CCJ names Pitt Ohio Express 2007 Innovator of the Year

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Randall-Reilly Publishing’s Commercial Carrier Journal magazine announced today, Feb. 5, that it named Pitt Ohio Express its 2007 Innovator of the Year during an awards banquet held Feb. 1 at Hawk’s Cay Resort on Duck Key, Fla.

CCJ‘s Innovator of the Year is selected from carriers highlighted throughout the year in CCJ magazine that have shown innovation in areas such as operational efficiency, use of information technology, maintenance practices, safety, recruitment or retention, and customer relations.

Pitt Ohio Express was recognized for its use of data mining to uncover a trend toward lighter loads in customers’ shipping patterns, and for its response of adding a fleet of delivery vans to improve service and lower costs. At the same time, the use of non-CDL equipment enabled the company to attract a more diverse driver work force, including women and minorities.

Pitt Ohio Express “strives to improve its management by delving into its data and the best information available to it – not by relying on intuition or outdated conventional wisdom,” said Avery Vise, CCJ Editorial Director, when presenting the award. “This company has adopted strategies that improve efficiency and – perhaps more importantly – create new employment opportunities for younger workers and for its own work force.”

For the second year, CCJ hosted representatives from the finalist companies – as well as several from prior years – for a roundtable discussion of each company’s innovation, followed by an afternoon of leisure activities and an evening reception and banquet. The event is sponsored by Freightliner Trucks and PeopleNet.

Pitt Ohio Express will be the featured cover story in CCJ‘s April 2007 issue. The other finalists are:

  • Atrium Companies, Dallas;
  • RoadLink Services, Bethlehem, Pa.;
  • CTL Transportation/Comcar, Mulberry, Fla.;
  • DistTech, Newbury, Ohio;
  • Trucks Inc., Jackson, Ga.;
  • Gordon Trucking Inc., Pacific, Wash.;
  • Bruno’s Services LLC, St. Louis;
  • Swift Transportation, Phoenix;
  • Floyd & Beasley Transfer Co., Sycamore, Ala.; and
  • Decker Truck Line, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
  • To nominate a company for the Innovators program, go to; or call Vise at (800) 633-5953, ext. 1386, or Associate Publisher Stacy McCants at ext. 1443.