Wayne A. Cederholm II, a veteran trucking executive who over 33 years helped build C.R. England into one of the largest refrigerated trucking companies, died April 9.
Cederholm, who joined C.R. England as a credit manager in 1980 and rose to become CEO, died of complications from a bone marrow transplant.
“We will miss him beyond measure,” said Dean England, president of the $1.5 billion company. “He left a mark on this organization that will be imprinted forever.”
Cederholm was integral to the growth of C.R. England over the past three decades. When he started, the Salt Lake City-based carrier was an $18 million business.
Today, C.R. England is the 16th largest trucking operator and eighth largest truckload carrier in the U.S., according to SJ Consulting Group, Pittsburgh.
The company increased trucking revenue 14.1 percent last year, making it one of the 10 fastest growing carriers in the 2012 JOC Top 50 Trucking Companies list.
Cederholm served C.R. England as vice president of safety and personnel, senior vice president of North American operations and COO before becoming CEO in 2011.
The Utah native was proud of C.R. England’s safety record, which includes three straight years of winning top safety honors from the Truckload Carriers Association.
He served on the board of the Professional Truck Driver Institute and as chairman of the Utah Safety Council, and worked with many other civic organizations.
Cederholm is survived by his wife, children, father, sister, and a large extended family. Memorial donations may be sent to Junior Achievement of Utah at ja-Utah.org.