Big industry spotlight Logistics Wheels Keep North Texas Turning F or the tens of thousands of truckers working today in the Lone Star State, the lyrics of fellow Texan Willie Nelson could not be more true. And for the millions more who rely on the industry for jobs and goods, over-the-road trucking could not be a much better field. Texans, in general, can’t wait to get on the road again, and again, and again. With more than a quarter million of square miles in one state, multiple major highways crisscrossing the North Texas region (I-20, I-35, I-30 and I-45), and trade opportunities all around, there is a lot of ground to cover and myriad opportunities for prosperous commerce in North Texas and wherever the road may take you. 52 www.ntc-dfw.org Winter/Spring 2015 Illustration/Design: Dennard, Lacey & Associates Nationwide, nearly 70 percent of all freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks, according to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Moving 9.2 billion tons of freight annually across the country requires nearly three million heavy-duty trucks and as many drivers. According to ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2025, the association’s look toward the future of the industry, overall freight tonnage will grow a staggering 23.5 percent from 2013 to 2025, with freight revenues expected to increase 72 percent. “We continue to see growth for the entire freight economy – but we also see that trucking will maintain its position as the nation’s dominant mode of freight transportation,” American Trucking Association’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Bob Costello said in a release issued by the association.