Antigo-based Karl’s Transport, which has turned much of its fleet of semi tractor-trailer units into “traveling billboards” promoting causes, offering tributes and drawing attention to missing children, has been honored by state officials.
State Representatives Mary Felzkowsi and John Spiros, along with State Sen. Tom Tiffany have presented Jil and Karl Schulz and their team with a legislative citation for their dedication to community service.
“Many people have seen Karl’s trailers on the highway bringing awareness to certain causes. They have done them for the Honor Flight and other veterans causes, Gold Star Mothers, suicide prevention, to support law enforcement, and for missing persons,” Rep. Felzkowski said. “We wanted to thank Karl, Jil, and the entire Karl’s Transport team for all they do.”
Jil Schulz, who has taken the reins of the messaging, said that between 50 and 75 trailers are on the road carrying the messages, which are created in-house by Southside Design and Graphics, a division of Karl’s Transport.
The signs and giant American flags on the sides of the trailers have brought awareness of Antigo’s missing Kayla Berg to hundreds of thousands of people who see the big rigs criss-crossing the country. They have honored those who died in combat, brought awareness to autism and other causes and recently brought attention to Jayme Closs, the teen abducted from her rural Wisconsin home earlier this year. She has since been found and returned to her family.
“We’re very honored by the citation,” Schulz said. “We want to use our business to promote good, positive messages out there a bring awareness.”
The program works. The Karl’s Transport website includes an area for remarks from people who see the big rigs, with comments coming from across the nation.
Tiffany represents the 12th Senate District, which stretches across northeastern Wisconsin. Felzkowski’s 35th District covers Antigo and much of Langlade and Lincoln counties. Spiros serves the 86th Assembly District, which includes Marshfield.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal