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Eight-truck reefer fleet Triple R Trucking rewards owner-ops for clean inspections, miles

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Updated Oct 30, 2021

Krystal Raue, the owner of Decatur, Nebraska-based Triple R Trucking, was born and raised around trucking and worked in her parents’ hauling business from a young age doing paperwork and other jobs.

After going to college for a degree in business administration, she came back and continued to help the family business.

“As technology increased, I kind of started helping them transition into more of the technology side of things,” she said. “I was eventually managing my parents’ company, a reefer business.”

In 2012, Raue bought her first two trucks to get a feel for what it was like to own trucks and to run a business. She leased those trucks on at her parents’ company. A couple years later, “Dad was ready to retire,” she said, “so I basically ended up buying the equipment from him and put everything and everybody under my own company name and authority, and we’ve been running ever since.”

Thus, Triple R Trucking was born, and today is among 10 semi-finalists for Overdrive's 2021 Small Fleet Champ award.  .

Since starting the business in 2014, Raue has kept the fleet around 10 trucks, primarily leasing with and finding freight for owner-operators. Today, the company's sitting at eight owner-operators running refrigerated freight all across the country but for the Northeast and California. Most of that freight is meat out of Nebraska and Iowa, with produce on the return.

The company contracts with one owner-operator doing platform work. One of the drivers came to Triple R after doing flatbed for years and ran reefer for a while, but he wanted to go back to flatbed.

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