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

Truckload carrier U.S. Xpress is offering a big pay hike to accident- and ticket-free solo truck drivers, a route other trucking companies may choose in 2016.

News & Analysis

11 Feb 2016
Jack Holmes, the career UPS executive who became president of UPS Freight in 2007, will retire in June. Rich McArdle, another UPS veteran, will take his place.
29 Jan 2016
Despite a slower-moving U.S. economy, truckload operator Werner Enterprises
27 Jan 2016
Despite an alleged "freight recession," Covenant Transportation Group increased freight revenue 10.8 percent in the fourth quarter, as e-commerce generated a peak-season shipping surge in that benefited the truckload group, which provides capacity to other carriers as well as shippers.
26 Jan 2016
Heartland Express saw profit and revenue drop in the fourth quarter and 2015, but the company remains highly profitable, and is banking on the road ahead by adding new trucks, raising driver pay.
21 Jan 2016
J.B. Hunt Transport Services beat both Wall Street and Main Street in the fourth quarter, winning more business and hauling more freight when overall U.S. shipment volumes were dropping.
18 Jan 2016
XPO plans to put the former Con-way Freight's outsourced linehaul work up for bid for the first time in years, part of a broader plan to seek greater savings in its logistics and transportation businesses, chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs said.

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.