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After a Lifetime in the Trucking Industry, Wollenman Proud to Say He’s in the Food Business

After a Lifetime in the Trucking Industry, Wollenman Proud to Say He’s in the Food Business
After a Lifetime in the Trucking Industry, Wollenman Proud to Say He’s in the Food Business

Who actually feeds America? Farmers certainly do, but does it end there? How does that food actually end up on our plate or on our grocers’ shelves? The food supply chain of the United States is one of the most revolutionized in the world with thousands of dedicated and innovative people working every day to deliver food to your table.

Deluxe Truck Stop
St. Joseph, Missouri

Growing up, Bob Wollenman lived the American Dream. He worked hard with his dad, a fuel distributor and gas station owner, and believed that if he stuck to the plan, good things would happen.

“I thought there was an opportunity that, if you shoveled the dirt long enough, you eventually would build the building and make things happen," he says. “And I was naive enough that I could do it myself with Connie’s support at home with the family."

“I thought there was an opportunity that, if you shoveled the dirt long enough, you eventually would build the building and make things happen."
Bob Wollenman, Owner
Deluxe Truck Stop
St. Joseph, Missouri

Turns out, he was right. What he didn’t expect, though, was that 30 years after buying the Deluxe Truck Stop on the southeast side of St. Joseph, Mo., he’d consider himself in the agriculture and food business.

Once the site of the St. Joseph Stockyards, the truck stop was part of a re-awakening of the area, now home to world-class packing plants as well as grain shipping and milling operations.

Responding to customer needs, Bob increased the truck stop’s offerings to include truck washes for livestock trucks, selling bedding for hog trailers and doing high-tech tank washes for tanker trucks.

Now open 24 hours, Bob has brought son, Nick, into the business as general manager and the future looks brighter than ever.

To get the whole story, watch the full episode of Road to the Plate on Facebook.com/watch/road2theplate to the plate.

About Road to the Plate

Created to bring greater understanding about what it takes to get food from the farmer’s field to the consumer’s table, Road to the Plate is a platform for telling the stories of individuals involved in the farming, transportation, processing and retail sales of Midwestern food products. Road to the Plate is backed by the more than 600 corn farmers that own Lifeline Foods, a world-class corn milling cooperative in St. Joseph, Missouri. For more information, visit facebook.com/watch/road2theplate or lifeline-foods.com

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