The Company was founded by Mr. Pat Salmon who hauled his first load of mail for the USPS in 1946 driving a straight truck from Harrison, Arkansas to Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Salmon and his sons expanded the single state operation into a regionally based transportation company. Today, this third generation family business is a Key Supplier for the USPS and transports mail with a fleet of 1,500 trucks in nearly every state in the nation. The equipment and technology systems have become much more advanced over the years, but Salmon Companies has maintained its core operating principle of delivering the mail for the USPS “safely on time, every time”.
The Company has full-service maintenance facilities in several major cities throughout the country, providing many new job opportunities for qualified mechanics looking for a long-term career. We are one of the largest and best ground transportation suppliers to the USPS and have received many awards for our on-time delivery and overall outstanding customer service. We continually work to partner with the USPS to safely and efficiently transport the nation’s mail, while controlling cost and providing best value to our customer.
Salmon Companies operates with three objectives:
- Provide exceptional service and value to the USPS;
- Provide a safe and rewarding working environment for our employees;
- Be professional ambassadors of the road, as recognized by those who share the road with us.
Our commitment to safety is demonstrated through our investment in people, equipment, and technology. We have dedicated safety directors and supervisors leading our safety programs in every region of the company. We provide our employees with the tools needed to get the job done, including investment in new equipment every year. In the last 5 years, we purchased over 550 new trucks. The Company provides our professional maintenance teams with a Company paid tool supplement program. These maintenance teams use the Transman Asset Maintenance system (TMT) to keep our fleet of trucks and trailers safe, compliant, and well-maintained throughout the Company. For on-the-road fueling, we use vendor specified cards provided and paid by the Company. The use of technology allows us to better manage our business and manage cost, so we will continue to be the leader in the USPS mail contracting industry and provide employee job security for many years to come. Salmon Companies strives to deliver “safely on time, every time”.
We operate with cutting edge in-cab technology systems, partnering with DriveCam, Mobileye, and Teletrac Navman in-cab technology.
DriveCam uses a video event recorder that automatically records when a risky situation is detected. The system gathers data from multiple sensors, including accelerometers, GPS systems, engine control units, and advanced safety systems. The system has helped drivers improve safe driving habits to prevent accidents and has exonerated numerous drivers when law enforcement or third parties have attempted to incorrectly place blame on them for accidents.
Mobileye is a collision avoidance system with a unique vision-based platform that works as a “third eye” to mitigate and reduce the risk of a collision. The system provides Drivers with critical real-time audible and visual warnings to more quickly react to events such as unintended lane departures, imminent collisions, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road.
Teletrac Navman is a provider of electronic logging systems with over 500,000 telematics units in operation. Some of the benefits of the DOT compliant system are strong technology platform, quality Garmin Touchscreen Tabets, Driver friendly software, robust GPS tracking, and safe Driver/Dispatch messaging.
We believe these systems have produced more targeted safety training and improved, safer operations. We strive to be among the safest truck driving companies, hiring only qualified and safe drivers providing defensive driver training at the beginning of employment. We have award and recognition programs designed to reward those drivers who operate consistently within our safety and service practices and principles.
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We use innovative emissions technology to protect the environment and maximize fuel economy. We have invested in aerodynamic equipment on both trucks and trailers for improved fuel efficiency. We have a common sense electronic dispatch system that facilitates nearly paperless timekeeping for driver pay and fuel taxes. We have partnered with the USPS to transition part of our truck fleet from diesel fueled to CNG fueled tractors. These CNG trucks are Freightliners equipped with Agility fuel tanks and Cummins Westport motors. They are operating well and clean!