By: admin On: March 14, 2018 In: News Comments: 0

BATESVILLE, Indiana, March 14, 2018 – The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) recently awarded its highest honor – the Silver Spark Plug – to Randy Obermeyer, Batesville Casket terminal manager, and three other trucking professionals at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. This award is reserved for individuals who represent the best in their commitment to improved engineering and maintenance standards through the development of TMC-recommended practices.

“The Silver Spark Plug is our industry’s highest honor, recognizing professional excellence in commercial vehicle maintenance,” said Robert Braswell, TMC executive director. “This year’s winners represent the pinnacle of our industry and we are pleased to bestow this honor on them.”

Other recipients include: Todd Cotier, Hartt Transportation, Bangor, Maine; Paul Menig, Tech I-M, Sherwood, Oregon; and Jeff Harris, USA Truck, Inc., Van Buren, Arkansas.

“More than half of the 7.3 million people employed by the trucking industry do something other than drive a truck, and without them, our nation’s goods don’t get to our stores, hospitals and factories,” said American Trucking Association (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear. “These individuals are examples to all of us in this industry and they are to be commended.”

Obermeyer has responsibility for the maintenance of Batesville’s private fleet, which includes everything from over-the-road rigs to local delivery trucks, and manages over-the-road drivers operating out of the Batesville and Indianapolis locations. He serves on the boards of the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council and Trucker Buddy International, and was named a Truck Fleet Innovator by Heavy Duty Trucking in 2017.

“Throughout his career, Randy has shown a passion for excellence and a natural curiosity for learning that have propelled him to do great things,” said John Linville, vice president of supply chain at Batesville. “He is a true asset to our team and we’re proud to have him as part of the Batesville family.”



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TMC is America’s premier technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the

broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations. Find out more about TMC online at http://tmc.trucking.org.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.


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