J. B. Hunt

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Company typePublic company
FoundedAugust 10, 1961; 62 years ago (1961-08-10)
FounderJohnelle Hunt
Johnnie Bryan Hunt
HeadquartersLowell, Arkansas, U.S.
Key people
Kirk Thompson
(Chairman of the Board)
John N. Roberts, III
Shelley Simpson
John Kuhlow
RevenueIncrease US$9.165 billion (2019)
Increase US$734 million (2019)
Increase US$516 million (2019)
Total assetsIncrease US$5.471 billion (2019)
Total equityIncrease US$2.267 billion (2019)
Number of employees
29,056 (2019)
Footnotes / references
J.B. Hunt truck on Ohio Turnpike in Hudson, Ohio.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. is an American transportation and logistics company based in Lowell, Arkansas. It was founded by Johnnie Bryan Hunt and Johnelle Hunt in Arkansas on August 10, 1961. By 1983, J.B. Hunt had grown into the 80th largest trucking firm in the US, with $623.47 million in revenue. At that time J.B. Hunt operated 550 tractors, 1,049 trailers, and had roughly 1,050 employees.[3] J.B. Hunt primarily operates semi-trailer trucks and provides transportation services throughout the continental US, Canada and Mexico. As of 2020 the company employs over 24,000 people and operates more than 12,000 trucks. The company's fleet consists of over 145,000 trailers and containers.[4]


The company was founded in 1961. By 1983, J.B. Hunt became a publicly held company and has grown into the 3rd largest trucking firm in the U.S.[3]

In 1989, J.B. Hunt Transport began partnering with railroads to offer intermodal service. The initial partnership was with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway[5] later part of the BNSF Railway, and has since grown to other Class I railroads including Norfolk Southern, CSX, CN, and KCS.[6] The company's operations are distributed in four business segments (intermodal transport, contract services, logistics and truckload shipping), providing delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. About two-thirds of the company's revenues and profits come from intermodal.[4]

The company introduced a dedicated service in 1993.[7]

Corporate responsibility[edit]


The company uses load optimization software to decrease empty miles for drivers and GHG emission, improving overall route efficiency.[8] J.B. Hunt also reserved several Tesla electric trucks and added the first-ever, all-electric box trucks to its fleet. [9]

In 2019, the company received the SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) for the 10th consecutive year. [10]


J.B. Hunt added hair testing for drugs to all pre-employment tests since May 2006, in addition to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated urine testing.[11] Hair testing can detect prior drug usage for up to 90 days.[12] Drivers are also trained and certified in the safety training program Smith System.[13][14]


  1. ^ "US SEC: Form 10-K J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "J B Hunt Transport Services Inc People". Reuters.
  3. ^ a b Schwartz, Marvin (1992). J.B. Hunt : the long haul to success. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1-55728-250-1. OCLC 24794029.
  4. ^ a b "Form 10-K J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc". Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  5. ^ Salpukas, Agis (1992-06-21). "When Trucks and Trains Unite". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ Ananthalakshmi, A. (2009-10-13). "JB Hunt close to intermodal deal with Norfolk Southern- analysts". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  7. ^ Pettus, Michael L. (2003). Growth from chaos : developing your firm's resources to achieve profitability without cost cutting. Westport, Conn.: Praeger. ISBN 978-0-313-09416-3. OCLC 540956790.
  8. ^ Iii, Chelsea White (18 January 2018). Trucking in the Age of Information. Routledge. ISBN 9781351143943.
  9. ^ Cheng, Evelyn. "Tesla shares pop after trucker JB Hunt reserves 'multiple' semitractor-trailers". CNBC.
  10. ^ Straight, Brian (8 October 2019). "Today's Pickup: J.B. Hunt, Schneider lead SmartWay Excellence Award winners". Freight Waves.
  11. ^ Fiorentino, Dary (2011). Operator drug- and alcohol-testing across modes. Transportation Research Board. p. 31. ISBN 9780309223447.
  12. ^ "Hair follicle drug test: How it works, what to expect, and accuracy". www.medicalnewstoday.com.
  13. ^ Babcock, Stephane. "Fleets Share COVID-19 Driver Safety Insights". www.truckinginfo.com.
  14. ^ Schmidt, Ally (2 January 2015). "What sets J.B. Hunt apart from its competitors?". Market Realist.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Business data for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.: