Eagan, Minnesota - Dart Transit Company announces two Contractors of the Year for 2004, recognizing them for professionalism, outstanding safety records, business success, and contributions to the trucking industry. The contractors received trophies, $1,000 bonuses, monogrammed leather jackets, and receptions in their honor.
Richard Magers, Sr.
Trucking is a family affair for Richard Magers Sr., Darts 2004 Contractor of the Year at its Eagan, Minnesota Operating Center. Magers has contracted with Dart for 24 years, and has trained two sons, Richard Jr. and Chris, as professional truck drivers. Both sons purchased their own trucks and contract them with Dart. Together, the three have accumulated 42 successful years as independent contractors with Dart.
One of the things Ive taught my boys is that its worth sticking with a good carrier like Dart, Magers said. That loyalty has paid off for Mr. Magers. He buys his trucks new, and he says that everything at home is paid for. Dart sponsored Magers for a Two Million Mile Club safety award from the National Safety Council, and he was a Dart Contractor of the Month in 1984. He is a lifetime member of OOIDA.
If anyone knows the value of a dollar its Randall Johnson, 2004 Contractor of the Year at Darts Dallas, Texas Operating Center. Mr. Johnson started in trucking as a driver for Bills Dollar Store (now out of business). He switched to Dart in 1996 to become an independent owner operator. He has successfully purchased four trucks through Highway Sales, a truck and financing vendor to Dart. Theyve been mighty good to me, he says. When Ive needed to take time off the road for personal needs, theyve always worked with me.
Last year Johnson made the final payment on his 1998 FLD Freightliner and sold it for $15,000 cash, using the money to pay off all his bills. He then used Highway Sales zero-down financing option to purchase a new 2004 Columbia Freightliner.
His Columbia is very fuel efficient, and Randall reports that he makes great money with it because Darts fuel adjustment program covers more than half of his fuel cost.
Dart sponsored Johnson to the National Safety Councils Million Mile Club safety award, and he was a Dart Contractor of the Month at Darts Dallas Operating Center in 2002 and 2004. He is a member of OOIDA.