Company History

Entrepreneurial Family Culture

While remaining true to Alexander Duie Pyle’s founding commitment to service and integrity, each generation of the Pyle family and Pyle People have guided the company to new levels of innovation and capability throughout the Northeast while maintaining our unique culture.

Mission Statement

Our mission at A. Duie Pyle, Inc. is to provide transportation and distribution services producing exceptional value for our customers through the best efforts of Pyle People. Our performance will be achieved by providing a flexible, union-free work environment grounded on mutual trust, respect, and open communication. Our services will be supported by technology and resources which allow our collective performance to exceed our customers’ service expectations while assuring a safe and healthy workplace with outstanding job security.


Ellen and Alexander Duie Pyle

1920s...

The A. Duie Pyle Company was founded in 1924 by Mr. Alexander Duie Pyle, who began a 90 plus year relationship with his first customer, Lukens Steel (now ArcelorMittal). Located in Coatesville, PA, Pyle started on its journey toward becoming a highly-reputable company in a fiercely competitive industry by offering LTL, Truckload and Warehousing throughout the region.

Duie and his wife, Mary Ellen, ran the business from their dining room in Coatesville, PA. Duie was the driver and mechanic, while Mary Ellen was the dispatcher and the bill collector. In June 1921, a daughter, Eleanor, was born providing additional incentive for the success of the fledgling business. As the company grew, Duie purchased more trucks and expanded the business into moving and storage, heavy hauling, and local pick-up and delivery services.

Annual Revenue Growth to $55,000.

Pyle Hauling
Fleet
Flatbed
Hauling

1930s...

The Great Depression, which began in 1929, was devastating to individual businesses and local and national economies. Unemployment rates of 30% and the failure of thousands of banks threatened every company and family in the nation. These economic hardships and the challenges that they presented would be the overriding considerations of the 1930s.

Duie’s business struggled but his perseverance and work ethic prevailed. It was during this time, Duie purchased the operation of Handwork Feed Mill on North 2nd Ave. in Coatesville. He continued to operate the feed business and use the building as the company’s new office. It was conveniently located next to the storage warehouse on 2nd Ave, which he was leasing and later bought. By 1932, the company fleet had grown to 20 trucks.

In 1935 in an effort to stabilize the industry, the trucking and transportation industry was subjected to regulation under the Federal Motor Carrier Act. The company was “Grandfathered” under new Interstate Commerce Commission regulation. State regulation followed this Federal initiative.

Annual Revenue Growth to $97,000.

Hauling
Van
Eleanor Pyle and Jim Latta
Pyle and Latta Families

1940s...

In 1941, the war began in earnest for the U.S. Being a heavy manufacturing area, the Northeast boomed with demand for trucks and drivers to move raw materials and finished goods. Commercial vehicle production ceased as factories transitioned and retooled to produce military supplies. The draft and enlistments of millions of young men quickly drained the labor pool of available drivers. These factors combined created tremendous challenges for transportation companies. For in the face of growing demand, the industry lacked the ability to replace aging equipment and parts and hire enough drivers.

Duie’s company continued to grow through tough war-times. Through the company’s long relationship with Lukens Steel, Pyle helped to move urgent war materials, including materials used in the "Manhattan Project" which produced the Atomic Bomb and ended the war.

In December 1942, Duie and Mary Ellen’s daughter, Eleanor, married Jim Latta Jr, who was subsequently deployed to India and Burma for three long years.

The war ended in 1945. Mr. Pyle’s son-in-law, Jim Latta, returned to the U.S., left the Army and joined the company. As Mr. Pyle’s health began to fail, Jim took the helm to guide the Pyle Company through the next five decades.

Annual Revenue Growth to $443,000.

Newspaper Declaration of War
Jim Latta Burma
Hauling
Van
A. Duie Pyle
Loading
Over-dimension Load

1950s...

