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) Employeessort descending Tractors* Trailers
41 39 Atlas World Group 795,239 - - 2,159 -
73 - TMC Transportation 394,000 - - - -
89 82 Challenger Motor Freight 258,006 - - - -
43 42 Quality Distribution 758,000 - - - -
44 113 Central Transport International 703,000 - - 3,180 6,543
13 13 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions 2,658,745 169,172 - 67,900 42,800
77 96 Central Freight Lines 347,800 - - 1,127 7,852
93 - United Vision Logistics 245,000 - - 1,003 1,347
94 - Salmon Cos. 241,796 - - 713 1,092
31 32 Averitt Express 1,091,475 - - 4,500 14,623
95 79 Comcar Industries 240,054 - - 1,592 4,660
48 44 Jack Cooper Holdings 667,849 - - 2,119 2,126
17 17 UniGroup 1,700,000 - - - -
82 75 Dicom Transportation Group 320,700 - - - -
21 20 Sirva Inc. 1,400,000 - - - -
38 36 KLLM Transport Services 937,000 - - 3,815 5,300
54 49 Suddath 550,000 - - - -
86 - Dependable Supply Chain Services 278,000 - - 321 1,220
88 - TransAm Trucking 270,000 - - 1,144 1,818
87 91 Transport Investments 276,000 - 200 1,150 2,100
96 86 John Christner Trucking 239,015 14,998 232 844 1,060
63 55 Mercer Transportation Co. 449,337 - 295 2,228 2,400
59 59 Evans Delivery 505,000 - 320 3,865 650
92 - Hirschbach Motor Lines 251,697 - 646 1,010 -
69 68 Bennett International Group 429,616 - 998 1,338 1,892
90 83 Trans-System Inc. 252,500 - 1,100 1,021 1,600
100 94 A&R Logistics 229,258 - 1,100 900 1,200
85 76 Koch Cos. 280,000 - 1,150 1,001 5,250
9 9 Landstar System 3,167,634 137,350 1,197 9,186 15,170
91 84 Foodliner/Quest Liner 252,275 - 1,261 1,173 2,185
64 69 Dart Transit Co. 441,845 - 1,273 2,187 6,963
99 87 Superior Bulk Logistics 233,900 5,200 1,392 1,300 2,100
34 37 Anderson Trucking Service 1,032,144 - 1,410 2,372 6,300
83 74 Cassens Transport Co. 317,557 - 1,419 1,364 1,364
65 63 California Cartage Co. 440,000 - 1,500 - -
81 71 Epes Carriers Inc. 332,073 24,333 1,535 1,202 -
97 89 Martin Transportation Systems 237,500 - 1,637 1,130 2,200
56 54 United Road Services 525,000 - 1,700 1,835 1,200
51 45 Day & Ross 640,515 - 1,829 1,531 4,010
98 81 Paschall Truck Lines 237,311 - 1,872 1,303 3,101
84 80 IMC Cos. 293,000 - 1,875 1,515 91
72 66 Mesilla Valley Transportation 402,940 - 1,900 1,400 5,100
67 62 Cowan Systems 434,018 - 1,915 2,059 5,111
75 70 Interstate Distributor Co. 370,168 - 2,000 1,805 3,900
70 53 USA Truck 429,099 -7,699 2,000 1,415 5,605
80 74 Maverick USA 334,953 - 2,119 1,675 2,453
68 66 P.A.M. Transport 432,852 11,101 2,463 - 5,699
76 70 Roehl Transport 355,323 - 2,485 1,995 4,898
74 65 Bison Transport 432,084 - 2,559 1,439 4,475
61 58 PS Logistics 495,300 - 2,600 2,247 2,359
71 61 TransX Group of Companies 423,678 - 2,617 1,560 4,410
79 78 Black Horse Carriers 337,500 - 2,625 1,520 3,000
49 46 Stevens Transport 662,450 77,990 2,703 2,690 3,795
8 8 Hub Group 3,572,790 74,805 2,755 2,705 436
78 79 A. Duie Pyle Inc. 346,000 - 2,800 945 2,225
39 34 Lynden 925,000 - 2,800 768 2,889
56 - OnTrac Inc. 525,000 - 3,000 55 571
55 52 Western Express 527,909 38,334 3,000 2,582 7,366
62 57 Canada Cartage 452,728 - 3,110 2,429 2,736
50 52 Pitt Ohio Transportation Group 649,972 - 3,178 866 2,072
58 51 Mullen Group 520,272 - 3,267 1,821 4,998
42 46 Daseke Inc. 770,000 -8,700 3,400 3,500 7,300
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
46 47 Marten Transport 671,144 33,464 3,622 2,848 4,854
18 18 Prime Inc. 1,683,834 194,247 3,661 6,246 12,309
37 35 Forward Air 982,530 27,670 3,689 935 4,868
66 60 Shevell Group 436,000 - 3,895 1,550 3,902
60 58 Dayton Freight Lines 498,370 - 4,010 1,387 3,664
47 43 Covenant Logistics Group 670,651 16,835 4,400 2,535 7,389
53 54 AAA Cooper Transportation 605,538 - 4,600 2,400 6,000
36 - Cardinal Logistics 1,000,600 - 4,642 3,020 9,725
15 16 Roadrunner Freight 2,044,000 - 4,645 4,332 6,508
30 29 Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings 1,118,034 93,863 5,500 4,705 9,915
35 33 Crete Carrier Corp. 1,030,000 - 5,500 5,130 12,883
40 38 Ruan 872,184 - 5,546 3,425 8,165
33 32 Celadon Group Inc. 1,050,000 2,700 6,000 7,050 15,000
32 30 Universal Logistics Holdings 1,072,751 24,244 6,275 3,801 4,154
25 21 Kenan Advantage Group 1,421,975 - 7,561 6,869 10,404
19 24 CRST The Transportation Solution 1,546,000 - 7,849 6,682 13,811
26 23 C.R. England 1,304,898 - 7,883 4,165 5,990
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
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
24 - R+L Carriers 1,452,000 - 10,000 5,958 12,604
21 19 U.S. Xpress Enterprises 1,500,000 - 10,135 7,000 15,500
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 23 Penske Logistics 1,500,000 - 14,180 2,704 8,785
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
11 11 Old Dominion Freight Line 2,991,517 295,765 19,040 7,994 32,525
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
4 4 J.B. Hunt Transport Services 6,555,459 432,090 22,172 14,805 30,330
5 5 Yellow Corp. 4,697,500 21,500 32,000 14,300 44,500
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 - -
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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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