Memorial Day Thoughts

May 27th, 2016

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My grandmother was the youngest of twelve children. Two of her brothers died in World War II before she was born. She never knew them. They never knew that she would exist. All ten of my grandma’s brothers served in the military in some capacity. It was a rite of passage for them. Two more brothers would die overseas, while defending our country. Those were brothers she knew. Although she was a young girl at the time when they passed, within just a year or so of each other, she died with the unfading memories of her big brothers. There was pride in her voice whenever she talked about all those brothers, even when she talked about how they would pick on her. Her generation grew up in a time when you were a minority if you hadn’t lost someone to war, at least one someone.
She also talked about the toll that having so many in her family deployed took on her parents. Her mother constantly worried and her father immersed himself in work. Aunts, uncles, siblings, friends…everyone seemed grieving at some point in time. Those who were lucky had a body to put into the ground. Not everyone was so lucky.

 

Coming from a large, close-knit family, she was no stranger to tradition. As a result, many traditions were passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. One of those traditions leads me to this weekend. On Memorial Day weekend, every year, those of us left behind return to the cemeteries and pay our respects by planting flowers, cleaning up the markers and visiting the graves of our loved ones.

Traditions like this are what our American servicemen and women fight for. They provide us with the freedom to grieve, to pray, and to advance our country in our own ways. Without those who make the sacrifices, these would not be liberties that citizens of the United States of America possess. For that reason, on this day and every day, HG Logistics is thankful.

 

Based in Cincinnati, HG Logistics is more than just a third party freight broker. We are a thankful group of Americans with hearts full of gratitude and pride. Thank you to our soldiers in the past, currently serving, and to their families for all of your sacrifice.

 

To contact HG, please reach out to us anytime at 513-244-3026.

Road Trip Thursday….Rhode Island

May 19th, 2016

This week, I thought it might be a good time to give a state that does’t get much attention the spotlight. Let’s see what Rhode Island has to offer road trippers who are looking for an interesting adventure.

Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams, which is something that probably not many of us were aware of. What is interesting about this is that his decaying body was consumed by a “carnivorous” apple tree. The story is that the root made its way into the coffin and wrapped itself through and around his body. Even more interesting is that now the roots that ate Roger Williams are on display for all to see in Providence.

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You can also visit Cumberland, the only place on earth to find Cumberlandite…a metallic substance, found only on a small swath of land measuring about 4 acres. In a nearby cemetery, tombstones are made of Cumberlandite. cumberlandite

 

Newport is home to Collinswood Mansion, of 1970’s era soap opera fame, so stop by and take a look.

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Finally (Rhode Island is a pretty small state), there is something for the spiritual thrill seekers…Woonsocket is home to the only stigmatic in the United States. Stigmatics are people who exhibit the visible wounds of Christ. She is buried in Woonsocket. Rose Ferron exhibited them, including those inflicted by the crown of thorns, for the last ten years of her life.  Marie-Rose-Ferron-GraveMarie_Rose_Ferron1

 

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

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Part of a Winning Team

May 19th, 2016

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Yesterday, like nearly every other day during the spring and summer, I watched my son play baseball. I noticed that the boys on a particular team had one of three ways of handling themselves inside the batter’s box. While they each had their own routine of taking a few practice swings, spitting or rubbing dirt on their batting gloves, or knocking the mud off their cleats, what caught my eye was the action once they stepped up to the plate.

 

Swinging Sam…The first kind of kid was the “swing away” type. It didn’t matter what sign he got from the third base coach and it didn’t matter if the pitch was over his head, down the middle, or in the dirt, he was swinging at it. Sam is hungry for a hit at any expense, even striking out! This is the guy who recklessly goes after high pop-ups well outside his area of defense and just might slam into the kid who is calling him off for a shot at the glory. He just might make a play or two during the game, but not after costing outs on both defense and offense…and not in the way you want. Darn it, Sam!

 

The next kid up is the bat-on-shoulder kind of guy. Timid Timmy makes you wonder why he is there. He stands in the box and waits patiently to be walked. He has no intention of swinging the bat, and if the pitcher blows three fastballs past him, well, that’s just plain okay. Timmy will wander his way back to the dugout and dig out that bubblegum in the bottom of his bat bag that he was dreaming of while he had to make his obligatory trip out onto the field. This is the kid with his arms folded or picking daisies in the outfield, letting easy fly balls roll right past him. Timid Timmy strikes out…again.

 

Finally, there is Calm and Collected Charlie. Charlie stands at the ready, waiting for the coach to give him a sign. He is careful to watch the pitch from the pitcher’s hand to his bat. He paces himself and is patient, even with a full count. He understands that a walk is as good as a hit, and outs happen, but he doesn’t let it get him down. Charlie hustles for the ball on defense, but knows when it is more important to cover a base. He tries, he learns, and he keeps his cool. Charlie is successful and the team depends on his attitude to get them through tough games. Charlie is the guy you want for your kid’s buddy, because he makes good decisions and respects the adults around him.

 

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio has a whole bunch of Charlies around. We are consistent and reliable. When they happen, we learn from mistakes, keep our heads up, and keep right on going. We make things right. We make good decisions and respect our customers and leaders. We wait for the right trucks and drivers, not just the easy ones. At HG Logistics, we aren’t looking for the glory or the fame, we are looking for a team win because of a job well done.

 

HG Logistics would like to take care of your freight shipping needs and show you what hard work, dedication, patience and hustle can do to improve your experience with the trucking industry. Give us a call to learn more!

 

You can reach anyone on our team, including

Doug Bierman, General Manager of HG Logistics LLC at:

dbierman@hglogisticsllc.com        or           1-877-5-SHIP HG   or         513-244-3026

New York State, our Thursday Destination

May 12th, 2016

We all know that New York City has plenty of sights to see, and Niagara Falls is already famous, but what about the rest of the state? This Thursday, we will take a look at what other parts of New York have to offer.

The first stop is Canastota, New York. This small town is home to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Here, you’ll find bronze fist castings of all of the inductees, belts and other items commemorating the sport. Come in early June and celebrate Hall of Fame weekend parades, activities and the induction of new members!

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Howes Cave is home to a couple of interesting sites. For nature lovers, there is Howe Caverns, complete with boat and elevator rides. There are also a bevy of very interesting billboards in the town, dressed with themes such as “Classic Rock” and “You’ll Flip”. These billboards advertise for nearby Secret Caverns, just up the road in Cobleskill. The two cavern sites are said to have quite a rivalry! download (3)  download (1)  NYCOBsecret_flip_360x360 NYCOBsecret_classicrock_620x300

 

 

Romulus is home to a herd of natural white deer. Is is said that they are not albino forms of other deer, nor are they mutated in any way, but they are simply a breed of deer that is white- the Seneca White Deer. They are located within a fenced area, but can be occasionally be spotted from beyond the fence that is supposed to protect them.

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In Sleepy Hollow, you’ll find (not surprisingly) a collection of Headless Horseman sites, including a sculpture, the bridge from which the pumpkin head was thrown at Ichabod Crane, and a monument.

Finally, Lake George, New York is home to Magic Forest, a fairy tale theme park. This town, with the park, is home to the world’s tallest Uncle Sam, among many other larger than life characters.

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HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

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Thursday Road Trip….Indiana

May 5th, 2016

With a recent Indiana primary victory, news that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president this November came after Cruz and Kasich withdrawals. With the attention of the nation on Indiana, it seems fitting that we should venture there to see what interesting roadside attractions the state has to offer.

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Bruceville is home to a man named John Ivers. This thrill seeker has built two of his own backyard roller coasters. imagesStop in the area and take a look at Blue Flash and Blue 2.

 

 

 

 

Cannelton is home to an interesting religious creation. It is home to the world’s largest Celtic Cross carved from one rock. Carved into a single boulder, measuring over 20 feet tall. This site is also a part of Blue Heron Vineyards, so stop by for a drink as well!

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Mooresville, Indiana is home to gravity hill. You’ll think you’re about to roll downhill, but hold on while your car rolls UP! This area is also known for paranormal activity.

Kokomo is also home to a few interesting sites, such as the world’s largest sycamore stump, a giant praying mantis statue, and a dedication to the first trip by car.

