Rod Schweitz, owner of RP&T Trucking , is a familiar
face in the area. Born and raised here in Coos Bay, Rod was led to
start a local trucking business by his love for driving. Even while
serving the community as a police officer for 25 years, he worked part
time driving for other companies.
Rod had been mulling the idea of getting his own dump
truck for awhile. It was in 1999 when he saw one for sale that really
caught his eye. He again discussed buying a dump truck with his wife.
While she did not exactly say “Yes”, that was the first
time she did not say “No”, either, Rod explains. So,
blessed with the good sense of timing successful entrepreneurs are
gifted with, he figured “That was the perfect opportunity to buy
my first dump truck! Knowing I might not have much time before the
window closed, I decided to go for it, and fast.” In 2003, Rod
retired from the police force and trucking became his full time career.
Entrepreneur Rod Schweitz, owner of RP&T Trucking and life-long resident of Coos Bay.
I asked Rod who the letters “P” and “T” in RP&T Trucking
represented. Rod laughed and replied, “P is for my wife, Penny, and T
is for Tim, our son. They aren’t strictly business partners, though.
When I first got the idea to do this, my family wasn’t as excited as I
was. So, that name is kind of for fun. Of course, they are okay with it
Another reason RP&T Trucking has seen such success
is that Rod is a ‘people person’ who likes to move around.
When I asked Rod what he enjoyed most about his career, he responded,
“Driving. I hire other people to run the equipment, because
I’d rather be hauling stuff or be out talking to people,
generating more work. I oversee things, but I’m on the road as
much as I can be.”
Summer is the busiest time of year for RP&T
Trucking, so winter is when he takes a break. Rod likes to travel
during the winter. He and his wife enjoy ocean cruises or vacations to
other locales. Like most people who love the road, Rod enjoys going to
places he’s never been.
Rod is also a musician. He plays the baritone sax in the local
quartet “Sweet & Low” and he is a co-sponsor of the Clambake Jazz
Festival, held in annually the 2nd week of March in Coos Bay/North
The South Coast Shopper is happy to work with Rod
Schweitz, a local businessman with a strong work ethic and a vested
interest in our community.