Local trucking business to deliver packages despite wintery weather
POSTED: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 7:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:58am
EL PASO (KTSM) — As the wintry weather continues to cripple much of Texas.
Icy roads are a big threat for truck drivers and that could lead to shipping nightmares, just before Christmas.
One local business says despite that weather challenge deliveries will run right on schedule.
This is the busiest time of the year for deliveries.
And FedEx Ground is ready for potential problems on the highways.
That's why they subcontract with 21 other companies to make sure your holiday package makes its way to its final resting spot underneath your Christmas tree.
“We were actually driving on ice for 10 to 12 hours just to get 90 or80 miles down the road," said Manny Gutierrez, owner of D&K Express.
Cities throughout north Texas have been dealing with icy roads and several inches of snow for the past few days.
Gutierrez said because of the weather it took his men three times longer to deliver a simple shipment.
"Trips that would normally take 10 hours took 30 hours to get the packages back," said Guiterrez.
Gutierrez has been in the trucking business for more than 20 years.
And for the past 5 years has owned D&K Express, which helps FedEx Ground deliver all of its shipments.
"We move the packages for FedEx Ground, and we own and operate the vehicles maintenance wise and everything else," said Gutierrez. "We are responsible for getting the packages out on the street or station to station."
While Guiterrez's company may not own hundreds of trucks they do have enough to help ensure shipments reach their final destination.
Supervisor for D&K Express, Adrian Reynoso, said because of this weather there might be a slight delay.
But he does promise one thing.
"Packages will still be delivered, presents will still come. They will be here for Christmas morning," said Reynoso.