By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
Downtown Watkins is about to get yet another new business: A&H Donnay Trucking and Sons. Well, not a new business per se, as it’s been around since 2003. But it is a new business in downtown Watkins.
Heidi and Andy Donnay purchased the complex of buildings along the railroad tracks and near Central Avenue last week. They closed on the property and moved in their shop and offices within the week.
The family-owned trucking company employs eight, all but one of whom are family. In fact, four generations of family work for the company.
When AgVenture Feed & Seed in Watkins was sold to FormA Feed which in turn shifted all operations to its Stewart location, one fear in town was that the property might sit unoccupied for a long time. But that’s where being in the right place at the right time pays off. And timing really can be everything.
The grain bins had been removed from the property before the sale. The new occupants won’t be needing them.
The office and shop for the trucking business now occupy the buildings, with their operations fully moved in. A&H Donnay Trucking and Sons specializes in hauling gravel and tar during non-winter months, and freight in the winter. Most of their routes are relatively close to home, encompassing a few states, although some of their routes include Texas and a few distant destinations.
The trucking company’s four trucks and trailers will be parked on site when not on the road. Dispatching of these trucks will be done out of the office in downtown Watkins.