Changing the Way We Haul

December 18th, 2014


On December 16, President Obama signed on new legislation that will change the safety guidelines enforced on big-rig drivers.

The original law, enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, states that drivers must uphold a 34-hour “restart” (rest) period once every seven days. This rest period must include two consecutive nights between 1 am and 5 am.

This change suspends the federal rules, allowing truck drivers to be on the road for more hours, and lifts the restriction on early morning travel. This change is welcome news to some drivers, who prefer to work their longest shifts at night. This preference is due to the light traffic during those peak 1 am to 5 am hours, during which truckers find it both more safe, and time efficient to complete their hauls.

Give Back This Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2014

In spirit of Giving Tuesday yesterday, HG Logistics has been reflecting on how we can make a positive impact on the Cincinnati community by giving back. Boys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit organization founded with the hope of combining quality education and a nurturing home environment to help at-risk children. They provide educational opportunities and stability to stay motivated to underserved youth through three residential homes and one community program. The children enter the program between ages nine and thirteen and stay throughout high school graduation. Afterwards, they are provided with the emotional and financial support needed to attend college.

Since Boys Hope Girl Hope was founded in 1976, the young scholars have made many accomplishments. One hundred percent of the students have continued on to obtain post secondary educations at top-notch schools like The Ohio State University, The University of Dayton, and Bowling Green State University. While still in high school, all students participate in extracurriculars and maintain a 3.2 GPA average.

This holiday season, HG Logistics doesn’t want the hard work of these children and young adults to go unnoticed. Whether it’s volunteering your time, or donating Christmas gifts or money, we ask you to join us in making a donation to Boys Hope Girls Hope and help to make a positive impact on Cincinnati’s youth. For more information or to donate, you can visit the Boys Hope Girls Hope website at Happy Holidays!

Update: Hamilton County Police Association Armored Vehicle

November 10th, 2014

MRAP 2 In early September, the Hamilton County Police received an MRAP BAE Caiman 6×6 thanks to the shipping help of HG Logistics. A month later, fifteen SWAT team members went through an eight hour driver and mechanic certification class to learn to operate the vehicle. Shortly after, the MRAP headed to the Rumpke paint shop where it endured five days worth of sanding and prep before being primed and sprayed with $3,400 worth of flat olive green paint including the undercarriage and engine compartment. Later, vehicle graphics were applied and strobe lights installed along with a 200 watt speaker system. Finally, the MRAP is now fully operational as a police rescue vehicle for the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT team. Before going into full service, the entire SWAT team will undergo further training. HG donated all of the transportation costs necessary and made arrangements for the vehicle to make the 1,565 mile trek from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas to the Cincinnati area.

HG Logistics’ General Manager Earns Civic Service Award

September 3rd, 2014


Blog 3This past Tuesday, September 2nd, HG Logistics and our general manager, Doug Bierman earned a prestigious award from the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT Team. The Civic Service Award was given to HG after transporting an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected) armored vehicle from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas to Hamilton County. The vehicle is part of the Defense Department’s program to recycle old military equipment to local police and will aid in keeping our officers safe. HG could not be more honored to help out our local police department.

HG Logistics Donates to Help Protect Hamilton County Officers

August 27th, 2014

MRAP Tank1

HG Logistics is doing the impossible once again. This upcoming Friday, August 29th, Hamilton County will be receiving an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected) armored vehicle to the Hamilton County SWAT. HG has donated all of the transportation costs necessary and has made arrangements for the vehicle to make the 1,565 mile trek from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas to the Cincinnati area. These vehicles are part of the Defense Department’s program to recycle old military equipment to local police and will aid in keeping our officers safe. HG Logistics is glad to be able to help provide Hamilton County with such an opportunity. Stay tuned to local news on Friday to possibly catch a glimpse of the MRAP vehicle (pictured above) and the big rig being used to haul it (pictured below).




We Haul It All

July 16th, 2014



Here at HG Logistics LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio, we haul everything–from trains to cranes to surfboards. This morning, after seeing a surfboard delivered to our warehouse, I began to think.. Can surfing be a metaphor for a business?

Surfing is incredibly difficult and like a business, takes a lot of patience and perseverance. Like a business, it requires a great amount of balance to make it work. Also like a business, and most importantly of all, the greater the risk you take the greater the reward. The thing about surfing is that if you stay close to the shore and ride the small waves and play it safe, anyone can do it. However, it is those who are brave enough to wander out into the deep water who accomplish the most and gain the respect of others. HG Logistics LLC is not afraid to venture out into the high tides where no one else is in order to provide our customers with the best possible service.

If you are in need of an excellent transportation broker and “pro surfer”, contact HG Logistics at 877-574-4744.

Tropicana Awards HG Logistics LLC

April 15th, 2014
Tropicana Award

Donna Kemp & Diana Trusty

HG Logistics LLC was established in September 2006. At first, there was just our General Manager, Doug Bierman, who did all the sales, truck contracting, and dispatching. In addition, there was I and Shirley, who is now retired, managing the office duties–billing, payables, receivables, order entry, filing, etc. Now, seven and a half years later, we have 12 full-time employees, 2 part-time, and 2 outside sales agents.