In May 1952, the company was incorporated with its headquarters address being 131-141 East Chestnut St., Coatesville, PA. The company continued to grow driven by the tremendous post war demand for consumer goods and the demands of the Cold War. The steel hauling and other flatbed truckload activity along with household moving and storage were still the primary business activities. However, the general commodities hauling in both truckload and LTL began to expand.

In 1953, the company opened a terminal in Philadelphia, PA and later moved its LTL operation from Coatesville to Garfield Ave. in West Chester, PA. LTL and truckload operations were subject to regulation by the ICC for interstate and by the PA PUC for intrastate movements, so operating areas were subject to a laborious licensing process through these agencies.

Under the Eisenhower administration, construction of an interstate highway system was rapidly accelerated. This construction propelled the LTL industry into a period of extensive demand and expansion. In 1957, Pyle was one of the first carriers to innovate its operations through commercial two-way radio technology. Overnight delivery became synonymous with A. Duie Pyle’s LTL operations as the company grew its local LTL operation centered around Chester County, Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Annual Revenue Growth to $2,059,000.

LTL
LTL Fleet Communication
LTL dock
Storage Warehouse
Pyle Ad

1960s...

After moving the company to West Chester, Jim Latta expanded the business with the addition of two warehouse facilities in West Chester, PA. He closed the Philadelphia terminal and completed construction of a new truck terminal on Garfield Ave. in West Chester to replace the old World War II Quonset building. With several additions, this terminal served the company until 1987 when operations moved across town to Westtown Rd.

In addition to the two warehouses and trucking terminal constructed on Garfield Ave., a new furniture storage warehouse was constructed also on Garfield Ave. During the 60s, the flatbed/steel hauling operations still provided the majority of the company’s revenues with over two hundred company drivers and owner operators moving steel throughout the Northeast for Lukens Steel, Bethlehem Steel, and U.S. Steel. The company operated flatbed terminals in Coatesville, PA, Morrisville, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Buffalo, NY. The household moving and storage business continued as an important part of the business, while the LTL and commercial warehousing continued to grow.

During this time, all three of Jim Latta’s sons, Jimmy, Duie, and Peter, began their summer apprenticeships in the service garage, the warehouse, and on the dock learning the important building blocks of the business. Pete Reeser, Jim Gainor, Harry Smith, Dave Vernon and Henry Wahls insured the Latta boys had busy and informative summers.

The 1960s was a turbulent time for the nation. Many members of the Pyle company had family who responded to the call of duty and served their country honorably during this difficult time. The war time exigencies created increasing demand for goods and services which fed a growing economy. It was a busy time for the steel hauling operations and freight company.

Annual Revenue Growth to $4,348,000.

Commercial Warehouse
James Latta III Uniform
Lukens Steel Sonarsphere
Parkesburg Warehouse
Rail Car Unloading
Annual Picnic

1970s...

Jim Latta reluctantly announced the closing of the company’s household moving business after a brief Teamsters strike. Household movings had been a key part of the company’s business since the 1920s.

Two of Jim Latta’s sons, Jimmy and Duie, joined the leadership ranks of the company. The company also enjoyed the service of three members of the Gainor family at this time. (Jimmy started in 1924, John Sr. in 1950 and John Jr. joined them during the decade.)

A large parcel of property was purchased near Parkesburg, PA for expansion of Pyle’s warehousing and transportation operations. Additional warehousing facilities were built along with a satellite terminal to support warehouse transportation and truckload van operations with the nearby Green Giant distribution center. By 1979 this location provided a warehouse operation with rail access and over 350,000 square feet of space for customers.

A new shop and maintenance garage were constructed on the Garfield Ave., West Chester, PA property and the old Quonset building was torn down.

