Howe, IN. –
Belmor, a leading provider of heavy duty truck accessories, is proud to announce that the winner of the inaugural Belmor “I Did My Duty… Now I Drive Heavy Duty” contest to send a US Military Veteran, who is now a commercial truck driver, to the 2017 Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) is Michael Maines of Durand, Michigan. The contest was open to all United States Military Veterans who are currently commercial truck drivers. Drivers entered by submitting a brief essay about their military service, why they chose to enter the field of heavy truck driving and their connection to the trucking world and fellow drivers.
The submissions were reviewed in a blind-judging process, and rated based on criteria such as emotional engagement, purpose and commitment to the field of truck driving. The esteemed panel of judges included Lund International President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitch Fogle, and representatives from the Trucking Industry, ATA-American Trucking Association and Veteran employment agencies: Brad Bentley, President, FASTPORT, Chris Hale, Chairman, Victory Media, Inc., Duane Boswell, Vice President of Recruiting, TMC Transportation, Jason Schenkel, Talent Acquisitions & Fair Employment Manager, Holland and Paul Thompson, Military Recruiting Manager, USXpress.
Maines served in the US Air Force from 1976 at the age of 17, until his transition out of the service as an E5 Staff Sargent in 1984. After his service, Maines spent a few years as a mechanic, then acquired his CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). Maines is currently employed by Melton Truck Lines, Inc. and plans to drive until he reaches retirement age. He states “Trucking for me seems to be an ideal fit for those of us that have served and traveled to do so. I like seeing the country and I like the work. The view from my office window (windshield) is ever changing and never boring.”
As the contest winner, Maines received an all-expenses-paid trip to MATS, held March 23-25, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Maines appeared in the Belmor exhibit booth where he was greeted by Bentley and Fogle, along with Tammy Gracek, Chief Operations Officer, Lund International, Kelli Brooks, Product Manager, Belmor, Marilyn Surber, Employee Services Manager, Melton Truck Lines, Inc. and current members of the US Air Force. In addition to the trip, Maines received a gift certificate for products from the Lund International family of brands for use on his vehicles, and Surber presented Maines with a rendering of a Kenworth™ T680 beautifully wrapped in a Veteran theme which he will drive in conjunction with his Melton Truck Lines, Inc. employment.
As a wholly-owned brand of Lund International®, Belmor manufactures accessories such as ventvisors, hood shields, bug screens, winter fronts, rock guards and tank covers that help drivers protect their rigs from many hazards of the road while customizing the look of their trucks. Lund International designs and manufactures a comprehensive line of automotive aftermarket accessories under nine distinct brand names including AMP Research®, AVS®, Belmor®, Bushwacker®, LUND®, Rampage™ Products, RoadWorks, Roll-N-Lock®, Stampede™, and Tonno Pro™. Lund International strives to provide exceptional product support with industry-leading warranties and great customer service and is proud of their extensive line of American made products. The Lund International corporate statement is “We Don’t Make the Vehicle, We Make It Yours™.”
Belmor® - a leading provider of heavy and medium duty truck accessories, supplying major original equipment manufacturers and dealers high quality class 4 through 8 accessories since 1921. Belmor's extensive category coverage includes Aeroshield II and other hood shields, ventvisor® side window deflectors, bug screens, winterfronts, storage boxes, tank covers and cargo management.
FASTPORT, Inc. is a veteran employment software development company that builds products to help all members of the military community find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching military job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.
FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates.
Founded in 1929 in Holland, Mich., Holland has long been recognized for delivering the most next-day service lanes in its territory and annually records one of the lowest claim ratios in the industry. Originally committed to serving the central United States, Holland has expanded farther into the Southeast and Midwest where it continues to provide on-time reliability. Its dedicated employees have earned the prestigious Quest for Quality award from Logistics Management magazine every year since the mid-1980s.
MATS is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. Held each year at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, the show attracts 70,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad.
ABOUT MELTON TRUCK LINES, INC.
Melton Truck Lines is one of the nation's leading flatbed trucking companies with a large and growing fleet of modern, safe, and well-maintained equipment. Melton is uniquely 100% air-ride, providing shippers with consistent, on-time transportation service. Offering full North American coverage, Melton currently services over 5,000 satisfied shippers with a 98% on-time pick-up and delivery record.
TMC Transportation is the nation’s largest employee-owned flatbed transportation company. TMC provides expert transportation services and supply-chain management solutions throughout the 48 contiguous states. Founded in 1972, TMC is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and is known for its integrity, innovation, superior safety record and dedication to quality and customer service. The company’s claim-free, on-time delivery record is the best in the business and is consistently recognized by its customers.
With one of the largest fleets in the nation, the newest technology, and the newest trucks, US Xpress has successfully built a culture of family, safety, and innovation. Delivering freight. Delivering opportunity. That’s the power of the 2nd largest privately held truckload carrier.
ABOUT VICTORY MEDIA
Victory Media is a veteran-owned, rapidly-growing, privately held and financially strong business headquartered in Pittsburgh with more than 50 full-time professionals. Victory Media offers nationally recognized media brands, survey and ratings programs, reporting services and training. Customers include Fortune 1000 companies, colleges and universities and high schools across the country.
ABOUT LUND INTERNATIONAL®:
Lund International is a U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of automotive accessories for passenger cars, Jeeps, and light, medium and heavy duty trucks. Offering the industry's broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to protect, customize, and personalize their vehicles, Lund International products are marketed under the brand names of AMP Research, AVS, Belmor, Bushwacker, LUND, Rampage Products, RoadWorks, Roll-N-Lock, Stampede and Tonno Pro.
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