Moving with AMWAT Moving & Warehousing
AMWAT has a long history as a moving company from Florida. AMWAT transitioned from “A Man With A Truck” a local moving company, into a transportation, logistics, warehousing and storage company that handles all commodities from used household goods, commercial goods, art exhibits to scientific equipment. Presently, we can move just about anything anywhere in the world. In late 1997 the company was a one man operation, executing local moves with a pick-up truck and trailer out of his home. Shortly thereafter, the company acquired three moving trucks, leased a small warehouse and employed six individuals. In 2005, the company restructured with Gloria Pugh joining the company as chief executive officer and Dean Pugh as chief operating officer.
The collaboration and energy between the Pughs impacted the company very positively. The moving company was now moving statewide and obtained interstate authority from US DOT to conduct long distance moves across state lines, mainly in the southeastern United States. We are increasingly evolving and setting new goals on a regular basis. Management realized in order to be sustainable and competitive it needed to diversify its overall market and lines of business. In June 2008, A Man With A Truck acquired the largest and oldest moving company in the area.
As a result, the company rebranded to AMWAT (the acronym for A Man With A Truck) and moved into its new facility consisting of two warehouses.
In June 2008, AMWAT Moving became a military certified facility and maintains 100% rating with the military due to our attention to customer service. In 2009, AMWAT included the transportation of all commodities except for hazardous materials to its lines of business. Our focus is becoming a one stop shop for all our customers’ moving and freight shipping needs.
AMWAT is consistently evolving daily. We value and learn from all the opportunities that we have encountered and continue to encounter. Every event whether positive or negative has led us to this point in our moving company’s history. Given the huge undertaking we took on in June 2008 in the midst of a recession which caused over 500 moving companies in the State of Florida to close in 2009, we have achieved a lot and have so much more to achieve.
In 1999, The Simpsons episode Maximum Homerdrive aired. It featured Homer and Bart making a delivery for a truck driver named Red after he unexpectedly dies of 'food poisoning'.
The number one hit on the Billboard chart in 1976 was quite controversial for the trucking industry. "Convoy," is a song about a group of reckless truck drivers bent on evading laws such as toll booths and speed traps.The song went on to inspire the film "Convoy", featuring defiant Kris Kristofferson screaming "piss on your law!" After the film's release, thousands of independent truck drivers went on strike. The participated in violent protests during the 1979 energy crisis.However, similar strikes had occurred during the 1973 energy crisis.
In some states, a business route is designated by adding the letter "B" after the number instead of placing a "Business" sign above it. For example, Arkansas signs US business route 71 as "US 71B". On some route shields and road signs, the word "business" is shortened to just "BUS". This abbreviation is rare and usually avoided to prevent confusion with bus routes.
In 1938, the now-eliminated Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) enforced the first Hours of Service (HOS) rules. Drivers became limited to 12 hours of work within a 15-hour period.At this time, work included loading, unloading, driving, handling freight, preparing reports, preparing vehicles for service, or performing any other duty in relation to the transportation of passengers or property.
The ICC intended for the 3-hour difference between 12 hours of work and 15 hours on-duty tobe usedfor meals and rest breaks.This meant that the weekly maxwas limitedto 60 hours over 7 days (non-dailydrivers), or 70 hours over 8 days (daily drivers). With these rules in place, it allowed 12 hours of work within a 15-hour period, 9 hours of rest, with 3 hours for breaks within a 24-hour day.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues Hours of Service regulations.At the same time, they govern the working hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the United States.Such regulations apply to truck drivers, commercial and city bus drivers, and school bus drivers who operate CMVs. With these rules in place, the number of daily and weekly hours spent driving and workingis limited.The FMCSA regulates theminimumamount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. In regards to intrastate commerce, the respective state's regulations apply.