A Family-Owned Dedicated Logistics Provider Since 1932 

Companies don't generally have an opportunity to celebrate 90-year anniversaries if they aren't laser-focused on the future. That's why Ruan has successfully thrived through the decades. A leader in the transportation and logistics industry, Ruan is stronger than ever, relentlessly committed to service and continuous improvement.

Ruan was founded during a very challenging time. It was the Great Depression, and John Ruan was forced to drop out of school when his father passed away, the stock market crashed, and his family lost all their savings and livelihood. Determined to provide for his family, John Ruan traded in the family car to buy a truck and began hauling gravel around Iowa. Ruan Transportation Management Systems was born.   

Today, more than 90 years after that first load of gravel was shoveled by hand, Chairman John Ruan IV and CEO Ben McLean—part of the third generation of the Ruan family—continue to operate and lead according to the principles set down by Mr. Ruan: integrity, hard work, innovation, quality customer service, and compassion. Ruan continues to invest in the latest technologies, equipment, and safety innovations to benefit our valued customers and team members. And, we're leading the transportation industry's efforts to improve its environmental profile.  

Ruan is one of the largest family-owned transportation management companies in the nation, providing Dedicated Contract Transportation, Managed Transportation, Value-Added Warehousing, and Brokerage Support Services. Our Integrated Supply Chain Solutions combine our non-asset and asset-based capabilities with optimal technology and unrivaled industry expertise. Ruan leverages our powerfully personal approach to get to know our customers—from the inside out, from the top down—to solidify long-lasting relationships built on a foundation of trust. Every day, we work to anticipate our customers' and team members' needs—because personal connections have always been at the heart of our solutions and how we operate.  

Ruan Transportation Management Systems  

  • Founded in 1932 

  • 300+ operations nationwide 

  • On-site managers to direct fleets and drivers 

  • 5,000 team members, including 4,000 truck drivers 

  • Ongoing commitment to quality and process improvement 

  • 24/7 customer care from one full-service transportation company 

  • 1.5 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space

  • $750 million Freight Under Management for our non-asset customers

  • Proprietary, industry-leading Megasafe Safety Program

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