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Meeting the Challenges of a Competitive Market: Colonial Freight Systems, Inc.

 

Meeting the Challenges of a Competitive Market: Colonial Freight Systems, Inc.

 

Colonial Freight Systems, starting as Colonial Refrigerated Transportation in 1943 to become Colonial Freight Systems in 1976, rose to the demands of the rapidly changing frozen food market.  C.E. McBride initiated authority for transcontinental delivery from the I.C.C.  From this initial application, Colonial Freight now has carriers delivering freight with nationwide authority.  Drivers negotiate the national highway system using refrigerated trailers in both 48’ and 53’ dry van containers.

Branching out Colonial Freight Systems began a dry van division called Colonial West.   This freight carrier operated on somewhat irregular routes mostly in the Eastern portion of the United States.  It relayed on team drivers as primarily operators going to some parts of the western US.  The upshot of this division is that while the main corporate headquarters is in Knoxville, Tennessee it has terminal offices sending freight from Atlanta, Georgia to Chicago, Illinois from Dayton, New Jersey down to the Fort Worth, Texas and over to Gulfport Mississippi.

Through all the transitions from local carrier to nationwide freight distributor, Colonial Freight Systems is 100% owner-operated with driver requirements that Tennessee’s DOT has called one of the comprehensive of all professional driver road tests in which to qualify.