TROY, Mich., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) is joining the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to recognize more than 3 million drivers nationwide during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 15-21. The company's employees across the United States will personally thank truck drivers delivering raw materials to its plants and finished goods to customers.
During the ATA-sponsored week, truck drivers bringing freight to Meritor's U.S. facilities will see banners of appreciation and recognition for their service and commitment to delivering goods safely and on time. In addition, Meritor social media channels will promote safe trucking tips during the month of September. Followers can join in on the conversation by connecting to #safetrucking.
"At Meritor, we recognize that these hardworking men and women keep the country moving, logging close to 398 billion miles each year and delivering billons of tons of freight ̶ all while keeping our highways safe," said Tim Burns, vice president, North America, Meritor. "We appreciate their dedication, focus on safety and timely delivery."
From its 13 U.S. facilities, Meritor makes 120,000 truck freight shipments in the United States annually and interacts with more than 2,400 drivers. In fact, the company's shipments travel more than 95 million miles each year.Meritor has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a SmartWay Transport Partner, a freight sector effort to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions and improve energy security. In 2012, the company accumulated more than 20 million Green Miles, which are miles eliminated or not driven, by using more efficient routes or, as in Meritor's case, combining partial cargo loads into one load. According to the ATA, the nation's truck drivers log close to 398 billion miles each year and in 2012 delivered more than 68 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage – or more than 9.4 billion tons of freight. Eighty percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry to receive their goods.