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August 21st, 2014

Con-way Truckload is proud to once again be a part of the Great American Trucking Show (GATS), held each August in Dallas, Texas. This year’s show will be held Thursday through Saturday, August 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

The Great American Trucking Show is one of the nation’s largest trucking trade shows. This three-day event features a wide variety of trucking industry exhibitors, informational seminars and showcases the latest in industry technology. Attendees have an opportunity to meet some of the most influential leaders in the trucking industry, representing more than 100 companies. The GATS Recruiting Pavilion offers current and potential drivers the chance to meet with company representatives from all over the country.

Con-way Truckload will have a booth in the Recruitment Pavilion where attendees can speak with recruiters and drivers about jobs, training and support at Con-way Truckload, our new pay increase and more. Swing by our booth, # 20167 and meet Gretchen Jackson, Manager of Recruiting for Con-way Truckload. She will be joined in the booth by recruiters Susi Killinger and Josh Landers.

Also attending from Con-way Truckload will be owner operators Eric Johnson and Dave Foster. In addition to his driving career, Eric is featured on the popular History Channel reality show, Big Rig Bounty Hunters, which follows driver/bounty hunters who search for lost or stolen tractor-trailer rigs. Dave Foster, a driver with more than 30 years in the industry, is set to once again enter his 2005, 13 speed Kenworth W900L in the Overdrive Pride and Polish Competition.

As an added treat, stopping by the Con-way Truckload booth will be the 2014 winner of Overdrive Magazine’s Most Beautiful Driver Award, Emily Wentworth. Emily will be in attendance at booth at our booth on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and again on Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for a meet and greet, photo opp and autographs.

Hope to see you at GATS and make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the show!

August 12th, 2014

We know that our professional drivers are the company’s most important asset and that’s why Con-way Truckload is pleased to announce an improved driver pay package that raises per-mile pay, increases layover pay and adds a new bonus program to reward drivers for both loyalty and productivity.

Effective Sept. 7, 2014, Con-way Truckload eligible drivers will see a $0.01 per dispatch mile increase in their pay rate and an increase in layover/breakdown pay to $75 per day. On Sept. 1, 2014 our drivers will start earning through our new productivity bonus program.

Our new annual productivity bonus is designed to reward drivers for their loyalty. Under this program, drivers can earn additional compensation, paid as an annual bonus, of between $0.015 and $0.03 per mile, on miles driven within previous 12 months from their anniversary date.

Here’s how it works:

Drivers with current mileage achievements of less than a million miles driven with Con-way Truckload will receive an additional $0.015 per mile for all miles driven during a twelve month period. Drivers who have achieved one million miles or more with Con-way Truckload will receive an additional $0.03 per mile for all miles driven in a twelve month period. This bonus will be paid out the month following a driver’s anniversary date.

When combined with our other driver compensation and bonus programs, a new-hire, experienced company driver can start at a total of $0.425 per mile.
The rate increases and new bonus program enhance one of the industry’s most attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package for OTR drivers. Currently, Con-way Truckload’s package includes: bonus pay for reaching safety performance objectives, paid vacations, health care plans, a retirement savings 401(k) plan including a company contribution, free rider programs, a pet companion ride-along program and reliable home time.

Questions? If you are one of our drivers, your fleet manager has all the details and will be available to talk. You can also find more information in Option 5. Thank you for staying True to Blue!

New to Con-way Truckload or want to join our team? Give one our recruiters a call at 1-866-265-2617 or learn more at www.true2blue.com.

July 22nd, 2014

Open Letter from company President, Joe Dagnese

As part of my onboarding at Con-way Truckload, I decided it would be best for me to learn what we do from the ground up by taking a truck trip. I set up the week to spend five or six days out on the road with Mr. Frank Merrill, one of our professional Driver Finishers. We had a mix of tough days with short miles, mechanical issues with our trailer, and axle weight distribution problems on an automotive parts load, but we powered through, logging a total of 2,327 miles – not bad for a rookie.

My experiences from the trip were humbling and helped validate the key areas we are working on to improve our company. We have to think differently about how we approach what we do, and how we do it. One of the most important things I realized was that engaging management with our driver workforce is critical.

I discovered, during a long conversation with Frank one night, that management and drivers don’t always communicate well with each other. For example, a question was posed by one of our drivers in a “Your Voice is Heard” call, which, although the senior management team answered the question, they didn’t really answer the true underlying question. It took Frank and I almost 30 minutes of back and forth to get at what was really being asked. We, the management of the company, need to take more time to truly understand what the driver issue or need is. I have asked our management team to ensure we are addressing the true root of the questions being asked. I would also ask that you, our professional driver, try to frame up questions as transparently as possible. If you see an improvement opportunity, state the problem and reason it is an issue. Of course, your suggestions and input as to how to address the problem are absolutely welcome. To submit a question or issue, email communications@conwaytruckload.com.

Frank and I also discussed the Smith Key Principles of Safety in detail as part of creating a safe driving environment, which is the foundation of our culture. What I found is that these same principles apply to how we need to think about transforming our company to make it stronger.

1. Aim high in your steering = Aim high in your goals for success.
2. Get the Big Picture = Every employee at Con-way Truckload should know how their job fits into achieving our company goals.
3. Keep your eyes moving = Have eyes for improvement to eliminate waste and inefficiencies. Do not accept “this is the way we have always done it” unless it is proven to be true.
4. Leave yourself an out = Our key focus priorities will change with the landscape of the market. It is imperative we stay ahead of what is happening around us.
5. Make sure they see you = Be a relevant company in our industry and with our customers.

I appreciated both Frank’s time and honesty. The trip opened my eyes to some important issues facing our drivers, company and industry and my purpose is to ensure that we continue grow stronger as a whole. I ask you all to share your thoughts and ideas to help us all improve. Thank you for your commitment to safety and to Con-way Truckload.

Stay safe out there,

Joe Dagnese
President, Con-way Truckload