East Liverpool businessman and Bonita Springs, Fla., resident, Jack I. Hill, was born Aug. 29, 1934, at Lisbon, Ohio, a son of the late Donald I. and Frances Kelch Hill.
A 1952 graduate of Lisbon’s David Anderson High School, as a youngster he began working in the family business, currently known as Hill International Trucks, LLC.
Founded in 1897 at Lisbon by his grandfather, O.S. Hill, the company was originally established as a farm implement and hardware business during the horse-drawn vehicle era. Located in the center of town, the business was eventually moved to the East End section of East Liverpool by Mr. Hill and his father in 1961.
In 1971, new quarters were sought in St. Clair Township with additional locations in Wheeling, W.Va, Martins Ferry, Ohio, and Washington, Pa., added, as the company grew under his leadership, a trait he displayed as early as his school days, serving as treasurer of his high school class, through military service from 1957 to 1960, along with memberships in the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club and Jaycees. He was an early recipient of the Patrick J. O’Farrell Award from the Jaycees and has been honored on numerous occasions within the trucking industry.
On Nov. 26, 1966, he married the former Beverley Trotter. They have a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Natalie) Lussier of Howland, Ohio, and a son, Stephen Hill, who along with his wife, Melissa, resides in St. Clairsville, Ohio. There are five grandchildren.
Over the years, he has supported the East Liverpool YMCA, the Tri-State Citizens' Scholarship Foundation, the Lisbon High School Alumni Association, the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame, and countless other charitable endeavors.