On the Road with Allan Welch

Allan Welch is an expert in the transportation field and is making his presence, and Olympic Steel’s well-known in the industry.

Thirty-seven years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation; that’s what Allan Welch brings to Olympic Steel. As our Corporate Transportation Manager for over ten years, he’s been instrumental in the development of our fleet – from four tractors and four trailers in 2006 to over 125 pieces of fleet equipment today, including tractors, trailers, pickup trucks and yard tractors. Allan’s fleet operations strategy is responsible for the growth and ongoing effectiveness and safety of our transportation department and gives Olympic Steel delivery flexibility, a way for controlling ever-increasing transportation costs and a distinct competitive advantage.

When Allan isn’t managing our extensive fleet of equipment, tackling the latest regulatory constraints or guiding a division’s Transportation Manager in best practices, it’s likely he’s traveling near or far to share his industry knowledge (at least, before COVID has kept us all at home).

Aside from developing and maintaining a fleet of equipment for all divisions, Allan is an expert in the transportation field and is making his presence, and Olympic Steel’s, well-known in the industry and in Washington D.C.

As the Transportation & Logistics Committee Vice Chair for the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), Allan is sharing his knowledge with decision-makers and industry leaders. In 2018, he visited Washington D.C. with other committee members to discuss the political environment and how it affects the steel industry, focusing on infrastructure and transportation. This year, Allan is excited to continue the discussion, albeit remotely.

In June 2019, Allan’s industry expertise was published in an article titled Today’s Trucking Regulations’ Economic Impact on Industry – Electronic Logging Devices. Read the full article here.

This month, Metal Center News interviewed Allan for his insight on how professionals overcome challenges in the trucking industry and how the pandemic has affected the trucking business.

Allan has a passion for what he does. He taps into this drive to constantly keep himself, and Olympic Steel, ahead of the competition.

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