Ozark include company drivers, owner
operators, student drivers, teams and
Founded in 1961, Ozark Motor
Lines has terminals in Lebanon,
Tenn., Maysville, Ky., Springfield,
Mo., and Lenoir, N.C. The company
provides transport to 48 states and
the District of Columbia. Further
information about the company is
available at www.ozark.com.
New manager at Boston Steel
Boston Steel, a division of Tremcar
USA, has named Alex Laforest
technical sales manager for the New
England region. Laforest has been
employed at Tremcar Inc. since 2012.
“He is very knowledgeable of the
tank industry. In the past he has
worked on several different projects
for Tremcar, notably the U.S. patent
for Tremcar’s total ground level
operated tank-trailer innovation,” the
company said in a press release.
LaForest was recruited to work
directly with David and Ron Burke,
former owners of Boston Steel.
“The Burkes, still very active in the
company, are happy to train the next
generation and perpetuate the Boston
Steel tradition. We strongly believe
intergenerational pairing is profitable
for the transfer of the knowledge and
experience. Everyone is dedicated
to maintaining the Boston Steel
culture customers are used to while
optimizing production and delivery,”
the company said.
Laforest can be reached by e-mail
at email@example.com or by phone
immense sets of real-time data points
and learn from patterns their software
detects. There’s also the threat
of competitors such as Uber and
Amazon disrupting the industry.
Trucking’s digital transformation
accelerated in the past year or so with
the long-awaited roll out of electronic
logging devices, which keep track
of how long drivers are behind the
wheel. Federal law limits them to
11 hours without a break.
Echo has been working on a last-mile problem of sorts. Waggoner
estimates that 90 percent of U.S.
truck drivers work for companies
with 10 trucks or less.
“Most run their businesses on
a whiteboard. It wasn’t possible to
integrate with them before,” he said.
Now he’s bringing them into the
digital equation via web and mobile
Building new technology takes
talent. Tech workers are in high
demand across the board, so Echo
and others are going to have to dig
deeper to land them.
“Finding (the highest-level)
engineers has gotten a lot harder,”
said Jett McCandless, chief executive
of Project 44, who figures he’ll hire at
least 20 in the next 18 months. “It’s a
constraint to building all the products
He estimates such senior
engineers now are making $200,000
to $220,000 a year in salary and
bonus, while the price of experienced
software developers and engineers
has risen to $185,000 to $200,000, on
average, from $150,000 to $160,000 in
the past year. That’s more than five
times the U.S. average increase for
all types of workers.
Echo is loading up on software
engineers, as well as data
scientists, recruiting heavily
from universities. It hired 18 tech
employees last month.
“We started down this path a couple
of years ago,” Waggoner said of the
company’s tech upgrade.
Fortunately for Waggoner, Echo
is on a roll. Its stock price is up 58
percent in the past year to about $30
per share, compared with 38 percent
for Oak Brook-based Hub Group
and 34 percent for C.H. Robinson
Worldwide of Eden Prairie, Minn.,
which is moving 1,000 employees to
a new office on the western edge of
Lincoln Park. Echo’s stock is trading
at more than double its 52-week low of
$13.45 set Aug. 24.
(High tech trucking continued from page 19)
Echo’s first-quarter revenue
rose 39 percent to $577.1 million
on higher shipping rates and the
integration of Skokie-based Command
Transportation, which it acquired in
2015. Operating profit, which slumped
in 2016, is again on the rise.
For now, Echo is in the driver’s
seat. It just has to convince would-be
employees to come along for the ride.
(This article was first published in
Crain’s Chicago Business)
Kenan merges two subsidiaries
The Kenan Advantage Group
Inc. of North Canton, Ohio, said it
has merged its two merchant gas
subsidiaries -- Jack B. Kelley LLC and
Cryogenic Transportation LLC – into
KAG Merchant Gas Group
(KAG Merchant Gas).
KAG is North America’s largest
tank-truck transporter and logistics
provider, delivering fuels, chemicals,
merchant gases and food products
across the U.S., Canada and into
Mexico, the company said.
“By merging the two subsidiaries
into one company, we further
strengthened our services to our
customers,” said Vern Ingham,
executive vice president of KAG
Merchant Gas. “It allows us to
streamline our operations, better
capitalize on our extensive U.S.
footprint, capture best practices of both
organizations and, most important,
provide our customers with one point of
KAG Merchant Gas is the largest
transporter of merchant gases in
the country, the company said It has
a professional driver base of more
than 400 drivers operating a fleet of
about 350 trucks and 500 specialized
trailers at 25 terminals across the U.S.
The company hauls products such as
nitrogen, oxygen, argon, LNG, CO2,
ethylene, hydrogen, and helium.
“Based on our size and
geographical presence, we are able to
better utilize our professional drivers
and our fleet, which are so important
in today’s transportation industry that
is experiencing the effects of a driver
shortage,” Ingham said. “We are
also in the process of implementing
numerous driver programs across
the organization to help us retain the
quality drivers we have today while
also attracting additional drivers.
Some of these include an expedited
truck replacement program, improved
scheduling and dispatch platforms,
The Kenan Advantage Group
Inc. ( www.thekag.com) operates
through its five groups branded as
Fuels Delivery, Specialty Products
(chemicals and liquid food), Merchant
Gas, KAG Canada and KAG Logistics.
The company has terminal and
satellite locations in 40 states and five
Canadian provinces and territories,
with the ability to deliver within all 48
contiguous states, Canada and Mexico.
KAG also provides specialized
chain logistics solutions through KAG
Logistics ( www.kaglogistics.com).
Further information may be
obtained by contacting Patricia
Harcourt at 1-800-969-5419.
Ozark Motor Lines raises
Ozark Motor Lines Inc., a family-owned ground transportation services
company based in Memphis, Tenn., has
announced a new pay increase for its
long haul and regional truck drivers as
well as driving teams.
“It’s always great to be able to raise
pay for our hard-working professional
drivers,” said Patrick Landreth, vice
president of human resources and
safety. “These truck drivers have such
an important job, Ozark makes it a
priority to reward them for it.”
Effective in June, experienced
over-the-road and regional drivers will
receive a 2 cents per mile increase
while driving teams will receive an
additional 1 cent per mile. Also, Ozark
Motor Lines is rolling out its first-ever
driver per diem program to benefit
drivers in response to tax law changes
that went into effect earlier this year.
In addition to the pay package, Ozark
has a flexible home-time program that
gives drivers 48 hours of home time after
spending 10 days on the road. Drivers
can opt to stay out longer in exchange
for extended home-time hours. Other
benefits include 401k plan, sign-on
bonus, no loading or unloading, and no
Canadian or New York City routes.
Ozark Motor Lines makes insurance
benefits available to new drivers from
date of hire. This includes Teladoc
access to physicians, dental, vision,
life and disability insurance options.
Cancer and minimal essential coverage
insurance options are also available one
month after the driver’s hire date.
To drive for Ozark Motor Lines,
applicants must have at least three
months of recent over-the-road (OTR)
experience, a valid commercial
driver’s license and be at least 21 years
old. Current driving opportunities at