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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING

"We decided that we're running this company like a
world-class organization." -Bill Hood, owner

// Owner-operators who work with
Farm2Fleet have the flexibility to set their
own schedules and choose their runs.

Road to Respect

OWNER-OPERATOR TRUCKING FIRM FARM2FLEET
THRIVES ON ITS CORE VALUES.
>FARM2FLEET

BY BOB RAKOW

Five year ago, Bill Hood was working on a farm in central Illinois, often
enduring subzero temperatures while
loading trucks and performing a variety
of other tasks. "My fingers were cracked
and bleeding," Hood recalls. "I said,
'There's got to be a better way.'"
Hood wrote a business plan in January 2010, secured some funding, and less
than one year later was behind the wheel

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of a truck hauling his first load. The majority of Hood's hauls were throughout
the Midwest, but he traveled across the
county when the opportunity presented
itself. "I chased the money," says Hood,
who continued to work on farms during
the harvest seasons.
Today, Hood and his wife, Lauren
Hood, own Farm2Fleet, a successful
owner-operator firm located in Chattanooga, Tenn. It recently was named

one of North America's 20 Best Fleets
to Drive For by the Truckload Carriers
Association.
"It does feel good," Hood says of the
award. "We are humbled."
Drivers nominated Farm2Fleet for
the award, but Hood completed extensive paperwork and was interviewed
about his company as part of the selection process. He credits the owner-operators for the recognition.
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
Farm2Fleet
farm2fleet.com
Revenue: $30 million
Headquarters: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Employees: 100
Specialty: Owner-operator trucking company
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