This holiday season, J&M Tank Lines, Inc. is giving back in a new way. Through a sponsorship with Wreaths Across America, J&M is donating transportation services to deliver a shipment of wreaths to nine cemeteries in Florida in anticipation of National Wreaths Across America Day.

On December 15, Wreaths Across America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, coordinates National Wreaths Across America Day, a day to honor fallen veterans through organized wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as 1,400 additional locations nationwide, at sea and abroad.

Wreaths Across America Beginnings

In 1992, Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, found himself with a surplus of wreaths at the end of the holiday season. Worcester, who, as a boy, was deeply moved by the Arlington National Cemetery, saw an opportunity to honor America’s veterans. He, along with aid from Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arranged for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in an older section that was experiencing dwindling foot traffic.

A number of other organizations also offered additional help. James Prout of trucking company Blue Bird Ranch, Inc., provided transportation to Virginia. American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)  Posts volunteers and members of the local community decorated each wreath with traditional red bows. Members of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. assisted with wreath-laying, including a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

From 1992 to 2005, the tradition was quietly celebrated. However, in 2005, a photo of the stones at Arlington adorned with wreaths and covered in snow went viral. Overnight, thousands of requests arrived from people nationwide looking to help with Arlington, share their stories, thank Worcester and even recreate the Arlington project at their National and State ceremonies.

In 2007, after years of significant interest and growth in this project nationwide, the Worcester family formed Wreaths Across America as a 501(c)(3)-designated nonprofit organization to continue and expand this initiative.

J&M’s Involvement and Timeline

Spearheaded by Andrew Petrofsky, Special Projects Manager for J&M Tank Lines, Inc., this will be the first year J&M has sponsored Wreaths Across America. “We’ve known about this cause for many years, and we’re excited to have the resources this year to volunteer,” says Petrofsky.

Petrofsky was initially skeptical about pitching the idea to sponsor Wreaths Across America. Petrofsky, whose grandfather is a veteran, felt a calling to join forces with Wreaths Across America and, during the holiday season, honor those who have fallen.

He received resounding approval from his organization to move forward with the sponsorship.

Timeline

On December 9, J&M will organize a wreath pickup in Richland, Mississippi. Petrofsky, along with the entire team of over 500 J&M employees, will celebrate the truck’s arrival in Birmingham, Alabama. Shortly after, the truck, decorated specifically for this occasion, will depart from Birmingham for Florida.

The truck will have a short window of five days to deliver the wreaths, provided through the generous support of private donations, to the nine cemeteries before National Wreaths Across America Day, scheduled for December 15th.

Mission

Aligning with Wreaths Across America’s mission of educating our country on the importance of honoring veterans who have fought for our country, J&M believes this opportunity is a great way to showcase America’s heroes — even within their company.

“Our purpose in volunteering is to honor our veterans, active duty military personnel and those who have provided for our country. We’re so thankful to have a team of veterans and active duty personnel at J&M that have given back to their country,” says Petrofsky.

Petrofsky is looking forward for this being an annual tradition for J&M, and with it, a continued opportunity to educate today’s youth about honoring America’s fallen veterans.

To learn more about Wreaths Across America and sponsor a wreath, visit their website or give them a call at (877) 385-9504 today.

J&M Tank Lines has been a leader in transportation for 70 years in the Southeast with terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas. We provide high-caliber truck driving solutions locally and nationally and partner with SmartWay, American Trucking Association (ATA) and many more! Contact us or call us at 205-798-9988 to learn more today.

J&M: A LEADER IN DRY BULK TRANSPORTATION AND TRUCK DRIVING

For 70 years, J&M Tank Lines, Inc. has been the premier bulk trucking and commercial truck driving leader in the Southeast with terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas.

We’re committed to leading the Southeast bulk transportation industry. As of 2018, J&M operates 550 pneumatic tanks, 50 food grade tanks and 25 flat beds — with that number growing each year.  We have partnerships with SmartWay, American Trucking Association (ATA), National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC), NTTC Safety Council, Georgia Motor Trucking Association and the Alabama Trucking Association. These partnerships align with our mission to provide the highest-quality service and safety for our clients, employees and drivers.

We couldn’t be a leader in transportation without an exceptional team of staff and drivers behind us. We offer excellent opportunities for our drivers to flourish in the transportation industry through a distinct environment that is not only challenging but rewarding. Our team is pushed to learn, experiment and grow, both personally and professionally.

WHAT MAKES J&M UNIQUE

Unlike other companies, nearly 85% of our jobs are local, meaning our drivers are home more often — no long periods of time away from the house. We don’t want our drivers to choose between sacrificing a paycheck to see their families. Of course, if your trip does require you to be out for long stretches of time, we make sure you have everything you need.

We offer services in bulk commodities transport, food grade shipping and liquid bulk solutions. J&M offers a variety of programs and services to provide our partners with the resources they need to be successful in today’s global economy.

