The Klassen Family
Giving for Generations
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.
The Klassen Business Group is now a flourishing family enterprise and is backed by three generations of Klassens, but it all started with Neil and Rita Klassen way back in 1963 on the values of faith, family, and hard work.
A Passion for Giving
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.
The Klassen Business Group continues to commit a portion of their net profits to the Klassen Foundation for philanthropic endeavours.