Top 50 Trucking Companies

Top 50 Trucking Companies

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A resurgent economy kickstarted growth at the Top 50 U.S. Trucking Companies in 2014, pushing their combined revenue up by 10 percent to $117 billion. Half the companies in the Top 50 rankings, prepared for JOC.com by SJ Consulting Group, now have more than $1 billion in revenue, compared with 12 in 2003. The Top 50 growth rate last year nearly doubled from 5.5 percent in 2013 and 6 percent in 2012 and is the third-best performance for the group, after 2004 and 2011.

JOC.com and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the top 50 trucking companies and track the group’s progress in the economic recovery. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 50 carriers. The 2015 Top 50 trucking rankings will be available April 20.

Key Top Trucking ranking stories:

Top 50 2015 Rankings

Top 25 LTL 2015: Revenue up 9.1 percent for 25 largest LTL carriers

Top 50 2014: Top 50 trucking companies rode their brakes in 2013

Top 50 2013: A first: Top 50 trucking revenue exceeds $100 billion

Top 50 2014 Rankings

Top 50 2013 Rankings

Special Coverage

Five straight quarters of economic growth, some hot and some not, translates to more trucks on the road. The JOC Truckload Capacity Index is up 7.4 percent year-over-year, thanks to freight demand, strong truck orders last year, higher shipping rates and driver pay. Carriers are becoming more adept at scaling capacity to adjust to demand and other market forces.

News & Analysis

27 Aug 2015
Mixed economic messages and political uncertainty put shippers and truckers on a bumpy road in the second half of 2015, speakers said during a JOC webinar. Although truck capacity is "relatively abundant" and fuel is cheap, truck rates are still rising, and shippers are eyeing new safety rules that could tighten truck capacity. It all depends on the economy.
30 Jul 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line barely downshifted as the economy slowed in early 2015, increasing revenue, profit, shipments and tonnage year-over-year in the last quarter.
30 Jul 2015
A steep drop in fuel surcharges coupled with an increase in driver wages helped drag profit and revenue down at Con-way Freight and Con-way Truckload. Menlo Logistics lost revenue, but managed to increase profit.
Celadon tractor
30 Jul 2015
A successful acquisition strategy, the opening of new driver schools and expanded capacity drove Celadon Group’s revenue to a historic high mark in the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30.
28 Jul 2015
Strong cross-border business in Europe and the highest demand for deferred package service in the U.S. in a decade helped UPS increase second quarter profits, despite falling revenue.
25 Jul 2015
New England Motor Freight will open a 44-door terminal in Indianapolis July 27 as the multi-regional carrier builds density in lanes connecting the East Coast and Midwest.

Commentary

J.B. Hunt grew its top line revenue by 10.4 percent in 2014 from 2013. While this mark may not be noteworthy by itself, what is unique is that this marks the fifth consecutive year J.B. Hunt increased its revenue by double digits. Only two other companies in SJ Consulting Group’s Top 50 Trucking Companies list have achieved the same feat: Kenan Advantage Group and Roadrunner, although the manner at which they went about this growth is very different.

Video

Senior Editor Bill Cassidy interviews YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch, who is getting closer to his goal of returning the troubled less-than-truckload operator to profitability.