ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Executive Committee of the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) announced a significant name change to its 69 year old prestigious carrier safety award program to better quantify the safety achievement of its two carrier champions. Each year at its Annual Convention, NTTC recognizes two carriers as the best-in-class safety operators who receive the coveted Heil Trophy. The two carriers will now be known as North American Safety Champions which befits the scope of competition and level of achievement.
"We're very pleased to see our Safety Committee and our Safety Council work together to rename our overall safety recognition program," said NTTC Chairman Lee Miller of Miller Transporters. "There is no higher recognition in our industry and I believe the new name underscores what it takes to earn this special award."
Sponsored by Heil Trailer International for the past 35 years, these premier safety awards recognize two carriers who compete against peers in two different mileage classes. The mileage classes are named after the association's first two and longest-serving presidents: Austin Sutherland (1945-1972) and his successor Cliff Harvison (1972-2005). The mileage-based dividing line of the fleet size categories is 15 million miles. In 2016, Groendyke Transport of Enid, OK won the Harvison Division (40 million to 90 million miles) with an accident frequency of 0.373 accidents per million miles. In the Sutherland Division, GLS Transport of Bedford Park, IL won the grand award in the Sutherland Division (3.5 million to 5 million miles) with an accident frequency of 0.0 accidents per million miles. Mike Elmenhorst of Groendyke Transport and Terry Kolacki of GLS Transport were recognized as NTTC's North American Safety Champion Professionals of the Year at the Safety Awards banquet during the Annual meeting of NTTC's Tank Truck Safety & Security Council in Nashville.
The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. has represented the tank truck industry before Congress and various federal agencies since its founding in 1945. NTTC's membership is comprised of over 600 companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America. The tank truck industry generates roughly 5.1% of all truck freight revenue, but that represents 25.6% of all truck freight in terms of tonnage due to the heavy nature of the liquid bulk products we handle.
About Heil Trailer International, Co.
Established in 1901, Heil Trailer International, Co. is the leading brand of durable tank trailers and is known for the enduring performance of its products, industry-leading support and solutions-driven customer service. A manufacturer of liquid, dry bulk, oilfield, construction, platform, specialized, towing and defense trailers, Heil designs its products to meet the most stringent region- and load-specific requirements in 85 countries around the globe. Heil Trailer International, Co. is owned by American Industrial Partners, an operationally oriented middle-market private equity firm that makes control investments in North American-based industrial businesses serving domestic and global markets. Heil Trailer International, Co., Kalyn Siebert and SERVA are part of EnTrans International, LLC, a leading manufacturer of tank trailers, oilfield capital equipment and related components used in the oil & gas industry. Heil Trailer International, Co. is headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee. For more information about Heil Trailer, visit www.heiltrailer.com.
SOURCE National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC)