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Don Anderson hauls in highest honour for Ontario trucking executive

TORONTO, Ont. -- Don Anderson, founder and president of Don Anderson Haulage in Stouffville, Ont., has been awarded...

TORONTO, Ont. — Don Anderson, founder and president of Don Anderson Haulage in Stouffville, Ont., has been awarded with the 2006 OTA-Trailmobile Service to the Industry Award the highest honour bestowed on an executive in the Ontario trucking industry. The award was presented during a special ceremony held at the Ontario Trucking Associations 80th annual convention at the Toronto Congress Centre.

The OTA-Trailmobile Service to Industry Award honours an individual who, by their commitment, vision, leadership and unstinting service, has made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of the truck transportation industry in Ontario. The selection was made by a panel of Andersons peers, most of whom are previous winners themselves. The award is a charcoal portrait of the recipient.

Together with his wife and business partner Maris, Anderson has been an active supporter of OTA for more than 25 years, serving on the board of directors for many of those years.

Considered by many as an innovator in the transportation business currently in the over-dimensional load business Anderson has often seized the opportunity for added growth. Don travelled to Germany where he purchased the first of what would be several multi wheeled transporters, which have enabled Anderson Haulage to tackle even larger over dimensional moves.

As jobs became larger and more complicated and the province increased demands and restrictions on the size of loads going over the road, Anderson also had the foresight to create a strategic alliance with a railway which has resulted in the continued growth of the company.

Some say one measure of business success is the loyalty of your employees. A total of 18 of Dons drivers have 20 years or more of service with the company and six of those have been with Don for over 30 years.

Don Anderson lives in Stouffville with his wife, Maris. Their four children Mike, Liz, Jane and Sue have all worked at Anderson Haulage at one time or another.

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