“The men and women who support logistical operations as truck drivers are critical to the manufacturing process,” said Andy Schmitt, Sukup Manufacturing Supply chain manager. “We recognize that they spend long hours on the road, often away from family and loved ones, and we hope that this meal will serve as a thank you and acknowledgement of the important work they do for companies like Sukup.”
Sukup Manufacturing has distribution centers located in Arkansas, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The company delivered products to 30 states last year, from Arizona to New York.
“The company has been intentional about supporting the truckers who work here,” said Sue Rother, Sukup fleet manager. “Our distribution centers are strategically located to allow truckers to be home with family at night whenever possible, and Sukup truckers receive the same excellent benefits that all company employees receive. These benefits include 401K, profit sharing, paid holidays, 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for individuals, and access to the new on-site health clinic opening in January. We also invest heavily in their equipment to make sure they have the tools they need to adequately do their work. Supporting our truck drivers is very much part of the culture at Sukup.”
The buffet will be available from noon to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Pilot Travel Center is located at 2411 U.S. Highway 18 East in Clear Lake. The truck drivers who participate in the meal will also have the opportunity to give a free will donation to support a local community organization.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is a family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, U.S., and covers 1 million square feet of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs over 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in north central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins; portable, mixed flow, and tower dryers; centrifugal and axial fans and heaters; stirring machines; bin unloading equipment; and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.