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Zach Little Promoted to Chief Operating Officer

This week Kottke Trucking, Inc. announced the promotion of Zach Little to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Little has most recently been serving as the company’s Vice President of Operations.

With the promotion, Little will take on more responsibility in the planning and strategy of the company going forward. Little will continue to lead the company’s Truckload, LTL, Dock, Technology, Brokerage, Shop, and Sales teams in addition to his new responsibilities.

Zach Little

“Zach’s characteristics and our company values are a true match,” Kyle Kottke, co-owner and General Manager of Kottke Trucking said.  “It has been my honor to work alongside Zach. This promotion is not only a reward of past performance but our faith in his abilities to achieve our high goals going forward.”

“The Kottke’s have treated my family like their own since my first day here,” Little said. “Kottke Trucking’s growth continues to put opportunities in front of people. I am excited to lead the charge with our teams, into these ventures, and accomplish the goals ownership has set for our company. #BleedingBlue #LetsGo”

Little has been in the trucking industry for 37 years. He turned 21 in March of 1985 and was on the road by May of 1985. Little joined the Kottke team in 2016 and has been integral to the growth of the business since.

Kottke Trucking Announces Driver Pay Increase, Driver Pay Up 33% In Last 10 Months

Kottke Trucking is proud to announce our fourth driver pay increase in the past year. As we strive to continually improve our offerings to our drivers, we have increased driver pay 33% in the last 10 months alone.

Alongside with these pay increases, we have also formulated categories to better define our drivers’ roles in our expanded portfolio. We now offer 13 different driving categories to match the wants and needs of our driving family.

Those 13 categories are:

 

We offer these in our quest to constantly be improving not just the company, but the lives of everyone in the Kottke Trucking family.

You can apply to any of these jobs by clicking here.

If you are interested in any of these jobs or have any questions, our recruiting team is ready to help you in any way.

Kayla McDonald, kayla@kottke-trucking.com; 320-833-2450

Jesse Reed, jesser@kottke-trucking.com; 320-833-2439

Kottke Trucking names Boogs Fellows and Rick Sare as Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Drivers of the Year

On February 12, 2022, we had the honor of naming two more Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Drivers of the Year! Congratulations to Robert “Boogs” Fellows for being named the 2020 recipient and to Rick Sare for being named the 2021 recipient! A special thank you to Boogs’ family for being in attendance to accept the award in his memory and honor. Thank you, Boogs and Rick, for #BleedingBlue!

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

The nominees for the award come from the the recipients of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence. The other Jim Doering Award of Excellence recipients for 2020 were Mike and Sabrina Lopez, John Johnson and Ben Schmidt. 2021 recipients were Glenn Lopp, Derrick Johnson and Mona Dornbusch. The quarterly award is named after Kottke Trucking’s first long-time driver and nearly 40-year employee Jim Doering.

Previous winners of the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver if the Year are Tom Erickson, Ricky Pautzke, Jeff Bass, Carlo Garcia, John Flathau and Sam Harman.

Boogs’ family accepting the award in his honor and memory.

Rick Sare: Duane and Connie Distinguished Driver of the Year 2021

Mona Dornbusch named Jim Doering Award of Excellence Recipient

Kottke Trucking is proud to announce Mona Dornbuscg as the recipient of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence for the 4th Quarter of 2021.

Mona’s nominator said: “Mona continually displays professional qualities in everything she does. Every task no matter how unpleasant is met with her signature ‘Can DO’ spirit. She sets a true bleeding blue example for others to follow.”

The Jim Doering Award of Excellence was established in 2014 in honor of Kottke Trucking’s 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. Mona is the 4th Quarter recipient for this award and is now a finalist for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year Award.

CongratsMona! We thank you for your hard work, dedication and for #BleedingBlue!

Rick Sare named Jim Doering Award of Excellence Recipient

Kottke Trucking is proud to announce Rick Sare as the recipient of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence for the 4th Quarter of 2021.

Rick’s nominator said: “While I have been visiting customers in Florida everyone has had wonderful things about Rick. He has a great attitude and its always kind and courtesy while he is doing his pickup’s or drop off’s. Rick is very patient with the customers even when his loads might not be ready on time.”

The Jim Doering Award of Excellence was established in 2014 in honor of Kottke Trucking’s 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. Rick is the 3rd Quarter recipient for this award and is now a finalist for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year Award.

CongratsRick! We thank you for your hard work, dedication and for #BleedingBlue!

Kottke Trucking’s Trucks and Toys Campaign Raises Over $11,000

One of our favorite events of the year is our annual Trucks and Toys campaign and we are so flattered with everyone’s generous efforts to make the campaign successful year in and year out. We are proud to pass along that this year Kottke Trucking employees, friends and family raised $11,496 worth of toys and goods for Trucks and Toys!

We are so proud that these donations can stay local and go to organizations near our terminals in Minnesota and in Florida. It warms our heart to know that these donations will be going towards brightening the holiday season for people directly in our communities.

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who helped make this year another successful one. Your work on this cause and your donations do not go unnoticed. Thank you all so very much.

Trucks and Toys was one of the causes that was very near and dear to the hearts of Duane and Connie Kottke. They poured a lot of heart and soul into this initiative, so thank you for helping us continue their legacy in this way. It does truly mean the world to the Kottke family. Again, thank you.

May your light shine bright this holiday season! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!

Shopping for toys in Minnesota

Raf with Pastor David Berry from The Mission of Winter Haven picking up toys from our Trucks and Toys toy drive.

“The friendliest company I’ve ever worked for”

A big thanks to everyone who made this video possible. Thank you Logan Karl for making this vision come to life.

Derrick Johnson named Jim Doering Award of Excellence Recipient

Kottke Trucking is proud to announce Derrick Johnson as the recipient of the Jim Doering Award of Excellence for the 2nd Quarter of 2021. Derrick has been with Kottke Trucking for almost nine years with no accidents and no violations. He has been in the trucking industry for over 24 years.

Derrick’s nominator said: “Derrick is deserving of the award because he is very hard working and a go-getter, he plans his loads well and is never late. If you need him to do something, all you need to do is ask him and he will go above and beyond to insure that that job gets done on time. Derrick is a true example of what Kottke Trucking is all about.”

The Jim Doering Award of Excellence was established in 2014 in honor of Kottke Trucking’s 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. Derrick is the 2nd Quarter recipient for this award and is now a finalist for the Duane and Connie Kottke Distinguished Driver of the Year Award.

CongratsDerrick! We thank you for your hard work, dedication and for #BleedingBlue!

 

#ThankATrucker

To all of our amazing drivers, past and present, and every trucker across the country, we’d like to wish you all a very happy National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Thank you for all that you do! #ThankATrucker

Kottke Trucking-Viking Signs Softball Team Finishes Second in Buffalo Lake Days Tournament

We had the pleasure of teaming up with our friends at Viking Signs for a softball team for Buffalo Lake Days and, of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve teamed up!

Our relationship goes back decades with Duane Kottke and Red Jones and continues to this day. This weekend had four members of the Jones family and one Kottke on the field together en route to a second place finish in the Buffalo Lake Lions Club Softball Tournament! We know Duane and Red would have had a ball!

Thanks to everyone that came out to Buffalo Lake Days! It was great fun to see our small town filled with smiling faces and celebrating our community.

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