Roadmaster Group, a specialized transportation company with operations across the U.S., unveiled its new “Legacy Lodge” at Tri-State’s headquarters in Joplin, Mo.
Tri-State is a leader in high-security transportation and the largest operating division in the Roadmaster Group organization. The nearly 10,000 square foot lodge will be used as a retreat and training center for Tri-State’s drivers, operations team and mechanics.
“Our employees are the heartbeat of our company and we wanted to show them in a unique way exactly how much we appreciate their hard work and loyalty. It was named Legacy Lodge to honor the rich history of Tri-State, which was founded in 1931, and the many employees who have worked with us for decades,” said Roadmaster Group CEO, John Wilbur.
“Our mantra has always been that we don’t want to build just a good trucking company, we want to build a great company and our new Legacy Lodge is a perfect reflection of that attitude,” he added.
The building was originally built in 1957 and served as Tri-State’s original operations center and shop. Roadmaster selected Swenson Realty Group based in Phoenix, Ariz. to design and re-develop the project that now features a custom kitchen, fitness center, theatre rooms, laundry center, hand-hewn beam chandeliers, polished metal ceilings, men and women locker rooms and a club room anchored with a 20-foot-high stone fireplace.
There are also areas for gaming, billiards, shuffleboard, darts, ping-pong, cornhole, and even an old classic checkerboard table. The club room has two large overhead glass garage doors that open and connect to a 2,500 square foot landscaped and lighted outdoor patio with a gas firepit and barbeque island, which showcases the company’s historic 1947 white semi-truck and trailer that is periodically used for parades.
Jeff Swenson, president of Swenson Realty Group is developing new facilities for Roadmaster Group across the country.
“This is not your typical truck terminal ‘driver’s lounge’ or ‘truck stop’ found throughout the industry,” he said. “It’s more like the quality of amenities and appointments that you’d find in a private club.”