Decker Truck Line Inc. is celebrating a milestone for its successful new western expansion by recognizing the Decker West staff members who were instrumental in helping the company meet and exceed its 100-truck goal.
In just over one year of operation, the newly formed Decker West went from a single truck driver to its current status of employing 120 truck drivers and 13 staff members based out of Missoula, Mont.
"We chose our Missoula location because the area boasts such an abundance of quality personnel who have a heritage of transportation experience," said Lonnie Wallace, Decker general manager of reefer operations. "We're thrilled at what they've been able to accomplish in such a short time, especially considering that the division has continued to grow despite the tough economic environment."
Recognized for their efforts in launching the new western division were: Jerrod Schmauch, Western Division manager; Jenny Stuber Graham, director, sales and marketing; Liam Lederer, safety-training; Jesse Butler, driver recruiting; Curtis Gauthier, operations support; Alan Henderson, Jack Gillespie and Mike McChesney, fleet managers; Bret Carlson, customer service; Ken Hoover, shop foreman; Nick Busby and Jeffrey Wilson, technicians; and Richard Hume, maintenance support.
Decker West was begun in June 2010 out of a desire to expand its footprint in the western United States, the company already being strategically positioned in the Midwest and eastern portion of the country. Its new terminal location provides visibility and easy access to I-90.
Founded in 1931, Decker Truck Line Inc. is a diversified carrier, transporting flatbed, refrigerated and dry van freight to the 48 contiguous states and seven Canadian provinces. Headquartered in Fort Dodge, Decker maintains terminals in Davenport; Mediapolis; Hammond, and Fort Wayne, Ind,; Bessemer, Ala.; and Missoula, Mont.