Roger (Butch) D. Mabe Jr’s
interest in trucking began at an
early age. When he was in his
early teens, it was Butch’s
dream to be involved in the
trucking industry in some way.
His grandfather and uncle were
truck drivers and his
grandfather allowed him to take
some trips with him when the
opportunity presented itself.
Butch’s dad, Roger D. Mabe Sr,
purchased two tractors with
Butch’s grandfather and leased
them to Rapid Transport, a
division of Old Dominion.
Also contributing to Butch’s interest in trucking was a truck terminal which was located down the street from where he grew up that was owned by Bill Goldston. When Butch became a teenager, he got his first job washing equipment at the Goldston terminal in Eden. This terminal had two divisions, leasing and transportation, and Butch started his job on the leasing side. This division leased equipment to companies like Dan River Mills, Fieldcrest Mills, Stoneville Furniture, Tultex and other manufacturers in the Southeast.
Later, Penske purchased Goldston’s leasing division and Butch moved up through all of the jobs in the maintenance department. Penske also purchased Goldston’s transportation side of the business. After learning all he could on the maintenance side of the business, Butch decided to move to the transportation side. Penske later closed the leasing side of the business in Eden and moved the leasing operation to its home office in Reading, PA. Penske also sold the transportation side to Silver Eagle out of Jacksonville, FL.
After Penske sold the transportation side of the business and at the age of 25, Butch began to explore his options in the transportation industry. He made the decision to purchase several tractors and founded his own company as a fleet owner operator in 1988. He incorporated his new company as Mabe Trucking Co., Inc. on June 7, 1988 and began to lease his trucks to Epes Transport in Greensboro, North Carolina and Gra-Bell Truck Line in Holland, Michigan to start his business.
Butch began by running his new trucking operation with five (5) trucks from his garage at his home in Stoneville, North Carolina. As he slowly grew his company, he realized the need to move to another location to provide the space to work on his equipment. He purchased and moved into a one bay garage in Eden. He was a fleet owner operator until 1990 where he was running fifteen (15) under the authority of other trucking companies. At this point he decided to obtain his own ICC authority and pursue his own customer base locally. Butch started out hauling corrugated boxes, boilers, textiles and glass bottles. His business had grown to a thirty (30) truck operation and he had outgrown the facility he was using. The Fieldcrest Mills property in Eden was in the process of closing and this gave Butch the opportunity to purchase the mill property in 1994. Butch converted it into a truck terminal, warehouses and a yard for parking trailers. His terminal is located at the same location today. The one bay facility is still owned by Butch and serves as his body shop.
Over the years the customer base has grown substantially and his fleet has grown to 170 tractors and 450 trailers. The company has grown to be one of the largest employers in Eden, North Carolina with over 250 employees. One of the most prestigious achievements of Mabe Trucking Company was being awarded the Carrier of the Year in 2009 from Dollar General.
The success of Mabe Trucking during the past 25 years has been the loyalty of its customers and the hard work of its employees.