In 1948, Fred Bosselman, a farmer and part-time truck driver, and his wife, Maxine, opened Bosselman & Eaton Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 30 in Grand Island, Nebraska, with his brother Charles and brother-in-law Al Eaton and sister Charlotte Eaton. Over the years, this location developed a reputation for good food and good service. In 1965, Fred Bosselman built the Bosselman Truck Plaza at the intersection of the new Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 281 at Grand Island, becoming a landmark on I-80 and successfully serving the traveling public for nearly 50 years.
As the company grew, so did the Boss Shop name. From 1965 to 2009, the Boss Shops grew from one to ten shops that were known for providing fleets and owner-operators with excellent service at a fair price. In 2009, Boss Shops established a national footprint when they acquired 15 J-Care Shops from Flying J. Acquisitions of Q-Fix in 2011 and various other locations bring the current total of Boss Shops to 42. In late 2012, Boss Shops opened their first ground up build in Sayre, Oklahoma with additional locations scheduled to open in 2013 and beyond.
A total of 42 Boss Shops in 22 states makes Bosselman Boss Shops one of America’s largest service center chains, reaching from east to west and north to south.
“Boss Shops are working hard to broaden our footprint across the country in the truck repair business,” said Charlie Bosselman, President of the Bosselman Enterprises and Boss Truck Shops, Inc. “At 42 Boss Shops strong, this will greatly benefit both existing and new customers. The trucking industry is constantly looking for repair facilities that they can trust to do their over-the-road work for them, and after 70 years in this industry, Boss Shops are fulfilling that need through quality service, competitive pricing, and locations throughout the nation.
“We’ve been around since 1948, back when my Great Uncle Al started out with just one shop on the old Lincoln Highway in Grand Island, Nebraska. I’m excited and pleased to continue providing this quality, hometown service at our Boss Shops across the USA and to support the trucking industry as a whole.”