ugg boot discount How four big trucking companies got their start in little Plain City
Indeed, that friendliness shows in the current merger between Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation. In April, the two companies with a shared history announced a merger to create Knight Swift Transportation, a trucking giant worth an estimated $5 billion. The merger is expected to become final in the next few months, and the new mega company will boast about 23,000 tractors, 77,000 trailers and 28,000 employees, according to a recent Forbes story. Its headquarters will remain in Phoenix, Arizona, where the two businesses have been based.
of work none of the four companies are currently based in Plain City, all trace their genealogy back to Chester Rodney England,
a Plain City farmer who in 1920 figured there had to be an easier way to make a living. That year, he bought his first Model T Ford truck and began providing farm to market service for farmers in Weber and Cache counties, and was soon hauling milk for the Weber Dairy. England into a company that today has a fleet of nearly 4,000 trucks.
Jerry Moyes had his own theory as to why Plain City was such an epicenter of trucking. In 2005, he told the Standard Examiner: like to say there was diesel in the water, and we were conceived in a sleeper cab. England to start Pride Transport, now based in West Valley City. Although the rest of the family though he was crazy, Jeff England says he simply got a wild hair to own his own trucking company.
was connected to a farm in some way, so you always had an opportunity to work, he said. you got to enjoy working if you in the trucking business. That just kind of how we all grew up. If you think about the England family and their success, and then the Moyes family and their success, and then the Knight family, it just like we all kind of learned it and developed it together.