May 19, 2018
Span Alaska Transportation earned three awards from the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA), recognizing its commitment to personal and professional safety on the highways, at its terminals, and at customer delivery locations throughout the state.
The ATA/ConocoPhillips Safe Truck Fleet of the Year is the Alaska Trucking Association’s most prestigious safety award, according to Aves Thompson, executive director of the ATA. “It is presented annually to the truck fleet with the safest operation for the preceding year. The criteria is the strictest in the industry, and is based on fleet miles driven, accident frequency, OSHA reports, and several other safety scores. ”
In addition to the top safety award, Span Alaska was recognized for most improved truck fleet safety and most improved industrial safety. The latter measures safety improvements at offices and facilities. The awards were announced by the ATA on April 19, 2018.
“Virtually every product shipped to Alaska is delivered on a truck. And Span drivers deliver more than 400 million pounds of freight a year, navigating some of the most difficult and dangerous roads in North America,” said Tom Souply, Span Alaska’s president. “The award honors our drivers’ high safety performance and our care for others who share the road.
“These three awards collectively reflect the dedication of our 200 employees who operate our truck fleet and freight terminals with the highest levels of safety and security,” Souply added.
Span Alaska Transportation has 40 years of experience serving as a transportation lifeline to cities and communities throughout Alaska.
It is the largest freight carrier and forwarder in the state, delivering more than 400 million pounds of cargo annually through its highway, rail, air, and ocean network connecting the Lower 48 to all points in Alaska.
The company also offers expedited overnight delivery and a weekly barge service from Seattle. Using specialized equipment, Span transports over-dimensional and heavyweight cargo to the far reaches of Alaska and provides a seasonal freeze protection service to safeguard temperature-sensitive products.
With its dedicated fleet of more than 500 tractors, containers, trailers, and flatbeds, Span maintains complete chain of custody and visibility throughout the freight move, from cargo receipt to doorstep (or last-mile) delivery.
Span Alaska was established in 1978 and is based in Auburn, WA. It also operates freight terminals in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, and Wasilla.
Span Alaska is a subsidiary of Matson Logistics, which offers customers complete North American freight transportation services with any size, any distance truck transportation and intermodal carriage using all Class I rail networks. Matson Logistics’ East and West Coast warehouses provide inventory receiving, storage, and distribution, including preparing merchandise to retail-ready requirements and for DtC fulfillment. Its Supply Chain services help importers manage the intricacies of sourcing overseas, from factory orders to final delivery. By combining 3PL services and multimodal transportation with process expertise and digital transformation technology, Matson Logistics speeds customers’ products to market and optimizes their overall value chain.