Home \ Bennett Equipped to Support Wind Energy Business Boom
Blogs & Articles | Bennett Family Of Companies
Bennett Equipped to Support Wind Energy Business Boom
July 23, 2017
Wind energy has become a huge driver of jobs and economic growth for the U.S. economy with no end in sight. The industry is expected to grow from 102,000 to 248,000 jobs in the next four years. The U.S. Department of Energy projects that wind energy will be able to supply 10% of the country’s energy by 2020, 20% by 2030 and 35% by 2050.
Bennett is ready to help load, transport and build hundreds of wind turbines in the coming years.
This means hundreds of wind turbines will need to be constructed within new and existing wind farms, and highly experienced wind transporters will be called upon to safely deliver the wind turbine components. As a result of this rapid increase in demand, wind energy providers and manufacturers of wind turbine components will face a number of challenges:
Safe transportation of high-dollar wind components. This job takes experienced drivers who can safely transport a load that could be as heavy as 200,000 pounds and 15 feet wide without incurring damages to the components. All it takes is one slightly off turn at a stop sign for 180-foot blade to get scraped and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace.
Transportation of increasingly varying sizes of wind components. As the demand for utility-scale wind turbines has increased, wind providers have had to manufacture bigger and heavier wind turbine components. As a result, wind turbines are manufactured in a number of different sizes, which means versatile fleets of trucks that can adapt to constantly changing lengths, widths and weight are needed.
Safe and efficient construction and maintenance of wind farms. As the number of new wind turbines increases, so will the risk for safety-related incidents and fatal accidents during construction and maintenance. Wind providers will need highly experienced crane and rigging professionals with the proper certifications. They will also be seeking to reduce their costs associated with equipment breakdowns on site due to mechanical failures.
How Bennett Can Help….
Currently, tens of thousands of wind turbine components sit in storage waiting to be picked up and transported to project sites. Bennett is ready and able to help with all aspects of the wind energy business. Here’s how we can help meet the challenges:
Bennett Motor Express (BME) and its division Ace Doran between them have the capacity to transport all wind components. With a combined fleet of 259 trucks, last year they transported 5,300 wind component loads, includingWe offer 200 years of combined experience servicing wind turbines and 2,500 megawatts of wind farm constructions.3,500 dedicated to blades and towers. Our claims margin was less than 1 percent.
Bennett has a variety of equipment and flexible trailers that can accommodate varying sizes. Just recently, Bennett had to quickly accommodate new towers that went from 80 to 90 meters long from its biggest customer, and we were able to adapt within three months, which says a lot about our versatile fleet.
Bennett’s division BOSS Crane & Rigging offers some of the most knowledgeable, experienced technicians in the wind industry who offer 200 years of combined experience servicing wind turbines and 2,500 megawatts of wind farm constructions. BOSS also has a new fleet of high-end cranes and a safety-first business model. Last year, BOSS was the recipient of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s (SC&RA) Safety and Zero Accidents awards.
Not many companies can say they offer one of the most experienced transportation fleets in the wind industry, the capacity to transport all wind turbine components and an expert team of crane and rigging wind construction and maintenance specialists with the right certifications. Not every company can say what Bennett can say: “We load them, we transport them and we build them!”
Today, we honor our 2023 Drivers & Women of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers/employees and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2023 has been an extraordinary year and these women have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
According to Transport Topics, truck drivers are becoming social media influencers. There are several drivers among the Bennett Family of Companies that are on various social media platforms as social media influencers in the transportation industry. In addition, Bennett is a sponsor of Tony Justice, all-American country music artist and truck driver, who also has a considerable social media presence. Learn more about why our drivers and Tony use social media to expand their career.
Bennett Motor Express (BME) owner-operators, Daniel and Phyllis Snow with Snow Trucking recently attended the 75 Chrome Shop’s 25th Annual Truck Show Extravaganza held on April 28-30, 2023, in Wildwood, Florida. During the show, they were approached by “Mutha Trucker News” to speak on the current state of the freight market. Since the beginning of this year, the team drivers have only been home one week. The couple shared how it is very hard to find freight and be able to make a living without putting in the extra hours out on the road in today’s market.
Safety is Priority One at the Bennett Family of Companies. That’s why it was important for Alicia Echols, Director of Safety and Compliance with Bennett Heavy & Specialized, LLC (BHS), to be a part of the recent Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) webinar to discuss the significance of “Making Risk Reduction a Fleetwide Initiative.” During the webinar, Alicia spoke on a variety of topics including a safety culture within Bennett, communication strategies, safety initiatives and driver engagement efforts around safety.