Deregulation of the airline industry in 1977 preceded the deregulation of the trucking industry in 1980. There were ominous signals from the airline experience that warned of similar issues for trucking. The company was concerned……could it continue to operate successfully and profitably in the coming deregulated environment? This concern was shared with employees and their union representatives. The Teamsters Union refused the company’s requests for increased flexibility to cope with the coming industry changes and ordered a strike. During the next three months, Jim Latta’s sons and the management team continued to operate the warehouses and make deliveries. During the strike, a group of employees led by Reed Knox, Jim Calhoun, and George Herhei formed a “back to work committee.” Joined by a large following of disenchanted union members, they rebelled against union coercion and decertified the Teamsters Union as their representative in September 1979. In 1980, deregulation of interstate commerce became a reality. The company moved into the 1980s and into the deregulatory era as a union-free transportation and warehousing company. The path was now cleared for a union-free flexible entrepreneurial culture to emerge in a region dominated by union LTL carriers.

Annual Revenue Growth to $9,605,000.

Gainors at Pyle
Peter Latta
West Chester Terminal
Pyle office
Pyle AD
Latta family

1980s...

Following the 1980 deregulation of the transportation industry, A. Duie Pyle began to exercise its new flexibility and culture as a union-free entrepreneurial driven transportation and warehousing company. The tremendous commitment by all Pyle employees to these endeavors enabled the company to weather the economic and sales challenges resulting from deregulation of interstate operations in the trucking industry. Intrastate operations remained under state regulation until 1995. Also, the company began their “Annual Company Meetings,” a tradition which continues today.

Responding to the tremendous competitive pressures resulting from deregulation, Jim Latta charged his oldest son Jimmy with expanding the company’s sales force and marketing efforts. During this time, the company’s operating area within PA nearly doubled via a grant of new intrastate authority from the PA PUC which enabled Pyle to grow its intrastate operations to most of eastern PA. The resulting rapid growth via the enhanced sales and marketing efforts resulted in the construction of a new 100-door LTL terminal and headquarters on Westtown Road in West Chester, PA to accommodate the growing LTL business. The former LTL home on Garfield Ave. became a Pyle rental property.

A. Duie Pyle secured the 3M business as a core carrier and was invited to participate in their Quality Transportation Process. As a result of that experience, Pyle instituted a formalized Quality Process company-wide and established metrics to monitor these measures of quality.

Shippers began to “bid” their business against the LTL industry excess capacity resulting in rate wars and predatory pricing. “Discounting” became the prevalent pricing practice, and Overnite Transportation introduced the first blanket discount of 10% available to all shippers.

In 1989 and for the first time, A. Duie Pyle was selected by the readership of Distribution Magazine (later Logistics Management Magazine) as a “Quest for Quality Award” winner.

During this decade, carrier failures multiplied as over capacity, increased competition, “discounting” and predatory pricing took their toll on long established LTL and truckload carriers. As a result of its flexibility, A. Duie Pyle was successful in finding niches in equipment and service offerings that other carriers with rigid unionized “work rules” were unable to provide or perform. This helped insulate Pyle from some of the industry pressures and allowed for continued growth. However, the churning of business industry-wide was having a profound effect on the health of numerous carriers, accelerating trucking company failures and challenging even the most nimble and profitable carriers.

During this time, Jim Latta’s third son, Peter, entered the family business and became President and CEO of A. Duie Pyle, and the company opened Pyle Leasing to meet the equipment and trailer storage needs of local businesses.

Annual Revenue Growth to $22,066,000.

3M Quality Transportation Process
Sales Team
Annual Meeting
Quest for Quality Award
Quest for Quality Award
Carteret terminal
Bolmar Street
Parkesburg II Warehouse
Technology
Qualcomm
Curtainside trailer
Fuel Tank

1990s...

As the company’s business continued to grow, more customers requested that the company expand its LTL operations beyond its single West Chester terminal service area. Deregulation continued to drive the legacy unionized carriers, with their higher costs and inefficient practices, out of business. A nationwide month long Teamster strike in 1994 awoke many shippers to their vulnerability, and they began a frantic search for “union-free” capacity. This created more demand and opportunity for flexible and efficient union-free carriers to expand operations. A. Duie Pyle began two decades of expansion throughout the Northeast.

In 1991, Kevin Gearin joined the company as VP of Operations, an important step in the company’s future plans to become a “regional carrier.”

