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Garner Trucking Driver of the Year Gary Smith and Garner President Sherri Garner Brumbaugh stand in front of the Freedom Truck.

Everywhere he goes recently, Garner Trucking’s Gary Smith feels like the center of attention. And there’s a good reason for that.
Since Sept. 19, Smith has been driving a brand new “Freedom Truck,” a Freightliner Cascadia emblazoned with patriotic-themed décor. The 2016 model features the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore on the driver side paneling, while the Lincoln Memorial and a view of the U.S. Capitol are showcased on the passenger side rear paneling.
Garner President WAl presented Smith, the company’s driver of the year, with keys to the truck at the business’ annual meeting.
“Gary Smith is enjoying the attention that his new wheels create,” recounted Sonja Walsh, an administrative assistant for Garner. “He has stories of how people from all walks of life come up to him to comment on the beauty of his truck. He said some elementary children have even come up to him with excitement that they recognize pictures on his truck from their social studies in school.”
Garner Brumbaugh said the decision to acquire the Freedom Truck was based in part on the company’s involvement with the Truckload Carriers Association, which supports patriotic initiatives like delivering wreaths to cemeteries to honor deceased veterans and transporting a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall to communities around the country.
Garner Brumbaugh praised Stoops Freightliner’s Lima location, as well as sales representative Ed Quatman, with helping make the truck a reality.
“We’ve had a long-time relationship,” she said. “They really worked with us.”
Garner Trucking is a family-owned and operated business that is marking its 55th anniversary in 2015. Garner Brumbaugh is a second-generation president of the company, succeeding her father, Vern, who passed away in 2007.
Today, the regional transporter employs 160 employees and utilizes approximately 100 trucks and 400 trailers as it typically makes deliveries from western New York to the Mississippi River and from Michigan to as far south as South Carolina.