Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cottrell trailers: Sold!

Well, sort of.

Just got this off the newswire:

Markel Ventures has acquired a majority interest in Cottrell and affiliated entities.
Danny ZinkCottrell's President and CEO, stated, "We wanted to find a partner that understood the way we do business and that would support us as we continue down the path we started on over 35 years ago. Markel is clearly that partner."
Thomas S. Gayner, President of Markel Ventures, added, "For 35 years Cottrellhas found success by staying close to its customers and by responding rapidly to their needs. Our approach allows Cottrell to continue doing exactly that as a permanent member of the Markel Ventures group of companies."
Headquartered in Gainesville, GeorgiaCottrell is a provider in the design, manufacture and delivery of over-the-road automobile transport equipment.
Markel Ventures is a subsidiary of Markel Corp.Markel Ventures makes strategic and generally controlling investments in businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace.
Markel Corp. is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets.

Source:  http://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/2014/07/29/markel-ventures-buys-cottrell-a-536682.html#.U9gyKPldV8E

Monday, July 28, 2014

What do car hauler companies pay?

As the shortage of commercial truckers continues, it appears that wages within the car hauling niche are finally starting to creep upward.

 Source:  http://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=Car+Hauler&l1=&tm=1

Not exactly a statistically meaningful sample series, but if you want to see what United Road is paying, this is some interesting pay information:

 Source: http://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/car-hauler-salary-SRCH_KO0,10.htm

Here is a website that has some car haul jobs advertised:


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Yes, it's true. Boydstun Trailers are coming back.

Behold: Boydstun Equipment Manufacturing - Coming Soon Portland, OR – Boydstun Equipment Manufacturing, formerly Boydstun Metal Works, is announcing its return to commercial auto transport equipment manufacturing effective August 1, 2014. Boydstun will begin taking equipment orders on June 16th and will deliver it first unit by August 30st. Initial production will include Boydstun’s 1901 soft tie cylinder Quick Load unit. Production of additional trailer models including the HS-7 car soft tie cylinder unit will begin February 2015. Boydstun will be opening a repair facility soon and will have a date posted on www.boydstun.com within the next 3 weeks. Over the past five years, there has been significant change within the industry. That, coupled with continued demand for Boydstun products, led to the decision to resume production to meet this demand. “I have greatly missed the relationships and challenges of meeting the design demands of our customers and the industry,” said company president Rob Boydstun. “We will continue offering our customers the high level of innovation and quality that they had come to expect.” About Boydstun For 20 years, Boydstun Metal Works was a leader in innovation and technology in the commercial car carrier industry. Opened in 1989, Boydstun was the largest manufacturer of commercial car carriers west of the Mississippi River. Now the company is looking forward to assuming a leadership role within the industry once again with a focus on design and quality. With its return, Boydstun is committed to providing the same innovation, technology and quality customer service it has been know for since its inception. Contact information: Rob Boydstun Phone: 503.849.7337 Email: rboydstun@boydstun.com http://boydstun.com/

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New RV and trailer tire tie-down strap comes from collaboration with customers.

We get some of our best products from customer suggestions. Case in point: the new RV and Trailer Wheel Tie-Down System. Our customers Bette Lakeyoungberg and her son Brian started using modified tow-dolly straps so that they could tie-down trailer tires with two ratchets. We saw what they were doing and worked with the engineers and fabricators to come up with a new design to make RV and trailer tie-down with dual ratchets more easy. Most of business is just giving people what they wanted in the first place! More info on the RV tire strap here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blue Diamond Weave ratchet wheel strap: the best quality woven, cut, and stitched in the US.


This is my new favorite wheel strap.  You can't see it in this tiny picture, but this ratchet wheel strap is the product of a lot of innovation.  How can something as ordinary as a wheel strap be innovative you ask?  Plenty of ways.

  • The Diamond Weave webbing:  this material is woven in Chicago, IL, and received US Patent protection because of its superior abrasion resistance.  If you look at a detailed photo, or better yet, look at this product yourself in good lighting, you can see that the weaving technique is completely different.  This is not some "run-of-the-mill" webbing that you can buy anywhere.  The weave technique knots the fibers together, resulting in a thicker tighter weave that makes it more difficult to catch the yarns on edges.  In 50 hour abrasion tests, this product showed far less wear than a normal two inch strap.  Once you get one of these in your hand, you'll understand why they're a couple bucks more.
  • The ratchet handle:  this ratchet handle is the heaviest duty ratchet handle we have seen in almost ten years of sourcing ratchet handles.  It has heavier gauge metal on the sides, and the gear action is much more smooth.  You know how you sometimes have to "fight" with a new ratchet handle to get them to work properly.  You won't have to do that with this ratchet handle.  The fit and finish is as near perfect as you can get, and the component materials are top notch.
  • Other factors: the three rubber tread grabs are spaced evenly apart and held in place by black one inch webbing.  The stitching is performed in Texas on new, state-of-the-art sewing machines using the highest quality black thread material.  Shipping times from Texas are quick, in most cases three days are less, and cost is commensurately low because of this central location.  Last, but definitely not least, this product is woven in America and stitched up in America.  I'm not knocking stuff made in China-- I've seen good product coming out of that country, but this Blue Diamond Weave ratchet wheel strap is truly innovative.  You CAN'T buy a Chinese version of it, because it is under patent protection.
Folks, I love selling this product, because I know it's the absolute highest quality we have to offer.   I know that my customers are going to get lasting value out of it.   I know that when I write up an order for it, I'm adding hours on the clock for American workers.   I hope if you're in the market for some new ratchet wheel straps, you'll consider spending a couple bucks extra and seeing how much more your money can buy you right here in the good old USA.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ratchet Binders with no ball-bearings.

I know this doesn't have much to do with car hauling, but for those of you out wandering the Internet in search of a forged ratchet binder without ball-bearings, I just got some that have a spring instead of a ball-bearing.  Behold the wonder:  A ratchet binder with spring.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunpass overbills car hauler

John at Angie's Transportation discovered he was being billed for a lot more axles by the Sunpass system in Florida.  He suggested we spread the news about this, as there aren't many companies making this technology, and it could be happening to other truckers in other states that use this technology.

Read the whole story here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Autohauler Supply 9 year anniversary ratchet wheel strap special

Big Orange Double J Wire Hook Ratchet Wheel Strap (Box of 8)
Autohauler Supply is celebrating its 9th year in business today with $14.95 price on their best product, the Big Orange Double J Wire Hook Ratchet Wheel Strap.  More info here.

Friday, December 13, 2013

United Road buys The Waggoners

Yes, it's true.
United Road Services, backed by the deep pocket boys over at Charlesbank Capital Partners, just bought The Waggoners.

Read the boiler-plate press release.  Sorry, no figures public yet.

Want to know more about those guys in Boston funding all this?

Based in Boston and New York, Charlesbank Capital Partners is a middle-market private equity investment firm managing more than $2 billion of capital. Charlesbank focuses on management-led buyouts and growth capital financings, typically investing $50 to $150 million per transaction in companies with enterprise values of $100 million to $750 million. The firm seeks to partner with strong management teams to build companies with sustainable competitive advantages and excellent prospects for growth. For more information, please visit www.charlesbank.com.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Ramptastic deal!

Probably last time you will ever be able to buy a set of 94 inch long, 8,500 lb capacity aluminum loading ramps for under $450 including shipping!

The money you save on chiropractor bills may be your own.

 Check it out:  Aluminum Loading Ramp Deal