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HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

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NFL Draft and Bouncing Back

April 29th, 2016

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The NFL draft began yesterday. The draft is a decades-old tradition where the country’s top football prospects emerge from their college careers and move on to playing for money, at the professional level. As usual, the draft this year has not been without drama. Let’s be honest these guys are kids when they start college, some as young as seventeen years old. NCAA, Division One schools expect them to balance school and sports- but there is more to it than that. These still young and impressionable men have one more thing within that balance- life. Life is not just about what mom and dad say anymore. It’s about making the right friends, becoming your own person, deciding your path in life and deciding how you’ll get there. College, or at least that age, is where most of us “find ourselves” as young adults. College athletes have the added pressure of not just performing academically and socially, but in their chosen arena of sport as well. Coaches demand extended hours of practice, specific eating and sleeping patterns, and a certain level of conduct at all times.

Conduct…of course it is important to behave oneself and to follow the rules. This is true in life, school and work. What happens when a young man breaks a rule? Well, if he is a college athlete and a top prospect in the NFL draft, chances are if there is evidence, it will end up in social media. The same thing happened to Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. He had amazing success at his sport and was defamed by photos of indiscretions while in college…the “finding himself” years. The point is, it isn’t just football. So this year, we have guys up for the draft and all of their dirty laundry comes to the surface. Some of it is years upon years old. Photos of drug and alcohol use, allegations of bending or breaking rules to pay rent, fighting, none of it is “right”, but should it have an impact on someone’s entire future?

I’m not going to argue either side of that question. What I am going to do is ask- what’s next? This year is  Laremy Tunsil- with a photo smoking marijuana and screenshots of a conversation asking his coach for rent money, and later, the player himself admitting to the latter. Last year there was  Jameis Winston, accused of sexual assault. Right, wrong, guilty or innocent, in cases like these, there is one thing that NFL programs are counting on: the player will overcome his troubles and bounce back.

As Vince Lombardi said “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up”. So, did they get back up? Will they persevere and move on to have a successful career and make their names positive after these scandals? Only time will tell…

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio,  is not a college kid with dreams of the NFL. We do have something in common with these kids, though. Sometimes issues arise. We have a flat tire, we misquote a lane…we are human. Luckily, we don’t have the bigtime issues of drugs or assault, but we also understand that missing an appointment is a big deal to our customers, so it is a big deal to us. So what do we do when we get knocked down? We get up! We make it right. HG Logistics is proud to be transparent with our customers. We communicate any and all issues and make sure that everyone is happy in the end. Sometimes problems are unavoidable, but keeping our head in the game and making sure we are doing the right thing, on and off the road are what make HG a great top prospect for your team!

If you have shipping needs, or want to learn more about what makes the HG Logistics team great, give Doug Bierman, our General Manager, a call!

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Road Trip Thursday …this week in Nebraska!

April 28th, 2016

Ready for a Road Trip? While some may not think of Nebraska as a hotspot travel destination, there are definitely some unique tourist attractions to visit, whether you’re staying for a while or just passing through!

First up, visit Hastings, the birthplace of Kool Aid! Visit in August and participate in the town’s celebration of Kool Aid Days, a three day event celebrating the beloved beverage.

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Next up, get in touch with your spiritual side by visiting the church made of hay bales in Arthur, Nebraska. Third world countries are said to have visited this site to study building hay bale buildings to build homes for their people.

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While Boys Town, NE may have another claim to fame (think Spencer Tracy), you may not know that there is a stamp collector’s haven located there as well, with the world’s largest ball of stamps on display.NEBOYstamps_prov

Abolitionist John Brown hid slaves in underground tunnels and caves, which you can visit while in Nebraska City. This site is the only National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site in all of Nebraska.

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Drive slowly through Nebraska, as the tiny towns are dotted with interesting sculptures, remnants of the fur trade, and natural wonders abound!

 

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

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Road Trip Thursday, Heading North

April 21st, 2016

Today we will head just slightly north of our home state to Michigan to see what interesting and odd OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAattractions they have to offer road warriors. The first stop will be in Lennon, Michigan for the lawn ornament capital of the world. There, you can wander among thousands of interesting and unique
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Gaylord, MI  is home to the 45th parallel. This is the line directly between the equator and the north pole. Stop by and see the marker there that has its own rustic look. MIGAY45thrustic_mike

A trip to Detroit is full of interesting sights, but for the boxing fan, what could be better than a 4 ton statue of Joe Louis’ arm, ready for a fight? Speaking of giant things, you can also catch a view of a giant cow head and bowling pin while passing through. Also in Detroit, Lawndale Market which has thousands of photos of their customers adorning the walls, and Transmission Man, a sculpture of a man made with car parts.  MIDETtransmission_stockman

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Moving on, also in Michigan, you can find Onaway, home to many amazing and one again large, metal sculptures. These include Abe Lincoln, Lady Liberty, and Gerald Ford.

