Charles Wilson

Bulk Transporter

Charles E. Wilson has spent 20 years covering the tank truck, tank container, and storage terminal industries throughout North, South, and Central America. He has been editor of Bulk Transporter since 1989. Prior to that, Wilson was managing editor of Bulk Transporter and Refrigerated Transporter and associate editor of Trailer/Body Builders. Before joining the three publications in Houston TX, he wrote for various food industry trade publications in other parts of the country. Wilson has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and served three years in the U.S. Army.

Photos: Indian River 2017

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Photos: Eagle Transport 2017

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Indian River opens foodgrade wash rack in Mission TX, expands cleaning operations across system

A NEW two-bay foodgrade wash rack in Mission, Texas is helping Indian River Transport Inc to better service customers on both sides of the US-Mexico border. In addition to the Indian River fleet, the wash rack is open to other foodgrade tank haulers.

In operation since March, the wash rack currently has the capability to clean up to 20 tank trailers a day. Like the other tank cleaning facilities in the Indian River system, the new wash rack has Juice Processor Association and Kosher certification.

Eagle Transport thriving with a lean, efficient milk-hauling operation

IN THE late 1980s, brothers Paul and Larry Shirk were looking for better truck driving opportunities. Once farmers in northwestern Missouri, they were driving for a general freight hauler.

Technology helps Santmyer Oil Company to safely and efficiently meet the fuel and lube needs of customers

IN late July, Santmyer Oil Company began evaluating a system designed to create a safer work area for drivers delivering gasoline and diesel fuel to convenience stores. The project involved deployment of the industry’s first petroleum trailer equipped with the new TALK system from Mac LTT.

The initial driver reaction has been positive. One of two drivers assigned to the petroleum trailer says that the TALK system turns night into day and lights up the entire work area when fuel deliveries are made during the night. TALK stands for Total Area Lighting Kit.

Photos: Santmyer Oil Company 2017

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Todd Stine sees opportunity in role as NTTC’s 2016-2017 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year

UNLIKE many truck drivers, Todd Stine has become very comfortable with being in the public eye. He sees it as a great opportunity.

Stine’s latest opportunity in the public spotlight came in April when he was named 2016-2017 National Tank Truck Carriers Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year. He is the fourth recipient of the award.

Photos: GLS Transport Inc 2017

Related story: Zero accident record helps GLS Transport collect NTTC’s top Outstanding Safety Performance award 

Zero accident record helps GLS Transport collect NTTC’s top Outstanding Safety Performance award

ZERO can signify nothing or it can mean everything. It’s all a matter of context.

For GLS Transport Inc, zero means an incredible achievement. A frequency rating of zero accidents per million miles in 2016 earned the Bedford Park, Illinois-based tank truck carrier the National Tank Truck Carriers Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy in the Sutherland Division for carriers running less than 15 million miles annually.

Photos: Groendyke 2017

Related story: Groendyke claims its seventh NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy

Groendyke claims its seventh NTTC Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy

SEVEN Outstanding Safety Performance Trophies. It doesn’t get any better than that for a tank truck carrier.

Only one tank truck fleet can lay claim to that record, and that is Groendyke Transport Inc, founded 85 years ago this year in Enid, Oklahoma. Annually, the trophy goes to the tank truck fleet with the best overall safety record and program in the nation, and Groendyke Transport’s wins span more than 40 years.

Photos: Todd Stine 2017

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First Class Services strives to meet or exceed customer expectations with every load

THE COMPANY slogan is “Our Name Says it All,” and it clearly does.

Everyone at First Class Services Inc is dedicated to meeting or exceeding customer expectations with each and every load. The goal is to deliver every load safely and on time without exception.

Photos: First Class Services 2017

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Photos: Modern Transportation 2017

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