TrekkerTrekker is a multiple-service logistics, transportation and asset-capacity provider that builds long-term customer relationships.

By Stephanie Crets

Trekker provides transportation and logistics services across the United States through a family of companies that serve a diverse range of industries. The company has been using the Trekker name only since last year, but its sister companies date back to the 1940s and 1970s. The Trekker family consists of three separate transportation companies serving a diverse customer base through multiple fleets (dedicated, temperature controlled, dry van, etc.). The company was formed by four partners with more than 85 years of combined industry experience at public and private companies, both large and small.



After taking over the chassis market, TRAC Intermodal is pooling equipment to make the pick-up and drop-off experiences more efficient for customers.

By Tim O’Connor

When people think of cargo transportation they think about big ships pulling into port, railroads crossing the countryside and semi-trucks navigating spaghetti-like highway interchanges. But between those areas lies the connective fabric that links the transportation modes together: the chassis that containers ride on as they move from ship to rail to final destination. As the cargo industry changes, TRAC Intermodal has become the largest chassis pool manager and chassis supplier in North America, making it an invaluable part of the supply chain.

Hinz TruckingHinz Trucking strives to take care of its customers.

By Alan Dorich

Hinz Trucking Inc. specializes in flatbed trucking services, but it never overlooks the importance of its connections with clients and employees. “We can talk logistics all day, but in the end, the key is what you have in a relationship [with them],” Vice President Rod Hinz says.

Texas Pacifico TransportationTexas Pacifico Transportation takes on the monumental task of rebuilding the Presidio-Ojinaga International Bridge in hopes of diversifying and expanding.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Transporting sand by rail to oil wells for use in hydraulic fracturing is more than 80 percent of Texas Pacifico Transportation’s business. To protect itself against market downturns in the future, the company is focused on diversifying the commodities it moves and upgrading infrastructure to do so.

Jones and FrankRecent investments and acquisitions greatly enhanced Jones & Frank’s ability to serve its fuel-handling customers.

By Jim Harris

Jones & Frank’s customers know they can call on the company to quickly respond when they have a problem. “There are hundreds of examples every single week where a service station, operating platform or dispensing system is down and we immediately respond and restore the site to full operation,” says Keith Shadrick, vice president of supply chain for the Raleigh, N.C.-based company. “Our goal is to have a site up and running on the first service call. Our technicians are highly skilled and carry an extensive inventory on their service vehicles.”

TPS Logistics

TPS Logistics has grown along with its clients by maintaining strong relationships with them.

By Bianca Herron

Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Material & Logistics Management, Brandon Stallard started TPS Logistics with his father, Cecil Stallard, in 1993. Though they did not have much capital, it was Stallard’s father’s relationships and reputation in the industry that gave them the push they needed.

Nearly 25 years later, the full-service logistics management company oversees $1 billion in transportation for other enterprises, including clients in the health and beauty, heavy industrial, energy, automotive and manufacturing sectors. “We had really humble beginnings,” CEO Brandon Stallard says. “At that time, this type of company had not been developed before, so there was no road map and we just put one foot in front of the other.”

TPS Logistics once had offices all around the world, but found that its full-platform holistic approach needed to be completely transparent from the shipping dock to the boardroom. “We have boots on the ground throughout Mexico, Canada and six offices in the United States.   This allows us a local presence to ensure we can implement the strategic plan that is determined at the executive level,” Stallard explains.

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Asset-based logistics provider Green Lines Transportation believes in forming close partnerships with its customers.

By Jim Harris

Roger Bettis has long been a believer in the value of teamwork. Whether as a quarterback on the University of Michigan’s football team – which he helped win three Big 10 Conference championships – or as owner and president of Green Lines Transportation Inc., Bettis knows that surrounding himself with the best people possible is critical to his own success.

Volunteer Express
Headquarters: Nashville, Tenn.
Employees: 300
Specialty: Trucking
Volunteer Express: "We are built to last for the benefit of our customers and shareholder employees."

Built For Success

Volunteer Express says its employee ownership is one of its greatest advantages.

Longevity is hard to come by in the highly competitive world of trucking, so when a company has been able to withstand the test of time, it's worth noting. For more than 40 years, Volunteer Express has been serving the Eastern United States with quality trucking services, and the company says it is no accident that it also happens to be an employee-owned company. As Volunteer Express explains, putting the future success of the company directly into the hands of its drivers and operators ensures that it always lives up to its core values because those drivers and operators are fully invested in doing the best possible job they can, every time they get behind the wheel.

As a full-service carrier, Volunteer Express provides LTL services throughout the Southeast and Northeast, but its services aren't limited to LTL. The company says it also provides truckload, volume, expedited, dedicated and local cartage operations for customers throughout its service area. "Volunteer is a true niche carrier providing service advantages with improved transit times as well as less handling of freight moving within our network," the company says.

No matter what service the company provides for its customers, Volunteer Express says the devotion of its employees and the scope of its services add up to a powerful combination that is virtually unmatched by most of its competitors. "We are large enough to perform and small enough to care," the company says.

Employee Ownership

One of the most significant advantages Volunteer Express brings to the trucking industry is its status as a 100 percent employee-owned company. The company says it provides its employees with a consistent amount of miles combined with enough time at home to make them comfortable. According to Volunteer Express, its shareholder drivers also benefit from regular routes, paid vacations, quarterly fuel bonuses, health and dental insurance options, 401k plans with company contributions, and its free employee stock ownership plan for retirement.

"In addition to all these great benefits, Volunteer Express shareholders enjoy our fleet of well-maintained equipment, including 2013 Peterbilt and 2016 Volvo tractors, full equipped to offer the highest level of comfort while providing the tools professional drivers need while on the road," the company adds.

Core Values

Another substantial advantage Volunteer Express has over its competitors is the breadth of its terminal network, which consists of 27 terminals spread across the Southeast and Northeast. The company's presence in Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Connecticut gives it the ability to serve customers more effectively and efficiently, while also providing its drivers with the ability to run daily or weekly schedules, the company says.

Of course, locations and equipment are not much good without an organizing principle behind them, and Volunteer Express says its core values serve as the backbone of everything it does for its customers, how it treats them and how it treats its employees. Chief among these core values is that the company says it strives to be "safe, professional and accountable in everything that we do."

The company also says it is "results-oriented," and believes in rewarding its employees based on their performance. When problems arise, Volunteer Express says it bases its interactions with clients and employees on "honesty, integrity and open communication" to solve problems and drive continuous improvement. Ultimately, Volunteer Express says, these values add up to a company that does right for all of its customers, external and internal.

"We will be the best value provider, run lean and efficient while maintaining the highest standards of safety, service and compliance," the company says. "We are built to last for the benefit of our customers and shareholder employees."

Looking Forward

With its employees behind the wheel of the company's success and its network of terminals spread strategically throughout its service area, Volunteer Express believes it is in a good position to continue living up to its core values and ideals. As long as the company maintains its focus on those ideas, it says, it should continue to be successful for years to come.

"The mission of Volunteer Express, a progressive transportation organization, is to provide superior service through safe and efficient operations and innovative thinking, thus providing the best value to both our customers and our shareholders," the company says.

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Transportation and Logistics International

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Cringleford, Norwich, UK

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