In 1994, the company was still operating from a single LTL terminal in West Chester PA, but competitive and customer pressures were escalating to expand beyond the historic single terminal footprint. The decision was made to expand beyond this single terminal niche and into a more defensible position as a regional carrier providing comprehensive Northeast coverage. In the coming years, the company would offer full LTL coverage in 8 states including PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, CT, MA and RI and parts of ME, NH, OH, VA and VT. A. Duie Pyle added 8 terminals during this time, starting with its second terminal in Edison, NJ in 1994 to service the challenging needs of New York City and the surrounding New York/New Jersey metro area. This limited operation would later be relocated to a 106-door facility in Carteret, NJ in 1998 to meet the needs of the company’s growing customer base. The Carteret terminal would later play an integral part in the Import/Export business and the Caribbean service offering.

During this time frame, A. Duie Pyle expanded its truckload van division to encompass most of the Northeast, while the flatbed division continued to serve Pyle’s legacy customers. The company added an additional 250,000 square feet of warehousing space in King of Prussia, PA, and launched ADP Logistics, its 3PL division, with the signing of its first logistics customer, Conrail Corporation.

During this decade, Pyle became the first LTL carrier to employ fleet-wide satellite communications through deployment of Qualcomm technology. Later investments in technology included document imaging and Pyle proprietary Dashboard-to-Desktop™ which provided customers with nearly instantaneous response to inquiries and shipment status. Utilization of radio frequency (RF)/bar code scanning was also initiated within the warehousing operations during this period. In conjunction with achieving many milestones in technology and safety, Pyle launched a formal “National Account” program when Wally Heinbach joined the company. He and Jim Latta crisscrossed the country calling on National Account decision makers. Wally also provided direction to the company’s growing Truckload business.

Legacy carriers like St. Johnsburg, Preston, North Penn, and Vallerie’s continued to fail as the industry struggled with excess capacity and predatory pricing.

In 1998, A. Duie Pyle established a partnership with Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL) and offered extended coverage beyond the Northeast to its customers. The company would later form a partnership with Dayton Freight (DFL) for extended Midwest coverage. During this time, the company’s fourth warehouse facility was built adjacent to the West Chester terminal property, and an additional warehouse facility with 570,000 square feet was purchased in Parkesburg, PA in conjunction with the sale of the King of Prussia warehouse.

A. Duie Pyle closed out a decade of growth by expanding its LTL coverage area into the eastern Canadian Provinces through a strategic carrier partnership with Midland Transport. The Canadian coverage would be subsequently expanded to all provinces and territories via a relationship with Concord Transportation for western Canada.

All three of the company’s principal business units (LTL, Truckload, and Warehousing) celebrated numerous awards for consistent service performance over the 10-year span. Recognition came from various customers throughout the Northeast, including Avery International, Ashland Chemical, The Scotts Company, PPG, E. I. DuPont, 3M, Nalco Chemical, Reynolds Metals, Appleton Paper and York International.

The 1990s proved to be a decade of marketplace recognition for A. Duie Pyle and a growing awareness among shippers of Pyle’s solid reputation for quality service, innovation, and resilience through Northeast weather and complexity. Throughout the decade, A. Duie Pyle continued what has become an annual tradition. Beginning in 1989, the company has been a continuous Logistics Management Magazine’s annual “Quest for Quality Award” winner for service excellence. This annual award is the result of a scientific opinion poll conducted by the magazine’s independent research firm. A. Duie Pyle upholds this annual distinctive honor through the present day.

Annual Revenue Growth to $113,990,000.

Pittsburgh Team
Orientation
Annual Banquet
Latta family
Latta family
Awards Banquet
Pyle AD
Johnston RI Terminal
Northborough Mass facilities
Northborough Mass facilities
Steve O'Kane
Peter Dannecker
Million Mile Drivers
Driver Academy
Make-A-Wish Convoy

2000s...

This decade marked continued growth in the Northeast for A. Duie Pyle and its ascendance as the #1 Service Regional LTL carrier in the Northeast.

