Vol. 2 2015

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C omcar Industries has a rich history studded with achievements. Over the past 60 years, the fami- ly-owned business has built not only a truck- ing empire but also a quiet reputation for getting the job done right, with the warmth and sincerity of a Southern company rooted in tradition. The Comcar difference is evident from the moment you enter the property, which is nes- tled in a downtown industrial area of Auburndale, Florida, and encompasses most of the block. The company's white trucks, emblazoned with red and blue stripes, enter and exit almost continuously. A painting of company founder Guy Bostick — now 94 and retired — looks down upon it all from a wall in the building's lobby. His infl uence at the heart of everything Comcar has become and everything it stands for in the trucking industry is still on display. Mark Bostick, Guy's son, is determined to carry on his father's legacy, with an unwaver- ing belief in hard work, family values and a corporate culture built upon people fi rst. Mark Bostick always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He learned the truck- ing industry at the knee of his father, who worked long hours building what would even- tually become Comcar Industries. By the time Mark was 14, he was washing trucks and trailers and learning the ins and outs of the company he would someday own. He loves to tell the story of the company's humble beginning. In the 1940s, Guy Bostick sold the family car (much to the chagrin of his wife) to buy his fi rst truck. In 1953, he founded Commercial Carrier Corporation, fi g- uring that if he could eventually own 25 trucks, he would be doing well. By the time Mark Bostick joined his father full time in 1981, the company had annual revenue of more than $30 million. Today, it's more than $400 million, and the small family business is one of the country's leading carri- ers, running four separate companies with more than 45 locations nationwide, with more than 4,500 employees and 3,000 trucks. 2 4 | BULLDOG | 2 0 1 5 V 2 Rooted in tradition AT WORK Family pride fuels six decades of growth at Comcar Industries. Story and photos by Carmen K. Sisson Mark Bostick, president of Comcar Industries, sits at his father's desk.

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