Landstar recognized by U.S. DOT for hurricane relief efforts

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Landstar System, a non-asset based provider of transportation capacity and logistics services, recently was recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its service to residents along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta presented a plaque to Henry Gerkens, Landstar president and chief executive officer, with the words: “The partnership between Landstar and the Department of Transportation provided vital support to the Department of Homeland Security that positively impacted thousands of lives. Through their professionalism, dedication and perseverance, the men and women of Landstar reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States of America.”

With Landstar’s assistance pursuant to a contract with the agency, DOT was able to deliver more than 15,500 truckloads of critical relief supplies — including food, water, ice and shelter — to help hurricane survivors. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Landstar also helped evacuate more than 89,000 residents from the New Orleans area by bus and aircraft, according to DOT.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Secretary Mineta and the Department of Transportation, and proud to be of service to our country,” Gerkens says. “The government knows it can count on us to be there in times of need.”