"Great Lakes Cheese has had a partnership with Strimbu Transportation for the past 7 years, during that time Strimbu has shown excellence at all levels and truly understands customer needs. Strimbu invests back into their company in order to maintain and stay ahead of challenges in the transportation industry. A true partnership takes a commitment for both shipper and carrier and we have found a true partner in Strimbu Transportation."
Brian Gamiere—Transportation Manager, Great Lakes Cheese Co.
"The relationship between NSI and myself began during the toughest shipping week of the year. The week between Christmas and New Year's 2009. I had a desperate need for flatbed trailers with boom capabilities because my current boom carrier went out of business abruptly and unexpectedly and they had a few trailers that fit the need. I explained the urgency of my situation to them and they jumped in and bailed me out. After the immediate need was met they went out and purchased the trailers from the company that shut down and it has been a happy marriage ever since. If you are looking for solutions to your current trucking needs and want a customer driven, safety first carrier with professional drivers look no further. Nick Strimbu Incorporated is your carrier."
Douglas Griffith—Jefferson, OH
"NSI is a great company, owned and managed by great people. They understand and put into practice every day, employees and customers first. NSI and its dedication to family and community was a major factor in Legacy’s decision to locate in Brookfield, Ohio. It’s refreshing to know there are still companies where a handshake is something you can count on."
Gary Crisp—Brookfield, OH
We're driving your bottom line.
Since 1926 it has been our mission to understand our customers' needs and meet them. We strive to be exceptional, dependable partners with the businesses we serve, the people we employ, and the communities in which we live.
It's a fact: Every time you ship freight two things are on the line: tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars and something even more valuable: your business' reputation.
That means choosing the right company to move your cargo is more important than ever before. At a time when profit margins are razor thin, just-in-time inventory is the norm, and competitors are waiting to pounce on dissatisfied customers, a steadily growing number of CEOs, shipping managers, and logistics specialists across the Midwest and Atlantic Seaboard are choosing Nick Strimbu, Inc.
Why? Because we're an asset-based, family-owned truckload carrier with "skin" in the game—just like them. In contrast to freight brokers who make money by moving paper across a desk, our success hinges on our ability to move freight around the country and deliver it in prime condition, on time, every time. That means we have as much at stake as our customers every time a load leaves a dock in one of our rigs.
That shared risk makes Nick Strimbu, Inc. much more than a trucking company—it makes us a reliable partner customers can count on to meet their transportation needs load after load, mile after mile, year after year.
Here's how we deliver unmatched customer service every day:
Our growing fleet features new and late-model equipment from Peterbilt, the J.D. Power award winning truck builder that has earned a global reputation for cutting-edge design, innovative engineering and fuel-efficient solutions. We’ve made the sizeable investment needed to acquire world-class equipment and outfit it with state-of-the-art safety and logistics technology because that’s what it takes to keep our trucks and your freight rolling down the highway—often past our competition’s older, less reliable rigs that are broken down beside it.
From cold-rolled steel to frozen food, lumber to propane, Nick Strimbu, Inc. has the ability to trailer and transport a vast array of freight. Our equipment roster includes:
In addition to our extensive inventory of standard trailers, we have the experience and expertise needed to create customized solutions for unique shipping needs. If you have freight that other haulers can’t handle, call Nick Strimbu, Inc.: our vocabulary doesn’t include the word “impossible.”
Hauling freight takes a toll on even the best equipment: constant operation at highway speeds, stop-and-go driving through construction zones and urban areas, rough roads, and the rougher weather that’s common in our service area can all lead to costly breakdown-related delays. To help us meet the challenges that can grind a shipment to a halt, we use industry-leader Hunter Truck and equipment to maintain our fleet. Their highly-trained, certified technicians perform the on-site preventive maintenance needed to ensure that our trucks leave our yard in road-ready condition.
Just as importantly, our partnership with Hunter doesn’t end at the yard gate. Thanks to our unique agreement, Nick Strimbu, Inc. moves to the front of the line at Hunter’s extensive network of shops on the rare occasions when mechanical trouble occurs on the road. That minimizes profit-eating downtime and enables us to deliver your load on time.
The best equipment in the world doesn’t count for much unless it’s driven by highly-skilled and motivated professionals who know what’s at stake every time they climb behind the wheel: hundreds of thousands of dollars as well as our company’s and our customer’s reputations.
Yes, like everyone in the trucking industry, we’re keenly aware that drivers who fit that description are hard to find. Unlike some, however, we haven’t dealt with the situation by lowering our standards and hiring anyone who shows up at our Terminal with a CDL. We did the opposite. We actually raised our standards then offered the type of compensation package and work environment that has enabled us to assemble one of the most experienced, talented, dedicated, and safety-conscious teams of drivers in the nation.
