February '19

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58 • RV PRO • February 2019 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S housed there. Horizon also has out- lying yards, staffed during the day by one or two employees each, in Cali- fornia, Idaho, and Oregon, in addition to the seven yards in Indiana. "The corporate office, however, is the heartbeat and engine of the company. It's part of our business model to have a cen- tral dispatch in order to keep everything consistent and uniform throughout," Schrock says. Every year, Horizon has had an annual "Driver Appreciation Day," and the new facility's size has allowed it to have more than one, the latest of which was held in December. " We took them out for a nice meal and celebrated the drivers and Christmas," Schrock says. "For our 35th anniversary, we're planning on having one event in June, where we'll be expecting up to a thousand people at the RV Hall of Fame with giveaways. At our last big blowout party for our 30th anniversary, we gave away $31,000 in fuel cards. For the 35th, we'll have 35 fuel cards worth $1,000 each, along with 350 to 400 other gifts. It's going Schrock and Horizon Hall of Fame Driver Willowdean Carol greet each other during the annual "Driver Appreciation Day" in December. Every year, Horizon brings its staff together for a "Driver Appreciation Day." Schrock speaks to employees gathered for Horizon Transport's annual "Driver Appreciation Day" in December. Since its founding in 1984, the company survived the Great Recession and has grown to employ more than 1,600 drivers. PHOTO BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS

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