PORTLAND, Ore. – May 7, 2007 – Henry Albert, owner of Albert Transport Inc., believes maximizing efficiency is the most important aspect of his trucking business. That’s why Albert, of Statesville, N.C., drives a 2001 Freightliner Century Class® S/T™.
“When I’m shopping for a truck, fuel efficiency is my No. 1 concern, which is why I chose a Freightliner,” Albert said. “Second to that is comfort. I run my company as a business – not as a hobby.”
Albert, 43, recently was recognized by Overdrive as the 2007 Trucker of the Year. The magazine specifically cited his dedication, systemic approach to business, professionalism and superior customer service.
According to Albert, those are just some of the reasons as to why he stands out from the crowd.
“I do a lot of things differently than other drivers,” Albert said. “I wear a button-down oxford shirt and tie every day to work. I try to emulate the images of the photos I’ve seen from the 1940s when truckers dressed professionally. I’m proud to be a truck driver but I’m also a business person. I want to look and act the part.”
Albert purchased his Freightliner in 2001 – the second Freightliner he has owned – to haul drywall, chain-link fences, aluminum and other building materials for building manufacturers and suppliers. He chose his Freightliner because of its reliability, drivability and durability. He compares his freight to the ingredients needed to make a cake: The consistent, bulk freight network of customers is integral to making it rise. The seasonal freight is the icing.
“I built my business by securing repeat customers,” he said.
His flatbed truck with a 500 hp Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine has about 593,000 miles on it, and it is still providing him the excellent efficiency he demands. Albert typically receives 7.2 mpg in any given quarter, and on one trip, recorded 8 mpg.
Albert’s Century Class truck is naturally light-weight which allows him to haul more freight without needing to spec the components to lighten the load. Freight placement on the flatbed also impacts efficiency, so Albert loads his freight when possible in the shape of a raindrop with the largest part of the load up front and the smallest in back.
“Freightliners are built to be aerodynamic, which leads to better fuel efficiency and more profits for my business,” Albert said.
Albert said he appreciates the functional layout of Freightliner’s Driver Message Center, which gives him performance information to help maximize efficiency. The range of visibility in his truck is credited to helping the reliability of his performance.
His Century Class truck is painted blue to which he affixed gold decals with his company logo to the doors. The colors are emblematic of success – gold for gold medals and blue for blue ribbons.
Albert and his wife, Karen, have owned Albert Transport for more than 10 years. He’s been a trucker for 23 years – an achievement of which he is proud. This dedication to efficiency and his goal of doing whatever it takes to keep his customers satisfied led Overdrive to name Albert Trucker of the Month in July 2006. This honor was a precursor to him being named the 2007 Trucker of the Year.
“I listen to the business side of my personality before I make a decision to determine what’s most vital to the success of my company,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better truck to help me accomplish my goals.”
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a part of DaimlerChrysler’s Truck Group, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.