In the eyes of many transportation brokers, HG Logistics LLC is probably still considered one of the little guys. Nevertheless, we are proud of what we have accomplished thus far. Our goal has always been service and that we have realized time and time again.

Last week, we were the recipients of a great honor. Donna Kemp, Tropicana Regional Transportation Manager (Midwest/Northeast) and Barb Hartenstein, Tropicana Shipment Planner, paid us a visit in order to present HG Logistics LLC with the 2013 Central Region Carrier of the Year Award. During her presentation, Donna mentioned that Tropicana has their big trucking companies that they use, but to her, the little guys are just as important. After all, the little guys are the ones that help with the overflow, the difficult lanes, and the last minute emergency runs. The little guys can be life savers. Therefore, Tropicana felt it important to recognize HG Logistics LLC. They expressed their appreciation for our services by giving us this award.

HG Logistics LLC could not have accomplished this honor without the attentiveness of our Account Manager, Diana Trusty. Diana has done as excellent job overseeing not only the Tropicana account, but the needs of all her customers as well. In addition, HG Logistics LLC cannot overlook the role of our dispatchers who worked diligently to cover these loads.

Lastly and most importantly, none of this would be possible without our valued customers. Therefore, HG Logistics LLC would like to express our thanks to Tropicana for the privilege to serve them and for them recognizing the significance of the “little guys.”



February 27th, 2014


HG Logistics LLC has been a member of the TIA since 2006.

As a member of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, we pledge:

  • To conduct business professionally, with truth, fairness, and responsibility to all customers, suppliers, associations, and TIA.
  • To promote and actively participate in continuous improvement in both competence and knowledge within the third party transportation services profession.
  • To subscribe to and offer to the public uniform and consistent service.
  • To protect the interest of the shipping public.
  • To promote greater productivity of and awareness in the areas of freight transport, logistics management, intermediary activities, and industry related asset utilization.
  • To adhere to the articles of the Code of Ethics as adopted by the governing Board of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.**



Question for the New Year: Chopped Liver or Steak?

January 8th, 2014

chopped liver at Blooms, Golders Green

Chopped Liver





My three year old granddaughter is the inspiration for a lot of my writing. I like to record her statements so I can reflect back on them in the years to come. Sometimes I even choose my blog as a place to document them, which is exactly what I am doing today.

A few weekends ago, she spent the night at my house. We played all day and after dinner, I gave her a bath. We got our pajamas on and then got all cozy on the couch to watch television and eat UDF Cookies and Cream ice cream (our favorite). Before I continue with my story, you need to know something about my husband, Dave. He is a sports fanatic. He loves them all–football, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, and even bowling. On the evening Lyla slept over, it was the last night for regular college football. He had two televisions on in our living room watching two different games at the same time.

Well, Lyla was not much interested in college football. She wanted to watch her movie. She asked grandpa, “Can I please watch Aladdin?” He proceeded to explain to her the importance of these two football games and how he could not part with missing one minute of either of these games. As he offered her his explanation, I was thinking to myself, “Yeah, Dave, she is going to understand all that mumble jumble.” But what came out of her mouth next tells me she understood perfectly. She looked right at Dave and said, “Grandpa, what do you think we are–chopped liver?”

Needless to say, we both roared with laughter. Lyla, on the other hand, did not see what was so funny. She was second rate to a football game and she did not much like it. I don’t know where she heard that saying, but I am sure she heard it from someone. What amazed me is that she knew what in meant, and she used it in the proper context.

Let’s face it. None of us like to be treated like we are second best, that we are not important. We don’t want to be looked upon as chopped liver, but we would whether be viewed as a prized piece of prime rib.

My granddaughter’s statement that evening reminded me of this and of the importance of how we treat others. It was something definitely to reflect on at the start of the New Year. Sometimes we get sidetracked with our own goals and busyness that we lose track of what is really important. It is always good to have someone jolt us back in line, even if it has to come from a three year old.

I am not just talking about properly aligning our priorities in our personal life but also in our business and professional endeavors as well. At HG Logistics LLC, a third party logistics company and freight transportation broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio, our goal has always been to put the customer first. Never would we want to make them feel like chopped liver.

Instead we strive to meet our customers’ goals and objectives when it comes to shipping their products. We strive to provide the best carriers, the best rates, the best follow through, and the best on-time delivery. We strive to treat our customers to the best service we can provide. This is not a New Year’s Resolution for HG Logistics LLC. It has been our objective from the word go, and it will continue to be a lifelong commitment to our customers.

I have never tried chopped liver. I did not even know what it looked like until I “Googled” images of it. I must admit it does not look very appealing. Never would HG Logistics want our customers to go away feeling like they just bit into a disgustingly, awful tasting glob of mush. We prefer our services be compared to a delectable, savory, perfectly cooked, high quality steak.

