Rosenau Transport has a reputation for giving back. Its employees organize the 18 Wheels of Christmas campaign, which collects donated food items from shippers and transportation companies across Western Canada and then delivers it to local food banks.
And Michael ‘Motor’ Rosenau, 2009 Truck News Owner/Operator of the Year, has decorated a tractor-trailer to pay tribute to Canada’s military veterans. He takes the tractor-trailer unit to community events throughout the west.
The latest example of this company giving back came recently in the form of a touching CTV News report you can watch below. With Alberta farmers struggling to feed their livestock amid drought conditions, Rosenau stepped up and volunteered to deliver a flatdeck carrying 30 large bales of hay that was donated by a farmer in Manitoba, where growing conditions this year have been ideal.
Three drivers volunteered to make the delivery with company president Carl Rosenau handling the last leg of the nearly 1,300-km trip.
“We knew they needed a hand, so we stepped up to the plate,” he said.
The hay will get Carla Rhyant through half the winter, saving her about $6,000 with hay in Alberta going for up to five times the normal rate. Jurgen Kohler was the Manitoba farmer who donated the hay, noting growing conditions in Manitoba have been “just fantastic.”
It’s a nice story and another example of how people in this industry are always willing to step up and help out.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies