First Class

Summer 2015

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FIRST CLASS l 7 Driver-friendly Model 567s anchor growth strategy for Otto companies Put any ambitious young man from the frosted, wind-swept North Dakota prairie into the Arizona sunshine and you can surely under- stand that the new environment would have an appeal. But for Alan Otto, the shift from the home farm to getting his business rooted in Phoenix back in the mid-1980s was about far more than settling in an improved climate. Back then, he was a man, a truck (a classic Peterbilt Model 359) and a vision. Today, Otto Trucking and its Otto Logistics sister companies operate more than 350 power units, more than half of which are Peterbilts. Otto Trucking is a construction materials hauler that has grown steadily in the Phoenix metroplex and is the largest haul- er of its kind in the area. Otto Logistics is primarily a waste haul- er with operations in Denver, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Kan., and Colorado Springs, Colo. A separate Otto Logistics division also focuses on waste hauling in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. Surely, Otto has benefitted from settling in the right place at the right time. Phoenix has long been ripe for growth and while it's not the extreme boomtown it once was, the area still sprouts more than 20,000 new homes a year. And Otto has been a hands- on participant in much of that growth, with his company's rep- Peterbilt Model 567s have become a key part of the growth strategy for Otto Trucking and Otto Logistics.

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