The Klassen Business Group has committed a percentage of their net profits to the Klassen Foundation for philanthropic endeavours.
Neil & Rita Klassen were married in 1952 and had five children. In 1963, they started their own business, a trucking company, called Valley Pulp & Sawdust Carriers. The business was launched with the purchase of one truck, used to haul firewood and sawdust.
As time went on, Neil & Rita’s four sons, Lando, Mervin, Dennis and Reg and their daughter Genny each came to work in and expand the business. Early on, Lando branched off and began his own family business, a bookstore and coffee shop in Abbotsford called the House of James (www.houseofjames.com), however the other four siblings all remain integral to the business to this day.
An entrepreneurial family, Neil & Rita instilled a passion for giving into the fabric and foundation of the business. Whenever the business would post a profit, and sometimes even when it didn’t, Neil would seek out opportunities to sow into the communities in which the company operated, local churches and also into missionary organizations overseas.
Ever quiet, publicly, about giving, Neil & Rita made certain their children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren understood the concept of stewardship and the associated responsibilities.
In 2012, the third generation of Klassen’s assumed the lead role for giving on behalf of the family, and established the Klassen Foundation. It is our intention to continue and expand on the vision and passion of our grandparents, and instill this in children and in the generations to come.