WE’VE COME A LONG WAY TOGETHER
Dennis Doehl was born an entrepreneur, splitting wood to make money while still in grade school. Later, in 1964, with a loan from the local credit union, Dennis bought Jay’s, a small trucking firm. He and two employees began hauling freight between Regina and Watrous. Soon they started moving households, sometimes needing relatives to pitch in.
In the early days, the office was the kitchen table. While Dennis’ wife, Arlene, handled the admin work and took care of their young family, Dennis’ mom often travelled with him as a packer. Lunches were brown bag affairs — usually baloney sandwiches. They used an old milk truck for a pack van. With only one seat for the driver, the packer (Arlene or her mother-in-law) had to sit on a lawn chair. The heater couldn’t keep up with prairie winters, so they’d have to repeatedly stop and scrape the windows with pieces torn off boxes.
MOVIN’ ON UP
In 1970, Jay’s became an agent for Atlas Van Lines Canada. In 1977, Dennis bought Guardian Moving & Storage in Moose Jaw, expanding service to Regina and Saskatoon. In 1979, Jay’s established the first overnight freight service in Saskatchewan, today serving more than 500 points across the province.
THE HEART OF OUR SUCCESS
Dennis downplays his personal achievements, preferring to talk about Jay’s in the community. Along with supporting many local organizations and the MS Society, Jay’s is a major sponsor of the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation, raising over a million dollars since 1992 with our Annual Golf Classic. And, every year, we award Jay’s Transportation Group Scholarships to help children and grandchildren of our employees achieve their educational aspirations.
Jay’s first Christmas party consisted of four staff members standing around an upside-down box in the Regina warehouse. Our parties today celebrate around 400 guests of honour — Jay’s hardworking team members from across Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Determination, savvy and guts served Dennis and Arlene well as they built a thriving and diversified transportation leader now recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 Companies and Regina’s Top 50 Companies. In 2013, Jay’s joined Mullen Group, and our continued growth in moving, freight and storage serves the same purpose we always have: to satisfy our clients completely.
There would be no Jay’s, no over half a century of success, if it weren’t for customers like you entrusting us to handle your moves, freight and belongings with care.
Our story is really thousands and thousands of your stories.
You’re who’s carried us.