A Spokane, Washington flatbed carrier will transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from California to Washington, D.C. later this year.
System Transport was chosen to deliver the 2021 tree to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building from the Six Rivers National Forest in northern California.
System Transport was selected as the hauler for this year’s tree at the recommendation of Kenworth Truck Company and based on industry reputation on the West Coast according to Bruce Ward, president of Choose Outdoors, the non-profit partner that assists the USDA Forest Service with coordinating the annual delivery. The tree will be harvested in late October before making its cross-country journey, arriving at the U.S. Capitol in late November. The tree will be decorated with thousands of handmade ornaments made by Californians and will light up the nation’s Capitol throughout the month of December.
The company opened its doors 1972 with one truck and a trailer. It has grown to having over 1,000 employees and operating more than 800 trucks today. System Transport is headquartered in Spokane, with terminals in Caldwell, Idaho; French Camp, Fresno and Bloomington, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Olathe, Kansas; Ennis, Texas; and Gary, Indiana.
System Transport handles all types of flatbed freight primarily throughout the West Coast to the Midwest.
"As a second-generation family-owned and operated company, Christmas is a special time of year for us”, said Dennis Williams, president and CEO. “We are proud to be a part of the annual tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to our nation’s capital, and to all the families who gather around their own trees to share the spirit of the season.”
Kenworth Truck Company returns for the eighth year as a major sponsor of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree program. A specially decaled Kenworth T680 Next Generation equipped with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper will transport the 51st U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Additional partners supporting the 2021 journey include ABC Sacramento, Spireon, Inc., Hale Truck and Trailer, Visit California, PG&E, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Alaska Airlines, Coast Central Credit Union, Great West Casualty Company, Truckload Carriers Association, Green Diamond, Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Company, Sierra Pacific Industries, LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc., Bergco, The Forest Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Gene Lucas Community Center, and Humboldt Craft Spirits.
For more information on how to get involved, and to follow the tree’s journey, visit www.uscapitolchristmastree.com.