SIDNEY — Continental Express Inc. held its annual safety meeting for its employees on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Addressing the drivers were speakers: Greg Schweppe, Sarah Goodwin and Andrew Diesel of Marsh & McLennan Insurance, who spoke about defensive driving; Mike Blackburn, with the Public Utilities Commission, who spoke on distracted driving; and Jeff Francis of Phelan Insurance, who provided a semi-truck driving simulator for the benefit of their fleet safety program.
The highlight of the meeting was the recognition of four drivers. Gary Koesters, of St. Marys, Jerry Sherouse, of Dayton, Randy Snider, of Sidney, and Fred Sextro, of Minster. Koesters, Sherouse, and Snider achieved 1 million consecutive, safe and accident free miles and Sextro accomplished 2 million consecutive, safe and accident free miles. All four drivers achieved a monumental and significant safety milestone. Each driver was presented with a trip to Las Vegas or the Bahamas, a cash gift, and a plaque for his truck.
In addition to the million mile awards, numerous employees were honored with their safety awards.
At the end of the meeting, there was a meal and a raffle consisting of many nice gifts donated by Continental customers and vendors.
Continental Express Inc. is a refrigerated freight carrier serving primarily the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest and has been in business for over 30 years. The corporate office is based in Sidney, Ohio and has five terminals located in Louisville, Kentucky; Danville, Virginia; Gaffney, South Carolina; Forth Worth, Texas; and Sidney Ohio. Continental operates with 350 trucks and 850 trailers, and employs 550 people. They believe that safety, service and communication are the keys to running an efficient and successful business.