The History of Wil-Trans | CDL-A Trucking Jobs & Careers | Wil-Trans

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In 1980, at 20 years old, Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor, a 1976 Freightliner Cab-over, while working as a diesel mechanic. Since he was too young to meet the age requirement to drive over-the-road, he leased the truck to a refrigerated carrier in Springfield, Missouri, and hired a driver to get his truck on the road to begin his career as a fleet owner.

By his 21st birthday, Darrel was fortunate enough to have 3 trucks leased on with the same carrier. These trucks were busy delivering refrigerated freight throughout all 48 states. While continuing his career as a mechanic, Darrel learned the art of managing a small fleet and at times, he found himself jumping into the drivers’ seat just to keep the wheels rolling when a driver needed hometime.

Throughout the eighties, Darrel’s fleet experienced the growth in the industry as a sequence of twists and turns, ups and downs. As his business grew by adding trucks to the fleet as the economy would allow, so did his family.

In early 1990, with 12 trucks in the fleet, Wil-Trans was incorporated. The vision of establishing a company that would utilize the many years of hard work and experience in the trucking industry was a reality for the Wilson family. As the fleet grew stronger and larger, the need for a solid, dedicated staff was in order so Darrel made some very wise choices early on, hired the best people he could find and his choices have paid off. Years later, employees still remain honest, trustworthy and dedicated.

In the autumn of 1990, Darrel developed a relationship with Prime Inc., and began leasing his trucks exclusively with them, and he hasn’t looked back since! The relationship generated a wealth of opportunity for growth and stability for his company and more importantly, for his employees.

In 1996, Wil-Trans took a leap-of-faith and made an acquisition, which grew the fleet to 80 trucks overnight. A little over a decade later, Wil-Trans employs over 200 drivers nationwide and the fleet continues to surpass the early goal of 160 tractors.

Wil-Trans offers drivers a wide array of equipment to keep them comfortable on the road. Tractors include late model Peterbilts, Kenworths, and Freightliners, and in addition, WIl-Trans has added lease and lease-purchase programs to help drivers become owner operators if they decide to take that step.

Over the years, Wil-Trans has continued to nurture the relationship they built with Prime Inc, the largest refrigerated carrier in North America, by hiring safe and dependable drivers and providing excellent service. With all of the benefits of a big carrier, Wil-Trans drivers still have the best of both worlds.