About Us & The Lester R. Summers Story

With more than 70 years in business, Summers Trucking is recognized as the premier oversize precast hauler in the northeast. In addition to hauling oversize precast, Summers provides expertise in hauling modular buildings, custom façade systems, prefab steel, machinery, and specialty loads for NASA. The company’s specialty is parking garages but their experience and wide range of trailer inventory allows them the capability to any commodity requiring a special touch.

I believe that the company’s long-term success is credited to its people meeting the specific and special needs of our customers.
-President, Rebecca Summers

Through this innovative approach, the family-owned company has grown to include 70-plus company tractors and more than 400 specialty trailers. Summers Trucking continues to increase their fleet and hauling capabilities and welcomes the opportunity to serve your truck transportation needs.

How We Began

Lester R Summers Inc. pennsylvania trucking company oversize haulerLester R. Summers, Inc., also known as “Summers Trucking”, was started by Lester R. Summers and Dorothy R. Summers in 1946. They operated the business from their home in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. The company initially hauled sand from Maryland to a concrete block and ready mix concrete plant in Ephrata. The trucks also hauled concrete blocks and related materials from Ephrata to local contractors. In 1954, the company moved to Garden Spot Road in Ephrata Township. Lester R. Summers was President of company.

 

Sons, Lester Summers, Jr. “Sonny” began working for the company in 1953 and J. Harold Summers “Harold” joined the family business after graduating from college in 1964. By the Mid 1960’s – the company began hauling precast concrete products and is now the “go-to” precast hauler on the East coast.

In 1977, Lester and Dorothy Summers sold the company to their sons, J. Harold Summers and Lester R. Summers, Jr. Harold became President of the company and served in that capacity until 2010, when he became Chairman of the Board. The brothers steadily increased the fleet as the need for their trucking services grew.

 

In 2008, the company was sold by Harold & Lester, Jr. to their children. Rebecca & John Summers, children of J. Harold Summers and Ken Summers, son of Lester Summers, Jr.

 

pennsylvania trucking company oversize haulerIn the spring of 2009, a long-term plan came to fruition when the company more than tripled the size of their terminal by expanding their outdoor storage area and built new office and garage buildings. The new buildings not only provide more space for the growing staff but also include a state-of-the-art garage facility, which allows their in-house technicians to keep the fleet maintained to their high company standards.

 

In 2010, Rebecca Summers was named President and Kenny assumed the role of VP of Operations. John manages the sales team and focuses on expanding the reach of the company, looking to match Summers’ strengths with unique needs of its ever-growing customer base.

Harold Summers

How Do We Maintain the Quality

 

Michael Summers, the first full-time 4th generation family member in the business will soon celebrate his 14th year with the company and like family members before him has advanced from sweeping floors to his current role as Parts and Property Manager.  Meanwhile Kenny’s cousin Shawn Rutt , with more than three decades of service, serves as Shipping Liaison and Coordinator.

 

World-class customer service is the keystone to the company’s success.  And while “family” is obvious in the bloodlines, the rest of the employees are considered an extended family and the loyalty between the company and the employees can be seen in the many long term employees.  Office Manager Irene Legerlotz (37 years), Estimating Lead Paula Anderson (34 years) and HR Manager Stacey Reddig (30 years) are key reasons that Summers can provide the service that is unparalleled in the trucking industry.  And in a time where industry turnover rates for drivers is hitting record numbers, Summers is proud to say that nearly half of its company drivers have been with the firm 10 years or more.

 

Presently, Lester R Summers, Inc. hauls concrete products, steel, lumber, modular buildings, commercial windows, machinery and other building materials, as well as sand and stone.

Michael Summers

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