At HG Logistics LLC, you are going to get steak rated service, not a chopped liver shortcut version. So if you want a bite of a great transportation service provider, contact HG Logistics LLC at 877-574-4744.

HG Logistics LLC – Next Best Thing to the Woolly Worm

November 12th, 2013
woolly worm

Recently, I learned something interesting. I learned, of all things, about the woolly worm. I had never heard of them, so call me stupid, naïve, or whatever, but up to this point in my life, I did not know they existed. My first woolly worm experience happened just a couple weeks ago as I crossed my church’s parking lot. My granddaughter actually spotted it and asked me what that thing was crawling along the ground. To me, it looked like a big, fuzzy caterpillar, so that is what I told her I thought it was. However, a lady walking with us explained that it was a woolly worm. As she proceeded to expand my knowledge on the world of insects, she also commented that seeing this woolly worm was not a good sign. It meant that we were going to have a severe winter.

The impression I got from her was that this was a proven science, and there was no doubt in her mind that we can expect some bad weather conditions in the upcoming months. Now, I was not totally convinced of this so-called prediction. To me, it was still just a fuzzy caterpillar and nothing more.

Interestingly, for the next few weeks after seeing my first woolly worm, woolly worms kept popping up everywhere–I spotted them on my driveway, in the street, and they were the center of conversation with a co-worker who was also seeing them. I find it so strange that I had never heard of them up to this point, but now they had my undivided attention. With my curiosity aroused, I decided to do a little research and see if there was any truth to them predicting weather conditions.

Well, I was not completely wrong in my initial description of that black, fuzzy bug crawling in the church’s parking lot. A woolly worm is actually a caterpillar or larvae stage of the Isabella tiger moth. They are most active in the fall as they prepare for winter by eating a variety of plants such as cabbage, spinach, grass, and clover. Once they have there fill of food, they look for logs, rocks, or boulders to crawl under and make their home for the winter. After settling in to their new surroundings, they develop natural organic antifreeze that will protect its interiors from freezing over the winter months. Everything else will freeze, but the woolly worm will survive. In the spring, they will thaw from their “frozen” state and emerge as beautiful colored moths. (“About Woolly Worms”- see link below)

The woolly worm first became famous when Dr. C.H. Curran, curator of insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, decided in 1948 to test the accuracy of woolly worms in predicting the weather. He gathered woolly worms from Bear Mountain State Park and continued to do so over the next 8 years. The theory tested claimed that the wider the brown bands were on the woolly worm, the milder the winter. The narrower the brown bands a harsh winter could be expected. From the data he collected over those years, he concluded an 80% accuracy rate for the woolly worm’s weather predictions. (“Predicting Winter Weather: Woolly Bear Caterpillars” – see link below)

Curran’s studies brought a new claim to fame for the woolly worms, and they became quite a notable topic in North America (except in my neighborhood because I knew nothing about them). They even started a Woolly Warm Festival held each year in October in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

However, there are always skeptics. Most scientists today do not put much faith in the woolly warm’s predictions. They believe it to be just folklore. Even Curran himself admitted that his sample data was too small to make any proven scientific claim. On the other hand, there will always be those woolly worm devoted believers, and if you are one of those believers, the woolly worms are saying prepare for the worse–get your snow tires, shovels, boots, extra food supply, and survival kits ready now.

In some ways, it would be convenient to see into the future and prepare accordingly. I was even thinking that it would be nice if we had a so-called “Woolly Worm Predictor” here at HG Logistics LLC, a third party logistics company and freight transportation broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. I imagine it working as follows: it would turn orange when we could expect road traffic delays; red when there were bad weather conditions ahead; brown when detention is inevitable; and black when truck repairs are needed. Oh, the problems we could deter if we only knew ahead.

If you are a woolly worm believer, what does the woolly worm theory really do for you? It can not change the weather, but it does tell you how to prepare. Well, HG Logistics does not have a “Woolly Worm Predictor,” but we do pride ourselves on being prepared. We go through full carrier inspection reports to ensure hiring of safe, reliable drivers and trucks. We investigate the specifics of each load–the weights, the dimensions, customer specifications and requirements, appointment scheduling, pick up numbers, loading and unloading instructions, and shipping hours. We make sure our trucks are well maintained by performing routine preventative maintenance procedures. We follow through on each load by acquiring all carriers’ paperwork and information before loading, dispatching drivers in a timely manner, noting when loads are picked up and delivered, and requesting prompt submission of proof of deliveries and all other backup paperwork.

HG Logistics LLC does not have bands that change color and size and wave a big red warning flag when something is about to happen. But we do always prepare by taking special notice of specifics and paying close attention to every aspect of our transportation business.

HG Logistics LLC will be the first to admit we cannot predict the future, much less control what is going to happen tomorrow. But we have discovered that PREPAREDNESS is the next best thing to the woolly worm and PREPAREDNESS is what you can expect when you hire HG Logistics to haul your loads.

Information about the Woolly Worm was taken from the following sources:
Predicting Winter Weather: Woolly Bear Caterpillars
About Woolly Worms


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