In 1936, when someone wanted a little dirt moved, they called 16-year-old Leonard Brown. Using his old-time sand buggy, he’d move a yard of dirt at a time until the job got done. Fast forward 12 years, and Leonard had grown from a single sand buggy to an established business, Brown Trucking Co., with a fleet of 25 heavy-duty trucks.
Clearly, Leonard Brown wasn’t afraid of hard work, but what made him special was his ability to have a vision and think beyond limitations to reach it. This was evidenced by the fact that his fleet was one of the first in the nation to operate under radio control.
Always looking for cost and time efficiencies, pioneering with radio allowed Leonard and his team to shift equipment from one job to another without needing a trip or phone call to the office first, virtually eliminating empty trucks just sitting around.
Communication also increased exponentially, giving the truck drivers and operators of equipment a way to be in touch. In the event of breakdowns or flat tires, assistance was able to be dispatched almost instantly. And when on the job, a grader, scraper or crane operator could talk with Leonard while he was at the office and get specific instructions.
This type of forward thinking is a mindset that’s been passed from generation to generation, and one that still fuels the Bulk business model today.