TRINITY LOGISTICS: DRIVEN BY CULTURE, GROWTH, AND SERVICE

September 8, 2016
Trinity Logistics knows all about humble beginnings. In 1979, Ed Banning and his wife, Deana, founded Trinity Transport, a truck brokerage in Cambridge, Md. With a foundation in “peace, faith, and truth,” it didn’t take long for their small business with three employees to grow into one of the top third-party logistics companies in the nation.

The company, now Trinity Logistics, has more than 250 employees in five regional service center locations, including its national headquarters at 50 Fallon Avenue in Seaford. Another 90 agent offices proudly carry the Trinity name across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Even with its exponential growth over the last 37 years, the small-town feel and foundational values set by the Bannings have remained the same. 

Those unfamiliar with the term “third-party logistics” can think of Trinity as a matchmaker between manufacturers, warehouse operators, shippers, and freight carriers. Trinity is a one-stop, full logistics solutions provider, not just a freight broker, but an extension of its customers. Trinity offers a variety of freight shipping services, including truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), intermodal, and international, as well as technology solutions. Overall, Trinity strives to provide a suite of solutions that cater to a variety of customers and industries, no matter how obscure or complicated. 

Trinity’s attention to detail and commitment to its customers is apparent through its recognitions in the logistics industry. Trinity was named to Food Logistics Magazine’s Top 100 Green Providers and Top 100 3PL Providers lists for 2016. The company was also named to Transport Topics’ Top Brokerage Firms List for the 14th consecutive year, ranking as the 20th largest firm in the industry for 2016. 

Trinity’s mission is to “deliver creative logistics solutions through a dynamic mix of human ingenuity and innovative technology, enriching the lives of those we serve.”

“In an industry that can be challenging and complex, our team is determined each day to find the best solutions with best-in-class customer service for our clients, vendors, and carriers. We have the best reputation in the industry because we live by the Golden Rule, and live our purpose of improving people’s lives by constantly striving to be our best,” said Sarah Ruffcorn, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Trinity Logistics. 

Trinity also has a reputation in the community for being one of the best places to work. Trinity ranked third place in the medium-sized business category on the 2015 Delaware Top Workplaces list. It was the sixth consecutive year that Trinity ranked in the top ten, including a first place snag in 2013. The Top Workplaces awards are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

You don’t have to look far to discover the many reasons someone would want to join the team. If you explore the hashtag #BeTeamTrinity on social media, you’ll find photos of food, fun, and inspiration from the office. The focus at Trinity isn’t only on fun, however. The company nurtures an overall positive work environment, guided by teamwork, continuous improvement, and a servant leadership model. 

“Part of what sets Trinity apart from other workplaces is our focus on culture.  We strive to create a workplace environment that allows team members to learn and grow, to collaborate, and to be creative with solutions. We promote a healthy balance of work and quality time spent with family.  We are constantly striving to be our best in everything we do, and we do all of this while having a good time,” said Jamie Willey, Director of Team Services. 

Trinity provides plenty of opportunities for growth within the company. Team members are encouraged to celebrate each other’s successes. Near the front of every Trinity location, there’s a bulletin board where notes of gratitude, referred to as “kudos,” are left between team members. 

Trinity clearly demonstrates to its customers and team members its vision and direction for the future. That’s why you’ll see the Trinity compass on the company website, throughout every building, and on every computer screen. Trinity’s “guiding values” drive everything the company does, with integrity as the “true north.” Other guiding values include determination, continuous improvement, teamwork, leaders, fun, excellence, and legacy. 

 “Trinity University,” based out of the Seaford headquarters, offers industry-related training and education classes for all team members. Trinity also partnered with Delaware Technical Community College and other area logistics companies to create an associate in applied science degree program for Logistics, Supply Chain, and Operations Management. The degree program is available now at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown and the George Campus in Wilmington.  

Trinity follows a “work hard, play hard” mentality, balancing out stressful days at the office with games, barbecues, an annual field day, and lots of team celebrations throughout the year. Trinity also combines this motto with service to the community, putting on annual events like a golf tournament and a “Big Pink” volleyball tournament through the Trinity Foundation. 

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2005. It is operated entirely by Trinity team members who volunteer their time outside of the workday to improve and invest in the local communities surrounding Trinity’s offices around the country. The Foundation’s focuses are supporting the local community, including combatting hunger, youth leadership development, and health awareness.

Each year, the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) honors one 3PL company for their community service and charity efforts. Trinity was awarded the TIA’s 2016 Samaritan Award for the Foundation’s efforts. 

“Trinity continues to grow through continued commitment of serving our customers, our teammates and our community, all while continually striving to be our best,” said Jeff Banning, President/CEO of Trinity Logistics. 

Overall, despite its growing size, Trinity Logistics isn’t a large company with a corporate mindset; it is a family-owned operation that promises to hold on to its culture as it continues to grow and serve the local community, the nation, and the world. 

For information on Trinity Logistics, or how to become part of the team, visit www.trinitylogistics.com.

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