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Modern Transportation

ment of encouragement prominently
resides on the company website and at
the base of company emails. "In addition," beams Cozzens, "it's often the last
thing any of us say to each other at the
end of the workday."
Modern began operations in 1987 with
four trucks. Its first customer was Owens-Illinois, when Modern began serving
a trans-loading operation in Butler, Pa.,
20 miles north of Modern's present-day
corporate office. "Those trailers were
loaded to the brim with Soda Ash, a main
ingredient in the production of glass bottles," Cozzens shares. Although that lane
is no longer in existence, Owens-Illinois
remains Modern's largest customer on
numerous other lanes.
Soon after beginning the Butler work,
Modern was hired to deliver sand from
a supplier in Chardon, Ohio, to a glass
plant near Meadville, Pa. This plant,
owned by Vitro, remains one of the
largest automotive glass plants in the
country and has been a steady partner to
Modern every year for the past 30 years.
In addition to transporting raw
materials for glass manufacturers and
shingle producers, Modern also has
grown into a formidable player in the
specialty chemicals, petrochemicals, oil
and gas, and industrial mineral sectors
of the transportation industry. "We focus almost exclusively on Fortune 1000
manufacturers," Cozzens shares.
Recently, Modern has earned high
praise from some readily recognizable brands. "Our friends at Proctor &
Gamble have recently shared 'You're
not your typical trucking company,'"
noted Cozzens, who points to the service
to P&G as a true differentiator. Also
recently, during their annual visit to one
of Modern's weekly executive meetings,
representatives from Owens-Corning
provided the ultimate compliment, "You
guys are absolutely No. 1, when it comes
to service."

// For three years in a row, Modern Transportation
has received the SmartWay Excellence Award,
which recognizes exceptional achievement.

"Our mission is simply to deliver
superior transportation solutions in the
safest, most professional and efficient
manner," Cozzens states. Further, Cozzens states that this simple philosophy,
noting that "safety" always comes first,
has been responsible for company profitability through even the hard, lean times.
Here's to Another 30 Years
Modern celebrated its 30th year in
business in 2017. Commemorated by
an additional logo that graces Modern's invoices, stationery and holiday
cards, "It's just another way to show the
pride of our team members, while also
reminding customers that we're not new
at this," says Tim Dougan, director corporate development for Modern. "We've
been a safe, professional organization
for 30 years and fully intend to be a safe,
professional organization for the next 30
years," Dougan states. In addition, the

company plans to maintain other facets
that have kept it successful, including its
entrepreneurial spirit.
Entrepreneurship and Modern's
commitment to innovation have served
it well. Recently, Ernst & Young recognized Modern for its entrepreneurial
spirit. Further, Commercial Carrier
Journal has selected Modern on two
separate occasions as their Innovator of
the Month. "We're just doing what we
do every day, trying to always get better,"
Cozzens states.
All disciplines throughout the company subscribe to the company value
system. Bob Smith, Modern's senior
director of maintenance and equipment
shares, "There's an overarching sense to
do the right thing. We truly work to live
our mission and do things right."
Similarly, Modern's Tammy Bennett
mirrors the sentiment. "We definitely
embrace and promote a family culture,"
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