Pilot Freight Services today announced record 2008 revenues of $372.9 million, up 9.7 percent from 2007.

The privately held company based in Lima said that international sales (up 13 percent) and government sales (up 30 percent) constituted the biggest increases.

International sales were up, in part, because of contracts secured with such customers as US Motorworks and Hallmark, the company said.

Government sales saw a major increase because of strong exports to the Middle East and the growth of Pilot's program with the Navy, said the company, which has 65 offices throughout North America.

Overall, Pilot's international network handled more than 666,000 shipments over the year, totaling more than 469 million pounds of freight.

"For Pilot to have grown nearly 10 percent in 2008 while many other companies across the country struggled speaks volumes about the quality of our work and our employees," says John Hill, executive vice president of sales.