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5 of the Oldest Trucking Companies Still Operating in the US
September 29th, 2017

The trucking industry wasn’t regulated until 1935, but trucking companies were operating long before that. Many were trucking companies before trucks were even on the roadways, which is awe inspiring to say the least. But do you know which trucking company was one of the first? What about those carriers that have been around the longest and are still running freight? We’ve done some digging and came up with a list of some of the oldest operating trucking companies in the US. Check your knowledge of trucking companies in America!

Jones Motor Group: 1894

Jones Motor Group was established in 1894 making it the oldest trucking company still running in the US. When Jones Motor Group started out, founder and Wales immigrant, John Jones, worked as a local hauler for Spring City, PA. Back then, the company was called Jones Drayage Company. And, yes, this trucking company pre-dates commercial trucks. When Jones was hauling locally, he had a single horse and cart. Many horses and carts later, trucks were invented. By 1912, Jones Drayage Company purchased its first truck and started hauling freight.

Today, the company is called Jones Motor Group, as it includes general and special commodities divisions with LTL and truckload trucking services. Located in Limerick, PA, Jones Motor Group provides trucking jobs for flatbed haulers, dry van haulers, oversized loads, and step deck trailers. To get hired at Jones Motor Group, you’ll need to be an owner operator contracted to the carrier.

Mawson and Mawson: 1895

A year after Jones started his hauling company, Mawson and Mawson took up the same business about an hour east in Langhorne, PA. Here James Mawson and his family used the good old horse-and-buggy system to haul general cargo throughout Southeastern Pa. The company provided drayage transport from the Philly docks. By 1928, son Kenneth came into the business, adding a second Mawson to the first. At this time, trucks were in operation, and Mawson and Mawson started hauling via intrastate and interstate throughout New England. The pair of truckers hauled gypsum board, heavy metals, and machinery.

Mawson and Mawson of today provide flatbed trucking jobs in Pennsylvania. Truck drivers interested in hauling for Mawson and Mawson can find employment as a company driver or independent contractor. Mawson and Mawson is currently hiring drivers with at least two years of OTR experience. You must be 25 and have a Class A CDL. If you have experience hauling steel, then you have the advantage in getting hired for this trucking job. Mawson and Mawson provides paid holidays, and you earn up to 29 percent in linehaul revenue with each load you haul.

UPS: 1907

The Boys in Brown got its humble start more than a century ago in 1907 when founder James “Jim” Casey had an idea. Casey understood the need for a private delivery and messenger service in the US. He borrowed $100 and started American Messenger Co. in Seattle, WA. Keep in mind this predates the United States Parcel Post system, which was formed more than 50 years before the United States Postal Service. So what kind of messages and deliveries did American Messenger Co. provide? They delivered food trays from restaurants, hand delivered handwritten notes, and ran errands for customers.

By the time the USPP system was established, American Messenger Co. was already the provider of mail deliveries in the Seattle area. Then, in 1913, American Messenger became Merchants Parcel Delivery, purchased its first Model T, and chose brown as its signature color. While it wasn’t until 1919 that UPS became the company we know of today, the history of UPS is far more colorful than most would imagine.

Ace Doran: 1913

Ace Doran Hauling and Rigging Company, which is now a part of Bennett Motor Express, got started way back in 1913. John Doran started the business using a horse and buggy to haul coal and ice throughout the Cincinnati, OH area. By 1917, he had purchased the company’s first truck and was the pioneer of motor truck deliveries in the region. By 1941 another round of Doran’s were in business, and Robert J. Doran, Sr. named the company Ace Doran Hauling and Rigging.

In the present time, Ace Doran is a leading midwestern trucking company that handles flatbed loads, open deck hauls, and heavy freight hauling. In addition to providing freight services for commercial customers, Ace Doran is also contracted to handle US government-secured freight. Commodities under the Ace Doran scope of hauls include wind energy components, aluminum, steel, and heavy machinery.

If you are interested in hauling for Ace Doran, the company is hiring owner operators to join this historic hauler. You will need to be at least 23 years old with 2 years of OTR trucking experience, as well as six months of flatbed or open deck hauling experience. Additionally, you must operate a tractor that is newer than a 1998 model, and you will need a flatbed, step deck trailer to pull general freight. If you are hauling heavy hauls, you’ll need to meet the tarping and strapping equipment requirements of the company.

All owner operators go through a trucking orientation program and are eligible for the A+ Advantage Program. The A+ Advantage lets you receive safety reward incentives, discounts on tires, and fuel discounts.

Baggett Transportation Company: 1928

In 1928, Jess Baggett founded Baggett Transportation in Birmingham, AL. The company started as a local hauler transporting dynamite for mining operations at local coal companies. Then, in 1930, William Sellers partnered with Baggett, the former of whom would take over the company after WWII. However, during the war, Baggett Transportation used its hazmat experience to serve as a transporter of munitions for the Department of War now known as the Department of Defense.

Today, Baggett Transportation Company continues to haul freight, but now the company has greatly expanded its interests. Rather than handling LTL freight, Baggett Transportation currently provides long-haul truckload hauling jobs. Baggett continues to provide explosives transport for the Department of Defense, as well as to private companies.

Truck driving jobs at Baggett Transportation Company include dry van drivers and flatbed trucking jobs. The company is hiring company drivers and owner operators. You can run as a solo driver or in a team-driving position. When you get hired by Baggett Transportation in Alabama, you are eligible for a sign-on bonus of $2,000 for solo drivers and up to $5,000 for team drivers. Hauls for Baggett are mostly military freight, which ensures you’ll have consistent hauling opportunities.

All of these trucking companies got started before trucking was, first, regulated, and then deregulated in the 1980s. These carriers survived the storm and came out on top with more than a century of trucking history under their belts. It just goes to show that if you have the dedication and determination in the trucking industry, you can stick around for the long haul. Additionally, if you want to work for a trucking company that has a proven history for hauling freight, then these are some of the best companies to drive for in the US.

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