Houff Transfer’s newest terminal – including a 26,000-square-foot-warehouse – has opened for business in Suffolk, Va. Besides providing a stellar location for a trucking company, the new terminal allows for warehousing and cross docking. The company serves all local ports in Hampton Roads.
The Virginia Trucking Association has named Houff Transfer Safety Director Alan Caviness its 2010 Virginia Truck Safety Professional of the Year. Caviness, of Fishersville, has been involved in the motor carrier industry for 19 years and worked for Houff Transfer for the past 7 years.
Under Caviness’s safety leadership, Houff Transfer employees have reduced their workers’ compensation claims by 83 percent over the past 5 years and their accident claims have dropped in six of the past seven years. Alan was also instrumental in spearheading a “Move Over” law public education campaign in partnership with the Virginia State Police and several other trucking fleets. He has been active in the Virginia Trucking Association Safety Management Council for 13 years serving as chairman of numerous committees and also as chairman of the council.
Congratulations to all Houff Transfer Inc company drivers and shop personnel who went an entire 12 months without a lost-time injury. Because of this awesome feat, the company gave away a new 2009 Ford F150 at the company picnic in August. The winner: Stanley Freemantle of Verona.
Since starting the truck award program in 2005, Houff has given away two trucks. What employee will be next to win?
The Virginia Board of Transportation presented Houff Transfer with its Governor’s Award for Motor Carrier Safety. The award usually goes to a law enforcement agency and Houff Transfer is the first motor carrier to win the award. The company was honored for its “Safety Starts Here” campaign which it began in 2005 by placing decals along the door handles of all their trucks. This program was expanded to include decals on every door at every HTI facility to ensure Houff drivers understand that safety starts with them.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Houff Transfer for committing to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations as a Smartway Transport Partner.
Houff Transfer, Inc. of Weyers Cave, Va. was presented the 2008 Grand Trophy for Fleet Safety in Virginia, which is awarded to the company judged to have had the state’s most effective motor carrier safety program during 2007. Houff Transfer won the award in their division with an accident frequency rate of 0.4. In 2007 their Virginia-based drivers worked a total of 315,000 hours with no fatalities and no lost time injuries.
Fleet Safety Awards for having the lowest 2007 Virginia accident frequency rate in their class of competition were presented to:
Apollo Van Lines – Ashland, VA
FedEx Ground – Charlotte, NC
Gwaltney Transportation Company, Inc. – Smithfield, VA
R.O. Harrell, Inc. – South Boston, VA
Houff Transfer Inc. – Weyers Cave, VA
Howell’s Motor Freight – Roanoke, VA
Regional Enterprises Inc. – Hopewell, VA
Roadway Express – Akron, OH
Robinson Terminal Warehouse – Alexandria, VA
Security Storage Company of Washington – Dulles, VA
Wilson Trucking Corporation – Fishersville, VA
Million Mile Awards are presented to Houff Transfer driver who have driven 1,000,000 consecutive miles without a preventable truck crash. That’s equivalent to driving to the moon and back…twice.
At our Feb. 8 Safety Banquet, we recognized the following drivers’ outstanding safety records by presenting them with a million-mile Houff jacket, a plaque and a diecast Houff truck with their accomplishment etched on the side.
One Million Safe Miles: Tommy Clapsaddle
Two Million Safe Miles: Eldon Strike
Years of Safe Driving Awards were given to drivers who have driven in five-year increments without a preventable crash. They were awarded a cash prize for their accomplishment.
Five Years of Safe Driving:
Ten Years of Safe Driving:
Fifteen Years of Safe Driving:
All of our Virginia-based drivers working out Weyers Cave, Richmond, Norfolk, and Lynchburg offices went the entirety of 2007 without a lost-time injury.
Congratulations to all Houff Transfer Inc company drivers and shop personnel who went the entire year of 2005 without a lost-time injury. Because of this awesome feat, the company gave away a new 2006 GMC 4×4 pickup truck at the Safety Banquet in February. The winner: Robert Yopp. Robert, who stated he had never won or been given anything in his life received two blessings within the same week. His second was having his son return safely from a tour of duty in Iraq . Robert lives in Covington . If you are ever in the area and want to see the truck, check out the Covington drop lot.
The buzz saw’s a buzzing. The hammer’s a hammering. A home is being built. Houff Transfer, Inc employees, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations have spearheaded the building of a home in Staunton, Virginia for a needy family. Nineteen Houff employees met June 17th and set the four outside walls. They also assisted in building a back porch next door for a neighbor who sold the land to Habitat for Humanity for the homesite.
The next work day for Houff employees is scheduled for August 26, 2006 . All employees are welcome to assist in this much appreciated and rewarding venture. For more information contact Maria Botkin at the Weyers Cave office.