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DRT Transportation Named Responsible Care® Partner by the American Chemistry Council

Designation recognizes commitment to environmental, health, safety and security performance.

January 13, 2017 - Lebanon, PA

Transportation company DRT was recently named a Responsible Care® Partner by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). DRT was one of only three companies to achieve partner status in 2016.

Enacted in Canada in 1984 and adopted in the United States in 1988, the Responsible Care program is a global initiative practiced by 57 national and regional associations in 65 economies. It is based on a set of guiding principles designed to improve environmental, health, safety and security performance for facilities, processes and products throughout the entire operating system. Companies also are committed to open and transparent reporting and submit annual data on their progress toward meeting performance measure goals. This information is publicly available on the ACC website (americanchemistry.com).

The ACC Responsible Care Partner Program was introduced in 1992 for companies that have involvement in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment, disposal or sales and marketing of chemicals. Both ACC members and partners are required to make a CEO-level commitment to the principles of the Responsible Care Program.

“It is truly an honor to be officially recognized by the American Chemistry Council as a Responsible Care Program Partner,” said Rob Kemp, DRT president. “Our company has a deep and long-held commitment to the environmental, health, safety and security principles the program promotes. We are proud to be among the industry leaders that will advocate for continuous improvement worldwide.”

Founded in 2007, DRT is headquartered in North Cornwall, Lebanon County, with branches in Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota to provide a comprehensive network across the country. The company ranked among 18 Central Pennsylvania companies on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies. DRT Transportation has grown its intermodal assets to nearly 250 trailers in 2016 in response to increasing customer demand nationwide.

For more information on the American Chemical Council Responsible Care Program, visit americanchemistry.com.

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Andersen Corporation names DRT Transportation Partner of the Year

October 10, 2016 - Lebanon, PA

Window and door manufacturer Andersen Corporation named DRT Transportation of Lebanon its Partner of the Year during a recent logistics provider conference.

“The DRT team consistently delivers on time and keeps an open line of communication with Andersen and our customers,” said Scott Wheeler, Andersen Corporation director of logistics and transportation. “For years DRT has had a reputation of providing creative solutions in challenging situations for Andersen. Their flexibility in taking multi-stop loads and additional business demonstrates the strong partnership between our two companies.”

DRT has been an Andersen partner since 2011. In 2015 the company assumed responsibility for one of Andersen’s highest-volume transportation routes. Wheeler said that DRT’s performance not only exceeded expectations, but also had a positive effect on customer service.

“A high level of service is one of the most important ways Andersen continues to lead the industry,” Wheeler said in presenting the award. “DRT has proven this time and again with their proactive communication to both Andersen and our customers, making DRT one of our most reliable carriers.”

“I am humbled that a well-established company whose products are a household name has honored us for our work,” said Robert Kemp, DRT president. “Our goal has always been to serve as a true partner by not just completing the work but helping our customers grow and become more successful.”

Founded in 2007, DRT Transportation was ranked as the fastest growing private company in Central Pennsylvania in the 2014 Inc. 5000 rankings. In addition to its North Cornwall headquarters, DRT Transportation has branches in Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota to provide a comprehensive network across the country. The company provides truckload, LTL (less than truckload) and intermodal solutions throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Headquartered in Bayport, Minn., Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, Silver Line® and American Craftsman® brands. Founded in 1903, Andersen is a privately held company with locations across North America.

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DRT Featured in Transport Topics Publication

April 4, 2016 - Transport Topics

The Cuban government is offering incentives to attract foreign investment in the Port of Mariel, with the goal of establishing the port as a major shipping point for goods moving throughout the Caribbean and to and from the United States.

The port was the site of the Mariel boat lift in 1980, when tens of thousands of Cubans left for the United States. A delegation of U.S. logistics executives who toured it recently said they found it to be “state of the art” and equipped to handle a significant increase in container shipments once the U.S. embargo is lifted.

