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North Carolina carrier chosen to carry the Capitol Christmas tree

Based in Siloam, North Carolina, Hardy Brothers Trucking was chosen to transport the US Capitol Christmas tree from North Carolina’s national forest to Washington, DC.

According to Bruce Ward, President of Choose Outdoors, Hardy Brothers Trucking was selected as the tree carrier of the year on the recommendation of the Kenworth Truck Company, based on industry reputation. This non-profit partner will help the USDA Forest Department coordinate its annual public involvement initiative.

Trees are harvested from North Carolina’s national forest in early November, followed by a journey of special events in the community before they reach Washington, DC. Hardy Brothers brings together thousands of handmade ornaments made in North Carolina. A smaller tree for the office of the national capital.

“It’s a great honor for us to be part of the tradition of bringing the US Capitol Christmas tree,” said Eddie Hardy, President of Hardy Brothers Trucking. “Our pride in North Carolina shines throughout our fleet. In the process, we are excited to share our experience and uplifting community.”

It is the couple’s team, Harold “Ed” Kingdon Jr. and Deborah Z. Kingdon, who honor the delivery of trees for the Hardy Brothers. They have been married for 42 years and have been driving at Hardy Brothers Inc. since 2018. Ed is a veteran of the US Air Force / Air National Guard and has served for 37 years. Kingdon passed through the ranks, was appointed in 1988, and retired in the rank of colonel. Deborah focused primarily on raising four children, including homeschooling from 1986 to 2008.

In 1965, Ralph Hardy purchased the first truck and began transporting agricultural products throughout the East Coast. Since then, Hardy Brothers Trucking has grown into more than 100 dedicated drivers and 55 trucks, towing refrigerated trailers and transporting cargo from coast to coast.

Fifty-seven years later, this business continues to be a family problem. Hardy continues to work in the office every day, Ralph’s son Eddie does his daily work as president, and Eddie’s son Ryan is vice president.

Kenworth Truck Company returns to its ninth year as a major sponsor of the US Capitol Christmas Tree Program. A specially decaled Kenworth T680 next generation equipped with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper and PACCAR powertrain will transport the 2022 US Capitol Christmas tree.

North Carolina carrier chosen to carry the Capitol Christmas tree North Carolina carrier chosen to carry the Capitol Christmas tree

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