April 12, 2007

Meets with Three Illinois Members of Congress

BENSENVILLE – Central States Trucking (CST), one of the fastest growing trucking companies in the Midwest, recently met with three members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to discuss issues important to the trucking industry. Fred Grane, Chairman of CST, and Doug Grane, President of CST, were tapped to meet with Congressman Peter Roskam, Congresswoman Melissa Bean and Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. on behalf of the Illinois Trucking Association and American Trucking Associations. Central States Trucking employs 300 people and its headquarters are in Bensenville, which is located in the district of newly elected Congressman Peter Roskam. CST visited the nation’s capitol on March 27th and March 28th as part of a delegation of the ITA.

“It is extremely important that one of America’s oldest and most reliable industries has its voice heard in Congress,” said Doug Grane, President, Central States Trucking. “We wanted to make sure our representatives in Congress know how legislation affects our business and the families we employ.”

The Granes touched on policy matters related to taxes, energy and the environment, labor issues and the toll roads. Transportation policy impacts both federal and state government and CST offered their expertise on issues that impact their business and the 300 employees of Central States Trucking. Specifically, discussions focused on discussed organized labor’s card-check legislation, ways to make trucks more energy efficient through tax credits, federal regulations regarding independent contractors (truck drivers), a national standard for bio diesel and state issues such as privatizing the toll roads and the gross receipts tax.

Central States Trucking, founded in 1980, is currently one of the fastest growing trucking companies in the Chicagoland area. The company, based in Bensenville, Illinois, has 300 employees and operates primarily in six Midwestern states.  Central States Trucking serves customers in four specific areas of transportation: intermodal, dedicated contract, line haul and CFS warehouse (ocean and air freight break bulk).

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