History of Rossi Transport Service
In 1952 Jim Rossi started hauling milk from the family dairy in SLO county to Arden Farms Creamery in Santa Barbara. While unloading at the creamery, he met a man who said there are lots of horse ranches here, why don’t you bring some hay down on the days that you don’t bring milk? And so as he turned the idea around in his head and saw the future for Rossi Transport Service.
As the business grew, with more equipment and employees, he supplied hay to many horse ranches and dairies. In the 1960’s we added the wholesale distribution of bagged wood shavings with sales from LA to San Francisco.
In the1970’s, Jim’s son Steve and daughter Susan came into the business allowing the company to diversify with forest products for the landscape industry. Our company was instrumental in helping our local cities begin green waste recycling and reselling of the finished compost product. Today 58 years later, we operate Rossi Transport Feed and Forest Products. We are no longer making compost but are still selling compost and other landscape products which enhance the soil and promote less water use.
With our retail operation at our Templeton store, we sell hay, straw and shavings as well as many other types of landscape mulch, soil amendments, topsoil, rock and sand. We deliver wholesale throughout central and southern California in truckload quantities. We strive to give our customers excellent products and service at a competitive price.