Long standing over-the-road trucking company, Tony’s Transfer recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Dave and Dianne Rousslang operate the small company and have drivers all over the country.

Tony’s Transfer is a 48 state carrier. They move products and goods all over the country and are comprised of a staff of owner operators. They haul out of Wadena and drop deliveries all over the country, often making trips to California, Washington, and Texas. The family owned business got its start 50 years ago and has built a legacy of professional over-the-road trucking.

In 1969, Tony and Fran Rousslang starting trucking in and around Wadena. They transported merchandise within a 40 mile radius of Wadena. They operated in this fashion for several years until 1981 when Rousslang bought out Hammes Transfer. This prompted Rousslang to take on over-the-road trucking jobs. His son Dave made these deliveries within a five state area. Several years later Rousslang and Fran would pass away. Their sons Dave and Joe Rousslang would take over the business in 1991. They fully embraced long distance trucking and grew the business from only a handful of trucks to a full blown fleet.

Dave and Dianne Rousslang operate and manage the Wadena based trucking company.
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Dave and Dianne Rousslang operate and manage the Wadena based trucking company. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

“I’ve been here since day one, I can feel every pain that's ever been here,” said Dave Rousslang. Rousslang is the President of the company and in the 50 years he’s been working, the biggest change has been the trucks. Rousslang has witnessed the metamorphosis of the trucking company and much has changed in half a century. “Trucks...the trucks are unbelievable,” remarked Rousslang. He spoke about changes in transmissions which allow for much smoother riding conditions. Some of his trucks are equipped with automatic transmissions, which are very driver friendly. According to Rousslang, modern trucks can power through just about any terrain with relative ease, a vast difference from past rigs. Even traversing mountain roads is made easier.

Rousslang was incredibly impressed with the technological advancements in the trucking industry.
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Rousslang was incredibly impressed with the technological advancements in the trucking industry. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

In June 2018, Joe Rousslang passed away. The trucker had just gotten back from Alaska and suffered a heart attack while working at the transfer station headquarters. He was an avid cook and experienced trucker. After his passing, his wife Dianne would step in to help the business. Prior to working at Tony’s, she worked with the Wadena Housing Authority. She’s been in her position for about a year and exclaimed that every day she learns something new. She praised the employees of Tony’s Transfer for their hard work and diligence.

Tony’s trucks travel all over, many of them having a plum purple paint job. Even more unique is what’s illustrated on the back of the trailers they pull. If you drove up behind one of his trucks, you might be surprised to see the Ten Commandments emblazoned on the trailer doors. Many years ago a close family friend offered to pay for the special addition. The illustration has earned much attention on social media and a plethora of feedback. “We’ve gotten a lot of favorable comments, it’s a good thing,” said Rousslang. He plans to continue adding the holy document to the back of all the trailers for years to come.

Tony’s Transfer has a building on the outskirts of Wadena. That building comes equipped with bedrooms, office space, and a kitchen for the drivers to use during their off hours. Just down the road is a semi shop. Tony’s Transfer is located at 1502 Reini Drive SE in Wadena.