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United Way $321,052 CRST Donation 2018

CRST is proud to announce the results of our 2018 United Way giving campaign.  Campaign events were held in CRST locations across the country, from Ontario, California to Louisville, Kentucky and everywhere in between!  Our generous employees contributed $204,391, and when combined with our corporate give of $178,608, CRST has contributed a grand total of $321,052 to help our communities.   Thank you to all of our employees…together we are changing our communities for the better in lasting ways.

CRST Expedited Inc. Honors 17 Drivers for Safely Driving 1 Million-Plus Miles

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Gilbert Weekley, a 32-year veteran CRST driver, achieves 4 million miles of accident-free driving

 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – CRST Expedited Inc., the largest operating company of CRST International Inc., recently recognized an additional 17 drivers for completing at least 1 million accident-free miles.

 

“I am proud to recognize these 17 men and women for their safety excellence,” said Cameron Holzer, president of CRST Expedited. “Senior leadership enjoyed the opportunity to meet with these million-milers, recognize their contributions and gain their direct insight on best practices in our safety-first culture.”

Gilbert Weekley of Paden City, West Virginia, has lived CRST’s safety-first mantra for the past 32 years and has reached a significant career milestone — driving more than 4 million miles without an accident. Weekley learned the professional driving trade from CRST, which has become one of the largest driver-training organizations in the truck transportation industry. He later became a driver trainer, instilling the same cautious attitude and by-the-book safety procedures in close to 150 student drivers over nearly a decade.

“I loved helping people get started in truck driving,” said Weekley. “I always tell drivers to remember their comfort zone, keep your guard up and always stay one step ahead. And don’t forget to use a lot of common sense. If you can handle driving a truck, you can handle just about anything.”

CRST Expedited has the largest number of team truck drivers in the industry, and some million-milers feel team driving helps them to be safer.

“The dynamic is the team, not an individual,” said William Butler of Cordele, Georgia. “You know, treat the truck as a team effort. It’s just safer. My co-driver and I, we mesh well enough that we can do anything together, on or off duty. We’re family.”

In addition to meshing, it’s also important to have a co-driver who is flexible and willing to learn.

“It’s a forever-learning process,” said Matthew Hampton of Norwalk, Iowa. “I don’t care if you’ve got 4 million miles, a million miles, or whether you’ve got 20 miles. Everybody learns from everybody.”

Hampton also mentioned the added benefit of team driving is “you’re going to make more money” when two people are driving the truck all the time, versus having it sit somewhere for 10 hours, because “the miles stack up.”

“There are more than 3.5 million professional truck drivers logging nearly 725 billion miles in the U.S. each year,” said Holzer. “Driving 1 million miles without an accident is a significant accomplishment. These men and women are the driving force behind CRST’s growth and success.”

CRST Expedited Inc. Honors 17 Drivers for Safely Driving 1 Million-Plus MilesCRST International President and CEO Hugh Ekberg, COO Mike Gannon and their leadership team joined Holzer and 300 CRST Expedited team members at a reception for the million-mile honorees and their families at Theater Cedar Rapids (TCR) last month. Following the reception, John Smith, CRST owner and board chairman, joined the senior leadership team in presenting the award ceremony, which was followed by a private showing of “My Fair Lady.”

 

CRST honorees who attended the award ceremony with senior leadership, pictured from left to right. Back row: COO Mike Gannon, Jermaine Moore, William Butler, Robert Jones, James Richardson, Reginald Walker, Jeff Ford, Rodrick Breedlove and Matthew Hampton. Front row: President and CEO Hugh Ekberg, Walter Plessen, Dottie Eberhart, Michael McCoy and John Bruno.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF MILLION MILE ACCIDENT-FREE DRIVERS

 

