Atlantic Bulk Carrier invests in its drivers by maintaining one of the newest fleets on the road. The average age of the company’s tractors is less than three years. The company has also invested in truck technology to improve safety and efficiency. That technology includes Omnitracs satellite communications and electronic logging equipment and critical alert warnings. Some of the newest tractors put into service this year even come equipped with disk brakes and automatic transmissions.
“We have invested in technology and the payback has been a more safe and efficient operation,” Short said. “Even with all the latest bells and whistles, though, our most important safety feature is our people.”
Atlantic Bulk Carrier has been recognized by many of its customers, including several Fortune 500 companies, for outstanding performance. The National Tank Truck Carriers Association, Responsible Care, the Virginia Trucking Association and the South Carolina Trucking Association have all recognized Atlantic Bulk Carrier for its outstanding safety record in the past several years.
“The folks who deserve the credit are the people handling the day-to-day operations, from the drivers to the mechanics to the terminal managers and billing clerks,” Short said.
Atlantic Bulk shares that recognition with its drivers. So far, 18 drivers have earned million-mile awards with the company and the company is preparing to present five more million-mile rings this year. Along with recognition for a million safe miles, Atlantic Bulk has annual recognition and even rewards its drivers for all violation-free inspection reports throughout the year.
Atlantic Bulk Carrier plans to continue to grow with its customers and strengthen its operations through the best employees.
“We try to create a culture and an atmosphere where people can thrive and succeed,” said Short.
A lot has changed since Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp. began operations in 1971 with three tractors and a handful of leased trailers. The Virginia-based tank-truck carrier has grown to nearly 200 drivers and more than 600 pieces of equipment based throughout the Southeast. What hasn’t changed is the family atmosphere and the small company attitude.
“We have built a good company with good people,” said founder Gary W. Short. “I’m very proud of the hard work by everyone here.”
Based in Providence Forge, VA, Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp. handles liquid and dry materials, including hazardous and non-hazardous commodities. Operations are concentrated in the Southeast although the company is licenses for all of Canada and the lower 48 states. Drivers and their assigned tractors are based in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Local and regional operations mean the drivers load, deliver and come home. Drivers see home an average of two to four times per week.
To attract and keep the best drivers, Atlantic Bulk offers some of the best pay in the business and a competitive benefits package, including paid vacation and paid holidays. Atlantic Bulk did not cut pay or benefits during the recent economic downturn and put in place a pay raise earlier this year.