Author: Sarah Clasby

Utah Trucking Association Member Recognition

Lindsey Qualls, Pride Transport, 7/24/2017 – Pride Transport’s official inception date was December 1, 1979. Jeff England left CRE after twenty years to start his own trucking company. He was always a bit of a rebel and just wanted to do things his own way. As a self-professed “truck nut,” he wanted the ability to express himself with his own trucks. With Pat (Jeff’s better half) on board, Pride Transport was officially in business. So began Pride Transport, with a handful of trucks and drivers as well as Jeff, Pat and Dan Degrazio (who just retired in 2015) running the show. Fast forward thirty-eight years to 2017, Pride has 620+ employees. Pride is predominantly a refrigerated carrier, with most of its freight on the west coast, though we do go to all 48 states. We service some of the largest food manufacturing companies in the country while also serving the “mom and pop” type customers. We have the ability to service all types of customers, from rail bearings to chocolate bars, we are quite diverse. The company has a unique culture, it’s referred to as The Pride Way. As a tried and true truck driver, Jeff knew that he wanted to create an environment where the trucker’s needs came first.  That sentiment still rings true today. Knowing that the industry and life out on the road can be stressful and...

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ChamberWest and Utah Trucking Association Host a Business After Hours Event

Rick Clasby, UTA, 7/14/2017  – On July 13, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, the Utah Trucking Association hosted a Chamber West Business After Hours event in their headquarters facility.  This reception brought more than forty business leaders from the west valley business community to the association office.  Association staff and leaders had the opportunity to highlight the value of working together as an association and talked a great deal about the benefits of membership.  The business community from this area were very interested in trucking, transportation and wanted to discuss the challenges and opportunities that trucking is dealing with today.  This meeting resulted in several company officials expressing an interest in joining the association and committed to applying. Many thanks to Barbara Riddle, Connie Bailey and Shiloah Gilmore the ChamberWest staff for their assistance organizing this event.  By all accounts, this was a very successful gathering.  The food, provided by Blake’s Gourmet Catering, was terrific and the mock-tails and beverages, provided by Melange Liquid Catering, were a fun addition.  For more information about ChamberWest check out...

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Utah Trucking Association Leadership Assists During Time of Great Need

Rick Clasby, UTA, 7/14/2017 – During the past couple of weeks, the Utah Trucking Association has found opportunities to be helpful in different ways than usual.  Sadly, the association lost a long-time member, supporter, Board of Director and friend.  Greg Lunkwitz died unexpectedly at his home on June 11, 2017.  He was a terrific ally and could always be counted on to assist with whatever activities or causes the association was engaged.  He was a huge supporter of the association’s annual Road Rally, and annual convention where he was a lively participant in the live and not so silent auctions.  Following Greg’s death, and after having discussions with his wife Michelle and family, several members of the association’s leadership team determined it appropriate to aid in several different ways.  This group immediately went to work.   First, Greg had instructed Michelle that rather than a traditional funeral service he would prefer that his family, friends and colleagues have an opportunity to celebrate his life in a fun atmosphere.  The association was honored to offer its building for a Celebration of Life event.  Hundreds enjoyed this event and had a great time recalling their personal relationship with Greg.   In addition to the Celebration of Life, association leaders offered to assist Greg’s company in maintaining the day-to-day operations of Lunkwitz Transportation.  Greg’s team of drivers, dispatcher and office staff has been terrific through this process and their customers indicate they see no difference in service.  Unfortunately, challenges arose...

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Utah Trucking Association Hosted its Annual Road Rally

Rick Clasby, UTA, 7/10/2017 – On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Utah Trucking association hosted its annual Road Rally.  This was once again a very successful event.  The Road Rally is organized to allow motorcycle and car enthusiasts to come together to enjoy one another’s company, talk business and share lessons learned about their vehicles, businesses and life in general.  This event also helps to support the association’s Political Action Committee.  All proceeds are donated to TruckPac, which is the mechanism used to donate to political candidates, campaigns or parties.  Most important this event is a family-friendly opportunity to have a great time and see new parts of our country. This year’s event had nearly 40 participants, most riding motorcycles, a couple driving jeep wranglers and several using their favorite car/truck.  The youngest participant, Linkin Davis, Val Stokes’ grandson, added life and enthusiasm to the party.  More sons, daughters, granddaughters and grandsons are encouraged next year. Most of the group gathered at the association’s headquarters in West Valley where they enjoyed a tasty breakfast provided by Quality Tire.  As is always the case, a pre-trip safety and logistics briefing was offered.  This year Mark Droubay, Utah Trucking Association President, conducted this meeting and welcomed the group, thanked the sponsors and most poignant called for a moment of silence for Greg Lunkwitz who had passed away just days earlier.  Greg...

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Six Professional Drivers Selected as Drivers of the Month

Terry Smith, Truckin’ Hot News, 6/27/2017 – Six professional and safety conscious Utah Trucking Association member drivers were selected by the Image and Safety Committee as Drivers of the Month for September, October and November. For September we have Terrance D, Eaton, James H. Clark & Son who has been driving 42 years for a total of 4.5 million accident free miles. Terrance is joined by Reva Keams also from James H. Clark & Son. Reva has been driving 3 ½ years and has 241,000 accident free miles. October’s Drivers of the month are Kim C. Brunsom, FedEx Freight with 41 years driving and 2.1 million accident free miles. Justin D. Espinoza, Parke Cox Trucking has been driver 10 years and has 1.2 million accident free miles. Scott B Fritsch, FedEx Freight as 29 years driver with 1.1 million accident free miles along with Grant A. Moser, James H. Clark & Son with 12 ½ years driving and 1.2 million accident free miles are our November Drivers of the Month. UTA congratulates all six of these drivers and appreciate their companies for nominating...

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