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 Yearsort ascending Company Revenue (000) Net Income (000) Employees Tractors* Trailers
44 113 Central Transport International 703,000 - - 3,180 6,543
77 96 Central Freight Lines 347,800 - - 1,127 7,852
100 94 A&R Logistics 229,258 - 1,100 900 1,200
87 91 Transport Investments 276,000 - 200 1,150 2,100
97 89 Martin Transportation Systems 237,500 - 1,637 1,130 2,200
99 87 Superior Bulk Logistics 233,900 5,200 1,392 1,300 2,100
96 86 John Christner Trucking 239,015 14,998 232 844 1,060
91 84 Foodliner/Quest Liner 252,275 - 1,261 1,173 2,185
90 83 Trans-System Inc. 252,500 - 1,100 1,021 1,600
89 82 Challenger Group 258,006 - - - -
98 81 Paschall Truck Lines 237,311 - 1,872 1,303 3,101
84 80 IMC Cos. 293,000 - 1,875 1,515 91
78 79 A. Duie Pyle Inc. 346,000 - 2,800 945 2,225
95 79 Comcar Industries 240,054 - - 1,592 4,660
79 78 Black Horse Carriers 337,500 - 2,625 1,520 3,000
85 76 Koch Cos. 280,000 - 1,150 1,001 5,250
82 75 Dicom Transportation Group 320,700 - - - -
83 74 Cassens Transport Co. 317,557 - 1,419 1,364 1,364
80 74 Maverick USA 334,953 - 2,119 1,675 2,453
81 71 Epes Carriers Inc. 332,073 24,333 1,535 1,202 -
75 70 Interstate Distributor Co. 370,168 - 2,000 1,805 3,900
76 70 Roehl Transport 355,323 - 2,485 1,995 4,898
64 69 Dart Transit Company 441,845 - 1,273 2,187 6,963
69 68 Bennett International Group 429,616 - 998 1,338 1,892
68 66 P.A.M. Transport 432,852 11,101 2,463 - 5,699
72 66 Mesilla Valley Transportation 402,940 - 1,900 1,400 5,100
74 65 Bison Transport 432,084 - 2,559 1,439 4,475
65 63 California Cartage Co. 440,000 - 1,500 - -
67 62 Cowan Systems 434,018 - 1,915 2,059 5,111
71 61 TransX Group of Companies 423,678 - 2,617 1,560 4,410
66 60 Shevell Group 436,000 - 3,895 1,550 3,902
59 59 Evans Delivery 505,000 - 320 3,865 650
60 58 Dayton Freight Lines 498,370 - 4,010 1,387 3,664
61 58 PS Logistics 495,300 - 2,600 2,247 2,359
62 57 Canada Cartage 452,728 - 3,110 2,429 2,736
63 55 Mercer Transportation Co. 449,337 - 295 2,228 2,400
53 54 AAA Cooper Transportation 605,538 - 4,600 2,400 6,000
56 54 United Road Services 525,000 - 1,700 1,835 1,200
70 53 USA Truck 429,099 -7,699 2,000 1,415 5,605
50 52 Pitt Ohio Transportation Group 649,972 - 3,178 866 2,072
55 52 Western Express 527,909 38,334 3,000 2,582 7,366
58 51 Mullen Group 520,272 - 3,267 1,821 4,998
54 49 Suddath 550,000 - - - -
46 47 Marten Transport 671,144 33,464 3,622 2,848 4,854
49 46 Stevens Transport 662,450 77,990 2,703 2,690 3,795
42 46 Daseke Inc. 770,000 -8,700 3,400 3,500 7,300
51 45 Day & Ross 640,515 - 1,829 1,531 4,010
48 44 Jack Cooper Holdings 667,849 - - 2,119 2,126
47 43 Covenant Logistics Group 670,651 16,835 4,400 2,535 7,389
43 42 Quality Distribution 758,000 - - - -
45 42 Trimac Transportation 700,000 - 3,400 1,800 2,400
52 41 Heartland Express 612,937 56,386 3,600 5,049 15,218
41 39 Atlas World Group 795,239 - - 2,159 -
40 38 Ruan 872,184 - 5,546 3,425 8,165
34 37 Anderson Trucking Service 1,032,144 - 1,410 2,372 6,300
38 36 KLLM Transport Services 937,000 - - 3,815 5,300
37 35 Forward Air 982,530 27,670 3,689 935 4,868
39 34 Lynden Inc. 925,000 - 2,800 768 2,889
35 33 Crete Carrier Corp. 1,030,000 - 5,500 5,130 12,883
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
32 30 Universal Logistics Holdings 1,072,751 24,244 6,275 3,801 4,154
30 29 Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 1,118,034 93,863 5,500 4,705 9,915
29 28 Southeastern Freight Lines 1,192,296 - 8,458 3,734 11,943
27 27 NFI 1,250,000 - 8,300 2,793 8,300
20 26 Purolator 1,526,207 - 10,000 463 1,280
28 25 Saia Inc. 1,218,481 48,024 9,000 4,000 13,000
19 24 CRST The Transportation Solution, Inc. 1,546,000 - 7,849 6,682 13,811
21 23 Penske Logistics 1,500,000 - 14,180 2,704 8,785
26 23 C.R. England 1,304,898 - 7,883 4,165 5,990
25 21 Kenan Advantage Group 1,421,975 - 7,561 6,869 10,404
21 20 Sirva Inc. 1,400,000 - - - -
21 19 U.S. Xpress Enterprises 1,500,000 - 10,135 7,000 15,500
18 18 Prime Inc. 1,683,834 194,247 3,661 6,246 12,309
17 17 UniGroup Inc. 1,700,000 - - - -
15 16 Roadrunner Transportation Systems 2,044,000 - 4,645 4,332 6,508
16 15 Werner Enterprises 2,008,991 79,129 11,738 7,100 24,350
14 14 Estes Express Lines 2,400,000 - 16,570 7,009 26,718
13 13 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions 2,658,745 169,172 - 67,900 42,800
12 12 ArcBest 2,700,219 18,652 13,000 4,387 21,361
11 11 Old Dominion Freight Line 2,991,517 295,765 19,040 7,994 32,525
10 10 TFI International 3,037,205 482,592 17,685 18,535 25,310
9 9 Landstar System 3,167,634 137,350 1,197 9,186 15,170
8 8 Hub Group 3,572,790 74,805 2,755 2,705 436
6 7 Schneider 4,045,736 156,851 19,300 10,459 37,910
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
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
2 2 FedEx Corp. 57,570,000 1,907,000 400,000 29,733 108,041
1 1 UPS Inc. 60,906,000 3,431,000 434,000 - -
36 - Cardinal Logistics 1,000,600 - 4,642 3,020 9,725
86 - Dependable Supply Chain Services 278,000 - - 321 1,220
24 - R+L Carriers 1,452,000 - 10,000 5,958 12,604
88 - TransAm Trucking Inc. 270,000 - - 1,144 1,818
56 - OnTrac Inc. 525,000 - 3,000 55 571
73 - TMC Transportation 394,000 - - - -
92 - Hirschbach Motor Lines 251,697 - 646 1,010 -
93 - United Vision Logistics 245,000 - - 1,003 1,347
94 - Salmon Cos. 241,796 - - 713 1,092
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Groendyke Transport ($206 million), Founded in 1932 by Harold Groendyke and now headed by his son John Groendyke, this family-owned carrier based in Enid, Okla., operates a fleet of 913 company-owned tractors and 1,693 tank truck trailers.
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