Highway Transport was awarded “Carrier of the Year” at the recent Dow Carrier Conference in Midland, MI. This award is presented to a carrier who achieves the following:

  • High level of service greater than or equal to 98% on-time delivery
  • Great Safety Performance
  • High Tender Acceptance
  • Best Customer Service/Responsiveness to Dow
  • Network Complexity
  • Competitive Pricing

pictured above: left–Greg Watkins, Vice Chair, Highway Transport  right–Marshall Franklin, President & CFO of Highway Transport holding the Dow Carrier of the Year award.

Dow Carrier of the Year Award 2017

an up-close view of the Dow Carrier of the Year Award


The Dow Carrier Conference was held October 5th near Dow headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Here is a comprehensive list of all awards presented to Highway Transport:

  • Silver Safety Award – No serious or moderate carrier caused transportation incidents, and no more than one carrier caused minor or event severity incident/10,000 shipments.
  • Road Sustainability Award (2nd Place)
  • Emergency Response –  for Hurricane Harvey
  • Carrier of the Year
Dow Road Sustainability Award

Road Sustainability Award – 2nd Place


Dow Carrier Conference 2017

The Dow Road Logistics Group and the Highway Transport Group. photo by Sean Mohr of Rolling Strong.

Vice Chairman Greg Watkins says, “Most of the time you will hear every tanker trucking company repeat the phrase, ‘safety is the most important thing,’ and this holds true at Highway Transport…from the driver room to the tank wash to my office at corporate headquarters. But here is what distinguishes Highway Transport from other carriers. We have a reputation for embracing each employee like family. Drivers are told from the start ‘We want you to work as safely as possible, because we want to get you home to your family.’ ”

“Driver’s don’t leave us,” adds Marshall Franklin, Highway Transport President & CFO, “Even though we have stricter, more stringent safety policies than most, we have a low employee turnover.

Dale Ducote Rolling Strong Wellness Program

Dale Ducote with his wife Kitty at Dale’s 2015 20-year milestone Rolex watch ceremony at Highway Transport.

“Our focus on family ties directly into our culture of safety.” Highway Transport was pleased to serve as a presenter at the Dow Carrier Conference on the crucial topic of Truck Driver Health. Highway Transport introduced, “The Dale Ducote Rolling Strong Program.” Named in memory of Dale Ducote, a Highway Transport driver who passed away of a heart attack in his truck at a customer site on June 3, 2017.  Rolling Strong is driver retention company that helps Highway Transport strive to improve overall driver health, pass truck driver DOT exams and get drivers home to their families.


Highway Transport was presented the Emergency Response Award for efforts in the days following Hurricane Harvey


Finally, at the Dow Carrier Conference, Highway Transport was humbled by the recognition received for its response to Hurricane Harvey. In the darkest days of the hurricane, employees across the company donated vacation days to colleagues at Highway Transport locations near Houston, TX. A total of 211 days were donated so that employees in La Porte TX and Freeport TX could receive wages for days missed during the most intense phase of the storm.






Highway Transport Leadership

Highway Transport leadership at the Dow Carrier Conference left to right: Joe Sheldon, Director of Linehaul & Recruiting
Andy Schultz, Director of Operations, East Region, Steve Kitts, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Barry Hall, Director of Operations, West Region. Marshall Franklin, President & CFO

The longstanding perception of Highway Transport continues to be one of family and tradition. Highway Transport has a presence in the following U.S. cities:

Highway Transport has a legacy of steady growth, servicing chemical companies with quality driven service for 68+ years.

Dow Road Logistics

Check out this small tanker truck made of stress ball foam. This was the fun giveaway at the Dow Carrier Conference.


Safety Focused. Quality Driven.


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