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Plain City’s outsized role in trucking industry focus of documentary

By Tim Vandenack - | Sep 6, 2022

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A flier for the documentary "Diesel in the Water: Small Town Pioneers of American Trucking." It's to be shown Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden.

OGDEN — A documentary focused on Plain City’s outsized role in the U.S. trucking industry premiers Wednesday in Ogden and the public is invited.

“Diesel in the Water: Small Town Pioneers of American Trucking” will be shown at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. A question-and-answer session kicks off the activities at 5 p.m. Wednesday followed by the screening of the hour-long documentary starting around 5:30 p.m.

“It’s one of the most unique stories I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Scott Jenkins, a Weber County commissioner and Plain City resident who serves as executive producer of the film.

Get tickets online at tinyurl.com/plaincity.

The documentary focuses on the development of four trucking firms, CR England, Pride Transport, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation. CR England was founded in Plain City in 1919 and the other three firms were offshoots of that original company.

Jenkins sees the development as evidence of the strong entrepreneurial spirit in Weber County and he sees the documentary — financed by the trucking companies — as a vehicle to bolster economic development in the area.

“Out of this little-known, quiet community have emerged four great success stories,” Dan England, chairperson of CR England, said in a statement. “Today, the combined revenues of their companies make a significant contribution to total truckload revenues throughout the United States. This is a story of family and business success.”


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