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Carrier company reaps rewards after 50 years

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By: Ashley Harding

One of the biggest trucking companies around is right here in Lincoln.  Today, they received a big award.

Crete Carriers is a family-run business which started in Crete nearly 50 years ago and now they're in Lincoln.

Today, they're the proud recipient of the twentieth annual "Salute to Business."

The Crete Carrier Corporation has been a fixture in Nebraska for nearly 50 years, in fact you've probably seen their trucks out on the highway doing what they do best.

Duane Acklie started it as a small business in 1966 and nearly 50 years later it's grown to serve 48 states and employ more than 6,000 people.

Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO of the company, said, "Starting in Crete, Nebraska with 50 trucks to today we have over 5,000 trucks. So we've had a nice steady growth over the years and we're fortunate enough to have great people in our organization."

They're the twentieth company to be handpicked for this award by the combined rotary clubs of Lincoln.

They say not only is Crete Carrier always willing to give back, but it's a great place for their many employees.

Jim Smith, who serves as a committee chair, said, "We think of the values not only to Lincoln, Nebraska, and to the state of Nebraska, but to the entire country for all the employees that they have all over the country."

The pride could be felt around the room, especially for Crete Carrier's employees.  They said even though they've grown a lot, the only direction they're going is up.

And it's because of the community's unending support.

"Lincoln and Nebraska are tremendous contributors to our success," said Ostergard.  "The people and the communities we're so fortunate to be apart of."

An additional fun fact, Governor Heineman was there for the luncheon.

And he officially declared today, March 27th, Duane Acklie Day in honor of his company and his contributions.

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