Women In Trucking Association Awards Truck to Female Owner-Operator
by Women In Trucking Staff, on Apr 10, 2023 5:00:00 AM
Arlington, VA – April 10, 2023 – The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced the winner of its second truck give-away in the last five years. WIT gave away a 2018 Volvo VNL670 truck, which includes a Volvo VED13 engine and a double-bunk sleeper, to Angelique Temple, owner-operator of Virginia-based Tornado Transport LLC during WIT’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event March 31 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The truck was donated by Kansas City-based Arrow Truck Sales, which is a source of used heavy- and medium-duty trucks with locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Temple has more than 20 years’ experience in the trucking industry. She began her career in the industry in 1999 as a HAZMAT driver and trainer for Oil Transport and became a HAZMAT driver and certified trainer for Atlantic Bulk Carrier. In 2021 she started her own company, Tornado Transport LLC, through which she hauls dry foods, medical supplies, and most anything that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. This additional truck she was awarded will enable Temple to expand her capabilities in her business as well as actively introducing professional truck driving opportunities to young girls at high school career days.
Temple has been an active member of the WIT Image Team since 2015, through which she regularly grants interviews, speaks at events, and does ride-alongs when needed. She was recently inducted into the Howes Hall of Fame and has been selected to be one of the new voices of safety for FMCSA’s Our Roads, Our Safety Program. She also is active in her community feeding the homeless and securing Christmas gifts for local families.
“I’m still in shock that I won this truck,” says Temple. “Having this truck will expand my capabilities in my business and also will give me the ability to regularly talk with women about getting into the industry through events, my social media accounts, radio interviews, and conversations about new opportunities in trucking,” said Temple.
WIT received more than 30 applications for the 2023 Truck Giveaway last fall. Qualified applicants were at least 23 years old, hold a valid commercial driver’s license, and are a member of WIT. Applicants completed an application form and submitted a short essay on why it is important to attract more women into the trucking industry. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org.
The truck package also will include enhanced features as a result of these donors: Fuel-efficient tires from Michelin; keyless entry unit from Irdeto; one-year supply of Howes Products; extended warranty from National Truck Protection; TND 750 GPS device from Rand McNally; six free truck washes from Blue Beacon; one-year subscription to Drivewyze preclear driver essentials kit from Imperial Supplies; and $1,000 gift cards from Exxon Mobile and Mobil Delvac.
About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bridgestone Americas, Daimler Truck North America, DAT Solutions, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, Navistar, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, UPS, Walmart, and WM. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.