(Le Mars) — This week is recognized as “National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week.” Truck drivers are too many times taken for granted, or even overlooked. But, if it were not for the nation’s truck drivers, and the trucking industry, we would not be able to have any of the products we use. Truck drivers are the link in the supply chain between producer, processor, manufacturer, and consumer. Schuster’s Trucking Company of Le Mars has grown from one truck owned by Orville Schuster more than 50 years ago, to now a fleet of nearly 500 trucks that deliver goods to all 48 continental states and into Canada. Jeff Arens is the general manager of Schuster Trucking Company and he tells what the local trucking company does to show their appreciation of their drivers.
Arens recounts how Schuster’s has grown from its modest beginnings to now, one of the nation’s largest trucking firms.
Arens tells of the business relationship Schuster’s has with Wells Enterprises.
Another one of Schuster’s customers is Bomgaars, the farm supply store that serves several midwest states. Arens says Schusters tries to have loaded trucks for both the initial haul, as well as the back haul.
Both Arens and Steve Schuster have grown up in the trucking business, with both families having a rich history of trucking. The Schuster official says many of the trucks will pass through the Le Mars hub on a frequent basis.
Arens ask that motorists respect the trucks that are on the nation’s highways and show your appreciation, not just for this week, but every week, and be sure to give trucks the space they need and to stay away from a truck driver’s blind spots.