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which makes him excited for the company's future. Alec
Hinz works in the firm's dispatch office. "He wants to move
more towards sales," the elder Hinz says.
His daughter, Elizabeth, also works in its accounting
and payroll department. "She does all of the billing," Rod
Hinz says, noting it has been rewarding to have them at
"It's been fun to watch how they've grown closer together
and how well they've performed," he says. "They're very
young, but at the same time, they're able to interact [well]
with customers and drivers."
Hinz also is "cautiously optimistic" about the current
economic climate. Many drivers at other firms, he explains,
are looking for new employers that will keep them busy
Hinz Trucking can provide them with that work. "We
feel like we're ahead of the curve because of the close
relationships we have with the shippers," Hinz says. "If you
have solid, long-term relationships with your customers,
they're going to take care of you as you take care of them."
terbilt. Hinz and his son, Alec Hinz, had the opportunity to
drive the vehicles off of Peterbilt's assembly line at its plant
in Denton, Texas.
"That was fun," Rod Hinz recalls. "They've definitely
taken logistics to a new level. When you look at their plant,
it's mind boggling."
Hinz Trucking serves a customer base that includes
CertainTeed, Universal Forest Products Inc. and Valmont
Industries Inc. The latter, Hinz notes, is an irrigation
equipment manufacturer in Omaha, Neb., that his company
has served for many years.
"We've definitely built a lot of our business around their
needs and tried to serve them," he says, noting that Hinz
Trucking's work for Valmont reflects its strong focus on
the customer. "They know if they have a special need, we'll
take care of it.
"If they have an issue, they don't find out about it from
a customer, but they'll hear it from us," he continues. "We
say, 'This is what happened and how do we work through
it?' Their culture is the same as ours where they treat people the way they want to be treated."
The Family Business
Hinz's children work alongside him at Hinz Trucking,
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