Ed Wilson Receives First And Last LoneStar Daycabs

Steve Pollock
April 2024

New Springfield, OH…. It was a complete surprise for Ed Wilson, when on February 9th of this year, he came home to find his new 2024 International LoneStar Daycab and a lot of friends waiting for him.  The folks at Hill International planned a surprise party, enlisting Ed’s wife Gloria to keep him occupied while they set things up.  The event took place at Ed Wilson & Son Trucking’s New Springfield, Ohio headquarters. 

While Ed knew his LoneStar had been built, he didn’t know that it had been delivered to Hill International.

The significance of the 2024 LoneStar is that it is the very last LoneStar Daycab to be built.  Ed also owns the very first LoneStar Daycab to roll off the assembly line.  Ed received his first LoneStar Daycab in May of 2009 – a 2010 model with a 475 hp C15 CAT (one of only 12 built with CAT engines), and a 13 speed with 40,000 lb. Rockwell rears. The 2010 LoneStar was sold to Ed by  Hill International’s salesman Fred Biscella, who is now retired.

The last LoneStar Daycab is a 2024 model with a 605 hp X15 Cummins w/2050 ft. lbs. of torque, and an 18 speed with 40,000 lb. rears. The last LoneStar Daycab was sold to Ed by Hill International salesman Jeremy Smith.  Both Fred and Jeremy were on hand for the presentation of the 2024 LoneStar to Ed Wilson.

The folks at Hill International provided a catered b-b-que lunch from Mission Barbecue and had many team members present, including President Steve Hill; Vice President Mike Barber; Navistar’s Jim Dawson; and several of Hill International’s Truck Sales Consultants.  Nearly all of Ed Wilson’s family and shop employees were also in attendance.  It was good food and good fellowship with a room full of good people!   

Ed likes his Internationals and has a garage full of restored trucks and tractors, including a 1979 4300, and a 1979 4070B.

Ed Wilson & Son Trucking was founded in 1982, hauling coal for the East Fairfield Coal Company (which still remains their biggest customer today).  Currently the company does most of their brokering for R&J Trucking.  Ed Wilson & Son Trucking has grown to 25 employees, 21 daycabs, and one sleeper truck.  Ed attributes his success to long hours, hard work, and support from his many fine employees as well as his family: wife Gloria, son Bob and his wife Kristy, who has worked for Ed Wilson & Son Trucking for over 20 years, and daughter Heather. Ed’s son Bob will be joining the company full time on April 1st of this year so that Ed can “semi-retire.”

Hill International was founded in 1987 by Oswin Spencer Hill as O.S. Hill & Co., Inc. in Lisbon, Ohio.  The company began selling farm tractors, eventually transitioning to semi-trucks and received the International Truck franchise in 1937.  Under the Hill family’s management and ownership for the past 127 years, the company has grown from a single dealership to 8 full service International dealerships located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, along with 2 NAPA stores and a Ford dealership, as well as IdeaLease locations.