As J.B. Hunt Transport celebrates its 57th anniversary, we reflect on Mr. Hunt’s infamous question, “Is it BIG yet?”.
We’ve certainly seen tremendous growth since our founding days in 1961.
Mr. Hunt’s ingenious idea to turn rice hulls into an inexpensive material for poultry house litter would become the largest rice hull corporation in the country. As a sideline to the rice hull business, J.B. Hunt Transport began with five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers. As an over the road truck driver himself, J.B. experienced life on the road working hard to keep the new trucking company going all while dreaming up new possibilities. Mrs. Hunt provided encouragement and a persistent, determined work ethic aimed at growing their small company. Together they built what would become a nationally recognized Fortune 500 company.
In 1989 J.B. Hunt served as the pioneer of intermodal transportation when it became the very first trucking company to convert truck shipments to rail. The business of incorporating rail and road to move freight would forever change the transportation industry. Today our intermodal fleet has grown to encompass over 87,000 containers and 80,000 company owned chassis for efficiency and ease on drivers at rail yards.
Dedicated Contract Services developed as big and small businesses required outsourcing to transport their products. J.B. Hunt meets those needs today by providing top-notch customer service across the country. These regional and local jobs provide drivers the opportunity to enjoy more home time- 90% of our drivers are home daily or weekly!
Within Dedicated Contract Services is our Final Mile fleet where drivers provide excellence in customer service by delivering and installing a variety of appliances. This division provides jobs for CDL-A drivers as well as those without a CDL-A.
With exponential growth as the precedent, we are excited to see what the next 57 years holds for the small rice hull company that’s become one of the best trucking companies the country.
We will carry on with Mr. Hunt’s question of “Is it BIG yet?” because, perhaps, never responding “yes” is what drives us to work harder, smarter and better every day.