WORK WITH J&M: TRUCK DRIVER JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Because we offer unique growth opportunities for our drivers, we expect our drivers to uphold our standard of excellence. Our Motor Vehicle Reports (MVR) are a cut above industry standard to ensure our customers and drivers receive safe and high-quality service in a timely manner.

In addition, we require:

  • Minimum 25 years of age
  • 18 months of verifiable tractor-trailer experience

To see our full list of requirements, click here.

We challenge our team of drivers to be the best they can be — and we reward every mile and milestone they achieve.

J&M’S FAMILY-ORIENTED CULTURE

At J&M, you’re part of a family. We treat everyone, from our employees to our clients and drivers, like you’re part of our close-knit family. We work hard for our team to feel welcomed, acknowledged and confident about their personal and professional future.

We get to know our drivers personally. Unlike other competitors, we host interoffice events, including potlucks and luncheons, for our drivers to enjoy and connect with our culture and team members. You’re not a number at J&M: you’re part of a community.

THE ONLY COMPANY YOU’LL WANT TO DRIVE FOR

We strive to be the only company you’ll want to drive for. J&M Tank Lines, Inc. has 70 years of experience as a leader in the truck driving and transportation industry. Not only do we offer great benefits and more opportunities to be home with family, but we offer a culture of dedicated, safe and high-quality service for our customers and drivers.

With J&M, you’re a member of a family of excellence.

Discover How J&M Tank Lines Leads The Pack in Birmingham, AL

J&M Tank Lines has been a leader in transportation for 70 years in the Southeast with terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas. We provide high-caliber truck driving solutions locally and nationally and partner with SmartWay, American Trucking Association (ATA) and many more! Contact us or call us at 205-798-9988 to learn more today.

And here’s a good statistic for starters – texting’s almost 2½ times more dangerous than drunk driving, according to statistics gleaned from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Dave Edmondson, J&M Tank Lines and incoming Tank Truck Safety & Security Council chairman, presented a plaque to Candi Coate, K-Limited Carrier Ltd, in appreciation for her service as Tank Truck Safety & Security Council chairwoman for the past year.

OUTGOING CHAIRMAN KEVIN BURCH RECEIVES RED JACKET

ORLANDO, Fla. — American Trucking Associations’ annual conference culminated on Oct. 24with the federation’s new chairman, Dave Manning, telling fellow members he will continueto push for greater investments in the country’s freight corridors to improve connectivity.

Promoting the industry’s contributions to safety and the economy also will top his priorities,Manning, president of Tennessee-based TCW Inc., said at the Management Conference &Exhibition. His peers and ATA members welcomed him with a standing ovation at the conference’s closing banquet.

J&M Tank lines recently placed First in the Tank Division of the Alabama Trucking Association’s Fleet Safety Awards for 2016. This award is based off of accident frequency for all miles traveled in the State of Alabama for the calendar year of 2016. We thank our drivers and the J&M Team that supports them to help keep Safety Number One at J&M Tank Lines. Receiving the award is Harold Sumerford, Jr., CEO.

These days there’s a lot of emphasis on hightech
safety systems such as collision mitigation, but Randy Watson is afirm believer that safety at any trucking company starts at the top.

“I’ve been doing this since 1987, and I’m a firm believer that regardless of how fancy the technology and how much money you spend, no safety program is any better or worse than the ownership allows it to be. Everyone talks the talk, but few walk the walk.”

The National Tank Truck Carriers Inc is an association composed of over 240 trucking companies in North America.

Sumerford expressed great respect for his predecessors, in accepting his position as chairman of the trucking association’s executive committee. Mr. Sumerford serves as CEO of J&M Tank Lines, Inc.,a family owned trucking company, that focuses on high quality liquid and dry bulk transportation through North America and the Southeast.

J&M Tank Lines Inc, named Grand Champion of the 2016 Georgia Fleet Safety Awards by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, equips its fleet of Kenworth tractors with a growing number of Bendix systems. Most recently, Birmingham AL-based J&M Tank Lines took delivery of 20 Kenworth daycab tractors equipped with Bendix’s flagship collision mitigation system, Wingman Fusion.

PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT ARE:  KYLE GAILEY – VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, RANDY WATSON – VICE PRESIDENT OF SAFETY, AND BILLYLOLLAR – VICE PRESIDENT OF MAINTENANCE.

J&M Tank Lines, Inc. won first place in the Tank Division category for 5-10 million miles traveled in Georgia for 2015. 

J&M also won Grand Champion in the unlimited category for all miles traveled nationally.  The awards were presented at the Annual Awards Banquet at Lake Lanier Island in Buford, GA on May 7th.  The awards were sponsored by the GMTA and Great West Casualty Company.

“These awards are a tribute to not only our drivers but also to our entire staff.  Safety is not a department at J&M, it is a culture,” said Randy Watson, J&M’s Vice President of Safety.  

J&M is a dry bulk tank operation of 380 power units in the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast.  J&M’s emphasis on safety starts at the top with Harold Sumerford, Jr. and Peter Sumerford.  “We invest a lot of time, effort, and money making sure we do things the right way,” Watson said.  “And we continue to always look for ways to be safer.”