A Nebraska-based transportation and logistics company is celebrating ten years in China.
Werner Enterprises was the first company to set up shop there when new regulations were put in place over its industry.
Craig Stoffel, Werner vice president for global logistics, says there have been many “firsts” along the way.
“Many of the licenses we were pursuing to operate and do the things we do really weren’t offered before, weren’t available to foreign companies before,” Stoffel tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It was a pretty steep learning curve, but we had a lot of good help and a lot of good partners around us to get us through it.”
Werner, with its global headquarters in Omaha, has had annual double digit growth in China since it started operating there, according to Stoffel.
“I always tell the boss that we were working on student loans those first couple years,” he jokes. “By about year four we had paid back all of our student loans and we’ve been pulling our own weight. We’re a nice profitable division.”
Along with the success of the company, Stoffel says the past decade has been professionally and personally successful for those involved.
“That’s ten years of relationships and ten years of staff that we’ve seen start out as young professionals and now they’re growing up,” he says. “It’s not just having a job, but we can see people actually growing into a career.”
Werner’s ten year celebration coincides with the state’s trade mission to Asia.