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DRT President/CEO part of US Logistics Delegation in Cuba

April 10, 2016 - Lebanon Daily News

An executive of a Lebanon County-based transportation company was a part of what could be an internationally historic delegation. Rob Kemp, President and CEO of DRT Transportation, was one representative of an 18-company U.S. Logistics Delegation that met with Cuban officials in Cuba during a five-day visit from March 20-25, to learn more about the country’s transportation infrastructure and the challenges of eventually getting goods and services in and out of Cuba.

Rob Kemp DRT PresidentThe delegation also took place during the exact same time President Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro, although Kemp nor anyone in the Logistics Delegation met with Obama or any of his representatives.

“President Obama’s trip came after we planned this. We just got lucky that it happened at the same time, and we were able to get more meetings with Cuban officials. But having him there was a benefit for us,” Kemp said. “We did put some requests for him to meet with us, but his schedule was all booked. We were purely on our own. But we did see Air Force One once we got down there.”

The delegation, which was put together by the Transportation Intermediaries Association, had a broad range of companies from coast-to-coast across the United States, including Florida, California, Nebraska and another company from Pennsylvania, which is Pittsburgh-based.

“The Transportation Intermediaries Association was looking at Cuba’s future. We did some advance scouting possibilities there,” Kemp said. “We just happened to be one of them that was asked to go.”

DRT Transportation, located in North Cornwall Township, is a Pennsylvania Third Party logistics company, founded in 2007. It arranges transportation services such as full truckload, LTL, parcel, warehousing, supply chain optimization, vendor management and project management. Of 2,000 companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, it was ranked the fastest growing private company in Central Pennsylvania in the 2014 Inc. 5000 rankings. DRT also has branches in Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota.

A lot of the week’s meetings were revolved around the Port of Mariel and the possibilities of its future use in transporting goods and services to Cuba.

“It’s positioned well with the widening of the Panama Canal,” Kemp said. “None of it’s guaranteed to happen, but we’re hopeful that will be part of the future. There’s a huge opportunity for American companies if it opens.”

According to Kemp, the delegation was very successful, and there’s interest between both countries to begin working with each other again. But there are still plenty of kinks to work out, especially after Kemp shared what he saw while visiting Cuba.

“It was quite a cultural difference. I was surprised a little bit,” he said. “It’s a country that hasn’t been worked on since 1960, so they’re still stuck in that time frame. They need everything, but that can open up so many possibilities for American businessmen like myself. And the Cuban people want to engage with the American people. They like the potential of doing business with America and what that can bring.”

One of those big kinks to work out in Cuba is something that many Americans take for granted of.

“Their roads aren’t even strong enough for transportation. Everything there is done by boat,” Kemp said. “Here (in the U.S.) we transport goods by truck. That will have to be addressed before any trade can go on.”

But ultimately, the entire process is going to take time, and Kemp hopes the next president takes the next step to make trade with Cuba become a reality.

“There’s a lot of noise to start lifting the embargo. Obama is going to leave this for the next president. He kicked down that door,” Kemp said. “It’s probably five or six years away from something getting officially done. I think the U.S. holds the power here as always.

"Cuba is ready for this and they embrace it. If we have political concerns, we need to address them so we can make this happen. We have the negotiation power to do it since the Cuban government is willing to do it. This can get done if both sides have the appetite to do it. But it has to be done slowly because there are massive changes to be made.”

And if the embargo is indeed lifted, those companies DRT works with will be helping Cuba.

“It can help existing customers and hopefully get new ones in the new market by shipping those goods and services in that market,” Kemp said. “I want to be able to service my customers who are going to need consumables and those necessities if they do lift the embargo.”

DRT Transportation ranked as fastest-growing private company in central Pa.

November 6, 2014 - Lebanon Daily News

Rob Kemp and buildingDRT Transportation of North Cornwall Township has been ranked as the fastest growing private company in Central Pennsylvania in the 2014 Inc. 5000 rankings.

The annual Inc. magazine publication ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country based on three-year revenue growth. DRT Transportation was the highest ranked of the 17 mid-state companies in the list this year.

The logistics and transportation company has grown exponentially since its founding in 2007. DRT Transportation had a 330 percent revenue growth between 2010 and 2013, posting revenue last year of $24.9 million. The company has added 16 jobs in the past three years and now employs 25.

