Vernon Road’s proximity to the Connecticut River, and subsequently the rail yard, has afforded it a significant historical role in Brattleboro commerce. And while the paper mills that once inhabited the windowless warehouses have come and gone, Triple T Trucking has been in the same spot for over 40 years, providing solid waste management solutions in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Norman and Mary Mallory purchased Triple T from founder Larry Titus in the 1970s. (The company name derives from the fact that Titus had three sons.) Since then, it has grown from a single employee operation to 23. One of whom is general manager Peter Gaskill, whose environmental studies background has served him well in an industry that has evolved to include services like recycling and organic compost removal.
“In high school, when everyone would ask what are you going to do after you graduate, my joke was I was going to walk along the highways picking up returnables, and I’m kind of doing that on a larger scale,” says Gaskill, who’s desk, located at the immediate right of the entrance to Triple T’s office, seems to float like a harbor buoy inside the vast open room that has little other furniture or decoration save a long table strewn with blueprints and some NASCAR posters along a wall in the back corner.
The Mallory’s are both from local families – Norman grew up in Dummerston while Mary is from Winchester. Norman is president, Mary is vice president and they also have a daughter and two sons in-law who are integral parts of the business. Gaskill describes them as “under-the-radar people in town, content being hands-on business owners.” And while “hands-on” includes providing a good retirement plan and 100 percent health insurance for employees and their families, “under-the-radar” did not preclude the Mallory’s from recently making a charitable gift to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
The importance of a strong community hospital hit home for Norman when he lost his father back in 1976, according to Gaskill. Ultimately, he decided that one of the best ways a local business can make an impact in a community is contributing to financial support to improve health care.
“This is a way of giving back to everyone in the area that has made them successful. It’s that cycle of keeping your money local,” says Gaskill.