Manuel Huerta Trucking
MANUEL HUERTA Founder of Manuel Huerta Trucking
- ”We switched to International because they are a better-made truck. It’s as simple as that.”
- ”The ProStars® have proven to be reliable, even on the rough Mexican roads. We have some that we’ve put 180,000 miles on already. The performance has been very good.”
- ”We pick up products anywhere in the U.S. and take them directly to anywhere in Mexico, and vice versa. We need to have reliable trucks.”
- ”We are big fans of the ProStar and have great trust in Navistar’s proprietary 13L engine with SCR. We are really looking forward to having the trucks in our fleet.”
PROSTAR PROVES ITSELF FOR CROSS BORDER FLEET
MANUEL HUERTA TALKS ABOUT WHY HE SWITCHED TO INTERNATIONAL
Carrying Produce back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border is a tough job that requires a tough hauler. Manuel Huerta Trucking has been servicing this need for more than 30 years. What started as a small fleet transporting goods between Arizona and Southern California has grown into an international operation with multiple operations in Mexico, at the border in Nogales, Ariz., and across the United States.
The result is an international organization that can transport products seamlessly between the two countries. “We can pick up a product anywhere in the U.S. and take it directly to anywhere in Mexico, and vice versa,” Huerta says. “We’re the only company that can provide door-to-door service.”
This service means that, more than anything, Huerta needs a fleet of trucks he can rely on. “[Reliability], it means everything to me,” he says. “We need to have reliable trucks.”
For the past four years, that reliability has been reflected by Huerta’s increased reliability on the ProStar® model. Manuel Huerta Trucking started running ProStars in Mexico in 2009, and in 2012 introduced the truck to its U.S.-based fleet. Now the International trucks represent more than 50% of his fleet.
“We switched to International because they are a better-made truck. It’s as simple as that,” Huerta says. “They’ve proven to be reliable—even on the rough Mexican roads. We have some that we’ve put 180,000 miles on already. The performance has been very good.”
Huerta’s son, Jose Luis, oversees logistics for the family business. He agrees that the reliability of the ProStar is a key part of the company’s decision to rely on them. “We’re transporting perishable items, often in very hot weather,” he says. “We need to move the trucks along as quickly as possible. With the International trucks, we haven’t lost a load so far—and we don’t expect to.”
In the summer of 2013, Manuel Huerta Trucking ordered 20 new ProStars with Navistar’s proprietary 13L engines with SCR. “We are big fans of the ProStar and have great trust in Navistar’s engine. We are really looking forward to having the trucks in our fleet,” Manuel said.
A lot of that trust comes from the company’s relationship with its dealer, RWC International in Arizona. Run by Robert Cunningham in conjunction with his sons, Rob and Rowland, RWC prides itself on providing excellent customer service.
“We have a great relationship with the Huertas,” says Rob Cunningham, general manager of sales for RWC. “From a dealership support standpoint, we monitor Manuel’s fleet very closely. We recently did a review and over 65% of the time when their trucks have come into the shop, they were out the same day.”
The bond between the two family companies is one that both parties hope can extend long into the future. “Our hope is that, years from now, when Manuel’s grandchildren are running the company, Manuel Huerta Trucking will still be running International trucks that were sold to them by a Cunningham,” says Rowland Cunningham, general manager of RWC’s Tucson location. “Our goal is to set up a relationship that’s going to last generations.”
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