Truckers pull through for United Way.

Last year, four Manitoba companies came together and held the first ever industry related truck pull in support of United Way. The event was not only tons of fun, but a tremendous success.

Manitoba Trucking Association truck pull.

The Manitoba Trucking Association challenged local companies to a second truck pull event this year. “There are over 400 for-hire trucking companies headquartered right here in Manitoba,” said Terry Shaw, Manager at the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA). “It is important for our industry to show continued community support and leadership.”

And it certainly looks like it is. Many trucking companies run workplace campaigns or make corporate gifts. And this year, Bison Transport unveiled a United Way branded trailer at United Way’s plane pull. Since then it’s logged thousands of miles on a three year journey across North America. It was back in Winnipeg in time to provide a beautiful backdrop to the truck pull event at Polo Park Shopping Centre on October 13.

Bison Transport's United Way-wrapped trailer.Six companies entered-Bison Transport, Beaver Trucks, Dr. Hook, Maxim Truck & Trailer, Payne Transportation and Sysco Foods. Teams of ten tested their mettle by pulling a 20,000lb truck down 150 feet of track.

Dr. Hook towed the line to win those all-important bragging rights, but everybody wins because the event raised $3000 for United Way’s work in our community.

United Way would like to thank all the teams that entered as well as Polo Park Shopping Centre and Guardian Traffic Services for managing the logistics, Maxim Truck & Trailer for the tow vehicle, Bison Transport for communications support and the United Way trailer, and Manitoba Trucking Association for sponsoring the event.

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