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Jeff Reed and his son Tate talk about the importance of the maintenance aspects of trucking. (Courtesy: TMAF)
Jeff Reed and his son Tate talk about the importance of the maintenance aspects of trucking. (Courtesy: TMAF)


ARLINGTON, Va. — Trucking Moves America Forward has officially launched its first set of Web profiles on “Meet the Truckers.”

The new dedicated webpage is designed to highlight both the professional and person lives of truck drivers.

The series is available on TMAF’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.

The Reed family from Knoxville, Tennessee, is featured in the first profile.

“I’m not sure if I chose trucking or if trucking chose me. Growing up, it’s all I knew and all I wanted to do,” Jeff Reed said in his profile. “See, trucking has been in our blood for generations. Our family has been working in the transportation industry for as long as we can remember. So, for my grandfather and his brother, trucking is all they knew and wanted to do, too.”

The family’s venture into trucking began in 1954 when, following their dream, the Reeds gave up everything they had? —? they sold what they could and quit their jobs in the trucking and railroad industry? —? to purchase the trucking company Skyline Transportation in Knoxville, Tennessee.

At the time, Skyline was a small carrier with only six trucks. The company served as a local interline trucking company, which operated within about 75 miles of Knoxville, serving the small surrounding communities during a time when the trucking industry was heavily regulated and many trucking companies could only operate in one state.

Through hard work and dedication, Jeff Reed said the first generation of Skyline Reeds grew the business to operate within a 200-mile radius of Knoxville.

The second generation of Reeds — Jeff Reed’s, father W.H. Reed Jr. and his uncle Robert (Bob) Reed — guided the company through the period of government deregulation. During that time, Skyline expanded service across Southeast states, including Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina and Alabama.

When his father retired in the late 1990s, Jeff Reed and his brother W.H. Bill Reed III took over the family business and Skyline became a major competitor in the southeast regional LTL market, “but we were always thinking of ways to continue growing the business,” Jeff Reed wrote.

In the early 2000s, the Reeds shifted Skyline from the LTL sector to the full truckload sector, and quite literally started from scratch like their grandfather did.

“Once again, with only six trucks and a tremendous amount of drive and work ethic instilled in us from the previous two generations of Reeds, we successfully established and grew Skyline as a high-quality truckload service provider,” Jeff Reed said.

Now, Skyline covers service for the eastern half of the United States.

To read Jeff Reed’s blog, click here.

The company has 128 trucks and 120 drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.




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