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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 other trucking companies.
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.