2017 Top 100 For-Hire Carriers

2017 Essential Financial and Operating Information for the 100 largest For-Hire Carriers in North America
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The nation’s top for-hire carriers are taking steps to shore up capacity in anticipation of increasing demand for freight hauling and a tighter market for drivers.
Find out where the carriers are by regions in North America.
Find out what carriers are doing to prepare for what looks like increased demand for freight hauling this year and next.
Rankings
Rank This Year Rank Last Year Company Revenue (000) Net Income (000) Employees Tractors* Trailerssort ascending
2 2 FedEx Corp. 57,570,000 1,907,000 400,000 29,733 108,041
7 6 Swift Transportation 4,031,517 149,267 21,900 18,366 64,066
5 5 Yellow Corp. 4,697,500 21,500 32,000 14,300 44,500
13 13 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions 2,658,745 169,172 - 67,900 42,800
6 7 Schneider 4,045,736 156,851 19,300 10,459 37,910
11 11 Old Dominion Freight Line 2,991,517 295,765 19,040 7,994 32,525
4 4 J.B. Hunt Transport Services 6,555,459 432,090 22,172 14,805 30,330
3 3 XPO Logistics 14,619,400 63,100 89,000 15,396 27,606
14 14 Estes Express Lines 2,400,000 - 16,570 7,009 26,718
10 10 TFI International 3,037,205 482,592 17,685 18,535 25,310
16 15 Werner Enterprises 2,008,991 79,129 11,738 7,100 24,350
12 12 ArcBest 2,700,219 18,652 13,000 4,387 21,361
21 19 U.S. Xpress Enterprises 1,500,000 - 10,135 7,000 15,500
52 41 Heartland Express 612,937 56,386 3,600 5,049 15,218
9 9 Landstar System 3,167,634 137,350 1,197 9,186 15,170
33 32 Celadon Group Inc. 1,050,000 2,700 6,000 7,050 15,000
31 32 Averitt Express 1,091,475 - - 4,500 14,623
19 24 CRST The Transportation Solution, Inc. 1,546,000 - 7,849 6,682 13,811
28 25 Saia Inc. 1,218,481 48,024 9,000 4,000 13,000
35 33 Crete Carrier Corp. 1,030,000 - 5,500 5,130 12,883
24 - R+L Carriers 1,452,000 - 10,000 5,958 12,604
18 18 Prime Inc. 1,683,834 194,247 3,661 6,246 12,309
29 28 Southeastern Freight Lines 1,192,296 - 8,458 3,734 11,943
25 21 Kenan Advantage Group 1,421,975 - 7,561 6,869 10,404
30 29 Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 1,118,034 93,863 5,500 4,705 9,915
36 - Cardinal Logistics 1,000,600 - 4,642 3,020 9,725
21 23 Penske Logistics 1,500,000 - 14,180 2,704 8,785
27 27 NFI 1,250,000 - 8,300 2,793 8,300
40 38 Ruan 872,184 - 5,546 3,425 8,165
77 96 Central Freight Lines 347,800 - - 1,127 7,852
47 43 Covenant Transportation Group 670,651 16,835 4,400 2,535 7,389
55 52 Western Express 527,909 38,334 3,000 2,582 7,366
42 46 Daseke Inc. 770,000 -8,700 3,400 3,500 7,300
64 69 Dart Transit Company 441,845 - 1,273 2,187 6,963
44 113 Central Transport International 703,000 - - 3,180 6,543
15 16 Roadrunner Transportation Systems 2,044,000 - 4,645 4,332 6,508
34 37 Anderson Trucking Service 1,032,144 - 1,410 2,372 6,300
53 54 AAA Cooper Transportation 605,538 - 4,600 2,400 6,000
26 23 C.R. England 1,304,898 - 7,883 4,165 5,990
68 66 P.A.M. Transport 432,852 11,101 2,463 - 5,699
70 53 USA Truck 429,099 -7,699 2,000 1,415 5,605
38 36 KLLM Transport Services 937,000 - - 3,815 5,300
85 76 Koch Cos. 280,000 - 1,150 1,001 5,250
67 62 Cowan Systems 434,018 - 1,915 2,059 5,111
72 66 Mesilla Valley Transportation 402,940 - 1,900 1,400 5,100
58 51 Mullen Group 520,272 - 3,267 1,821 4,998
76 70 Roehl Transport 355,323 - 2,485 1,995 4,898
37 35 Forward Air 982,530 27,670 3,689 935 4,868
46 47 Marten Transport 671,144 33,464 3,622 2,848 4,854
95 79 Comcar Industries 240,054 - - 1,592 4,660
74 65 Bison Transport 432,084 - 2,559 1,439 4,475
71 61 TransX Group of Companies 423,678 - 2,617 1,560 4,410
32 30 Universal Logistics Holdings 1,072,751 24,244 6,275 3,801 4,154
51 45 Day & Ross 640,515 - 1,829 1,531 4,010
66 60 Shevell Group 436,000 - 3,895 1,550 3,902
75 70 Interstate Distributor Co. 370,168 - 2,000 1,805 3,900
49 46 Stevens Transport 662,450 77,990 2,703 2,690 3,795
60 58 Dayton Freight Lines 498,370 - 4,010 1,387 3,664
98 81 Paschall Truck Lines 237,311 - 1,872 1,303 3,101
79 78 Black Horse Carriers 337,500 - 2,625 1,520 3,000
39 34 Lynden Inc. 925,000 - 2,800 768 2,889
62 57 Canada Cartage 452,728 - 3,110 2,429 2,736
80 74 Maverick USA 334,953 - 2,119 1,675 2,453
45 42 Trimac Transportation 700,000 - 3,400 1,800 2,400
63 55 Mercer Transportation Co. 449,337 - 295 2,228 2,400
61 58 PS Logistics 495,300 - 2,600 2,247 2,359
78 79 A. Duie Pyle Inc. 346,000 - 2,800 945 2,225
97 89 Martin Transportation Systems 237,500 - 1,637 1,130 2,200
91 84 Foodliner/Quest Liner 252,275 - 1,261 1,173 2,185
48 44 Jack Cooper Holdings 667,849 - - 2,119 2,126
99 87 Superior Bulk Logistics 233,900 5,200 1,392 1,300 2,100
87 91 Transport Investments 276,000 - 200 1,150 2,100
50 52 Pitt Ohio Transportation Group 649,972 - 3,178 866 2,072
69 68 Bennett International Group 429,616 - 998 1,338 1,892
88 - TransAm Trucking Inc. 270,000 - - 1,144 1,818
90 83 Trans-System Inc. 252,500 - 1,100 1,021 1,600
83 74 Cassens Transport Co. 317,557 - 1,419 1,364 1,364
93 - United Vision Logistics 245,000 - - 1,003 1,347
20 26 Purolator 1,526,207 - 10,000 463 1,280
86 - Dependable Supply Chain Services 278,000 - - 321 1,220
100 94 A&R Logistics 229,258 - 1,100 900 1,200
56 54 United Road Services 525,000 - 1,700 1,835 1,200
94 - Salmon Cos. 241,796 - - 713 1,092
96 86 John Christner Trucking 239,015 14,998 232 844 1,060
59 59 Evans Delivery 505,000 - 320 3,865 650
56 - OnTrac Inc. 525,000 - 3,000 55 571
8 8 Hub Group 3,572,790 74,805 2,755 2,705 436
84 80 IMC Cos. 293,000 - 1,875 1,515 91
82 75 Dicom Transportation Group 320,700 - - - -
21 20 Sirva Inc. 1,400,000 - - - -
54 49 Suddath 550,000 - - - -
41 39 Atlas World Group 795,239 - - 2,159 -
73 - TMC Transportation 394,000 - - - -
89 82 Challenger Group 258,006 - - - -
43 42 Quality Distribution 758,000 - - - -
92 - Hirschbach Motor Lines 251,697 - 646 1,010 -
1 1 UPS Inc. 60,906,000 3,431,000 434,000 - -
17 17 UniGroup Inc. 1,700,000 - - - -
65 63 California Cartage Co. 440,000 - 1,500 - -
81 71 Epes Carriers Inc. 332,073 24,333 1,535 1,202 -
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National Carriers Inc. ($205 million), Based in Liberal, Kan., National Carriers provides nationwide truckload service for refrigerated cargoes, mostly meat, with a combination of company-owned tractors and equipment provided by owner-operators. The company also provides lifestock hauling and spotting services.
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UPS Ships Out First Batch of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

