Swift Transportation Co. launched a year-long celebration of its 50 years in business last week by honoring Jerry Moyes, the company’s founder. Moyes, his family and more than 200 members of his leadership team gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center to honor the man who became the architect of what is now the largest full truckload motor carrier in North America.
Along with messages from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Steve Young and several renowned business owners, the company unveiled two new designs for its fleet of trucks and trailers. Both feature the American flag. One honors military veterans. The other celebrates what has become possible for a homegrown North American company, established in 1966.
In addition, Sen. McCain announced in a video address, recorded earlier from Washington, that an American flag would fly over the United States Capitol building in salute to the achievement of Jerry Moyes and the success of Swift.
“My dad and I started this company with nothing but an anything-is-possible attitude and the trust of our first vendor,” Moyes said in accepting the honor. “I’m proud to say that we have nearly 18,000 employees who believe that working hard and constantly proving we deserve our customers’ trust will allow us to achieve any goals we put in place.”
According to Richard Stocking, Swift’s president and COO, “Although we have only reserved the new graphics for a few thousand of our more than 18,000 trucks, Swift Drivers currently cover more than one and a half billion miles of roadway each year, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see one on your travels.”
As part of the anniversary celebration, a short film was unveiled as a tribute to Moyes. Chronicling the history of the company, it highlights the challenges and accomplishments of the business, while highlighting the culture in which employees refer to each other as “the Swift Family.”