David Freymiller remembers the highs and the lows. And to see today the familiar Oklahoma City-based Freymiller fleet of Peterbilt Model 579s, now up to more than 450, hauling refrigerated meat from coast to coast, it’s hard to believe there were ever any significant lows.
Whether you own a fleet, manage one or operate one of its vehicles, these are the primary criteria by which you measure a truck’s powertrain.
While business prospects for the TEC Companies of Lake Elsinore, Calif., were trending upward a few years ago, the state of the organization’s fleet was trending in the other direction.
In the vast flatlands of Central and Western Kansas, earning the distinction of being the largest concrete flatwork contractor[link to: link to: beranconcretedesign.com/] in the state is a significant achievement. It’s even more impressive when you consider that in the early 80’s when the company was founded by Ken Beran, it was primarily a residential contractor.
Bigger is generally better at Heavy Transport, the division of the Bragg family of companies headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.
That goes for the size of the load — Heavy Transport delivers condensers up to 600,000 lbs. on trailers that themselves weigh up to 200,000 lbs. — and the scope of the project. With nine such trailers, dozens of smaller specialized trailers and a fleet of 67 power units, nearly all heavy-spec’ed Peterbilts, the company is uniquely qualified to tackle projects that require multiple specialized hauls.
Darrell Sorenson sketches a pyramid in the air to help describe the fortunes of Sorenson Transport, the Chehalis, Wash.-based refrigerated goods and LTL hauler over which he presides.
For a carrier that differentiates itself by its old-school approach to business, there’s a lot that’s new happening at Central Transport (CT), the less-than-truckload carrier headquartered in Warren, Mich. For one, there are a lot more employees around. In just five years, the CT workforce has grown by 50 percent to 5,271 at its nearly 200 service centers across North America.
Multiple new initiatives and projects are under way at PACCAR Parts with one goal in mind: increase the operational efficiency of every customer, from large fleets to medium and small-sized owner-operators.
Success and growth have come blazingly fast at the Corman Railroad Group, a diverse railroad services organization headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky.
One of America’s oldest family-owned trucking companies didn’t get that way by being, well, old. In fact, the Decker Truck Line fleet is turning younger than ever, and it’s a nimble, proactive approach to growth strategy and market conditions that continues to guide the Fort Dodge, Iowa-based firm.
Jacksonville-based Advanced Disposal System is the largest privately held waste company in the country, with a 3,000-truck fleet and a footprint in 20 states. However, CEO Richard Burke prefers to focus on the company culture.