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Employee Profile: Steven Kurash

by Nate Kuennen | May 23, 2022


You can’t spell car carrier without care, and you can’t build one without it, either. That’s what team member Steven Kurash puts into every rollback he assembles at Zip’s West Campus production facility in New Hampton, IA.

Kurash--this week’s Meet an Expert-- joined Zip’s as a truck builder eight years ago and is now a crew lead on one of seven two-person teams at the carrier plant. He helps train new employees and is often tasked with building many custom carriers and as well as special edition show trucks.

“Anything that’s a challenge, that’s what I like,” said Kurash, who has also helped design some of the storage brackets seen on many Zip’s car carriers. “If I had to build the same truck every day, I would get bored pretty easily.”

Starting from the chassis up, Kurash said he and his partner produce--on average--50 to 60 car carriers each year. Depending on the build sheet, he said it takes three to four days to complete a standard rollback, whereas some of the more custom units can take quite a bit longer.

Kurash said he takes a great deal of pride in the finished product and even takes pictures and videos of each build and keeps track of where they end up. He said he hopes the customer appreciates the extra effort and attention to detail he puts into each car carrier.

“I’m very picky on my trucks,” he said. “I don’t care if it takes a little longer. It’s going to be done right. I don’t want to see it coming back for any reason if I can help it.”