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As the nation braces for a possible second wave of Coronavirus, the trucking industry is the source of some of the only good news around.  Trucking is experiencing high demand along with a driver shortage – mostly seen in Flatbeds, Refrigerated Trucks, Vans, Day Cabs, and Box Trucks.

How it’s Playing Out

Van spot load rates top the charts, up 28.8% last month from one year ago.  Flatbed rates are up a whopping 9.9% and have soared even higher in the past two weeks.  Refer Trucks are up over 19% and there seems to be no end in sight to the rise. 

Not all phases of trucking are faring well, however.  Those operating to service the supply of products that are in big demand, because of or in spite [...]

 


 

If you have a dump truck, believe it or not, there are a ton of things you can do with it besides your traditional dump jobs.  From towing to toting, get a load of some of these new uses you may find for your trusty truck:

Hauling

Think about what a dump truck is – a truck with a large, powerful engine that has an open bed in the back. It’s ideal for hauling large and awkward items.  You can clean out the garage, move things to a storage unit, or even tote appliances and heavy furniture from here to there.  Once you’re finished moving your own belongings, you can hire out your services.

Construction

Construction sites are always needing to haul loads in and out.  Dirt, gravel, supplies, trash, and many other [...]

Trinity Logistics Group, a Texas-based trucking company, has slammed the brakes on operations.  The news has left its 102 drivers in utter shock.  Amidst the uncertainty the Coronavirus pandemic has brought about, the abrupt closure is being called “devastating”.

The announcement was made on September 28 via a conference call.  Drivers were informed they would no longer have a job and that all equipment was to be returned almost immediately.  The now-defunct carrier company offered flatbed, oversize, and heavy hauling services.  Trinity Industries, the mother company of Trinity Logistics Group, is the owner of Trinity Rails which has been hit hard by issues surrounding frac sand.

“At least we got paid and weren’t stranded like drivers for Ohio-based Falcon Transport and Celadon of Indianapolis were,” stated Paul, a past employee.  “Still…it is a big blow.”

The Trinity shut-down [...]

 


 

Port-a-parties are the trendy new way for parents to throw their kids a fabulously fun birthday party without the headache that usually goes along with such an event.   Why not join in the fun and make yourself some cash in the process?

Commercial Vehicle set-ups, you can be on the road to raking in the party dough in no time.  Here’s how to make your Party in a Box Truck happen in six easy steps:

  1. Plan.  You will need a good plan – for yourself and for the bank if you intend to seek financing for your business.  Exactly what type of mobile party company are you going to have?  What are you going to offer – a bounce house, a blow-up slide, carnival games, video games, paintball, or something else?  Maybe you’ll [...]

 


 

Winter’s just around the bend and some commercial truck owners are anticipating the opportunity to make some good cold cash.  Where some freeze up when it comes to the snow and ice that will be hitting cold climate regions soon, others are dreaming of a white winter.

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” Mike Brownlee laughed.  “I make my living off the white stuff, so the more, the better.”

Mike began his snow removal business two years ago when his wife fell ill and his truck driving job with a national company was no longer possible.  “I simply couldn’t be away from home for weeks at a time,” he explained.

Mike purchased a Dump Truck and converted [...]


With the uncertainty of today’s economy, it’s hard to know which trucking niche to choose.  If you are looking to make some decent cold cash and to be relatively safe when unexpected tough times hit, you may want to consider branching off into the refrigeration truck field. 

2021 is predicted to be a hot year for the refrigerated freight industry as the demand for temperature-controlled trucking continues to soar. In a recent report published by Allied Market Research, it was revealed that the global refrigerated trailer market will be valued at $7.658 billion by 2022 – a steep rise from the $5.588 billion is was valued at in 2015.  The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% by 2022 which comes as welcome news for those contemplating getting into temperature-controlled transporting. 

The refrigerated truck niche underwent a major [...]


 

 

If you’re looking to rustle up some work as an independent truck driver in a new field, you might want to consider hauling livestock.  After all, who doesn’t want to make big bucks being a cowboy on wheels?

Cattle haulers earn a national average of around $77,750 per year.  For owner-operators the pay is usually higher.  Cattle-producing states, like Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, and Iowa typically offer top pay and plenty of opportunities.

What Cattle Hauling Entails

Cattle and livestock haulers are responsible to transporting large loads of cattle and/or livestock from place to place.  Generally, the trips involve going from a farm or auction location to a slaughterhouse.  Sometimes, however, the cattle are just being moved from one grazing ground or geographical location to another.

Other Livestock Hauling

All types of [...]

 

 


 

 

With over 1.3 million in the trucking industry still on unemployment, many drivers are looking for a new road to take. Some are turning to specialized trucking services and are faring quite well, especially those who choose fields that have several niches within it – like Moving Companies that accommodate residential and business moving as well as delivering furniture and/or appliances for stores.

“Flexibility is the name of the game,” stated Tim McGee, a former truck driver who is now running a long haul moving service.  “I feel a lot more secure now that my eggs aren’t all in one basket.” 

While Tim is presently doing remarkably well [...]

 


 

According to IBIS World report, the annual revenue of the Earth Moving and Excavation Contractors industry in 2020 is $54.9 billion and the year isn’t even over yet.  If you are considering jumping in the business, now is the time.

What Does Excavation Entail?

Excavation is the removal of large amounts of earth.  Most construction companies turn to Earth Moving Companies when they need dirt moved.  While many can actually do the job themselves, they typically prefer to have professional excavators do it for them so the job is done quickly and efficiently and so they don’t have to mess with it.

Why Get Into Earth Moving?

Earth Moving is the ideal niche for anyone who wants to get into the construction service industry with a reasonably small investment [...]


 

As National Truck Driver Appreciation Week comes to a close, many are reflecting on the crucial role truck drivers play in America.  As the glory fades and the nation’s trucks and drivers blend back into the highway scenery, their heroic actions never take a “brake”. 

A Burning Desire to Make a Difference

Even today, while hundreds of drivers are desperately trying to flee or avoid the fires that are engulfing the Western United States, some truckers are in a fury rushing to them. 

Earlier this month, the Oregon Department of Transportation shut down heavily-traveled I-5 just short of the California/Oregon border due to the Glendower Fire.  Truckers attempting to travel north were forced to go turn around and go back into California from wince they came. 

Along with the heartbreaking humanitarian side of [...]

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