Distinguished Partner: Yamko Truck Lines

It is our pleasure to turn the spotlight on Yamko Truck Lines, a Downs Energy customer for more than 15 years.


Yamko Business Partners Frank Gomez and Shannon Fetters


Tell us about the history of Yamko Truck Lines

Yamko Truck Lines was first incorporated in February of 1964 as Yamashiro-Nako Enterprsies, Inc., which was a compilation of the founder’s last names. As time passed and business increased, the corporation changed its name to Robert Nako Enterprises, Inc., DBA Yamko Truck Lines in 1968. In 1993, Robert passed the baton on to his youngest daughter Debbie, while he went into semi-retirement. Debbie became the President of the company in 1995 and in 1996 Robert passed away leaving the business to Debbie. Debbie continued operating the business eventually moving its operations to a four-acre piece of property in Long Beach, CA where we still reside today.

Debbie Nako continued to operate the company until her untimely death from cancer in June of 2003. At that point, Frank Gomez, who had worked for Yamko for several years, took over the daily operations of the company. Frank became the President of the company in 2008. In recent years, Frank has been grooming Robert Nako’s granddaughter, Shannon Fetters, who will eventually take over operations of the organization. Today Yamko Truck Lines has 50 trucks operating within the business.

Tell us about the services Yamko offers

For over 40 years, Yamko Truck Lines has specialized in harbor drayage. We perform in excess of 50 moves per day in Southern California to and from the Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors. To ensure that we are able to meet the needs of all of our customers, we offer services that allow us to handle all types and sizes of containers, including dry and refrigerated trailers up to 48 feet. Additionally, we handle LTL, CFS, and ocean freight pickup and delivery throughout Southern California. We can accommodate any overnight and/or special weekend needs that includes short term storage with electrical outlet availability.


What is your value proposition and what sets you apart from the competition?

To ensure that each of our customers receives the very best service, we have also implemented a company-wide “complete satisfaction” policy that has rewarded each of our clients with his/her own individual account coordinator. These coordinators are in direct contact with our customers every step of the way so that, as their requirements may change throughout the delivery process, their service will continue to be accurate and timely.

Consumer confidence is essential to any rewarding business relationship, which is why we continue to build our relationships around the best interests of our customers. As our customers´ needs continue to grow and the nature of our industry becomes more extensive and demanding, Yamko Truck Lines will continue to diversify and dynamically adapt to fulfill the needs of each of our clients nationwide.

Why do you do business with Downs Energy?

Yamko Truck Lines has worked with Downs Energy for many years. Downs is competitive, dependable and an easy company to do business with. Yamko also appreciates the great customer service received when dealing with Downs.

From all of us at Downs Energy, thank you Yamko Truck Lines for being our partner in business for more than 15 years. It's truly our pleasure to work together.