In 1997, Boyd Bros. purchased Welborn Transport, which is now WTI Transport. That company is also a flatbed carrier with a shorter length of haul.
Together, Boyd Bros. and WTI own and operate more than 1,000 conventional tractors, and nearly 2,000 48-foot, 102-inch-wide, spread-axle flatbed trailers. Each tractor is equipped with satellite communications, an on-board computer and automatic load tracking.
About half of the power units are International 9400 sleeper tractors. These tractors are being replaced with the new 2011 International ProStar with the MaxForce engine. There are also some Peterbilt 386 and Freightliner Cascadia tractors in the fleet.
The typical tractor has a 435-horsepower engine and a manual transmission. Some 100 tractors have automated transmissions. Wide-base tires on tractors are becoming standard in the fleet as trucks are being replaced.
Boyd Bros. has three full-service facilities, which include complete maintenance shops, in Birmingham, AL; Cincinnati, OH; and Clayton, AL. There are service centers in Cartersville, GA; Cofield, NC; and Greenville, MS. WTI has a full-service shop in Tuscaloosa, AL, and yard facilities in North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and Florida.
Every time a rig comes through one of Boyd Bros.' or WTI's full-service facilities, it is required to first go through a safety lane where it is fueled, inspected and PM'd if scheduled, before it can move on to the yard. Any necessary repairs are made at that time. If the repair is more than a simple fix, the unit is moved into a separate shop bay where the work is completed.
Each safety lane has its own shop computer. Once the equipment information is entered, the maintenance software alerts technicians to any required work that needs to be performed.
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