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“Tere are a lot of big trucking companies

in the world. I don’t think there’s a lot of big livestock trucking companies in the world,” he said. “We’re all regional-type carriers. I don’t know of any 500-truck fleets in the cattle or hog-hauling business. So we’re all regional guys that try to service our areas and do our part to make the whole system work.” Maloley’s fleet may be small, but it requires

drivers with a special type of skill set – the ability to load and unload livestock and then haul 35-40 living, moving objects in a two-level trailer. Weights can shift if a corner is taken too tightly. Tose drivers have to be trained and knowledgeable. “It’s not like we’re loading corn or wheat

or some sort of product that’s not moving,” he said. “Tese are live animals, and my drivers are trained and have to be on their toes because you never know when one can turn on you.” Maloley’s life experiences make him a

natural to own this type of motor carrier. He grew up with a brother and two sisters on a farm in Lexington, where he dated his future wife, Ronda, in high school. His dad, Zickie,

had seven brothers who had farmsteads with vegetables and cattle, and together they all owned a feed lot. Zickie and wife Bonnie raised cattle, and the family sold farm-raised vegetables. Maloley spent a big part of his childhood raising those vegetables – hoeing, cultivating and harvesting – with his cousins. He and his dad would park the truck at a cattle sale barn and sell vegetables to attendees. Eventually, his family started a vegetable stand and then bought a motel that was remodeled into a grocery store. Ten the family bought a piece of property downtown and built a new grocery store that was expanded three times. At one point, the store was open 24 hours a day to accommodate the workers at the big local Sperry New Holland combine plant, now owned by Tyson Foods. After working on the farm all those years, Maloley worked in the meat department at Maloley’s IGA. After graduating from high school in 1979,

Maloley graduated from Platte Community College in Columbus. He then worked for Cornland Beef, a local slaughterhouse, where he was a transportation manager and worked

in the cooler selecting beef for transport. He eventually moved into a sales manager position, where he gained experience booking loads. From there, he moved to Colorado to work for Consolidated Pet Foods. When that company downsized, he became traffic manager for a meatpacking company, Champion Box Beef. Ten an opportunity came about in 1991

for him to return to Lexington and manage R&R Cattle, an operation owned by his father- in-law, Ronnie Rogers, which included about 10 cattle trucks and a truck washout facility. Maloley set to work building the company while learning more about the business from Rogers, who shared Zickie’s work ethic. “He was a hard worker,” Maloley said. “He

went to a sale every day of the week six days a week, and he wasn’t afraid to take chances. I learned a lot from him [about] just keeping your nose to the grindstone and working hard. Tat’s what he did.” Maloley continued to build the company.

At the time, it was hauling only cattle. He expanded its offerings to distillers grains and liquid feed syrup.


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