In 1956, at the age of 19, Clarence L. (CL) Werner founded the Werner Trucking Company. He built the company from the ground up, selling his only car to buy a gasoline-powered Ford F800 truck. Today, the company has grown to be among the top five largest truckload carriers in the world.
CL Werner’s roots are deeply planted in his home state of Nebraska. His international, award winning trucking business, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has been a benefit to the American economic scene for over 50 years. Little did he know half a century ago that his vision would affect the entire transportation industry and provide thousands of jobs, or that one of his trucks, a 1984 Peterbilt tractor and flatbed trailer would be displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington D.C.
The trucking company, now known as Werner Enterprises, has 10 other terminals throughout the U.S., and offices in Mexico, Canada, Australia and China. Proudly, Werner is a validated member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.
In addition to the transportation business, CL has quietly pursued many philanthropic endeavors. His hometown of Petersburg, Nebraska and the surrounding communities have benefited from his generosity in many ways. Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center continue to be supported by his strong belief in education of our youth and commitment to the medical industry.
In 2007, CL was awarded Autism Action Partnership’s ‘Help is Hope Award’ for the extraordinary support he has given to the fight against Autism. In 2009, the University of Nebraska Medical Center presented him with their ‘Distinguished Service Award’ for his outstanding assistance. He is quiet, unassuming and modest about his benevolence so many are unaware of CL’s contributions, but numerous causes have prospered from his generosity.