Crete premieres five new trucks to honor military

Crete premieres five new trucks to honor military

Crete Carrier has added five special trucks into its newly launched Patriot Fleet, devoted to honoring the United States Armed Forces. The new black International ProStar tractors differ from the other 6,000 company trucks in a significant way: they are proudly decorated with decals that honor the military.

“The Patriot Fleet trucks represent those that have served and sacrificed for our freedoms,” said Tonn Ostergard, president & CEO of truckload carrier that is based in Lincoln, NB. “We are honored to add these five Patriot Fleet trucks to the fleet and proudly represent America’s heroes.”

Five veterans have been chosen to drive the custom Patriot Fleet trucks, but The Patriot Fleet doesn’t stop with the five men behind the wheel. In fact, all drivers, office and shop employees with veteran status are also part of the fleet.

“Since nearly 30% of the employees at Crete have veteran status these trucks represent all of those members within the Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking family. We are all very proud of the men and women who have shown their patriotism to our country,” said Jeff Dady, Crete’s driver development manager. “We are recognizing our drivers, shop, and office employees with the five trucks, but also with custom identification tags and individual patriot fleet decals. I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of an organization like Crete Carrier Corporation that is doing so much for its current and prior military members.”

Through the years, Crete Carrier has participated in a number of programs specifically for current and former military personnel, including contributions to the Operation Enduring Care Program of the USO, being a certified employer partner of the Armed Forces, and supporting the Wounded Warrior Program.

Crete and Shaffer have consistently been recognized as a national leader in supporting current and former members of the military and have received numerous national, state and armed service awards, company officials said.

This year alone, Crete Carrier Corp. was named to’s annual Most Valuable Employers for Military list. Crete also received a Patriot Award from the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for the third straight year. Also, the ESGR presented the inaugural Five Star Employer Support Award to Crete Carrier Corporation.

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