Each Christmas, the Rydal-based trucking company recognizes drivers and employees with service and safety awards at the company’s annual Christmas party.
At Friday’s event, more than 100 drivers were recognized for service and safety with more than $22,000 given out for safety accomplishments and an oversized check for $150,000 was presented to 15 drivers for their $10,000 five-year loyalty bonus.
Corporate leadership took the opportunity to thank drivers for their service and safety during a “year of transition,” a term used by several presenters to describe 2012 as the company added new equipment and customers.
“Service is all we have to sell,” said Operations Manager Jeff Smith about driver customer service. “And we are blessed to have some of the best drivers in the industry.”
Looking back over the year, Smith noted the recognition Kennesaw Transportation received in 2012 for carrier excellence from Shaw, Mohawk and other industries. Also in 2012, Kennesaw Transportation switched out 100 trailers for new models and obtained 41 new Volvo cabs.
Following a year of transition, 2013 is shaping up to be a year of growth for Kennesaw Transportation with talk Friday of expanding the company’s fleet to pre-recession levels. By adding 20 more trucks, Vice President and General Manager Chuck Patrick hopes to bring the fleet back up to 200 trucks in 2013 in addition to introducing new customers and refocusing on routes within 250 miles of the Bartow County headquarters.
“This year, during a year of transition, you got out there showing professionalism, keeping freight on time, doing your job and doing it right,” Patrick said. “Thank you. It has been a great help to us here.”
A special emphasis was placed Friday on the company’s commitment to charitable endeavors. Teams recently returned from the Washington DC area after running truckloads of Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, in partnership with Wreaths Across America, and in the days after Hurricane Sandy, trucks left from Rydal carrying humanitarian aid supplies for storm victims in the Northeast.
For more information on Kennesaw Transportation, visit www.kennesawtrans.com.