On August 10th, J.B. Hunt celebrates its 56th anniversary and its historical impact on the logistics transportation industry. The distinguished carrier has grown from a small business of only five trucks and seven refrigerated trailers to a Fortune 500 company with over 13,000 trucks, 110,000 trailers and containers countrywide and $6.5 billion in annual revenues.
With an ambitious force of over 23,000 employees, J.B. Hunt is committed to being an industry leader in innovation, safety and diverse operations. Our employees have been the key to J.B. Hunt’s successful history and promising future by continually providing superior customer service, optimal efficiency and safety, effective freight management and creative solutions.
Strong work ethic and persistence are at the foundation of J.B. Hunt. Co-founders Johnnie Bryan and Johnelle Hunt were committed to long term growth and making J.B. Hunt Transport a reputable carrier within the transportation industry. To achieve recognition above the competition and increase company pride amidst employees, Mr. Hunt designed the familiar black and yellow scroll logo that adorns thousands of trucks, trailers and uniforms today.
The origin of the J.B. Hunt logo began in Keo, Arkansas when Mr. Hunt was visiting J.D. Cobb, a J.B. Hunt Transport original investor and board member. They stumbled upon an income tax form that had an image of a scroll at the bottom with placement for the total amount owed. Mr. Hunt favored the scroll and took the form home, redrew the image and added his own touches. He asked Mrs. Hunt to have it placed on the invoices of the couple’s original rice hull business.
According to long time employees, the black and yellow scroll became J.B. Hunt Transport’s official logo and placed on the carrier’s equipment and driver uniforms in the early 1970s and has stayed a consistent design ever since.
Recently retired Intermodal driver Benton feels grateful for the opportunity to wear the black and yellow scroll and serve J.B. Hunt customers for the last 23 years. “You make friends with the customer with a hand shake…If I had a set appointment, I was there early… I’ve always considered that on time is late,” he said. “I didn’t do it my way. I did it Mr. Hunt’s way and that is the way to do it.”
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