Driving toward the future since 1932
Ruan was founded during a very challenging time. It was the Great Depression. John Ruan's father had passed away and someone needed to provide for the family. So, despite the risk, the 18-year-old sold his family's car, bought a truck and began hauling gravel around Iowa. Ruan Transport was born.
John Ruan soon realized that foresight and a willingness to embrace innovations could lower costs and improve service. Fueled by his entrepreneurial spirit, personable reputation and rock-solid work ethic, in just two years he turned that one truck into a fleet of more than a dozen operating throughout the Midwest. By 1957, Ruan had expanded into other markets and was the nation's largest carrier of bulk petroleum products.
Today, more than 80 years after that first load of gravel was shoveled by hand, John Ruan III continues to operate and lead according to the principles set down by his father: integrity, hard work, innovation, quality service and compassion. Ruan continues to research and develop innovations in technology, equipment and safety. And, we're leading the industry effort to improve transportation's environmental profile.
Whatever the challenge, we're committed to finding new and innovative ways to serve our customers.
Ruan Transportation Management Systems
- Founded in 1932
- 230+ locations nationwide
- Professional drivers with 1/5 the turnover rate of the industry average
- On-site manager to direct fleets and drivers
- 99.8 percent on-time delivery
- 99.7 percent customer retention
- 5,100 team members
- Ongoing commitment to quality and process improvement
- 24/7 customer care from one full-service transportation company
- Asset- and non-asset-based solutions
- First in the industry to implement a formal safety program
- Board members of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)
- Member of the leadership council for the SmartWay Transport Partnership
- Co-chair E-SMART initiative for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
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