Al’s Corner – September 2023

Our New Home is WEL Companies

Hello again, everyone! WEL-come to my September edition of Al’s Corner note.

The Transportation Club of St. Louis hosted a Happy Hour event at Big Daddy’s in the Soulard market area on August 24th. This location has long been one of our favorite places, and it did not disappoint this time either. We had a great turnout, and 50 people had a ton of fun.

The St. Louis Transportation Club also held its first City soccer tailgate and game on August 30th. It was a fantastic time, a great game, and we even won 2-1!!! The highlight of the night and the biggest splash belonged to Brad Reinhardt’s portable toilet. Mike Broderick (who is 6ft 9in) took a classic picture while using it. The total cost for the portable restroom was only $60! What a great value!

Reinhardt & Hursey made the decision to leave RF and join Wel Companies out of De Pere, WI, late in August. This was a lengthy process that we took very seriously since Rockfarm informed us a few years ago that they would be, sadly, selling the company. Our three and a half years at Rockfarm went particularly well for us. Thank you to everyone there who made this a success for both them and us.

WEL Companies is an asset-based trucking company with over 400 tractors and 800 trailers. They also have 8 large warehouses and an easy-to-use TMS System. The ownership at Wel is impressive, and they truly value their staff and drivers. Their staff is composed of hard-working, determined people (just like the owners). When I visited them a few weeks ago, I found all of them to be “salt of the earth people,” meaning very good and honest individuals. Not surprisingly, it has been a pleasure working with them so far. You can visit the WEL website at, and our website is We are extremely excited to work with WEL Companies; the future looks bright.

Al and Kathy Hursey step update: As I write this, Kathy has achieved 670 consecutive days of taking at least 10,000 steps each day, and I am at 1230 days in a row.

Goodbye to my awesome cat, Simbee “Big Bite” Hursey! On August 7th, we had to let him go to be more comfortable in heaven. He was 18 years old. The Biting Machine was our best friend and was always there for us, no matter the situation. He had a blonde-orange coat with the nicest hair I have ever felt, and he was incredibly beautiful. He was very smart and played fetch when he was young. He took naps with me and slept next to Kathy every night. He played with me all the time (and Kathy too), with some of the highlights being hunting me at the top of the basement steps, laser beam chasing, and playing with a fishing gig (no hooks), which meant I had a fishing pole in the living room. In his last few years, he walked around the house, clearly “saying hello” in a childlike voice. Amazing! Kathy and I both cried uncontrollably for many days after he left. We gave up everything for him but got back everything too in love, fun, laughs, and consistent unconditional friendship. We both wouldn’t have changed a thing! He can never be replaced. We love you, boy.

Al Hursey

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