No FAB wall of fame would exist if not for the contributions of Fred Bartuch, Sr. Fred, Sr. owned and operated Jay-Bee Cartage until 1995 and was the driving force behind the creation of FAB Express, Inc. Fred, Sr. brought 3 of his children into the trucking business -- Fred, Jr., Anne, and Brian, thus the name "FAB", created in 1985. We thank him for his sacrifices, sweat, trust, and vision, which finds us here 30 years later, admitting 4 great FAB employees onto the FAB Express wall of fame -- class of 2016.
WALL OF FAME
FAB Express Inc.'s Wall of Fame honors five professional drivers and Fred Bartuch, Sr., who served as the driving force behind establishing the fleet in 1985 in Lemont, Illinois.
FRED BARTUCH, SR.
1946 - 2004
2000 - 2016
Rich joined FAB in 2000 as a driver at our Streetsboro, Ohio location. Rich's outstanding performance as a driver, earned him a promotion as our Streetsboro leadman in 2007. Since 2007, Rich has served FAB and our Streetsboro customer with integrity, class, and a determination to get the job done. At Streetsboro, FAB's largest and most challenging account, this is no easy task. In short, Rich's contribution to FAB is immeasurable and is worth of induction to the FAB Express wall of fame -- Class of 2015.
1973 - 2014
Jim Markusic did it all at Jay-Bee Cartage and FAB Express. "Jimmy Jack" was the consummate driver, dispatcher, and safety director. No matter the position, Jim combined his unmatched dependability with undeniable skill and integrity. Though all the trials and tribulation of 41 years, Jim was one of our anchors. Without "Jimmy Jack", our ship may have sunk.
1972 - 2013
Although Dave passed away in 2013, he will never be forgotten. Dave served the Bartuch family, Jay-Bee Cartage, and FAB Express with uncommon distinction for over 41 years. His display of loyalty, dedication, skills, and willingness to help was an inspiration to all of us. Thank you Dave. We will miss you.
1997 - 2015
Frank epitomizes the "idea" FAB Express driver. His combination of integrity, dependability, conscientiousness, and class is impossible to duplicate. Frank's career with FAB has been defined by his gift of helping others. Frank helped everyone who crossed his path, every day. It has been such a pleasure to work with him over the past 18 years.
1988 - 2015
Scottie starting with Jay-Bee in 1988 and transitioned to FAB in 1993. In 2001, FAB shut down its O-T-R operation. FAB knew how valuable Scottie was, so instead of losing him, FAB created Scottie's own payroll department called "The Rover". FAB sent Scottie wherever he was needed. As FAB's only O-T-R driver, Scottie's legend grew. FAB's customers knew their shipments were in good hands when they saw Scottie show up with his big truck. To top it off -- 4 million miles ACCIDENT FREE!
1994 - 2018
Jim Thiele joined FAB Express in 1994. Jim quickly established himself as the lead driver in our Zion, IL location. From 1994 until 2014, FAB and our Zion customer depended on Jim every day, because of his work ethic, conscientiousness, loyalty and his warm personality. Then, in 2014, Jim used those same qualities to become the lead driver at our Burlington, WI location, until his retirement from FAB in June, 2018. Jim's contributions to FAB are deserving of his placement on FAB's Wall of Fame. Congratulations Jim, you will be missed more than you can imagine.