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Providing Clean Drinking Water to Flint Families

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EPISODE FOUR: Today most residents of Flint, MI still don’t have safe clean drinking water in their homes. Until a permanent fix can be implemented, many Flint families are relying on bottled water during the crisis. Recently, Holland and many of our St. Louis, MO and Birch Run, MI employees were involved in transporting and delivering more than 78 tons of donated water (or about 100 pallets full of bottled water) to Flint.

(L/R: Holland 2-million mile driver Roy Gillespie;
Rachel Jackson, Founding Exec. Dir. of Project
Compassion; Mayor Reggie Jones, City of Dellwood,
MO; Korey K. Johnson from the Korey Johnson Foundation)

The last week of February, three St. Louis, MO non-profits held a drive to collect donated bottled water to send to Flint. They rented a 20 ft. moving truck imagining they would never fill it. Their efforts were far more successful than any of the organizers could have imagined! They had hoped to collect 1,000 cases–instead they collected far more than 10,000 cases (over 200,000 bottles) of clean drinking water.

The drive was the brainchild of Rachel Jackson, the founding Exec. Dir. of Project Compassion Belleville. Her organization teamed up with 2 other nonprofits, the Korey Johnson Foundation and Beyond Limit Productions.

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Holland Driver Ben Brewer Passes 3-Million-Mile Safe-Driving Milestone

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Holland professional driver Ben Brewer achieved the remarkable accomplishment of traveling over three million miles without a single collision. He joins an elite group of Holland drivers who’ve surpassed this impressive safety milestone, which is the equivalent of driving to the moon and back more than a dozen times.

“It’s hard to imagine the focus and skill it takes to accumulate a driving record of Ben’s caliber,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “We constantly encourage our drivers, dock hands and all employees to work safely, and that’s clearly something Ben took straight to heart. Getting our customers shipments delivered on time and in good condition is important, but there’s nothing more important than delivering them safely. On behalf of everyone at Holland, I’d like to thank Ben for the great job he does for our customers and for making the highways a safer place for all drivers.”

Ben, a linehaul driver at Holland’s Evansville, Indiana terminal, has been behind the wheel for over 44 years, the last 36 for Holland.

“Reaching three million safe miles shows the pride Ben takes in himself, in the job he does for our customers, and in being part of Holland,” said Jim Staats, the Evansville terminal manager. “It’s comforting to know there are outstanding drivers like Ben behind the wheel.”

Ben says: “Growing up, there were only a few things I wanted to do for a living. Driving a truck was Number One. I love my job. Stay completely focused on your driving, and you’ll arrive home safe every day.”

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Celebrating An Injury-Free Year in Chicago

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When Bruce Panzer joined the Chicago Terminal as the new Maintenance Manager last fall, he quickly discovered he’d joined a strong team of professionals who shared his commitment for safety. That commitment recently paid off as Bruce and the team celebrated a full year without a lost -time injury.

“We have a really good crew here in Chicago,” Bruce says. “They understand how important it is to take no chances on the job and always do things the right way. That helps ensure they’ll each go home as healthy as when they came to work, and that’s what working safely is all about.”

Daily safety briefings and a weekly safety culture meeting are important parts of avoiding accidents and injuries. Bruce also says he’s constantly on the lookout for standout safety activities that deserve recognition, as well as things that could be done more safely and require some corrective feedback.

“Anytime we reach a safety milestone like this, it’s important,” says Paul Childers, the Area Maintenance Manager covering 10 terminals, including Chicago. “These accomplishments are a great reminder that we can meet our safety goals as long as everyone works safely and looks out for one another.”

Holland’s Director of Safety, Doug Kilpatrick, couldn’t agree more.

“Every safety milestone deserves recognition,” Doug says. “Going a whole year without one lost-time injury requires a constant focus and tremendous commitment, ever hour, every day and every week. That’s how you build these safety records; one day at as time. Everyone at Holland benefits when a shop like Chicago does their part to avoid injuries and keep everyone safe.”

Bruce knows that the members of the Chicago garage understand the top priority is always to work safely and avoid taking any risks that could result in an injury.

Congratulations to Team Chicago! Here’s to reaching that two-year safety milestone!

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Recognized for Industry-Leading Service

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When it comes to earning awards for exceeding customer expectations, there is no recognition for simply showing up.

You earn it.

It requires constant above-and-beyond effort and tireless commitment to be singled out by customers for providing the best transportation service and customer experience.

The members of Team Holland don’t put in that extra effort to win awards–we do it because we know that it’s the best way to provide service to our customers and earn customer loyalty. If our relentless dedication to meeting our customers’ needs on every shipment, every time, earns us an award, that’s a bonus.

