BR Williams 60th Anniversary

Honoring our Past

Investing in our Future

Service since 1958

 


 

The History of BR Williams

As told by Erin Brown Hollis / Grandaughter to Bill & Ruth Williams 

 

It was a cold December morning. Most of the people of Oxford, Alabama rested peacefully in their homes nestled in the foothills of Mount Cheaha.

But not Bill.

Bill was already hard at work at his trucking company a few miles from downtown. In a small town, a man with a loving family and a simple life went after some big dreams. He believed that the passion God placed in his heart was a calling he just could not ignore.

Bill prided himself in creating a better life for his family by building a company from the ground up starting with only one truck and some lofty goals. His wife, Ruth, a schoolteacher, was his best friend and biggest supporter. She raised their two children while faithfully encouraging him in his quest at living the American dream.

BR Williams' Executive Team

BR Williams’ Executive Team

On this particular winter morning, Bill was tidying up paperwork in his office when the shop behind him abruptly burst into flames. Terrified, he bolted out of his desk chair and hurried to the burning building. Without giving it a second thought, he rushed inside to save anyone who may have been trapped by the daunting wall of smoke. Bill never could have imagined the results of his heroic decision

When the paramedics arrived, they were stunned at Bill’s condition. His body had been burned from head to toe, but miraculously he was clinging to life. He was almost unrecognizable and his prognosis very grim.

Ruth arrived at the hospital and stayed by Bill’s side for two days as he fought with everything he had to survive. On the second day, Bill met the Lord.

Stricken with painful grief, Ruth struggled with the notion that she was destined to live life without her partner. Her best friend. The father of her children. On top of all of those things, the family business was now without a leader. She could have fallen to her knees and resigned herself to a life of bitter agony.

But not Ruth.

Ruth never blamed the Lord. She never questioned His divine plan. She stood strong in the face of tragedy and praised God for his goodness to her family.

Embattled, but not defeated, Ruth was determined to carry on the vision Bill had shared with her so many times before. She became laser-focused on honoring Bill’s memory by preserving his legacy. When he founded B.R. Williams Trucking back in 1958, his goals were not limited to simply offering goods and services to corporations. The BR mission was to serve others by sharing the love of Christ.

Ruth endured countless challenges along the way. Trained as a schoolteacher, you can imagine her expertise in the trucking world was quite lacking. She researched countless hours, invested in training and employed colleagues to assist her in her mighty quest.

It is worth mentioning that at this time (the 1960s) women were not considered appropriate leaders. However, this notion didn’t damper Ruth’s hopes one bit. She took the criticism and questioning of male colleagues in stride never batting an eye. Dressed to the nines and smarter than a whip, Ruth conquered the “man’s world” and paved the way for women to follow. (#BossLady)

Ruth struggled, sure. But at the end of the day she always found a way to thank God for His provision in her life. After years of challenges associated with raising her daughters as a single mother and running a business on her own, Ruth began to see the fruits of her labor. The company grew by leaps and bounds. In 1992 the time came for Ruth to pass the baton to an individual who had the wisdom and bravery to carry on the legacy begun so many years ago. She looked no further than her son in law, Greg Brown, and daughters Dee Brown and Kaye Perry who had grown up in the business themselves. This wise decision would take the company to heights Bill never could have imagined.

Kaye Willams Perry, Gregory D. Brown, Dee Williams Brown

Kaye Willams Perry, Gregory D. Brown, and Dee Williams Brown

Ruth went to be with the Lord on December 17, 2011. Fatefully, the same month her precious Bill had gone so many years before. Her memorial service was full of people acknowledging her lifelong example of Christ’s love and perseverance. Precious people wept as they described the powerful impact she had made on their lives.

She made a powerful impact on my life, for sure.

Bill and Ruth were my grandparents.

Now, it was my father’s turn to take over the mighty helm of a growing empire. Faced with immediate decisions regarding expansion, my father chose to expand the company into the field of warehousing and logistics in order to diversify the opportunities available to BR Williams customers.

In 2008, the country suffered the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Businesses all across the United States swiftly began laying off employees and shutting their doors.

Faced with line item sheets that would not balance, customers who were no longer able to afford services and corporate health care that was nearly unaffordable, Greg could easily have followed the norm and ended the B.R. Williams legacy.

But not Greg.

Greg stood up in the face of adversity trusting that God would see the company through yet another time of testing. It was through his leadership and faith in Christ that the company has continued to grow and serve others.

