Parrish Trucking’s roots began in 1943, when the late Herschel Parrish, Sr., hauled coal, rock, sand and limestone in a single truck that he parked at his Freeburg home. Through three generations, the company has grown to operate more than 100 trucks and deliver general commodities to 48 states from its headquarters complex across town.
The Parrish family has a passion for trucking and the community that has grown even stronger over the years. In 1969, a tornado damaged Freeburg High School, and Herschel Parrish, Sr., purchased his first van trailers to serve as storage. Once the repairs to the high school were complete, those van trailers hit the road to deliver paper products and beer.
In the early 1970s, Parrish Trucking began at the current location. Herschel Parrish, Jr., who followed his father’s footsteps into the industry as a child, took over operations, and gradually expanded a 20-truck fleet to more than 100 with the help of his wife, Elaine, who manages dispatch and customer service.
A third generation of Parrishes also has trucking “in the blood.” Doug Parrish is the Director of Safety and manages driver hiring and relations, Dave Parrish is Director of Maintenance and Deborah (Parrish) Douglas is Controller and manages the front office. The family bond extends to dispatchers, drivers and mechanics.
The management at Parrish Trucking works with drivers to promote a safe, family-friendly work environment and create schedules that allow drivers to be home on weekends. They truly understand the importance and strength of family at work and at home.