working his way up from pulling green chain to superintendent of the company's plywood plant in Evergreen Montana.
"The people who I deal with at Plum Creek now are the same people who I worked with every day when I was working there. It is a great working relationship and we have excellent communication," Steve says. "The people who I am meeting in this industry are really good, down to earth people, they know what you are talking about and they are interested in what you do."
It was at Plum Creek that Steve realized the vital importance of communication between the mills and the trucking companies. Steve and his dispatcher crew work closely with other residual hauling companies, including Missoula Cartage, S.A.C.S Trucking, and Richardson Trucking to keep the raw materials moving.
Covering mills is our
first priority," says lead dispatcher Brian
Weaver formulates the trucking schedule, for the most part, on computer using a simple Excel spread sheet program.
He then makes a printout for drivers to check and for other dispatchers to make handwritten changes on when necessary. "I can visualize the schedule easier using the computer than I can on a piece of paper," Weaver says, showing how he can effortlessly make changes using the simple click of the mouse that on paper would wear erasure to the nub. "When I come to work in the morning I start out by doing the schedule for that evening and the next day. I am making changes right up to the minute I leave.
Our drivers get paid
by the ton, so hauling material is
very important to them," he adds. "We do everything we can to keep them
working." Hanson Trucking has an excellent crew of drivers. Some of
them came over from Plum Creek and have been with the company since its
beginning. The drivers are
provided with attractive benefits and a simple
retirement plan, but Steve echoes the sentiments of many transportation
company managers when he points out that finding and keeping qualified
drivers today is increasingly difficult.
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