Rather than spending his free hours worrying over items outside of his control, Greg has placed a focus on community and created a camaraderie at B.R. Williams that is second to none. His concern for his staff family far exceeds any others and is the true driving force behind the company’s continued success.

Built on three simple themes: Honesty, Integrity, and Service (H.I.S.), B.R. Williams Trucking has become a leader in the transportation industry. Our company began as one man, one truck and one dream. Over the last 60 years, we have grown to a fleet of 165 satellite-equipped tractors and 625 air-ride van trailers, servicing the 48 contiguous states and Canada.

We are a freight company, LTL carrier, and long-distance over the road (OTR) trucking company headquartered in Alabama.

Registered ISO 9001 NSF-ISR logo

ISO 9001:2015 Certified by NSF-ISR

In addition to our trucking, we also offering warehousing opportunities. We currently have six facilities that are strategically located across the Southeast and we take pride in our clean, organized, state-of-the-art warehouses. With years of supply chain management experience, we can analyze your current supply chain and provide you with the best solution for maximizing your bottom line. We take pride in our 98% overall inventory accuracy and help our customers maximize their full potential.

To this day, we are proud to be known as a family of individuals pursuing one very distinct cause: excellence in Him.

It is our mission to provide excellent service, a welcoming environment and to leave a legacy of the hope found only in Jesus Christ.

Just as our story inspires me with the hope we have in Jesus, I pray it encourages you as well. Be strong and courageous. Be willing to lead and stand up for what is right. Never cower to those who try to undermine your divinely-inspired efforts. Fight for what matters in life and cling to the Hand that will see you through… Jesus Christ.

We are so proud to have served you for the last 60 years. It has been a privilege and an honor that we do not take lightly. With God’s guidance, we look forward to leaving a legacy that all things are possible through God’s grace. Thank you for being part of our family.

Our Standard of Excellence

ISO 9001:2015 Certified

Registered ISO 9001:2015 NSF-ISR logoISO 9001:2015 is a series of quality standards that outline the requirements for quality management systems. They were developed to promote worldwide standards for management of quality. The ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies.

We received our initial ISO certification April 10, 2002 (a different "Technical Corrigendum" number was used at that time) by our registrar NSF International Strategic Registrations, LTD. and are currently in good standing with the ISO 9001:2015 standards. An auditor from NSF-ISR conducts surveillance audits and re-assessment audits periodically to examine our quality system for compliance. The certification is utilized within BR Williams Trucking, Inc. to develop, implement, and improve the effectiveness of the processes and procedures to assure consistent quality service to our customers.

 

