North Charleston is one of the best places to live in the United States. Between city's history, its location, food, people, and climate, few places mix southern hospitality with laid-back vibes, quite like North Charleston. As locals, we love calling The Holy City home, but living here comes with its challenges, especially if you are a home or business owner.
Due to the tropical-like weather and high humidity, surfaces like concrete and wood are often riddled with algae and mold, in addition to common grime and dirt. These natural occurrences can affect the beauty of your home or place of business, resulting in an unkempt, neglected look. That's where Palmetto Pressure Clean North Charleston comes in - to restore your home or your business back to its original beauty and prevent unsightly growth and grime from re-occurring over time.
When it comes to pressure washing in North Charleston, SC, we strive to provide our customers with industry-leading service, every time we are hired. While some pressure washing companies in North Charleston are known for lazy workers and mediocre services, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We do so by prioritizing quick responses, extra-hard work, ongoing training, and excellent customer service. We stand behind our work - check out our reviews on Google!
We're the best choice to protect your home or business not only from mold and mildew but from bugs, bird's nests, spider webs, and potential damage caused by less experienced pressure washers in North Charleston. Our customer's health, happiness, and satisfaction always come first. We are a licensed, insured pressure washing company in North Charleston. When you hire our company, know that we will treat your home as if it were our own.
At the end of the day, our mission is simple: give our customers top-notch service and beautiful results while remaining friendly, approachable, and helpful. We specialize in two forms of pressure washing: residential and commercial. Keep reading to learn more about our pressure washer process and the benefits of each type of service.
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Residential Pressure Washing in
North Charleston, SC
When you own a home in the Lowcountry, its exterior is constantly exposed to the elements, resulting in mildew, dirt, and pollen. When not properly cleaned, the exterior surfaces of your home like brick, stucco, and vinyl suffer. With time, they can even break down. At Palmetto Pressure Clean North Charleston, we use a specially-crafted cleaning solution and time-tested techniques to remove hazardous contaminants safely and effectively.
Unlike some pressure washers in North Charleston, we use a no-to-low pressure washing strategy for residential properties. Also called "soft washing," this process includes washing and rinsing your windows, along with the exterior face of your gutters. High-pressure tactics are effective against mildew, but they run the risk of causing damage to your siding and windows. Our soft wash cleaner is specifically designed to remove mildew and algae gently, yet effectively from many porous surfaces. Our professional pressure washers also manually brush your gutters with a stain-removing agent to remove unsightly black streaks.
Our soft pressure washing process not only cleans your home but protects it from high-pressure techniques that damage your paint and siding. With soft washing, you won't have to worry about diminished curb appeal or reduced resale value of your home.
These techniques use gentle water pressure and at the same time, apply an environmentally friendly cleaning solution to remove contaminants. With this strategy, your plants and other landscaped areas won't suffer any damage, which is why many homeowners prefer going this route. Once the cleaning agent has removed mold, algae, etc., our team thoroughly rinses the exterior of your home. After rinsing, your home will be left with a squeaky-clean appearance that will make your neighbors jealous in the best way possible.
Our residential pressure washing services don't end with soft washing. Here is a quick glance at a few other commonly requested services from homeowners just like you:
High-pressure cleaning with hot water. Our high-pressure cleaning services are great for many different surfaces, like concrete, brick, and stone.
Gutter and roof debris removal with subsequent flush and removal of bagged debris from property.
Low-to-no pressure roof treatment to remove black staining and unsightly streaks resulting from algae, mold, and other contaminants.
Cleaning of wood decks, fences, docks, decks, and more.
Benefits of Residential Pressure Washing in North Charleston, SC
Your home's exterior is exposed to harsh elements all the time. After all, its job is to keep the elements out so that you can enjoy life inside your home. Natural conditions like wind, dirt, sun, UV rays, birds, bugs, and insects - not to mention things like smoke, acid rain, and car exhaust - are constantly beating on your home. With time, your home becomes discolored, soiled, and even damaged.
If you own a home in North Charleston, pressure washing is the most efficient and effective way to keep your home's exterior clean while safeguarding your time, family, and investment.
A few of the most common benefits of pressure washing include:
Pressure Washing Prevents Damage
When moisture builds up in the summer and winter months, it can cause serious damage to your home's surfaces. Should you let grime or stains remain on your exterior surfaces for a long time, it can result in permanent damage. Contaminants like mold actually feed off of your paint and other finishes, essentially removing these accents from your home. Throw in hard-to-reach areas like cracks and crevices that are notorious for mildew growth, and there's a lot of potential damage waiting.
Fortunately, a professional pressure washer in North Charleston, SC, can remove dirt, grime, mold, and other contaminants that can cause damage over time. This protects your investment and helps keep your family healthy.
Pressure Washing Primes Surfaces for Painting
If you have plans to resurface, refinish, or repaint exterior portions of your home, pressure cleaning is a great way to prep your work area. By removing all grime and dirt from your work surface, you can be sure that you're working on a smooth, clean area free of grit. Pressure wash first if you're planning on other projects like re-staining your deck or refinishing your in-ground pool. Doing so will help your outdoor surfaces hold their new finish easier.
Pressure Washing Protects Your Family
According to the ACAAI, some of the most common allergic triggers are mold, dust mites, pollen, and mildew. These contaminants can be harmful to your health. Having your home and its surfaces pressure washed at least once a year can be very beneficial for your family's health. This is especially true for people who are sensitive to allergens and mold. By removing contaminants and allergens from your home's surfaces, you can help prevent your family from getting sick. One of the best times to consider pressure washing your home is in springtime, when allergens are present. Our eco-friendly pressure washing solution will help remove and kill fungus, algae, mold, and even bacteria.
Commercial Pressure Washing in North Charleston, SC
If you own a business with a storefront, you know how important first impressions can be. When customers walk up to your store and see it covered in mold, mildew, dirt, and grime, they may have second thoughts about buying your products. After all, if you can't take the time to make your business presentable for customers, why would you put any effort into the service or product that you're selling?
At Palmetto Pressure Clean North Charleston, we work with business owners across North Charleston who know the value of a professionally cleaned storefront. Some just don't have the time to pressure wash their business themselves. Others prefer to rely on our team of professional pressure washers to get the job done right the first time. Whatever your commercial pressure washing needs may be, we are here to help.
We offer our unmatched pressure washing services to a number of different businesses and organizations in North Charleston, including:
- Business Storefronts
- Dumpster Pads
- Much More!
Call our office today at 843-593-6815 to learn more about our commercial pressure washing process, and to set up quarterly or monthly service to keep your storefront looking fresh and clean.
Benefits of Commercial Pressure Washing in North Charleston, SC
When your commercial property takes a beating from the weather in Chucktown, the best way to achieve a clean, new look is with professional pressure washing. Our team uses high-pressure washing solutions for areas like parking lots, sidewalks, masonry, and concrete. We then use low-pressure washing techniques on your siding, windows, and other areas that need a gentler touch.
Additional benefits of commercial pressure washing include:
Commercial Pressure Washing Means Fewer Repairs
With time, dirt and grime will build up on your commercial structure's sides and roof. When you pressure wash regularly, you can prevent rot from taking hold in areas where fences, sidewalks, gutters, and other hard surfaces are common. In fact, our cleaning solutions can help prevent serious structural damage caused by mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants.
Commercial Pressure Washing Helps Curb Appeal
If you are a business owner with a storefront, you have probably spent hours of time and thousands of dollars updating your facade. But when you don't take proper care of your businesses' exterior, all that time and money go to waste. Doing so gives customers a great first impression before they walk into your store. Additionally, you will almost certainly get higher offers on your store if it has been pressure washed and cleaned prior to listing it for sale.
Commercial Pressure Washing Creates a Healthier Environment
Pressure washing makes any commercial building cleaner, making it a healthier environment for customers and employees. Customers just feel better and more at ease when they shop in a store that is well cared for. They are also more likely to spend more time in your business and become repeat customers. Not only will customers enjoy the benefits of a cleaner building, but so will your employees. They'll be healthier, happier, and won't have to worry about health concerns from mold, mildew, and fungus. Happy, healthy employees mean more satisfied customers, which ultimately benefits your bottom line.
Trust the Palmetto Pressure Clean Difference
At Palmetto Pressure Clean North Charleston, we are passionate about delivering quality pressure cleaning services for residential and commercial needs. We are committed to excellence, meaning our carefully selected pressure washers pay extra attention to detail and quality in every task they perform. We truly value each job, no matter how large or small they may be. Unlike some of our competitors in North Charleston, we want to build relationships with our clients. We strive to get to know every home and business owner that we have the privilege of serving. Whether we're pressure washing a historic home off Queen Street or a popular business off King Street, we always aim to exceed expectations.
Interested in learning more info about our pressure washing services in North Charleston? Curious whether pressure washing is appropriate for your home or business? Ready to set up an appointment? Our stellar team of customer service professionals is here to help, even if you have a couple of simple questions to ask.
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North Charleston native comes home to perform with Alvin Ailey dance theater
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to Charleston. The world-famous African American dance troupe performs at the Gaillard Tuesday and Wednesday.One of the dancers taking the stage is a young woman who grew up in North Charleston. Ashley Green is a 2016 graduate of the Charleston County School of the Arts.“Being a part of this company full of beautiful, beautiful, excellent black people has been like something that I have dreamed of for years,” Green said.Ever since she ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to Charleston. The world-famous African American dance troupe performs at the Gaillard Tuesday and Wednesday.
One of the dancers taking the stage is a young woman who grew up in North Charleston. Ashley Green is a 2016 graduate of the Charleston County School of the Arts.
“Being a part of this company full of beautiful, beautiful, excellent black people has been like something that I have dreamed of for years,” Green said.
Ever since she was a young girl, Green has wanted to be a part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She was about seven when she drew a doodle, proclaiming her love for the legendary African American dance troupe.
“That was like the first time I was like seeing black dancers like really doing it professionally. And I was like, oh my gosh I want to dance with them. Like that is my goal,” Green said.
And in July 2021, she reached that goal. Her dream came true.
So, when she’s on the stage performing, what is that like?
“I sometimes, I feel like I see angels. I always told my mom, I said I just, sometimes I feel like I see angels when I dance. It takes me to this euphoric place where I feel like I’m floating. And just like, it feels like the stage is my home. And it’s so magical, and I’m really blessed that I get to feel like that because I don’t think that everybody does.”
Green’s parents made lots of sacrifices to ensure she could live out her dream. Road trips to Columbia, Atlanta and other places for practice, training, performances, and competitions. They say it was worth every minute.
“She’s the best, she’s the best, that’s all I can say,” her father, William Green, Jr. said.
“She’s very focused. And this is something that she really wants to do. And she puts her mind to it and she showed us she was going to succeed and so far, so good,” her mother, Andrea Glenn Green said.
Green credits the Charleston County School of the Arts, or S.O.A. for helping to put her on the right path.
“So without S.O.A., I really honestly wouldn’t know half the things I know about modern dance, event auditioning for college it helped prepare me so much to actually be able to go to the auditions and know what they are asking of me.”
Green has this message for other young people, no matter their passion, to keep working toward their dreams.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t think that you’re not good enough at that time. Things change every month, every year. You’re always going to keep getting better if you’re working at some things. Don’t give up,” Green said.
Green is off to an impressive start in her career. She has already won the prestigious Princess Grace Dance Award. She was also named one of the top 25 to watch by Dance Magazine.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gaillard Center. Click here to buy tickets.
You can watch her full interview here:
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Casey Roberts wins Round 1 at PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event in North Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – In front of a raucous Palmetto State crowd Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum, no rider was more dominant than Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama). Marking just his third event ever with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders), the young Alabama native delivered the high-marked ride of his career to win Round 1 of the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s (PWVT) Bad Boy Mowers Collision at The Coliseum in North Charleston, Coliseum.Drawing Skirt Chaser (Shuler Bucking Bulls), Roberts remain...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – In front of a raucous Palmetto State crowd Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum, no rider was more dominant than Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama). Marking just his third event ever with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders), the young Alabama native delivered the high-marked ride of his career to win Round 1 of the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s (PWVT) Bad Boy Mowers Collision at The Coliseum in North Charleston, Coliseum.
Drawing Skirt Chaser (Shuler Bucking Bulls), Roberts remained poised in the bucking chutes as the anticipation built.
Matching the powerful animal athlete jump-for-jump, Roberts reached the requisite 8, marked an event-best 88.5 points.
The golden finish earned Roberts seven world points.
On a night that saw 12 qualified rides, Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) was second.
Eager to rebound from being cut from the elite Unleash The Beast, Mitchell responded in resilient fashion, covering XRP (Bucking Crazy Bucking Bulls) for 88 points as the last man to leave the chutes during the opening round of competition.
The score earned the three-time PBR World Finals qualifier four world points, elevating him from No. 42 to No. 39 in the world standings. He now trails the Top 30 and a seeded position on the elite tour by a mere 11.5 points.
Conner Halverson (Gordon, Nebraska) and Hayden Harris (Tahlequah, Oklahoma) tied for third, each netting 2.5 world points.
Halverson rode Hogeye Hustler (Pick-It Hammers) while Harris covered Rolex (Bucking Crazy Bulls), each marked 87 points.
Rounding out the Top 5 in fifth was Colt Robinson (Prescott, Arizona).
He outlasted Calico Kickin (Team Alaska) for 86.5 points to exit North Charleston Coliseum Friday night with one world point.
While he may have finished outside of the Top 5, the marathon effort by Native American sensation Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) kept the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Initially matched with Oreo (Dustin Denning), Louis was awarded a re-ride.
His next two trips resulted in a similar outcome, despite climbing aboard both Pneu-Dart’s Big Time (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) and Bart (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls).
For Louis, however, the fourth time was the charm.
Leaving the chutes atop Bone Tomahawk (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls), Louis reached the 8-second whistle for an 82.5-point score to tie for ninth in Round 1.
The PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s Bad Boy Mowers Collision at The Coliseum was also a stop on the 2022 Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge.
Shuler Bucking Bulls won the performance with 273.36 points courtesy of the trips notched by Jerry Lee, Big Mac and Skirt Chaser.
Second place was Bucking Crazy Bucking Bulls with 271.85 points, while Bob Whisnant/Championship Pro Rodeo was third with 271.83 points. Bucking Crazy Bucking Bulls’ team included Rolex, I Money Crypto and XRP, while the bronze effort from Bob Whisnant/Championship Pro Rodeo was earned courtesy of outs recorded by Tick Tock, Ole Yeller and Back Draft.
PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour action from North Charleston, South Carolina, and North Charleston Coliseum concludes on Saturday, February 5 with Round 2 and the championship round. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. EST.
PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour
PBR Bad Boy Mowers Collision at The Coliseum
North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, South Carolina
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Casey Roberts, 88.5-0-0-88.50-7 Points.
2. Ezekiel Mitchell, 88-0-0-88.00-4 Points.
3. Conner Halverson, 87-0-0-87.00-2.5 Points.
(tie). Hayden Harris, 87-0-0-87.00-2.5 Points.
5. Colt Robinson, 86.5-0-0-86.50-1 Points.
6. Alisson De Souza, 85.5-0-0-85.50-1 Points.
7. Michael Lane, 85-0-0-85.00-1 Points.
8. Laramie Craigen, 84-0-0-84.00
9. Dakota Louis, 82.5-0-0-82.50
(tie). Anderson Alencar, 82.5-0-0-82.50
11. Victor Soares, 82-0-0-82.00
12. D.J. Parker, 81-0-0-81.00
Cole Skender, 0-0-0-0.00
Griffin Smeltzer, 0-0-0-0.00
Caden Bunch, 0-0-0-0.00
Blake Smith, 0-0-0-0.00
Seth White, 0-0-0-0.00
Grayson Cole, 0-0-0-0.00
Tylor Cabe, 0-0-0-0.00
Ednei Caminhas, 0-0-0-0.00
Edgardo Figueroa, 0-0-0-0.00
Joao Paulo Fernandes, 0-0-0-0.00
Davi Henrique de Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Austin Beaty, 0-0-0-0.00
Jake Morinec, 0-0-0-0.00
Mason Ward, 0-0-0-0.00
Dalton Davis, 0-0-0-0.00
Josh Steele, 0-0-0-0.00
Trace Brown, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody McCandless, 0-0-0-0.00
Eder Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Alex Jenks, 0-0-0-0.00
Paulo Campos, 0-0-0-0.00
Angelo de Souza Neto, 0-0-0-0.00
Chase Wimer, 0-0-0-0.00
Joshua Spears, 0-0-0-0.00
Gabriel Thiago Da Silva, 0-0-0-0.00
Christian Melgarejo, 0-0-0-0.00
Vinicius dos Santos, 0-0-0-0.00
Trey Stewart, 0-0-0-0.00
Teegan Peterson, 0-0-0-0.00
Brandon Chambers, 0-0-0-0.00
Dustin Martinez, 0-0-0-0.00
Daniel dos Santos, 0-0-0-0.00
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North Charleston to bring back St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of North Charleston will bring back its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.The St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade is scheduled for March 12 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Olde Village of North Charleston, North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center spokesman Alan Coker said. The event’s location will be on East Montague Avenue between Virginia and Jenkins Avenues, including portion of O’Hear, Chateau and Colie ...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of North Charleston will bring back its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.
The St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade is scheduled for March 12 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Olde Village of North Charleston, North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center spokesman Alan Coker said. The event’s location will be on East Montague Avenue between Virginia and Jenkins Avenues, including portion of O’Hear, Chateau and Colie Morse Avenues.
The block party kicks off with a parade starting on Park Place East (adjacent to East Montague Avenue and across from Park Circle Community Center) at noon.
The parade route will proceed down East Montague Avenue through the block party location to Virginia Avenue.
The parade will feature North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Councilman Bob King, The Charleston Pipe Band, Legacy Irish Dance Academy, Riptide Roller Derby Team, Uibh Fhali Academy of Irish Dance and The Low Tide boys dance squad.
The celebration will feature live music across multiple stages, street vending featuring delicious fare from Park Circle restaurants, additional specialty food vendors, charity partner booths, the ever-popular mechanical bull and a Kid’s Zone with fire trucks, inflatable slides, games and face painting.
Live music line-up for the party includes:
Madra Rua Irish Pub
EVO Pizzeria (Sponsored by Tideland Properties, The Thumbs Up guys and Holy City Distribution)
East Montague Avenue between Virginia Avenue and Jenkins Avenue and portions of O’Hear Avenue, Chateau Avenue. and Colie Morse Lane will close at 9 a.m. on March 12 for set up and remain closed until 7 p.m. Additionally, East Montague Avenue between Park Place East and Jenkins Avenue will close at 11:30 a.m. and stay closed for the duration of the parade.
The party, parade and parking are free to the public, Coker said, adding that because parking is very limited, visitors are being asked to carpool or rideshare and use care when parking in adjacent neighborhoods.
Designated disabled parking is located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Empire Avenue.
Cars left in the block party area overnight on March 11 will be towed.
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Charleston Southern runs streak to eight with Saturday win over Samford
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Southern baseball ran its win streak to eight games after taking the second installment of a three-game set with Samford.CSU used a huge fourth frame to power past visiting Samford, 9-4, at Nielsen Field Saturday afternoon.Samford (6-4) opened the game with a run in the top of the first, as Colton Ledbetter’s ground out to second scored Garrett Howe with the bases loaded. The Bulldogs would be unable to get anything else across in the frame, which would prove to be a turning poin...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Southern baseball ran its win streak to eight games after taking the second installment of a three-game set with Samford.
CSU used a huge fourth frame to power past visiting Samford, 9-4, at Nielsen Field Saturday afternoon.
Samford (6-4) opened the game with a run in the top of the first, as Colton Ledbetter’s ground out to second scored Garrett Howe with the bases loaded. The Bulldogs would be unable to get anything else across in the frame, which would prove to be a turning point the rest of the way.
The contest stood at 1-0 in favor of Samford until the home-half of the second, as Charleston Southern (8-4) came up big with two outs.
Ryan Waldschmidt would single for Connor Carter to bring him across from first with a two-out double into left field. The spark was what the Bucs were looking for, as they would get runs in the second, third and fifth frames.
Samford answered back in the top of the third, as Kaden Dreier come up clutch with a single through the right side with two outs, bringing Towns King around to score.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the bottom-half of the frame with Charleston Southern re-claiming the advantage with the help of heads-up baserunning.
Tyrell Brewer’s single up the middle turned out to be much more with a Samford miscue led to Peyton Basler coming across to score while Brewer ended up at third.
Hogan McIntosh answered with a single up the middle to score Brewer easily.
The Bulldogs would not go quietly, as the visitors scratched two across to again take the lead. Ledbetter scored Will David with a double down the line before Kace garner found a single to center to score Ledbetter.
The fifth frame proved to be a big one for both teams, though. The Bucs exploded for a four-run frame to re-take a lead they would not give back. McIntosh singled for the second time up the middle to score Brewer and Dylan Stewart before Austen Izzio scored via a wild pitch.
Jared Payne returned the favor to McIntosh, scoring the CSU designated hitter with a sacrifice fly to center.
Kaleb Hill (2-1) got the win for Charleston Southern after going five complete, getting help from his offense in the fifth. Hill was charged with three earned on eight hits and five punch punchouts.
Zac Robinson, Sam Massey, Matthew Taylor and Connor Yoder all had effective appearances out of the bullpen.
