Allen Lund Company's Joe Brindle Details Industry Journey and Challenges
- by Jordan Okumura
ANAHEIM, CA - After many years in this industry, you begin to recognize trends in the market, making it easier to pivot in the face of a challenge. Joe Brindle, General Manager of the Los Angeles office for the Allen Lund Company, has seen the industry through many phases of its evolution, and I had the chance to speak with him this year at PMA to find out how his experience will influence the coming year for Allen Lund.
“My career path with the Allen Lund Company started back in 2006,” he said. “After a few years as a Broker, I was promoted to Assistant Manager at the Los Angeles office, under Tracy Lewin. From there, in 2019, I was promoted to General Manager, which is my current title, at the Los Angeles office.”
With over a decade at his back, Joe is a fierce advocate for what Allen Lund has to offer. Now managing an entire office, he is well positioned to anticipate trends both good and bad as we head into 2020.
“Our office specializes in produce and perishables, and we move about 1,500 to 1,600 loads over the road per month. One of the challenges I see in the coming year in the industry is the low cost of hauling to the carrier combined with the low class-8 order of equipment, which points to an imbalance in the industry, and any imbalance in the market is something to be concerned about,” Joe explained. “As the Manager of the Los Angeles office, the outlook to me is clear: to focus on what we’re good at, and it’s providing customer service to our shipper-growers as well as our core carriers.”
With Thanksgiving now at our backs, the industry is full steam ahead as we move toward the new year. To see how others like Allen Lund are ramping up, keep reading AndNowUKnow.