  • Greg Brown won the 2017 Citizen of the Year given by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce - 2017
  • Greg Brown – Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees
  • Greg Brown won the Dameo Award for Alabama Trucking Association
  • Jack Brim won the LCC Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce ROY CROW AWARD - 2016
  • 2nd Place General Commodities (Local)  - Alabama Trucking Association - 2016
  • 1st Place General Commodities (Local up to 25 mill miles) American Trucking Association - 2016
  • 3rd Place General Commodities (Up to 300 employees) American Trucking Association - 2016
  • Safety Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2015
  • Allan Hicks wont National Safety Director - American Trucking Association - 2015
  • Gold Safety Award – Industrial - Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2015
  • Gold Safety Award – Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2015
  • 2nd Place General Commodities (Linehaul 10 to 20 Mill Miles) - American Trucking Association - 2015
  • 2nd Place General Commodities (Local up to 25 Mill Miles American Trucking Association - 2015
  • Improvement Award – American Trucking Association - 2015
  • Improvement Award - American Trucking Association - 2015
  • Place General Commodities Linehaul - Alabama Trucking Association - 2014
  • 1 st Place General Commodities Combined - Alabama Trucking Association - 2014
  • 3rd Place General Commodities Local - Alabama Trucking Association - 2014
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2014
  • 1st Place Division III 15 TO 24.999 miles - Truckload Carriers Association - 2014
  • Gold Award - Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2014
  • Safety Professional of the Year - Alabama Trucking Association - 2014
  • 1st Place General Commodities 5 to 10 Million Miles Linehaul - Alabama Trucking Association - 2013
  • 2nd Place General Commodities 5 to 10 Million Miles Combined - Alabama Trucking Association - 2013
  • 3rd Place General Commodities Local Under 1 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2013
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2013
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2012
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2011
  • Safety Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2011
  • 3rd Place General Commodities Local Under 1 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2011
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2010
  • Excellence In Work Comp - Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2010
  • 2nd Place General Commodities Truckload Local Under 25 Million Miles - American Trucking Association - 2010
  • 2nd Place General Commodities Truckload Linehaul 10 to 20 Million Miles - American Trucking Association -2010
  • 4th Place General Commodities Truckload Linehaul 10 to 20 Million Miles - American Trucking Association - 2009
  • 2nd Place General Commodities Local -  Alabama Trucking Association - 2009
  • Excellence Award Safety – Trucking Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2009
  • 1st Place – Industrial Safety Contest - American Trucking Association - 2008
  • National Industrial Safety Contest Improvement Award - American Trucking Association - 2008
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety - Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2008
  • 2nd Place General Commodities Under 1 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2008
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2008
  • 1st General Commodities Local 0 – 20 Million Miles - American Trucking Association - 2008
  • 3rd Place 10 to 20 Million Miles - American Trucking Association - 2007
  • Improvement Award – Industrial Safety - American Trucking Association - 2007
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 2007
  • 3rd Place Linehaul 7 to 10 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association -2007
  • 1st Place Local Under 1 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2007
  • 3rd Place 5 to 10 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2007
  • Improvement Award – Truck Safety - Alabama Trucking Association - 2007
  • 2nd Truckload Local 0 to 20 Million Miles - American Trucking Association - 2007
  • 1st Place Industrial Safety 301 to 1,000 Employees - American Trucking Association - 2007
  • Division Improvement Award - American Trucking Association - 2007
  • National Truck Safety Contest Vice President of Safety - Liberty Mutual Insurance - 2007
  • Improvement Award – Accidents Alabama Trucking Association - 2006
  • 2nd Place Local Under 1 Million - Alabama Trucking Association - 2006
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 2006
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 2005
  • 1st Place Under 1 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2005
  • Improvement Award – Accidents - American Trucking Association - 2005
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 2004
  • 1st Place General Commodities Under 1 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2004
  • 2nd Place General Commodities 5 to 10 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2004
  • Improvement Award – Accidents - Alabama Trucking Association - 2004
  • Improvement Award – Accidents - American Trucking Association - 2004
  • Improvement Award - American Trucking Association - 2003
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2003
  • 2nd Place Injuries - Business Council of Alabama - 2003
  • 1st Place Accidents - Business Council of Alabama - 2003
  • 1st Place Injuries - Business Council of Alabama - 2003
  • Chairman’s Award- Injuries - Business Council of Alabama - 2003
  • Excellence Award – Injuries - Business Council of Alabama - 2003
  • Excellence Award – Truck Safety - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 2003
  • 1st Place Local Under 1 Million Miles- Alabama Trucking Association - 2002
  • 1st Place 3 to 5 Million Miles - Alabama Trucking Association - 2002
  • 2nd Place Accident Frequency - Business Council of Alabama - 2002
  • 2nd Place Injury Frequency - Business Council of Alabama - 2002
  • Safety Professional of the Year - Alabama Trucking Association - 2001
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2001
  • Improvement Award - Alabama Trucking Association - 2000
  • Improvement Award - American Trucking Association - 1999
  • 3rd Place 1 to 10 Million Miles - American Trucking Association - 1998
  • Silver Safety Award - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 1998
  • 3rd Place Safety - Business Council of Alabama - 1997
  • Bronze Safety Award - Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. - 1997

The core of BR Williams Trucking, Inc. is that of honesty and integrity along with the level of service that our customers expect. Through open communication with our customer and employees we build a strong working relationship. If we make a commitment, we live up to the commitment. We give our customers service in an efficient, safe and consistent manner by striving to reach our objective.

Our current objective is to provide our customers service by continuing and enhancing a Quality System with ISO Certification and by increasing our equipment utilization.

BR Williams Trucking, Inc. is committed to continually improving our processes and procedures to ensure continued improvement to our customers under the direction and use of the standards in ISO 9001:2015.

The Million Mile Club includes those drivers that have driven over 1,000,000 miles without a preventable accident with a cost over $200.00.

Tracy Lambert ~ Mike Reitz ~ Tommy Pope ~ Paul Beasley ~ Steven Curtis ~ Jim Duncan ~ Jon Ellison ~ Gary Gable ~ David Gaddis ~ Bryan Moore ~ John Nelson ~ Robert Parris ~ Elvin Perez ~ Daniel Jones ~ Gary Smith ~ Wayne Spears ~ Gerald Spratlin ~ Tim Traylor ~ Ralph Bradley ~ Ken Garrett ~ Johnny Sanders ~ Patrick Betz  ~ Scottye Gann Jr. ~ Telath Holland 

Congratulations to our First Female Million Mile Driver... Connie Dotson!

