CRST International Inc. Listed on 2009 InformationWeek 500

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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 2009 InformationWeek 500 for the second consecutive year.

CRST International

We see the value new technology brings to our industry and pass that value on to our clients. Our IT staff works diligently to increase efficiency and continues to position us for growth in the future.

CRST International, one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the country, today announced that it has been listed on the InformationWeek 500 for the second consecutive year. The list, which focuses on innovation in technology, ranked CRST International as #214. The companies were revealed on September 14, 2009 at a gala awards ceremony held during the InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California.

"CRST is honored to be ranked among the country's most innovative companies on the InformationWeek 500 for the second year in a row," said John Smith, President of CRST International. "We see the value new technology brings to our industry and pass that value on to our clients. Our IT staff works diligently to increase efficiency and continues to position us for growth in the future."

CRST has implemented innovative technologies such as new Voice Over IP (VOIP) implementation within the company that utilizes the Cisco Unified Communications System. This allows them to integrate their communication systems, including BlackBerry, voice, data, etc. They also implemented a new freight management system from TMW which allows them to streamline their business and improve service performance.

In addition, CRST incorporated a new customer relationship management system, and is embracing the use of new technology such as virtual servers, web based software, and green technology in their data center.

The CRST IT Department recognizes the opportunity new technology brings to better serving clients. "We continue to work with our technology plan to equip our people with the tools they need to better serve our clients," says Steve Hannah, Vice President Information Technology.

"For more than 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 21st 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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