Local trucking company buys 75 new Peterbilts for $13.3 million | Business


RUTHERFORDTON — A local trucking company is upgrading for expansion after purchasing 75 new $13.3 million Peterbilt trucks.

Local trucking and logistics company FreightWorks has invested in what is believed to be the largest truck purchase in Rutherford County. The $13,275,000 acquisition will bring in 75 new Peterbilt 579 UltraLoft trucks as part of an aggressive fleet overhaul and position this expanding local business for continued growth.

“This initial purchase of 75 Peterbilt 579 UltraLofts propels FreightWorks forward in many ways,” said Josh Farmer, Founder and President of FreightWorks. “Safety, efficiency and driver care are all achieved with this major fleet upgrade. It’s the first step toward realizing our vision to be a market-leading trucking and logistics company, headquartered right here in Rutherford County.

FreightWorks is headquartered nationally at 668 Poors Ford Road in Rutherfordton and is one of the fastest growing asset-based full truckload carriers in Western North Carolina and was born out of FuelWorks, a small, family owned biodiesel plant in the foothills of North Carolina.

When production exceeded sales, Farmer bid on a Volvo 670 that had 1 million miles and had no real intention of winning. But he did.

That first used truck started a new business and an incredible story unfolding. Over the years since that spring day in 2012, FreightWorks continues to grow – forged in the fire of industry challenges, prayer, and dedication.

Coming from titrating biodiesel and learning how to solve the logistics matrix of freight transport, the local team faces daily challenges to solve the inevitable problems.

Today, with more than 125 trucks and a driving and logistics team of more than 200 employees, the company focuses on a unique industrial niche: dangerous, high-security and temperature-controlled goods.

The terminal’s strategic location near I-40, major metropolitan centers within 4 hours in all directions, and the prospect of an interstate designation for US Highway 74.

Ongoing state and federal investments for the completion of the US Highway 221 Bypass project also bodes well for the heavy east-west traffic flow. As Founder and President Joshua Farmer said, “FreightWorks is committed to being a strong partner with Rutherford County as we grow together. We are blessed with the prospects ahead and happy to be a growing resource in complex days when supply chain stories have dominated the headlines.

As new technology improves the safety and efficiency of a burgeoning coast-to-coast operation, FreightWorks has also launched a national podcast and YouTube channel to tell the incredible stories of America’s driving heroes of trucks that some have called America’s “last cowboys”.

These bi-weekly podcasts are presented as “Life By The Mile” (www.lifebythemile.com) and hosted by Butch Maltby who said after returning from the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We love telling the compelling stories of the 3.5 million drivers in the United States with industry professionals who follow trends,” Maltby said. “Without our professional drivers making arduous journeys 24/7, our grocery store shelves would be empty in three days.”

Phase 1 of the modernization and upgrade of the fleet is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, with other major company announcements pending. For more information, visit freightworkstransport.com.


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