years old, my
dad sold his truck and got off the
road to learn the trucking business from the other side. After
years of effort, Curtis of Iowa, Inc. was incorporated in 1969. My
Mom and Dad, Dick and Beverly Frank,
worked side-by-side building a wonderful truck line full of GREAT
people. Their trucks hauled
mainly swinging meat and contracted with a larger company, Curtis,
Inc. of Denver, CO, for backhauls. As time went on they were able to
operate completely on their own and changed their name to Midwest
Continental, Inc. Tragedy struck soon after this when Mom passed away
unexpectedly in 1982 and within 5 years, Dad died of a different disease.
brothers, Dick and Dave, my sister, Barbara, and I were scattered
across the United States but had assembled back here temporarily for
the last few months of our Dad's illness. Little did we ever imagine
all of us staying and working together for 10 years to continue the
dream our parents started.
weathered through some
tough times at the beginning of our 2nd generation undertaking. The
effects of trucking deregulation were hitting at the same time as the
loss of the founder and we were getting a crash course in the
transportation industry. We began developing long-lasting
relationships with premium ice cream customers, carving us a niche in
the frozen food industry. Somewhere between the laughter and the
boxing gloves, the four of us became an even stronger and closer
family. Because of our closeness, we supported Barbara's desire to
eventually return to her chosen field. We continued to be lucky in
surrounding ourselves with the very best of people who have added
every day to the warmth and efficiency of Midwest Continental.
Dave, & I still have fun running this company together and find
the challenges exciting. We owe a lot to the priceless Sioux City
staff and the first class drivers who stayed with us and helped teach
us how to develop what we think is the best place on earth to work!