CALEDONIA, Ont. – Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists is celebrating an impressive milestone this month.
Kim and Lisa celebrated the 25th anniversary of their business with a stop in Port Dover to meet with MP Diane Finley, who was instrumental in the development of the Voluntary Apprenticeship Program for Commercial Drivers in Ontario.
It’s been 25 years since the company enrolled its first client in their AZ driving program. Since August 1989, the company says it has helped more than 9,000 customers receive their AZ or DZ licence.
“I have no idea where the time has gone,” said the president of KRTS, Kim Richardson. “When I reflect on the history of our business and what our team has accomplished over the years I am very proud and thankful for their efforts. Good businesses are made up of great people and we certainly have some of the best in our sector of the business.”
Over the many years in business the company expanded its suite of services and added car training, dispatch certification and heavy equipment certification.
“We probably deliver training to more corporate customers than anyone in Canada. For our sector of business, it is a major part of what we do. Our instructors deliver quality tailored programs to companies all over Canada and into the United States. To date we have over 400 corporate clients and we are the facility of choice for some strong, well-recognized brand names,” added Richardson.
The company has seen many successes and accomplishments over the years, including a five-time winner of the Grand River Sachem Reader’s Choice Award for Best Local Driving Institution, the winner of the 2002 and 2010 Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award and in 2012, Kim Richardson received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
KRTS wanted to thank their suppliers and preferred partners Gordon Food Service, C.A.T. Transportation and Trimac for their support throughout the years.
Kim and Lisa Richardson, owners of KRTS, Inc.
Richardson also thanked his wife.
“My wife Lisa, my best friend and business partner, has always stood beside me. She has been my rock, my compass at times and most importantly my strongest supporter. My life changed the day we met,” he said.
Kim is adamant that the youth is the future of trucking. His own children, Matt and Jaime are very involved in KRTS. Matt takes care of customer service, online training and the students of KRTS’s operations. Jaime deals with corporate customers and is involved in the company’s online newspaper, The Rear View Mirror.
“Today’s youth is brilliant, they are our future – not just my children,” Richardson said. “There are a ton of bright young people in our industry. They think differently, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing. Our industry and business has evolved and we have to evolve with it. Believe me, I have learned so much by listening to their ideas. It is another reason for our success.”
Richardson said the milestone won’t be celebrated in a big bash like the 20th anniversary was. Instead, Richardson says he’ll be celebrating quietly up North with family and friends.
To give your congratulations or for more information contact him at 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or 905-512-0254 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.