The heart of our company starts with coal. When John Berner founded the company in 1946, his first load was a load of coal. We have been hauling it ever since. We transport coal to operate utility power plants as well as industrial boilers here in the Midwest. We strive to provide a quicker and more competitive service than by rail as hauling via transportation can result in untimely deliveries as well as cars of frozen coal. We treat our dumps so that our coal can be delivered to you on the coldest of days.
The scrap industry is a complicated one to be in and that's why we've done our homework. We try to be as quick as possible while maintaining a focus on communication. We understand that pricing affects the seller and buyer and so we manage our accounts accordingly. We have the capabilities available to haul almost all grades of scrap from the finest mill scale that comes out of a steel mill to plate and structural steel that is cut at a demolition site. Wherever there is scrap, be sure to give us a call and we can help.
Stone & Salt
During the warmer months of the year when plants are requiring rocks for producing surfacing materials, we haul as much of it as we can. Volume is what keeps us competitive. When we receive an order for 3000 tons, for example, we are able to fill this order in a week if needed.
During the colder months when roads become snowy and icy, the federal, state, and county roads need salt. We haul for reputable salt customers in order to keep everyone safe on the roadways.
The management of Berner Trucking shares a common thread among them; farming. The founder grew up a farmer and knew the importance of the farming community. Although we have gotten away from hauling grain and edible commodities, we always haul plenty of agricultural lime to the farming community.
Hazardous Materials & Trash
During the 1980s when the industry entered a recession, we looked into other commodities to diversify our capabilities. What we came across was through luck and plenty of sales. We met customers looking for carriers who could carry waste and hazardous materials to landfills. Now we can say around 15% of our gross revenues can be attributed to this market. This market is constantly changing and we are always looking to hire more drivers/operators with hazardous endorsements.