September 13-19, 2020 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and International Paper is grateful for the generosity of three regional trucking companies that stepped up to #HelpFillTheBoxes through their transportation services – FirstFleet, Truck One, and FAB Express.
In response to the increased demand for food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, International Paper committed in May to donate two million corrugated boxes to hunger-relief organizations around the world. Feeding America® and their network of food banks across the United States will receive approximately one million of the boxes.
Recognizing the need to get boxes from International Paper box plants to the Feeding America® network of food banks, three regional carriers offered their shipping services to ensure food banks from New York State to Texas receive the boxes they need to distribute nutritious food to families in their communities.
“The demand for ground transportation during the pandemic is higher than ever,” explained Amy Grow, community engagement manager, International Paper. “We appreciate the willingness of FirstFleet, Truck One and FAB Express to deliver these boxes to help feed America during this unprecedented time of need.”
“FAB Express would like to thank International Paper for including us in the charitable operation for Feeding America,” said Brian Bartuch, owner of FAB Express. “We all know the impacts of this pandemic and appreciate the opportunity to help aid in the relief effort.”
Founded in 1986, FirstFleet consistently provides the highest quality Dedicated Contract Carriage service to business partners across the country. Currently operating over 2,900 company owned power units and 10,000 company owned trailers, we have operations based all over the United States with service to all 48 contiguous states. Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tenn., we employ more than 3,800 team members and are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of those we interact with. We operate new, premium equipment, employ only the finest drivers with proven experience, and provide a full suite of technology offerings that add value to our services. For more information about FirstFleet, Inc. please visit firstfleetinc.com.
About Truck One, Inc.
Truck One, Inc. is a trucking company that maintains regional, 48-state and dedicated operations. It is headquartered in Newark, Ohio, and has additional locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. The company’s total fleet size consists of 180 independent contractor partners and company drivers while operating with more than 1000 trailers, which include vans, flats and tankers. Learn more at truckone.net.
About FAB Express
FAB Express is a fourth generation, family-owned regional short haul trucking company located in Lemont, Illinois. The Bartuch Family has been serving the Greater Midwest since 1903. With over 350 tractors and 2200 trailers, FAB specializes in the corrugated box and paper industry. Learn more at fabexpress.com.
About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.