"We're proud to be recognized for our growth," said DRT Transportation President Rob Kemp. "DRT's focus on creating value and a competitive edge for our customers by improving their transportation and supply chain has allowed us to continue to grow our business while helping our customers' succeed."

DRT Transportation provides non asset based transportation services including full truckload (both dry van and temperature control), LTL, parcel, warehousing, supply chain optimization, vendor management and project management. In addition to the company headquarters in North Cornwall, DRT Transportation has branches in Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota to provide a comprehensive network across the country.

DRT Transportation is recognized as a SmartWayTM Transport Partner by the Environmental Protection Agency and is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council and The National Industrial Transportation League.

Amy Carbaugh Promotion

January 1, 2014 -

Lori HorstAmy Carbaugh, originally from Jonestown, PA, graduated from Dauphin County Technical School in Commercial Art and Design. She worked for a flatbed carrier in Bethel, PA from 2000 to 2007. Her responsibilities included dispatching step decks, flatbeds, reefer units, booking/scheduling loads, invoicing, ordering oversize/overweight permits, routing drivers and IFTA fuel tax preparation. In 2007, she moved to Ohio to work for a Pittsburgh, PA based carrier. Her responsibilities included dispatching, booking/scheduling loads and invoicing. In 2009 she returned to PA as an independent agent for a Dallas, TX based carrier. Amy started with DRT in 2011 in a clerical position. She was promoted to dispatcher in 2012. Join us in congratulating Amy Carbaugh for this promotion and transfer to DRT in Houston TX as Office Supervisor.

DRT Transportation Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Rob and Terry, pictured with family and members of the local business community, participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

July 1st, 2013 -

DRT celebrated the opening its new office space with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on June 19th. Attendees included Larry Bowman, president and CEO of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the Lebanon County Commissioners and North Cornwall Township organizations.

Open house tour
Above, Rob leads open house attendees on a tour of the new office facilities.

(Images courtesy of Lebanon Daily News - Jeremy Long)

DRT attends RILA Transportation Expo in Orlando, Florida

February 20, 2013 -

DRT booth at RILA Transportation Expo in Orlando, Florida 2013DRT Transportation was again an exhibitor at the RILA Transportation Expo held February 17-20th at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.  This well attended expo featured Chris Wallace (FOX News Sunday), Laura Sen (President & CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club), Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic (Mike & Mike Show, ESPN), Jeff Henderson (New York Times Best-Selling Author) and Marci Rossell, PhD. (Former Chief Economist for CNBC) as 2013 Logistics Speakers.

Progress continues on DRT Transportation office facility in Tuck Business Park, Lebanon, PA.

DRT New OfficesJanuary 2, 2013 -

The walls are up and roof is on the new DRT Transportation 6,000 sq. ft. office building.  Progress will continue through the winter and the doors are set to open in March or April of this year.

New building

DRT Transportation Groundbreaking Ceremony Tuesday, October 9th at 10am

September 28, 2012 --- The Lebanon business community is expanding once again. Local logistics business DRT Transportation is breaking ground on a new 6,000 sq. ft. office facility in Tuck Business Park, North Cornwall Township, Lebanon, on Tuesday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m.

Robert Kemp, President of DRT Transportation, said, “This ground breaking is about more than a new building in town, it shows that there is still opportunity for business to grow in Lebanon. It’s a great feeling to take an idea, and turn it into a business that provides good jobs to members of our community, helps to build our tax base that funds school, parks and services, and makes Lebanon more vibrant, stronger and economically successful.”

Read the entire press release here.

Robert Kemp and Son Sean in attendance for Senator Toomey's Budget Presentation

Speaking in Palmyra, the senator said his 10-year plan would balance the federal budget in a decade.

Toomey painted a grim picture of the national budget situation Friday during the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce's public affairs briefing in Palmyra, stating that uncontrolled spending and mounting deficits cannot continue without dire consequences. Read the entire story here.

Senator Pat Toomey  speaks to  Lebanon County native
Sean Kemp, left, a sophomore political science major at
Auburn University, and Kemp's father, Robert, president
of DRT Transportation, at the Hometown Family Restaurant