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Celadon creates award to honor founder Steve Russell


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

Each winner of the Steve Russell Award received a hand-thrown, celadon-glazed plate, which replicates the jade green Chinese pottery for which Steve Russell named the company. (Courtesy: CELADON GROUP)
Each winner of the Steve Russell Award received a hand-thrown, celadon-glazed plate, which replicates the jade green Chinese pottery for which Steve Russell named the company. (Courtesy: CELADON GROUP)

INDIANAPOLIS – Celadon Trucking has created a company-wide award to honor their founder, Steve Russell, who passed away last year.

This annual award, which recognizes members of both the administrative staff and driver fleet, was first awarded at a company gathering earlier this year.

“Steve Russell built this company on hard work, strategic partnerships and good business decisions,” said Paul Will, Celadon’s chairman and CEO.  “This honor recognizes drivers and other team members who possess these attributes.  Celadon still holds these values today as we continue to grow as a company, and it’s only fitting that we created the Steve Russell Award to honor Steve.”

The 10 honorees were initially nominated for the award by their supervisors at Celadon and later voted on by their peers. 

Each award winner received a hand-thrown, celadon-glazed plate, which replicates the jade green Chinese pottery for which the company was named.

The award is based on one of Russell’s core principles.

He often explained to young associates and drivers that success in life and the business world is based on the acronym LIDS, where the letters represent leadership, intelligence, drive and street sense.

Celadon Group, through its subsidiaries, provides long-haul, regional, local, dedicated, intermodal, temperature controlled, flatbed and expedited freight service across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The company also owns Celadon Logistics Services, which provides freight brokerage services, freight management, as well as supply chain management solutions, including warehousing and distribution.

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