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Prime founder earns entrepreneur honor

Robert Low founded Prime, inc. in 1970 as a 19-year-old engineering student at the University of Missouri.

The Trucker News Services

6/29/2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —  Ernst & Young has named Robert Low, president and founder of Prime inc. and chairman of the Truckload Carriers Asscociation, as its Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 in the Central Midwest.

The prestigious award is given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“I am very humbled and honored to have received this award, but it really belongs to Prime’s hardworking drivers. They are the key to our success,” Low said. “I want to thank them for continuing to make Prime a leader in the transportation industry and for their commitment to hard work and safety.”

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Low founded Prime, inc. in 1970 as a 19-year-old engineering student at the University of Missouri. With nearly 30 years of experience, Low’s keen instincts and intuitive managerial style have propelled Prime to the forefront of the transportation industry by providing safe, on-time delivery of goods throughout North America. Today, the company has grown to more than 4,300 trucks and over 7,500 trailers.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners, including Low, continue to the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 17.

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