Ergon Driver Shifts into High Gear at National Truck Driving Championships

Wed., Sep 2, 2015

Jackson, Miss.—Ergon Trucking, Inc. (Ergon), a subsidiary of Ergon, Inc., is proud to announce John Maddox, Jr., of Ergon's trucking terminal in Petal, Miss., took home top honors at the American Trucking Association (ATA) 2015 National Truck Driving Championships. The competition was held August 11-15, in St. Louis, Mo.

A total of 431 drivers participated in the annual event across nine driving classes: Straight Truck, 3-Axle, 4-Axle, 5-Axle, Flatbed, Tanker Truck, Twins, Sleeper Berth and Step Van. Prior to the technical driving course, the ATA tested drivers' knowledge of safety, equipment, trucking industry awareness and driving skills. This allowed judges to narrow each field to the top finalists who exhibit a dedication to safety in the trucking industry.

Maddox ranked in the top five for his class, progressing to what is often referred to as the "Super Bowl of Safety" and competing head-to-head in a specially designed obstacle course. Following an outstanding performance, Maddox placed second overall in the Tanker division.

"We are extremely proud of John's accomplishments at the Mississippi and National Truck Driving Championships," said Russ Maroney, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ergon Trucking. "John's positive attitude and professionalism set him apart in the industry as one of the best. John is a credit to Ergon Trucking, the state of Mississippi and the entire trucking industry."

Earlier in the year, Maddox placed first in the Tanker division at the Mississippi Truck Driving Championships held in Gulfport. This honor afforded him a spot in the national competition.

This is not Maddox's first time in the limelight for his exemplary driving and safety skills—he already holds a combined 27 state and national truck driving titles. As a trucking veteran of 28 years, with more than 2.1 million safe driving miles under his belt, his experience has prepared him well to represent Ergon and the entire trucking industry.

About Ergon Trucking, Inc.

Ergon Trucking, Inc. operates throughout the 48 continental states and Canada transporting crude oil, asphalt, process oils, lubes, chemicals, caustics, propane and a wide range of liquid products.

About Ergon, Inc.

Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Jackson, Miss., that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

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Jim Temple

Ergon, Inc.

Director of Communications