Custom Truck One Source CEO on selling and going public: ‘It’s a surreal thing’

Fred Ross and five other siblings started Custom Truck One Source on Good Friday in 1996. This year, they checked off a different milestone on Good Friday — becoming a publicly-traded company.

“It’s a surreal thing. I never thought anything like this would happen,” Ross told the Kansas City Business Journal. “Excitement is probably the key word.”

The Kansas City-based builder and supplier of custom specialty work trucks started with 15 employees. It now employs 1,800, including about 650 in Kansas City. Roughly 20 members of the Ross family work at the company.

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