PRAF gains new owners

Point Roberts Auto Freight (PRAF) is under new ownership and will continue to be a link between the Point and the U.S. mainland.

Bill and Michelle Bennett purchased the business, originally founded in 1935, in February. “We have been trying to get everything streamlined and making sure everyone receives the quality service they deserve,” said Michelle. “Nothing business-wise has really changed, but I would definitely say it has improved. Consistent and reliable service needs to be our top priority, along with excellent communication.”

The Bennetts are no strangers to the unique challenges of getting goods to the Point. Bill had a 17-year career with Sound Beverage, 11 of them spent serving Point Roberts businesses. Michelle, who will manage the office and warehouse in Bellingham, also holds a commercial driver’s license and has been a school bus driver, as well as running her own business as a health insurance broker. Longtime county residents, the couple and their two daughters, aged 12 and 14, live in Custer.

“Bill and I have looked for a business both he and I could have a functional role in, a family type of business that our girls could easily be a part of and that had a solid foundation,” Michelle said. “The combination of our skills makes us a very unique fit for this business and as we progress I think the community will agree. With just two months under our belt we are very proud of the feedback we’ve received.”

PRAF can handle household moves, construction packages, even vehicles and refrigerated cargo. While they currently only offer service between points in the U.S., Michelle said they had received inquiries about transporting goods to and from Canada and would look into the possibility in the future. They are also working to establish a business relationship with Costco. Pickups from many other retailers are already possible.

“We would like to encourage customers to reach out and let us know what their specific freight servicing needs look like,” Michelle said. “Let us see what we can do to make it happen.”

Contact PRAF at 360/676-1174 or email pointrobertsautofreight@gmail.com. Also, go to pointrobertsautofreight.net.

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