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.”

For Harold Sumerford, his year as 2015/2016 chairman of National Tank Truck Carriers was anything but routine or boring.

The association and its leadership had to contend with a tidal wave of regulatory changes from the federal government, economic challenges, and more organizational changes designed to strengthen NTTC. Economic issues facing the tank truck sector included the steep drop in oil prices that idled drilling rigs across the United States. Tank truck fleets serving the oilfield suffered with the rest of the service sector.