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Posted by | April 10 2020

This Article originally appeared in The Daily Memphian.

RDX grew from house in Bartlett to turning Mall of Memphis into HQ

A growing, 总部位于巴特利特的货运公司将在孟菲斯旧址上建立其新总部.

RDX已经申请了一项建筑许可,该公司高管估计,这是一个占地41英亩的开发项目,占地面积为4590 American Way.

这家拥有90辆业主运营卡车和一个航运经纪部门的公司计划建造11辆,516平方英尺的办公室供23名员工使用,还有一座较小的建筑供司机使用.

该项目还将完成孟菲斯市113英亩的购物中心的重建工作, 该购物中心开业已有39年,而这家失败的购物巨头被拆除已有17年.

TAG卡车中心大约五年前买下了整个113英亩的土地,并在旧址的中间建造了3000万美元的设施. 去年秋天,TAG所有者出售或承诺剩余的财产,可以开发给RDX. 巴特利特货运公司购买了41英亩土地,并有权购买另外9英亩土地.

新的总部大楼将在旧商场的东南角拔地而起, fronting American Way.

新工厂将为员工提供急需的空间,并为RDX卡车司机提供住宿, president Roumen Denkov said.

大约三年前,他和副总裁兼联合创始人迪安·“迪”·特choparov开始寻找一个新的总部.

他们在孟菲斯的老林荫大道(Mall of Memphis)定居,有两个原因:它与240号州际公路(Interstate 240)相邻,而且很容易到达, and it is much closer to the city’s vast industrial district in Southeast Memphis.

罗斯·维特建筑公司正在设计新总部,克里斯·伍兹建筑公司将负责建造.

If all goes to plan, construction could start in June, Denkov said. But how the COVID-19 pandemic plays out could dictate the timing, possibly delaying the project until next year, 他说.

Learning trucking

Denkov and Tchoparov are natives of the southeast European country of Bulgaria. They immigrated to the U.S., Tchoparov in 1995 and Denkov in 1997. 但直到2003年在保加利亚举行的国家节日庆典上,他们才认识并成为朋友.

当时,登科夫是爱玛客的一名经理,而Tchoparov拥有一家清洁公司. 在拜访了芝加哥的一位卡车司机朋友后,Tchoparov提议一起进入卡车运输行业.

“We didn’t know anything about trucking, so the first, logical thing to do was to learn the business,” Denkov said. 因此,最好的办法是:我们每人买了一辆卡车,开始在全国各地开自营车.”

They drove four years before founding RDX in 2010.

Lesson from the road

The most important things they learned from the experience of truck driving?

“If I can put it in one word it’s ‘people,’ ” Denkov said.

“Our business model is a little different than the average trucking company. We focus on our drivers.”

他形容公司在选择司机时“非常挑剔”,因为Denkov和Tchoparov知道司机对公司的成功有多么重要.

But once they hire a trucker, they have the trucker’s back, said Barney Graham, RDX’s director of safety.

He had worked for three other trucking firms before joining RDX in August 2017.

“What’s the difference? You get the small-company feel, you got ownership that truly cares … about the people who work for them,” Graham said.

For example, Graham said, “我们不止一次地遇到一位司机经济状况不好,需要零件、维修或故障帮助. The ownership here has taken money of their own, paid for the repairs,” 他说, adding that drivers would gradually repay the debt interest-free.

Denkov说,“假设你在这个国家的某个地方,你的卡车发生了意外. It costs anywhere from $50 to $10,000. 我们会立即付钱帮助那个人,然后再安排把钱拿回来, but we never charge them a penny.”

Blake Atkins, general manager who is in charge of the brokerage, has worked for seven trucking firms in his 21-year career. For him, the “sense of loyalty” from Denkov and Tchoparov is what sets RDX apart.

Denkov and Tchoparov recruited Atkins in 2012 to establish the brokerage unit, 与与客户签订长期合同的运输公司相比,在现货市场上的运输安排是什么.

阿特金斯回忆起最初几年充满挑战的日子,当时他的经纪业务入不来.

“They have your back,” Atkins said. “从零开始做经纪业务,相信有人能把它发展到现在的水平. … It was a struggle. 花费的钱一直在增加,而收入的钱还不足以覆盖它.”

The owners’ faith in Atkins and other employees paid off. 阿特金斯8年前创办RDX经纪业务时,该公司共有5名员工,目前已有23名员工.

阿特金斯说:“当你需要帮助的时候,这些人会毫不犹豫地帮助你。.

Starting small

“We started in a small room in my house in Bartlett,” Denkov said, 四个月后,RDX在巴特利特7731 Summer的写字楼里租了一小块地方. 这栋楼紧邻斯图尔特兄弟五金公司(Stewart Brothers Hardware),该公司的业主也拥有这栋办公楼.

Over the years, RDX — an acronym for “reliable,” “dependable” and “xceptional” — slowly grew, leasing more and more space in the building.

No longer an experiment

Denkov和Tchoparov把创业的头几年当作一个实验.

“You don’t really know,” Denkov said. “It’s a huge risk and you just go with it and do the best you can to make it work.”

In about five years an epiphany struck Denkov: RDX was no longer an experiment, the business was succeeding and that perhaps, a new location for a larger headquarters was needed.

“那时我们有很多员工,我突然意识到他们在买房子. 如果你对你的工作没有安全感,你将不会做出可能是你人生中最大的财务决定,” Denkov said.

“那时有两三个人买了更大更好的房子,我突然意识到有些事情正在发生变化, something was happening,” he recalled. “This company was no longer experimenting. It’s a serious business.

“如果我们的员工有信心买房子,对自己的工作和未来有信心, it means we did something, 正确的?” Denkov said.

Of all RDX has achieved in 10 years, creating jobs tops the list for Denkov.

“It’s one of the things that makes me very proud of myself, even if that may sound a little selfish,” 他说.

“We created jobs and we’ll continue to create more. That’s important, in my opinion,” Denkov said.

New HQ ‘benefits our drivers’

Of all the advantages the new headquarters will provide, the location and benefit to drivers top the list, Tchoparov said.

“在这里,” 他说 of RDX’s Bartlett address, “我们位于城市的东部,但是所有的事情都发生在城市的工业区,” 他说. “If a driver needs anything, 他们离我们很近,他们可以在几分钟内进进出出,然后继续前进.

“We are not going to burn the drivers’ hours, which is a big factor for how they make their money,” Tchoparov said.

Denkov和Tchoparov是两名RDX患者,他们个人并没有从总部搬到孟菲斯东南部受益. Both live in Lakeland, in the northeast section of the county.

“That’s nothing,” Denkov said. “如果这对司机和我们的员工更好,那么对公司也更好.”