Every Shipment is a Priority at Holland
We are built for next-day delivery.
Because of our intense focus on the central U.S. & Canada, Holland customers take advantage of a greater next-day reach.
Call us at 1-866-465-5263 for a pickup today!
Sign Up for the Safety Drive for a Cure March 21, 2015
What is the Safety Drive for a Cure? It's a truck safety & skills competition to promote safe driving in the trucking industry.
Tune your skills before state TDCs begin & help raise money to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Competition is open to all drivers who have a CDL. Learn more: http://curepbt.org/
Discover your Direction--Find a Career with Holland Holland knows the Midwest and is the industry leader in regional LTL delivery.
Become a member of a great team and discover your direction at Holland.
Holland Driver Selected as America's Road Team Captain Holland professional driver Russell Simpson has been selected to serve as a 2015-2016 America's Road Team Captain by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
ATA President & CEO Bill Graves commented, "The America's Road Team represents the best of what trucking can be: dedication to safety, professionalism & pride in an industry that delivers life's essentials every day." Learn more.
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Holland: The Preferred Carrier of Retailers
Get your home and garden products on the shelves with greater speed and reliability with Holland, the preferred transportation carrier for the nation's leading home and garden retailers.
We handle each shipment with care:
• On-time arrival
• Knowledge of retailer requirements
• 99.8% damage-free delivery
• Responsive help
Our friendly customer service experts are ready to assist you today. Holland has the tools at hand to provide excellent service. Visit hollandregional.com/retail or call 866-465-5263 to learn more.
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New Holland Terminal in Grand Rapids, MI
Construction is under way on the new Holland Grand Rapids terminal. Ground was broken on December 19, 2014 for the 55,000 square-foot terminal building and 17,000 square-foot maintenance facility in Byron Township, Michigan.
Participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking are (L/R): VP Operations, Joe Sturtz; Facilities Maint. Mgr., Adam Rowe; Holland VP Finance, Dan Olivier; Holland President, Scott Ware; Grand Rapids Terminal Manager, Marc Weir; VP HR, Steve Blubaugh; Facilities Engineer, Scott Kamphuis.
The artist rendering below shows the greatly expanded yard, new terminal facility and offices. "All the Holland team members here in Grand Rapids are excited to see progress underway on our new home," said Marc Weir, Grand Rapids Terminal Manager.
He continued, "Holland drivers passing the site frequently mention to me that they are eager to move into our new home. Drivers, dockworkers and office staff have done a great job of never letting customers down, despite having to work in tight quarters and limited yard space. However, our expansion from 11 to 26 acres and larger, new facilities will improve services to Holland customers throughout our network."
The foundations for the structures are in place, despite the well-known hardships of Michigan winter weather. Employees are looking forward to a mid-summer move-in date. Watch for more updates in the next issue!
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Driver Melody Clark and the Call of the Road
When asked how she ended up behind the wheel of a truck, Melody Clark laughed as she recalled making that decision when only 14 years old.
Melody says that trucking is what she does and what she loves. She can't imagine driving for anyone but Holland. "My co-workers are great people and always ready to help one another. I've found my family here at Holland."
"I'm not sure what the attraction was," said Clark, "but I saw the trucks rolling down the road during the day or all lit up at night, and I imagined they were on their way to somewhere exciting."
Her first job was driving a dump truck. Next she drove a flat-bed where she "ran the road for many years." Then she heard about Holland. She applied and was hired over 10 years ago. For the last four years she has been a City Driver, which she says was a nice change. She's an "open-board" city driver, so she is able to see different parts of Cleveland during the week. One of the nice parts of her changing route is that she gets to meet many different people, and her customers are always happy to see her.
Watch our YouTube video of Melody Clark, Cleveland City Driver or visit the Holland Careers page and learn more about opportunities for Women in Trucking with Holland.
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Indy's Safety Superstars
When it comes to safety, the Holland Indianapolis garage (a.k.a. "The Shop") is second-to-none. The Shop has reached an incredible milestone--over 9 years without a single lost-time injury!
This record includes all 11 mechanics, plus the Parts Clerk, Supervisor and Manager. The mechanics perform regular preventative maintenance as well as other repairs--from oil and coolant leaks to steering, suspension and brake-related repairs, to electrical troubleshooting and all HVAC repairs.
Maintaining such an impressive safety record is no small feat. A number of challenges are faced every day. "One challenge is space," said John Thomas, Indianapolis Equipment Manager. "You have to be alert to hazards and clean up as much as possible. There are heavy-lifting situations. You need to be aware of your surroundings as well as others."
Despite the challenges, The Shop maintains the utmost level of safety. Daily pre-shift meetings are held. Safety reminders are shared. "The entire culture is safety-driven. Awareness is key," says Rodney Breckenridge, Area Maintenance Manager.
"I manage every situation at hand while looking out for the rest of the guys," said Aaron "I consider what is needed to work safely [tools/safety equipment]. It helps to keep an upbeat attitude and encourage everyone to work safely."
According to John, teamwork is key to a safe workplace: "Just the constant looking out for each other," said John. "Everyone kind of has their own space they work in. They keep what they need in that area. Stop, look, access and manage is also a very important safety strategy. But the #1 thing is having an Attitude for Safety--working together and getting along is a must."
Congratulations to the hard-working, safety-dedicated employees of The Shop for their massive ongoing safety milestone!
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