U.S. Xpress Celebrates 30 Years in Trucking
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U.S. Xpress officials and employees gathered Jan. 21 at the company's Tennessee headquarters to hear what co-founder, Chairman and CEO Max Fuller and his management team would say on the trucking firm's 30th anniversary.
On the milestone day, Fuller touched on the past but focused on the future.
He said in a companywide address, which was live-streamed to all U.S. Xpress terminals and facilities, that the state of the company is exceptionally strong. And its future, exceptionally bright.
And himself, exceptionally proud and optimistic — and enjoying leading and developing a new group of executives.
It was exactly 30 years ago, Jan. 21, 1986, that U.S. Xpress first put a truck on the road, after Fuller and Pat Quinn — friends and business partners after working together at Clyde Fuller's Southwest Motor Freight — started the trucking company.
U.S. Xpress started out with 48 trucks. Clyde Fuller gave 25 trucks to Max Fuller, Quinn , who's now deceased, and stepson David Parker. Clyde Fuller died in Chattanooga in 2002.
U.S. Xpress is one of the largest privately held U.S. trucking companies, with more than 7,000 trucks and 19,000 trailers.
The company ranks No. 18 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada.
Max Fuller joked Jan. 21 that Covenant Transport, the Chattanooga-based longhaul trucking company started by Parker, beat U.S. Xpress to making its shipment by three days.
"It was an insurance issue," Fuller said. "It was the only reason they beat us."
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Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
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