The establishment of Quality Transportation, Inc. started with Mike Griffith’s vision of running a fleet comprised of all Independent Owner Operators, rather than the traditional “driver”. There were many obstacles to overcome that included partnering with an Insurance Company and investors. With his wife Anna by his side as his biggest supporter, he was able to convince Walt Stieg to insure his endeavor, Mark & Al Heller and a few life-long friends to invest with him. This has grown into a 30+ year business partnership and long standing friendship with all. Within the first 10 years of starting Quality, Mike added much value to his company by hiring dispatch, accounts payable and receivable, financial, and safety personnel to fulfill his vision. In the early years, he also started Q.T., Inc. which allowed him to continue with a brokerage division and with those that wanted to operate on their own authority. Mike also saw a need to have a second location in a highly active area within South Dakota. This lead to the opening of the office in Rapid City.
With the passing of Mike in 2012, Patrick who is Mike’s son is the CEO and has continued these partnerships. Since the establishment of Quality and Q.T., we continue to seek highly qualified staff and Independent Owner Operators to maintain the relationships we have established over the years.
In the beginning: Mike and Anna are part owners of Quality Transportation, Inc. and Mike is the President and Anna the Secretary Treasurer. Mike oversees the daily operation of Quality Transportation, Inc. and Anna handles the employee payroll and benefits. Mike started in trucking in 1972 with Bee Line Transportation in Baker, MT. In 1976 he went to work for Western Trucking in Baker, MT. Mike worked there until 1985. In August of 1985 Mike and Anna started Quality Transportation, Inc.