by Tim Brady
, Business editor
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Union City, TN
Coleman Trucking is focused on hauling bulk commodities.
Do you have regularly scheduled routes or on-demand delivery?
Both. The majority of our outbound freight is regularly scheduled routes and loads, and inbound is more on-demand or spot market freight.
What programs do you have in place to ensure Compliance, Safety, Accountability compliance?
CSA is an important part of our business. We have training programs for our drivers and specific inspection procedures both for drivers and for when a truck is in for maintenance and/or repairs.
How is maintenance handled? Your own shop or jobbed out?
Regularly scheduled maintenance is handled in-house. Major repairs are jobbed out. We use Tri-State International, the local International dealer, for most of our major repairs.
What are three challenges you face with your maintenance program?
Cost is the number-one challenge we face with our maintenance program. We reduce cost by handling most repairs in our company shop. Because we are a smaller trucking company, I handle most of the labor myself. Even though this minimizes the cost of minor repairs, it is not always feasible for me to be available. When I am not able to handle the maintenance of my trucks, I have it jobbed out.
How do you handle the maintenance on your trucks and/or trailers to minimize downtime? What are your mileage/time intervals on preventive maintenance?
To minimize downtime, oil is changed monthly or every 15,000 to 20,000 mi.; tires are maintained and replaced as needed; and trucks are cleaned and inspected weekly.
How do you ensure good mileage from tires?
Good mileage from tires is ensured through regular rotation, regularly checking air pressure, and constant inspection of tires at every opportunity by the driver.
Do you stock any parts for your trucks or purchase as needed? If you stock parts, which ones?
We generally keep a stock of tires, filters, oil, and antifreeze. Other parts are purchased as needed.
How do you determine when it’s time to replace a truck or trailer?
Trucks are replaced when they are no longer cost-effective to operate.
What are your specifications for your trucks? Are you able to find these on the used market? Do you purchase used and customize them to your specs or order new trucks built to your specs?
I am able to find used trucks on the market and customize them to my specs. Both the weight and mileage of the trucks are especially taken into consideration because of the commodities we haul where the more weight we can get on a truck, the greater our revenue.
What does your company do best?
Our company strives to always be dependable and available to our customers.