|Ralph Moyle’s first truck, on the right, was a 1940 Ford.|
Next to it on the left is the third truck that Ralph
purchased, a 1950 Ford. truckinginfo.com
Ralphs father had bought the truck intending to get Ralph’s older brothers, Jim and Harry, to drive it (which they did) to help local farmers deliver their grapes, according to Jon Moyle, Ralph’s youngest son.
|This is the second tractor-trailer Ralph owned, a 1956 C600 Ford with an|
open-top trailer. This tractor was used to haul grapes,apples, Christmas
trees and pickles. It traveled as far away as Iowa from its home
in Mattawan, Mich. truckinginfo.com
The company runs a fairly high trailer-to-tractor ratio (280 trailers to 80 trucks) in order to take advantage of drop trailer programs and minimize drivers’ loading and unloading time. The trailer fleet is a wide mix, with Utility, Wabash and Great Dane the most common.
“Since our primary customers produce food staples, we weren’t affected as severely as many trucking companies, especially Michigan trucking companies who are traditionally automotive-related,” Jon says. “We went from 80 trucks in 2008 down to 77 in 2009, but we’ve been back at 80 most of this year.”