Charles Maly, an independent contractor affiliated with Shaffer Trucking of York, Neb., won the 20th Annual Truckload Carriers Association “Independent Contractor of the Year” grand prize -- an International® tractor. Donated by International Truck and Engine Corporation (who will also cover the Federal Excise Tax), Maly selected the International 9900ix as his prize.
“I was glad I won a brand new truck because International gave me the freedom to select the model and spec the truck however I wanted without any restrictions. This is very important to me because it allowed me to personalize the truck,” said Maly. In 1982, he bought a 1979 International TranStar that he had for more than eight years and says “International as a product is very driver and owner-operator friendly.”
The International 9900ix is powered by a 500 HP Cummins ISX engine and equipped with an Eaton transmission, 10 Goodyear G300 series radial truck tires, a pair of National premium cloth seats and a pair of Velvac aero bell tripod hood mounted mirrors.
“We’re happy that Mr. Maly selected an International 9900ix as his prize,” said Debbie Shust, Marketing Director for International’s Heavy Vehicle Center. “He exemplifies the qualities a TCA Contractor of the Year stands for and International is proud to support him and the TCA.”
Among Maly’s accomplishments are third place in the 2003 Truckload Carrier Association, 2003 driver of the month and the year for Nebraska and being part of the President Safe Driving Club for more than 22 years. To be a part of the President Safe Driving Club one must obtain a perfect driving record in both their personal and trucking life for more than three years to join, and must keep a perfect driving record each year to maintain membership.
Independent Contractor of the Year is sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association, International Truck and Engine Corporation, and Overdrive magazine. Ceremonies will be held at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Garland, Texas on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Five independent contractor drivers/teams were honored for their excellent safety records, unblemished work history, and selfless involvement in the community and industry.
About Truckload Carriers Association
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of over 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of over $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.
About International Truck and Engine Corporation
International Truck and Engine Corporation is a leading producer of medium trucks and heavy trucks for various markets including over-the-road, pickup and delivery, construction, utility and governments. Based in Warrenville, Ill., International offers its products, parts and services through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets North America and from more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world. Additional information is available at www.InternationalTrucks.com.