Top 100 For-Hire

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 descending Company Revenue (000) Net Income (000) Employees Tractors* Trailers
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
1 1 UPS Inc. 60,906,000 3,431,000 434,000 - -
2 2 FedEx Corp. 57,570,000 1,907,000 400,000 29,733 108,041
3 3 XPO Logistics 14,619,400 63,100 89,000 15,396 27,606
4 4 J.B. Hunt Transport Services 6,555,459 432,090 22,172 14,805 30,330
5 5 YRC Worldwide 4,697,500 21,500 32,000 14,300 44,500
7 6 Swift Transportation 4,031,517 149,267 21,900 18,366 64,066
6 7 Schneider 4,045,736 156,851 19,300 10,459 37,910
8 8 Hub Group 3,572,790 74,805 2,755 2,705 436
9 9 Landstar System 3,167,634 137,350 1,197 9,186 15,170
10 10 TFI International 3,037,205 482,592 17,685 18,535 25,310
11 11 Old Dominion Freight Line 2,991,517 295,765 19,040 7,994 32,525
12 12 ArcBest 2,700,219 18,652 13,000 4,387 21,361
13 13 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions 2,658,745 169,172 - 67,900 42,800
14 14 Estes Express Lines 2,400,000 - 16,570 7,009 26,718
16 15 Werner Enterprises 2,008,991 79,129 11,738 7,100 24,350
15 16 Roadrunner Transportation Systems 2,044,000 - 4,645 4,332 6,508
17 17 UniGroup Inc. 1,700,000 - - - -
18 18 Prime Inc. 1,683,834 194,247 3,661 6,246 12,309
21 19 U.S. Xpress Enterprises 1,500,000 - 10,135 7,000 15,500
21 20 Sirva Inc. 1,400,000 - - - -
25 21 Kenan Advantage Group 1,421,975 - 7,561 6,869 10,404
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
19 24 CRST International 1,546,000 - 7,849 6,682 13,811
28 25 Saia Inc. 1,218,481 48,024 9,000 4,000 13,000
20 26 Purolator 1,526,207 - 10,000 463 1,280
27 27 NFI 1,250,000 - 8,300 2,793 8,300
29 28 Southeastern Freight Lines 1,192,296 - 8,458 3,734 11,943
30 29 Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 1,118,034 93,863 5,500 4,705 9,915
32 30 Universal Logistics Holdings 1,072,751 24,244 6,275 3,801 4,154
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
35 33 Crete Carrier Corp. 1,030,000 - 5,500 5,130 12,883
39 34 Lynden Inc. 925,000 - 2,800 768 2,889
37 35 Forward Air 982,530 27,670 3,689 935 4,868
38 36 KLLM Transport Services 937,000 - - 3,815 5,300
34 37 Anderson Trucking Service 1,032,144 - 1,410 2,372 6,300
40 38 Ruan 872,184 - 5,546 3,425 8,165
41 39 Atlas World Group 795,239 - - 2,159 -
52 41 Heartland Express 612,937 56,386 3,600 5,049 15,218
43 42 Quality Distribution 758,000 - - - -
45 42 Trimac Transportation 700,000 - 3,400 1,800 2,400
47 43 Covenant Transportation Group 670,651 16,835 4,400 2,535 7,389
48 44 Jack Cooper Holdings 667,849 - - 2,119 2,126
51 45 Day & Ross 640,515 - 1,829 1,531 4,010
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
46 47 Marten Transport 671,144 33,464 3,622 2,848 4,854
54 49 Suddath 550,000 - - - -
58 51 Mullen Group 520,272 - 3,267 1,821 4,998
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
70 53 USA Truck 429,099 -7,699 2,000 1,415 5,605
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
63 55 Mercer Transportation Co. 449,337 - 295 2,228 2,400
62 57 Canada Cartage 452,728 - 3,110 2,429 2,736
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
59 59 Evans Delivery 505,000 - 320 3,865 650
66 60 Shevell Group 436,000 - 3,895 1,550 3,902
71 61 TransX Group of Companies 423,678 - 2,617 1,560 4,410
67 62 Cowan Systems 434,018 - 1,915 2,059 5,111
65 63 California Cartage Co. 440,000 - 1,500 - -
74 65 Bison Transport 432,084 - 2,559 1,439 4,475
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
69 68 Bennett International Group 429,616 - 998 1,338 1,892
64 69 Dart Transit Company 441,845 - 1,273 2,187 6,963
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
81 71 Epes Carriers Inc. 332,073 24,333 1,535 1,202 -
80 74 Maverick USA 334,953 - 2,119 1,675 2,453
83 74 Cassens Transport Co. 317,557 - 1,419 1,364 1,364
82 75 Dicom Transportation Group 320,700 - - - -
85 76 Koch Cos. 280,000 - 1,150 1,001 5,250
79 78 Black Horse Carriers 337,500 - 2,625 1,520 3,000
78 79 A. Duie Pyle Inc. 346,000 - 2,800 945 2,225
95 79 Comcar Industries 240,054 - - 1,592 4,660
84 80 IMC Cos. 293,000 - 1,875 1,515 91
98 81 Paschall Truck Lines 237,311 - 1,872 1,303 3,101
89 82 Challenger Group 258,006 - - - -
90 83 Trans-System Inc. 252,500 - 1,100 1,021 1,600
91 84 Foodliner/Quest Liner 252,275 - 1,261 1,173 2,185
96 86 John Christner Trucking 239,015 14,998 232 844 1,060
99 87 Superior Bulk Logistics 233,900 5,200 1,392 1,300 2,100
97 89 Martin Transportation Systems 237,500 - 1,637 1,130 2,200
87 91 Transport Investments 276,000 - 200 1,150 2,100
100 94 A&R Logistics 229,258 - 1,100 900 1,200
77 96 Central Freight Lines 347,800 - - 1,127 7,852
44 113 Central Transport International 703,000 - - 3,180 6,543
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Hub Group Reports Higher Revenue, Profits in 1Q

