Hines Trucking was founded by J.D. Hines in 1936. One truck hauled logs, lumber and gravel in the local area of Prescott, Arkansas. In 1969, J.D. partnered with his son, Billy Hines, who had returned from college. Billy was the main mechanic, the tire repair guy, and the manager. Father and son continued to haul gravel, but added additional equipment. In 1976, the partnership was incorporated into J.D. & Billy Hines Trucking, Inc.
HTI was awarded its first chip hauling contract in 1979. Many more contracts followed. The chip-haul/short-haul division grew to 140 trucks and served southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas, south Arkansas, and north Louisiana.
In 1983, HTI joined the Arkansas Trucking Association. Also in 1983, the Interstate Commerce Commission granted a General Commodities Authority for 48 states. A long haul division started with flatbed trailers started in 1984. Refrigerated trailers were added in 1986. Dry vans were added in 1989. That long haul division was sold in November 1990.
Billy acquired the company in 1984, and became President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. J.D. passed away in 1986.
The company had been operating from tiny facilities in the downtown area. At one time, the shop was in the building of an old pickle factory! After a couple additions, space for expansion had been exhausted. In 1987, HTI moved to a multi-building campus adjacent to Interstate 30, with ample room for offices, shop, and parking. Facilities have expanded several times.
In 1989, 32 years ago, HTI was an early adopter of the single tire system for chip trucks.
In 1995, Hines Fiber Recovery and Processing, Inc. was founded to process wood waster into boiler fuel.
In August 2005, HTI started a flatbed/longhaul division with 6 trucks which grew to include 45 trucks operating mostly in the southeastern US. In January 2006, HTI began a log haul operation consisting of 5 trucks which expanded to 11 trucks. In October 2007, HTI purchased a Winnfield, Louisiana company that added 11 trucks.
Billy Hines was featured in the April 2008 cover story of the Arkansas Trucking Report ( Open PDF of Story, obtain PDF Viewer, if needed ). Hines Trucking was named "Best Trucking Company" for 2008 and for 2009 in the Arkansas Business magazine's "Best of Business Awards".
In 2010, HTI was the recipient of a grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and administered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Funding Assistance Program, or Go RED! (Reduce Emissions from Diesels), funded 35 auxiliary power units with heating and cooling so that tractors can reduce idling time when drivers are waiting to load or unload. An additional 12 units were funded in a subsequent grant.
In 2012, Walter McGill, who has driven for us since 1979, exceeded the mark of four million safe miles driven. Fourteen of our drivers are in the "Million Mile Club", with a total of 25 millions safe driving miles.
On October 27, 2012, Hines Trucking acquired the chip haul division of Harvest Haul, Inc. of Magnolia, Mississippi, which included 43 tractors and 96 trailers. On May 23, 2014, HTI moved to the Old Fernwood Industrial Park with adequate office and maintenance space.