Warren Transport and Pete Lien & Sons Finalize New Long-Term Contract

September 8, 2015

Warren Transport, Inc. (WT) and Pete Lien & Sons, Inc. recently signed a new long-term limestone hauling contract. WT is now officially the single source hauler of limestone from Pete Lien’s Rapid City, SD facility to Talen Energy’s (formerly PPL Montana) Colstrip, MT power plant. WT has been hauling this run for Pete Lien since 2010 and is very excited about this expanded contract and to continue providing excellent service to such an important customer.

Winning this contract was primarily achieved through the tremendous efforts of WT’s Rapid City drivers who deserve recognition and thanks for a job well done as they stepped up and worked overtime to prove that WT was capable of being the sole trucking solution. Managing this intensive run is not an easy task and is handled expertly by WT’s Rapid City Branch Manager, Les Flack, and the superb group of drivers. The job involves WT trucks and double sets of pneumatic trailers running 7 days a week in order to keep the Colstrip power plant’s silos full. Flack often praises his drivers and said, “Our drivers are a first class group who make me very proud as they always work hard and go the extra mile.”

Dan Michael, Pete Lien’s VP/General Manager Marketing and Sales, recently described the relationship in his own words and said, “At the end of 2014, Warren Transport and Pete Lien & Sons began the arduous task of renegotiating an agreement with PPL Montana (Talen). Based on incredible performance by Warren Transport over the years, I opted to propose an exclusive contract with Warren. Talen had concerns over single source supply, but after several months of negotiations, we successfully came to terms. Make no mistake, this contract was successfully signed for one reason – the employees of Warren Transport established themselves as leaders in customer service. Les Flack has consistently prioritized Pete Lien and Sons as well as Talen. I can’t say enough about the professionalism exhibited by Les and all of the Warren employees. In my years of experience, I have found that my job is always made easier when I am selling a superior product. WT made this one an easy sale.”

Pete Lien’s core business, throughout its 60 year history, has been mining, primarily limestone. The company has purchased additional reserves and currently has active mines in northern Colorado, western South Dakota, and eastern Wyoming. The mined product supplies the company’s lime, pulverized limestone, and concrete plants, local road contractors, and local homeowners. Talen Energy’s Colstrip power plant, east of Billings, MT, operates four coal-fired generating units capable of producing up to 2,094 megawatts of electricity.

Everyone at WT would like to thank the Rapid City Branch for upholding our customer service values and going above and beyond to get this contract. And, we’d like to thank Pete Lien for being a fantastic customer and for their ongoing commitment to WT!