The second annual edition of Overdrive‘s Smaller Fleet Championship kicks off its entry period of time today, September 2, 2021. When fleets of all dimensions have confronted challenges given that last year’s contest wrapped up all around this time in 2020, there is no question the enterprising business people among Overdrive‘s audience seized upon plenty growth possibilities.
Glance no even further than a single of final year’s finalists, John McGee Trucking out of Simsboro, Louisiana. On Tuesday owner McGee was occupied prepping 3 rigs for dispatch to Slidell, Louisiana, to advance an option that rose immediately after Hurricane Laura’s August 2020 landfall. Given that then, McGee’s fleet, principally focused to the liquid bulk requires of oil-solutions providers, has been named up for catastrophe-aid operate hauling nonpotable drinking water in disaster-aid functions additional than the moment, a little something they’d in no way ventured into ahead of in very the exact same way.
McGee’s rigs, pursuing Hurricane Ida knocking out electric power to a great deal of the area this 7 days, are now serving “sewage carry stations,” he said. Drivers, which include McGee’s son, are “likely to the raise stations that do not have power and then transferring the black drinking water from the non-powered facility to 1 that has energy.”
The skill to switch on a dime to just take gain of chance when it strikes represents a principal advantage for smaller operations like McGee’s, yet the small fleet owner is also adept at considering extended-variety, constructing the foundation from which to mature. Because the summary of final year’s contest, he is added three more trucks to a full of 17, eight additional motorists to pilot them for a total of 24, and shop and business employees as well.
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McGee’s fleet is made up entirely of Mack Pinnacle daycabs but for one power unit, a Mack Anthem with a sleeper whose driver has been transferring lumber on a flatbed more time distances than is usual for his tank haulers. The buyer is “heading to incorporate another sawmill,” in the following calendar year or two, he explained, and he is talked with them about “partnering to be a devoted hauler for them.”
McGee received his start off as a driver, like so lots of in Overdrive‘s audience. His appreciation for what drivers go by way of won’t go unnoticed by those piloting the firm’s rigs, of course. “I’m a driver. I have been a driver my full lifestyle, and I just cannot stand the way some of these established-ups are and how they handle motorists,” he explained of a foray into grain hauling that started out past yr. He fled the buyer, eventually, after too a lot of scenarios of prolonged waits and other snafus — his hopper-bottom haulers would demonstrate up and get treated “like they’re a tick on your back.”
He stays the relief driver, way too, he mentioned, for the broader enterprise. For considerably of the yr, he is found himself hauling as a great deal as 40 to 50 hrs a 7 days to support preserve speed with the development in freight the organization has experienced. That stage of his possess driving he calls “the barometer for when to employ the service of any individual,” which he is obviously been accomplishing. Still organization just retains finding far better. All of it could well even further expand the amount of trucks in and motorists with the fleet following what he called his very best year to day.
McGee’s results testifies to the wear-all-the-hats grit that the finest among the owners show, no doubt, but also the capacity to delegate when it helps make perception and hear chance when it knocks.
If that describes you, much too, get the time to enter this year’s competitors and join us and the Countrywide Affiliation of Little Trucking Providers in honoring the most effective among modest fleet entrepreneurs in Overdrive‘s Tiny Fleet Championship this calendar year.