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Our History


 History of Harlow’s


Established in 1971 in Rolette ND, Harlow’s has provided reliable safe transportation to the most valuable cargo for over 40 years; our children, our friends, and our families. Our founder, Harlow H. Hageness was born in 1942 and a native to North Dakota, growing up and going to school in Rugby N.D. He attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND earning an associate’s degree while playing football for the college.


A true entrepreneur, Harlow started early in his passion for building a business. Owning and operating Harlow’s Repair, the Rolette Theater, and a Mobile Station. A certified diesel mechanic, Harlow saw a need when he took an opportunity to run a local bus dealership called Lashman’s Bus Service in Rolette, ND. Harlow’s bought the small company and changed the name to “Harlow’s Buses”


From Harlow’s actions was born our Mission Statement: “To transport each and every student safely everyday no exceptions”. With the determination of a classic entrepreneur, Harlow built his company from a small one shop facility to a multi-million dollar organization that we know today. Harlow believed in serving his community by being more than just part of the growth, he became actively involved in leadership advisory boards, and developing safe secure routing programs across the northwest.


Harlow’s passed on his aptitude for entrepreneurship to his two son’s Jason and Jeremy Hageness. Both with 20 years dedicated to the family owned business, working in tandem to continue the growth and community involvement that their father started. Expanding over 7 states, from North Dakota to Washington, Harlow’s has 27 locations managing over 40 operations. Harlow’s now ranks as one of the top 30 contractors in the US transporting over 10,000 students daily in over 450 buses.