Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

June 08, 2005 13:22 ET

Ontario Trucking Association: Power to Drive Program Receives Program of the Year Award for National Transportation Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 8, 2005) -

National Transportation Week (Ontario) 2005 Awards Breakfast

Arrow Truck Sales, KRTS Transportation Specialists, and TST Truckload Express were presented with the Program of the Year Award this morning at the 36th annual National Transportation Week (Ontario) Awards Breakfast in Toronto.

The Program of the Year Award is presented annually during national Transportation Week to a new program, product, service or management philosophy recently introduced that has been successful in increasing sales, profit, reducing cost, or that has improved the image of transportation.

The Power to Drive Program is a collaborative effort between Arrow Truck Sales, KRTS Transportation Specialists, and TST Truckload Express. This highly successful program was launched in 2004 in order to help attract quality people to become owner-operators by supplying training, financing and a contract all in one deal.

The results and the program speak for themselves. So far TST Truckload has hired on 16 new owner-operators, representing approximately 1/2 of their annual number of new contracts. KRTS Transportation Specialists has provided all of the training for the new entrants and Arrow Truck Sales has supplied the new candidates with late model reliable equipment. These new candidates receive ongoing coaching by a TST coach once they are in the program and TST pays the participants $2000 during this mentorship training. At the end of the training the participant receives a $1000 signing bonus and if the new owner-operator stays on board with TST for one year the tuition of the Power to Drive Program is reimbursed in full.

In recognition of innovation in transportation, the NTW Ontario Committee would like to present the Arrow Truck Sales, TST Truckload Express and KRTS Transportation Specialists with the NTW Ontario Program of the Year.

What is National Transportation Week? Each year, during the first week of June, Canadians observe National Transportation Week in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who keep Canada moving safely, efficiently and reliably. National Transportation Week runs June 1-10, 2005

The Ontario NTW committee is made up of representatives from CAA Ontario, GO Transit, Ontario Motor Coach Association, Ontario School Bus Association, Ontario Trucking Association and Toronto Transit Commission. For thirty-six years this committee has been promoting the importance of transportation to the Ontario economy.

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is a business association representing motor carriers operating into, out of and within Ontario. The trucking industry is one of Ontario's largest employers. Trucks haul 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs produced and consumed in the province and 80% of Ontario's trade with the United States. Founded in 1926, the association's membership comprises trucking companies of all sizes, shipping all types of commodities, from all regions of North America. OTA is a member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Mgr. Communications
    (416) 249-7401 Ext. 224
    Ontario Trucking Association
    555 Dixon Road
    Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1H8
    Voice: (416) 249-7401
    (416) 245-6152 (FAX)