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Truck writers honor industry achievements at MATS ceremony

The Truck Writers of North America presented awards to trucking industry’s top achievers March 25 at a banquet during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.

Awards presented include TWNA’s 2003 Communication Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award and Technical Achievement Award, in addition to the Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award and more.

This was the first year for the awards banquet and the organization’s communication awards.

TWNA Communication Awards

Mark Reddig

Mark H. Reddig, Land Line

With 60 writers and organizations entered for the 2003 Communications Awards, winners received gold, silver or bronze awards in their categories for first, second and third place.

Land Line netted two gold awards: a gold medal for Mark Reddig’s “Beware the Dragon” and Tom Kelley’s “Ghosts of Nameplates Past.” Bill Hudgins’ “Every Move You Make” and “Wi-Fi Wise” brought home silver and bronze medals for Land Line.

The awards for Best of Division went to Bette S. Garber for her book “Custom Semi-Trucks,” published by MBI; “Convoy Rises Again,” by Chuck Miller, Road King, Parthenon Publishing for best magazine; and Eaton Corp.’s “Vehicle Diagnostic Scanner Brochure” for marketing and public relations.

Deierlein honored
TWNA handed out its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to truck industry freelance writer Bob Deierlein. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to the improvement of communications in the trucking industry throughout his career.

Well-known throughout the trucking industry, Deierlein’s career spans 30 years; he worked the past 20 years as a freelancer. Throughout this period, Bob’s tech-savvy reports have appeared in most of the industry’s top publications.

TWNA Technical Achievement Award
Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems’ Roll Stability Control for tractors and trucks won the 2003 Technical Achievement Award from the Truck Writers of North America. The system is designed to help prevent a rollover.

TWNA president Rolf Lockwood, editorial director for New Communications Group, presented the award to Richard Romer, director of electronic products for Meritor WABCO, at ceremonies held March 18 at the winter meeting of The Technology and Maintenance Council in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He presented the award again for the MATS award banquet.

MATS Goddyear Highway Hero

Derrick Harris

Goodyear North America Highway Hero
Derrick Harris, a driver for Schneider National Carriers, received the 21st annual Goodyear North America Highway Hero award and a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond during the banquet.

Not only did Harris come to the aid of a man who had been deliberately set afire, he also helped authorities find the man’s attacker. Harris lives in Hopewell, VA.

Special Olympics honors OOIDA
On behalf of the Special Olympics convoy, a special award of appreciation was given to supporters, with special recognition to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The awards were given by


OOIDA members sweep Truck-Lite Trophy awards 
The top three positions in the 2003 National Association of Show Trucks national championship went to OOIDA members with remarkable, imaginative trucks. First place in the Truck-Lite Trophy competition went to Bob and Shelly Brinker, Grayling, MI. Gary Patterson, Fredonia, PA, came in second, followed by Danny Mizer, Elyria, OH.

All winners’ names are engraved in the original Truck-Lite Trophy, a walnut and etched crystal original design, which is kept at Truck-Lite headquarters in Falconer, NY.

Ol’ Blue USA
Ol’ Blue USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to large vehicle safety, received a $25,000 contribution at the awards banquet. Michelin Americas Truck Tires presented the check to R.J. Taylor, founder and administrator of Ol’ Blue USA.