The quest for storytelling remains strong in the South. “People grew up with it around them,” Mr. Prunty says. “It’s handed down; it’s a tradition you grow up in. It’s a complex part of the country with many things that have gone quite well and many that have caused thoughtful people to ask questions about themselves. When you start questioning your own backyard, you’re more apt to produce good literature.”
Mark Bostick always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He learned the trucking industry at the knee of his father, who worked long hours building what would eventually become Comcar Industries. By the time Mark was 14, he was washing trucks and trailers and learning the ins and outs of the company he would someday own.
As customers launch green initiatives, Carolina Waste has expanded to meet those opportunities by gathering, collecting and sorting through light, dry waste materials at its Carolina Processing & Recycling facility. The company handles more than 800 tons of material each day, and recycling now comprises 15 percent of the 250,000 tons of light, dry waste materials Carolina Waste collects and processes each year.
By Carmen K. Sisson | Randall-Reilly/Volvo ASHFORD, Ala. — When trucks aren’t rolling, companies lose revenue, and no one knows that better than Taylor White, vice president of Alabama Motor Express in Ashford, Alabama. The family-owned business Alabama Motor Express started off with only a few trucks, but the company …
Selma is a reflection, both good and bad, of life in Alabama’s rural Black Belt, where poverty remains entrenched. Selma has both been lifted by and bears the burden of its history. As one of the main cities in this agricultural area, many expect it to forge a renaissance and lead some of the South’s poorest counties back to prosperity while providing a glimmer of hope to an increasingly racially polarized nation.
Highway Transport has always been a big user of Mack Trucks, Edwards says, and the fleet operates 70 percent Mack. He likes the Mack brand for its heavy-duty strength and durability, but there was one catch: As other haulers moved to automated transmissions, Highway Transport balked, worried about specs and driver response.
Modern Nashville, Tenn., exudes both a trendy and traditional ethos. It has a relaxed, yet professional atmosphere that appeals to young people. The cost of living is lower here than in many cities. By day, Millennials can make their own rules and create their own business start-up culture. At night, they can enjoy the city’s cultural and culinary offerings.
There is a quiet success story happening in Texas, and every year brings new achievements for Stevens Transport, which specializes in hauling refrigerated goods for a growing list of Fortune 500 companies. The family-owned company was founded by Steven Aaron in 1980, operating a small fleet of three commercial vehicles and six dedicated owner operators. Aaron turned a profit after only one week in business, and he never looked back.