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Former PMTA Chairman Sam Lansberry Passed Away

Former PMTA Chairman Sam Lansberry Passed Away

(Picture from PennTrux, June 1990)

Samuel, J. Lansberry, 82, passed away on Sunday, July 2 in Pittsburgh. 

Mr. Lansberry founded Samuel J. Lansberry, Inc. in 1959 in Woodland, PA with one 10-ton two-axle dump truck that he used to haul coal from local strip mines to tipples for processing. As business grew, Sam began to haul additional commodities and added tractor-trailer end dumps to the fleet. In the 1980s, Sam added pneumatic tank trailers, and the late 1990s saw the addition of tri-axles. 

Today, Lansberry Trucking, Inc. is a diversified dry-bulk transportation firm offering services to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Lansberry Trucking continues to be a PMTA member. 

In 1975, Sam and his wife Sandy co-founded Woodland Equipment & Supply Company, which provided trucking, stockpiling, and transloading services for customers in the northeast. In 1989, they also co-founded Cress-Wood Co., LLC, a commercial real estate company. Sam also founded a river terminal and warehousing company, Armstrong Terminal, Inc., in Schenley, PA in 1991, and acquired a hydraulic hose company, World Wide Equipment Co., LLC in 2018.

Sam was involved in PMTA throughout his career, helping to shape legislation and grow the trucking industry in Pennsylvania. He served as Chairman from 1989-1991. 

Sam was an avid Harley Davidson rider and enjoyed long trips with his wife and friends throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Sam was also an enthusiastic racing fan, particularly of sprint car racing and the "World of Outlaws." He enjoyed visiting sprint car tracks. 

Sam was an outdoorsman, including hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and beyond. He made many trips west and to Canada to hunt elk, moose, mule deer, and antelope, as well as to fish with his friends and family over the years.  

Sam served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy L. Lansberry of Woodland; two sons, Samuel J. Lansberry, II of Treasure Lake, and Adam T. Lansberry and wife Angi of Clearfield; and two grandchildren, Alex and Alayna Lansberry. 

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. A public memorial service will be announced at a later day. 

PMTA's thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and the entire Lansberry family.

Sam was an outstanding leader, businessman and friend. We will miss him. 

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