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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company and Badger Utility, Inc. present Marten Transport with its 10,000th commemorative Utility trailer
It all began at the age of 17 when Roger Marten started delivering milk and other dairy products throughout the Modena, Wisconsin area. From there, he would build a trucking company, and buy his first tandem axle trailer in 1960.
The 60s were the beginning of Roger’s rapid expansion into a successful interstate trucking business. He purchased land in Mondovi, Wisconsin where Marten Transport’s headquarters are still situated today. He secured major trucking contracts that demanded more vehicles to be added to his fleet. His son, Randy also joined the company, assisting with equipment maintenance and dispatch. As years passed, Marten Transport expanded even further, opening a terminal in Ontario, California to better serve customers on the West Coast. Business gained momentum and Marten Transport began publicly trading on NASDAQ in 1984. That same year, Roger began working with Badger Utility, Inc. in Wisconsin. Their relationship led to the initial purchase of 35 Utility trailers. In 1993, Marten Transport suffered the tragic loss of their pioneer and founder. Roger Marten’s vision and determination live on and will for many more years to come. Upon the death of his father, Randy Marten continued to lead the way as CEO of Marten Transport. “When my father started Marten Transport over 50 years ago, he developed a philosophy that still guides the way we do business today. Treat your employees and customers with the respect they deserve, and success will come naturally. It’s a philosophy that has served us well, and as long as I’m in charge, that’s the way it will continue to be,” says Randy. “We’ve worked closely with Roger’s son Randy to develop trailer specifications that fit Marten Transport’s various applications. They have been a great customer to us, so we wanted their 10,000th trailer to be a tribute to Roger’s entrepreneurial spirit and Randy’s vision to transform the company with the outstanding team he has built around him,” said Todd Scheffler for Badger Utility.
Utility’s Hal Bennett, Steve Bennett and Greg Brown along with Badger Utility’s Richard Bloomquist, Todd Scheffler, Dave Batterman (not pictured) and Greg Steinhorst presented the special edition trailer to Randy Marten. “I was completely surprised,” said Randy Marten. He added, “It was a great honor to see a Utility trailer with a graphic decal of our history on it. At the end of the day it’s not only about business, but it’s about friendship too. Badger Utility, the Bennett family, and everyone that works for the two companies have been tremendous to us and we can’t thank them enough for supporting our growing business.”