Heroes: Truckers Park on Airport Runway to Load 600,000 Pounds of Medical Supplies

A group of truck drivers working for an Illinois-based carrier recently went above and beyond to coordinate the delivery of desperately needed medical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.

When GP Transco was tapped to coordinate the complex unloading and delivery of hundreds of thousands of pounds of COVID-19 medical supplies and equipment coming to the U.S. from Malaysia, company leaders and drivers didn’t hesitate to make it happen.

On April 15, with the supplies arriving on a massive Antanov AN-124 cargo aircraft, GP Transco assembled their team on the runway at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.

After the plane touched down, the GP Transco team coordinated with airport staff to unload the medical supplies onto the waiting trucks as quickly as possible, working overnight into the early morning hours in the cold.

During the multiple day operation, GP Transco moved 200,000 pounds of medical supplies per day to facilities throughout the midwest. Their team of truckers was able to move a total of more than 600,000 pounds of medical supplies over the course of three days.

You can view a highlight video from the remarkable effort below.

GP Transco has been recognized as the 3rd highest-paying carrier in the U.S. and has appeared on the “Top 10 Best Trucking Companies to Work For” list. You can click here to learn how you can become part of their family of company drivers and owner-operators..