Little-Ton Sand & Supply Remains Loyal to Sterling Trucks
They have worked for the family business since they were children, and now Joe Littleton and his brother John own and manage their family sand and gravel business - Little-Ton Sand & Supply, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"It's the only job I've ever had," Joe Littleton said. "It's like farming. It gets in your blood, and then it's all you want to do. I like doing it though, and it was my dream to eventually take over the family business."
In 1998, the two brothers bought the company from their father, who started the business in the 1960s. Their business has doubled since they took over.
Little-Ton hauls sand, dirt, stone and concrete to general contractors, demolition contractors and any company in the six counties surrounding Indianapolis.
The family business has been a loyal customer to Sterling throughout its life. The company currently runs a fleet of 60 Set-Back L-Line trucks and 7 Acterra® trucks.
"Since we've been in business, we've never owned any other brand of truck. Our local dealership - Stoops Sterling in Fort Wayne, Indiana - started selling Sterling the same year we took over the business," Joe Littleton said. We had some of the first Sterling® trucks in the Indianapolis area."
This year, the company purchased 32 more Set-Back L-Line trucks and 8 more Acterra trucks and ordered 5 more Set-Back L-Line trucks for March 2008.
"Sterling trucks help us succeed because they're cost effective," he added. "I also like the Sterling dealer network. They keep an eye on us and our needs. 95% of the time, they have the parts that we need in stock."
"Our Sterling trucks are dependable and easy to maintain. My drivers like the comfortable, roomy cab. And I know they love the power of the MBE 900 engine," he concluded.
Mr. Littleton had his new trucks custom painted with his company's colors. They are also equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats and TufTrac® suspension, which is designed to maintain a uniform load over each wheel to retain maximum traction.
The U.S. truck transportation industry has been experiencing a national shortage of truck drivers that has become a limiting factor in the operations of many companies. However, Little-Ton has not faced any issues with driver retention by offering good wages and providing good equipment to its drivers.