Bruce Brinkerhoff, a hard nosed accountant, with a lifetime of experience in the trucking industry, came by referral and was in a place in his life where the job was a great fit. Dallas remembers him specifically saying “Kid, you got a-hell-of-a-mess on your hands here, but if you’re willing to work hard, I think I can help,” and help he did. Bruce said, the most important thing is to know what your costs are, and don’t run for less than your costs! It sounds simple, but as our industry has proven time and time again, overcoming that obstacle is something that is easier said than done!
Debbie Head did the books and Steve Jorgensen kept the trucks and trailers on the road. We were servicing the 48 states, running hard and providing great service to a few customers.
The times were tough for Wanship through this time. The addition of a few trucks had complicated things for the young company, and failing health of Mike meant a loss of focus. The youth of the next generation proved to be a costly learning experience.
Dallas remembers distinctly the day his Dad (Mike) said he didn’t think he could work full time anymore… "It’s up to you” he said.
That day Dallas sat down and as he had been taught, matched up trucks and loads. he was inspired to ‘pick a lane’ and from that point forward, Wanship focused strictly on providing service between Utah and California exclusively.
Mike lost his eye sight in the spring of 2001 due to cataracts surgery. He wanted to work, but a lifetime of hard work and the raising of 14 kids had also taken a toll on him so he retired the fall of 2002 turning over sole control to Dallas.
In a time of uncertainty, and an industry full of changes and plagued with challenges, Dallas, at age 25 dug deep and asked for help. And GOD delivered in February of 2002 the greatest thing that has ever happened to Wanship Transportation.
Since 1989 we have been servicing the United States hauling refrigerated products. We specialize in refrigerated LTL with regular schedules to and from California transporting produce, chilled foods, frozen foods, ice cream, dry products and much more...
Nobody wants to give away their secret, but there is no secret here. Hard work, experience and good people have made WANSHIP a success, from the early years when Mike Peery started with only two trucks and a dream in 1989 to today with a modern fleet of 53 trucks running 6 million miles per year.
The people of Wanship Transportation are continuing to write the history by evolving with a changing industry while maintaining the dedication made at their foundation to provide a timeless commitment to customer service. Building a business with a schedule that our drivers can build a life around and our customers can rely on.
After graduating high school, Mike’s son Dallas stepped to his father’s side. By now Mike’s battle with emphysema was starting to take a toll on him but Dallas had worked weekends and summers since the onset and was groomed to be part of the business. At this time Wanship was running 7 trucks and a hand-full of owner operators. The people of Wanship wore a lot of hats as the dispatchers were drivers and the drivers were mechanics!
Wanship was started in the spring of 1989 by Mike Peery at age 49 after having spent his life in the trucking industry. Necessity pushed him into his own business with two trucks and six young kids to feed. Mike put his boots on and started working. The trucks were old and the running was hard. Drivers like Ed Ney and Joan King put down as many 200,000 miles per year solo, those were the ‘good ole days’ the old truckers still talk about.
During this period, Dallas had the support and dedication of some of his siblings. Cait Smith, Roark Peery, Mark Peery, and Riley (Peery) Wilson were an intricate part of the team. Wanship had a lot of successful partners through that time Dallas recalls, many would allow us to pay our bills when we could, having faith that we would always honor our debts. Kenworth Sales Company took a risk and helped us to get some new trucks, Ed Miles let us pay our licensing over an extended period of time and Denny Dunn sold us fuel on terms, this allowed us to dig out of the hole we had gotten ourselves into.
Wanship moved to its current location in North Salt Lake, and began a new era of normal. A modern transportation terminal had an enormous impact on productivity and morale!
Mike succumbed to emphysema in February of 2006 at age 66. He spent the last years of his life getting to know his children, and enjoying his wife and care taker Debbie, who had been at his side for 15 years.This was our first profitable year in a decade, we were overjoyed and we’ve never looked back!
During this period, Wanship started a change, graduating from a majority of truck loads to an LTL service provider.
We celebrated 25 years in business.
We operated 37 line trucks, all less than 3 years old, all Kenworth and Peterbilts with 75 trailers all less than 5 years old and we ran 6 million miles.
Bruce has since threatened to retire, but at age 71, working at least 3 days a week, he is still heavily involved in the decision making.
Wanship now operates 53 tractors and 84 trailers servicing the eleven western states offering refrigerated LTL shipments.
Our sincere thanks to everyone at Wanship who over the years have contributed to our success!