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FIRST CLASS l 23 FIRST CLASS l 23 pany's current headquarters in Gerald, Mo. A few decades later, Tracy's dad Woody Bogler used his salary from the Korean War to invest in new equip- ment for his father's company upon his return from service in the 1950s. And by 1995, the third generation — Tracy — had gone to work full time for the company, which was still primarily engaged in hauling clay, then to cement producers. But in 1997, two of the company's biggest customers announced that they would no longer need clay in their pro- duction processes. "They basically said it was nice know- ing you – good luck," recalls Tracy. "I remember Dad and I thinking, 'Now what? We've got 75 trucks and work for only 25 of them.'" The wife of an employee worked at a nearby printer and said they might have hauling needs. Bogler called their ship- ping department. The Peterbilt Model 579 EPIQ and a 58-inch sleeper figure to be both fuel and weight efficient for Woody Bogler Trucking.

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