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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING

"We can't do anything without [our
customers]." -Kirk Crowley, vice president

Family
Trucking
AFTER THREE DECADES,
HIGH COUNTRY TRANSPORTATION HAS GROWN
TO SERVE FORTUNE 500
COMPANIES.
>HIGH COUNTRY TRANSPORTATION INC.

BY ALAN DORICH

Some carriers are wary about
traveling around Colorado's rugged
mountains, but not the drivers of High
Country Transportation Inc. This
willingness has given the firm a distinct
advantage in its market, Vice President
Kirk Crowley says.
"We do it, while a lot of companies
won't," he describes. "It's a big problem
for a lot of drivers, especially during the
wintertime. It's hard work, and road
conditions are downright scary at times."
With its principal offices in Cortez,
Colo., and Dallas, Texas, High Country
provides nationwide dry van and dry
bulk/hopper bottom truckload transportation services. Crowley's family has
a long legacy in the trucking industry,
which began in the early 1960s when
his grandfather, J.W. Crowley, started a
trucking firm with his son, Buzz, as they
continued to operate the family farm.
Later, another son, Don, joined the company. A grain elevator became part of the
operation in 1970.
When J.W. Crowley retired, the assets
of the trucking company were sold. In
1985, Buzz and Don Crowley started
High Country with a single truck that
hauled grain from Dove Creek, Colo., to
Ogden, Utah. Since then, the company
has grown to serve Fortune 500 compa-

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// Focusing on always providing the best
service it can, High Country says 90
percent of its work is for repeat clients.

nies and operates a fleet of 220 tractors.
In 2006, Buzz Crowley retired from the
trucking company, and Kirk and Shawn
Crowley joined with Don Crowley to
continue the trucking operation.
Kirk Crowley credits the company's
success to its dedication to customer
service and hard work. "We've always
tried to provide the best service we can,"
he says. "That's what keeps a lot of customers working with us."
Today, 90 percent of its work is for
repeat clients. Additionally, a third of
its work consists of transporting coal
to Gallup, N.M., where it is transloaded
to rail at a facility that is operated by
the company.
"Our customers are keeping us busy,"
Crowley says, noting that he considers
High Country a leader in its market. "We
provide a lot of services that a lot of our
competitors won't."
Finding Drivers
High Country is keeping busy, but finding the drivers to haul the freight can be
challenging, Crowley admits. "There's
definitely a lot of turnover in the indus-

try right now," he says. "[But] we do pretty well in keeping our trucks full."
This is thanks to High Country's
recruiting department. "They're continually trying new things to attract more
drivers," he says, noting that the company is increasing its efforts in recruiting
U.S. military veterans.
"We think that there is a real opportunity in expanding our recruiting efforts
there," he says. "A lot of them have the
skills for operating equipment, so it
shouldn't be a hard transition for them."
High Country also keeps its drivers
loyal by maintaining a competitive
pay rate and providing them with good
equipment. "Almost all of our [vehicles] are 2013 model year or newer,
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
High Country Transportation Inc.
www.highcountrytrans.com
2014 sales: $47.5 million
Main Offices: Cortez, Colo., and Dallas, Texas
Employees: Approximately 300
Specialty: Dry van and dry bulk/hopper
bottom truckload transportation
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