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Palmer Trucks receives award from Women in Trucking – Trucks, Parts, Service

Women from Palmer Trucks’ Kenworth of Indianapolis - West facility stand in celebration alongside a new Kenworth T880.

Women from Palmer Trucks’ Kenworth of Indianapolis – West facility stand in celebration alongside a new Kenworth T880. (Click to enlarge.)

Palmer Trucks has received a national award the second consecutive year as a top workplace for women in transportation.

Palmer Trucks is one of just a handful of commercial truck dealers recognized by the Women in Trucking Association from across the United States, resulting from more than 13,000 industry votes. Criteria consist of flexible hours, competitive compensation, professional development and career advancement opportunities.


The award will be recognized virtually during the Women in Trucking Association’s Accelerate! Conference and Expo on Nov. 12-13, 2020, which is not being held in-person in Dallas this year due to the current global health situation.

Corporate Training Coordinator Donna Woodson, an eight-year-veteran of the company, says, “I stand by our core values and believe the company does as well to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. Talent is recognized and team members inclusive of women are promoted from within. The family atmosphere, respect for all amongst the team and fairness shown to each other make Palmer Trucks a truly wonderful place to work.”

While diversity and inclusion apply to all facets of the business, they are emphasized as part of team members’ development at Palmer Trucks, the company says.


Corporate Internal Auditor Melissa Fondaw says, “I have always felt like there is nothing I could not learn; I have always been given the opportunity to learn new tasks to increase my knowledge bank. I am just another member of the team with the Palmer/Nichols family. I have always had something to say and have always been given the opportunity to speak freely. Our customers are the best in the business; and even when we make mistakes, the freedom and support that we have as a team to make it right with the customer is one of the most important reasons why I am proud to be a part of this family.”

Having more than 600 employees in Palmer’s workforce spanning the Midwest and the South, all Palmer locations have enjoyed dedicated and talented, female team members throughout the decades. With nearly 80 women currently working for Palmer Trucks, diversity and inclusion to help facilitate a welcoming environment for all remains a top priority.

President Scott Nichols says, “We are honored to receive this award. Women continue to excel in our industry, especially Palmer Trucks. We are committed to creating a safe and pleasant environment that encourages all. Thanks to all the Palmer Trucks women that make a difference in our organization each and every day.”

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