July 28, 2009

Wilson Trucking Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Roanoke Valley

Wilson Trucking Corporation had the distinct privilege of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our Roanoke Terminal earlier this month. Roanoke is the oldest continuously occupied terminal in the Company. The terminal opened on July 20, 1959 and is still going strong. President Chuck Wilson and Executive V.P. Guy Wilson were able to attend and proudly represent the current and former employees who have worked so diligently toward the success of the Roanoke terminal and the company as a whole.

Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke was in attendance and thanked us for our years of service to the community. Also pictured is Darlene Burcham, Roanoke City Manager. She spoke at the end of the event and also thanked us for our contributions to the economic vitality of the City.

We had some customers, employees, and retirees who enjoyed lunch and the presentation by Chuck and Guy of a commemorative plaque that Terminal Manager Sam Snow will hang in the office for all to see.

Congratulations to Sam and his staff for their tremendous efforts in making this a successful and memorable event.

Press Release - July 3, 2009

Wilson Trucking Corporation was founded in 1926 by C.G. "Boss" Wilson in Lyndhurst, Virginia. In 1934, a terminal was opened in Waynesboro. From 1941 until 1972, Waynesboro was the Corporate Headquarters. In 1972, a new terminal, shop, and Corporate Office facility was built in Fishersville, VA. This complex is still the headquarters of Wilson Trucking today.

During the 70's and 80's, C.W. "Buddy" Wilson led the expansion of Wilson into the Carolinas and a larger portion of the Southeast. Wilson Trucking now serves the southeast through a network of 40 terminals in 7 southeastern states.

The company is now led by C.L. "Chuck" Wilson, President and T.G. "Guy" Wilson, Executive Vice-President, the third generation. Under their leadership, Wilson Trucking's mission is to "set the standard of excellence in the trucking industry by providing exceptional customer service to all of our internal and external customers".

Jack Kidd, retired Vice-President of Operations, says "we started out in Roanoke in the early 50's with an agent. Business grew and we bought the land on Plantation Road in 1958 and opened the terminal in 1959. We serve a large geographic area out of that terminal and have done well there."

Sam Snow, Terminal Manager, recollects that "Wilson Trucking has been in business in Roanoke under the same ownership and name longer than any other trucking company. This speaks volumes about our customer loyalty and employee dedication."

Wilson Trucking has a long history of consistent, quality service to our customers. We do that with the assistance of our employees. In many cases, our terminals have long term employees that develop and maintain positive relationships. Here at Roanoke, we have two that stand out. Larry Thomas, a local delivery driver, started at this terminal on the first day on July 20, 1959. He retired from the company on January 3, 2003 after 43 years of service. Harold Dodd just retired on June 22, 2009. Harold started in Roanoke on April 30, 1962. We thank him for his 47 years of service to our customers. We appreciate all of our former and current employees and look forward to many long-term relationships.

We have been privileged to serve our customers in the Roanoke Valley and beyond from our terminal on Plantation Road for 50 years. We appreciate our valued customers, dedicated staff, and business partners. This combination of vital collaborators and the business environment in the City of Roanoke has contributed to our past success.

At Wilson Trucking, we "Pull with Pride" and will continue to serve the Roanoke business community for generations to come. The celebration for our invited guests will be at 12:00 P.M. on July 7, 2009 at the terminal at 1712 Plantation Road N.E.

(L to R) Sam Snow, Roanoke Terminal Manager; Chuck Wilson, President; David Bowers, Mayor of Roanoke; Guy Wilson, Executive V.P.

(L to R) Mark Monroe, V.P. of Operations; Sam Snow, Roanoke Terminal Manager; Chuck Wilson, President; David Bowers, Mayor of Roanoke; Guy Wilson, Executive V.P.;
David Collier, V. P. of Sales and Marketing; Jim Clark, Jr., V.P. Operations, Region 1; Bill Reel, Regional Director of Sales

Mayor David Bowers with Wilson Trucking Retirees

Darlene Burcham, Roanoke City Manager

Chuck Wilson, President; David Bowers, Mayor of Roanoke

(L to R) Guy Wilson, Executive V.P.; Sam Snow, Terminal Manager; Chuck Wilson, President

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