Quality Drive-Away Inc., headquartered in Goshen, Ind., announced that it has been named a winner of the 2011 Global Supplier Of the Year award by Blue Bird Corp., according to a press release. Fort Valley, Ga.-based Blue Bird manufacturers and supplies Type A, C and D school buses to over 60 countries around the globe.
Trey Jenkins, vice president of purchasing and supplier quality for the motorhome delivery company, said six winners out of Blue Bird’s total supply base were selected to receive this prestigious award based on their “superior performance related to cost, quality, delivery and technology.”
Devon Bechtel, president of Quality Drive-Away, noted, “This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all our people and that as a service based company we must provide the best possible customer service available if we want to stay in business.” Bechtel added that a big part of the company’s success is due to the independent contract drivers who work hard to insure we meet our customers’ expectations.
For over 20 years Quality Drive-Away has been a leader in the delivery of motorhomes, commercial motor vehicles and recreational trailers. Now through its motorized division, it is rapidly growing as a transporter of box trucks, UPS trucks, ambulances and buses. Today, Quality Drive-Away contracts with over 1300 independent contract drivers and services its customers from six terminals located throughout the United States.
For information on Quality Drive–Away Inc. or Foremost Transport, please contact: Dave Wilson at 574-642-2015.
Effective Saturday (Jan. 1), Quality Drive Away Inc. and Baker Transport, now named Foremost Transport Inc., will have completed their plan for restructuring.
According to Devon Bechtel, president of Goshen, Ind.-based Quality Drive Away, the companies are being restructured to take greater advantage of their core competencies in the markets for which they provide transportation services. Quality has grown its share in commercial markets.
The restructuring will separate the companies into two operating entities:
- Quality will become the operating company for delivery of all motorized vehicles such as motorhomes, semi tractors, buses of all types and truck bodies. Jim Nywening, who will serve as general manager of Quality, has 23 years of experience in the transportation industry.
- Foremost will service the flatbed, towable and specialty trailer requirements of its customers including delivery of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, cargo trailers and tent campers. Matt Grierson, with 27 years of experience in the transportation industry, will be the general manager of Foremost.
Bechtel further stated, “I am excited about the prospects for 2011 with our new changes. We believe that these changes will allow us to be viewed differently in the marketplace, enhancing the continuity of what we do within our specific markets. I would also expect us to gain operating efficiencies as our companies focus on similar operating requirements of their customer base. Jennifer Miller, previously associated with the towable segment, will be heading the effort to streamline our administrative functions. We believe the separation of our companies will allow us to be more focused on what is important to support our customers.”