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Safe Drivers Honored By R&J Trucking

By Steve Pollock

July, 2018

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BOARDMAN, OH… R&J Trucking held their annual Safety and Awards Banquet this past May 19th at the Holiday Inn on South Ave. in Boardman, Ohio. Many of R&J Trucking’s Professional Truck Drivers and staff members attended the banquet. 

Before R&J’s Safe Drivers were recognized, Director of Safety Anne Marie Naples reviewed the company’s safety standings. For drivers to be eligible for employment at R&J Trucking, they must have a low CSA score. Anne Marie congratulated R&J Trucking drivers for enabling the company to maintain some amazingly low CSA scores.

All three of American Bulk Commodities companies: R&J Trucking; John Brown Trucking; and Southern Haulers were well below national averages for CSA scores. The company focuses efforts on reducing common violations, which include seat belts, speeding and vehicle maintenance issues by coaching and rewarding drivers who achieve clean inspections with gift cards.

American Bulk Commodities and its subsidiaries: R&J Trucking, John Brown Trucking and Southern Haulers are great companies to work for with an annual turnover rate of less than 50%. This year the company awarded over $15,000 to its safe drivers. To qualify as a safe driver, you must have no moving violations and no chargeable incidents in the past year. All of R&J Trucking’s safe drivers received a cash award bonus for their efforts. The 2017 R&J Trucking Safe Drivers are:

1 Year: Christopher Ricketson, Mark Bigley, Robert Alberter, Jr., Daniel Hipple, Darren Auzier

2 Years: James Burney, Sr., Ronald Naugle, Rodney Robinson, James Morrow, Amil Dinsio, Jr., Troy White

3 Years: Robert Ashman, Timothy Sears, Michael Manse, Roger Hake

4 Years: James Hutch, Bryan Hicks, Jarrett Quarles

5 Years: Scott Hart, Robert Boyes, Christopher Lengyel, Paul Softich, Terry Dunbar, Augustine Gonzalez, Jr., Shawn Byers

6 Years: Charles Jones, James Trube

7 Years: Todd Allen, Roy Weamer, James Marlatt, Carey Lapushansky

8 Years: William Fialkowski

9 Years: Thomas Moody, Jr., John McMillion

11 Years: Matthew Desellem

12 Years: Charles Phillips

13 Years: John Fazio

14 Years: David Packard

16 Years: Brad Druschel

17 Years: George Hern, James Tulip, David York, Jr.

18 Years: Leonard Pieri

20 Years: Kenneth Cappitti, Chad Krenn

21 Years: Martin Dansereau, Robert Weikart

22 Years: Reed Hart, James Niddel

23 Years: Leonard Brewer, Jr., William Kerns

Also honored were the following Million Mile Drivers:

1 Million Miles: John Fazio

2 Million Miles: Jim Tulip, Bob Wikart, Jim Niddle, Bill Kearns

Reed Hart was recognized for 25 years of service.

The staff and management of American Bulk Commodities want to thank all of their drivers for being safety conscious and helping the company to achieve safety scores well below the national average for carriers of their size. Through their efforts, American Bulk Commodities continues “Leading The Way.” American Bulk Commodities was founded by Ron Carrocce in 1960 and has been family owned and operated for 4 generations of the Carrocce family..


2 Million Mile Safe Drivers- L-R: Jim Niddle, Robert Wikart, Bill Kearns, and Jim Tulip. Standing are: Gary Carrocce, VP of Operations; Anne Marie Naples, Director of Safety and Mark Carrocce, President.

Standing at the back: Some of the safe drivers of R&J Trucking. R&J Trucking staff members are kneeling in the foreground.