​Janelle Grapes Takes The Wheel of Smith Transport’s New Women In Trucking Themed Truck

November 2019

ROARING SPRING, PA... Smith Transport is pleased to announce the newest addition to their fleet, the Women In Trucking themed truck that is dedicated to the ‘Women that Opened the Doors to Trucking’. Janelle Grapes is the driver of the truck.

The truck is named, Luella Belle after Luella Bates, who was the first female truck driver in 1918. Luella worked for Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. from 1918-1922. During WWI she was a test driver who traveled in a Model B truck. After the war, when the majority of women were laid off or let go from the automotive field, Luella remained on as a demonstrator and driver. She played an important role in the history of women in trucking.

Smith Transport is a proud member of The Women In Trucking Association, a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry. Smith Transport is honored to promote this amazing group of women. Interested drivers can join their group on Facebook and also learn more at https://www.womenintrucking.org/about-us