by the Military Times for the second consecutive year. The publication’s annual list recognizes 75 companies for exemplary hiring efforts and employment benefits for military veterans and spouses.

Werner’s survey-based ranking included several performance areas identified by the Military Times:

· Number of military veteran associates
· Number of 2015 military veteran hires
· Percentage of recruiting budget for military veterans
· Military veteran spouse policies
· Benefits

Since 2011, Werner has hired more than 7,550 military veterans and has pledged to hire 2,000 military veterans in 2016. Since May 2013, Werner has hired more than 400 military veteran spouses.

“We take great pride in our military veteran associates and we will continue to invest in their success here at Werner,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Derek Leathers. “We hope their numbers grow as we continue to expand our methods to support their transition.”

Werner Enterprises Recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer

Werner Enterprises was named this week by GI Jobs® magazine as a “Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer for 2016” and a “Top 50 Military Spouse Employer for 2016.”

This is the tenth time Werner has been named as a Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer and the second time as a Top 50 Military Spouse Employer. The magazine ranks companies on the strength of their military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior active military service and policies toward National Guard and Reserve services.

“We owe our military veterans a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make while serving our country,” President and COO Derek Leathers said. “With that in mind, it has become our mission to create the best opportunities available for veterans and their families as they return to civilian life and transition to new careers.”

Werner widely has been acknowledged for its efforts to ease the transition of military veterans into the workplace, including its Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship that allows veterans to use their benefits to pay for training while receiving on-the-job instruction.

Werner has hired more than 6,500 veterans since 2012 and more than 350 veteran spouses since May 2013, surpassing the pledge it made in 2012 under the White House campaign Joining Forces to hire 1,000 veterans per year for the next five years. Werner has pledged to hire 2,200 veterans and 200 veteran spouses in 2015.

Operation Safe Driver Week

Attention, all drivers! Operation Safe Driver Week, which takes place across the United States, Canada and Mexico, is Oct. 18-24, so please be prepared. Drivers can expect an increase in commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement and driver roadside inspections.

Through this week-long initiative, law enforcement will look to improve driver regulatory compliance; implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; educate youth about safely sharing the roads with large trucks and buses; and increase awareness to the general motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), state, provincial and local law enforcement and the industry, first launched the Operation Safe Driver campaign in 2007 in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.

Click here for more information on Operation Safe Driver Week.

Take a Survey to Weigh in on Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is asking for your participation to help identify and address the top concerns currently affecting the transportation industry.

Complete the 2015 Top Industry Issues Survey to rank the top issues and provide strategies for resolution.

Results of the survey will be released at the ATA Annual Management Conference and Exhibition, held this year from Oct. 17-20.

To complete the survey, click here.

Jeff Wessinger – 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

Professional driver Jeff Wessinger’s nickname might be Wild Man, but his 2 million mile accident-free award, presented to him at the June 9 Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, is evidence of quite the opposite.

Wessinger, a Werner driver since 2000, achieved his safety milestone about as quickly as it can be done, but he doesn’t let his success go to his head.

“I’ve got 2 million miles behind me, and the only one that matters is the next one,” he said.

As for advice for other drivers, Wessinger offered this: “Beware of vehicles with many dents, especially the ones with hanging side mirrors.”

A native of Swansea, South Carolina, Wessinger likes to spend time relaxing on his front porch with his wife and their five Chihuahuas, two bourgeois, one macaw and one parrot.

Werner Signs Statement of Support for Employee Service in the National Guard and Reserve

Bob Synowicki, executive vice president of Driver Resources, signed a Statement of Support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve during a June 18 ceremony at Werner’s headquarters in Omaha, Neb. He was joined by Tom Bullock, ESGR chief of employer outreach.

“Werner is honored and excited to offer so many lifelong career opportunities for our veterans and their spouses,” Synowicki said. “We are proud to make this pledge and reinforce our commitment to support our military.”

The ESGR Statement of Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s efforts to gain and maintain employer support of the Guard and Reserve. The intent of this program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.

“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” Bullock said. “Werner Enterprises is setting a high standard for all Nebraska employers to follow the lead in providing above and beyond support of Nebraska’s veterans, many of whom currently serve in the Guard and Reserve. By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Werner Enterprises will stand proudly with their Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.”

Gary Higgins – 3 Million Miles Accident Free

Professional driver Gary Higgins is passionate about truck driving, but he also cares a great deal about people. With such a caring nature, it’s no surprise that he earned the 3 million mile accident-free award at the Second Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony June 9.

From his long-time fleet manager Larry Donley to his many fellow drivers he calls close friends, relationships are important to Higgins, a Werner driver since 1989. He even summarized his career accomplishments by quoting a song from fellow 3 million mile driver Allen Parker: “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.”

To new drivers, Higgins offers this safety advice – “Leave yourself an out, and never drive into your safety zone.”

The native of Derby, New York, takes great pride in participating as a trucker in Nebraska’s Special Olympics truck convoy, a charity he has supported the last 11 years.

Higgins stays busy with his two daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. When it comes to NASCAR, he enjoys following his favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr.