CHICAGO PGT Trucking Inc.
is finding opportunities in booming energy plays around North
America as companies require more steel pipeand someone
to bring it to them.
The Monaca, Pa.-based company
specializes in hauling steel, aluminum, building products, and
oil and gas supplies, employing more than 1,100
tractor-trailers and 800 full-time drivers.
"Steel products are our primary
cargo at about 75 percent of loads, followed by building
materials at 15 percent, aluminum at 5 percent, and oil and gas
at about 5 percent," a company spokesman told AMM.
"The metals business is like the
ocean: The waves rise and fall intermittently. Our business
closely follows the activity of the metals business," said John
Terrill, PGT vice president of eastern operations. "When raw
steel production is up, so is our business."
PGT has seen more sustained
growth in moving pipe to energy extraction sites. "As new wells
are drilled, pipe is needed and we haul it to the sites. We now
are hauling to new areas, such as the Dakotas, and have
increased our presence in Houston. This increased business has
also caused us to hire more drivers specifically focused on
pipe hauling," he said.
The company bought 150 new
trucks and 50 new trailers last year in a $22-million
upgradeits first major equipment investment since
2009that has helped improve reliability, reduce
maintenance costs, increase fuel efficiency and lower
As the shale gas industry
continues to grow, there are many opportunities for trucking
companies, Terrill said. "All the equipment that needs to get
to the job sites must be hauled by truck."
PGT sees the construction
industry growing again, too. "Building materials are in demand
and are forecast to grow over the next several years," he
"We also see technology enabling
top carriers to increase efficiencies and safety. Natural gas
is a huge opportunity for powering fleets within the next few
years," Terrill said. "Improved, cost-efficient conversion kits
and increased fueling stations will only help with this."
PGT has 27 terminals across the
United States, and partners with carriers in Canada and Mexico.
The haulers most popular destinations in terms of load
frequency are Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St.
Louis, as well as areas in Texas and Georgia.