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Our History
Joel Olson Trucking started in 1962 when Joel married Carole and they purchased a 1957 Ford Dump Truck for $4700. His first job was with Longview Fiber Company hauling rock in the now the extinct town of Valsetz, Oregon. All the miles he drove were off road and he often repaired his tubeless tires with a patch-kit alongside the potholed thoroughfare leading in and out of Valsetz. Fuel was a reasonable commodity in those days, costing a mere 11 cents per gallon. In 1968 Joel bought four log trucks from David Bruijn and began hauling logs for L. Jepson and Sons.

Joel and Carole had two sons, Darin and Craig, and lived in Lincoln City, Oregon until 1977 when they moved to Clatskanie to work in the Longview Fibre Sorting Yard. As the work presented itself, the company grew to include chip trucks, flatbeds, box trucks, curtain vans, end dumps, a lowboy and some heavy equipment used in the woods. Darin spent the later years of his childhood working alongside his dad in the shop maintaining trucks. He later went on to college and drove his own truck to cover his expenses. In what seemed a natural progression, Darin came on board to help with the management of Joel Olson Trucking in the early 90s. Craig completed his degree at OSU and now works as a forest engineer. Craig has followed in his father's footsteps as well, serving as president of the Pacific Logging Congress for 2010. Joel held this position in 2001.

Decades later, Joel Olson Trucking, Inc. is still a family run business. Having grown to fit the needs of the community, it now presents itself as a diversified company with more than 80 trucks on the road. With the ability to haul just about anything, Joel Olson Trucking employs enough heavy equipment to get the job done from start to finish.
Our History