Carlo Garcia named First Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence recipient

BUFFALO LAKE, MINN –   Kottke Trucking, Inc. is proud to announce that Carlo Garcia has been named the 2017 First Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence recipient. Garcia was hired by Walbon & Company  in July 2014 and has been a great member of the Kottke Trucking fleet since the acquisition  with zero accidents and zero moving violations.

Carlo’s nominator said this about him: “Carlo always has a positive attitude and is willing to help when needed. He also is great at managing his hours and sleep patterns. Carlo also makes sure he communicates with dispatch.”

Thank you, Carlo, for being an awesome part of the Kottke Trucking family!

The Jim Doering Award of Excellence was established in 2014 in honor of our first employee and nearly 40-year employee Jim Doering. The award is designed to honor a driver each quarter that has the same great qualities that made Jim such a special man. The four winners of the quarterly Jim Doering Award of excellence are the finalists for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year which will be awarded in January 2018.

 

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Women in Trucking on International Women’s Day

The prototypical mental image of a truck driver is a male. There’s a reason for that. Throughout history men have dominated the trucking industry, but that is changing. The amount of women in trucking is increasing, but women still only make up 7% of the total driver population according to the Women in Trucking Association.

Comparatively to their male counterparts, women have a lower accident ratio, longer tenure and more total miles per year and per month. In fact, women, on average, put on 52,682 miles compared to 50,344 miles for men.

A fact that the trucking industry should be proud of is that there is no gender pay gap in the trucking industry which is something to think about on today, March 8, as it is International Women’s Day. Women have excelled around the world for years in everything that they do, be it trucking or not. Simply, every day should be International Women’s Day.

Kottke Trucking employs some amazing women throughout our company. We are thankful and grateful for everything that you do, be it behind a desk or behind the wheel. There’s not enough words to accurately depict what you do to keep the world and the trucking industry running. Thank you.

Kottke Trucking promotes Ada Brewster to National Sales Manager

Kottke Trucking National Sales Manager Ada Brewster

BUFFALO LAKE, MINN – Kottke Trucking is proud to announce the promotion of Ada Brewster to the position of National Sales Manager. In the position, Brewster will be a key part in Kottke Trucking’s setting of planning and execution throughout the United States. Brewster has been with Kottke Trucking since April of 2014 and was formerly the Southeast Regional Sales Manager.

“We are excited for Ada to start in her new position,” said Kyle Kottke, General Manager of Kottke Trucking. “Ada will be integral in helping us achieve our business and growth plans. We are very proud to have Ada as part of our family.”

Brewster’s contact information is unchanged. Brewster can be reached via email at Ada@kottke-trucking.com and via phone at 320-510-0033

Kottke Trucking has been in business since 1938 and for the past three decades the primary business is to transport dry, refrigerated and frozen food items. The third-generation owned company mainly operates in the Midwest, South and Southeastern parts of the United States. Kottke Trucking’s fleet consists of 170 drivers and 30 support staff. Kottke Trucking is based out of Buffalo Lake, Minnesota with offices in Eagan, Minnesota and Wildwood, Florida.

Kottke Trucking’s Third Annual Winner of the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year is Jeff Bass

On January 7, 2017, Kotte Trucking held its third annual Driver of the Year program at Jackpot Junction Casino and Hotel in Morton, MN. The third annual Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year award was given to Jeff Bass.

Bass has been with Kottke Trucking since July 13, 2004. He was the named the Second Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence winner which qualified him for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year.

When Bass was nominated for the quarterly award, this is what his nominator said about him:

“Jeff has made the transition to e-logs look very effortless. He knows what needs to be done and plans ahead to get it done. Jeff is very knowledgeable of his equipment and he knows how to repair on the road if necessary. Jeff is very easy to work with and has a great sense of humor. Jeff is very dedicated to his job and is not afraid to help any other driver when needed. Jeff has many of the same qualities that Jim Doering had and is very deserving of this award.”

Kottke Trucking’s Driver Board created the idea of the Driver of the Year program and it was carried out by our staff. The Distinguished Driver of the Year award is named after our second generation visionaries: Duane and Connie Kottke. Their ability to build the base that our company stands on today, doesn’t go without notice.

Bass’ fellow nominees come from the other quarterly winners of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence winners: First Quarter winner James Rogalski, Third Quarter winner Peter Ngeru and Fourth Quarter winner Mike Rapacz. Jim Doering was Kottke Trucking’s first long time driver and stayed with our company for over 35 years.  The quarterly awards are named in his memory.

