Perkins STC was hired to haul seven (7) engines weighing 637,000 lbs each, 61 miles from a port in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the summer of 2018. The job took over a year and a half to plan due to the extreme dimensions and weight and three and a half weeks to complete. Multiple route surveys, feasibility studies, permitting authorities, third party support teams, and government entities were involved in the success of this move.
Dave Collins has been driving for over 20 years and has the exceptional record of never having a recordable DOT incident. He began his career as a Heavy Haul Driver with Perkins in 2011 after wanting to take on the challenge of super loads. Dave has pulled a wide variety of equipment carrying an assortment of cargo, including; industrial boilers, hazardous material (Class 7), tanks, generators, transformers, among many others.
The BEST part of this move was that it was built in MINNESOTA by a MINNESOTA fabrication company owned by a MINNESOTA family, hauled by a MINNESOTA trucking company that’s owned and operated by a MINNESOTA family, with the help of many MINNESOTA support people, including MINNESOTA patrol and MINNESOTA utility personnel. It was hauled to a MINNESOTA refinery that employs many MINNESOTANS and was set in place by a MINNESOTA crane company that is owned by a MINNESOTA family. WOW! GO MINNESOTA!
Our Human Resources and Compliance Manager, Melissa Hovey contributed to a very important article in the Breakbulk Magazine about avoiding workplace injuries. Planning and execution are safety-driven areas of the company that we pride ourselves on and take very seriously to protect the plan, the cargo, and the public.
We are excited to announce a new Warehouse & Reload Facility in Southern Minnesota. We’re calling it BWRI South! We announced in November that we were acquired by TJ Potter Trucking, Inc. and your support means a great deal to us, so let us know if you have any questions as we move forward bringing you the best solutions to the biggest possibilities you have yet to imagine. Here’s an overview of our current facility and its new capabilities!
This combination is a perfect fit for both organizations and will allow us to meet your needs in capacities that range from Flatbeds to the 400 Ton Road Train, but that's not all! We are a certified Women's Business Enterprise*, which allows our customers to utilize us for more opportunities than ever before. Overall, Perkins STC's priorities remain focused on planning, safety, and results you can count on.
Well, here's a Throwback for you! In 1977 Perkins was featured in an article for Minnesota Truck Merchandiser and we have a copy and wanted to share it with you! Most of it still applies, enjoy! (Photos from the original article is at the bottom of the re-typed article shown below).
At Perkins STC we talk about safety often, and then we talk about it some more. Safety doesn’t happen on it’s own and we believe that with the proper protocols, training, and priority, success is a direct result of being safe. Safety is a necessary component of what we do and our customers demand it. Safe operation on public highways is an expectation for those that we share the roads with; after all, our families use the same roads that we do!
At Perkins STC, we believe in the method to the madness, but unfortunately sometimes the madness wins no matter how hard we fight it! Our processes, no matter how sound and effective, no matter how pretty the paper is that we use, no matter how many times we’ve done this, there are shared risks due to circumstances beyond our control. This is just reality, but never the goal.
Superloads are big and often in the way, but they are necessary for growth of industry and the economy. Missouri is continuing the tough conversation of how regulations, restrictions, and aging infrastructure affect others and we appreciate their willingness to listen. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce asked if they could accompany us on a particular job that was bound for Missouri. They compiled a video trailer (full video to be published in May) and article with their findings (link below).
Our Project Coordinator, Hanna Barsness, has been with us for almost 8 months now, and while she’s had her fair share of tasks on the Operations team such as permitting, routing, and scheduling, it was time to get a taste of her own medicine. Hanna ventured into the field recently with her permits, her route, and her schedule. This type of experience allows her to make leaps and bounds with future planning initiatives and drive her success at Perkins, without a doubt. Join us in learning the importance of planning with hands-on experience, an option for all our employees in any department.
The toughest dimension for us to plan, permit, and execute is height. Many of our loads easily reach signs, bridges, and wires and require more time to carefully attend to details associated with a high load. It’s not just finding a route under or around low bridges, it's about mitigating height with the proper trailer and managing the support required from utility companies, bridge engineers, and railroad vendors in order to minimize the cost and scheduling impacts for our customers.
Transporting America’s infrastructure and products is challenging, rewarding, and exciting for those willing to do their due diligence. If you’ll give me a few moments of your time, I’d like to explain the value of proven experience and results.
We have been apart of a 2 year transportation research study to help detail and illustrate the challenges faced when permitting oversize and overweight loads across the United States. This project started in 2013 and the findings have recently been published by The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) on the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) website.
Perkins has its share of battles finding the right people who are cut out for our line of work. Some last a day and others make it their career. We are incredibly lucky and grateful to our crews who work long-hard hours, travel non-stop, and make safety a priority.
Safety. It is often a word claimed to be of great focus, but often the practice or implementation is not practical. Many people have been hurt in the name of safety and in our industry hundreds of people are hurt and even killed because of it each year. While rules and regulations may increase safety in one particular area, it can, in return, expose different areas of risk and danger to varying degrees.
Vera Perkins passed away earlier this year at the age of 95 and although she will be greatly missed by all who knew her, it is important to remember all the memories and traits she has instilled in those around her for endless years to come.
It’s no secret that oversized loads are in the way; they are big, attract attention, are usually moving pretty slow, and the stakes are incredibly high. So, why wouldn’t you want certified professionals who are experts in understanding how to mitigate the numerous risks in front of and behind these loads at all times?
Perkins travels from Beaver Dam, WI to Bonnyville, Alberta Canada with a 5 piece move of large vessel evaporators. Heaviest piece 330,000lbs moved by Perimeter frame trailers and hydraulic platform trailers, in snow and subzero temperatures.
Often we lose sight of our accomplishments and how we compare to our competitors, customers, and vendors. Our continuous improvement program enables us to learn from near misses and helps to prevent them in happening in the future. It takes everyone to STAY SAFE – thank you!