GALLIPOLIS — On the Go Transportation conducted its ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon to celebrate its open house with the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce and area dignitaries.
Garry Stover, business proprietor, started his business with the aid of his wife, Louella Stover, office manager and accountant, in 2011. Both had found themselves in a position where they felt they could start a new business after leaving previous employment.
On the Go aims to provide individuals with transportation to non-emergency medical appointments. Louella told the Tribune that On the Go has a contract with Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to help clients get back and forth to their appointments.
Their business predominantly focuses on clients in Gallia and Meigs counties. According to Louella, the business served roughly 170 clients last month. Louella estimated they may have served around 250 clients over the last four years.
On the Go Transportation makes an average of 35 trips a day, with 44 being their highest measured amount in a day.
The business opened in its current location at 1456 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, and has been there since July 2015.
According to the Stovers, the business originally started with two vehicles and has grown its arsenal to include around 15 vehicles with about the same number of drivers. The organization has a little less than 20 employees and anticipates to grow.
“We knew that there were a lot of people that needed help getting back and forth,” Louella said. “We were able to get a contract to do that.”
Garry once worked as a home health aide and a bus driver with Head Start children. Louella had backgrounds with contracts and accounting. According to her, she knew there was potential for such a business in the area.
“Any person who has Ohio Medicaid is eligible for free transportation,” Louella said.
The business works with individuals of all ages. They have worked with individuals traveling to dialysis centers as well as taken them on medical trips to Cincinnati or Huntington, W.Va.
“I feel great about (the business),” Garry said. “There’s definitely a need for it in Gallia County. It’s growing exponentially. We go everywhere. When I started, no one else was doing this.”
Garry told the Tribune that for the amount of travel done in Jackson County, On the Go may consider opening an office there at some point.
Both Garry and Louella told the Tribune they do what they can to give back to a community that has given them so much. They have bought animals at the Gallia County Junior Fair as well as other activities.
For more information to inquire into On the Go’s services, contact (740) 645-2268 or email [email protected]
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, ext. 2103.