Trucking History – December 2020/January 2021

December 2020/January 2021

Land Line Staff

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Jan. 5, 1933

Construction starts on the Golden Gate Bridge. When completed four years later, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge at 4,200 feet.

 Dec. 4, 1973

A trucker from Overland Park, Kan., named J.W. Edwards blocks all lanes of traffic on eastbound Interstate 80 outside of Lamar, Pa., and refuses to move until he gets to talk to somebody in Washington, D.C. Sparked by the oil embargo, Edwards’ protest led to the creation of OOIDA.

Jan. 8, 2018

Jim Johnston, who served as OOIDA’s president and CEO since 1975, dies at the age of 78. OOIDA was established in 1973, and Johnston became the Association’s third president two years later. Johnston was integral in helping OOIDA develop into an Association with more than 160,000 members.

Dec. 9, 2019

Celadon announces it is declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations. It was reported to be the largest truckload carrier bankruptcy in history. The closure of the Indianapolis-based carrier meant the loss of jobs for nearly 4,000 employees, including about 2,500 truckers.

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