Company News


February 2014

Air-Land Transport Service, Inc. earns recognition as a
John Deere "Partner-level Supplier" and "Hall of Fame Supplier"

Morton, IL - Air-Land Transport Service, Inc. has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2013 and was inducted into the Supplier Hall of Fame in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. Hall of Fame status is given after a supplier attains a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating. The Morton, IL based company was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. John R. Gray, Owner and CEO and Gary Christopher, General Manager, accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on February 18th in Davenport, IA.

Air-Land Transport Service, Inc. is a supplier of transportation services to John Deere's operation in East Moline, IL.

Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.


July 2013

St. Jude Run

Over the week of July 29th, 2013, our General Manager Gary Christopher, will be participating in the St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run. This will be the 7th year that Gary and Air-Land Transport Service, Inc. have supported St. Jude. During that time, about 175 runners will cover 465 miles in 4 days running from Memphis, TN to Peoria, IL. At the same time, groups of other runners from all over Illinois will also be running to Peoria. On that Saturday, tired and exhausted, they will meet in Peoria and cross the finish line live on the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital regional Telethon.

St Jude Run

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a world-renowned center for the treatment and research of life threatening childhood illness, such as cancer, sickle-cell anemia, and pediatric AIDS. The Hospital opened February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. On average, 7,800 patients visit the hospital every year. The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.8 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions. During the past five years, $.81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude. Childhood cancer survival rates have increased from 4% in 1962 to better than 80% overall today. All children are treated regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. Research findings are shared freely with doctors and clinics all over the world. Because of this, the Hospital is known as the "Hospital without walls." The work done at St. Jude not only helps its patients, but improves the lives of all children.