Press Releases

October 24, 2016

Estes Salutes America’s Professional Truck Drivers
If You Got It...A Truck Brought It!

That decades-old industry saying is still true today—trucking is literally the engine that keeps America moving. And what can’t be overlooked are the 3.4 million professionals who drive those trucks along our nation’s roadways. The role they play in our economy is absolutely vital. In 2015 alone, they delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight.

Estes Express Lines has long recognized the importance of the behind-the-wheel professionals who keep all of that product moving. The company’s 85-year success wouldn’t have been possible without a strong team of drivers—along with thousands of dockworkers, mechanics and other personnel who provide critical support across a nationwide network of more than 215 terminals.

Estes got its start in 1931 as a one-man-one-truck operation in the midst of the Great Depression. But that quickly changed as W.W. Estes added drivers, equipment and territory. Today, with more than 7,700 drivers, the company is the largest, privately held less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in North America—a status that directly hinges on the ability to attract and retain dedicated, safe, professional drivers.

"Our drivers represent some of the finest professionals in the industry," says President and CEO Rob Estes. "They understand that their ability to deliver freight on time and in good condition directly affects the company’s success, and they take great pride in representing us to our customers and the public."

All told, Estes has more than 16,000 employees and a newer fleet of over 7,000 tractors. Its network serves all 50 states, as well as the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. And with an extensive range of air, ocean and ground services through subsidiary Estes Forwarding Worldwide, it can ship virtually anywhere on the planet.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11–17, and Estes proudly salutes its professional drivers and teammates. For information about Estes and the company’s career opportunities for drivers, mechanics and other professionals, please visit our careers site.

This was featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch’s "Heroes of the Highway" specialty publication on Sept. 11, 2016. To see the full section, visit their website.