was working for a major chemical company.
We thought that he would eventually retire
from this company. Both of our children were
in school, Larry was away working a lot of
the time and I was getting bored at home.
I wanted a job!
came home one day and said, "Have I got
a job for you!". He took me out to our
way and there was a large dump truck.
a 2 1/2 ton dump truck and I let him know
that I had no intentions of driving a dump
truck. He bought the truck and I learned how
to drive it. The kids and I would deliver
top soil, gravel and mulch to homes and job
sites in the Butler County area. Then we added
a back hoe. When Larry wasn't driving for the
chemical company we would do jobs with our
truck and back hoe. Our children would go
along with us and help out.
Larry found out that he only had two weeks
left at his job with the chemical company.
The company had farmed out all of the work
to different trucking companies. We found
a man that had a semi-truck for sale. The
man wanted a job where he would be home more
often, so we traded the dump truck and the
back hoe for the semi-truck.
leased the truck to a trucking company. That
summer I learned to drive a semi-truck and
I got a job driving
a school bus. We lived on my wages as a bus
driver. The rest of our income went back into
our semi-truck. To earn extra money I would
go with Larry on the summer break, Christmas
break and Spring break. Sometimes I would
meet him in Cincinnati after my bus route
and we would take a load to its destination.
We would team drive it and be back home by
took a job as the transportation director
for our local school district. This new job
came with a much higher salary which gave
us the income to build a garage. We built
the garage in 1989. My brother-in-law had
also bought a semi-truck. He knew nothing
about trucking or trucks. He had a driver
on the truck and was losing money. He wanted
to get rid of the truck so we became multi-owners.
We saved and bought trucks until we had three
trucks. We leased them to the same company.
large trucking company wanted us to open a
terminal for them in the Cincinnati area.
We took our three trucks and
opened the terminal. Our trucks were leased
to this new company, but we received a commission
for running the terminal. This is when we
learned how to run a trucking company. It
grew and we bought more trucks. This is also
when Amy learned how to dispatch. Soon afterward,
our son-in-law (Brett Updike, Safety
home from the U.S. Navy and joined the company.
eventually had to leave
my job as transportation director with the
school district. We had five trucks and I
was working too many hours with doing both
jobs. This is about the time that our daughter-in-law
(Vanessa) joined our company.
numbers eventually grew to a total of twelve
trucks and the company that we ran the terminal
for started having problems. We knew that
we could not stay with the company, so I filed
for my own corporation and Stony Run Enterprises,
Inc. was born. I got the authority and leased
Larry's trucks to my company. We started our
new company with two trucks. Three years later
and we have more work then we can do. We received
high scores for our DOT audit.
look forward to growing as a company. Most
of our trucks load in Cincinnati and deliver
to the customer. Some drivers park their trucks
in a location in Cincinnati. At our location
we handle all repairs to the trucks and trailers,
and we do all of the dispatching and paperwork