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5/29/2014 10:43:00 PM
Sain & Heavner Trucking Driver Wins Big Award
Sandra Willis says safety pays--sometimes more than expected
(LR) Tim Coughlin, CEO of TLC Companies; Sandra Willis and Sam Sain, owner of Sain & Heavner Trucking.
(LR) Tim Coughlin, CEO of TLC Companies; Sandra Willis and Sam Sain, owner of Sain & Heavner Trucking.

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Wayne Howard

Sandra Willis says she always liked trucks and truck drivers, so back in the day when not many women chose truck driver as a career path, she decided to give it a try.  She liked it--a lot.  She liked traveling, she liked meeting people she met on the road and when making pickups and deliveries.  She liked not being stuck in an office.  But she had to give it up to take care of a family member. 

She still remembered those five years several years ago fondly and when both the need and the opportunity arose, she decided to give trucking another try.  She started driving for Sain & Heavner Trucking Company, located on Cat Square Road in western Lincoln County.  After a decade on the job, she says she made the right choice.  "These are wonderful people," she told us.  "Sam is a great person to work for." 

For her part, Sandra is a model employee.  Sain & Heavner emphasizes safety.  The company they use for Workers Comp, TLC Companies, also emphasize safety.  They send out a quiz every quarter.  By answering the questions correctly while also maintaining a safe driving record--no accidents, no tickets, no problems--those who work for the companies they serve win $20.  They are then given a chance at a quarterly cash prize of $250 and are entered into a competition for a yearly prize of $10,000. 

On May 22nd, Sandra Willis was visited by the CEO of TLC at Sain & Heavner Trucking--and presented with a check for $12,500.  She told us she was totally surprised.

How's she going to spend that prize money?  "I paid off my mortgage and I'm saving the rest...maybe for a trip to Hawaii when I retire again." 

For now, she's happy to keep working.  She no longer does the cross country runs (Sain & Heavner travels to every one of the contiguous 48 states) but she enjoys making the local runs around the area.

Sain & Heavner Trucking operates 41 tractors and 85 dry vans (trailers) and 25 refrigerated units.  Sam Sain started out hauling poultry in 1958.  He founded Sain & Heavner Trucking with a partner in 1975 (that's where the Heavner name came from) and began hauling freight. 

Founded in 1985, The TLC Companies is a Professional Employer Organization  that specializes in the trucking industry.  TLC handles human resources, employee benefits, payroll and workers’ compensation for more than 700 clients in 48 states.

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