That means only real pros drive for Nick Strimbu, Inc.—pros who understand that their most precious cargo is our customers’ reputation.
Getting a load from Point A to Point B on time and on budget is an extremely complicated undertaking. Dispatching, routing, billing, and other types of back office blunders can cause delays that cost big bucks, damage freight, and bruise reputations. We know you can’t afford those kind of mistakes, that’s why we hold our dispatch and support staff to the same high standard as our drivers.
We’re proud to say that like our drivers, they deliver.
With an average of more than 22 years in the industry, our office staff combines their knowledge and experience with state-of-the-art technology to craft and implement the best possible solutions for our customers’ transportation needs. Their unrivaled ability to deal with the complexities that makes shipping goods in the 21st Century a serious challenge is a big reason why long-standing customers call on Nick Strimbu, Inc. again and again—and why new ones are calling us every day.
Today, technology literally drives the industry. That’s why Nick Strimbu, Inc. is totally “wired” from the back office to the back-end of our trailers. We utilize the following hardware and software to make every facet of our operation safer, more efficient, cost-effective, and responsive than ever before:
Transportation Management Software from McLeod powers a wide range of critical functions:
Our entire fleet is equipped with Rand McNally’s TND 760 mobile fleet management and compliance hardware and software. These impressive applications enable us to:
The system also puts Nick Strimbu, Inc. ahead of the regulatory curve by making it possible for drivers to log their duty time electronically—something all trucking companies will be required to do in future.
Hauling refrigerated cargo presents a distinctive set of requirements and challenges, including being able to provide iron-clad proof that a load never dropped below acceptable temperature. The iBright system from International Telematics provides minute-by-minute data customers can use to verify that a load remained at temperature during shipment. The system also issues an instant alert if temps vary from a customer-specified range. That’s extremely important and can save tens of thousands of dollars because it enables us to deal with the problem before loads thaw or spoil and have to be destroyed.
Because Nick Strimbu, Inc. is thoroughly committed to safety we have installed iDrive X1 Accident Event Recorders or AERs in all our trucks. The iDrive X1 is a dual camera device that captures high definition video of the front and interior of a vehicle. The device begins recording when certain events occur including accidents, aggressive driving behavior (hard braking/hard acceleration), speeding, or the triggering of the door open alarm. The device then stores the video/event, the vehicle’s GPS coordinates, and the date and time of the incident for later review.
The AERs are valuable for a number of reasons:
Location, location, location: the old cliché from the real estate world also applies to trucking. Where your shipper’s at can determine whether they can get your cargo where it needs to be when it needs to be there.
Nick Strimbu, Inc. can.
Both our Brookfield and Dover Ohio terminals are perched within miles of some the nation’s main transportation arteries. And here’s a list of just a few of the things that are within a 600 mile radius—that’s equal to a one-day drive under normal circumstance and conditions—of our location:
Don’t worry if your destination isn’t on the list, we regularly run to the Carolinas, Florida, Texas and points in between. We may be a “regional” carrier, but out region’s getting bigger all the time.
One more thing: because most of the major east coast seaports fall within our service, all Nick Strimbu, Inc. drivers hold Transportation Worker Identification Credential or TWIC cards that authorize them to enter secure maritime facilities unescorted. Instituted by Congress in the wake of 911 terrorist attacks, TWIC protects the nation’s ports and ships but it can be a real headache for trucking companies who haven’t bothered to acquire cards for all their drivers. When an uncredentialed driver arrives at an affected port they must park their rig and wait for a TWIC holder to take the load in. That can cost time and money.
Because we’re totally committed to customer service we obtain credentials for all our drivers and renew them as required. We won’t let red tape get in the way of on time delivery.
We understand the critical difference between value and price. Saving a few cents per mile by using a carrier willing to cut costs—and corners—doesn’t mean much if your load is stuck on the side of the road behind a broken down rig, ends up in a landfill after a refrigeration unit fails, is spilled all over the highway because an inexperienced or unsafe driver wrecked, or ends up in Poughkeepsie when it’s supposed to be in Pittsburgh because dispatch screwed up the paperwork.
At Nick Strimbu Inc. we’ve built a world-class company by investing in the best equipment, drivers, support staff, and technology in the business. Our investment combined with our unwavering commitment to customer service is your insurance policy against unnecessary delays that can devastate your bottom line and your reputation.
With so much riding on every load, call the trucking company that delivers outstanding value for every one of your transportation dollars, call Nick Strimbu, Inc.