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System Transport, the flatbed division of Trans-System Inc., was selected to transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree for 2021, the company announced.
The tree is an annual tradition and public engagement initiative. System Transport will drive the tree from the Six Rivers National Forest in California to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building. The company plans on using a Kenworth T680 Next Generation truck.
“As a second-generation family- owned and operated company, Christmas is a special time of year for us,” Trans-System CEO Dennis Williams said in a statement. “We are proud to be a part of the annual tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to our nation’s capital, and to all the families who gather around their own trees to share the spirit of the season.”
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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree program is overseen by the Architect of the Capitol with support from the USDA Forest Service and nonprofits such as Choose Outdoors. System Transport was selected to help the organizations transport the tree because of its industry reputation and a recommendation by Kenworth Truck Co., which has been a major sponsor of the program for eight years.
“Just like our theme ‘Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree’, this campaign brings together many people to prepare and safely deliver one special tree to Washington D.C.,” Ted McArthur, forest supervisor for Six Rivers National Forest, said in a statement. “This journey would not be possible without the support and assistance of strong demonstrated partnerships making this our greatest tour to date.”
The tree will be harvested in late October before making the cross-country journey. The plan is for the tree to arrive at the U.S. Capitol in late November. The tree will be decorated with thousands of handmade ornaments made by Californians.
Trans-System ranks No. 95 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.
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