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Profile 2007 // Business and Industry
Our Business Progress Through the Years
Minden's Changed Business Scene The Butterfly Garden
Advanced EMS Clement Industries
Fannette's Flower House Jellum Fence Company
Body and Sole Stephen's Down Home BBQ
Ad Sign Service MAR-C Industries
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Regions Bank
C&C Automotive Donnie Grubbs Vinyl Siding
Richland State Bank Fibrebond
Second Hand Rose Antiques Dairy Queen
Citizens Bank and Trust TG & Associates, Inc.
Shelter Insurance Minden Animal Clinic
Downtown Minden FWM Mechanical
Ivan Smith Furniture & Appliance Wal-Mart
Russell Cellular Baird Siding
Huddle House Minden's Webster Printing Company
Aeropres Cameron Veterinary Hospital
Holley's Appliance and Furniture Ace Hardware
Sunshine Lending Hol-Mont Sales of Minden
Murrell's Family Restaurant McInnis Family Firms Continue to Serve Area
Howard Lumber Buffington Veterinary Hospital
Madden Contracting Wingfield Heating and Air
Mary's Specialty Shop Merle Norman of Minden
Minden Building and Loan Thompson's Landscpaing Service
Whistling Dixie Designs Dixie Paper Co. Inc.
Grider's Glass Inc. Spillers Appliance and Furniture
Tango Transportation Jamieson, Wise and Martin
Bobbies Hobbies South Beach Experience
Gibsland Bank and Trust Blue Moon Java


Tango Transportation

What started small, two trailers and a handful of drivers and staff, continues to grow and develop into a highly successful trucking company.

“It’s simply amazing to see how Tango started in 1991 and what it has become today,” BJ Gorman, president of Tango Transport, said. “Each year Tango expands and solidifies its business and employee relationships. But through it all, we stay true to our core values, and that is people come first at Tango.”

The year 2006 was another successful year for the company. Tango diversified its customer base by adding new customers like Land O’ Lakes, J.M. Smuckers, Clorox, Kellogg’s and Morton Salt, as well as many others.

“New accounts mean more miles and that’s what our drivers want to hear,” Joe Gabbard, vice president of capacity development for Tango, said.

Later in the year, Tango joined forces with Standard Furniture, creating a dedicated fleet with 31 trucks. As part of this deal, Tango also hired an account manager, a driver manager and a customer service coordinator to oversee the operation.

“Our Standard Furniture account offers drivers a unique mix of miles, drop pay and home time,” Gabbard said. “Some drivers like to be out a lot and others want the home time. This account allows us to be flexible with what’s available for drivers.”

Tango was able to increase its business dealings with current customers like York Industries and International Paper. When renewing its contract with long-time customer Weyerhaeuser, Tango found a way to add value to what it offers. Tango invested in an unused facility in Coushatta and turned it into a service center that supports Weyerhaeuser exclusively.

“We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the Tango Transport Coushatta Service Facility,” Gabbard said. “This has helped Weyerhaeuser’s productivity, and it keeps our drivers on the road instead of waiting for a trailer to be loaded or emptied.”

The company continues to place emphasis on its dedicated business accounts that would put drivers on regular routes, insuring them home time. In January, Tango started running a 54-truck dedicated account with Temple-Inland, a company that has locations throughout the Ark-La-Tex, including a terminal in Minden. Tango was also awarded the York Industries-Laredo flatbed account, and expects to announce more dedicated accounts soon.

Aside from business operations, Tango was also involved with many community support activities in 2006. Office staff and drivers attending orientations graciously donated blood at the company’s numerous blood drives throughout the year. The company provided sponsorship for the Shreveport Sports, an independent baseball team, and the Shreveport Opera. It ended the year on a positive note as it teamed up with numerous businesses in the local area to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. It also recently announced its sponsorship of the Southern Outlaw Winged 600 series for the 2007 race season.

Established in 1991 with two trucks and two trailers by the father-and-son team Robert E. and BJ Gorman, Tango Transport is one of the largest trucking companies in the country, serving all 48 continuous states, Mexico and Canada and carries dry goods for companies such as General Motors, FedEx, Peterbilt, York International, International Paper and Weyerhaeuser. Today, more than 700 drivers and 1,300 trailers strong, Tango Transport credits its achievement to a commitment to integrity, continued excellence and innovation.