A UPS truck loaded with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

UPS Inc. began shipping out its first batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines March 2, now that the single-dose vaccine for the coronavirus has emergency use authorization.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 2, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Expects 40% Jump in Vaccine Doses Next Week, Peak in May

A UPS truck exits a distribution center in Chicago in November 2020. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are ramping up vaccine distribution, with plans for additional gains if Johnson & Johnson’s inoculation is cleared by U.S. regulators.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Business, Equipment, Top 100

January Sales Indicate Used Truck Market Is Poised to Grow

used truck lot

The average used Class 8 vehicle in January had higher mileage and sold for a little less than a year earlier, ACT Research reported, calling it an inkling of all the freight there was to haul in the second half of 2020.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2021
Government, Business, Top 100

Extreme Winter Weather Causes Vaccine Shipping Delays

Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Extreme winter weather has dealt the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines, delaying shipment of three days’ worth of shots, or about 6 million doses.

February 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Technology Brings Visibility to Supply Chains, Experts Say

Walmart truck on highway

The increased visibility that technology brings to supply chains is helping to improve efficiency in very specific ways, according to experts at a recent virtual event.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 17, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Forward Air Revenue Increased While Income Declined for Q4

Forward Air truck

Forward Air Corp. reported record fourth-quarter revenue but a decline in net income.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Ryder Reports Q4 Improved Earnings

Ryder truck

Ryder System Inc. on Feb. 11 reported fourth-quarter net income of $25.6 million, or 48 cents per share, compared with a loss of $53.5 million, or loss of $1.02, in the same period a year ago.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 11, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

XPO Reports Highest Quarterly Revenue Ever at $4.67 Billion

XPO Logistics truck

XPO Logistics Inc. posted better-than-expected earnings and its highest-ever quarterly revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

TFI Posts Increases in Profit, Revenue in Q4

TFI headquarters

TFI International Inc. reported an increase in both profits and revenue in the fourth quarter as it works toward completion of its acquisition of UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload and dedicated truckload divisions of UPS Inc., later this year.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
February 9, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Saia Reports Earnings Nearly Doubled to $40.2 Million for Q4

Saia truck

Saia Inc. saw income surge and revenue gains during the fourth quarter, the company reported Feb. 8.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 8, 2021

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