Working with his son, daughter ′greatest pleasure in world,′ longtime plumber says
By Larissa Graham of the The Lufkin Daily News
June 20, 2010
Members of one close–knit family have turned a Lufkin business into a family venture.
Roy Truss, owner of Truss and Son Plumbing, has spent the last 40 years
or so plumbing, though, he said, he took
a few years off to serve in the Armed Forces. Since then, the 60–year–old businessman has been joined by his son, Rory, and daughter Corey.
Rory Truss began working for his father
in 1996, as a way to continue the family business.
"By working with my dad, my sister and I get to have a relationship that most people don′t because we see our parent every day, and we see each other every day," Rory Truss said.
In 2000, Rory and Roy were joined by Roy′s daughter, Corey Thornton, who now handles the books for the business.
"I knew that by working here I would have a more flexible schedule," Thornton said. "I have kids, and my last job was very demanding. Plus, it′s special to be with your family as much as we are, and be able to do something together."
The hardest part of running a family business with their dad, Rory joked, was making sure his mother didn′t get jealous of all the time they spent together.
"We spend more time with Dad than Mom," Rory Truss said, "so sometimes she might get jealous."
According to Roy Truss, working with his children has allowed him to slow down.
"I′m reaching an age where I need to start slowing down. With Rory and Corey working for me, I′m able to do that," Roy Truss said. "But I think that working with my children is the greatest pleasure in the world, and I really enjoy it."