Rosenau Transport to be led by third generation

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EDMONTON, AB – Carl Rosenau will retire from the fleet that bears his name at the end of this year, when Ken Rosenau will be named the new president, Today’s Trucking has learned.

“I want you to know that this decision was not made easily, but over the last while I’ve realized that it’s time I start spending my days with family instead of the business,” Carl said in a letter announcing the change at Rosenau Transport. “As we approach our 60th anniversary as a company, and I think back to the humble beginnings where it all started, it still amazes me to look at the volumes we haul on a nightly basis. From one pickup truck dispatched out of our family kitchen, to 650 employees with terminals across Western Canada, is something pops [founder Gus Rosenau] never would have dreamed of.”

Ken Rosenau is currently the director of operations, but grew up around the fleet in roles ranging from the dock to the office, serving as an account manager and terminal manager. He also worked from 1999 to 2007 at USF Reddaway.

“It was a good way for me to spend a lot of time with my dad growing up,” the incoming president says. “I’m nervous. I’m excited. They’re big shoes to fill. [Carl Rosenau] has been a leader in the industry, and he’s represented our company unbelievably.”

The father-son team has worked together closely over the past three to four years, as the fleet made several significant investments. New terminals opened this year in Winnipeg and Vancouver, and there’s a new warehouse at the Edmonton airport.

Fleet services now include Less than Truckload, truckload, bulk, hot shot, consolidation, overnight service, decks, container chassis, heated vans, and scheduled deliveries.

“All this would not be possible without such a great team of people,” Carl said in his letter. “I am forever grateful to each one of you for allowing us this opportunity to build something bigger than ourselves.”

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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking,, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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