Sundew Charts New Course

  • By Jeff Foster Trucking
  • 08 Jul, 2010
Jeff Foster was a happy man Tuesday afternoon after the former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew made its first voyage. The sight of the Sundew coming to life again attracted the attention of tourists and ship watchers. Commanding the ship was Joe Walters a Coast Guard veteran who served on the Sundew from 1994 97. Foster hopes to keep the Sundew there until after the Tall Ships Festival in July and August.
By Jeff Foster Trucking 24 Oct, 2017

Every summer Jeff Foster Trucking treats its vendors and customers to a cruise on the retired United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Sundew in appreciation for solid and loyal business relationships. This grand event invites about 200 people to a Lake Superior and harbor cruise, dinner and drinks. Folks board at Pier B with a stunning view of Pier B Resort, Bayfront and the Lift Bridge. After a safety briefing by Jeff Foster himself, the boat sets off with the intrepid travelers aboard and heads out to sea. Under the lift bridge and out to open waters they sail where the guests enjoy a view of Duluth from the lake from Canal Park down to Lester River. The Sundew then returns through the Lift Bridge as the passengers wave and cheer to the excited Canal Park visitors and sails on through, passing under the Blatnik Bridge and pulling in to the historic CN loading dock #6. Turning around there, all are safely returned to Pier B well before night-fall. Dinner is served en route and all are treated to a delicious hot meal prepared by the Sundew Crew.

This year, the event coincided with Jeff Foster’s Birthday; 200 of his friends and colleagues were able to celebrate his birthday in style with cake and party favors!

By Jeff Foster Trucking 23 Oct, 2017

Jeff Foster Trucking is in the heart of hurricane relief efforts to deliver fuel to various deprived locations. Our company driver Wade Grenke, Hazmat-endorsed Tanker Operator, started his journey on August 29th, when he left for Houston, Texas to assist the USPS in fuel delivery post-Hurricane Harvey. Two weeks later, he was dispatched to Naples, FL to haul fuel post-Hurricane Irma. Then, on October 2nd, he flew to Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria where his truck and diesel-loaded tanker had just arrived via barge. He is currently parked in the FEMA camp in Puerto Rico where he showers, eats and socializes. He sleeps in his truck. Currently, due to the impassability of 18-wheelers because of the quantity of debris minimizing road size, Wade and JFT Truck #2318 act as a fueling station for smaller trucks that pull fuel from Wade to distribute across the island. Wade’s truck is one of Jeff Foster Trucking’s fleet of “Awareness Trucks”. His truck boasts a silver ribbon to highlight awareness for Diabetes, a disease that afflicts 9.4% of the population of the United States as of 2015 (American Diabetes Association).Wade is likely to spend the rest of the year in Puerto Rico as the island rebuilds. Wade left his home and family on August 27th to provide this essential relief and has been on the go ever since.

By Jeff Foster Trucking 19 May, 2017

Here at Jeff Foster Trucking, we employee a talented team of commercial body workers that is ready to take on any challenge. When faced with the above body-damaged T680 with a perfectly good engine, they weren’t afraid to tackle the task of getting it back on the road and looking great.

It all started when Jeff Foster (CEO) himself was approached by a curious woman asking him if he’d ever considered adding an Ovarian Cancer truck to his growing fleet of Awareness Trucks (among them Autism, Pancreatic Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis,  Breast Cancer and Diabetes). Jeff immediately thought of the rebuild necessary on the body of the T680 and decided this would be the opportunity for creating an Ovarian Cancer truck. Getting together with the Collision Center team of Phil Landry (V.P. of Operations) and Nick Wyman (Production Manager of C.C.) they put their heads together and decided they needed a white body rather than red cab to coordinate with the Ovarian Cancer ribbon color of teal. 

A slightly damaged white cab was located in British Columbia and they dispatched a driver to go pick it up.

“Every nut and bolt was turned on this truck,” says Phil Landry. It spent its time over with the mechanics at our shop, as Shawn LaValley (V.P. of Maintenance) turned a few wrenches getting all the details attended to. Once it was all put into place, with the original 2015 running gear and frame but new everything else, the truck, gloriously, fired right up. Now for the graphics. Jeff Foster Trucking commissioned with Elite Tinting and Graphics who designed the decals [] . Rihm Kenworth [ ] updated the computer and did a thorough servicing. 12 months later, the rubber was ready to hit the road. But now, who would drive it?

We needed a driver willing to field questions out on the road about the truck and Ovarian Cancer, since all of our Awareness Trucks are very good at doing what they are designed to do: create awareness and draw attention to themselves. We also needed a driver who would take pride in the care of the truck itself. Flatbed freight driver Jeff Welty was the perfect guy! He happily gave up his spotless Peterbilt 579 for this slightly larger, pristine rebuild. He says that: “Lots of ladies are taking pictures of it; lots of people look at it,” and he hears comments on how it’s a “very nice, pretty truck.” For Welty, he said it was “like going from driving a Volkswagon to a Cadillac.”

Congratulations to the Jeff Foster Collision Center for a job well done!

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