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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


Roger McMorris Beall Corporation


THE PERSONAL


Hometown: Billings, Montana


Children: One girl and two boys, married to the same beautiful lady for 37 years


What was your first car? It was a 1959 Chevy Belair. I bought the body out of a vacant lot for $35. My brother gave me a 283 engine and trany and at age 16. I proceeded in making my own car under my stepfather’s direction.


If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? It would have to be Pizza.


THE PROFESSIONAL


Current Title: Service manager, quality control, registered inspector


Why did you go into trucking? I worked as a welder for a local steel company and decided to expand my fabrication skills and my pocket book. Everyone knows raising three children nowadays is very expensive. I couldn‘t have found a better company to work for than the one the Beall family has built over the last 100 years. I went to work in the shop in August 1977 and have now spent half of my 33 years at Beall as a service manager.


What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Treat people as equals and treat them as you would like to be treated.


What is your business philosophy? Treat your customers right and they will come back.


What is the biggest challenge currently facing the trucking industry? Finding the right parts to repair a break


down in a timely fashion. The money flow problem our nation is facing right now has everyone being conservative. The parts outlets might not have the parts as readily available as they use to have.


What improvements have you seen in the industry? The new emissions on the trucks are sure to make our air quality better—even though I think they might have gone a little too far.


What are the greatest benefits of membership in Motor Carriers of Montana? By being a member you are kept up to speed on all the new legislation being brought to the table. And the annual convention is a great way to meet up with all your customers and see all the new equipment being introduced.


THE BEALL CORPORATION


When was it started? How long has it been in operation? The Beall family started their company more than 100 years ago, in the early 1900s.


How many employees? 120 service and parts employees and approximately 250 factory workers


What are the challenges facing your business today? With the current money flow problems this nation is experiencing, getting the parts in a timely manner to repair and build trailers is a real challenge.


What assets set your company apart from your competition? We build a custom-built trailer with over 100 years of experience, and we have an


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I COULDN‘T HAVE FOUND A BETTER COMPANY TOWORK FOR THAN THE ONE THE


BEALL FAMILY HAS BUILT OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. IWENT TOWORK IN THE SHOP IN


AUGUST 1977 AND HAVE NOW SPENT HALF OF MY 33 YEARS AT BEALL AS A


SERVICE MANAGER.


engineering department to help us with our everyday needs.


Where do you see growth coming from in the future? The oil fields are growing rapidly, so the supply of trailers to haul the crude to market is going to need to grow with it.


What is the most important service your company provides to fill a need in trucking? Quality built transport trailers, service shops qualified to test and repair all brands of equipment and a parts departments with personnel ready to provide parts for all makes and models of trailers.


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