Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023:
Leonard’s Express (CCJ Top 250, No. 119) is showing support for veterans by giving several of its long-haul trucks a military makeover.
As part of its patriotic “wrapped truck” program, the company has now vinyl wrapped five new trucks with a military-themed design for each of its terminals: Caldwell, Idaho; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Farmington, New York; New Castle, Delaware; and Taylorsville, North Carolina. The trucks are assigned to drivers who have served in the United States Military.
Gulf War Veteran Davey Wheeler, whose driving career spans 44 years, will drive the Leonard’s Express U.S. Navy truck for the next four-to-five years. Wheeler traveled to the New Castle terminal for a special ceremony to celebrate being selected for this prestigious assignment.
Leonard’s Express Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson traveled from New York to personally present the keys to Wheeler.
“When I was approached by Leonard’s Express about driving one of these trucks, I told them I would be proud to honor the Navy in this way,” said Wheeler, who served as an officer’s cook for six and a half years aboard the U.S.S. Portland.