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Trucking board new chief kept ear to ground

Jun 04, 2017 at 11:24 AM CST
By Emma Hurt

Al Heringer IV was not planning to go into trucking. The plan was to work for QuikTrip in Tulsa, then go back to Jonesboro and follow in the footsteps of three Al Heringers before him in the petroleum marketing business.

The first Al Heringer founded Lone Star Co. in 1926.

But after playing tight end for the Razorbacks for four years, Heringer IV ended up needing some knee surgeries and opted to stay in Arkansas.

Where his dad needed him wasn't at Lone Star though. It was, instead, in a tiny, new trucking operation, Star Transportation. It had opened in 1994 and had six trucks when Heringer IV joined in 1998.

"I billed and dispatched every load," he recalled. "Me and one other guy were in a small, double-wide trailer. I just kind of fell in love with it, and we built it from there."