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