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WAYNE WILLIAM FRIEDLINE PURCHASED HIS FIRST TRUCK IN 1965.
Wayne William Friedline, the founder of W.W. Friedline Trucking, purchased his first truck in 1965, after 9 years of employment as a laborer at H. W. Walker Co. (A creamery in Somerset). The business name, W.W. Friedline Trucking, came from Wayne’s initials. Wayne had always dreamed of becoming a truck driver, so he purchased a used 1960 Chevrolet single-axle dump truck and PUC authority from Smokey Spangler. Wayne never had an “easy road” in business as he never completed high school, dropping out in 8th grade. His determination to become an entrepreneur was learned from his coal mining and farming family.
As the coal industry in Somerset County began to boom, Wayne saw an opportunity to purchase a new 1966 International tandem dump truck. This new truck was powered by a 549 cubic inch gasoline international engine. The transmission was a five-speed main with a four-speed auxiliary. The business along with Wayne and Carol’s home was originally located on two acres of property that was given to Wayne by his brother, Elwood.
The trucking company outgrew its original location by 1970 and relocated to 1027 Pleasant Hill Road, where it remains today. A 2,400-square-foot garage was also built for repairing company trucks. W.W. Friedline Trucking and Garage began in 1974 when Friedline decided to repair customer trucks. The trucking business grew to include as many as 30 company-owned trucks with 80 brokered trucks that were under the dispatch of Wayne Friedline.
Wayne received assistance with the day-to-day operations from his wife, Carol Friedline, his sons, Mike and Mark Friedline. Mike became a full-time truck driver at the early age of 16 and continues full-time today as a coal truck driver.
In the summer of 1977, construction was started for a 10,200-square-foot addition to the old shop. The business began expanding so quickly that there was not enough garage space for the purchase of trucks or for customer equipment.
In 1979, the company became a distributor for Triangle Auto Spring Co., leading to a direct link for all leaf springs and suspension parts. Friedline continued to expand year after year by increasing warehouse space for more of the springs and suspension inventory.
In 1989, Mark Friedline decided to stay involved in the family business. Mark joined Wayne and assisted him with the day-to-day operations. He was enrolled in the general curriculum and was a member of the Somerset Area Future Farmers of America. He was a lifetime member of the Listie Volunteer Fire Company.
In 1999, Wayne formed a corporation. The management decided to expand the entire spring and suspension end of the business. They became a distributor for Leland brake and wheel parts. W.W. Friedline Trucking and garage became W.W. Friedline Inc.
In 2002, the company began to offer excavation and emergency services, providing all necessary emergency services, from roadside rollovers to complete site remediation and disaster relief.
In 2006, Wayne retired for health reasons. Mark was appointed President of W.W. Friedline Inc. The company expanded into laser wheel alignment with a new Pro Trak Laser alignment system.
In 2008, the company joined Power Heavy Duty; a national group that works to help independent distributors and service specialists remain competitive in today’s marketplace.
In November 2020, Mark went to be with the Lord. His wife and children will continue to grow the business and fulfill the dream he and his father shared. Always holding on to the hope in the Lord to help us prosper.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Today, the company is expanding the trucking, service, parts retail and distribution.