Wednesday October 23, 2013
Article and photo courtesy of the Long Beach Business Journal
Jorge Gomez and his son, Jorge Jr., who split shifts driving their shared drayage truck, became the first contractor to complete a new lease-to-own clean truck program.
The duo are among more than 150 contractors local logistics provider and trucking company Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) is helping get on this pathway to ownership of clean vehicles, thus avoiding any negative impacts from the ban on trucks with 2006 or older engines working at ports or rail yards in California starting in 2014. The new, cleaner trucks cost more than $100,000.
Vic La Rosa, president of TTSI, presented the keys and ownership of a big-rig truck to the Gomezes on October 9. “We are so grateful to TTSI and Mr. La Rosa for making our American Dream come true,” Jorge Gomez Jr. said in a statement.
According to La Rosa, TTSI’s business is growing and there is an increased need for operators like the Gomezes.
“TTSI’s Pathway to Ownership program provides a business model for partner operators to make the most of their investment in a clean truck,” he said in a statement.
Under the TTSI program, which has been in operation since 2009, a contractor may become the owner of a $115,000 truck after six years, or 72 payments of $1,500 per month. Because of the father-son partnership, the Gomezes were able to pay off their truck in four and a half years.
“Our lease-to-own program is helping us grow our business,” La Rosa said. “At the same time, it allows us to mentor operators like the Gomezes to start and succeed at their own business. All the while, TTSI, the Gomezes and all of our operators are helping to improve air quality.”