Wilbanks Trucking’s Brumbach Stephens didn’t exactly to expect to be where he is today, on the way to Knoxville, Tenn., behind the wheel of a specially wrapped Kenworth W990 and toting the well overlength trailer that currently houses a 60-foot Blue Spruce on its tour across the country. Stephens calls the haul a “once in a lifetime deal,” bound for delivery at the United States Capitol Monday, November 25, and one he was chosen for by virtue of the 57-year-old former owner-operator and small fleet owner’s long trucking experience.
“I had three trucks of my own” in 2013, says Stephens, based in Hobbs, N.M., operating with authority at the time before he sold out to Wilbanks, which serves the oil fields and other industries in the region around its Artesia, N.M., home base. Stephens notes the company specializes in “heavy hauling in West Texas, in the Permian Basin area.”
It’s been a few years since the tree stopped in Nashville — revisit the scene from 2016 at the following link: