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Trucking company plans expansion
John and Bob Broking
One company’s plan to meet it’s own needs has evolved into a business expansion project to serve the needs of many.
Broking’s Transport, located in LaPrairie (just east of Grand Rapids), plans to install a commercial truck wash on its property. Bob Broking, president, said the company first began contemplating a commercial wash due to how expensive it was becoming to clean its own fleet.
“We realized after talking to other people that offering the service to others might help pay for it,” Broking said. “There seems to be a want and need for it in the area.
Broking said the commercial wash would fill a void in the region because currently the nearest commercial vehicle wash is in Duluth.
The project’s total cost is estimated at $1 million. Infrastructure improvements will be funded by an Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Agency grant in the amount of $216,000. That grant also will provide enhanced water and sewer services to other nearby properties – another business and a manufactured home court.
Current timelines call for work on the expansion to begin this year, with the expectation that the project can be completed by fall. The commercial wash will not be automatic but manned. Hand washing commercial vehicles is more effective, said Broking, adding that the wash also would be open to recreational vehicles.
The company has enjoyed tremendous growth in its 20-plus year history. Broking and his father John founded the company in early 1990s with just two trucks. Due to health issues, the company closed down operation for a few years but then reopened in 2001.
The commercial vehicle wash is the second expansion by Broking Transport since 2011. In the fall of 2011, Broking bought Figgins Transportation and moved the company from Grand Rapids to its current location on U.S. 2 in LaPrairie.
That expansion doubled the size of the company, said Broking. Today, it operates 60 vehicles and employs 85 persons, including drivers, mechanics and office personnel. Its customers include Blandin Paper Company, Minnesota Diversified Industries and L & M Fleet Supply.
“Pretty much everybody in Grand Rapids we do some kind of work for,” he said.
Broking said he would be contracting with local firms for construction.Previous Construction Articles:
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