DRT Transportation, LLC Honored as 2022 Penske Logistics Freight Management Carrier Awards Recipient

DRT Transportation, LLC was named an Intermodal Carrier Award winner during the 2022 Penske Logistics Freight Management Carrier Awards program. DRT Transportation, LLC was one of 24 recipients.

Category winners were selected from among Penske’s expansive base of trucking carriers operating within its freight management operations. There are several award qualifications: A Penske Logistics enterprise scorecard combined with customer, operations and sourcing feedback.

“A hearty congratulations to DRT Transportation, LLC for receiving an Intermodal Carrier Award from Penske Logistics,” said LeAnne Coulter, vice president of freight management for Penske Logistics. “There is no new normal yet in the supply chain today, and I am thankful that DRT Transportation, LLC is among our collection of excellent carriers to support us on this journey.”

DRT unveils new brand message with focus on the power of people

(Lebanon, Penn.) July 25, 2018 – Today, DRT Transportation turned a corner. At noon, all employees in all four offices across the United States stopped what they were doing and listened together as DRT CEO, Rob Kemp, outlined the past, present and future of the company. Generally, in corporate America, when these events take place, the talk is of margins and revenue, goals and objectives and market share. In this, the topic of conversation was the people of DRT Transportation.  

Employees in DRT’s Kingsport, Tennessee office pose in front of the new mission statement.

Kemp spoke about DRT’s humble beginnings. He described the company’s founding in a 200 square foot room, and went on to recap DRT’s growth over the last 11 years to nearly 50 employees across four offices nationwide.

“At the end of the day, growth is hard,” said Kemp. “We should be proud of how we’ve grown over the past 11 years,” Kemp continued.

DRT’s rapid growth has been astounding, but Kemp and the DRT team are ready to keep pushing and expanding. Throughout his address to employees, Kemp outlined some of the changes employees would be seeing over the next few months, including the new logo, tagline and increased social media activity from DRT. However, the biggest change throughout this process is the rollout of a new company mission and employee rally cry, which calls employees to be agents of change in the logistics industry, in the DRT organization and in their interactions with customers on a daily basis.

The St. Paul office gathers in front of the new rally cry after it was unveiled by Kemp.

In addition to the new brand elements, DRT also rolled out an employee recognition program for the first time in the company’s history. The Dedicated Reliable Teammate Program is meant to bring attention back to the people who are crucial to the logistics industry, and incite excitement and hard work among the employees. A winner will be chosen once a month from a survey that both DRT employees and external clients can access and fill out. This program aims at bringing the four offices closer together while recognizing employees for their constant hard work. Kemp also mentioned an increased presence on social media, in an effort to connect with the public.

DRT employees gathered around noon to hear CEO, Rob Kemp, unveil the new DRT tagline, “People have more power than logistics.”

A second group of employees gather in front of the headquarters mission statement in Lebanon, PA.

“Change is great. It can be hard, but it can be fun,” said Kemp.

The result of all these changes, big and small, will be a refined way of doing business. DRT’s people will be tuned into the needs and requirements of the customers. All the big data, technology systems and computers will play their parts in the background as DRT turns a human face toward partners, vendors and customers. As Lebanon employee Eddie Bailes put it: “We’ll still take care of your freight, but we’ll take care of you as well.”

DRT’s Houston team poses in front of the new logo.


DRT expands on-demand capacity with new intermodal capabilities

LEBANON, Penn. – June 4, 2018 – Lebanon-based third-party logistics (3PL) company, DRT Transportation, announced today that they have expanded their Intermodal Division through the acquisition of the assets of an undisclosed regional trucking company. In this deal, DRT will add 120 Trailers, 16 drivers, and a staff of five. This will increase DRT’s intermodal division to over 500 pieces of equipment.

“We’re excited to add this new equipment increasing our capacity, but we’re more excited to add 21 new members to the DRT team,” Kemp said. “People by far are our most valuable asset.”

