Jul 24, 2017



Every year for nearly a decade, truck drivers and owner-operators from across the U.S. and Canada call attention to the top fleets in the industry. Through nominations and evaluations, CarriersEdge and Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) identify and honor the carriers providing the best workplaces for their drivers. 

Omnitracs is proud to work with the best fleets in the business. As part of series of posts, we’re shining a spotlight on several Omnitracs customers that were recognized as one of the Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For and exploring what makes them great. 
Garner Trucking, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business founded in 1960 by Vern and Jean Garner with a single truck. Today, the carrier has more than 100 trucks and focus primarily on serving the Midwest with operations located in Findlay, Ohio, along the I-75 corridor. The company refers to itself as a highly skilled network of professional drivers and staff who have made the commitment to exceed customer expectations.

To maintain that commitment, Garner recruits caring and capable drivers who are dedicated and safety conscious. We spoke with Garner Trucking President and CEO Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, daughter of the company’s founders, who highlighted the importance of attracting and retaining great drivers. 

“The drivers are our front line — the first impression of Garner,” Sherri said. “They’re working directly with our customers and representing the Garner brand on the road with our name in big, bold letters on the side of our trucks.”

From experienced drivers, like Gary Smith who’s been with Garner for over a decade and is an American Trucking Association road team captain, to drivers hired right out of trucking school — all are held to the same standard. 

Committed to Family 
So how do they attract this level of talent? Sherri, who grew up alongside the business and has witnessed its longstanding culture firsthand, explained that Garner has a strong commitment to family, both the Garner family of employees and the spouses and children the drivers return home to. 

As part of its commitment to family, Garner works hard to ensure drivers make it home to spend time with loved ones. “The goal is to get our drivers a block of 48 hours at home, so they can get a full two days off with their families,” Sherri said. “In the same way that our office staff get weekends off, our drivers should too.”

This dedication to ensuring adequate family time for drivers is part of Garner’s history. 

“I remember early on when we had about 25 or 30 trucks, after working all week running the business, my dad would haul loads on the weekends,” Sherri said. “He did that so the drivers could take a break and be with their family. That was the kind of boss he was.”

Serving the Community 
In addition to its focus on family, Garner emphasizes strong community engagement. This includes coordinating volunteer activities — more specifically, those that support the causes that are important to Garner employees. 

“Everyone wants to work for someone they're proud of, and we want our drivers to be proud of Garner,” Sherri said. 

Volunteering locally has always been important to the company’s founders, who from the beginning would encourage employees to participate in everything from walk-a-thons and bowl-a-thons, to parades and food drives.

Garner trucking

Prioritizing Safety
Another way Garner aims to keep its drivers proud of the company they work for is to make sure drivers have the best equipment. That includes trucks that not only look nice but also keep the drivers — and others on the road — as safe as possible.

“We really keep them in mind when we're selecting our trucks,” Sherri said. “In fact, we ask them what they like in a truck. They spend a lot of time in their trucks, so it's important that they are happy there. We often hear how nice our equipment is, and it lends to attracting a better quality of driver for us as well. Our drivers care about the trucking image as much as we do.”

Beyond the trucks themselves, Garner also focuses on equipping their trucks with the right technology. As a customer of Omnitracs for more than 20 years, investing in technology has been another priority that has helped Garner on its road to becoming one of the best fleets to drive for. Because of its implementation of Omnitracs technology, Garner has also already achieved full AOBRD compliance since 2010. 

Each of these elements has contributed to the success Garner has experienced, and surely plays a role in why they were nominated and selected as a finalist for the Best Fleets to Drive For program. We’re proud of all the companies we work with, and we’re especially proud of Garner for putting its drivers first. 

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