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Just 'G''s Comment
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Why are so many trucking companies headquartered in WI?

Signed Someone doing their CDL training in Marinette in December

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Trucker Chris (CK)'s Comment
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There could be many it seems that way, but let's put this in perspective. Wisconsin has more than 60,000 trucking companies registered in the state with a population 5.8 million, Utah has more than 21,000 with a population of 3.2 million, and California with a population of 39.5 million has more than 135,000. New York State as more than 37000 trucking companies registered with a population of 19.5 million. Of the estimated 1.2 million trucking companies in the United States, 97% of them run less than 20 trucks.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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There could be many it seems that way, but let's put this in perspective. Wisconsin has more than 60,000 trucking companies registered in the state with a population 5.8 million, Utah has more than 21,000 with a population of 3.2 million, and California with a population of 39.5 million has more than 135,000. New York State as more than 37000 trucking companies registered with a population of 19.5 million. Of the estimated 1.2 million trucking companies in the United States, 97% of them run less than 20 trucks.

It does seem like there are quite a few major carriers headquartered there, especially a handful that offer training.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Why are so many trucking companies headquartered in WI?

Signed Someone doing their CDL training in Marinette in December

Everybody knows itโ€™s because the best cheese comes from Wisconsin. So naturally trucking companies want to be headquartered there.

Why would a trucking company want its headquarters in Florida? To be close to alligators? What would you rather be near, gators or cheese?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Everybody knows itโ€™s because the best cheese comes from Wisconsin.

So naturally trucking companies want to be headquartered there.

Why would a trucking company want its headquarters in Florida? To be close to alligators? What would you rather be near, gators or cheese?

HAHAHA!!

You don't realize that a good percentage of the cheese is now coming out of Idaho to Wisconsin. My company hauls many loads of cheddar in tubs from Glanbia to a couple plants in Wisconsin. ๐Ÿ˜

Laura

Pete B.'s Comment
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HAHAHA!!

You don't realize that a good percentage of the cheese is now coming out of Idaho to Wisconsin. My company hauls many loads of cheddar in tubs from Glanbia to a couple plants in Wisconsin. ๐Ÿ˜

Laura

If you tell me Maine lobsters are imported from New Jersey, Iโ€™m going to cut my throat.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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HAHAHA!!

You don't realize that a good percentage of the cheese is now coming out of Idaho to Wisconsin. My company hauls many loads of cheddar in tubs from Glanbia to a couple plants in Wisconsin. ๐Ÿ˜

Laura

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If you tell me Maine lobsters are imported from New Jersey, Iโ€™m going to cut my throat.

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The lobsters are from Michigan, alongside the salmon. We 'Ohioans' are privvy !!!! Heaven's just a 'state(sin?)' away!!

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Throat safe, man!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Ms. Laura . . . jsyk, our cheese STILL says, Wisconsin. Who do I call to correct this?!?!?! You KNOW me . . . I dang sure will! ;)

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Why are so many trucking companies headquartered in WI?

Signed Someone doing their CDL training in Marinette in December

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Everybody knows itโ€™s because the best cheese comes from Wisconsin. So naturally trucking companies want to be headquartered there.

Why would a trucking company want its headquarters in Florida? To be close to alligators? What would you rather be near, gators or cheese?

Flowers & Oranges, mate.

BTDT ~!! I worked for a floral company at 16 y/o, loading from freezers into dry vans. Exports. Put me through college!

7 years later, I hauled boat propellers in Bradenton right across the tracks from Tropicana.....auuuuuughhhh the trucks! General Propeller was hotshot, but dang an experience! Loved it all. 3 on the tree 1980 3/4 ton Chevy, 28' box/cage. Rogue, I know.. but .. dang it was life, back then! The marinas....the boats. Nice!

Lester Coggins was an awesome OTR company in Okahumpka (sp?) Florida ... my late ex drove for them. The whole company folded, for lack of export, in the 2000/teens.

Manatee County 'was' fun!

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Anne

Send me that list of initials....what's "jsyk"??

Laura

Just 'G''s Comment
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There could be many it seems that way, but let's put this in perspective. Wisconsin has more than 60,000 trucking companies registered in the state with a population 5.8 million, Utah has more than 21,000 with a population of 3.2 million, and California with a population of 39.5 million has more than 135,000. New York State as more than 37000 trucking companies registered with a population of 19.5 million. Of the estimated 1.2 million trucking companies in the United States, 97% of them run less than 20 trucks.

Even by your numbers Chris, we get for trucking companies per 100k residents:
Wisconsin ~1000
Utah ~700
California ~350
New York ~200

Trucking companies seem to show a clear preference for Wisconsin. Since I don't know of any major shipping hubs in Wisconsin, I doubt it's about where the freight is. There must be something else.

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