RG Transport

Operating as a mix of a private fleet with a for-hire carrier, RG Transport is a key partner for many national food and consumer products companies.

By Eric Slack

As a corporate entity, the RG Transport name dates back to 1990. But the company’s history is much more extensive than that, and today it operates a fleet of more than 180 trucks and 550-plus trailers.

RG Transport is a sister company to Red Gold Inc., which has been producing premium-quality tomato products since 1942. RG Transport’s genesis came about because of expansion of Red Gold’s tomato product lines and a need to control their transportation needs. Red Gold acquired Fettig Transportation in 1980 and started  increasing its own fleet from  five trucks and 15 trailers. The trucking company’s name became RG Transport in 1989, and in 1998 it expanded beyond providing private fleet services for Red Gold.

“We have grown into a trucking company that is an extension of Red Gold,” Chief Operating Officer Hue Andrews says. “As a for-hire carrier, we primarily focus on the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast. Our goal is to provide quality transportation and customer service in the most efficient and safe manner.”

SAV

SAV’s operations are nimble enough to react to customers’ needs on the fly.

By Alan Dorich

When SAV Transportation Group was established nearly 30 years ago, it was formed around a single, simple philosophy. “We believed that if we could provide the highest quality of service within the industry, we’d be able to attract some of the best customers in the world,” co-owner and President Mike Abbott says.

That recipe for success has paid off for the Coon Rapids, Minn.-based company. As the organization evolved over the years, he says, SAV listened to its customers and formed a multi-dimensional service offering that addresses its clients’ continued needs.

Davis Transfer

Davis Transfer’s investments in safety have brought benefits throughout the company.

By Alan Dorich

Davis Transfer Co. Inc. always provides its top level of service to customers, Director of Safety Brittany Britt says. “That includes working with the best drivers, making sure we get our freight delivered on time, and getting everything there safely,” she says.

Carnesville, Ga.-based Davis Transfer specializes in general truckload, emergency and expedited truckload services. “We’ve been in business almost 60 years,” she says, noting that the company is family owned.

She credits Davis Transfer’s success to its people- drivers, maintenance personnel, and office personnel. “Everyone goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we’re growing every day.”

delaware express

Delaware Express embraces the newest technology to build on more than 80 years of customer service expertise.
By Chris Petersen

Delaware Express has been serving customers with bulk material hauling for more than 80 years, but that doesn’t mean the company still does business the same way it did in 1935. Although he says the company hasn’t been as aggressive in its growth as many of its competitors, President Robert Winther says Delaware Express has adapted to the changing nature of the industry in a smart, controlled manner. That, combined with the company’s strong family ties and dedication to old-school customer service, has formed the foundation of Delaware Express’ success for now and well into the future.

Originally founded as a hauler of feed and fertilizer for the local farming community, Delaware Express eventually transitioned to haul plastic and liquid latex along with other non-hazardous bulk materials. Today, non-hazardous bulk materials continue to make up the majority of the company’s work, although Delaware Express also has a smaller presence in hauling food-grade materials for a number of breweries on the East Coast. “Our bread and butter really is large petrochemical companies,” Vice President of Technology Bryan Winther says.

Although Delaware Express faces some fierce competition in the Eastern United States, the company has continued to focus on the things that have made it successful while also adapting to the newest trends in technology. While many of its competitors focus on competing solely with rates, Delaware Express adheres to the belief that providing the best possible service will always lead to success.

benny whitehead

Benny Whitehead Inc. implements speed controls and an extensive driver training program to improve its fuel efficiency.

By Janice Hoppe

Benny Whitehead Inc. has built its reputation over the past 44 years on providing high-quality transportation services, culminating recently in it achieving possibly the best fuel economy in the industry. “We run team operations and we focus on fuel mileage,” says Amy DeFee, CFO and daughter of President Benny Whitehead. “On average, our fuel mileage is 8.6 miles per gallon, but we have also seen it as high as 10 mpg, because we governed our trucks at 58 miles per hour.”

Benny and Brenda Whitehead founded Benny Whitehead Inc. in 1982, but DeFee says her father was in business for 15 years prior to starting the company. Benny got his start in the industry by driving old trucks while Brenda found him loads and took care of the books, as well as the couple’s three children: Benny Jr., Eddie and Amy.

“For years my dad would drive these old trucks and do all of the repair work himself,” DeFee remembers. “After a few years of going broke and paying off everyone he owed, my mother showed him all the money he spent on the old trucks and talked him into buying a new truck. After that, things turned around for them.”

Allied Trucking

The Allied Trucking family of companies plays a major role in many of the state’s largest public road and civil projects.

By Jim Harris

If there’s a major road project in Florida, there’s a good chance you will see Allied Trucking handling the transportation of the materials used in its construction.

“Construction is our biggest market, hands down; when there have been construction sites in our area, chances are we’ve had trucks there,” says Alejandro Cusco, vice president of business development for the Hialeah Gardens, Fla.-based truck broker.

The company counts on a fleet of more than 600 trucks to haul topsoil, asphalt, stone, rock, sand and other materials to projects, including those overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation. With offices located in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Palm Beach and Naples, the group of companies has the capability to broker trucks from independent operators serving most of the state, Cusco says.

Sunset Truck

Putting the needs of customers, carriers and employees at the top of its priority list has helped Blue Line Logistics to build its presence as a freight brokerage company.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 2003 in Duluth, Minn., Blue Line Logistics Inc. has grown from its roots as a regional freight brokerage company to have a significant national presence. Having started with a focus on less than truckload (LTL) freight, the company has diversified into full truckload and intermodal offerings by providing a high level of customer service along with competitive freight rates. Its services include everything from drop-trailer, power only, consolidating partial loads, over dimension and heavy haul to farm equipment, international, expedited and team driver service, and GPS load tracking. The company can offer dry van, temperature controlled, flatbed and specialized equipment.

“We have more of a full truckload focus today, and we do mostly dry van freight with a fair amount of flatbed and specialized trucking,” President Ryan Sienko says. “We also have a lot of experience with LTL and refrigerated freight.”

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Venture Logistics provides a full suite of services to customers across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

By Stephanie Crets

Venture Logistics prides itself on the ability to offer its customers absolutely everything – not just transportation of its goods. The company can optimize a customer’s entire network and provide supply chain solutions, warehousing and distribution, rail services and final delivery with its own asset base of trucks, trailers and drivers. “Very few companies can do that,” President Greg Eddy says.

With 1,000 trucks and 3,000 trailers to use to serve its customer base, Venture Logistics services the United States, Mexico and Canada with driver terminals in major cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta. It serves the paper goods, automotive, food products and general commodity products industries.

The company thinks of the trucks and trailers in its fleet as its assets. “It’s very important in the asset world to provide great assets to customers,” Eddy notes. Venture Logistics reinvests much of its profits back into its assets because trucks and trailers need constant updating to maintain safety for its drivers and consistency for its customers.

“Our customers are very important,” Eddy says. “That relationship is based on doing what we say we’ll do and living up to the expectation. That starts the relationship and you maintain it with good face-to-face transparency.”

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