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Finally, a visit to Jackson, MI will bring you to their first state prison, which has been transformed into a residence. Never fear, however, you can still take tours of the prison, tunnels and lofts that are there.

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HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

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Road Trip Thursday…Sunny Florida!

April 14th, 2016

Although it is finally warming up here in the Buckeye State, this week’s road trip is headed south to take us somewhere warm and sunny year-round. Let’s see what crazy roadside stops and tourist attractions Florida has in store for us!05

Visit the Bubble Room in Captiva for an interesting meal. The Bubble Room boasts a wonderful menu to accompany the old-style music from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Completing the experience are the multiple themed rooms, decorated with collections of items dating back as far as the 1930’s anDSCF2993d the original owners. Enjoy yourself in the Christmas and aquarium rooms or in the Tunnel of Love!

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Take a drive to New Smyrna for a historical oddity, the Turnbull Ruins of Unknown Purpose. That’s right, there are ruins here of what is believed to be the foundation of a mansion, temple, church…or some other building, but the work was never completed. Today, you can visit the ruins and let your imagination fill in the rest!download (1)download

 

 

 

 

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Ochopee, FL is home to the smallest post office in the United States. Not for the claustrophobic, the post office serves the local Miccosukee and Seminole Indians.

Speaking of small, Florida, namely Carrabelle, is home to the smallest police station in the world! Way back when, the local police sat by w6g4tt5rwqnhefsk5ddhthe phone booth to monitor the town, and soon, calls came in to that booth alerting the police to troubles. Today, the original booth is enshrined in a local museum, but there is still a phone booth police station in operation at the center of town.

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HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio is proud to deliver to any area where unique tourist attractions pop up-  all over the United States, and even into Canada and Mexico. Please give us a call with any freight need!

513-244-3026             or               (877) 574-4744

Lessons from the Golden Arches

April 1st, 2016

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Just a few minutes ago, I got back from picking up a group lunch from McDonald’s. Not where I expected the experience that I had. What I did expect was the group of people standing at the front, waiting to order, as it was smack dab in the middle of lunch hour. It wasn’t as crowded as I expected, but there were a few folks there, like me, who had come in ordering for a number of people. This had to add stress to the McDonald’s employees. Having worked in food service for a number of years, I know that no amount of preparing can alleviate the stress at mealtime rush hour. I can’t imagine how these guys and gals did it, but they were awesome!

I will not look at this McDonald’s like any other that I have ever been in. I was immediately greeted with a smile and asked if I was ready to order. The cashier was very polite and super patient with my multiple specialized requests…no pickle, extra lettuce, add this, double cheese…She just smiled an put in the order. They were so fast. Everyone was slammed, working away. The unexpected thing; they were all happy, smiling and joking around.

I wondered how on earth this whole group of fast food workers, at what was likeliest the busiest and most stressful part of their day, could be so jovial and happy-go-lucky. They were full of energy and fun. This was a learning moment. Why? Then I heard it. Loud and proud, from the front, cheeseburgers zipping down the line was the manager proclaiming “Great job everyone! Good work!” . Several employees let out a whoop and laughed. That was all it took. Letting her employees know she saw their hard work, being positive and vocal about it. That was keeping them happy, proud to be where they were and doing a great job.

Being told you are valued and that your work is appreciated can go a long way, in both professional and personal areas of our lives. Next time you want to make someone smile, acknowledge what they do that you appreciate. Let them know about it. Sometimes a simple “thank you”, “nice job” or “I love the way you…” can change someone’s outlook, their day and their attitude.

HG Logistics, a third party freight broker in Cincinnati, Ohio would like to do that right now. Thank you to our drivers who work tirelessly to make us look good, providing quality service. We appreciate the way that our customers nearly always go out of their way to make things simple and easy for us. Having our business partnerships makes us who we are, and we are grateful to our partners for who they’ve helped us to become. To all of the HG Employees, family and friends…Good Work!

To contact HG, please reach out to us anytime at 513-244-3026.