Washington Evening Journal
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MT. PLEASANT - Transportation company Ruan is celebrating 10 years in Mt. Pleasant.
The company began operations in town in 2010 through a partnership with Hearth and Home Technologies. Ruan was chosen to serve as the third-party logistics provider when the manufacturing company decided to discontinue its private fleet of trucks. Ruan drivers deliver furniture produced in Mt. Pleasant to locations across the upper Midwest.
'We are excited to be a part of the Mt. Pleasant community and being surrounded by great people has been the foundation of this successful partnership,” Ruan Fleet Manager Tracy Thompson said.
'Over the last 10 years, the Mt. Pleasant operation has grown to meet our customer's needs,” Thompson said. 'We employ 11 drivers and one on-site logistics specialist.
'Our divers are local. They live, work, and raise their families in this community. As dedicated drivers, they have consistent routes, which allows them the opportunity to get to know the customer,” Thompson added.
Even during a pandemic, the Ruan Mt. Pleasant team was able to celebrate a notable accomplishment - operating one year without a preventable accident.
'Safety is a guiding principle of Ruan, and bringing our drivers home safely every night is what is most important to us,” Thompson said.
Hearth and Home Technologies Transportation Manager Gary Schmitz added the Ruan fleet's 'dedication and professionalism … has been outstanding.
'Every time you interact with our customers, you are an extension of Hearth and Home Technologies, and I can honestly say that the entire Mt. Pleasant Ruan team represents Hearth and Home Technologies in the best possible light,” he said.
With a challenging year behind it, Thompson hopes the team will be able to celebrate the milestone in the coming year.
'2020 was a challenging year because of COVID-19, and we were not able to celebrate this 10-year milestone with our team. We are hoping to formally recognize this achievement sometime in 2021,” Thompson said.