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Kenworth donates T680 sleeper for Transition Trucking recognition program

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Kenworth, Fastport and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes initiative are joining together for the fifth consecutive year to discover America’s top rookie military veteran driver, who has made the transition from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to driving for a commercial fleet.

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Under the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition program, Kenworth will again provide the top award – a Kenworth T680 equipped with a 76-in. sleeper and the PACCAR Powertrain featuring the PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles.

The top driver will be determined by an expert panel of judges. To qualify, drivers must meet four eligibility requirements:

  • Must have been active military or member of the National Guard or Reserve.
  • Graduated from PTDI-certified, NAPFTDS or CVTA member driver training school, with a valid CDL.
  • Employed by a trucking company that has made a hiring commitment and pledge to hire veterans on the Trucking Track Mentoring Program website (www.truckingtrack.org).
  • First hired in a trucking position between Jan. 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.

The nomination deadline is July 31, 2020. Full criteria and online nomination forms can be found on the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” website (www.transitiontrucking.org). A video on the program is also available (https://youtu.be/vN9G2-pPY0E).

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