  • Nathan Beilke, Oak Creek, WI, joined CRST in 2008, 1 million miles
  • Rodrick Breedlove, Birmingham, AL, joined CRST in 2007, 1 million miles
  • John Bruno, Orlando, FL, joined CRST in 2006, 1 million miles
  • William Butler, Cordele, GA, joined CRST in 2009, 1 million miles
  • Dottie Eberhart, Kansas City, KS, joined CRST in 2008, 1 million miles
  • Matthew Hampton, Norwalk, IA, joined CRST in 2006, 1 million miles
  • Heather Hill, Canton, MI, joined CRST in 2008, 1 million miles
  • Robert Jones, Fort Payne, AL, joined CRST in 2005, 1 million miles
  • Michael McCoy, Sacramento, CA, joined CRST in 2010, 1 million miles
  • James Richardson, Houston, TX, joined CRST in 2003, 1 million miles
  • Saul Cuzco, Chicago, IL, joined CRST in 1999, 2 million miles
  • Jeff Ford, Long Beach, CA, joined CRST in 1995, 2 million miles
  • Jermaine Moore, Baltimore, MD, joined CRST in 1995, 2 million miles
  • Walter Plessen, Running Springs, CA, joined CRST in 2000, 2 million miles
  • Luciano Ramos, Reseda, CA, joined CRST in 1997, 2 million miles
  • Reginald Walker, Haleyville, AL, joined CRST in 2000, 2 million miles
  • Gilbert Weekley, Paden City, WV, joined CRST in 1986, 4 million miles

 

About CRST International Inc.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa–based CRST International Inc. is one of the largest privately held transportation and logistics companies in the United States. Through its eight operating companies, CRST provides a broad array of transportation solutions, including expedited, flatbed, dedicated services, brokerage, transportation management, white-glove moving services for high-value products, and drayage and warehouse services. CRST’s operating companies are made up of CRST Expedited Inc., CRST Malone Inc., CRST Dedicated Services Inc., CRST Logistics Inc., CRST Specialized Transportation Inc., BESL Transfer Company, Pegasus Transportation and Gardner Trucking Inc.  For more information, visit www.crst.com or call (800) 736-CRST (2778).

A Special Message from Hugh Ekberg

A Special Message From Hugh Ekberg

It’s an honor to lead CRST International as the new President and CEO. I am thrilled with this new role and I’m excited about the opportunity our company has to grow and flourish, with all of you, our partners. Whether you are an employee, customer, agent, driving teammate, supplier or support player, you are an instrumental part in making our company successful…both today and into the future.

Over the past two years as COO/Group President, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with our operating companies, understanding what is most important to the business needs for both customers and employees. My passion is ensuring that we unleash the full capability of our organization to ensure every driver, every day, is successful in delivering every load to our customer’s satisfaction. If our drivers are successful, we are ALL successful.

When deciding to join the CRST organization what stood out most to me was the opportunity to continue to grow our business, by capitalizing on the full potential of our eight operating companies. As one of the largest privately held transportation and logistics companies in the United States, our broad array of transportation solutions, including expedited, flatbed, dedicated, brokerage, transportation management, white-glove moving services for high-value products, final mile, drayage and warehouse services, can provide a solution to virtually every transportation need.

CRST is an outstanding company with a tremendous future and a talented, passionate team. I am excited to build upon that team as we continue to develop the organization and make it the premier provider for our customer’s transportation needs. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this company in the future.

If you have any questions about CRST and our plans, please feel free to contact me directly at any time. I can be reached at hekberg@crst.com or 319-731-5609.

Sincerely,
Hugh Ekberg
Hugh Ekberg
President & CEO
CRST International, Inc.

CRST’s Dave Rusch to Retire Dec. 31; Hugh Ekberg Named President & CEO, Effective October 1

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CRST’s Dave Rusch to Retire Dec. 31; Hugh Ekberg Named President & CEO, Effective October 1

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Sept. 27, 2018) – As part of CRST’s two-year succession plan, CRST International Inc.,one of the largest privately held transportation and logistics companies in the United States, today announced that Dave Rusch, current President and CEO, will retire effective Dec. 31. Hugh Ekberg, current COO and Group President, will become President and CEO, effective October 1. Rusch will remain in a full-time advisory capacity to John Smith, Chairman of the Board for Admiralty Holdings and owner of the CRST International family of companies, until Dec. 31, and will remain on the CRST board of directors going forward.

