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Cobra13

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Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« on: December 13, 2007, 05:47:33 PM »
Apparently, Apple House Trucking closed down. They have been reducing the size of their fleet lately, going from all the nice looking Petes and Kennys, down to just a couple of Macks. I guess they haven't been doing good financially lately, and they lost the last of their trucks. The yard is completely empty now, but still there. For any who don't know, Apple House is a produce hauler out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. They had blue colored trucks, most of which were Peterbilts and Kenworths, but lately they were buying Macks. They've been around for a very long time, and they were Overdrive's Small Fleet Of The Month back sometime in the 70's (I forgot when, my uncle has the issue it's in, so I'll check sometime). They ran to Florida and California mostly. My father worked for them in the late 80's. They were a pretty cool company, but not that great on the pay and benefits, which was why my dad quit. I was saddened to hear of their closing. They were one of my favorite fleets, and all of their equipment was very clean and loaded with chrome. Anyway, they're a fallen flag now, so here's a little memorial to them. If anyone has any info, pictures, stories, or anything else regarding Apple House, feel free to contribute.

All pics shown courtesy of the copywrited owners, I'm only showing them on here.
Apple House was going with a white and blue paintjob for a long time, but in the 90's, they switched to metallic blue, which they stuck with until the end.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/vintage/frm_prints/p7c/apple_house_kw_w900_rest_area_i95.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/2002/july/80s_90s/apple_house_kw.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/2004/feb/applehouse_t8.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/2005/aug16/applehouse-t800.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/jan4/apple_house_kw.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2004/feb/trucks/file0015.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2004/feb/trucks/file0016.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2003/july/file0094.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2003/july/file0095.jpg

GOODBYE APPLE HOUSE! WE'LL MISS YOU! (At least I will!)

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2007, 06:04:03 PM »
Dang Thats Sad  :cry: :cry: :cry: I have been by there yard a few times when i was little Kid  :cry: :cry:

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007, 07:10:37 PM »
Yup they were a sharp fleet I have that issue of Overdrive somewhere their W900 A's were the sharpest of the road back in the day IMO

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2007, 07:46:39 PM »
Yeah towards the end a few months back I seem to remember seeing an International for them. That made be pretty dissapointed, but the closing just sucks! See you later Apple House.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2007, 07:48:25 PM »
Sorry to hear they're closing down but in all honesty i don't ever recall seeing one of their trucks.  :-(

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2007, 07:12:02 AM »
Sad news...There fleet was really eye catching. Here is the Overdrive article you mentioned.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2007, 10:43:40 AM »
Thanks for finding that article! See the picture credit, "Porky" Argoniser? He was with Apple House as an owner operator, he had a really cool 359. I loved seeing that truck, but apparently, he sold it due to fuel costs, and was back to being a company driver with Apple House, until they closed.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2007, 12:27:22 PM »
Here is a perfect example of the shiny truck syndrome.
Drive a nice truck but the pay ain't all that good?
Why?
Bottom line...it's a job and a driver should earn as much as possible.
The shiny trucks and low pay didn't work for that company in the end anyways.



They were a pretty cool company, but not that great on the pay and benefits, which was why my dad quit. I was saddened to hear of their closing. They were one of my favorite fleets, and all of their equipment was very clean and loaded with chrome. All pics shown courtesy of the copywrited owners, I'm only showing them on here.
Apple House was going with a white and blue paintjob for a long time, but in the 90's, they switched to metallic blue, which they stuck with until the end.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/vintage/frm_prints/p7c/apple_house_kw_w900_rest_area_i95.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/2002/july/80s_90s/apple_house_kw.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/2004/feb/applehouse_t8.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/2005/aug16/applehouse-t800.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/macneil/jan4/apple_house_kw.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2004/feb/trucks/file0015.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2004/feb/trucks/file0016.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2003/july/file0094.jpg
http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/pix/trucks/sissick/2003/july/file0095.jpg

GOODBYE APPLE HOUSE! WE'LL MISS YOU! (At least I will!)

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2007, 12:40:34 PM »
I think they had a long hood A-Model as Tractor of the Month, also.

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Here is a perfect example of the shiny truck syndrome.
Drive a nice truck but the pay ain't all that good?
Why?
Bottom line...it's a job and a driver should earn as much as possible.
The shiny trucks and low pay didn't work for that company in the end anyways.

You gotta admit, they were around for a long time though.  The last truck I saw for them was a sharp Mack Vision, all blue with a red frame.  That was a few years ago in Carlisle.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2007, 01:18:51 PM »
Rob, I definately agree with you, I've seen it many times, Apple House, Western Distributing, and many others, the whole "We won't pay you squat, but hey, you get a nice Pete or KW!" My dad will tell you straight out, they were crooks. The pay and benefits weren't good, but they weren't bad either, there were and are worse companies to work for. My dad was only with them a couple of years though. (You know though, most of the small companies up in Northeast PA don't pay well, Bolus, North East Transfer, Apple House, most of them are family run and really cheap).

Paul, what you saw was what the majority of their fleet was when they went under, they had some other trucks, but mostly Macks, and then they lost them.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2007, 02:44:00 PM »
Were they stricly a trucking operation, or were they affliated with a produce house?

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2007, 02:52:34 PM »
Apple House did haul for Notarianni (Another Scranton company), who had some of their own trucks. Apple House hauled the produce in for them and I guess they distributed it in the area. Besides that, they hauled into P&P in Syracuse ("That dump", as my dad so lovingly referred to it), and they also hauled other stuff, whatever they could get their hands on.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2007, 03:26:17 PM »
Here's two more pics of Apple House equipment. The first is a picture from a 1979 Overdrive Tractor Of The Month article (Does anyone have the actual article?).

This is an old Brockway from the 60's, back when Karwoski was just starting out.


Please note, neither of these are mine, I'm only posting them on here for everyone to see. I think I do have a few pics of dad's Apple House rig, I'll scan and upload them sometime if I can.

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2007, 11:51:01 PM »
Here is the feature courtesy of Justin Lang. I disagree Rob about the shiny truck philosophy they were around for over forty years. I think they were a victim of the times  plain jane or shiny trucks business go under for a variety of reasons.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                     

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Re: Apple House Trucking (Scranton, PA).
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2007, 12:26:58 AM »
I always liked the Apple House trucks, for some reason a broker here in Ontario bought one of their early eighties W900 with aerodyne bunk. He was leased to Norris Transport for years. He still runs the truck everyday around Toronto. I like seeing it because for now the Apple House pride still runs the highway.