Combined Transport keeps on trucking

| Print |  Email
Articles - May 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013

By the company’s 30th anniversary in 2010, Combined Transport trucks had logged over 2 billion miles. Last year Combined finally shook off the aftereffects of the 2007 recession as 2012 annual revenues jumped 25% over the previous year to $127 million. Card now sees good times ahead for his company and the industry. “It’s an exciting time,” he says. “We have to turn down loads because we can’t hire enough drivers.” Just as he urges other companies to do, Card is keeping an eye out for first-generation companies looking to sell. “A lot of those trucking companies that started in the ’80s are just now coming into retirement and don’t have a second generation to carry them.” In the next five years, merger and acquisition activity will increase, Card predicts.

Card himself intends to follow an M&A plan he’s been perfecting since 2000, when Combined made its first acquisition. It’s a plan that is in keeping with his efforts to burnish the industry’s reputation. “We don’t want to bottom-feed just to get equipment and drivers,” he says. “That doesn’t work. When we find a company that has a good business model, we’re going to let them keep that model with employees and management structure in place and run them as a wholly owned subsidiary.”

A case in point: In 2012 Card purchased friend Mike Simone’s Blackwell Consolidation (formerly Cross Creek Trucking). The purchase included Blackwell’s 31-acre parcel of land situated within shouting distance of Interstate 5, solving a problem that’s vexed Card for years. “Moving operations over there is really going to help the Rogue Valley,” Card says. “We’ll eliminate over 50,000 truck miles by being that much closer to I-5. We won’t be clogging the two busiest intersections in the Valley, and we estimate saving over a quarter ton of pollution from the air shed.”

This is just another way of giving back to the state Card holds dear. As ATA chairman, Card preaches respect, professionalism and safety on the road. Back at home, he’s an equally vocal cheerleader for Oregon economic development. “I love it here,” he enthuses. “I was born and raised in Medford. Everyone in the trucking industry knows I’m from Oregon. I make a big deal out of it because I think it’s the best place in the world to live.”



 

More Articles

Corner Office: Sheree Arntson

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.


Read more...

Corner Office: Steve Tatone

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


Read more...

Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

News
Thursday, November 13, 2014
carsonstudentdept-thumbBY RYAN CARSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


Read more...

Growing a mobility cluster

News
Friday, October 31, 2014
0414 bikes bd2f6052BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland?  The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented.  But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.


Read more...

Healthcare pullback

News
Thursday, November 20, 2014
112014-boehnercare-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Read more...

Justice for All

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


Read more...

Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER

Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS