A McConnell & Son Inc tractor-trailer rig leaves a plant in North Little Rock AR with a load of cement going to a ready mix operator. The carrier has been hauling construction materials, including cement, to customers across a five-state area surrounding Arkansas for nearly 60 years. The carrier runs 24 tractors and 30 dry bulk trailers.
McConnell & Son's management team includes James Mason, maintenance director; Hugh McConnell III, owner; and James Carroll, dispatcher/traffic manager. Not pictured is Hugh's wife Erin, who serves as chief financial officer.
James Mason, maintenance director, shows some of the items removed from the Goodyear DuraSeal tires used on the McConnell & Son vehicles. Despite the road hazards, the DuraSeal technology has significantly reduced flats for the fleet.
Tractor-trailer rigs from McConnell & Son offload cement into a customer silo in North Little Rock AR. The carrier is a long-time buyer of Heil dry bulk trailers with a 1,040-cu-ft capacity.
Fleet managers at McConnell & Son believe Bayco check valves are the best on the market.
Newer trailers have work lights from Truck-Lite.
Pelican tees were specified on the newest dry bulk trailers in the fleet.
Gates hot-air hoses are preferred on the McConnell & Son dry bulk trailers.
Tractors are specified with a single 130-gallon fuel tank to help minimize tare weight.
Tuthill blowers are durable and offer a variety of mounting configurations.
Back-Set from RoMix Chemical & Brush Inc is used to remove cement residue from dry bulk trailers.
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