Hub Group

Hub Group reported higher revenue and profits in the first quarter of 2018 with growth coming from intermodal, logistics and dedicated contract carriage operations.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 26, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 100, Top 50

Universal Logistics Buoyed by Record Revenue, Strong Profits

Universal Logistics Holdings

Universal Logistics Holdings reported first-quarter net income of $10.4 million, or 37 cents per share, a rise of 147% from $4.3 million reported for the first quarter a year ago.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 26, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 100, Top 50

UPS Delivers 1Q Net Income of $1.34 Billion, Up 15% Year-to-Year

UPS truck

UPS Inc. reported double-digit gains in the first quarter as a result of the strength of its global business as well as economic conditions.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 26, 2018
Business, Top 100

TFI International Sees Earnings Increase, Revenue Stay Flat in 1Q

TST Overland Express truck

Canadian transportation conglomerate TFI International reported a sharp increase in profits on revenue that was essentially flat in the first quarter of 2018.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 25, 2018
Business, Top 100

Knight-Swift Reports ‘Progress’ With Merger, Sees Challenges in Getting Enough Drivers

Knight and Swift trucks

The holding company for Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation reported results for the first quarter of 2018 that reflect “progress” in achieving cost savings for the combined enterprise but also difficulty in finding enough drivers to meet increasing demand for service.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 25, 2018
Business, Top 100

Landstar System Posts Record First Quarter

Landstar truck

Landstar System reported its best first quarter with revenue jumping 34.2% to $1.05 billion and profits reaching a record $57.5 million, or $1.37 a share, as demand for freight hauling continued to strain truck capacity in the market.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 25, 2018
Business, Top 100

Forward Air First-Quarter Results Better Than Expected

Forward Air on the road

Forward Air Corp. reported better-than-expected results in the first quarter as strong demand and tight truckload capacity boosted expedited less-than-truckload shipping and intermodal services.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 25, 2018
Business, Top 100

Heartland Express Posts Mixed Results in 1Q

Heartland Express Truck

Heartland Express reported first-quarter net income of $13.4 million, or 16 cents earnings per share. In comparison, first-quarter 2017 net income was $14 million, or 17 cents per share. Analysts had predicted earnings per share of 11 cents.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 25, 2018
Business, Top 100

Covenant Reports Solid First-Quarter Revenue, Income

Covenant truck on the road

Covenant Transportation Group reported first-quarter net income of $4.4 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $39,000 in the same period of 2017.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA, Top 100

Change-of-Address Scam Moved UPS Corporate Headquarters to Tiny Chicago Apartment, Feds Say

The timeworn apartment building in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood hardly looks like the corporate headquarters of one of the world’s largest shipping companies. But for a few recent months, that’s essentially what it became — at least as far as the U.S. Postal Service was concerned.

April 23, 2018

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