We can’t help but be proud of the long list of awards consistently presented to Holland by our customers. There’s a reason why we state we provide “industry-leading service.”

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Team Holland Makes Remarkable Memories for Terminally Ill St. Louis Child

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Holland granted the wish of riding in a big rig to five-year-old Hayden Bentley Brown recently diagnosed with a terminal brain disease. The event happened on Sunday, April 3 at the Holland St. Louis Terminal at 24 Gateway Commerce Center Dr., Edwardsville, IL.

A native of Alton, IL, Hayden was diagnosed with Metavhromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD), an inherited disorder that damages the nervous system. People suffering from the disease lose the ability to walk, talk, see, hear and will eventually become paralyzed.

In hopes of making the best of the time they have left with Hayden, his family has put together a “make remarkable memories” bucket list. Hayden loves cars, superheroes, baseball hats and trucks. All of the things he loves were present on Sunday and then some!

Hayden’s father, John “Parts Guy” Brown, said his son is already starting to live life backward, slowly losing the ability to walk and see. So the family is trying to fill Hayden’s life with great memories, including rides in as many interesting and exciting vehicles as possible.

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Holland Named a 2015 Regional Carrier of the Year by Walmart

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HOLLAND, Mich., April 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holland is proud to have been selected as one of Walmart’s “2015 Regional Carrier of the Year.” Winners were selected by Walmart’s transportation executive team based on a number of factors, including outstanding service, effective communication, excellent safety standards, and innovative solutions. Walmart awards the designation each year to companies that provide support to the retailer’s Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution centers located throughout the continental United States.

“We are grateful for every customer recognition, whether it’s a simple thank-you letter from the owner of a single store or a national award presented by the president of a large organization with locations across the country,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “But of course we are particularly proud and excited to be recognized by the world’s largest retailer. Credit for this honor goes to every Holland employee who played a part in providing this important customer with outstanding service and safe, reliable deliveries.”

Holland provides freight transportation services to a wide variety of clients but has a special focus on retailers. Holland Retail Service helps turn the client’s supply chain into a competitive advantage, helping to get products on the shelves damage-free, with greater speed and reliability. Whether using standard or guaranteed delivery options,Holland is the preferred transportation provider for the country’s leading retailers.

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Holland Receives Two 2015 Carrier of the Year Awards from Vehicle Service Group

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HOLLAND, Mich., March 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holland has been honored by the Vehicle Service Group (VSG) with two of its 2015 Carrier of the Year awards. For the third consecutive year, Holland was named LTL Carrier of the Year by VSG. Holland was also selected as its first ever Overall Carrier of the Year for 2015. Introduced this year, the Overall Carrier of the Year award is given to the best overall carrier across all service categories: TL, LTL, flatbed and ocean. To determine award winners, VSG evaluates its carriers across four critical performance metrics, including on-time pickup and delivery, administrative capabilities and safety.

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“Nothing means more to Holland than the satisfaction of our customers,” said Scott Ware, President of Holland. “Statistics and figures are necessary, but the bottom line is whether or not those numbers equate to quality service for our customers. These awards from VSG serve as affirmation that Holland has made good on its promise of unmatched LTL performance. They also stand as a testament to the hard work and dedication of our world-class employees. It is through their commitment to excellence that we are able to win these awards year after year. We thank each and every Holland employee for the superior customer service put forth every day. We would also like to thank the Vehicle Service Group for this honor. We look forward to providing VSG with many more years of award-winning service.”

Brian Corbett, Holland Director of Corporate Sales, and Joanne Carr, Corporate Account Executive, accepted the awards on behalf of Holland at the 2015 Vehicle Service Group awards banquet, held recently in Madison, Ind. VSG President Niclas Ytterdahl, Vice President Matt Webster and other VSG officers presented the awards to Corbett and Carr. Award winners were selected using a scorecard system that evaluates carriers across four service metrics:

  • Operational Performance: On-time pickup, on-time delivery, corrective actions
  • EDI/Financial: Tenders sent via 204, 214 updates and invoice accuracy
  • Claim-free loads, average days open and recovery percentage
  • Safety and Responsibility: SmartWay partnership and FMCSA compliance, safety, accountability (CSA) scores

Holland received the highest overall score among LTL carriers, as well as the highest overall score across all categories.

Part of Dover Corporation®, Vehicle Service Group consists of nine unique brands dedicated to a number of vehicle service specialties. Together, they represent a global leader in the vehicle service industry.

