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Elmore, Cupp and Jorgensen Take Top Three Spots, Advance to State Event
VAN BUREN, AR – May 1, 2015 – USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAK) a leading capacity solutions provider headquartered in Van Buren, AR, hosted its fourth annual Technician Championship on April 30. Three local competitors topped a field of elite technicians representing USA Truck facilities across the country.
Jesse Elmore won three of the 10 events on the way to repeating as USA Truck Grand Champion, followed by fellow Van Buren technicians Daniel Cupp (second place) and Josh Jorgensen (third place).
Each of the 10 technicians qualified to compete based on a rigorous written exam that tests knowledge of various systems, components and processes associated with USA Truck’s equipment and maintenance strategy. The competition consisted of 10 stations, where each technician was required to complete a written and hands-on exam by diagnosing and repairing unknown issues with the equipment on which they were tested.
Elmore earned the top scores in HVAC, Trailer Inspection and Steering & Suspension. Cupp won the Eaton Transmission and DOT Compliance stations, along with earning special recognition for the highest qualifying written exam score. Elmore, Cupp and Jorgensen will represent USA Truck at the Arkansas Technician Championship June 12 in Rogers, AR.
Though they did not place among the top three, Roland Stump of Carlisle, PA (Tire Inspection and Electrical) and Barry Smith of Atlanta, GA (Detroit Engine Diagnostics and Stemco Wheel End) each took top scores in multiple categories.
Also competing were Josh Harris (Chicago, IL), Blake Hurst (Van Buren, AR), Allan Ivy (West Memphis, AR), Carlos Ramirez (Denton, TX) and Kyle Ranville (Dayton, OH)
“Our technicians possess exceptional talent and skill and we are proud to be able to provide a showcase for their abilities,” said Jim Cade, Vice President, Maintenance for USA Truck. “Jesse and Daniel are veterans who have competed well for us over the years, and it’s especially exciting to see some new faces this time around. That means our team members are putting more emphasis on learning, growing and improving themselves. Competition makes everyone better and ultimately makes our company stronger.”
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