CRST International Inc. Listed on 2008 InformationWeek 500 Innovation in Technology Helps to Better Serve Clients

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CRST International, one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the country, today announced that it has been listed on the 2008 InformationWeek 500. This is the first time CRST has been chosen for the list, which focuses on innovation in technology.

For 20 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology

CRST International, one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the country, today announced that it has been listed on the 2008 InformationWeek 500. This is the first time CRST has been chosen for the list, which focuses on innovation in technology. The 2008 InformationWeek 500 companies were revealed on September 15, 2008 at a gala awards ceremony held during the InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California.

CRST was chosen for the list based on the technology used to create its new Data Warehouse, which provides managers the ability to track KPI's, obtain more detailed reporting, and spot trends as they start. In addition, CRST created a web-based On Target Tracking system which allows clients to track a load online the same way an individual may track a package. The company also implemented a Cisco Unified Communication System, which integrates all communications (blackberry, voice, data, etc.), allowing for more reliable and higher quality voice/data capabilities. A redesign of its Data Network has increased efficiency and created a more secure network, and by electronically tracking Truck Maintenance, the company is able to schedule routine maintenance, and address equipment issues better. CRST is one of only four Iowa companies to be listed.

"CRST is pleased to be number 184 on the InformationWeek 500 for 2008," said John Smith, President of CRST International. "Using innovative technology allows us to serve our clients more efficiently and positions us for growth in the future. Our IT staff is always looking for ways to improve our current systems and I applaud their efforts."

The CRST International IT department utilizes the most current technology available to best serve the needs of the company, and those of its clients. "We have a specific documented technology plan to steer us in the right direction, but we are flexible to the changing technology," says Steve Hannah, Vice President Information Technology.

"For 20 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. "Year after year, InformationWeek 500 companies harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue, and establish a competitive advantage. We applaud this year's winners, and the CIOs and other executives whose ingenuity and risk taking are at the center of business technology innovation."

InformationWeek has identified and honored the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual listing, now in its 20th year, and has tracked the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. The list is unique among corporate rankings because it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at http://www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

For more information on CRST, please visit http://www.crst.com or contact Steve Hannah at (319) 390-2682.

CRST International
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based CRST International is one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the United States. Through its five divisions, CRST provides a broad array of transportation solutions, including Van and Flatbed as well as Brokerage and Transportation Management Services. CRST's Operating Divisions are made up of CRST Logistics and CRST's asset-based Carrier Group, which consists of CRST Van Expedited, CRST Malone, CRST Dedicated Services and CRST Capacity Solutions. For more information, visit http://www.crst.com.

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