Blue Ribbon Transport (BRT) was presented the Leading Business of the Year 2016 award by the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce today, in recognition of our impressive and continued growth as a dynamic logistics firm based in the City of Lawrence.

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Thank you to Cameron Starnes, Director of Economic Development, City of Lawrence for nominating us!  He did such a fabulous job capturing the BRT history and culture his nomination, we’re sharing it word for word!

img_5003“BRT was first incorporated in 1996 with only 3 employees and now employs 85 and is headquartered on Historic Fort Harrison. BRT was initially created as a traffic management entity for Caito Foods, but struck out on its own in 2004. Indeed, much of BRT’s growth has occurred in the last 5-6 years as it has harnessed logistics technology  in order to offer more affordable and more convenient freight logistics services to its clients. In 2010, BRT had 16 employees, which count had almost doubled to 24 by 2012, doubled again to 48 in 2014, and nearly doubled yet again to its current count of 85 employees in 2016.

BRT re-located to Fort Harrison in 2012, and took a creative and visionary approach to retrofitting a former mule barn to serve as its offices. No doubt there were numerous challenges in relation to tackling such a project, but BRT succeeded in re-making the former barn into a unique and vibrant business headquarters. While expansion plans are always sensitive, BRT anticipates its innovative approach to logistics will lead to future growth in the field. On the revenue side, BRT boasts double digit increases year over year, which has fueled its impressive employment growth.

Supply Chain Advantage is one example of how BRT’s focus on innovation continues to carry the company forward. Through its Consultative Supply Chain Design Team, BRT has been able to take its experience and expertise to the market in a consulting role to assess, analyze, propose, and implement supply chain solutions for its clients.

BRT prides itself on adding value to its clients’ businesses through being able to tackle and solve complex supply chain puzzles and maximize efficiency. Additionally, BRT is a proud member of the SmartWay Transport Partnership through the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which seeks to advance sustainability and carbon accountability in the logistics sector. According to EPA figures, SmartWay Partners have saved 170.3 million barrels of oil since 2004. BRT is also a member of the national Transportation Intermodal Association, and was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2016 for its impact on the local logistics market and as a Top 100 Third Party Logistics and Cold Storage provider in 2015 by Food Logistics, a national publication.

Importantly, BRT is also an engaged and valuable community partner, participating in Greater Lawrence Chamber events including community clean up events, Toys for Tots, and military support efforts. Moreover, BRT has hosted a blood drive, contributed to the Belzer Middle School Clothing Drive, provided Christmas for a Belzer family, sponsors the YMCA, contributes monetary support for the Children’s Car Seat Program in Carmel, Indiana, and participates in the March of Dimes, Indianapolis Alzheimer’s event, and Parkinson’s Disease events.

While the City of Lawrence certainly appreciates the growth and economic benefit BRT brings to the City, it is important to point out that BRT is also a company that gives back to the community through financial contributions and volunteerism in support of a wide variety of worthy causes.

The City of Lawrence is proud to be the home of Blue Ribbon Transport, as well as home to several of its employees. In recognition of its history in Lawrence and its innovative and growing business, we are once again very pleased to nominate Blue Ribbon for the Leading Business of the Year award.”