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“Safety comes first”

. . .“Safety is our #1 priority” . . .“Safety starts with our drivers.”

Trucking companies can sound the same when it comes to safety. In our opinion, they should. Safe drivers in safe trucks save lives.

At Otto Transfer, safety shapes our culture, drives our business decisions and underscores our commitment to keeping the public, our customers, and our drivers out of harm’s way. For example, our expertise in moving utility poles necessitates our involvement in restoring power to communities after debilitating storms. In these situations, Otto Transfer does not rush our work, as there is always time to plan ahead and safely deliver a load.

As the saying goes in the story of the Tortoise and The Hare: “slow and steady wins the race.” We limit our company trucks to 65 miles per hour. We also compensate our drivers for their time loading and unloading freight, alleviating the rush to get back on the road because “miles mean money.” Finally, we work diligently to ensure our equipment is reliable, continually investing in new trucks and trailers and conducting regular safety checks and maintenance.

Otto Transfer has consistently achieved excellent scores from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, thanks to the diligence and professionalism of our drivers and continuing education under the guidance of co-owner and Safety Director Kevin Otto, who has 25-plus years of truck-driving experience. We're proud to have low turnover among our drivers, with leaders like Jim Wilson, the Minnesota Trucking Association's (MTA) August 2016 Driver of the Month serving as long-time role models and teachers within our fleet.

In 2017, Otto Transfer earned the MTA “Fleet Safety Award” for outstanding achievement in highway safety in the category of Specialized/Flatbed, Combined and Over the Road, Under One Million Minnesota Miles. In 2016, the company received Platinum Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Highway Safety and Workplace Safety from Great West Casualty Company and was the recipient of other awards from the MTA for fleet safety and an accident-free year.