New Penn | KENNETH LEEDY OBITUARY

RIP. Did you know him slave?
No. I think you'd have to have 25-30 years at NPME right now to have known him.

But he's Legend here.
His name goes hand-in-hand with New Penn's success.
Only heard good and great about him from management and Teamsters alike
One guy used to tell us he was a freight engineering genius.
New Penn was like a tight family it seems when he was there.
 
RIP Ken Leedy. He made it to a couple of our safety breakfasts at RDG. He commanded the room's attention and you could hear a pin drop in between his remarks. When he was done, he was roundly applauded by the entire room full of Teamsters. He was the architect of New Penn's great success when we were cranking out 77/78% operating ratios in the mid to late 1990s. He was a ball buster, but well respected because of it.
 
RIP Ken Leedy. He made it to a couple of our safety breakfasts at RDG. He commanded the room's attention and you could hear a pin drop in between his remarks. When he was done, he was roundly applauded by the entire room full of Teamsters. He was the architect of New Penn's great success when we were cranking out 77/78% operating ratios in the mid to late 1990s. He was a ball buster, but well respected because of it.
Always enjoyed him at our safety breakfasts. Well liked by the rank & file. Always had a clear vision for New Penn.
 
Ken was a good man. Worked his way up from the bottom, Never forgot where he came from. He would walk the dock and work the break room shaking hands with labor would ask drivers and dock alike about customers and freight and more importantly listened too and addressed their concerns. It would be hard to find anyone like him at the exec level today.

RIP
 
Ken was a good man. Worked his way up from the bottom, Never forgot where he came from. He would walk the dock and work the break room shaking hands with labor would ask drivers and dock alike about customers and freight and more importantly listened too and addressed their concerns. It would be hard to find anyone like him at the exec level today.

RIP
Did Steve O’Kane follow him? Was we as well liked and respected?
 
RIP Ken Leedy. He made it to a couple of our safety breakfasts at RDG. He commanded the room's attention and you could hear a pin drop in between his remarks. When he was done, he was roundly applauded by the entire room full of Teamsters. He was the architect of New Penn's great success when we were cranking out 77/78% operating ratios in the mid to late 1990s. He was a ball buster, but well respected because of it.
I heard it was a good idea to have the food up to par if the safety meeting was to be held at your establishment.....or somebody might hear about it.
 
Did Steve O’Kane follow him? Was we as well liked and respected?
He was ok he actually learned a lot from Leedy on how to deal with people, and you could talk to him just like you would someone in the break room.
He became President after New Penn was sold to Roadway. The story was he and Roadway had the agreement that they would leave him alone to run New Penn without interference so long as he kept it profitable.

He went to Duie once Yellow got us. He was the first person outside of family that Duie put in as a President. One of the sons said it was one of their best decisions.
 
Things were different then, People like Leedy and O’Kane felt experience was more important then education a lot of Vice Presidents and all the dispatchers and supervisors were truck drivers that that actually did the job and worked their way up. Made your job a lot easier working for someone who understood what you do. And how it should be done.
 
Things were different then, People like Leedy and O’Kane felt experience was more important then education a lot of Vice Presidents and all the dispatchers and supervisors were truck drivers that that actually did the job and worked their way up. Made your job a lot easier working for someone who understood what you do. And how it should be done.
all you did was b--ch when O'Kane and Leedy were there. , don't love a guy years later when all you did was file grievances and fight with management the entire time you were there.
 
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all you did was b--ch when O'Kane and Leedy were there. , don't love a guy years later when all you did was file grievances and fight with management the entire time you were there.
You’re mistaken me for someone else. I don’t know what you’re talking about . I was a young guy on the bottom happy to be in a good job then.
 
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