Trucking company celebrates move to Lenoir

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 07:33 AM

Randall Miller bought his own tractor-trailer in 1974 when he was 17 years old, becoming the owner/operator of his own truck and business right after graduating high school because other trucking companies would not hire someone so young.

In 1990, he incorporated Randall Miller Co. with two trucks in Boone. On Wednesday he cut the ribbon on a new headquarters in Lenoir, 96,000 square feet housing 22 trucks and 34 employees, and he’s looking for four more workers.

The new facility, on Jason Place off U.S. 321-A, used to be a warehouse but was renovated into offices and meeting space for Randall Miller’s headquarters. Miller bought the building about a year and a half ago. In February 2012, the Caldwell County Board of Commisioners approved a $2,000-per-job incentive grant for up to 34 jobs, totaling $68,000 as well as an N.C. Rural Center Building Reuse grant.

Randall Miller Co. trucks cover the contiguous U.S. but run mostly to the West Coast, taking metals, furniture and general freight, and bringing back produce, the company’s bread and butter, Miller said.

Truckers run in teams, two people per truck, and Miller said it takes five days for a truck to make the run to the West Coast and back.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday celebrated the opening of the new headquarters.

Miller called the experience “humbling” and thanked the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission for its help, saying the EDC “made a home for me.” Lenoir Mayor Joe Gibbons, Caldwell County Commissioner Clay Bollinger and the EDC presented Miller with flags.

Miller is also doing more than bringing jobs for Caldwell County, as he plans to donate adjacent land to Habitat for Humanity so the charity organization can build houses there for those in need.

He also leases 42,000 square feet of his warehouse space to Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian disaster-relief organization based in Boone, which stores medical supplies in the building for its World Medical Mission.