The top 50 trucking companies in the United States includes UPS, Yellow Freight and Schneider. A complete list of the top 100 trucking companies based on revenue is provided from Monheit Law.
Other companies in the top 50 include Roadway Express, Consolidated Freightways, Ryder Integrated Logistics, RPS and Con-Way Transportation.
UPS was founded in 1907 by 19-year-old James E. Casey. The venture was originally named the American Messenger Company and catered mostly to the Seattle, Washington area. Initially, deliveries were commonly made on foot, with bicycles used for longer routes. Currently, UPS has acquired more than 40 other companies, including industry leaders in trucking and air freight, retail shipping and business services, customs brokerage, finance and international trade services. The shipping giant has been publicly traded since 1999 and employs more than 60,000 workers, as of 2015.
Yellow Freight System got its start in 1924 as a bus and taxi service founded by A.J. Harrell called Yellow Transit Co., while Roadway began operation in 1930 in Akron, Ohio, where it was founded by the Roush brothers. The two merged in 2009 to form YRC Inc — now known as YRC Freight headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. Other subsidiaries include YRC Reimer, Reddaway, Holland and New Penn.