It's June in Utah, which means it's definitely construction season! Essential to the process are the dump truck companies who tirelessly provide materials throughout the state needed to complete the different projects working on our roads, homes, infrastructure, and more. HPG Trucking, LLC is a new trucking company based in Clinton, Utah that serves the tri-state area.
Lakasha Hodges and her husband Louis might be new to owning their own company, but the years of customer service and hauling experience in previous jobs have enabled them to now start their own venture. Keep reading to learn more about their journey.
UMLF: For those who don’t know, who is HPG Trucking and what do you do?
Lakasha: HPG Trucking, LLC ( Hodges Pretty Girl Trucking) is a dump truck company based in Clinton, Utah. We haul aggregates transporting large quantities of construction materials, dirt, rocks, asphalt, gravel, road base, and sand to and from construction sites.
UMLF: Tell us about yourself and your background?
Lakasha: I always wanted to own my own business. I have been interested in trucking for the past 15 years. I love the logistics part of the business.
UMLF: What inspired you to start HPG Trucking?
Lakasha: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came available when I heard about a new project that was available for owner-operators, giving us an opportunity to join their team. I knew that was the opportunity for me to achieve my dream.
UMLF: What makes you different from other trucking services in Utah?
Lakasha: HPG Trucking, LLC provides excellent service to our customers in the construction industry. We pride ourselves on the integrity, compliance and competence from our employees and we prioritize customer service above all else to remain the first choice for our clients’ hauling needs.
UMLF: What is your service area?
Lakasha: We service all clients within the state of Utah and the tri-state areas.
UMLF: Every business has its highs and lows. Tell us about a challenge you faced as a small business owner and how you overcame it?
Lakasha: The day-to-day maintenance and breakdowns are a challenge but with hard work and a little elbow grease we have gotten through them. Being a Black woman in a male-dominated industry is a challenge in its own, but once again I will make it! I am still learning being diligent and resilient in my efforts will help me reach my goals.
UMLF: How do you believe the Utah Microloan Fund has helped your business?
Lakasha: Utah Microloan Fund gave us the capital we needed to purchase my first dump truck which helps me achieve continued success and growth for our company.
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