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Giving Trucking a Good Wayne Smith knows what it takes to keep trucking for 40 years


“SOMEONE USED TO ASK ME IF I GO TO TUNICA AND GAMBLE. I SAID ‘NO, THE BUSINESS I’M IN, THAT’S ENOUGH GAMBLING FOR ME.’”


By Bethany May Managing Editor


Fifteen years ago, the Arkansas Trucking Report vis-


ited Wayne Smith as he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his small trucking business, Wayne Smith Trucking, in Morrilton, Ark. We introduced readers to a soft-spoken, mod- est man, who despite heading a long-running, successful business in his community still wanted to tinker in the shop, talk with the drivers and get away from the executive desk as often as possible. In 2016, on the 40th anniversary of Wayne Smith


Trucking, some things have changed, but the spirit of Wayne Smith hasn’t. He will tell you, “It’s been a good trip.” The most obvious change is the address. Today, if you were to drive by the Wayne Smith Trucking


sign and campus of old buildings—truck shops and offices— down Hwy 64, you’d find a ghost town, empty of cars and people and most certainly trucks.


Photography by John David Pittman 26 The company just moved headquarters to Morrilton’s


growing industrial park right off of Interstate 40, and the city renamed the street WST Circle six months ago when Smith bought the building. A stark contrast to the old headquar- ters, the new front doors are flanked with flowers, visitors are greeted with a giant TV screen showing a map where dispatchers can locate their drivers anywhere in the U.S., and a shiny racecar sits in the parking lot with “Wayne Smith Trucking” across the side. The new building is two stories with stacked stone inside


and out, but the move was more practical than aesthetic. The trucks can now just get off the interstate rather than driving all the way across town. “I figured one time the miles that we ran through


Morrilton, coming to the shop and going back. It’d surprise you how many miles we were going out of way—out of route,” Smith says. “Seems like it was about 3,000 a month.” One thing that hasn’t changed much is the way Wayne


 Issue 3 2016 | ARKANSAS TRUCKING REPORT


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