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Carrier Spotlight of the Month: Sloan Transport

TheRoad_SloanThis month’s featured carrier is Sloan Transport of Jackson, MI. Sloan Transport is a second generation flatbed, specialized, and dry van carrier, with 40 company-owned trucks out of Michigan and hundreds of owner operators throughout the United States. Jim and Tawna Sloan started the company in 1982 with one truck that Jim drove. Today, the company is run by their kids, Brandon and Melissa.
Brandon Sloan, one of the owners, generously gave me his time to share his thoughts on the trucking industry and provided a little background on Sloan Transport.

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- Social Media Representative - C.H. Robinson

Is Adequate Truck Parking the Solution to All of Our Woes?

ATRIParkingWhen you look at leading headlines in any trucking industry publication, you see the same critical issues referenced repeatedly: Hours of service (HOS); the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program; driver shortage; government mandates; truck emissions; and increasing traffic congestion.

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- Vice President, ATRI

Transportation Makes Halloween Happen

TheRoad Halloween

Halloween is upon us once again; pumpkins, costumes, and candy are everywhere you turn. As I approach my fourth year in the transportation and logistics industry, it is pretty cool to be able to tell my family and friends about all of the hard work that goes into getting those pumpkins, costumes, and candy to the store and on the shelf for them to purchase.

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Carrier Spotlight of the Month: S&L Transportation

S&L TransportationThis month’s featured carrier is S&L Transportation. S&L is a family-owned and operated flatbed and van carrier that currently runs 52 trucks and over 100 trailers out of Anderson, SC. Like many family-owned carriers across the country, S&L has transferred hands from one generation to the next. Joe Silvers started S&L in 2002 with only one truck. In 2003, he was able to add more trucks and started running flatbeds to Texas. This continued for four years before S&L moved into the van division and expanded across all 48 contiguous states through the end of 2008. In 2009, something special happened. Joe’s daughter, Tabitha Silvers Elliott, became owner of S&L. I recently got a chance to chat with Tabitha about S&L Transportation.

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- Social Media Representative - C.H. Robinson

Latest ATRI Research: The 2015 Operational Cost of Trucking Report


We all know the issues and challenges the trucking industry continues to face on a daily basis, from the driver shortage to changing government regulations. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to put a strong emphasis on the importance of benchmarking. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the biggest challenge to benchmarking is access to accurate information.
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