For Getloaded member, Randy Stroup, trucking is a passion, as well as a profession. As President of First Class Services, Inc., Stroup has built a trucking company known for reliability — and awesome rigs. In fact, one of their trucks just dominated the Custom Rigs Pride and Polish National Championship at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
On August 27, their 1986 Peterbilt 359, aptly named “First in Class,” won not one — but four — categories in the competition:
- Best Engine
- Best of Show Limited Mileage Bobtail
- National Championship Series Overall Best Limited Mileage Bobtail
- 2011 Champion Limited Mileage Bobtail
The team first began building show trucks in 1991 and their rigs have won numerous national and world championship titles over the years. But, the custom graphics and bold colors found on “First in Class” aren’t limited to their show trucks. Stroup is committed to building trucks that his drivers are proud to command, so each of the 110 Peterbilt trucks in First Class Services’ fleet sport the same mocha and burgundy designs and flashy lights.
And their efforts to build employee satisfaction seem to be working.
At a time when driver shortages are a common, significant challenge for many trucking companies, First Class Services has a standing waiting list of professionals who want to join their team. Stroup believes Getloaded is a key tool in maintaining driver satisfaction, because he uses our load board daily to help ensure no one gets stuck deadheading.
With plenty of loads and drivers ready to haul them, First Class Services is in the process of building trucks for several of the drivers — but they have no plans to become a huge company. Rather than aiming for quantity over quality, Stroup is happy to continue being known for exceptional service, rates, drivers and trucks. “You have to take care of your guys. We don’t want to lose the family thing,” he says.
When asked what’s his next big development, Stroup proves just how much of a family environment he’s creating: His 17-year old son will soon learn to drive professionally, and he’s building him a 2005 Peterbilt 379 flat top they’ll take to the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., next March. Considering Randy won the World Championship Master Builder title there in 2008, next year’s competitors will have to watch out with two Stroups in the ring.