Trucks deliver everything. In Georgia trucks carry an average of 5.9 million tons of freight per week. Almost all goods arriving at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick plus those that come to Georgia by rail or air find their final destinations on trucks. For more than forty years the engines driving many of those trucks have been Caterpillar, and across the state Yancey Truck Centers service and maintain those trucks.
The Georgia Motor Trucking Association estimates the industry provides more than 200,000 jobs.
Caterpillar entered the truck engine business in the 1960s with a contract with Ford, providing medium-duty engines for pickup, delivery, and single-axle dump trucks. Building on that success, the company began making larger engines, predominantly for West Coast truck manufacturers. Before long Cat engines, known for their high torque rise and higher horsepower, were the favorite among drivers, especially in mountain country.
In the 1970s Caterpillar developed the fleet side of the engine business. Two decades later, changes in the truck manufacturing industry led Caterpillar to end its engine manufacturing segment and to introduce its vocational truck line.
Yancey Bros. Co. remained committed to on-highway truckers. Yancey Truck Centers began operations in November 2009, purchasing certain operating assets of All Star International Trucks and D&M Trucks. Combining the best from both Dealers, Yancey created a new International dealership centered on providing the best service available in the industry. “Taken in the abstract, trucking is a noble profession to be a part of,” says Mark Terry, Truck and Bus General Manager for Yancey Bros. Co. “What you do every day keeps trucks delivering the products Georgians need. Everything we consume comes by truck. Our fuel, our food, and everything else you can think of ends up where it’s going by truck. Being a part of that industry is a huge responsibility, and a humbling one. A lot of people are waiting for what’s on that truck.”
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