FWF recognized as top business for women in transportation

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Fifth Wheel Freight created Harmony Network in 2020 to establish education, unity and diversity among employees. Courtesy Fifth Wheel Freight

Fifth Wheel Freight (FWF) was recognized as a great transportation company for women.

For the third straight year, FWF made the Women in Trucking Association’s (WIT) list of “Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation” for its efforts to incorporate gender diversity in the industry.

The annual award recognizes transportation companies that exhibit key characteristics, including cultures that encourage gender diversity, competitive compensation and benefits, professional development, career advancement, and flexibility with hours and work requirements.

“Incorporating diverse perspectives and providing opportunity in West Michigan are central components of our mission as an organization,” said Reese Van Heck, CEO of FWF. ”We are dedicated to the growth of our team by building the foundation for career and personal success.”

FWF works to foster an inclusive work environment through various initiatives, including the creation of an employee-led group, Harmony Network, in 2020, which commits to the vision of establishing education, unity and diversity among employees and the community. The group hosts trivia sessions, happy hours and events to spread awareness of key diversity initiatives like women’s history, Black history and Hispanic heritage.

“Harmony Network was founded not only to promote and celebrate diversity within the office, but to become effective leaders in our community by being more socially conscious,” said Ashley Sanders, accounts payable manager and Harmony Network president. “While COVID-19 has raised some challenges, we plan to keep expanding our efforts through many different avenues.”

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