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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Up Front
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 Logistics 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
87 91 Transport Investments 276,000 - 200 1,150 2,100
99 87 Superior Bulk Logistics 233,900 5,200 1,392 1,300 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
56 54 United Road Services 525,000 - 1,700 1,835 1,200
100 94 A&R Logistics 229,258 - 1,100 900 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
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 -
82 75 Dicom Transportation Group 320,700 - - - -
21 20 Sirva Inc. 1,400,000 - - - -
54 49 Suddath 550,000 - - - -
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UPS Reports Strong Revenue Growth, Higher Profits in 3Q

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USA Truck Acquires Davis Transfer Co.

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Heartland Express Returns to Historical Levels of Profitability

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