THOMASVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2017) - Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. sent 18 drivers to compete in the American Trucking Associations' 80th Annual National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Glen Kirk, a line haul driver based out of Old Dominion's Indianapolis, Ind. service center, took first place in the three-axle class. Kirk has been driving professionally for over 20 years, and started at Old Dominion in 2010.
Kirk has competed in the Indiana State Truck Driving Championships for five years. In 2016, he placed second in the state in the three-axle class. To qualify, Kirk maintained an accident-free driving record throughout the year, before going on to compete against 46 other state champions in the three-axle division at Nationals. Kirk credits the support of his family as the motivation behind his success.
Kirk stated, "As a rookie at Nationals, I didn't know what to expect. It was very humbling to sit amongst the best drivers in the country. I couldn't ask to work for -- or represent -- a better company at Nationals than OD. They really take pride in their employees. Not to mention, I also love a challenge."
"We are very proud of Glen Kirk and every member of the OD Family that participated in the National and State Championships." said Greg Gantt, president and COO of Old Dominion Freight Line. "This annual event is an exciting way to bring the industry together and recognize our drivers for their hard work and skills."
Winners in nine classes of competition from 50 State Trucking Associations' Truck Driving Championships move up to compete in the National Championship. During the four day event, participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their driving and inspection skills, as well as their knowledge and professionalism. The qualifying round includes a written exam, pre-trip inspection and driving course. In the final round, participants compete in a driving course, consisting of six "problems."
One obstacle includes maneuvering around a rubber duck as closely as possible without making contact to gain the most points. The ducks are used throughout the competitions and have become an iconic symbol during this event. Glen Kirk shared that he won a rubber duck dressed as Frankenstein on a family vacation. He now keeps it on his dashboard as a reminder to, "not hit the duck."
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About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODFL) is a leading, less-than-truckload ("LTL"), union-free company providing premium service to all its customers. Old Dominion offers regional, inter-regional and national LTL service. In addition to its core LTL services, the company offers its customers a broad range of logistics services including ground and air expedited transportation, supply chain consulting, transportation management, truckload brokerage, container delivery and warehousing. In addition, Old Dominion offers a consumer product for household moving: OD Household Services. Through strategic partnerships, the Company also offers international freight forwarding services throughout the world. Old Dominion's claims ratio and on-time record are among the best in the industry. For more than 80 years, Old Dominion has been helping the world keep promises.
Recently, Old Dominion was recognized with the following acknowledgements for company leadership in the industry:
•For the eighth consecutive year, Logistics Management honored OD with its Quest for Quality Award.
•Inbound Logistics magazine named Old Dominion to its 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) 2017 list for the seventh consecutive year.
•Institutional Investors named David Congdon 2017 Best CEO for Airfreight & Surface Transportation division
•The ATA Transportation Security Council awarded OD with its 2016 Excellence in Claims and Loss Prevention Award for the fourth consecutive year.
•Mastio & Company ranked Old Dominion as No. 1 National LTL carrier for the seventh consecutive year.
•ATA 2016 President's Trophy Award winner in the Over 100 Million Miles category
•2016 SmartWay Excellence Award winner.
•Inbound Logistics magazine recognized Old Dominion as a 2016 Top 100 Trucker.
•Supply Chain Brain named ODFL in its 2016 "100 Great Supply Chain Partners" listing.
•NASSTRAC honored the company as 2016 Multi-Regional LTL Carrier of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
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