InGear September 2018

R.E. Garrison Trucking is showing its support for military veterans with a new truck that was officially added to its fleet recently. The truck features a red, white and blue color scheme, with images of the U.S. Constitution, military helicopters and jets in action, images of the graves of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice and decals recognizing each military branch.

Nelson said the company ordered 200 Freightliner trucks from Lonestar Truck Group, and worked with Jaylon Crump from Lonestar Graphics on a custom wrap for one that would honor the veterans in the community and across the country.

There are 150 people who work at the company’s Cullman campus and 700 drivers, and this is a way for those employees to show their support for the military and the people who served, Nelson said. “That’s 850 people who wanted to dedicate this truck to all of our veterans,” he said. “And we’re very thankful that the owners of R.E. Garrison allowed us to do this project.”

The truck will be driven by Mike May, who has been a driver for R.E. Garrison for 20 years and served in the U.S. Army as an MP from 1973-1976. Mike said, “Getting the keys to the truck was an honor”. “The truck honoring military veterans will not be the only R.E. Garrison truck featuring a special wrap”, Nelson said. “Several more special trucks are in the pipeline, including one honoring active duty military members and one for the Stephen K. Griffith Memorial Fund for Mental Health Awareness that the company recently established, and a few more that the community will enjoy. Some of them are a surprise that Cullman and Cullman County will love once they come out,” he said.

Shawn Nelson, (left photo) observes the presentation of keys by Donovon Lovell, Executive VP of Garrison Trucking, (sun glasses), to employee, Mike May, who has been driving for Garrison Trucking for 20 years.

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