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​Smith Transport Donates Tractor-Trailer To CPI

By Steve Pollock

October, 2019

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PLEASANT GAP, PA…. Smith Transport donated a tractor-trailer to the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in a presentation held on August 23rd at their Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania training facility. Smith Transport Founder and Chairman of the Board Barry Smith drove the tractor-trailer from Smith’s Roaring Spring, PA headquarters to the CPI Campus. Participants in the presentation also included: Cleveland Brothers Caterpillar Corporate Technical Recruiter Randy Fetterolf and Regional Manager Ryan Altemus. Cleveland Brothers partners with CPI, hiring diesel and natural gas compression technicians from the technical school. Smith Transport has been hauling just-in-time freight to all of Cleveland Brothers locations since 2007. 

The donated truck and trailer will be used by the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology to train their CDL students. The tractor is a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia with a DD15 engine with an odometer reading of 675,000 miles and has pulled approximately 1,400 loads. The 2005 Wabash Duraplate trailer has hauled over 1,000 loads. CPI Vice President Todd Taylor said, “We have had a long-standing partnership with Cleveland Brothers and are excited to form a new partnership with Smith Transport. We appreciate the generosity of Barry Smith and Smith Transport in donating this tractor and trailer to us. It will allow our students to experience current technologies employed in modern transportation with the type of equipment they will be driving when they enter the trucking industry.

CPI trains diesel technicians, natural gas compression technicians, and CDL drivers as well as many other career fields. The training center is an authorized third party CDL testing center and also a training center for firefighters and an EVOC course (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) for police.

Additionally, CPI serves as a third party CDL testing center for Penn DOT. CPI offers training programs for students and adults.

Cleveland Brothers Randy Fetterholf stated, “We partner with CPI as a source for us to hire quality trained diesel and natural gas compression technicians to work for our company. We share the same core values with CPI and Smith Transport and are proud to partner with both companies.”

“We are pleased to be able to be a part of helping future CDL drivers learn to drive modern equipment, helping them prepare for a career in the trucking industry,” responded Mike Donovan of Smith Transport.

Cleveland Brothers is a Caterpillar distributor with 28 parts, sales and service facilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They service over-the-road trucks as well as heavy equipment.

Roaring Spring, PA based Smith Transport operates over 1,000 power units and 2,000 trailers as well as a fleet of 118 well service drivers and trucks. In 2018, Professional Truck Drivers in the Smith Transport fleet drove 75 million safe miles.