One-time regional player rides wave of renewed oil and gas development with new terminals and more drivers.
Beemac Trucking started out with “two trucks and a dream” in the post-deregulation era, says Chief Operating Officer Richard Casoli. Thirty-four years later, the dream has gotten bigger and moved well beyond trucks to third-party logistics.
Established in 1984, the Pennsylvania-based Beemac was largely a regional player with a fleet ranging between 100 and 125 trucks, roughly split between company drivers and owner-operators.
But since 2016, the company has added another 325 owner-operators to its fleet. Casoli says it plans to add another 150 owner-operators to the fleet next year. This, in addition to owning thirty terminals across the country, with the latest addition of two terminals in Houston.
Casoli, who joined Beemac in 2017, says the executive team brought on by founder and Chief Executive Officer and Richard Macklin “created strong growth initiatives for the company.” As for the ability to attract owner-operators to Beemac, “it’s about treating drivers with respect, paying them fair wages, and truly delivering on what you promise.”
Compared to peers, Beemac is seeing driver turnover of 40%, below the rate seen among its peers, Casoli says.
“Drivers are not always treated well, especially by some our competitors,” Casoli said. “We deliver upon what we promise and listen to our drivers.”
Naturally, Beemac does have plenty of freight to offer drivers. The company is riding the second wave of investment in U.S. oil and gas drilling in the nation’s major shale basins. That has helped push up demand for steel pipe and other bulk commodities carried on flatbed trailers.
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