From Sep. 10-16 driver appreciation week was celebrated both nationwide and within Celadon. It’s a small gesture to show our appreciation for all the hard work and dedication that drivers put in. Although all our terminals celebrated the event, Celadon headquarters in Indianapolis held the larger events for drivers.
To kick off the week we brought in Kenny’s Academy of Barbering, a barber school with three locations in the Indianapolis area, to give out free haircuts for any drivers.
We followed up the fresh cuts with #truckwashtuesday and admin employees helped wax, shine, and dry any trucks that came through our free truck wash on the lot. One of the week’s biggest surprises also came on Tuesday with recognition coming from Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).
TCA acknowledged our very own David Miller, a driver since 2013, as a Highway Angel for his quick actions back in January. David responded to a man that fell to the floor and was unresponsive at a Pilot in Tennessee and began performing CPR until emergency medical services arrived. His recognition is part of TCA’s Highway Angel program that identifies drivers for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job. Miller received a certificate, patches, lapel pin, and truck decals for his actions.
Wednesday was focused on Wellness as Verve Health helped showcase healthy meals that drivers can make in the truck. Using a slow cooker and common ingredients, we cooked up easy to make meals for drivers to sample and gave away a crockpot!
The 10-year-anniversary wall at Indianapolis campus earned some new names on Thursday as the following drivers were honored in our engraving ceremony.
We thank all of them for the dedicated service to Celadon. Their consistency and decade of turning wheels is a large part of what has kept Celadon successful and moving forward. Along with their names being added to the wall they were given diamond-shaped “Decades of Dedication” decals for their trucks.
Drivers got to dunk the driver managers on Friday with our lever activated dunk tank. DM’s Brad Hackett, Mike Judy, Nick Hammons, and Kevin Hartell braved the cold water as drivers took their turns throwing fastballs.
All throughout the week we had raffle prizes with gifts including duffel bags, umbrellas, coolers, and gift cards. We were able to provide gifts to all incoming drivers thanks to donations from the following companies.
In addition to the raffle prizes we once again had our International Lonestar basketball rig, where drivers could shoot for prizes near the driver patio.
Although Driver Appreciation Week has wrapped up, we will continue with our drivers first mentality and focus on getting back to our basics. A huge thank you to all drivers that were able to make it to Driver Appreciation Week as well as those that stayed on the road during our events.