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Western Express founder dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Wayne Wise, the founder of 2700-truck fleet Western Express died in his sleep on July 31. He was 60 years old.

Wise first got his start in shipping working as a traffic manager for Carrier Corp. From 1974 through 1980 he was a freight agent for Ryder Truck Lines. In 1981 he founded trucking company Expressco.

He later founded Western Express in 1991.

Today, the Nashville-based company runs 2,700 trucks and 4,500 trailers.

The fleet will continue to be run by Wise's wife, Donna, who co-founded the company and is a 90 percent owner, according to reports.  

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