Keep on trucking

John Krielkamp understands that Krielkamp Trucking’s greatest asset is its reputation for delivering high-quality, on-time services.

Living up to its reputation means having drivers available to move product. Kreilkamp Trucking invests significant energy in identifying appropriate candidates.

Once hired, the company keeps its drivers happy by offering highly competitive benefits such as affordable health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan with a match of 65 cents on the dollar up to 6 percent of compensation, and many comfort and enjoyment amenities such as satellite radio.

Drivers also have individual generators on each truck that maintain driver comfort and engine temperature. A single generator costs $7,500 installed, but adds comfort for the driver as well as money saved because of reduced idle time.

Possibly the most important of all the people initiatives is the open-door policy. Kreilkamp treats his employees as if they were family, which is a large contributing factor to the team’s morale and success. The company also selectively eliminates routes that are unprofitable for the drivers and the business.

The trucking industry was hit hard by the economic downturn of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The aftermath of Sept. 11, with its increased regulatory environment, also affected the industry. Krielkamp stayed focused on the core business, but also began to expand into other areas. He pursued opportunities that would be good for Krielkamp Trucking as well as the surrounding communities. He ensures the company’s continued success by making sure the revenue is not tied to a single customer.

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