C.R. England and Sons Inc., Utah's second largest trucking company, unveiled two of its new Kenworth tractor trucks recently at its headquarters at 975 W. 21st South - a special training vehicle and an over-the-road "goodwill ambassador" truck.
Gov. Norm Bangerter, attending the special celebration, applauded the company for its objectives, its attitude toward employees, its safety record and its driver-training programs.Dan England, grandson of the founder of the firm and chief operating officer and legal counsel, said the company's revenues topped $40 million last year and he expects $60 million in 1988. By 1989, he said, "C.R. England will have a total of 715 tractor trailer trucks on the road."
A family business that employs several third-generation Englands, the trucking firm was founded in 1927 by Chester R. England, who started delivering fresh vegetables with a Model T Ford.
His two sons, Gene and Bill, became full partners after they returned home in 1946 from World War II and hauled bananas from Texas to Utah and potatoes back to Texas. In the 1950s and 1960s, they pioneered a nationwide refrigerated service.
Company officials Thursday announced they will set up, within the next 30 days, their own drivers' education service to teach truck driving skills. For several years, they said, they have tried to find the best solo drivers and husband-wife teams to join the company, but they have had so much difficulty finding enough professional drivers that they have decided to start their own school.
First-year drivers, they said, average $31,000 annually, and the company's top drivers make more than $50,000 a year.
Bill England pledged Thursday to operate the company's fleet "at the highest level of safety that can be obtained. We want to drive the cleanest trucks in the nation and do everything we can to create a positive image for C.R. England, for Utah and for the trucking industry."