From its beginnings in 1979 more than three decades ago when Fred Olbrych purchased School House Pools, Inc. Amsterdam, NY, School House Companies/SLA Transport, Inc has grown into a diversified organization. Self-starting, goal-oriented strategist whose confidence, perseverance and vision promoted success in the Warehousing, Trucking and Heavy Duty Truck Repair industry.
Fred was first introduced to the business world through his families milk and dairy business, as a young boy he helped deliver the products to local customers. After purchasing School House Pools, Fred moved into the transportation business. Serving the North East in the transportation business it has become a major trucking company in the area, maintaining a fleet of 250 Trailers and 53 Tractors.
Expanding into the commercial warehousing industry, wood chipping and pallet repair in 1993 the location on Bell Street, Amsterdam, NY became too small to contain the growing business and employees. A move to The Johnstown Industrial Park along with the continued growth and success of the business again outgrew this facility. Assertive, self-motivated and goal-oriented in 1998 Fred purchased the 600,000 sq ft facility on Patch Road, Mayfield. The Public Warehousing, Pallet Repair, Transportation division and Corporate Offices were moved to this location.
The facility was renamed Mayfield Commerce Park and large enough to house School House Companies growing business needs. Fulton County Chamber of Commerce honored Fred with Businessman of the Year in 1998 for recognition of a locally grown company acquiring one of the counties largest facilities creating more jobs and opportunities for the citizens of Fulton and the surrounding counties. Looking forward to further growth SLA Transport, Inc was purchased in 2000 and merged with School House Transport.
SLA Transport is a full service transportation company. June 2005 saw another change within the corporation Ace Service Center a heavy duty truck and trailer repair center which was formally located in Amsterdam moved to the Mayfield Commerce Park location.
Providing maintenance programs and on site repairs for all heavy duty trucks and trailers, fork lift repairs and fork lift driver certification. Always ready to help out in a time of need, SLA Transport delivered nine tons of goods for the Earthquake victims in El Salvador and to the World Trade victims in NYC. These contributions to the commu nity and help during the San Salvador Relief effort were honored by Center Civic in awarding the 2001.
Corazon Award to Fred and SLA Transport, Inc .Looking forward to more growth within the industry Fred acquired the former White Mop Wringer Corp. building in October 2007 located within easy reach of Exit 28, NYS Thruway in Fultonville, NY. This facility was converted into a truck terminal and the location provided a new home for a local leather business and a solar pool cover manufacturer.
The remaining space of the 140,000 sq. ft. will be used for warehousing. June 1st, 2009 the 250,000 sq ft. Universal Building on Route 30A in Gloversville was purchased and became part of School House Companies. However at this time the name and School House Pallet and Warehousing was changed to UNIVERSAL WAREHOUSING, INC.
Universal Warehousing, Inc. offices are still located at Mayfield Commerce Park facility along with SLA Transport, Inc., and Ace Service Center, Inc. Currently Universal Warehousing, Inc. offers over 1,000,000 square feet of public warehousing space where programs can be tailored to meet our customers needs for either long or short term warehousing. Fred’s leadership and growth within the industry and business community provides an ongoing commitment to the stability of the area improving the quality of work for employees and employers.