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51 Years Driving Without An Accident
Greatwide Driver Rick Gassman Reaches Milestone
Driver operates commercial vehicle 51 years and more than 4 million miles without accident or moving violation
DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire – March 10, 2010) – Greatwide Logistics Services, a national provider of third-party logistics services, today announced the significant accomplishments of Rick Gassman, a company driver with a career spanning more than 51 years and four million miles without a single moving violation or accident.
Gassman’s driving record is an example of Greatwide’s relentless focus on safety, and comes on the heels of a recent announcement of the company’s 26 percent improvement in collisions per million miles over the last four years.
Gassman is based out of Greatwide’s Dubuque, Iowa, operations center, which services Nordstrom, Inc., one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers. Greatwide recognizes him due to his outstanding performance record, ability to operate in a safe manner and contributions to the company and community.
In 2008, Gassman was recognized as Greatwide’s Company Driver of the Year. Additionally, he recently placed second in the country in the prestigious Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Company Equipment Driver of the Year competition.
“We are very proud to have Rick as part of the Greatwide team and appreciate the support he and all the other Greatwide drivers provide for our business,” says Loren VandenBerghe, director of transportation at Nordstrom. “Congratulations to Rick and the entire Dubuque team.”
Gassman holds an impressive safety record; in his 51-year professional driving history, he has driven more than four and a half million miles without a collision. That’s the equivalent of driving cross-country more than 1,300 times, or driving around the earth 160 times — all without a single collision.
“On behalf of everyone at Greatwide, we are honored to have a professional driver such as Mr. Gassman in our organization,” said John Simone, president and chief operating officer of Greatwide Logistics Services.
“Because of drivers like him, we have been able to provide Nordstrom an exceptional level of service with a best-in-class collision rate of 2.18 collisions per million miles. Without a commitment to safety and customer service throughout our organization, we would not be able to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”