R+L Carriers

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R+L Carriers
Type Private
Industry Less than truckload (LTL) Shipping
Founded 1965
Headquarters Wilmington, Ohio, USA
Area served 50 States
U.S. Virgin Islands
Canada
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic
Key people

Ralph L. "Larry" Roberts I
(Founder/CEO)

Robert G. Zimmerman
(President)
Employees over 12,000 (2010)
Website rlcarriers.com
R+L Carriers truck with tandem trailer, Ypsilanti, Michigan

R+L Carriers is a privately owned American freight shipping company based in Wilmington, Ohio, which grew over the course of 40 years from one truck to a fleet of 21,000 tractors and trailers.[1] The company serves all 50 American states plus Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

History[edit]

In 1965, Ralph L. "Larry" Roberts I purchased a single truck he used to haul furniture. The business grew with the purchase of intrastate and interstate authority from Mayflower Moving and Storage, becoming R+L Carriers, Inc.[2] When the early 1980s brought deregulation to the trucking industry with the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, the company became incorporated in conjunction with the design of a new system that resulted in the birth of R+L Transfer, Inc.

The initial operation was contained within Ohio, but soon expanded to five other Midwestern and Southern states. The May 1989 acquisition of Gator Freightways, Inc. further developed the company in the South. Growth continued with the purchase of Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc. in April 1992.[3] In March 1996, the company purchased Herder Truck Lines, Inc.,[4] a Texas-based carrier, and expansion escalated. During the next five years, terminals and service were added to New York City and to 23 more states. Soon after, total coverage to New York State was achieved and partnerships to provide service to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and Puerto Rico were developed. Expanded coverage in Western states laid the groundwork for continued growth as 2003 brought about the opening of six additional Western states and yet another in 2005. Expansion continued in 2006 as operations began in Oregon and Washington. The final phase of expansion came in the spring of 2007 with expansion to northern California. This included service centers in three major markets of Fresno, Sacramento, and Oakland. Expansion would quickly continue into Southern California with facilities in Fontana and Los Angeles which completed the west coast expansion providing full state coverage. R+L Carriers ships an average of 20,000 shipments to these areas per day.[5]

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Notes
  1. ^ "Sprint Business - R&L Carriers" Sprint Business. March 2007
  2. ^ "Trucking No Terminal Business for Beaver Falls Transfer Firm." The Beaver County Times January 3, 1988.
  3. ^ "2008 Transport Topics" Transport Topics 100 January 2008.
  4. ^ "My Lynx - Past US Nationwide and Regional LTL Carriers" Herder Truck Lines. July 2008.
  5. ^ "Content Management Convoy" Integrated Solutions Magazine. July 2002.
  6. ^ "The Top 100 Motor Carriers 2008" The Top 100. April, 2008.
  7. ^ "Race 2 Win: R&L Carriers Join Roush Racing" National Trucking Company will sponsor No. 17 Ford Fusion 2004
  8. ^ "R+L Carriers joins JEGS Racing as associate sponsor" The Auto Channel May 6, 2009
  9. ^ Holder, Bill http://www.robertspullingteam.com/lib_inc/the_puller.pdf "Larry Roberts - Pulling with A Professional Touch!" The Puller. May, 2002.
  10. ^ "New Orleans Bowl - History" History September 20, 2007
  11. ^ " R&L Carriers renews sponsorship with New Orleans Bowl" The Times-Picayune. April 20, 2009.

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