A J&M Tank Lines Inc transport is ready to leave a plant near Sylacauga AL with another load of calcium carbonate. The 65-year-old dry bulk hauler serves customers throughout the Southeast and Texas with a fleet that includes 305 tractors and 450 trailers.
Members of the J&M Tank Lines management team include [from left] Billy Lollar, director of maintenance; Charlie Pickens, safety director; Kyle Gailey, vice-president; and Jim Pickens, chief operating officer.
Central dispatch at the J&M Tank Lines headquarters in Birmingham manages most of the steadily growing fleet operation using TMW fleet management software. Some local hauls are dispatched by the terminals where the trucks are based.
This van is used with the Smith System training that J&M Tank Lines incorporated into its new driver orientation two years ago.
J&M Tank Lines runs fully with electronic driver logs using PeopleNet on-board computers.
Cummins ISX15 and PACCAR MX-13 engines power the Kenworth tractors in the J&M Tank Lines fleet.
Newer trucks have the Bendix BlindSpotter system that warns when another vehicle is in the truck’s blind spot.
A majority of the tractors are specified with Bridgestone widebase tires and aluminum disc wheels.
Gardner Denver product blowers are specified with air cleaners from Southeastern Pneumatic.
Dry bulk trailers have digital on-board scales from Air-Weigh.
Trailer hardware includes Bulk Tank Inc tees and UltraFlo butterfly valves.
Check valves and pressure-relief valves are supplied by Dixon Bayco.
Hendrickson’s Tiremaxx inflation management system is being specified on new dry bulkers.
J&M Tank Lines’ largest maintenance shop is at the terminal in Sylacauga AL. The carrier has shops at most of its terminals, and handles much of the fleet maintenance in-house.
A freshly refurbished dry bulk trailer is ready to go back on the road for another 10 years. Trailers are refurbished at the Americus GA maintenance shop and the goal is two a month.
Pictured are members of the maintenance team at the Sylacauga AL terminal. One of the challenges faces by the carrier is finding enough skilled truck and trailer mechanics.
J&M Tank Lines Inc bought more than 100 new tractors in 2013, and it will add another 100 in 2014.
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