Big M/Diesel express trucking acquires Blue Mountain trucking facility

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Big M/Diesel Express Trucking – which has recently completed the purchase of the Blue Mountain Trucking facility that was located on the Berkline/BenchCraft complex in Blue Mountain – plans to add at least another 150 employees in coming years if the economy improves, company president Michael Massengill said this week. “As demand for transportation returns and Toyota starts back up, I hope to be able to get a piece of that business. I’m trying to set myself up so when things come back, I’ll be ready,” he said this week. The company hauls general freight across 48 states.” According to Massengill, the transaction was finalized on Tuesday, April 14, finishing six months of negotiation with Berkline/BenchCraft corporate offices. Plans are to move into the new facility this fall. The trucking facility includes an office space of almost 10,000 sq. ft. and a warehouse/truck maintenance area of 15,000 sq. ft. with 10 acres of trailer storage area. The Tippah County Development Foundation helped get the two parties together to satisfy a need by Big M/Diesel Express Trucking for expanded operations. Big M/Diesel Express has been headquartered in Hickory Flat for a number of years, but has outgrown its facilities. Big M/Diesel Express presently has about 170 over-the-road drivers and more than 40 office and facilities staff. Plans are to move the headquarters to Blue Mountain. Massengill predicts substantial growth in employment and equipment over the next three to five years in the area of drivers, controllers, logistics, personnel, dispatchers, truck maintenance, and facilities maintenance. “These facilities will allow our company to see immediate growth and we are proud to be able to continue our growth by providing good quality jobs to Tippah County and its citizens. We plan to move our administrative and transport operations to the Tippah County facility as soon as renovations are made to the main office building. We should have most of the renovations completed by early fall. The Hickory Flat facilities will continue to operate as a logistics facility for the foreseeable future,” Massengill said this week. According to Duane Bullard, President/CEO of the Tippah County Development Foundation, the company plans to begin using the maintenance shops, fuel bays, and wash bays very soon and immediate needs for additional employees will be in these areas first with additional professional staff needed in the very near future. Bullard added, “Tippah County is very pleased that we can be a part of helping our local companies grow, expand, and provide opportunities for our local citizens. The growth of Big M/Diesel Express Trucking has been phenomenal over the past few years and the future looks even brighter.” Once the renovations have been made to the facility, an official ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be announced. The Tippah County Development Foundation and Big M/Diesel Express Trucking expressed their appreciation to the corporate offices of Berkline/BenchCraft for their efforts in getting this transaction expedited.

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