June 21, 2001 Jacksonville, Florida (NASDAQ:LSTR) - Landstar business capacity owner (BCO) Philip Johnson beat out 20 competitors to earn the title of Landstar Regional Safe Truck Driving Champion at one of the company's Annual Appreciation Days in Rockford, Illinois. The five-day open house brings BCOs, vendors and staff together to celebrate the small business professionals who lease their safe driving skills and equipment to Landstar. In addition to a Safe Driving Championship, the event includes business meetings and seminars, a truck beauty contest, entertainment and the opportunity to visit with friends.
"Appreciation Days are a time for us to celebrate the center of our business and this industry – our BCOs," said Landstar President and CFO Henry Gerkens. "BCOs represent everything that our company stands for – strength, dedication, and determination. Appreciation Days are a small token of our respect and gratitude for those men and women whose commitment to safe driving help to keep our country in business."
The term BCO refers to a Landstar independent contractor who operates a small business and provides the equipment necessary to haul freight.
Twenty Landstar professional truck operators competed on a championship obstacle course which tests precision driving skills, including right turns, alley docking, off-set alley lane changing, scale positioning, distance perception and straight line driving. The competition also includes a pre-trip inspection test. Contestants must also follow standard Landstar safety policy and are disqualified for failure to wear a seatbelt or jumping out of the truck instead of following the three-point stance when exiting.
Gerkens said Johnson and his competitors demonstrate Landstar's pledge to safe driving. "We are pleased to have BCOs like Philip on our team who exercise safe driving techniques on a daily basis. It's evident that these contenders regularly practice safety in all areas. They are proof of Landstar's dedication to maintaining safety on the road."
BCOs James Lininger and Russell Herring finished second and third respectively in the tractor-trailer division. Landstar Express America BCO David Johann placed first in the straight-truck division and Gwen Shelton earned second. All regional champions receive an expense-paid trip to Jacksonville, Florida for the company's national competition during Landstar Appreciation Days October 16-20, 2001.
The Rockford event also included a truck beauty contest. Bill Kersey took first place with his 2001 Kenwood Heavy Duty Expeditor, decorated with the colors of the American flag. Steven Pelczynski placed second, and Rex Veach finished third.
All Landstar truck operators are invited to test their skills in the regional competitions, a regular part of Landstar's ongoing safety program. The last two chances to win a regional event and qualify for the national championship this year are set for August 26 in Baltimore, Maryland and September 22 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group, comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. The Landstar multimodal group, comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., delivers excellence in expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.