DRIVER SAFETY AWARDS (2017/2018)


 

By Miles

2,250,000 Miles
(OTR) Jim Duncan

1,750,000 Miles
(OTR) Paul Beasley
(OTR) Elvin Perez
(Regional) David Gaddis

1,500,000 Miles
(Regional) Wayne Spears
(Regional) Tim Traylor

1,250,000 Miles
(Local) Mike Reitz

1,000,000 Miles
(OTR) Joe Ballard
(OTR) Wiley Cavender
(Local) Richard Key
(Local) Jerry Wooten

750,000 Miles
(OTR) David Austin
(OTR) Ken Garrett
(Regional) Art Butler
(Regional) Reggie Garrett
(Local) Brock Duncan

500,000 Miles
(OTR) Kent Gurley
(OTR) Lorraine Ruloph
(Local) Calvin Pope

250,000 Miles
(OTR) Roger Epps
(OTR) Joey Frost
(OTR) David Ladwig
(OTR) Rick O’Donnell
(OTR) Jeane Regnier
(Regional) Paul Doty
(Regional) Christine Kay
(Regional) Sammy Sanderson
(Local) Tim Berryhill
(Local) Rick Morgan
(Local) Mark Worthy

100,000 Miles
(OTR) Andria Ball
(OTR) Jerome Ball
(OTR) Angela Holt
(OTR) Patrick Jones
(OTR) Danny Mahan
(OTR) Keith Penn
(Regional) Ralph Bradley
(Local) Julian Archuleta
(Local) Gary Barnes
(Local) Niah Elston
(Local) Teresa Fitzpatrick
(Local) Noel Glanze
(Local) Dean Morris
(Local) Maurice Osby
(Local) Virginia Robertson
(Local) Eugene Tanner
(Local) Daniel Taylor
(Local) Geoff Weatherbee
 
 


 

By Hours

50,000 Hours
(EBOSHOP) Parker, Cedric

47,500 Hours
(AW) Lyner, Emory H.
(EBOSHOP) Humphries, Warren B.

45,000 Hours
(OXSHOP) Waddell, James A.

40,000 Hours
(OXSHOP) Pitts, Marshall M.

35,000 Hours
(AW) Diggs, Steven S.
(SPOT) Riggins, Isiah
(SPOT) Arrington, Thomas E.

32,500 Hours
(AW) Roberts, Eric L.

27,500 Hours
(AW) Almon, Robert L.

22,500 Hours
(AW) Rainey, Cristasha R.
(AW) Sandlin, John E.
(EBOSHOP) Taylor, Keelan J.

20,000 Hours
(AW) Rollins, Michael W.
(AW) Butterworth, Buddy W.
(OXSHOP) Friar, Christopher J.

17,500 Hours
(AW) Robertson, Randall A.
(OXSHOP) Coppock, James R.
(OXSHOP) Morgan, Christopher C.

15,000 Hours
(AW) Taylor, Shawn W.
(EBOSHOP) Gaddis, William A.
(OXSHOP) Stallings, Valvard R.

12,500 Hours
(AW) Beadles, Misty S.
(EBOSHOP) Lipham, James A.
(OXSHOP) Henderson, Alfred C.
(OXSHOP) Gladden, Jarrell

10,000 Hours
(EBO) Love, Thomas E.
(EBOSHOP) Ralph, Stephen P.
(SPOT) Munn, Phillip K.

7,500 Hours
(AW) Frazier, Ruby P.
(AW) Murphy, Christopher D.
(AW) Reid, Dana L.
(EBO) Love, Ronald M.
(OXSHOP) Willingham, Anthony W.
(PIED) Bonds, Douglas G.

5,000 Hours
(AW) Davis, Barry J.
(EBO) McEvoy, Michael W.
(EBOSHOP) Kyle, Reggie
(OXSHOP) Yeager, David G.
(OXSHOP) Schifferle, Edward W.
(OXSHOP) Williams, Joshua J.
(PIED) Huff, Alan T.
(PIED) Bolton, Joshua S.

2,500 Hours
(AW) Kotlowski, Richard A.
(EBO) Braden, Joshua S.
(OXSHOP) Ball, Jexie H.
(OXSHOP) Capes, Troy A.