On its 30th anniversary, Dohrn Transfer of Rock Island was honored Wednesday as a partner-level supplier for 2010 and also was named the Worldwide Logistics Supplier of the Year in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program.

The partner-level status is Deere & Co.'s highest supplier rating. Dohrn was cited in recognition of its dedication to "providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement."

Dohrn Transfer is a supplier of transportation and logistics services to Deere's operations throughout the Midwest.

According to a news release, suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process.

"All of the employees of Dohrn Transfer worked diligently to provide the level of excellence required to receive this honor. To have this occur on our 30th anniversary is especially gratifying." said Gary Dohrn, president of Dohrn.

He said because it is a worldwide award, Dohrn competed against companies from around the world. In fact, he said most of the awards went to companies from foreign countries.

The original Dohrn Transfer was started in 1921 by his grandfather, Charles Dohrn, he said. In 1981, the company was sold. That same year, Gary Dohrn started over with three employees.

Today, Dohrn operates 23 terminals throughout an eight-state area. Sixty-eight employees have been added since February 2010, bringing the total employee count to 876. The corporate headquarters in Rock Island employs 308 and is hiring drivers, managers, supervisors, mechanics and dock staff.

"We expect to add 50 more local employees in 2011," Dohrn said. "We have been in a growth mode since last year and look to continue it. We are adding at a pace of over 100 employees per year."

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