Davis Cartage driver receives 2020 MTA Driver of the Year Award


AJ Morris




Michigan Trucking Association Awards Alan Maike of Davis Cartage Company
2020 Driver of the Year

For Immediate Release: 9/15/202

Lansing, MI: Michigan Trucking Association (MTA) awards 2020 Driver of the Year to Alan Maike of Davis Cartage
Company, Corunna, Michigan and named WC Tank Lines, Clare, Michigan, as its Excellence in Fleet Safety Grand
Maike has driven more than 4 million miles in his 35-year driving career with Davis Cartage. The third time is a
charm for Maike, who has been nominated twice previously. He was chosen from among ten other nominated
drivers based on his accident-free driving record, over-the-road mileage, customer service and professionalism.
Since 1948, MTA has honored Michigan’s “knights of the highway” by selecting a Driver of the Year.
Maike and the 11 other finalist drivers were honored earlier as part of MTA’s Safety on the Road Program, a
personalized Facebook Live event. Each driver was recognized as a 2020 Driver of the Year finalist at his home
terminal in front of company owners, management, peers and family.
MTA also proudly honors WC Tank Lines as its Excellence in Fleet Safety Grand Champion. The 30-year-old bulk
liquid motor carrier transports petroleum products throughout the Great Lakes Region. The award, sponsored
by Great West Casualty Company, recognizes those carriers that create and foster a culture of safety. WC was
chosen from among eight other Fleet Safety Award winners based on miles driven, number of accident-free
miles and specific best practice safety protocols undertaken by the company.
MTA’s Driver of the Year and Excellence in Fleet Safety Grand Champion honors coincide with 2020 National
Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 13-19. This year, the awards take on even greater meaning as
drivers risk their health and safety as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is the perfect time to recognize MTA’s Driver of the Year,” says MTA President Mickey Blashfield. “The
pandemic has placed the trucking industry in the spotlight. These everyday heroes are responsible for keeping
America’s essential workplaces stocked. Recognizing a driver’s dedication not only celebrates their individual
achievements but also shines a light on all truck drivers who earn and deserve praise.
“Trucking is also at its best when companies embody safety from the top down, establishing a safety-first
mindset. The Fleet Safety Grand Champion Award is special recognition of what trucking companies do every
day — raise the bar on truck safety excellence.”