The American Transportation Research Institute named the president of a Midwest flatbed carrier to its board of directors, the group announced Wednesday.
Jim Burg, president of Michigan-based James Burg Trucking, began his career as an owner-operator more than 40 years ago before incorporating and licensing the company. The carrier now operates more than 90 trucks across the region.
“As a regional carrier, he brings an important perspective to the Board and we look forward to his involvement as we continue to address trucking’s top research priorities,” ATRI Chair Derek Leathers said in a statement.
Burg’s appointment was approved during the institute’s board meeting in Hollywood, Florida on May 5. In adding him to its board, the American Trucking Associations’ research arm said it stands to benefit from his experience, including his 1.3 million miles logged.
“He has spent countless hours on innovative truck and trailer design to achieve the most efficient flatbed equipment in the industry,” ATRI said in its announcement.
Burg joins a board consisting of more than a dozen members, who are tasked with overseeing transportation research for the nonprofit.
The group also approved research priorities at the meeting. This year’s list includes truck parking, overcoming entry barriers for female drivers, negative effects of Complete Streets road design policies on freight, the diesel tech shortage and driver detention costs.