Volvo Trucks May 25 presented Wilson Trucking Corp. of Fishersville, Va., keys to a new Volvo VNL 300, the 500,000th Volvo truck assembled in the United States.
To commemorate Volvo Trucks’ North American milestone, company officials presented the new Volvo VN, assembled at Volvo’s New River Valley plant in Dublin, Va., to Wilson Trucking Chairman Chuck Wilson, President Guy Wilson and members of the Wilson Trucking staff. Wilson Trucking’s Volvo VNL 300 is equipped with a Volvo D13 engine, I-Shift automated manual transmission and one-of-a-kind badging to distinguish the truck as the 500,000th Volvo made in the U.S.
Several Volvo milestones highlight the company’s longstanding relationship with Wilson Trucking. In the late 1970s, Wilson Trucking purchased the first Volvo F86 sold in the United States. In late 1981, Volvo established a U.S. production presence, and in 1982, Wilson purchased the first Volvo – an F7 – to roll off the line at the New River Valley plant. Wilson again purchased a “first” in 1996 when Volvo introduced the VN model.
Founded in 1926 by C.G. “Boss” Wilson, Wilson Trucking operates more than 740 trucks and 1,500 trailers from 35 terminals throughout the Southeast.