DRT will continue to operate primarily as a 3PL but will be able to call on the intermodal team to move cargo when capacity is scarce. Since the end of 2017, shippers have been continually wedged between capacity shortages and rising rates, which stems from an ongoing driver shortage.

“With the addition of 16 drivers, we are empowering all of our employees to bring new business solutions to our clients, and providing the reliability, flexibility and reassurance needed in today’s shipping environment,” Kemp said.

Although, DRT will continue to operate as a 3PL and asset owning IMC, the drivers will operate under a newly formed subsidiary, Latitude Intermodal Transport.


About DRT Transportation

DRT Transportation is a third party logistics company (3PL), as well as an asset-owning intermodal marketing company (IMC). DRT was founded in 2007 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and has expanded to additional offices in Houston, Texas, St. Paul, Minnesota and Kingsport, Tennessee. DRT is a five time Inc. 5000 honoree, and a member of the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). DRT Transportation also been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Smartway Transportation Partner, and the American Chemistry Council as a Responsible Care Partner.


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

(Lebanon, Penn.) January 13, 2017 – 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.”

About DRT Transportation

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.

Andersen Corporation names DRT Transportation Partner of the Year

(Lebanon, Penn.) October 10, 2016 – 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.”

About DRT

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.

About Andersen Corporation

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.

DRT Transportation ranked as fastest-growing private company in central PA

(Lebanon, Penn.) November 6, 2014 – DRT 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.

Rob Kemp, DRT President, poses in front of DRT Transportation’s headquarters in Lebanon, PA. Photo courtesy of Lebanon Daily News.

“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 had a 330 percent revenue growth between 2010 and 2013

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 SmartWay™ 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.

DRT Transportation holds ribbon cutting in Lebanon

Robert Kemp president of DRT Transportation, gives a tour of his building after a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon as Terry Ryan (left) vice president of DRT Transportation listens. LEBANON DAILY NEWS – JEREMY LONG

(Lebanon, PA) June 19, 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.

(l-r) Larry Bowman, president and CEO of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kip Kelly, North Cornwall Twp supervisor, Jo Ellen Litz, Lebanon County Commissioner, Terry Ryan, vice president DRT Transportation, Robert Kemp, president DRT Transportation, Shannon Kemp, Sean Kemp, Tim McShane, Lebanon Valley Chamber ambassador, Bill Ames, Lebnaon County Commissioner, Dianne Stott, district office manager for Rep. Mauree Gingrich, and Robin Getz, North Cornwall Township manager. LEBANON DAILY NEWS – JEREMY LONG

DRT attends RILA Transportation Expo in Orlando

(Orlando, FL) February 20, 2013 – DRT 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.

DRT Transportation breaks ground in Lebanon

(Lebanon, Penn.) October 7, 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.”

DRT was founded in 2007, under the motto, “Delivering Tomorrow Today.” The company provides logistics services nationwide, and has branches in Houston, TX; Knoxville, TN; Atlanta GA, and is headquartered in Lebanon, PA. While many companies have struggled in the recession and the weak recovery cycle, DRT has experienced rapid and continuous business growth of 40% each and every year since inception.

The key to DRT Transportation’s success is summarized in their mission statement, which speaks of creating value and a competitive edge for their customers. To do so, DRT evaluates their customers’ transportation and supply chains, and then creates an optimized plan for cost savings and efficiency based upon their extensive knowledge of carrier prices, routes, capacities, specific equipment type and availability, as well as technological resources.

DRT offers logistics services in a variety of specialties, among them; Vendor Management, Truckload Services, LTL and Parcel Services, Supply Chain Engineering and Project Management, as well as other essential logistics services.

K&R, their transportation sales company which works closely with DRT, offers transport through 70 different carrier companies. They are not a broker, but sales agents, which allows them the freedom to help businesses select the best transportation choice for their particular needs.   The groundbreaking ceremony will be attended by a variety of local officials as well as officials of DRT and many members of the Chamber of Commerce. New buildings, new beginnings and growth are welcome signs of the strength of the Lebanon business community.

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