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C.R. England
Type Private
Founded 1920
Headquarters West Valley City, Utah, USA
Key people Chester Rodney England, Founder
Gene England, President
Dean England CEO
Dan England, Chairman of the Board
Employees 5,000
Website www.crengland.com

C.R. England, Inc. is a West Valley City, Utah based refrigerated trucking and transportation company, one of the largest in the United States. The company is private, family-owned, and has expanded more than tenfold over the last 20 years.

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History

C.R. England was founded by Chester Rodney England in 1920.[1] C.R. England began when Chester provided "farm to market" service for farmers in northern Utah.

Chester Rodney England

Chester R. England
Born 1896
Plain City, Utah, USA
Occupation Founder, C.R. England
Spouse(s) Maude Knight (m. 1916) «start: (1916)»"Marriage: Maude Knight to CR England" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CR_England)
Children Eugene K. ("Gene")
William K. ("Bill")

Born in 1896 to a farming family who lived in Plain City, Utah, England was married in 1916, and was called on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, leaving his new bride for two and a half years to serve in the southern United states.

In 1920, Chester came to the conclusion that there had to be an easier way to make a living than farming, and in 1920, Chester bought his first Model T truck with the idea of providing farm to market service for the farmers in Weber County and Cache Valley. Over time his business picked up more and more customers, providing a service that the farmers had needed for many years as well as hauling milk for the Weber Dairy. During World War II, he began buying Mexican bananas that were coming into the country at El Paso, Texas. He hauled and distributed these throughout Utah returning to Texas with potatoes.

As the Central American bananas became available, the Mexican fruit could not compete in quality so the banana haul was replaced with produce and the focus of the operation moved to California and Arizona. In 1957, England blazed a new trail by offering 72-hour coast-to-coast service, something previously unavailable to American shippers.

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Carl Moyes and the Knights

Carl Moyes was a driver for C.R. England in the 1940s, and his two sons, Jerry and Ronald, were childhood friends with Jeff England, son of Gene and grandson of Chester. Carl left CR England to start his own company with his wife, Betty, B & C Truck Leasing. Carl and Betty later employed the Knight cousins to drive for them. Maude Knight married Chester R. England in 1916. Carl and his two sons moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1966, and founded Common Market, the company that later became Swift Transportation in 1969. Brothers Kevin and Keith Knight and along their cousins Randy and Gary Knight, who also moved to Phoenix and worked for Swift, then founded Knight Transportation in 1990. Jeff England founded Pride Transport in 1979 in Salt Lake City.[2]

Modern growth

CR England Corporate Office in Salt Lake City, UT
A C.R. England Truck and Trailer

Today C.R. England operates with more than 4,500 drivers and independent-contractors, and over 800 non-driver support staff. The company has focused its efforts primarily toward the refrigerated truckload service. It has been family owned and operated for four generations, and the current management team includes several third and fourth generation England family members.

C.R. England provides services throughout North America including over-the-road, dedicated, and regional applications. It also has six truck driving schools located nationwide that provide Commercial driver's license (CDL) training. Today, this company has 3,666 late model Freightliner, International, Volvo and Peterbilt tractors, and about 5,000 Utility and Great Dane trailers in service and generates over $750 million in revenue.[3] In 1998, CEO Dan England reported that the company had grown at 18 to 20 percent annually since 1985, from an annual revenue of $30 million in 1985 to over $300 million in 1997.[4]

C.R. England's tractors are all equipped with the most up-to-date features including the OmniTRACS two-way satellite communication system, providing dispatchers with instantaneous contact with every driver, while knowing the exact location of every truck.

See also

References

  • "Company History". - CR England Company Website. - July 2006
  • "Henry Rodriguez is Living His Childhood Dream at C.R. England". - Over the Road. - June 1, 2007. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
  • "C.R. England's 'Drive Life' is a New Commitment to Drivers". - ProTrucker. - March 1, 2007. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
  • Adams, Brent. - "C.R. England Opens Transportation Management Unit". - Business First. - January 31, 2003. - p. 6.
  • "C.R. England & Sons Launches New Dedicated Logistics Company". - Enterprise. - June 13, 1994. - p. 5.
  • "Dan England". - Utah Business. - January 2001. - p. 28.
  • Glines, Stephen. - "ANI Keeps C.R. England Truckin' to Profits". - Communications News. - July 1, 1993. - p. 12.
  • Ophus, Rashae. - "Trucking Companies Struggling with Driver Shortage Thanks to Increasing Regulations and Restrictions". - Enterprise. - March 1, 2001. - p.S4.
  • Whisenant, Ben. - "Global Positioning Systems, Internet Tracking of Freight Loads Just Some of the High-Tech in Trucking". - Enterprise. - March 25, 2002.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Beebe, Paul. - "Founder's son, 86, Drives Truck for 86-year-old Firm". - Salt Lake Tribune. - (c/o CREngland.com). - July 7, 2006. - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
  2. ^ Demoss, Jeff. - "Four major trucking firms have roots in Plain City". - Ogden Standard-Examiner. - January 30, 2005. - Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  3. ^ Finney, L. - "Working For C.R. England is Like Family". - The Trucker. - June 1, 2007
  4. ^ "Saturn's Happy Family Image Challenged; Trucking Company Helps Stranded Motorists; Making Safety a Religion". - Managing with Jan Hopkins. - CNN. - March 14, 1998

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