Smokey Point Distributing Receives Top Safety Honor from Washington Trucking Associations

Chris Zondlo, safety coordinator for Smokey Point Distributing, second from left, receives a Great West Safety Award from Kevin Skow, Great West Casualty Company vice president, far left, and the Washington Truck Associations’ (WTA) Safety Fleet of the Year Award in the common carrier category (over 5 million miles) from Jason Berry, assistant chief of the Washington State Patrol, second from right, and Tom Walrath, of T.E. Walrath Trucking and president of the WTA, far right. 

Chris Zondlo, safety coordinator for Smokey Point Distributing, second from left, receives a Great West Safety Award from Kevin Skow, Great West Casualty Company vice president, far left, and the Washington Truck Associations’ (WTA) Safety Fleet of the Year Award in the common carrier category (over 5 million miles) from Jason Berry, assistant chief of the Washington State Patrol, second from right, and Tom Walrath, of T.E. Walrath Trucking and president of the WTA, far right. 

ADDISON, Texas, July 29, 2016 -- Good work gets you noticed. Great work gets you awards. And, when you’re Smokey Point Distributing, a Daseke company, the hardware keeps on coming – the latest from the Washington State Trucking Associations. SPD received the WTA’s Safety Fleet of the Year in the common carrier category (over 5 million miles).  

“We take safety to heart and we’re very honored to be named the top carrier in our state,” said Lee Michaud, executive vice president for SPD. “We’ve had a fantastic year – first being awarded our fifth straight Platinum Safety Award by our insurance provider, then being recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association as the top fleet in safety (15 million to 24.99 million mile category). This award from our home state means a great deal to us.”

According to Mike Southards, safety director for the WTA, the Washington State Patrol named the ultimate winner. “We forward the nominations to the State Patrol and they select our winners as an independent third party,” said Southards. “We were very excited to see SPD win the award – it was well-deserved. SPD represents our state and our industry in a very positive light. They’ve grown to become one of the largest carriers in Washington and they have a phenomenal outfit – both in management and in drivers.”

In 2015, SPD’s national network of terminals grew to have more than 300 drivers and near 400 diverse open deck trailers plus a robust partner carrier network. SPD is on pace to have another solid growth year in 2016.

According to Michaud, SPD had zero chargeable accidents in Washington during 2015, along with an accident rate of just .29 occurrences per million miles in 2015 – well below the industry average.

People from Smokey Point Distributing proudly show the Great West Safety Award from Great West Casualty Company and the Washington Truck Associations’ Safety Fleet of the Year Award in the common carrier category. From left to right: Lynnea Shepard, customer service supervisor; Travis Redenbaugh, asset manager; Josh Orcut, senior diesel mechanic; Stevin Green, trailer lead; Lee Michaud, executive vice president; and Chris Zondlo, safety coordinator.

People from Smokey Point Distributing proudly show the Great West Safety Award from Great West Casualty Company and the Washington Truck Associations’ Safety Fleet of the Year Award in the common carrier category. From left to right: Lynnea Shepard, customer service supervisor; Travis Redenbaugh, asset manager; Josh Orcut, senior diesel mechanic; Stevin Green, trailer lead; Lee Michaud, executive vice president; and Chris Zondlo, safety coordinator.

“Safety begins with a meticulous maintenance program and culminates with our drivers who truly care about the loads they haul,” said Michaud. “Everything has to work together and it does. We’re very proud of our CSA federal safety scores, which are among the top tier in the industry. And our drivers – they’re our cornerstones. We stay true to our culture of celebrating their professionalism and individualism; we trust and respect what they do and how they represent Smokey Point. It’s a recipe that works for us and it’s one of many reasons why our turnover rate is one of the lowest in the industry. We’re family here and we love what we do. And we do it with a safety-first mentality.”

About Daseke Inc.: Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc. is a flatbed, open-deck and specialized transportation company serving 49 states, Canada and Mexico. Daseke Inc. comprises of Smokey Point Distributing, based in Arlington, Wash., (www.spdtrucking.com); the E.W. Wylie Corporation, based in West Fargo, N.D., (www.wylietrucking.com); J. Grady Randolph, based in Gaffney, S.C., (www.jgr-inc.com); Central Oregon Truck Company, based in Redmond, Ore., (www.centraloregontruck.com); the Boyd Companies, based in Clayton, Ala., (www.boydbros.com); WTI Transport, based in Tuscaloosa, Ala., (www.wtitransport.com); Lone Star Transportation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, (www.lonestar-llc.com); Bulldog Hiway Express, based in Charleston, S.C. (www.bulldoghiway.com); and Hornady Transportation, based in Monroeville, Ala., (www.hornadytransportation.com).

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