This week, Halvor Lines, Inc., was named to the Best Fleets Hall of Fame by the Truckload Carrier’s Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge.
The Best Fleets awards recognize U.S. and Canadian trucking companies that provide exemplary work environments for professional truck drivers and employees. One of Halvor’s notable contributions to the trucking industry in the past year was the establishment of a federally-registered Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) program.
Located at training centers in Superior, WI, and Rosemount, MN, Halvor’s ELDT training program allows people to obtain their Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) and receive one-on-one training with an experienced driver trainer while earning a guaranteed $1,000 a month. The program takes seven weeks to complete. Paid lodging is provided to qualifying students outside the primary training center locations.
“Being a Hall of Famer is a great honor — but it doesn’t mean we are going to stop here,” says Halvor Lines CEO Jon Vinje. “We use the Best Fleets program to inspire continuous improvement in the services we provide our drivers and staff. This isn’t a “one and done” award. We must continue to prove ourselves each year.”
This year, more than 200 fleets were nominated by one of their drivers for a Best Fleets designation. In all, 28 trucking companies will be recognized this year – eight inducted into the Best Fleets Hall of Fame, with the remaining companies earning Best Fleets to Drive For designations.
Once nominated, companies participate in an extensive survey and evaluation that includes additional input from company drivers. The evaluation covers a broad range of topics, including pay and truck driver benefits, safety practices, innovation, training, advancement opportunities, and overall company culture.
Headquartered in Superior, WI, Halvor Lines, Inc., also has terminals in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, Detroit Lakes and Clearwater MN, as well as South Bend, IN, and Altoona, IA. Halvor operates four divisions – van, decked van, refrigerated and flatbed – and transports everything from building materials to frozen foods.
Founded in 1968, the company has a long-standing reputation for supporting its drivers on the road and off. In addition to seating drivers in state-of-the-art trucks and trailers, the company recently increased its driver pay package and is a certified Top Pay Carrier. These factors and more have led to growth, with Halvor Lines actively recruiting drivers and ELDT students.
“We focus on excellence in every area of our operations,” says Halvor President Ryan Fraley. “Whether its over-the-road safety or employee health, we want to do our best for our drivers, our employees, our customers and our communities. We’re grateful to Best Fleets and our drivers for officially recognizing that.”
Halvor drivers are dispatched through seven Midwestern terminals. You’ll find our main terminal located close to Lake Superior, on the shore of St. Louis Bay.
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“Halvor’s support gave me the confidence to succeed. I control my own destiny and have taken my career to the next level thanks to their support.”