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Crude Kaolin Mining

Howard Sheppard, Sr., our founder, first began hauling crude kaolin in Georgia back in 1943. Today, our company has over 130 dump trucks and over 60 pieces of heavy-duty equipment operating through several kaolin companies located in middle Georgia. Everyday our fleet is stretched over the entire middle Georgia area hauling from many different pits to multiple blunger sites for the kaolin industry. In fact, we provide complete turnkey service: we load it, haul it, stockpile it at the blunger site, and maintain all the pits and haul roads.

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Truckload Services

The OTR Division of Howard Sheppard, Inc. is responsible for providing transportation services for shipping liquid, dry bulk, bagged and general van commodities. Our services include local, regional, and over the road transportation.  We understand each customer’s needs are different. That’s why our diversified trailer fleet consists of liquid tanks, pneumatic dry bulk tanks, vans, and flatbeds. Commodities commonly transported include kaolin (liquid, dry, and bagged) products, sodium silicate, chemicals, concrete beams/pilings, and dry van freight.

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Intermodal Transport

Howard Sheppard Inc.’s Intermodal Division was established in 2002 and is now one of the largest and most trusted Drayage carriers in the Southeast. Serving the Savannah and Charleston ports, we specialize in handling refrigerated containers, primarily frozen poultry and have our own reefer plugs on site. We have our own fleet of new chassis equipped with radial tires, along with our own Tri Axle chassis that allow us to handle overweight 20 FT containers as well as ISO Containers. We service the entire Southeast, and are permitted to handle overweight containers in GA, AL, FL, MS, LA, SC, NC, TN, KY, IN, and VA.

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Warehousing/Transloading

Our corporate office and central dispatch center are located on a 65-acre tract in Sandersville, Georgia. This is also home to our warehousing and distribution services. Our 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse is used to store and stage loads for delivery by our fleet, as well as other carriers. In addition, we also provide loading for customer pickup.  Having the warehouse in Sandersville enables Howard Sheppard, Inc. to offer better storage rates.  We are located near all the kaolin companies. Safety and security is deeply important as this site features 24-hour surveillance and complete fencing around the perimeter.

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Family Owned Trucking Company

In 1943 Howard Sheppard, Inc. started hauling crude kaolin for the clay industry. Since that beginning, we have grown into a transportation, warehouse and logistics expert with over 500 employees. In addition to serving the Southeast, we also haul kaolin (liquid, dry, and bagged) products, sodium silicate, chemicals, concrete beams/pilings, and dry van freight to all 48 states.
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