Olson Explosives of Decorah recently was recognized by the Iowa Motor Truck Association for their outstanding maintenance operations.

Olson Explosives was selected from hundreds of carriers, earning the honor at the association's recent management conference.

Through the annual contest, Iowa carriers are recognized for commitment to maintaining high standards for their maintenance operation. Maintenance is a valued partner in the ongoing safety campaign of a trucking company. The Iowa Motor Truck Association and Midwest Wheel Companies are sponsors of the awards program.

Olson Explosives and other companies were nominated by vendors, insurance professionals and regulators to be considered for the award. After a thorough review process, seven companies were selected for the honor this year. Winners' maintenance operations and overall vehicle inspection records were considered in the selection process. Winners also were called on to employ qualified maintenance professionals and institute an ongoing program to further educate those employees.