Permit for trucking firm paves way for 45 new jobs

Village allows firm with Charter Steel contract to set up shop in business park
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Saukville Village Board on Tuesday granted a conditional-use permit to a new trucking operation in the business park that is projected to employ about 45 people.

Ruan Transport Corp., based in Des Moines, Iowa, has a five-year contract with Charter Steel Corp. to haul finished steel coils, representing about 30% of the manufacturer’s total tonnage.

Ruan will set up shop on a six-plus acre parcel at 516 Technology Way that will be used for parking semi-tractors and trailers and will include a shop where routine maintenance tasks will be performed, Ruan officials told the village Tuesday night.

“We don’t normally do major engine overhauls on site,” Steve Larsen, Ruan’s director of procurement, told village officials.

Conditions put upon Ruan include paving a gravel parking area, operating a magnetized street sweeper to pick up steel fragments and maintaining a smooth traffic flow to avoid high-volume periods.

Ruan is an 86-year-old, family-owned business that operates 4,000 tractors and more than 8,000 trailers nationwide.

According to filings with the village, Ruan anticipates employing 36 drivers, four maintenance technicians and five office managers. Trucking operations would primarily occur Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday, documents state.

Larsen told trustees that Ruan’s contract with Charter includes a five-year extension.

“Our hope is that this will be a long-term relationship with Charter Steel,” Larsen said.

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