In 1956, Dempsey Boyd and his brothers founded Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc. as a small, regional, family-owned flatbed-trucking operation. To a large extent, it would remain under the Boyd family control until the end of the century, despite going public. In 1972, Dempsey Boyd's daughter, Gail B. Cooper, joined the company and worked in various positions that gave her familiarity with all phases of the business. She would eventually become president and CEO of the company, with her father as chairman of the board.
Boyd's initial fleet consisted of three tractors. Its specialty was hauling flatbed, open trailers for customers who needed delivery on time. Most of the freight it hauled consisted of steel products and building materials. It slowly added trucks and regional centers, creating a network that by 1989 had extended its range of operations across the eastern two thirds of the United States. Throughout its development into the early 1990s, Boyd hired its drivers and provided both the tractors and trailers for them to use. That policy would later change.
During its early history, Boyd established its corporate headquarters and principal service center on a 17.9 acre tract in Clayton, Alabama. On this site, it built facilities consisting of some 22,000 square feet of office area, 12,000 square feet of equipment repair space, and three acres of parking area.
1956: Company is founded by Dempsey Boyd and his brothers.
1989: W. Miller Welborn founds Welborn Transport.
1990: Boyd Bros. completes installation of OmniTracs system on all its trucks.
1994: Company goes public, trading on NASDAQ as BOYD.
1997: Boyd Bros. initiates owner-operated program and acquires Welborn Transport.
1998: W. Miller Welborn is named CEO.
2000: Company begins trading common stock on NASDAQ SmallCap Market; Gail B. Cooper becomes company president and CEO when Welborn becomes Boyd's vice-chairman.
Website - BOYD BROS. TRANSPORTATION, INC.
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