After being a special agent for the FBI, and 10 years of increasing responsibilities in operations and finance for North American Van Lines, Rusch joined CRST Malone as vice president of operations in 1991. In 1998, Rusch was appointed president and COO of CRST Van Expedited. According to Smith, Rusch turned the Expedited operating company into a streamlined, operationally efficient and profitable entity within a short timeframe, earning him additional responsibilities and promotions. Rusch was named president and CEO of CRST International in 2010, following Smith’s retirement from that role.

“Dave is one of the best operators in the industry and the master of negotiations,” said Smith. “He has acquired five trucking companies, significantly grew our revenue and charted the course for CRST to be debt-free again next year. Dave has brought CRST financial stability and operational excellence. We are most grateful to him for his 27 years of dedicated leadership to CRST, our employees and our customers. He’s an industry veteran who should be proud of his legacy, which includes positioning the company for continued growth and success.”

Over the course of his career at CRST, Rusch has accomplished many milestones, most notably:

  • Successfully negotiating and crafting complex agreements to acquire the best transportation providers in niche markets, including Specialized Transportation Inc., the Special Products Division of Allied Van Lines, BESL Transfer Co., Pegasus Transportation Inc. and Gardner Trucking;
  • Growing CRST revenues from a $300 million company to a $1.7 billion company;
  • Positioning CRST’s future for success with the financial stability and profitability that is revered in the industry.

“As I reflect upon my years at CRST, I couldn’t be prouder of the complete transportation and supply chain solutions the men and women of our eight operating companies have built together,” said Rusch. “Our comprehensive offerings coupled with our employees’ ingenuity and can-do spirit allows us to deliver a seamless customer experience. Today, we are stronger than ever and an industry leader in both growth and profitability. As I look to the future for CRST, I am confident in the company’s continued success under Hugh’s leadership as CEO.”

Ekberg joined CRST International in September 2016 as COO and Group President, bringing over 25 years of strategic business leadership to the CRST family of companies. He last served as President – Kitchen & Bath Americas for Kohler Company. Prior to Kohler, he was Division President and a board member at Weitz Company, a full-service general construction and design-build firm. Prior to Weitz, Ekberg was with Hirsh Industries, a manufacturer of consumer and commercial storage products, and served in various progressive roles, including EVP of Operations, COO and President.

“Considering Hugh’s extensive expertise in corporate strategy and strategic growth, leadership and multi-site management, we are thrilled to have an executive of his stature named as CEO,” said Smith. “Hugh’s strengths will complement and enhance CRST’s strong team of operational executives. We look forward to Hugh leading CRST through the next chapter of our company’s growth and success story.”

Ekberg holds a Master of Science degree in engineering management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and an MBA in marketing and organizational design from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ekberg is a member of the following organizations: advisory board and adjunct professor for the Master of Product Design and Development Management Program at Northwestern University and an educational counselor for MIT.

“CRST is an outstanding company with a tremendous future and a talented, passionate team,” said Ekberg. “Our team coupled with our multiple service offerings provides a full-service transportation offering to grow our customer base and beat the competition.  I’m looking forward to continuing to build on those strengths in the coming years.  The industry is experiencing substantial change and disruption, which offers tremendous potential.   I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this company in the future.”

 

About CRST International Inc.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa–based CRST International Inc. is one of the largest privately held transportation and logistics companies in the United States. Through its eight operating companies, CRST provides a broad array of transportation solutions, including expedited, flatbed, dedicated services, brokerage, transportation management, high-value product, white-glove moving services for high-value products, and drayage and warehouse services. CRST’s operating companies are made up of CRST Expedited Inc., CRST Malone Inc., CRST Dedicated Services Inc., CRST Logistics Inc., CRST Specialized Transportation Inc., BESL Transfer Company, Pegasus Transportation and Gardner Trucking Inc.  For more information, visit www.crst.com or call (800) 736-CRST (2778).

CRST International, Inc. Renames Specialized Transportation, Inc. (STI) as CRST Specialized Transportation, Inc.

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CRST International, Inc. Renames Specialized Transportation, Inc. (STI) as CRST Specialized Transportation, Inc.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (January 14, 2014) – CRST International, Inc. today announced that it has changed the name of Specialized Transportation, Inc. (STI), which it acquired in 2011, to CRST Specialized Transportation to better fit within the company’s brand. The former STI is widely recognized as a leading provider of customized supply chain solutions for products that require high touch support, special handling and equipment, and value added on-site services.

