Name: Lakeville Motor Express
Location: Roseville, Minn.
The hybrid operation with Averitt demonstrates the type of innovative thinking and leadership that distinguishes Lakeville Motor Express as Commercial Carrier Journal’s 2009 Innovator of the Year. The joint service operations with Averitt is part of a broader strategy called the Reliance Network, which was set in motion in October 2007 when Martin and LME’s executive management team met in Chicago with the executives of five other regional LTL carriers, including Averitt. “To me, those are the types of innovative activities and strategies that have to be formulated and put into action in order to help us become more environmentally responsive, while at same time being able to effectively respond to all of our customers’ transportation and logistical requirements,” says Pete Martin, LME president.