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PMTA and Members Win National Awards at ATA SMC Conference

PMTA and Members Win National Awards at ATA SMC Conference

Two members recognized and PMTA received Summa Cum Laude recognition for its safety program

At last week’s Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition in Phoenix, the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Safety Management Council (SMC) conferred several prestigious awards to PMTA member businesses and individuals.

“Safety is at the heart of our industry, and these carriers and professionals embody this principle consistently,” said ATA President Chris Spear. “I want to congratulate these valued members of our industry for their commitment to safety and professionalism.”

ATA’s President’s Trophy for over 100 Million Miles was awarded to PMTA member PITT OHIO of Pittsburgh, PA. PITT OHIO is a family-owned regional motor carrier offering less-than truckload, drayage, and logistics services, providing freight services across the mid-Atlantic and midwestern U.S. In 2022, PMTA Board member Jeff Mercadante, PITT OHIO’s Vice President of Safety was awarded ATA’s Safety Director of the Year.

The 2023 ATA National Safety Director of the Year award was presented to Steven Garrish, vice president of safety and compliance at PMTA member Old Dominion Freight Line, one of North America’s largest less-than-truckload motor carriers, providing regional, inter-regional, and national LTL services throughout the continental U.S.

PMTA’s Director of Safety John Rigney accepted a Summa Cum Laude award on behalf of the association for conduct of a superior program of Safety Activities for its members. Summa Cum Laude is the highest ranking a state association can receive. This is the second year in a row that PMTA received this distinction.

Rigney credited PMTA’s members and volunteers for the association’s success. “PMTA is able to provide a robust level of training, education and support for the trucking industry in Pennsylvania due to the dedicated volunteers in our membership that actively promote safety within their own companies and all those who operated commercial vehicles within the Commonwealth,” he said.

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