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Posted August 18 , 2010
Driving Competition

Home Hardware Driver Crowned Champion at Ontario Truck Driving Championships

St. Jacobs – Recently, Home Hardware Stores Limited truck driver, Shawn Matheson, was crowned Grand Champion at the Ontario Truck Driving Championships. Shawn took first place in the Tandem Tandem class and received the highest points overall - making him the Grand Champion.

“Safety on the roads is extremely important,” said Shawn. “I have been driving for 10 years and I take a lot of pride in my job as a driver for Home Hardware’s award winning fleet. As a professional driver, I am on the road every day. I strongly believe we need to do our part to enhance road safety by leading by example.”

Shawn, along with the other first place class winners, will be representing Ontario at the National Professional Truck Driving Championships which will be held September 16th to 19th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Shawn Matheson is from Listowel, Ontario.

“I’d like to congratulate Shawn on this significant accomplishment,” said Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “His hard work and dedication to safety is commendable. We are very proud of our drivers who consistently perform to the highest of standards.”

Home Hardware was well represented at the championships with Ernest Streicher, placing second in the B-Train class and Wayne Ballagh placing third. Joe Kuntz placed second in straight truck and Bryon Winfield placed fourth in single tandem class.

Home Hardware recently received the Safest Large Fleet Award at the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) annual conference. With more than 75 per cent of the miles it covers considered ‘long-haul’, the Home Hardware fleet runs approximately 17 million kilometres a year while serving stores coast-to-coast from the company’s four distribution centres. Home Hardware previously won the Safest Large Fleet Award in 2005 and 2008.

Home Hardware has developed industry leading road safety policies for the fleet, including written policies for the hiring, orientation and training of drivers. Developed in conjunction with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Home Hardware was one of the first fleets to adopt a Carrier Safety Management System, which documents all phases of a carrier's safety program from the initial hiring of drivers, through orientation, to the continual monitoring of their ongoing performance. On-board recorders monitor driver behaviour and drivers are kept appraised of their own and the entire fleet’s performance. Home Hardware recognizes high performance by awarding bonuses to drivers with good results.

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