Area business is district winner of FexEx’s Entrepreneur of Year
Valentine Express Inc. of Williamsport honored
A Pennsylvania business was recognized as an Eastern regional 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year winner by FedEx Ground. Only three businesses from the Eastern region and twenty from the nation are chosen for this honor annually. In addition, four Pennsylvania businesses were recognized as 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year district winners by FedEx Ground, including one in Williamsport
Larsen Logistics, Inc. (owner Robert Larsen) of East Harrisburg was selected as an Eastern regional winner. The company is now in the running to be selected as one of three national winners, announced on Oct. 19, 2017, in Pittsburgh. One of FedEx Ground’s highest honors, the distinction recognizes small-business owners for their business growth and development, customer service, safety record, community involvement, and business ethics.
Since it was founded in 2004, Larsen Logistics has expanded to employ 43 people who operate a fleet of 42 vehicles out of two buildings. Within East Harrisburg, the company was a pioneer in overlapping Ground and Home Delivery service areas. Robert Larsen has earned a reputation for not only growing the business, but also improving it by treating its employees well. “If you take care of employees and treat people right, they take care of each other and customers,” Robert explains.
Thanks to its positive work environment and commitment to the community, many of the company’s new employees come through word of mouth. “Our drivers talk up the company to other drivers and we often get referrals,” says Robert. “It’s another benefit of creating a good work environment.”
Larsen Logistics also makes safety a top priority, with daily, weekly, and monthly inspections and trainings. The result of this intense focus is more than 225,000 accident-free miles.
In addition, four Pennsylvania businesses were recognized as 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year district winners by FedEx Ground. Metro Atlantic Transportation Logistics Inc. (owner William Hornbaker) of Allentown; O&O Express Inc (owner Gary Orlando) of Scranton; Valentine Express Inc. (owner Valerie Gair) of Williamsport; and Beachnut Transit Company, Inc. (owner Jeffrey Johnson) of Harrisburg, were selected as district winners within the Eastern region.