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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING
in what you're doing, and we're definitely proud to be moving forward as a member of the Daseke family."
For three years prior to the merger, Steelman did not
experience much growth but that's about to change. The
company plans to add more trucks and hire drivers to accommodate new customers that Daseke brings to the table,
Sheets says. "We have a 10 percent growth plan for 2018,"
he adds. "The merger gives us a vehicle to grow and offers
financial stability."
Previous to joining Daseke, Steelman had acquired other
companies during its 27-year history. In 1999, it acquired
the assets of Cornerstone Transportation of Mountain
Grove, Mo., adding eight tractors and 13 flatbeds to its fleet.
In 2004, the company's growth continued with the acquisition of assets from Jack Warren Trucking of Springfield, Mo., which added an additional seven tractors and
31 trailers to its fleet. Trailers acquired from this purchase
included specialized RGNs, double drop stretches, and step
deck stretches.
The merger with Daseke allowed Steelman to enter the

// Steelman's fleet consists of more than 110
late-model tractors and 180 trailers that carry
a diverse mix of freight.

open deck specialized freight market. Daseke is the largest
owner and operator of open deck specialized transportation capacity in North America. It serves industrial
customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Steelman's own fleet consists of more than 110 late-model tractors and 180 trailers that carry a diverse mix of
freight. That includes pipe and tubing in side kits, stainless
steel flat sheets and coils, steel shapes and beams, manufactured steel products, fiberglass and stainless steel tanks,
large air conditioning systems, roofing shingles, vinyl
siding and lumber.
Giving Back
In its hometown of Springfield, Steelman is known for giving back to its community. The company hosts a number of
local events including the Ozarks Food Harvest, Tournament of Hope and a Rock n' Ribs that benefits multiple
charities. It also hosts an annual Bowl for Kids' Sake
Truckers' Challenge benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters
of the Ozarks and educational programs for Springfield
Public Schools.
Steelman is a member of many local, state and national
trucking associations including the Springfield Area Motor
Carrier Club, and the Machinery Haulers, Truckload Carriers and American Trucking associations.
In 2012 and 2013, the company was named one of the
Best Fleets to Drive For by CarriersEdge in partnership
with the Truckload Carriers Association. In 2014, it was
named as one of the Fleets to Watch. The company was
founded by Jerry Steelman.

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