Life as a long haul truck driver certainly comes with it pluses and minuses, as the freedom of being your own boss out on the road is mixed with long periods of time away from home. As truckers start having families, some tough career decisions can come up that have to be dealt with.
Mike Gaffin followed his father’s footsteps and began his trucking career at age 18. Mike’s dad drove for over 50 years and Mike delivered to 48 states for over 20 years as a long haul trucker. When Mike and his wife had their first child he decided to shift gears a bit, and he gave up those cross country trips for local work hauling sand & gravel, along with heavy equipment. This driving change has allowed him to keep following his passion of truck driving and spend time on nights and weekends with his family. Mike found the perfect company to work for when he joined A. Cardillo & Sons, Inc. Founded over 70 years ago by Anthony “Red” Cardillo, Sr., they’ve evolved and grown with several generations of family members moving the company forward. Thru it all they’ve stressed the importance of family, and they treat all of their employees like members of their own family.
Red started with one piece of equipment, a military Clarke Airborne bulldozer, and slowly added pieces of equipment, becoming an equipment rental company until his son Tony came on board in the 70’s. Tony wanted to change the company’s focus to general contracting with the emphasis being on excavation. He did just that and A. Cardillo & Sons, Inc. has continued to grow ever since. Mike Gaffin is the primary driver of the company’s 2007 KW W-900L and he never leaves the yard unless it’s shining! Both the cab and the MAC steel dump trailer take us back to the old days of New England trucking with their black & red color combination, custom pin striping, and hand painted lettering. The truck has been outfitted with a custom, square front bumper, a polished visor, extra roof lights on top of the cab, polished lower cab panels, and ribbed full fenders over the rear tandems. Power comes from a 565 Cummins ISX engine that’s paired with an 18-speed transmission and a set of 46 rears. Mike is a true example of truckers who still take pride in their job and he represents the entire industry with class every time he gets behind the wheel. He enjoys social media and he’s known as ” The Original Boston Trucker” on both Facebook & Instagram. If you get a chance, check out some of his posts and you’ll feel like you’re riding along with him in the Kenworth! Mike Gaffin and A. Cardillo & Sons, Inc. are definitely a winning combination - combining trucking with family values in the process. Movin’ Out applauds their efforts, and is proud to present them to our readers as the October Working Show Truck of the Month.