Trucking Company History
History of the trucking industry in the United States
The trucking industry in the United States has affected the political and economic history of the United States in the 20th century. Before the invention of automobiles, most freight was moved by train or horse-drawn vehicle. During World War I, the military was the first to use trucks extensively.
Who started the truck industry?
Trucking has been a part of the transportation industry since the late 1800’s when the first internal combustion engine was put in a truck by Karl Benz. Prior to this date, steam engines drove the trucks.
Who was the first trucking company?
Jones Motor Group was established in 1894 making it the oldest trucking company still running in the US. When Jones Motor Group started out, founder and Wales immigrant, John Jones, worked as a local hauler for Spring City, PA. Back then, the company was called Jones Drayage Company
What Are The Top Trucking Companies in North America?
Before we jump to identify the best trucking companies, it’s important to highlight that the best trucking companies receive their designation from industry experts and analysts—not from simply tooting their own horn.
Publications like Logistics Management, Transport Topics, and Inbound Logistics compile their lists of the top truck companies using in-depth research, customer surveys and questionnaires, trucker interviews, financial and operational records, and other forms of data that are collected over time.
Before taking a company’s word at face value, it is always recommended that potential customers do their research and gather information from reputable resources when making a decision.
With that being said, here are the top 10 truck companies we recommend based on our 30+ year history of experience in the transportation industry:
- CSA Transportation (Of course!)
- Atlas World Group
- Marten Transport LTD
- Hub Group
- U.S. Express Enterprises
- Wilson Logistics
- Hirshbach Motor Lines
- Motor Carrier Service LLC
- Halvor Lines, LLC
What Are The Largest Trucking Companies?
Many customers equate the size of a transportation carrier with quality of service. Unfortunately, however, this is not a sound rationalization.
While the biggest trucking companies are certainly successful and well-established, they may not be the best fit for every job.
It’s always recommended that potential customers review the types of shipping services offered by a company, their rates, where their distribution centres are located, and how flexible their services are before making a commitment.
With this in mind, here are the 10 largest trucking companies in the US (based on fleet size):
- FedEx Corp
- UPS Inc.
- Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings
- YRC Worldwide
- J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
- Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.
- XPO Logistics
- Estes Express Lines
- TFI International
It’s also important to note that these are the largest trucking companies by number of trucks. This list will vary if annual revenue, net income, and the number of employees are considered.