Reggie Outland handles dispatching from the Louisville location. He uses Keystone dispatch software to coordinate drivers and shippers. Vehicles are monitored by the Qualcomm satellite tracking system.
A three-bay shop handles routine maintenance and repairs. The service truck [left] is on hand for road repairs and can reach most trucks that require assistance in the carrier's area within a 250-mile radius of Louisville. The International tractor at right awaits preventive service.
Gary Thornsberry [left] and Jeff Dunphy are in the midst of a busy day in the shop. Here they discuss servicing a tractor to return it to the road promptly.
The equipment on this trailer includes SureSeal SureFlo aerators. Running gear includes Hendrickson Intraax suspensions, MeritorWabco antilock brakes, Michelin X One tires, and Alcoa aluminum wheels.
Tractor-mounted Gardner Denver blowers handle cement loading and unloading.
A Bulk First LLC pneumatic bulker arrives at a cement plant near Louisville KY where the cement hauler is based. The carrier transports cement and fly ash within a 250-mile radius of Louisville, providing customers with just-in-time service.
Dewell Gossett acquired Bulk First in 2008, but he isn't a newcomer to the dry bulk industry. He served as a long-time employee of a ready-mix company before becoming general manager of the Louisville trucking division and later purchasing it.
Dennis Sears, Louisville terminal manager, and Leslie Brooks, who oversees payroll and billing, review administrative data.
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