The Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company was started back in 1978, in the small Illinois town of Salem, some 70 miles east of St Louis, Missouri, and was incorporated into a limited company in 1981. The company grew rapidly into a fleet operating 87 tractor units and over 140 temperature controlled trailers. Today, the company boasts a fleet of more than 400 tractor units and more than 550 temperature controlled trailer units.
Henderson Trucking has never failed to collect a customer shipment, nor lost a customer due to a failure in service in any of the last four years. A record few other carriers can claim.
That is an enviable track record and Henderson proudly points to how it has been able to carve out such an enviable reputation for itself in a highly competitive niche.
Pride Through Performance
Henderson Trucking company motto is “Pride through Performance”, however it is the technology behind that slogan which really shows how the company has been able to deliver such exacting service standards.
The latest technology is used which includes:
Qualcomm In-Cab Communication System – for keeping dispatch, customer and driver in constant contact with each other as well as providing a state-of-the-art tracking system to monitor loads from every aspect of their journey
McLeod Loadmaster 10.0 Dispatch System – for providing the very best in dispatch and fleet management operations on a 24/7 basis, including route and customer load optimization to minimize costs and enhance productivity – all of which is fed into customer performance and costs
Web-based Real Time Load Tracking – allowing customers to see exactly where their precious cargo is at any time the load is under the control of the company
Henderson Trucking also has a very disciplined approach to fleet and equipment replacement and acquisition. Tractor units are swapped out every 36 months while trailer units are sold onto the used semi trailer market every 48 months. This tight replacement cycle feeds into minimal downtime due to breakdown and maintenance, which further boosts the company’s service record.
Overall, Henderson Trucking enjoys an operation ratio between 89% and 92% consistently, and is also a nationally-recognized specialist in just-in-time shipments. Customers include Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Coors Brewing Company, Del Monte, fresh express and Unilever.
Henderson Trucking has also recently placed an order for 183 new Freightliner cascade tractor units, and recently opened a new facility in St Louis, MO, and looks set for another 20 years of growth and expansion.
Henderson trucking Company Contacts:
Earl L. Henderson Trucking
#1 Industrial Park
Salem, IL 62881
Executive Vice President
Vice President of Sales