Bonneville Transloaders, Inc.
Bonneville Transloaders, Inc. (BTI) was founded in Wyoming in 1985 to provide an alternative to the high freight rates being charged by the local railroad. Jim King and Ron Vosika believed they could provide a competitively priced soda ash transportation service for southwestern Wyoming.
Their idea involved moving soda ash from mines in the Green River Basin of Wyoming, 200 miles north to a rail facility for shipment to markets on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
BTI received a $460,000 SBA-guaranteed 7(a) loan, in March of 1986 for the startup costs and used the funds to acquire a small fleet of semi-tractors and trailers. Cliff Root, CEO, joined the company in 1985 along with approximately 30 other employees. The company has grown, with sales in 2009 of over $20 million. Presently, the company has more than 110 trucks on the road at any given time.
BTI is hazmat certified to haul dry and liquid materials and requires stringent safety, security, and environmental training for their current 174 employees. Cliff noted that keeping up with the changes in environmental rules and regulations, along with trucking & railroad regulations has been a challenge.
In addition to their headquarters in Riverton, Wyoming, the company has terminals in Kemmerer, and Moorcroft, Wyoming and Wells, Nevada. Today, they are involved in transporting a variety of bulk products including coal, soda ash, CO2, Sulfur, Hydrochloric Acid, Bentonite, Lime, Fertilizers, and Aggregates.