Blake Bortak (0-2) gets credited with the loss after getting the start and giving up five earned on four hits and three walks.
IN THE BOX
”Really liked what I saw from us today,” said Head Coach Marc MacMillan. “We got behind early but stayed in the fight. Hill gave us a solid 5 innings and the bullpen was ready to compete. Offensively, we did enough, and Less’ pack continues to show the toughness I want to see from us. Defensively, we turned the double play when we needed it and then Stew’s web gem in the 9th was a big lead-off out for us.”
Head Coach Marc MacMillan‘s side will be back Sunday as they look to make it a perfect three-for-three against Samford in the weekend set after taking the first two. First pitch for the finale is set for 1:00 p.m. at Nielsen Field.
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Driving their destiny: More women entering the trucking industry
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – One demographic is entering the trucking industry at an increasing rate – women.While breaking into a once-male-dominated profession presented some challenges, it did not stop these women and their drive to ride to the top of the trucking industry.Regina Robinson said she’s driving her destiny. She owns a trucking company, Prime Time Logistics, LLC., based in North Charleston. She’s also a trucker herself.“There is something soothing about being on the road,&r...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – One demographic is entering the trucking industry at an increasing rate – women.
While breaking into a once-male-dominated profession presented some challenges, it did not stop these women and their drive to ride to the top of the trucking industry.
Regina Robinson said she’s driving her destiny. She owns a trucking company, Prime Time Logistics, LLC., based in North Charleston. She’s also a trucker herself.
“There is something soothing about being on the road,” she said. “I’ve always been fascinated with trucking and logistics. I remember being a little girl just seeing the trucks on the road – where are they going? Who told them to go there? How did they get there? Just always been fascinated with the industry.”
She believes you really can drive your own destiny, whether you want to drive locally or be all over the road. “It’s not just from a driver’s perspective but a financial perspective, you really can control what that looks like for you,” she said.
Robinson is part of a growing group of women.
Ellen Voie is president and founder of the Women in Trucking Association, a non-profit trades professional organization.
“We have about 6,400 members in ten countries. Our mission is three-fold- first, it’s to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, to address obstacles that might keep women from succeeding in the industry, and the third part is to celebrate the success of our members and tell their stories,” she explained.
Voie said the number of women entering the trucking industry has increased substantially.
“Absolutely, there is an increase,” she said. “We’ve seen it grow from 3% fifteen years ago to 10% now, so there’s been quite a growth, especially in the last couple of years.”
She said when it comes to pay equity, the trucking is miles ahead.
“Women are kind of embracing this as a second career — a second or third career. You won’t believe how many women we get coming out of nursing, or we have attorneys, and accountants, and women coming out of other careers. The big draw to come into the trucking industry, first of all, you don’t have someone looking over your shoulders and you make the same amount of money as a man. You’re not paid a different wage just because you’re a female,” she explained.
The big obstacle: money to get started, to get a CDL and funds to purchase a truck.
But those in the industry say the payoff is worth it. Drivers can start in the mid $40 to $50,000 right out of school while owner/operators can make more than $200,000 a year per truck, before factoring in fuel, insurance, and other costs.
Voie said they hope more women will make the shift from drivers to owners. “We need to get more women starting trucking companies,” she said.
Women, like Marcella Pinckney, who owns a fleet of trucks through her company, MP’s Transport.
“I actually own and operate my own trucking company,” she said. “My husband said I shouldn’t own anything I didn’t know how to operate. So, that in turn, made me go to school to get my CDL, my commercial driver’s license.”
Pinckney said when she first started her company 13 years ago, many didn’t take her seriously.
“You do have those out there in the industry who think that women can’t. It made me go harder. I’m the type of person all you have to do is tell me I can’t and I’m going to show you that I can.”
She said the work keeps her on her toes because it’s always evolving. And she loves the freedom it gives to be present with her children.
Robinson said looking back, she sees how far she’s come. Now she’s moving ahead.
“I’m hoping to be in partnership with women in the industry as we grow,” she said. “I’m excited about the direction the industry is going in. A lot of women getting into the industry that was once a male-dominated industry, but you see a lot of women coming in as truck drivers, truck owners, and also business owners under their own authority. I’m excited about that direction.”
Women in Trucking Association has a 150 challenge – to get 150 women to start their own fleet or expand their fleet… and they are almost there.
They will help walk women through the process of financing, insurance, choosing a career, and other paperwork needed.