I-75 Hopple Street Overpass Collapse in Cincinnati, OH

January 21st, 2015

 

Hopple Collapse

Around 10p.m. on Monday night the old Hopple Street Bridge in Cincinnati, OH collapsed onto I-75 while undergoing preparation for demolition scheduled for later that night. The collapse killed one construction worker, injured one truck driver, and shut down the interstate for approximately 24 hours. Experts believe that the demolition process is what triggered the overpass collapse.

The collapse of the Hopple Street Bridge is only one of the many dangers that truck drivers put themselves at risk for while transporting their hauls. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more truck drivers and delivery men die on the job than any other vocation. With HG Logistics LLC being a third party logistics company and freight broker, we are constantly working with the drivers who face these dangers every day. Accidents such as this are a true reminder of how appreciative we are of the drivers we have the privilege of working with.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

 

Nancy Sauers Receives 20 Year Service Award

January 19th, 2015

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On January 17, 2015 Nancy Sauers was awarded a 20 Year Service Award with Hill and Griffith and HG Logistics LLC. Nancy first started working with Hill and Griffith in January of 1995 as a part-time office clerk. Within one year of employment she worked her way to a full time receptionist and then a payroll specialist for the Human Resources Manager where she worked for 11 1/2 years.

In late 2006, Hill and Griffith decided to expand and create HG Logistics LLC a third party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time, the company consisted of a single employee, Doug Bierman, who Nancy began working for assisting with general office work. This opportunity led her to become a full-time employee for HG Logistics LLC.

“Being with HG Logistics LLC since its first days has given me a fresh look into every aspect of the company and has been a tremendous learning experience,” Nancy said. “Not only was I able to learn about the trucking industry, but I also learned an extensive amount of new job skills. I have had the privilege and challenge of doing an array of work from billing, accounts payables and receivables, and financial reporting, to file management, collections, quoting and scheduling LTL shipments and maintaining our company blog.”

If Nancy’s loyal 20 years to the company doesn’t make her love for her job evident enough, her passion for her work does – “I love my job, I love the work and I love the challenges that this company has provided me with. What has made it the most rewarding throughout my 20 years of service is the support of both companies – Hill and Griffith and HG Logistics LLC. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

Loyal employees are the gold reserves of any company and its success. Hill and Griffith and HG Logistics are very excited to award Nancy her 20 year service award and look forward to many more years to come.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

 

Winter Weather is Concern for Carriers and State & Local Governments

January 9th, 2015

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As many of you already know, Buffalo got hit with multiple snowstorms that left hundreds of drivers stranded this November. With up to 7 feet of snow, it was a situation that some studies suggest cost the U.S. economy more than $1 million an hour. The possibility of more snow storms this winter and winters to come leaves truckers and transportation officials concerned.

Dan Gullickson, a natural recourse program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation said, “We spent over $130 million on snow and ice last winter, and in a typical winter we probably would have spent only $50 million to $55 million a year.”

Fleet carriers are taking more and more preparations each year with many of them ordering salt for their facilities during the summer months and also machines to remove snow from the trailers with a hefty price tag of $25,000 each. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 70% of the nation’s roads are located in snowy areas. The snow problem will increase with warmer winter temperatures that make snow wet and heavy and more costly to clear. Carriers are not the only ones spending big cash on snow precautions this year. State and local governments spend around $2.3 million annually on snow clearance alone.

Some states, such as Minnesota, are experimenting with “living” snow fences. The state will pay farmers to leave around 6 rows of corn up along the highway in order to prevent some of the snow from blowing onto the road and forming drifts. Shrubs and bushes are also being used.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

Diesel Fuel Prices Anticipated to Drop Further

January 7th, 2015

With a recent plummet in gas prices late in 2014 to around $2 per gallon, diesel still remains to be around $3 or more in most markets. The winter season usually creates a bigger spread between gasoline prices and diesel prices because of a high demand for heating oil, as is evident this year with diesel being around $1 more. One explanation for this is that the global gasoline market is much larger and responds quicker to competition. However, it is expected that diesel prices will drop dramatically in the near future due to many factors including the end of harvesting season in the Midwest and a more mild winter than the past few years. China and many other countries have also built multiple refineries in the last 5 years to maximize diesel production for a good profit. Soon, diesel production will outpace demand and prices will fall another 40 to 50 cents.

HG Logistics is a third-party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are dedicated to providing their customers with the best service possible. For more information, please contact HG Logistics’ General Manager, Doug Bierman at 513-244-3026 ext 3021.

Changing the Way We Haul

December 18th, 2014

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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 www.bhghcincinnati.org. 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

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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).

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We Haul It All

July 16th, 2014

 

surfing

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.

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