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WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

PARKE COX TRUCKING COMPANY INC.

St. George, Utah

LOCATION

109 South 200 West     (1947-????)
St. George, Utah

596 North Highway 91     (????-1969)
St. George, Utah
Telephone 76-M     in the 1954 telephone book     (Parke Cox)

396 North Industrial Road     (St. George Industrial Park, 1969-2011)
St. George, UT 84770
628-0886

4250 S. River Road     (Ft. Pearce Industrial Park, 2011-Present)
St. George, UT 84790
(435)628-0886
http://www.coxtrucking.com


HISTORY

In 1946, Parke Cox was discharged from the Army Air Force and returned home to find a stagnant economy and few jobs. He discovered the U.S. Government was selling army surplus trucks at a very low cost. So in 1947, he and his wife, Emily, took advantage of the opportunity and drove cross-country to Warren, Ohio, where they took possession of their first diesel truck. It was unassembled and in crates, but after getting it put together, they drove it back to St. George where they started a business, "Parke Cox" based out of their home on 200 West.

In 1969, the Parke Cox business moved to 396 North Industrial Road in the St. George Industrial Park.

The name of the company was changed from Parke Cox to Parke Cox Trucking Company, Inc. in 1974

The business increased as hauling contracts were established with various companies over the years. By 1985, the company had eight trucks, doubling to sixteen shortly thereafter.

Parke Cox Trucking applied for and received its Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) operating authority in 1987, and became a fully independent trucking company.

In October of 2011, the business was moved to a new 10-acre facility at 4250 South River Road, St. George, in the Fort Pearce Industrial Park.

From its inception, this has been a family run business. It was started by Parke & Emily Cox. Their son, Don, who had graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in business, joined the company in 1985. In 1990, another son, Dave, came on board full time after having served 15 years at Moore Business Forms with management experience. Daughters Karen and Tina also worked there. In 2004, Parke & Emily sold the company to their sons, Dave and Don, but they continued to work in the business.

The business is still active with 70 trucks operating in all 48 states of the continental United States.


PHOTOS

TBD


REFERENCES

Company History
from the company website

Southern Utah Memories: Parke and Emily Cox were the driving force behind Parke Cox Trucking Company,
by Loren R. Webb,   August 2, 2013