Business View Magazine Jan-2019

203 TION/ HI PRO INC. DELIVERING THE MAIL M TCTransportation is a private, specialized freight and cargo trucking company based in Twentynine Palms, California. Company Founder and Owner,Mark Clemons, recounts its beginnings: “I was working for a con- tractor for the U.S. Postal Service in ’72-’74 and, at that point, I started my company as a subcontractor for the contractor I had been working for. In 1978, I obtained my first contract with the Postal Service; it was a three-truck contract out of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Shortly after that, the bonding companies got a hold of me and I started working for them, providing service where other contractors had failed.” Ten years later, at the tender age of 34, Clemons decided to retire, spending the next decade in the South Pacific.“That break gave me all the break I needed,”he says.“I was seeing the company not doing what it could be doing and thought it should be doing a little more. So, I came back with a vengeance. I decided I could grow the remnants of my company back up to being a major player with the Post Office.” Clemons reveals that approximately 90 percent of the transportation needs between U.S. post office branches is effectuated by private contract carriers, and today, approximately 90 per- cent of MTC’s business comes from his Post Office contracts. “We have a small footprint in Vermont and NewHamp- shire,where we run about 10 trucks,”he notes.“In the northwest, inWashington State,we run about 75 trucks. In Colorado,we run 35 trucks, AT A GLANCE TRANSPORTATION/ HI PRO INC. WHAT: A specialized frieght and cargo trucking company WHERE: Twentynine Palms, CA WEBSITE: