Leaders of a recently formed long-haul trucking company in Lewisburg anticipate hiring more employees and the owners say they want to help lower Marshall County's unemployment rate.
CDT (Commercial Drivers Trucking) Transport LLC is located on Heil Quaker Avenue at the old Heil Quaker Fleet Shop, abandoned by ICP nearly a decade ago. Conservatively speaking, about 20 jobs are to be filled.
"In the next three to six months, we'll probably double or triple since we have a contract coming up with SDDC," CDT Operations Manager Fran Delap said Wednesday about the Surface Deployment Distribution Center in Anniston, Ala., at the Anniston Army Depot.
Current hauls are from there to Herlong in northeast California about 70 miles from Reno, Nev. CDT has loads to be hauled back to Anniston. Freight is loaded and unloaded by dockworkers employed by the receiver, not drivers.
CDT Transport LLC is owned by Tommy Tankersley and Wayne Davis who've maintained a long-time friendship and have been business partners for a decade.
"They were basically in realty and didn't know much about trucking," Delap said of the well-known Lewisburg businessmen.
Tankersley deferred many of the trucking operational questions to Delap who explained drivers for company-owned trucks and owner operators are needed.
"We have three coming in Wednesday," she said of prospective drivers while explaining some of the details about how to meet expectations for military contracts and advantages from such work.
That includes quick payment through a contract the Army has with US Bank, Delap said. Military certification for trucking companies can lead to payment within 24 hours of delivery. Other payers might take 60 days to get money to a trucker.
Under one scenario for drivers, she explained that owner operators are paid 75 percent of the gross paid for such hauls. Others get 36-40 cents per mile and when calculated at 55 mph, a driver might realize income of $1,440 a week. One driver was recently paid $2,397 for one week of work.
"It just varies," Delap said.
Other advantages for truckers working with CDT include a secure place to park their tractor, and Delap offers a service providing paperwork processing to certify small trucking companies for Defense Department work.
Delap worked 22 years in related work and knows the ins and outs of the office side of freight hauling.
Davis and Tankersley started CDT Transport LLC on Sept. 13, 2010. Within a few months, Tankersley called Delap in for an audit of the business. Davis and Tankersley had a disgruntled employee who left the job and Delap was asked to be the successor manager.
Her experience and familiarity with the National Association of Small Trucking Companies led to a jumpstart for the business.
"We've got a lot of potential to hire the unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged in Marshall County," Delap said. "We're not required to hire here, but they (Davis and Tankersley) intend to because of the high unemployment rate.
"Since Tommy and Wayne are retired, it'll be their way of giving back to the community," she said.