Pittsburgh, PA (August 2, 2023) - PITT OHIO, a leader in transportation, warehouse and logistics services, announced they will be sending two (2) of its drivers to compete at the American Trucking Associations National Truck & Step Driving Championships. The competition, recognizing the safest drivers in the country, will take place August 16-19 in Columbus, Ohio.
PITT OHIO’s safety program is highly regarded within the industry. A recipient of the President’s Trophy 7 times and multiple awards in states covering the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, the company’s commitment to safety both on and off the road has prepared these drivers well for the qualifying state competition and the National Championship. Thirty-two PITT OHIO drivers competed at the state level to qualify for nationals; 2 qualified by placing 1st in their respective categories.
- Mike Miltenberger, from the company’s Cumberland terminal, finished in first place in the 5-Axle category and attained the highest score among all competitors, earning him the Grand Champion award. This will be Mike’s fifth time competing on the national stage. Miltenberger said, “This year will be my fifth time competing in the National Truck Driving Championships. I look forward to the competition every year, it’s not all about winning even though it’s on the top of the list! The friendships that are made among the best of the best usually out last the glory of winning. I have made new friends every year and we stay in touch! It’s amazing to be able to compete against some of the best drivers in the nation! I would like to thank Chuck Hammel for giving us the opportunity to represent PITT OHIO in the Super-bowl of the Truck Driving Championships!
- Alex Atkins, from the company’s Charleston terminal, finished in first place in the Straight Truck category. This is Alex’s first time competing at Nationals. “I am very excited for my first appearance at Nationals. Doing this job safely is important to me, so I’m grateful that PITT OHIO puts such an emphasis on training and making sure we adhere to every mandate. I also appreciate the PITT OHIO Safety Department for helping me to train for the national competition. I will do my best to make PITT OHIO proud.”
The Truck Driving Championships, a 3-day competition, is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and safety expertise. The event includes a difficult driving-skills challenge, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.
PITT OHIO’s Vice President of Safety, Jeff Mercadante, said, “Winning the State Truck Driving Championship demands focus and attention to safe driving and experience. Mike and Alex are excellent drivers and I see them doing really well at the national Truck Driving Championships. Good Luck!”
ABOUT PITT OHIO
PITT OHIO has been providing the best value in transportation and logistics solutions to our customers for over 44 years, reaching over $900 million in revenue last year. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, PITT OHIO services the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northeast regions. In addition to their legacy LTL freight solution, PITT OHIO provides supply chain and logistics solutions including expedite, freeze protection, truckload, warehouse and distribution, container transloading, dedicated and more. To make this happen, and to fulfill PITT OHIO’s Purpose, President Charles Hammel, III employs over 3,200 employees who are committed to doing the right thing every day. Explore their website to see how PITT OHIO is dedicated to the safe and sustainable motor transport of products, doing right by their employees and their customers, and making a positive impact on the environment. To contact PITT OHIO, schedule service, or apply for employment, please visit their website at www.pittohio.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS
American Trucking Associations (ATA) is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.
ABOUT NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by American Trucking Associations. This competition has a long history – dating back to 1937 when it was known as the National Truck Rodeo. The NTDC competitors are made up of the winners in eight classes of competition from 50 State Trucking Associations’ Truck Driving Championships, as well as the winners of the auto transporters class at the regional TDCs.
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