Meritor, global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for the commercial vehicle market, announced it will go all out to recognize professional truck drivers this week in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

At each of its U.S. manufacturing sites this week, Meritor employees will personally thank the drivers delivering raw materials to its plants and the drivers who transport the finished goods to customers. Banners of appreciation posted at all plant locations will share the company’s appreciation for their service and commitment to delivering goods safely and on time, according to a Meritor press announcement.

“At Meritor, we want to recognize the more than 3 million truck drivers nationwide who deliver life’s essentials,” said Tim Bowes, president, Commercial Truck, Meritor. “These men and women literally keep the country moving.”

From its 12 U.S. facilities, the company makes 120,000 truck freight shipments in the U.S. annually, and interacts with more than 2,400 drivers. In fact, the company’s shipments travel 7.8 million miles monthly and 94 million miles annually.

According to the American Trucking Assns., the nation's truck drivers log close to 398 billion miles each year and in 2011 delivered 67% of the U.S. freight tonnage —or more than 9.2 billion tons of freight. Eighty percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry to receive their goods, ATA says.

To learn more about the essential role the trucking industry plays in our country, visit www.ntdaw.org