New Mexico-based fleet to haul U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to D.C.

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Artesia, New Mexico-based Wilbanks Trucking Services has been selected as the trucking company that will haul the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across the country to Washington, D.C.

This year’s tree will make its way to the U.S. Capitol from Carson National Forest in New Mexico behind a Kenworth W990. The tree will be cut down in early November and delivered in early December.

Wilbanks, a 100-truck fleet, specializes in hauling oversized, overweight loads, which made them a candidate to haul the tree on the 2,000-mile journey that will include stops in more than 30 communities.

“Wilbanks is proud to provide logistics services to transport the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and to represent New Mexico and its diverse resources spanning from the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin, to its beautiful national forests in northern New Mexico,” said Shane Phipps, safety director at Wilbanks.

Kenworth returns as a sponsor of the haul for the sixth year.