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Roland Mullen (born 1931) of Olds, Alberta started Mullen Trucking with a single vehicle in 1949. In 1957 he entered the oilfield industry by racking his first rig-Trident #9-and hauling cats and oil.
Over the next 40 years he built the company into the largest provider of transportation services to the Canadian petroleum industry, fielding 1,100 trucks and 2,000 employees and owner-operators. In 1993 Mullen Trucking became a publicly owned company in which every employee became a shareholder.
With the completion of an internal reorganization in 1997, the company was renamed Mullen Transportation Inc. to reflect its three divisions: trucking, oilfield services and logistics.
Over the 50 year history of the company, Mullen has made substantial contributions to the Canadian Petroleum industry in the areas of technology, education and training, and industry service commitment. His company was the first to introduce satellite communication by equipping all the rig moving units with GPS to improve safety and efficiency. It has contributed to the creation of standards and training courses for drivers and established a scholarship fund for employees, and has strongly supported the technical improvement efforts of industry associations.
Mullen has been recognized with a Pinnacle Award as one of the top business leaders in Calgary, and his company has been recognized among the top 50 privately managed companies in Canada. The company has won a grand prize safety award in North America from the Interstate Truckload Carriers Conference, and has received the Premier's Business Award of Distinction. This year, Report on Business and the Hewitt Group named Mullen Transportation among the 10 best companies to work for in Canada. This spring Mullen was inducted into the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors for his contributions to the Canadian petroleum industry.
Mullen and his wife, Leona, have four sons, three of whom hold management positions in the company, one as CEO.