Bennett Family of Companies’ freight agents, field offices and company employees gathered for Bennett’s Ft. Worth Symposium held on March 9-11th at the beautiful Omni Hotel in Ft. Worth, Texas, for the second consecutive year.
The weekend officially kicked off on Thursday evening with a fun-filled “Wild West” themed welcome reception. Attendees wore their favorite cowboy boots and enjoyed a night of music, drinks, food, dancing, and networking.
Bennett Family of Companies’ freight agents, field offices and company employees gathered for Bennett’s 43rd annual Symposium held on February 3-5th at the beautiful Hilton Peachtree City Atlanta Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia, for the second consecutive year.
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is an organization that coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at more than 3,400 locations across the United States, at sea, and abroad to help remember veterans and their sacrifices. Since 2017, the Bennett Family of Companies and the Taylor Family Foundation have proudly supported WAA during the Christmas season by providing trucking and financial support for the organization.
Bennett is proud to be a sponsor of Tony Justice and his efforts to raise money for breast cancer research. Tony is a truck driver and country music artist that recently released a song, “War Paint,” dedicated to his wife and all the beautiful warriors that are battling breast cancer. All proceeds from the download of the song will benefit Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer. Get your copy on iTunes today and please share the link with your friends to join us on the Convoy for a Cure!
oday, we honor our 2022 Drivers & Women of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers/employees and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2022 has been an extraordinary year and these women have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
Bennett Family of Companies’ freight agents, field offices and company employees gathered for Bennett’s 42nd annual Symposium held on March 4-6th at the beautiful Hilton Peachtree City Atlanta Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia.
The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a fun-filled Mardi Gras themed welcome reception for attendees. Guests wore their favorite carnival attire and enjoyed a night of music, drinks, cajun food, dancing, and networking. It was a wonderful night of fellowship and being back together in person for this year’s event.
With the NASCAR Xfinity Series coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Nalley Cars 250 on Saturday March 19, 2022, the Bennett Family of Companies rolled out the red carpet for its favorite driver, #21 Austin Hill.
Today, we honor our 2021 Women Drivers of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2021 has been an extraordinary year and these drivers have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. This year, due to COVID-19, we celebrate differently than we have in past years. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO and President of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
The Bennett Family of Companies and the Taylor Family Foundation hosted the Thunder for Wreaths Ride on May 15, 2021. This annual event serves to raise awareness for Wreaths Across America, an organization that honors deceased veterans during the Christmas season. This year, Bennett partnered with local motorcycle groups and car clubs, and those participating rode in a single procession from Hampton, Georgia and finished in Americus, Georgia.
Today, we honor our 2020 Women Drivers of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2020 has been an extraordinary year and these drivers have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. This year, due to COVID-19, we celebrate differently than we have in past years. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO and President of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
When it comes to truck driving, “Just watch me,” is a familiar phrase to Denise Endicott, this month’s featured Women in the Driver’s Seat member. Before a career in trucking, Denise was a Legal Assistant working in Largo, FL. Denise realized that she had a passion for trucking and wanted to drive an 18-wheeler after spending over three years out on the road with a former boyfriend that was a truck driver in Bonifay, FL. During this time, she rode with him and learned everything from securing loads, handling paperwork, staying compliant with truck inspections, and getting dirty with the upkeep of the truck; during that time, Endicott states that she was “bitten by the trucking bug”, and she definitely knew that she wanted to make a career of truck driving. However, Denise’s former boyfriend did not take her seriously, and she remembers there were several times when “He told me I couldn’t do it, it was no place for a girl.” On April 4, 2014, she received her CDL and began her career in the transportation and trucking industry. She quit her job and used money from her 401k and went to truck driving school with her CDL in hand. Denise was the only female in the class and the only one with a CDL already!
At Bennett, we know your challenges, from payment delays to adapting to evolving technologies and ELD regulations. We provide all the essential tools and services for you to grow and remain competitive.
How Old Are You?
You must be 23 or older to apply.
What license do you currently hold?
What driver type are you?
How many years of experience do you have driving professionaly?
We can't accept an application until you have at least 6 months of professional driving experience. Please consider applying again when you have reached at least 6 months of experience!
What type of equipment do you have 1 or more years experience hauling in the last 3 years?