Our History

Harlan (Butch) Howard:


For 26 years Butch has been in the Petroleum industry, operating, repairing and building various pieces of equipment.

He went to work for a petroleum jobber as a Driver/Mechanic.  While delivering bulk oils, Butch gained knowledge of maintaining and repairing different types of petroleum trucks and trailers, allowing him to build a more adaptable petroleum delivery truck.  He has maintained and repaired Tank farm equipment, rack loading equipment and overfill systems, as well as performing chassis changes and building flatbed oil delivery trucks.

Butch went to work with a national service center as the Shop Foreman using his knowledge to build petroleum delivery trucks.  As the Foreman of an ASME R stamp repair shop, he gained valuable knowledge on repairing cargo tanks and accident damage with a national repair service.  He worked alongside his crew to maintain and repair hot oil, food grade, petroleum, dry bulk pneumatic, chemical and propane cargo tanks repairing and testing them.

He was hired by Humboldt Pacific Petroleum and TJS as their Fleet Maintenance Manager.  Working with this fleet it didn't take long to realize there was a need for a repair shop that could service and repair today's modern engines and equipment with after-treatment, DEF injection, and ABS systems

We started BigDuty LLC as an outside repair and service company to maintain our own fleet and to offer this service to other fleets in the area operating in the transportation industry.  BigDuty LLC. repairs and maintains DEF delivery trailers, chassis changes, non ASME welding and custom fabrication.  We also offer VIPK testing and FHWA inspections, bit inspections, oil changes, ABS Diagnostics, suspension and wheel-end service.

Butch and Skip were given the opportunity to purchase BigDuty LLC. James "Skip" Schipper was serving as the Vice President of Operations for Humboldt Pacific Petroleum and a valued friend and coworker of Butch.  They formed a partnership and purchased both companies from JDCI.  BigDuty LLC is proud of the reputation we have built and the quality of work we provide to our customers.  The combined experience as a Fleet Owner, Operations Manager and Fleet Maintenance Manager allows us to assist other Fleets with their maintenance needs in the Sacramento area.

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