D&D Idaho Private 100 Award and Proud Recognition

February 16, 2018

Proud Recognition

2017 was a busy and productive year here at D&D and, as always, we are so grateful to be able to what we do and cannot express enough how thankful we are for the folks in the office managing accounts, the guys in dispatch and logistics coordinating the contract, loads and drivers, the shop staff who keeps the mechanics of it all maintained and safe, and of course the drivers.  We have a lot to be proud of so, kicking off 2018 is no different. We are proud of the hard work and the successes, and it would be nothing if it were not for the people.

This year we have a few people that we would like to recognize and honor for some very important reasons. First of all, we have two exceptional anniversaries to celebrate and honor. Both Curtis Graves and Kathy Brown have been with us for over two decades. We are so grateful for their contributions and loyalty and would like to celebrate their years with us. Secondly, we would like to give special attention to William Irving for his nomination as Maintenance Person of the Year by the Idaho Trucking Association. To be considered one of the best in one of the most important categories in trucking is more than an honor - It is exceptional, and we are so proud of William for the recognition.

Idaho Private 100

Lastly, we would like to mention a particularly proud moment. At the end of 2017, on behalf of Idaho Commerce and Governor Otter, D&D was recognized for the commitment we have to our business and the contribution we make to Idaho in advancing the state's economy. With that recognition we were included in a list of the top 100 Private companies in Idaho. Below is the interview that Jennifer gave as part of the qualification as well as the award notification letter. We hope you are as thrilled as we are, and again, thanks to everyone who made this possible. It was and is a huge team effort! Congratulations to all of you!

Interview Questions for Private 100 Award

1. What is your company doing to grow, train, retain and attract talent?

D&D believes that company culture is one of the most important components in business and business strategy. We believe that brand is built from the inside out and that the positive environment that you foster internally will be reflected in the ability to retain and attract talent both on the administrative side of the company and on the driver side.

We treat every team member with the same level of respect and provide mentorship and training across all functions so that we can work better as a team by understanding the position that everyone holds.

Lastly and most importantly, we are a family run business and recognize the importance of a work life balance for our staff and our drivers. We make it a priority to route our drivers to specific locations so that they can be home with their families for the holidays. At the end of the day our business is family so family is part of our business.

2. What is your approach to your company's involvement in the community?

Our company is based in a small community. Everyone knows everyone else and we make it our responsibility to take care of our families and our community. We hold positions on community and school boards, we donate money and time to our local sports teams, bands and other groups. We provide trucks for parades and flat-bed trucks for floats. You might say that because our not so little company is in a little town, participation and community involvement is in our DNA, and we will hold ourselves accountable to make it as strong and healthy as possible.

3. How has your company changed or altered course to stay on the leading edge?

Because our business is filled with specific regulations and procedures, it is a requirement to be up to date with the technology in our field. However, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovation in our industry.

We see safety as a number one business objective. From GPS tracking and fuel tracking to food safety protocols and CSA monitoring. Our business goes beyond simple logistics, we take seriously or role in staying ahead of the game where safety is concerned and most often that lies in new technologies.

We have integrated leading technology within our systems sometimes years ahead of requirements because we are proactive and see that these innovations can be more efficient, profitable and in many cases, just the right thing to do. We go beyond what is required and implement what is smart and forward looking in order to be prepared for whatever the future holds.

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