Mark has been with ATS for 20 years. He started at ATS as an intern in college. He has served in multiple roles, from typing orders and interning in logistics to acting as a regional carrier representative. He now serves as the director of heavy haul operations.
Do you take pride in the loads you haul? Do you see huge trucks going down the road with wind turbines and think, “Hey, I want to do that!”?
If you have the dedication and the safety score to prove it and the experience hauling oversized loads, maybe heavy haul is the next step you’d like to take. But the thing about heavy haul is that it’s not just something that you decide you want to do and jump into overnight. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
It takes a lot of hard work and precision to get there, and hopping from trucking company to trucking company is certainly not the best way to get you there. You need to work with a company you can grow with.
That’s why I’ve put together a list of the seven best heavy haul companies, many of which will train you.
As the director of heavy haul operations at Anderson Trucking Service (ATS), I work with drivers like you every day who are constantly honing their skills and safely increasing the size of the freight they haul.
While I believe that ATS has a great heavy haul division and our program is designed for drivers to safely increase the size and weight of the freight they’re hauling, I recognize that as a driver, you want options. And while one company may be perfect for you, it might not be perfect for another driver.
In this article, you’ll learn:
How ATS defines “best” for the purpose of this article
A list of the best heavy haul trucking companies, most of which will help you safely advance into the heavy haul division
When you finish reading, you’ll know which companies to start researching further to jumpstart your heavy haul career.
Heavy haul driving can be dangerous, so it requires meticulous driving. The first step to moving heavy haul loads is to start moving flatbed loads. Slowly, freight size increases. If a driver can’t safely haul their freight every step of the way, they can’t continue to increase the size of the freight they’re hauling.
It’s a company’s responsibility to give training at various points in the journey to help drivers succeed — from operations to the safety team. This support is what helps drivers succeed.
The best companies are the ones that support drivers and encourage safety every step of the way. They give drivers who are ready to advance to the next challenge a chance, but they also practice good judgment. They don’t advance every driver that asks to advance; they strategically advance drivers when the drivers are ready.
As a driver looking to advance into heavy haul, look for the companies that will help you work up from a van driver with minimal securement experience all the way to flatbeds, to over-dimensional specialized loads, to heavy haul loads.
The best companies are the ones that have the trailers to accommodate heavy haul loads. They also have consistent heavy haul freight to keep drivers running. If a company claims to be a heavy haul company but they only have one or two 13-axle trailers and a rare heavy haul load here and there, they won’t be on this list.
The 7 Best Heavy Haul Trucking Companies
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Insight:Landstar is a safety-first transportation provider. They’re one of the largest heavy haul, specialized and platform carriers in the United States. They specialize in over-dimensional and heavy haul freight and they have a diverse array of trailer equipment.
Drivers are advanced by the operations department utilizing a tiered system that is based on experience and performance. Drivers go through hands-on securement training and longer combination vehicle training
Landstar relies on a network of independent contractors and lease owner-operators. They have strict hiring standards and they have safety orientation and ongoing training opportunities.
Headquarters: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Insight:Keen Transport is a national provider of heavy haul transportation. They serve the construction, mining and agricultural equipment markets. As part of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Group, they have ocean and land-based services for the heavy haul equipment market.
They’ll train drivers who don’t have heavy haul experience so they can grow with them. A specific system is used to help drivers advance to haul larger freight.
Keen’s focus on safety makes them one of the safest fleets on the road.
They have career advancement program levels. As you move up the levels and advance your driving career, you make more money. You’ll move up to hauling larger, more specialized loads as you continue to gain flatbed experience. They have a variety of trailers, including step decks, double drops, removable goosenecks and stretch trailers as well as multi-axle equipment.
Daily Express Inc.
Headquarters: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Insight:Daily Express is a nationwide specialized and heavy haul trucking company. They’re a leading carrier in several industries, including construction and agricultural equipment and wind energy. They haul anything from tractors and dozers to wind turbines.
Every load at Daily presents a new challenge, and each load offers you an opportunity to advance your skills and abilities so that you can haul larger heavier loads. Your wages will increase as you advance.
Bennett Motor Express
Headquarters: McDonough, Georgia
Insight:Bennett Motor Express is ranked among the top specialized carriers and they focus on family, freight and freedom.
They seek out owner-operators who specialize in heavy haul, but they hire in several divisions, including flatbed and step deck. They have a fleet of specialized trailers and have consistent over-dimensional and super loads.
They have an “H-Rating” system to advance general freight owner-operators to the heavy haul division. The ratings are based on commodity dimensions and drivers progress to increased ratings with larger dimensions the more experienced they are.
Henderson Heavy Haul Trucking
Headquarters: Fruita, Colorado
Insight: Henderson Heavy Haul, family and locally owned, specializes in hauling over-dimensional and heavy freight. They do a mix of local and long-distance transportation, serving both the U.S. and Canada. They primarily serve the West, however.
Henderson hauls everything from construction, agricultural and mining equipment to wind components, oversized tanks and production modules.
Henderson Heavy Haul Trucking is a small carrier (under 50 trucks), so it has a close-knit family feel.
Construction Truck and Trailer
Headquarters: West Valley City, Utah
Insight: Construction Truck and Trailer may be the youngest company on the list, but the company certainly doesn't lack experience. They serve the 11 western states and Canada.
They haul loads from 50,000 pounds up to 200,000 pounds. Construction Truck and Trailer has experience hauling bulldozers, backhoes, cranes, crushing equipment, turbine blades and more.
At ATS, to advance to the heavy haul division you'll move through our class system. As you advance your trucking career, you’ll not only move larger and larger freight, you’ll earn more money. We offer the opportunity for major advancement with safety as a top priority every step of the way. Training and ongoing education are provided as you progress to a top hauler.
We are also proud of our low turnover rate. Over half of our fleet of heavy haul drivers started with us early in their flatbed careers and worked their way up with us.
If this sounds like something you’d like to pursue, fill out an application or contact one of our driver consultants to talk through your options with ATS.