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.
Planning for over three and a half years to ensure safe delivery from West Valley. Project complete. 📝
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.