‘2017 Whistle Stop Awards’ Presented to Britton Transport and Meritor, Inc.


Kissimmee, Florida:

Britton Transport of Grand Forks, North Dakota and Meritor, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri were recognized for their involvement in transporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this past holiday season. The “2017 Whistle Stop Awards” were presented at Sunday’s Communications & Image Policy Committee meeting at the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) 80th Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida.

For the last 38 years, a special tree has been harvested from a U.S. national forest and transported across the country to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Along the way, the tree makes “whistle stops” at local communities and military bases, which allows the public to view it, while also shining a spotlight on the trucking industry that makes it possible to haul the immense tree.

In early-November 2017, an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce was harvested from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. It then began its 3,000-mile trek through two dozen communities across the country, including the Grand Forks town square, where hundreds of locals came out in freezing temperatures to view the tree, as well as MHC Kenworth in Kansas City, Missouri. To view photos from these whistle stops, click here.

To view photos and updates from TCA’s 80th Annual Convention search the hashtag #2018TCA on social media networks.