A. Duie Pyle added more terminals to its expanding infrastructure, including York, PA, Pittsburgh, PA and Streetsboro, OH. The company also completed construction of the Albany terminal. By 2003, Pyle had built its twelfth terminal in Southington, CT. Two years later the company opened a new Syracuse, NY terminal and acquired a warehouse facility on a large campus in Westfield, MA, adding 460,000 square feet to its then current inventory of warehouse space. Pyle also began partnering with Dayton Freight (DFL), thus expanding the LTL reach into the Midwest with another solid family owned LTL partner. Russ Miceli joined the company as VP of Sales and Marketing, and the company expanded its Field Sales program.

Five years later, the company completed a $30 million expansion project in New England via the opening of a Johnston, RI terminal and a terminal in Northborough, MA – considered one of the most advanced and largest regional LTL terminals in New England. By 2008, Pyle offered nearly two million square feet of public and contract warehousing space, with the opening of a New Castle, DE warehouse. The company quickly exceeded that milestone with the 2009 ground-breaking of a second warehouse facility on its Westfield, MA campus. During this same year, the company’s warehousing staff received the “Warehouse of the Year Award” from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Marysville OH, for the third successive year. Truckload Solutions also received the “Truckload Carrier of the Year Award” from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

As A. Duie Pyle geared up to celebrate 80 years of service in 2004, it advanced the employment of technology for customers. The company introduced “My Pyle,” a secure website for customers, and launched its Dashboard-to-Desktop™, which offered customers the most advanced real-time shipment tracking technology available, including Advance Delivery Notification. A. Duie Pyle quickly became the only regional LTL carrier in the country to provide this level of advanced shipment visibility and reporting for its customers. Two years later, CIO Magazine presented A. Duie Pyle with “The CIO 100 Award” for bold initiatives in demonstrating the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in IT.

The industry continued to consolidate with the demise of APA, Red Star, Consolidated Freightways, and other legacy Teamster carriers.

In 2006, owner Peter Latta transitioned to Chairman of the Board and 30-year industry veteran Steve O’Kane joined the team as President of A. Duie Pyle. Steve had previously served as president of New Penn over a New Penn career that spanned 30 years.

In 2007, A. Duie Pyle’s Director of Loss Prevention, Peter Dannecker, received the American Trucking Association’s prestigious “Safety Director of the Year Award”. The Pyle Company also received the ATA’s most prestigious safety award available to motor carriers in the United States, the “American Trucking Association President’s Trophy Award”, which is an award the company would win again in 2009. During this same time, the company was also awarded the “New York State Carrier of the Year Award” for safety.

In 2007, A. Duie Pyle added Independent Directors to its Board as it attempts to gain additional perspective and expertise to guide the company’s continued growth and to lay the groundwork for generational owner succession.

By 2009, 40 drivers were recognized for achieving one million miles of safe, accident-free driving. Four of these drivers hit the two million mile mark. A. Duie Pyle’s success in raising the safety standards in the Northeast was driven by an initiative that began in 2003 with the opening of the Truck Driving Academy at the West Chester campus. This academy offers truck driving positions at Pyle to all students who complete the most rigorous safety training program available in the Northeast. Through this unique 10-week training candidates are compensated while attending classroom and highway instruction. The Pyle Truck Driving Academy continues to train driver candidates in safety, customer service and on-the road driving skills. This program has produced over 225 A. Duie Pyle drivers to date who are fully versed in all aspects of the business.

During this time, A. Duie Pyle was accepted into the “Responsible Care® Program” by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). In 2009, A. Duie Pyle became the first LTL carrier in the United States to receive the “LTL Carrier of the Year” award from BASF, the second largest chemical manufacturer in the world.

In early 2009, A. Duie Pyle acquired seven LTL terminals in a purchase-leaseback transaction with YRCW and New Penn. The first of these terminals, Altoona PA, was put into Pyle service after upgrades to the property and facility were completed.

In August 2009, A. Duie Pyle was recognized as a “SmartWay Transport Partner” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for commitment to improve the environmental performance of transportation operations.

