Top 50 Trucking Companies

Economic deceleration slammed the brakes on revenue growth at the largest U.S. trucking companies in 2015, sending many companies down the financial equivalent of a runaway truck ramp as inventories piled up, fuel surcharges dropped and freight demand slumped.

Year-over-year revenue fell in 2015 at 26 of the enterprises that made JOC.com list of Top 50 Trucking Companies, a sudden and sharp reversal from strong market growth in 2014, when revenue declined at only two carriers and grew by double-digits at 25 others.

Total Top 50 combined revenue increased only 3.1 percent from 2014, to $122.1 billion, compared with a 9.1 percent increase to $118.4 billion in 2014. That’s the slowest annual growth rate for the Top 50 trucking firms since the end of the recession in 2009, SJ Consulting Group said.

JOC.com and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the 50 largest U.S. trucking companies and track the group’s progress. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 50 carriers.

Key Top Trucking ranking stories:

Top 50 2016 Rankings 

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

An unexpected economic detour slammed the brakes on revenue growth at the largest U.S. trucking companies in 2015, sending many companies down the financial equivalent of a runaway truck ramp as inventories piled up, fuel surcharges dropped and freight demand slumped.

News & Analysis

26 May 2016
By many accounts, the U.S. is in a freight recession. So why are regional less-than-truckload carriers building terminals, expanding into new territories and adding customers?
11 Jun 2015
Slower economic growth helped pull down U.S. spot market truck shipments in May 1.7 percent from April, pushing rates down as well. Volumes remain seasonally strong compared with almost any year but last year, DAT Solutions said.
21 May 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line promoted veteran executive Greg C. Gantt to president, while David S. Congdon remains CEO and takes on added responsibilities as vice chairman of the company's board.
20 May 2015
The acquisition of Hazen Final Mile gives TransForce and same-day logistics subsidiary Dynamex a longer reach in e-commerce shipping markets.
19 May 2015
Truck tonnage slipped 3 percent in April from March and rose only 1 percent from a year ago, but remains well above 2013 levels, according to the American Trucking Associations. That signals trucking may be driving across a new economic plateau.
15 May 2015
The Teamsters union lost a representation election at FedEx Freight's Chicago Heights, Illinois, terminal, the latest setback in the union's effort to organize the largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier. So far, the Teamsters have organized four FedEx Freight terminals.

Commentary

The average U.S. diesel pump price dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time since 2005 this week. With prices this low, perhaps its time for shippers and carriers to rethink fuel surcharges.

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.