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Elmer Buchta Trucking hauls 1,500 loads of coal, limestone and aggregate across the Midwest each day. Some of the fleets trucks haul 14 loads daily, taking coal from mines to utilities. At 550 million tons a year, the Otwell-based company is the largest hauler of coal combustion products in Indiana.
When Elmer Buchta Jr. sold the company in 2008 to the Wright Family Investment Group, annual sales had risen to $55-to-$60 million a year, with the coal hauling division as the only remaining business segment. Since then, Ray Wright and the other principals have maintained the companys position as the largest, most successful coal hauler in the state with 500 employees and owner-operators, with 140 power units. It has six terminals along with a main office and typically operates within a 150-mile radius of Otwell. Since 2008 the company has added a fuel hauling division, with an eye to further expansion.
Success has come from a combination of opportunity and skill.