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Milestone in moving In December, Jersey City, NJ-based Cory Home Delivery Service celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1934, by Joseph Cory, the firm today is in its third generation of family management. Our company's philosophy has always been to create long-term partnerships with our retail clients, says chairman Joe Cory, Sr. We have been serving many for more than 50 years.

Milestone in moving

In December, Jersey City, NJ-based Cory Home Delivery Service celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 1934, by Joseph Cory, the firm today is in its third generation of family management. “Our company's philosophy has always been to create long-term partnerships with our retail clients,” says chairman Joe Cory, Sr. “We have been serving many for more than 50 years. From the very beginning, we've thought of ourselves as the marathoners of home delivery. We always take the long-term view.” Cory says the company mission is “to deliver it right the first time, every time.” He says that enables Cory's managers and delivery contractors to offer retailers flexibility to develop and grow their businesses without having to significantly expand the outlay of capital to deliver the goods. “With all of the changes the furniture industry is undergoing now, more than at any time before, having a stable, well-run delivery operation is crucial to a retailer's success,” adds Cory. “That's where Cory comes in.” The company dispatches a fleet of more than 400 customized delivery vehicles daily and operates more than 400,000 sq ft of warehouse space to deliver furniture to more than 1.25 million consumers' homes each year.

Hat's off

A “daring and dramatic rescue” of a road accident victim in danger of drowning after her vehicle flipped into a ditch along Highway 7 in British Columbia in April 2003 earned truck driver Phil Tarrant the 2004 “Bridgestone/Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award.”

Follow the donuts

Early one morning last month, a Krispy Kreme delivery-man left his delivery truck running with the back doors open outside a convenience store in eastern Pennsylvania. At approximately 12:45 am, someone drove off in the truck and unsecured goodies fell out the back. Police followed the spilled goods to find the truck abandoned outside a bar near downtown Harrisburg. No arrests have been made. “Every so often this scenario happens,” Sgt. Robert Simmonds of the Swatara Township [PA] Police told Fleet Owner. “It could be a private citizen decides to take a ride.”

Air freight!

A private plane made an emergency landing on a tractor-trailer travelling on I-10 near El Paso, TX, one afternoon last month. Moments later when the truck driver realized something had happened, he stopped and the plane slid off the top of the trailer, landing belly-up. Fortunately, the pilot, his passenger and the driver were uninjured. “At first [the driver said] he did not know,” Tela Mange, public information officer for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety told Fleet Owner. The only indication the driver had of the extra “load” was the added drag the plane created. “That part of the state is basically miles and miles of miles and miles,” Mange said. “The pilot might have thought he had plenty of space and didn't see the 18-wheeler. It's not like he had a window on the floor.”

Suitable for hanging

The 2005 Kenworth calendar, in wall and appointment formats, is now available for order. Kenworth says the 6-page wall calendar is larger than ever before, at 26-1/4” tall by 28” wide. and features various truck models photographed in Pacific Northwest settings. The appointment calendar is 9-3/4” tall by 13” wide and features 12 Kenworth trucks. Order a calendar at a Kenworth dealer or go to www.shopkenworth.com and click on “2005 Kenworth Calendars Now Available.”

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