C R England, the Salt Lake City UT-based refrigerated carrier, honored hundreds of its military veteran drivers and employees at a military-themed event at the corporate offices in Salt Lake City recently.
Attended by national, state, and local military and government officials, and hundreds of C R England drivers and employees, the company unveiled five new military-themed trucks and trailers to be driven exclusively by former members of the military. It also announced the goal of adding 350 veterans to its driver force by the end of 2014.
During the event, chairman Dan England announced these incentives for attracting new veterans to the driver force:
•Increase the number of military veteran drivers by 350 by year-end, giving C R England more than 1,300 drivers with military backgrounds.
•Tuition incentives for military veterans.
•Access to Veterans’ Career Counselors to assist veterans in finding the best driving job within C R England that provides the best career fit.
•Monthly “Veteran of the Month” recognition in company publications.
•Each new veteran hire will receive a hat and a special decal for his truck that recognizes him as an “Honored Veteran.”
•The annual selection of veterans to drive unique military-branded trucks and trailers. Each year C R England will expand the “Honored Veterans” truck and trailer program by at least five additions to the fleet.
During the event, the first five trucks and trailers in the “Honored Veterans” fleet were unveiled. The trucks are 2015 Freightliner Cascadia Evolutions (four automatic and one nine-speed manual transmission). The trailers are manufactured by Utility with the new Thermo King Precedent S-600 trailer refrigeration system.
Dan England also announced the drivers who would drive vehicles in the Honored Veterans fleet. Drivers candidates for this honor must have had a clean safety record and at least one tour of duty in the military. Those drivers are:
•Brent Sanger has been with C R England since 2012. Brent was in the US Army for 13 years and is a Desert Storm veteran. He served in the Gulf War from 1990-1991 and was awarded the Army Drivers Badge for being accident-free during his service. He is from Leavenworth KS.
•Sean Ritter served four years in the US Army as an expert marksman as well as four years in the Coast Guard. During his service he was deployed to Iraq and received the Operation Enduring Freedom Award. This will mark his fourth year with C R England. Ritter has been accident-free in his driving career and is aiming for the million-mile mark. He grew up in Houston TX but considers Idaho his home.
•David Bice is from Warsaw KY. He served 16 years in the US Army. He served active duty in Panama and Germany as well as a year in Iraq. He received an Army Commendation (ARCom) Medal as a cook. He also received the Army Achievement Medal for service overseas. He was an Army Elite runner, and was selected for the National Guard marathon team with other elite runners. Bice has been with C R England for three and a half years.
•Nico Turner served in the US Marine Corps for 19 years. During his service, he spent most of his deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq and received the Purple Heart, a Silver Star, and two Bronze Stars. He grew up in Detroit MI and San Jose CA. Turner has been with C R England for one year and he has been accident-free in that time.
The final honorees are team drivers. Bill Lowry served in the US Marines for six years. Bill spent three and a half years in Okinawa, Japan as a combat engineer working with explosives. He was recognized with the Meritorious Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon with three stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. Lowry is from Truman Lake MO.
Driving with Lowry is Pat Pyfferoen, who served in the US Marines for six years. Pyfferoen did his basic training in San Diego and was stationed in California in 29 Palms. He grew up in Rochester MN. Together this team is a part of the Elite Fleet, a pilot program in the National Division.
Finally, the company used the event to honor World War II veterans Gene and Bill England. In the early 1940s, Gene in the US Army and Bill in the US Air Force served with honor. Gene received the bronze star for his service on Okinawa in June 1945.
Access www.crengland.com for more details.