Big G Express Acquires RTR Transportation

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John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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Two Tennessee freight carriers have merged with the acquisition of RTR Transportation by Big G Express.

Both companies, based in middle Tennessee since 1995, made the announcement Feb. 28. They share strong family-oriented foundations built on the core values of safety, integrity and customer service.

Headquartered in Shelbyville, Big G Express is a 100% employee-owned, asset-based truckload carrier with over 550 tractors and over 1,800 trailers that provides general commodity, irregular route and dry van truckload services to nationwide customers.

The Big G Express family of companies currently offers transportation solutions and services including logistics, warehousing and flatbed services.

“This acquisition is a great move for our employee owners,” said Greg Thompson, Big G CEO. “RTR’s asset-based operation with approximately 100 drivers allows us to gain market share with blue-chip customers in the automotive industry, including an expansion of the regions and routes we currently service.”

Located in Nashville, RTR is a family-owned, full-service nationwide dry van truckload carrier offering local cartage, warehousing, cross dock, trailer rework and storage trailers.

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“We ultimately chose Big G Express as the buyer because of the comfort level we instantly felt with their executive leadership,” said Jackson Norman, president of RTR. “The Lord has blessed our family with a wonderful group of employees, and we wanted to assure that their futures were secure. Big G’s employee stock ownership plan gave us that assurance. I am looking forward to realizing the amazing potential of our company’s combination and strengthening our ability to provide the best possible service to our customers.”

Thompson said everyone at Big G looks forward to welcoming those from RTR. “We are excited to start this new chapter and welcome Jackson Norman and their entire team to the Big G Express family,” he added.