Two drivers representing Decker Truck Line Inc. were awarded honors during the 2012 Iowa Truck Driving Championships held at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona.
Stan Giddings took second place in the five-axle flatbed class. Dean Filmer took third place in the five-axle sleeper berth class.
Filmer is also a member of the Iowa Motor Truck Association's Road Team.
During the Iowa Truck Driving Championships, sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Iowa Council of Safety Management, approximately 116 professional truck drivers participated in a two-day event. All the drivers were tested in four areas: pre-trip vehicle inspection, written examination, personal interview, and driving skills. There were eight classes of competition: three-axle van, four-axle van, five-axle van, flatbed, tank, twin trailer, straight truck and sleeper berth.
To participate, the driver must have an accident-free record 12 months prior to the event, have been employed by the same company for one year, and been actively performing the duties of a professional truck driver for 12 months prior to the event. The driver must also possess an outstanding attitude and have illustrated a commitment and dedication to safety.
The truck driving championships are the only competition held for professional truck drivers and the caliper of participants is outstanding. The Iowa Truck Association is a trade association located in Des Moines and represents the interest of the trucking industry in Iowa.
Decker Truck Line Inc. in business since 1931, is under the sole ownership of Don Decker, with its corporate office in Fort Dodge. Additional terminals are located in Davenport; Mediapolis; Hammond, Ind.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Missoula, Mont.; and Bessemer, Ala. Decker is a diversified carrier transporting flatbed, refrigerated and dry van freight to the 48 contiguous states and seven Canadian provinces.