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As CRST Specialized Transportation, the business unit will continue the focus in supporting customers in the technology, healthcare, industrial, furniture, store fixtures, retail, and financial services markets.  Its acquisition gave CRST access to a network of agents and 52 distribution centers in key metropolitan areas in North America, as well as entry into the specialized handling and transportation business.

“We wanted to formally integrate STI into the CRST family of companies to solidify the synergy between it and our other operating companies, which include expedited van, flatbed, dedicated fleet, temperature controlled and logistics services,” explained CRST President and CEO Dave Rusch. “CRST has become one of the largest and most diversified transportation companies in the U.S. and our goal is to provide integrated and seamless delivery to our customers through our CRST branded transportation services.”

STI was formerly the High Value Products/Logistics Division of North American Van Lines, headquartered in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

CRST currently employs more than 4,600 drivers and office personnel, and an additional 3,000 independent contractors across the nation. The company operates over 4,600 tractors, with an average age of 18 months, and 7,300 trailers.

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About CRST International, Inc.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa–based CRST International, Inc. is one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the United States. Through its seven operating companies, CRST provides a broad array of transportation solutions, including expedited van, flatbed, dedicated services, brokerage, transportation management, high value product white glove moving services and expedited temperature controlled team services. CRST’s operating companies are made up of CRST Expedited, Inc., CRST Malone, Inc., CRST Dedicated Services, Inc., CRST Logistics, Inc., CRST Specialized Transportation, Temperature Controlled Team Service (TCTS) and BESL Transfer Company.   For more information, visit www.crst.com or call (800) 736-CRST (2778).

CRST International Inc. Acquires BESL Transfer Co.

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CRST International Inc. Acquires BESL Transfer Co.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (December 31, 2013) – CRST International Inc., one of the largest transportation companies in the U.S., today announced the acquisition of privately held BESL Transfer Co., based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The acquisition complements CRST Malone, which CRST International purchased in 1984. CRST Malone is one of the nation’s largest providers of long haul, flatbed services.  BESL is a leading provider of short haul, flatbed services.  Both companies serve customers in the construction trade, steel and aluminum markets. CRST funded the purchase through existing cash reserves, allowing the company to remain debt-free.

Dave Rusch, President and CEO of CRST International, said, “CRST International is comprised of six specialized, niche transportation companies.  We are always in search of companies to add to our portfolio that offer services that allow us to expand our capabilities with our customers. The acquisition of BESL Transfer Co. further complements our flatbed transportation services by offering premiere, short haul dedicated services. We are thrilled to be working with the Dehan family on this acquisition and look forward to expanding the service offerings to both BESL and CRST customers going forward.”

“The acquisition of BESL allows CRST to expand its flatbed operations nationwide footprint through its short haul, regional services and expanded agent base,” said CRST Group President John Gallardo. “For CRST and BESL it means improved fleet utilization and increased operating efficiencies. We look forward to working with the BESL employees, independent contractors, and the agent family.”

CRST International is one of the largest specialized trucking companies in the United States, with revenues in 2013 projected to exceed $1.3 Billion. It currently employs more than 4,400 company drivers and office personnel, and an additional 2,500 independent contractors across the United States. With this acquisition, CRST continues its aggressive growth strategy. In the past two years, CRST has acquired Specialized Transportation Inc. and Allied Special Products (the specialized division of North American Van Lines), as well as launched a Temperature Controlled Team Service offering.

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CRST International, Inc.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa–based CRST International Inc. is one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the United States. Through its six operating companies, CRST provides a broad array of transportation solutions, including expedited van, flatbed, dedicated services, brokerage, transportation management, high value product white glove moving services and expedited temperature controlled team services. CRST’s operating companies are made up of CRST Expedited Inc., CRST Malone Inc., CRST Dedicated Services Inc., CRST Logistics Inc., Specialized Transportation Inc. (STI) and Temperature Controlled Team Service (TCTS). For more information, visit www.crst.comor call (800) 736-CRST (2778).