MILAN, Ind. — As the trucking industry honors drivers around the U.S. during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), Sept. 13-19, one Indiana-based carrier has an extra reason to celebrate. Baylor Trucking, a family-owned truckload carrier that specializes in expedited dry van and refrigerated shipments, is commemorating both NTDAW and the company’s 75th anniversary with a special event Saturday, Sept. 19.
Baylor Trucking was founded in 1945 by World War II veteran Chester Baylor with one truck. In 1986, the late Bob Baylor, an Army veteran, took over the business with a handful of trucks and grew it into a 300-truck fleet. Today, the legacy of the 75-year-old business continues with under the leadership of Cari Baylor, the company’s third-generation family leader.
“To be able to start a trucking business from the cornfields of Indiana and sustain it through 75 years of economic cycles is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Cari Baylor, president of Baylor Trucking. “We are grateful to God and give praise to all of our professional drivers and team members who have contributed to our success.”
During the 30 days leading up to NTDAW, Baylor Trucking has been posting driver recognition, broadcasting live raffle drawing and more on its corporate Facebook page.
The Sept. 19 VIP event for the company’s drivers and their spouses will include a two-night hotel stay paid for by Baylor Trucking, a catered meal, cake and champagne, with entertainment provided by an 11-piece band. Along with personalized masks, drivers will receive gifts and be entered to win raffle prizes. Also during this year’s celebration, 75 prize-filled balloons will drop from the ceiling.
At the VIP event, held at the company’s headquarters in Milan, Indiana, Baylor Trucking will announce the winning drivers assigned to the company’s new fleet of 75th anniversary trucks. The trucks have premium exterior and interior specs that include special paint colors and decal packages, chrome bumpers, and interior desks and personalized seat covers, among other features.
“As we commemorate our 75th anniversary during NTDAW, Baylor Trucking wants to go above and beyond to acknowledge our gratitude and to honor our amazing professional drivers,” Baylor said.
Baylor Trucking will continue its 75th anniversary celebration throughout 2021 by doing 75 acts of kindness for the local community.