A produce hauler’s legacy: ‘Best job I ever hated’

| March 01, 2011

Eventually my father started his own company, Ed Kimball & Sons, with all five of his children. Even after we all left Greenstein, we kept a great working relationship with the carrier. I’m glad that I loaded bananas in the Kenworth truck shown here at the Port of Tampa, just as my father did in the 1950s and ’60s.

Although both my father and my brother John have died, the rest of us are still trucking. Brothers Glen and Danny Kimball, and Jay Whitford, my son-in-law, are owner-operators with R & J Transport, based in Wisconsin. My brother Kevin Kimball, who drove the Kenworth shown below in the 1970s, owns a small fleet in Minnesota that hauls produce to northern markets.  

My nephew, Johnathan Kimball, John’s son, is an owner-operator in Waterford, Wis. My son Ryan Kimball has his uncle John’s truck and hauls produce from Homestead. My daughter Jenny’s husband, Jay Whitford, is also an owner-operator. Glen’s daughter Melissa is married to owner-operator, Doug Holden. John’s other sons Jason Kimball and Nick Kimball, drive a truck and work at a Wisconsin Kenworth dealer, respectively. 

The ’60s and ’70s were my glory years. Now, it’s the third generation’s time to shine.

Brian Kimball first contacted Overdrive at its OverdriveRetro facebook page, where posts regarding trucking history and the good old days are welcomed. For more stories on trucking history, to to OverdriveRetro, a micro website dedicated to Overdrive’s 50 years of publication this year.

  • WILLIAM LADE

    I REMEMBER POMPANO BEACH WELL I WAS LEASED TO GREENSTIEN IN 74-75-76 YOUR RIGHT THEY WERE THE BEST WONDER ARE THEY STILL AROUND THESE DAYS.
    THANKS

  • Lucinda Coulter

    Thanks for your comment on Greenstein Trucking, Mr. Lade! Brian Kimball says that the company closed several years ago. Write us and tell us about why you enjoyed your hauls with the legendary company among produce haulers. Lucinda Coulter

  • http://overdriveonline.com/channel19 Todd Dills

    Kimball tells me folks in those days and particularly in Florida called Greenstein the “Cadillac of the Produce Haulers.” A shame a they’re gone.

  • Don Stone

    I am now 54years old and i also was impressed by the Greenstein Trucks and their Elite Fleet. I always wondered about their origin and if they were still around. I am with Landstar and enjoy the pride of being leased to them. My dad (Don Stone aka Stoney) hauled for Little Audrey Tuck Lines in the 60′s and 70′s. I miss all of the good old days. Thank you for publishing the Greenstein article, it made my day

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