America’s trucking industry is the backbone of the U.S economy. Nearly every good utilized in the U.S is transported by the truck at some point in its journey! As a result, the trucking industry hauled 72.5% of all freight moved in the United States in 2019, equating to 11.84 billion tons.
A total of a whopping $791.7 billion in gross freight revenue was generated from the trucking industry in the year 2019!
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Mike Stewart is literally in a big league of his own.
The 34 year old entrepreneur has built an impressive fleet of 9 Trucks and 15 trailers, specializing in hauling hazardous materials (HAZMAT) that consist of everything from Fuel to Wine and Orange Juice.
And it took him about 3 years.
The California native attributes his rapid growth in this niche to a few key things. One, he and his team’s attention to performance, Two, prioritizing his driver’s and having extremely low turnover. and Three, the fact that Hauling Hazardous materials is not over saturated like some of the other trucking niches. In fact, the demand is so high that Mike implores other to get in now.
The opportunities are great endless.
Mike started his driving career at 23 following in his fathers footsteps, who also is a tenured driver. He began working for CR England as a company driver, but quickly became a owner operator seeing the high earning potential. Things with CR England , would not last long. Although Mike built up to 2 trucks, he got frustrated with the industry and sold them both.
After some “time off” Mike decided to haul fuel because he knew it was the highest paying local CDL job in his area and he had previous HAZMAT experience. He took on the most difficult fuel hauling position and developed a passion for it. He would even grow to have supervisory role in his company, but his dreams for the company were bigger than their own.
“The company did not see their own potential!”
Mike wanted bigger!
Mike took what he learned and all his HAZMAT experience, purchased a truck and a old tanker trailer and started Reliant Tanker Division.
Fast forward Today, Mike has grown the company to not only hauling Fuel, but to specializing in all things HAZMAT with a mix of tankers, reefers, flatbeds and more. He has mange to carve out his own lane and has audacious plans for the future.
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