Holland was also named 2015 Midwest Regional Carrier of the Year by Worldwide Express; 2015 Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year by Unishippers Global Logistics, and 2015 Regional Carrier of the Year by Walmart.

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Holland Named 2015 Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year by Unishippers Global Logistics

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HOLLAND, Mich., Feb. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holland has been recognized by Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC with their 2015 Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year award. Unishippers–the nation’s first and one of its largest third party logistics (3PL) companies–presented the award to Holland at its annual convention. Holland President Scott Ware and Vice President of Sales & Marketing Jim Ferguson were in attendance to receive the award.

Carrier Partner of the Year winners are selected based on service quality, performance, loss and damage events, customer service, claims resolution and overall commitment to partnership.

“We are honored to receive this award from our partners at Unishippers,” said Ware. “Customer satisfaction is the best measure of success in any industry, and this award serves as affirmation that Holland is doing business the right way. Our combination of unmatched performance and uncompromising customer service creates a shipping experience that is second to none. And all of this is made possible by the hard work and dedication of our Holland professionals. It is their commitment to excellence that allows Holland to continuously deliver the very best in on-time, next-day LTL shipping. We would like to thank Unishippers for this honor, and we look forward to providing many more years of award-winning service.”

“Our franchisees put their trust every day in our carrier partners to deliver shipments on time and do so with excellence,” said Kevin Lathrop, president of Unishippers. “Without these fine carriers, we don’t have our great business, so it’s an honor for Unishippers to be able to show our appreciation through the Carrier of the Year awards.”

This is the second time in three years that Holland has received this award. Holland was also named Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year by Unishippers for 2013.

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Holland Honored by Worldwide Express With 2015 Mid-West Regional Carrier of the Year Award

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HOLLAND, Mich., Feb. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holland was recently named 2015 Mid-West Regional Carrier of the Year by Worldwide Express. One of the largest authorized resellers of express shipping, Worldwide Express is a global logistics company and a trusted freight partner to more than 45 carriers.

Worldwide Express presented the award to Holland at its 19th Annual Sales Conference and Convention in Hollywood, Fla. Holland President, Scott Ware, and Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Jim Ferguson, were present at the event to receive the award.

“We would like to thank our valued partners at Worldwide Express for this generous award,” said Ware. “There is nothing more rewarding to us at Holland than knowing that our customers are satisfied. With a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement, Holland works to not just meet our customers’ expectations, but to exceed them. This requires a culture which views the extra mile as simply part of the job and considers ‘good enough’ unacceptable. I extend my deepest gratitude to all of our talented, hard-working Holland employees. It is their unwavering dedication to service that has made this award possible and has made Holland an industry leader in next-day LTL.”

This is one of three carrier of the year awards that Holland has received thus far in 2016. Holland was also recently honored with the Walmart Carrier of the Year award and the 2015 Regional LTL Carrier Partner of the Year award by Unishippers Global Logistics.

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Holland Supports Trucking Moves America Forward With 20 Trailer Wraps

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HOLLAND, Mich., Feb. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holland has purchased 20 trailer wraps helping to share the importance of the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) image campaign. Every day millions of trucks travel across the United States helping to move America forward. A great number of those are Holland trucks. We agree with the TMAF in seeking “to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy.”

“We are proud to be a part of the Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) program. Holland is wrapping 20 of our newest trailers with the ‘It takes 7 million people to move America’ message. We hope this message reaches hundreds of thousands of Americans, enhancing understanding and appreciation of the many hardworking professional drivers in the trucking industry–like those who drive for Holland,” said Holland president Scott Ware.

“Holland’s commitment to sharing the ‘Trucking Moves America Forward’ campaign not only demonstrates their enthusiasm for trucking, but I also believe it is the kind of spark that will continue to educate the American public that trucking is safe, essential and making an impact on our carbon footprint,” said Kevin Burch, First Vice Chairman of the American Trucking Associations. “The passion Holland is showing with their commitment to the campaign is further evidence that Holland is part of the strong trucking community and wants to bring positive recognition to the more than 7 million people who work in it.”

Ware added, “Holland employees and drivers work to bring industry-leading, quality next-day service to our customers. Holland drivers make safety a number one priority. It is only fitting that Holland professional drivers share the importance of trucking in our economy with these 20 new ‘It takes 7 million people to move America’ rolling billboards. Our drivers will take great pride in showcasing their expertise while delivering Holland customers’ goods across our great service region with these trailers.”

The Trucking Moves America Forward campaign launched in March 2014 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky to inform policymakers and the public about the many contributions trucking makes to our daily lives. Trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses and so much more.

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