Opies Transport, Inc. was founded as an over-the-road trucking operation in 1976 by Danny Opie in Eldon, MO from where the company began operations from a small farm as its market covering a few farm route trucks and one tractor-trailer. Daryle Hill, who was the first over-the-road company driver, said that driver pay was figured at nine cents per mile. Today, Opies Transport is the leader in the liquid, food-grade, transportation industry.
A strong sense of family and a desire to see the company succeed are the main reasons that Danny Opie decided to take the enormous financial and professional risk that came along with going into business for him at the age of 23. A genuine love of driving trucks, since childhood also contributed to DannyÃƒ‚Ã¢€Ã¢„Ãƒ‚¢s motivation and success in business. The intimidating factor was that the national economic conditions during the late 1970's were very challenging: lack of adequate facilities and a high accident frequency were top of the list. This contributed to the struggle to remain solvent during the later half of the 70's, striving just to keep the company going.
The tough times did not last forever as by the 1980's the still young company experienced a much needed annual growth of 25 percent. A joint decision of the management team at this point in time determined that the quality parameters must not be neglected over quantity so the opportunities for faster growth were sidelined, intentionally.
Opies offers qualified drivers wages to the tune of $42-45,000 in their first year, Medical/Life insurance plan at no cost for driver, 401(k) plan with 100% match, Late model Kenworths/Peterbilts with full option packages, Double miles paid on major holidays, Guaranteed home every other weekend, Assigned equipment with specialized facilities and 2600 miles a week/annual average. Great benefits for a great driving force which employs over 120 associates and success that Opies attributes to them equally as it does to the customers.
In concentrating on safety and innovation, Opies has established satellite terminals to better serve large customers which have extremely high quality control standards program that makes it stand apart in the crowd while adhering fast to old goals from 1976: to provide a safe, secure work environment in which the company's drivers and support staff can thrive and to provide the customer with a enhanced services or products.
Opies Transport IncPosted on Mar 13, 2006