For three generations, The Truckers Supply Company has been a family business; and what once started off as a truck stop later involved something larger.
"Truckers Supply started with Red Hot Truck Stop, my father D.W Carr of Red Hot: back in 1969 realized he didn’t have a place to buy truck parts, so during that June of 69’, I was out of school between the 10th and 11th grade, we opened up a little store down Fourth Street. I think we paid a hundred and fifty dollars.” Said David Carr Trucker's Supply vice president.
After selling products from trucks, the store did well and started selling other products.
“We have evolved into selling a variety of parts anywhere from pressure washers to Yeti coolers; we’re a big distribute of hoses.” Said David Carr Trucker's supply vice president.
This business has had its doors opened for over fifty years, and Carr says he just follows everything his father taught him.
“People have asked me, what I did and how that actually happened, and I couldn’t really say, all I do is remember what my father taught me about economics, not necessarily what I learned in junior college, but what my father taught me about spending money and being wise with money and just being smart about what you do.”Said David Carr Trucker's Supply vice president.
Carr says he hopes to do the same for his son one day.
“I’m doing probably half of the work if not more right now, slowly turning it over to him; I’m 66 years old, I’m ready to start retiring, but that hasn’t happened yet."Said David Carr Trucker's Supply vice president.
Dave Carr says the tight bond with family is what helps the business operate smoothly.
“One thing is working with family; I enjoy getting to see them every day and just having a working relationship with them.”Said Dave Carr,Trucker's Supply vice president.
Carr says eventually taking over the family business will be a large role.
“My father has been in charge here for most of my life, and so I have some big shoes to fill and a lot of responsibility, but through these years, I have a learned to do what he does.”Said Dave Carr,Trucker's Supply vice president.