May 8, 2024

Groendyke clinches record 9th NTTC safety award

From left: Chairman of the Board John D. Groendyke, CEO Greg Hodgen, Executive Vice President Aaron Harmon, President Joe Morrissey, and Vice President of Safety and Training Chris Pape accept the NTTC North American Safety Champion Award in the Harvison Division for Groendyke Transport Tuesday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (May 8, 2024) — Groendyke Transport won its record ninth National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) North American Safety Champion Award Tuesday at NTTC’s Annual Conference and Exhibits at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

Also known as the Heil Trophy, this award is given each year to the tank truck carrier with the best overall safety record and program in its division.

Groendyke won in the Harvison Division, for large for-hire carriers. To qualify to compete for this award, Groendyke also won the Class 2 mileage category.

G&D Trucking/Hoffman Transportation won the Sutherland Division, and Gemini Motor Transport won the Private Fleet Division.

What they're saying: “This is an incredible day for Groendyke Transport and a testament to the quality and professionalism of our people,” said Groendyke Transport CEO Greg Hodgen. “Every one of our more than 1,100 employees commit themselves daily to integrity, innovation, and leadership, and this award is proof of that. It’s another milestone in our 92-year history of delivering excellence to our customers and our nation’s economy.”

  • “This contest demonstrates the commitment to safety in daily operations of all NTTC member companies,” said Hodgen, a past NTTC chairman and current board member. “Each of us serves the U.S. economy and the motoring public, working hard to meet the high calling of safe operations. Companies that rise to the top and win this award are members of an elite group that represent the class of all trucking, the NTTC.”

By the numbers: Groendyke is a privately held, family-owned company that services 49 states, Canada and Mexico from its 40 locations in 15 states.

  • The company ranks in the top 10 of tank truck carriers based on revenue.

  • In 2023, Groendyke had an accident frequency of .415 DOT accidents per million miles.

Groendyke has now won Heil Trophies for its safety efforts in 1973, 1975, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2016, 2018,and 2023. After Groendyke’s nine trophies, the nearest competitor has five all-time.

  • About NTTC: NTTC is a trade association composed of over 600 companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America.  The tank truck industry generates about 6% of all truck freight revenue, but that represents nearly 30% of all truck freight in terms of tonnage due to the heavy nature of the liquid bulk products handled.

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