Previous winners of the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year Award are Tom Erickson and Rick Pautzke.

Kottke Trucking has been in business since 1938 and for the past three decades the primary business is to transport dry, refrigerated and frozen food items.  Our third-generation owned company mainly operates in the Midwest, South and Southeastern part of the United States.  Our fleet consists of 170 drivers and 30 support staff. Kottke Trucking is based out of Buffalo Lake, MN with offices in Eagan, MN and Wildwood, FL.

Official press release can be found here.

Merry Christmas to you

Merry Christmas!

‘Tis the season of one very important baby, but also the time of year that brings reflection and joy for many reasons.  As 2016 comes to a close, I look back at a year that has been one heck of a ride.  One would have never known that making big plans for Kottke Trucking meant now having two terminals and three offices.

While we have work to be done, I count my blessings that we have collected a pool of talent that can be the envy of any company in our industry.  I will take our team to battle any day. Thank you for all you do.  We have a really darn good team and one that I am super proud of.  We will achieve some pretty cool things together and I look forward to it.

A special thanks to our drivers who make this all possible. Thank you for all the miles, hard work, dedication and time. You are not only what makes this company run, but you make sure that everyone can get everything they need. Thank you so much for all that you do.

Whether this Christmas you find yourself taking a sleigh ride in a winter wonderland or dreaming of a white Christmas, being home for the holidays or in the little town of Bethlehem, we sincerely hope that you are not having a blue Christmas because it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

From us at Kottke Trucking to kids from one to 92, although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.

Kottke Trucking collects over $5,000 worth of toys for Trucks and Toys

Every holiday season, for over 20 years now, Kottke Trucking has been involved with the Trucks and Toys campaign. The trucking industry from around the state of Minnesota comes together to collect toys that are given to children in need. Kottke Trucking alone this year collected and donated over $5,000 of toys.

Kottke Trucking donates these collections to three charities in outstate Minnesota: Santa’s Closet of Renville County, Common Cup Ministries and the McLeod County Christmas Project.

We are proud to have our office in Buffalo Lake be a drop off site for these toys. We collected over $4,000 of toys and cash donations and Kottke Trucking donated another $1,000 to that to get to our grand total of $5,033.

The reach of our Trucks and Toy donations did not stop in Minnesota this year. With our recent acquisition of a terminal in Wildwood, Florida, we saw a need to also help those in need in the state of Florida.

The charity we worked with in Florida is the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. This program takes at-risk children and places them in one of six different locations throughout the state of Florida in a true home setting. Through the donations of drivers and employees of Kottke Trucking, we were able to donate six 54” Spalding basketball hoops, one for each location of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

We are incredibly thankful for all the generous donations of toys and cash that have helped us have a successful Toys and Trucks campaign this holiday season. Thank you for helping us spread holiday cheer for over 20 years, it truly makes this the most wonderful time of the year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Marlene Hamblin with Santa's Closet volunteers dropping off toys at the Santa's Closet location in Danube, Minnesota.

Marlene Hamblin with Santa’s Closet volunteers dropping off toys at the Santa’s Closet location in Danube, Minnesota.

Mike Rapacz named Fourth Quarter Jim Doering Award of Excellence recipient

Kottke Trucking, Inc. is proud to announce that Mike Rapacz is the 2016 fourth quarter recipient of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence. Rapacz has been driving with Kottke Trucking since April 2014.

This is what Rapacz’s nominator said about him: “Mike is dedicated to his job. Does his job very well and never do your hear Mike complain about loads, loading/unloading times – he just simply does his job. Mike like to keep Kurt guessing as to the ’new towns’  Mike seems to find right at check call times. Mike has a sense of humor above all. His quote is ‘it is what it is’. Mike takes pride in his job- not only because that is who he is but also for his two girls. For Mike, dedication and loyalty goes full circle. ‘Work hard and give 100%’, words to live by.”

Thank you, Mike, for working hard and giving your 100% to Kottke Trucking. It is a pleasure to have you on the team.

The Jim Doering Award of Excellence was established in 2014 in honor of our first employee and nearly 40-year employee Jim Doering. The award is designed to honor a driver each quarter that has the same great qualities that made Jim such a special man. The four winners of the quarterly Jim Doering Award of excellence are the finalists for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year which will be awarded on the first weekend of January.

Thankful on Thanksgiving

From the desk of Kyle Kottke…

There was a point in my life where you had to remind me that Thanksgiving was more than turkey and football.  Sadly, I missed the point and forever thankful that I found it.

