Intermodal freight volumes are heading in the right direction for Calhoun Truck Lines, according to its President Brent Bois.
And that’s good news for the five operational facilities run by the Midwest intermodal freight operation. Since summer 2012, when Minneapolis, MN-based Calhoun Truck Lines has invested money into its infrastructure, adding top talent from the intermodal community, expanding into new locations, and elevating its service, truck fleet and capacity to handle more business.
Today in summer 2013, Calhoun Truck Lines offers customers intermodal freight services and trucking capabilities from five locations – Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit. Each of these locations are fully and professionally staffed, have electronic monitoring of freight, are certified to move freight among all the 48 contiguous states, and meet all the industry standards for driver safety and fuel efficiency programs.
“We made it a goal to hire and contract with talented employees and more “A-level” players throughout the intermodal community,” said President Brent Bois. “Those decisions throughout the past 12 months are really paying dividends right now. I’ve been contacted by other industry players and drivers who are interested in what we have going on at Calhoun and want to be a part of it,” said Bois.
This momentum for Calhoun Truck Lines was fueled in part by its name change in summer 2012 to its current name, after competitors were confusing Calhoun’s customers and partners with similar trucking outfit names. Through this change and a ramping up of talent and services, Calhoun has developed a strong name in Midwest intermodal trucking.
The company has reinvested money back into its infrastructure, using new servers, Qualcomm devices for all Calhoun trucks, and better support for the field offices, according to Bois. In addition, Calhoun has increased compensation to their owner operators and added an incentive-based bonus pay for safe and accountable drivers.
As important as it is for Calhoun to reinvest in their infrastructure, Bois believes that the drivers come first. Over the next three years Bois believes Calhoun will invest more money in driver retention than technology. “Once a driver contracts with our company and establishes a good working relationship with dispatch,” remarked Bois, “we want to make sure they’re with us for the long run.”
Calhoun’s commitment to helping owner operators succeed is critical in an environment that’s starting to feel the impact of qualified drivers. This is important, as it helps make Calhoun Truck Lines a great option for safety conscious drivers looking to make good money and a solid trucking opportunity. For more information on the company and driving options, go to www.calhountrucklines.com.