Archive for December, 2011


Matthew “Bo” Bates Named President of Evans Network of Companies

December 15, 2011

Matthew “Bo” Bates will assume the role of President of the Evans Network of Companies effective January 1, 2012.  Bates will succeed Albert “Bert” Evans, Jr. who held that position since 1965.  The company was founded by Albert Evans, Sr. in 1939.

In 1988, Matthew “Bo” Bates joined his father-in-law, Albert L. Evans Jr., at Evans Delivery Company the family-owned trucking business. Mr. Bates managed the newly acquired West Motor Freight of PA. At that time West Motor Freight, combined with Evans operated about 200 trucks in the northeastern United States.  In 2002 he was named Executive Vice President of Evans Delivery Company and oversaw the integration of newly acquired Hale Intermodal.  In addition to his role as President of Evans Network of Companies, Bates will also continue to serve as CEO of West Motor Freight of PA and Co-Chairman of DM Transportation Services.

“I am blessed and honored to have led this organization for more than 45 years” stated Bert Evans, “and I am confident that the organization is well positioned to continue to grow and prosper.”  Evans will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

Evans Network of Companies is the largest privately owned container drayage specialist in the country.  Growing organically, and through acquisition, the group includes Evans Delivery Company, West Motor Freight, All Points Transport, Hale Intermodal, Land Transportation, Phoenix Transit and Logistics, Century Express, DM Transportation and 562 Terminal Facility Limited Partnerships. The group operates over 1,800 trucks out of 110 service centers and provides transportation and logistics services throughout the United States.  One of the primary focuses of the company is ocean container and domestic container drayage at ports and major rail ramps east of the Rockies.

“Bert created a clear vision for Evans and continually challenged the organization to grow and improve”, commented Bates. “Our management team will continue to lead the organization guided by the ideals that Bert engrained into our culture.”

Bates received a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984 and holds an MBA from Kent State University (1988.)  He is a Founding Director of The Victory Bank in Limerick, PA, a member of the Bank’s Audit Committee and is Chairman of the ALCO Committee.  He is a member of the Executive Council and Endowment Fund Committee for the Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. He resides in Gilbertsville, PA with his wife Samantha and has two children, Matthew J. Bates, Esq. of Pittsburgh, PA and C. Ryan Bates, Esq. of Pottsville, PA.


Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2011


Bo Bates Interviewed by Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal

December 10, 2011

Bo Bates was recently interviewed by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal on the topic of employee recognition programs.  Click here to read the interview in the online


Christmas Cards For Andrew

December 6, 2011

As we enter into a time of year when we all count our blessings we would like to ask you to please take a moment to review a website that is dedicated to one child’s fight:

Over the years we have been in touch with Andrew and his family. A few months ago Andrew seemed to be well, unfortunately that is not the case now.    We would like to see everyone send Andrew a Christmas card this year to brighten his spirit this holiday season.   Andrew will be in the hospital for a minimum of 6 months fighting his fight.   Here is the address to Andrew in the hospital:

Andrew Holmes
Room # 4242
1600 S.W. Archer Rd
Gainesville, FL  32608

Please join us in mailing Andrew a card and keeping him in your thoughts.    As always Thank you for your time and consideration,

Kim Lorimer