Professionally, there is so much to find to be thankful for.  The list starts with our drivers, team, customers and key vendors.  There is no doubt that the year of 2016 brought changes with the addition of another fleet but we are glad you are part of our team.  In many ways we think we have been quite lucky.  We found a great group of drivers and personnel that we added to our already great team.  In a staff meeting about a month ago, I told the operations team that I don’t remember a time that we had so much talent as now and that is the truth.

While our team is ultra important, our customers pay the bills and our vendors keep us moving; it would be remiss of me not to put extra focus on our drivers.  These men and women in our fleet are some of the best in the industry.  Thankful, blessed and hopeful are three adjectives that come to mind.  I am thankful for all you do.  I am thankful to have such a darn good team.  I find having you as part of our team as a blessing.  I am hopeful that together we will continue to do great things.  To you, I say thank you.

Our center core value is family values.  We tell everyone who asks that we have the biggest family in Buffalo Lake (and now Wildwood) because you are part of it.  As the last year has been slightly hectic, I have to say that family is what kept my center.  My lovely wife and daughters teach me at every visit to the house or call, that they are center.

brothersI had a wonderful time in 2016 being part of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.  While humbly surprised we passed through four stages to make it to the national level, got to wear a tux on two occasions and met tremendously wonderful, talented and nationally known people – the true highlight for me was the opportunity to spend time with my brothers.  As our business has grown, we spend most of our time together as partners and not nearly enough time together as brothers.  Having our beverage of choice and talking anything but business, even if for just a moment, was truly the highlight of my rewarding experience.

God has blessed me with you as part of my life.  And to you….I want to say thank you.

PS – go Vikings and pass the turkey.

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Embrace the next four years, we all have work to do

From the desk of Kyle Kottke…

Can’t we all get along?

Maybe the hardest part for me as this election comes to a conclusion is just how far apart and how divided our country is.  It scares the hell out of me that 54% of Americans don’t intend to allow the ‘other party’ to have a chance if they end up winning.

So instead of making the best of any situation; you plan to do nothing.  You will remind everyone that you didn’t vote for this President.  I told you so.  Blah blah blah.

I have to admit, I have had some issues with some of the policies of President Obama but the truth is he is still our President and he deserves some piece of respect and definitely the benefit of the doubt based on his title alone.

Fast forward to today, America has a choice to make.  We can make ourselves great and solve our issues.  (This isn’t a Trump commercial, this commercial runs no matter who wins). We can embrace the next four years that no matter who is in that office we will make our country great…  Or you can pout that your candidate didn’t win.

Furthermore, if your candidate does win, you only have the person that you chose in the office they ran for.  They still have to do something and, in some cases, anything to move our country forward.

So whether you were on working for Moving America Forward or making America Great Again, we all have work to do.

Lastly, what in the hell is America thinking allowing the political process to get to this?  Money is so important that a well-reasoned independent or third party candidate is a wasted vote.  Today, if you vote against your party, you have set the stage to never get reelected.  If you don’t have a party affiliation, you don’t get the cash needed to win.  A system where cash can truly win votes and negative ads make us only see the evil in everyone.  I can’t remember one good ad of what someone will actually get done.  I remember just the crap-pasting of each other.  I see speech writers writing ads that will be cut into 20 second bites in the news instead of policy that matters.  What is going on?  How does this fix anything?  Please help us.

Trucks and Toys is here again! Visit Kottke Trucking to donate!

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Last year’s Target run to buy toys with the donated money from the Trucks and Toys drive!

Each year, trucking companies come together to address the needs of less fortunate families by collecting toys through the Trucks and Toys campaign. These toys are collected and then distributed to various charities. For many years, Kottke Trucking has volunteered to be a drop-off site and is known for being a leader in donations for this wonderful cause.

If any driver or office personnel would like to donate to this wonderful cause, you may do so by check, cash or send an email to marlene@kottke-trucking.com to deduct from your pay (we can issue a receipt for your donation).

Members of the general public can drop off toys or monetary donations at the Kottke Trucking headquarters in Buffalo Lake. The deadline for donations is December 2.

Kottke Trucking again has made a commitment to donate $500.00 for collections under $2,000 collected, that’ll increase to $750.00 for collections of $2,001-$3,000, or $1,000 for collections of $3,001-$5,000, or $2,000 if we go over the $5,000 collection mark.

Let’s come together and make this the best Trucks and Toys campaign ever!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Kottke Trucking Family

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