When Darrel Wilson bought a truck in 1980, his goal was to become an over-the-road driver. The only problem? He was 20 years old at the time—one year younger than required for Missouri CDL holders. He pivoted. Darrel put aside his dreams of becoming a driver, bought more trucks, hired drivers, and founded Wil-Trans.
What started as an aspiration for one became the livelihood of many. Darrel’s three-truck business grew into hundreds of trucks, hauling for customers across the country. Wilson Logistics helps drivers build their careers, empowering them to succeed while supporting them like family.
"Before the Wilson eagle was our logo, an early version of our "Weagle" soared alongside racehorses. One of Darrel Wilson's oldest friends, Bobby Whitener, created the first version of the "Flying W" in the 1970s. He used the original iteration on his racehorses and trucks for decades. In 2017, we modified the design and made it our official logo.
Our Weagle represents the friendship it came from and the freedom of the road, but it also symbolizes our company's resilience. Our Weagle and the majestic eagle have many similarities.
The eagle is fearless. It faces problems head-on, often using turbulence to ascend to greater heights. At Wilson Logistics, we have always achieved more and flown higher in the face of adversity because we know it makes us stronger in the end. We prefer to wait for the right opportunity to strike and recognize when it's time to prune our feathers.
Eagles undergo metamorphoses to ensure their survival. They knock off their own beaks and pluck out their own feathers to grow those parts of themselves back even stronger. We, like the eagle, know how to assess our weaknesses and adapt for a better future.
Our Weagle possesses one key difference from the eagle. The eagle flies alone. Weagles flock together. There is strength in numbers and in leaning on each other's talents to lift us all up. The people we add to our collective flock strengthen us and help us thrive in every new era."
— Darrel Wilson, Founder & CEO