It started with just one man and a used Chevy truck in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. But the years since W.W. Estes first began hauling farming supplies in 1931 paint a picture of dramatic transformation. The Estes family still owns and operates the company; however, it’s now the largest privately owned LTL carrier—and one of the largest less-than-truckload and truckload transportation systems—in the country.
Today, Estes has an employee base more than 16,000 strong and an increasingly newer fleet of more than 6,700 tractors and 30,000 primarily logistics-bar trailers. Our network has grown from a single location in one state to over 200 terminals with coverage in all 50 states, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. And our extensive network of air, ocean and ground services through subsidiary Estes Forwarding Worldwide means we can ship to virtually any destination on the globe.
If W.W. could see Estes today, he might be amazed at how it’s grown, but he would certainly be pleased that the growth was driven by the same values of hard work and customer service that he introduced. Since that first run, creating satisfied customers and striving for excellence has always been The Estes Way.
Our interactive timeline will take you on a journey of Estes’ progress throughout the decades. Simply click the decade on the top to jump to a point in time, or select the year on the left and read about a milestone in our company’s history.
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