VOL 5, 2016 ISSUE

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Holland Receives Honors for Industry-Leading Service and Community Involvement

Holland Recognized by Whirlpool as 2015 Less-Than-Truckload Carrier of the Year


Jerry Neiheisel, Holland Corporate
Account Executive

Holland has been recognized with the Whirlpool 2015 Less-Than-Truckload Carrier of the Year award.

The award, presented to Holland Corporate Account Executive Jerry Neiheisel, was in recognition of the consistently outstanding performance by Holland in several key areas of delivery and business performance.

This is the second time that Whirlpool has recognized Holland with a Carrier of the Year award.

“I know that the members of the Holland team are deeply grateful for this award,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “But what’s more important is what this represents. This is a wonderful form of feedback from Whirlpool that lets us know they are pleased with our work for them. We thank Whirlpool for this great honor.”

Holland was selected as the top LTL carrier based on the following factors: delivery and support; ease of doing business; quality; risk and compliance; technology and partnership; and cost.

Jim Keppler, Whirlpool’s Vice President-Integrated Supply Chain & Quality (ISC) described Holland as “an important member of our ISC extended team. We value our partnership with Holland. It would not be possible for us to Deliver the Promise to our customers every day without your expertise and support.”

Holland Honored with 2016 LTL Carrier of the Year by Johnson Controls


Johnson Controls presents Holland’s Tom Wimmer
(Area Director of Sales, holding award) the 2016
LTL Carrier of the Year award.

Holland was honored to receive the 2016 LTL Carrier of the Year Award from Johnson Controls.

The JCI Carrier of the Year award was based on these five key elements of transportation services:

  • On-time performance with JCI
  • Damage claim ratio with JCI
  • EDI compliance with JCI
  • Invoice accuracy with JCI
  • Ease of doing business with (decided by a poll from their locations)

Customer recognitions like this from Johnson Controls demonstrates the Holland ability to sustain the highest levels of delivery excellence for our customers.

“We are proud to accept the Carrier of the Year award presented to us by Johnson Controls,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “Employees at Holland work hard every day to provide award-winning industry-leading service to our customers. It’s tremendously gratifying when a customer expresses recognition of that effort with an award like this. Johnson Controls (JCI) can count on us to provide the same outstanding level of service in the future.”

“Holland is honored to receive the Johnson Controls Best LTL Carrier of the Year Building Efficiency award,” said Thomas Wimmer, Holland Area Director of Sales. “Al Wallace, Holland Corporate Account Executive, along with our dedicated operations team, have worked hard to allow us to receive this award. Thanks to Johnson Controls for relying on Holland as one of their transportation partners and playing a key role in servicing their customers. It’s ‘Collaboration in Motion.’ We look forward to growing our partnership further with Johnson Controls in the coming years.”

Holland Named 2017 Military Friendly® Employer

Holland is proud to have earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs(WM), and Military Spouse.

First published in 2003, Military Friendly® Employers is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today.

Holland is committed to hiring and building career successes for members of the military.

Victory Media named Holland a 2017 Military Friendly® Employer in its most recent listing of companies that go above and beyond in their efforts to employ members of the military and their families.

The listing has been printed in the December issue of G.I. Jobs®, the January 2017 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, and in the Guide to Military Friendly® Schools.

The Military Friendly® brand is nationally recognized as being the original, trusted source on post-military education and employment options for veterans and military families.

This recognition is the latest in several honors earned by Holland related our long-standing commitment to support veterans and their families.

Holland is dedicated to hiring military talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting veterans and military spouses is not only the “right thing to do,” but the right thing for business.

“Veterans make great employees,” said Scott Ware, president of Holland. “Many of the traits and skills of successful members of the military are the same traits and skills that ensure their success here at Holland. We are proud to be named a military friendly employer, but we are more proud of our former-military employees working here and are deeply grateful both for their service, and for the part in serving our customers and building success for our company.”

In addition to a focused effort to find and recruit veterans, Holland supports veterans and their families in cooperative activities with veteran-support organizations, company events recognizing veterans, and even apparel available to Holland employees identifying them as past members of the military.

The Victory Media selection process evaluates each company’s efforts related to veterans in three categories:

  • Engages in active outreach through veteran recruiting events and programs
  • Provides veteran employees with the training and support needed to succeed
  • Offers veterans meaningful employment

Holland Privileged to Receive 2016 New Partner Award from Goodwill Industries


Present at the Goodwill Awards Ceremony were (L/R): Steve
Blubaugh, VP Human Resources; Holland President Scott Ware;
Christine VandeVusse, Human Resource Manager, Jason Schenkel,
1SG, USA (Ret.), Talent Acquisitions and Fair Employment Manager;
Kathy S. Crosby, President and CEO Goodwill of Greater Grand
Rapids; Stacey VandeVusse, HR Director; Chastity Troyer, Talent
Operations Manager; and Dan Oliver, VP Finance.

Holland received the 2016 New Partner Award from Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan for our partnership with Goodwill’s veterans program.

Holland hosted a Veteran Networking Event that created an accommodating environment for both veterans and employers. Employers were better able to understand the military culture veterans come from, and veterans were better able to understand employers’ needs and how their skills can translate to meet those needs.

Holland and H.E.R.O.E.S. Care

Holland and H.E.R.O.E.S. Care continued their long-standing partnership this year with Holiday Toy Drives for the troops.

Holland terminals collected, sorted and shipped 18 trailers packed full of toys and X-boxes donated by Disney . These were shipped to the children and families of our servicemen and women at these locations: Whiteman AFB, MO; Scott AFB, IL; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; MO National Guard; NC National Guard; Offutt AFB, NE; Fort Hood, TX; MI National Guard; Fort Campbell, KY; and Fort Bragg, NC, among others.

Holland city driver, Jeffrey Kraus (St. Louis), volunteered to make the Fort Leonard delivery. These toys went to support the 84th Chemical Battalion’s Junior Enlisted Soldiers and their families.

The award presented to Holland stated: “Your generous donation…contributes to our overall readiness and the quality of life for our Junior Enlisted Soldiers and their families. You truly make a significant difference, and we thank you for providing the support you do!”


Holland City Driver, Jeffrey Kraus,
St. Louis, MO

Holland Linehaul and 2-million-mile accident-free driver Roy Gillespie (St. Louis) initiated the Holland partnership with H.E.R.O.E.S. Care over 8 years ago.

Holland has been working with the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care organization (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support) to help support our troops and their families.

The H.E.R.O.E.S. Care organization describes their mission as, “to provide complete and proactive support for members of all branches of the military and their families through pre-deployment, deployment, family reintegration and post-deployment.”

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