In November 2009, A. Duie Pyle completed construction of a 245,000 square foot warehouse with indoor rail siding on the Westfield, Massachusetts campus. This opening becomes A. Duie Pyle’s seventh warehouse facility, increasing total warehousing operations in the Northeast to over two million square feet.

The book “The First 85 Years – A History of A. Duie Pyle, Inc. 1924-2009” is published, and the company re-brands with a new logo.

Annual Revenue Growth to $207,553,000.

West Chester Truck Driving Championships
Wilkes-Barre Blacktop Cafe
Bring Your Kid to Work Day
West Chester Shop
Forklift
National Truck Driving Chamionships
Altoona terminal
Westfield Warehouse
Latta family
Parkesburg Warehouse
Allentown Terminal
Westfield Warehouses
Baltimore Terminal
Custom Dedicated
Truck in Snow

2010s...

In Fall of 2010, A. Duie Pyle began solar installation at the Parkesburg, PA warehouse campus. Over 4,000 solar panels are installed, allowing the 570,000 square foot facility to run on 100% Solar Energy. The installation is one of only ten one-megawatt solar projects to be implemented in the state of Pennsylvania, and is funded with a $450,000 state grant through the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA).

In early 2011, serious and extensive upgrades begin on the former YRCW Allentown facility. The 60-door terminal opens for business in October 2011.

Also in 2011, A. Duie Pyle attained certification under the Responsible Care® Program and is named “Responsible Care Partner of the Year”. Technology upgrades and security enhancements include the purchase of the Descartes Route Planning Optimization Software and the migration of all servers from the corporate office in West Chester to two tier 3 Data Centers offsite.

In 2013, the eighth warehouse was added to Pyle’s total inventory. This warehouse conveniently adjoins the Westfield, MA campus and provides additional rail served warehousing to the two existing Westfield warehouses.

In 2013, the company formalized the Customized Solutions Group which encompasses Truckload, Brokerage, Custom Dedicated, and Warehousing & Distribution. This group, headed by Keary Mueller, capitalizes on the synergies and flexibility enabled through the extensive infrastructure and equipment resources of the company and most importantly the culture, enthusiasm and commitment of the Pyle People. Custom Dedicated and Brokerage were launched with the support of the concentration of Pyle Terminals, warehouses, and fleet resources in the Northeast. The Pyle expertise at operating the many pieces of the Northeast logistics puzzle provided the perfect base for expanding dedicated and brokerage services.

Steve O’Kane retired as president of A. Duie Pyle in 2013 having made many significant contributions during his tenure of service with the company. Randy Swart was named Steve’s successor and will operate the LTL company as it continues to grow and acquire ever greater market share within the Northeast.

The severe winter and record setting low temperatures of 2013-2014 enabled the company to further differentiate from other carriers via its asset based PFF (protect from freezing) service. The bankruptcy of New Century Transportation in June 2014 removed from the marketplace the only other substantial Northeast asset based PFF provider.

In July 2014, A. Duie Pyle opened the Elkridge (Baltimore) MD LTL terminal. This facility provides support to areas previously served by the York and West Chester, PA terminals and extends the company’s LTL footprint into Northern Virginia. In the same year, the company began construction of a full service repair and maintenance garage at the Allentown, PA terminal. Ground breaking and construction of a 50 door service center (expandable to 70 doors) to replace Pyle’s 30 door Wilkes-Barre facility was commenced in 2014. Rolling stock was increased with the purchase of over 110 Freightliner and Volvo tractors and over 170 new trailers, including 81 heated trailers bringing the Pyle heated trailer fleet to over 440 of its 2,000 units.

Plans for construction of a 70 door LTL facility in Bronx, NY was launched in 2014. The 103 door, 32 acre, former New Century facility in Central New Jersey was placed under agreement of sale to accommodate the continuing growth of Pyle.

Annual Revenue Growth in 2014 will exceed $300,000,000.

LTL fleet
Thermo King
Syracuse Blacktop Cafe
Leo Flack
New Jersey State Truck Driving Championships


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