Con-way Truckload & CFI History

Con-way Truckload was founded in 1951 as Contract Freighters Inc. (CFI). The company began with one tractor and two trailers and generated revenues of a mere $12,000 during its first year.

Recognizing the need to serve customers in a global economy, Con-way Truckload expanded services into Mexico providing through-trailer service since 1985. The first international office opened in 1987 in Monterrey, Mexico. Just one year later, the first Canadian office opened in Toronto. There are now more than 40 sales offices* and four terminal locations in addition to the headquarters in Joplin, Mo.

Continued and consistent growth led to the expansion of the company’s headquarters in 1993. The 300-acre site is home to the company’s administrative offices, maintenance facilities, wash bay, and local driver services.

Equipment upgrades grew as rapidly as office locations. The first 48-foot trailer was purchased in 1986. Just three years later, the first air-ride trailer was delivered. Con-way Truckload was the first carrier to operate a 100% air-ride fleet.

We are committed to continuous improvement and in 2003, Con-way Truckload earned the ISO 9001-2002 certification. In 2013, Con-way Truckload moved away from ISO in favor of LEAN. We’ve also been a pioneer in the testing and implementation of wide-base tires, which have improved fuel mileage as well as reduced emissions. Our strong commitment to environmental stewardship and green initiatives is reflected in our membership of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay partnership, a voluntary program to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution.

In 2007, CFI was acquired by Con-way Inc. in a $750 million transaction. The merging of the two companies expanded opportunities to accelerate growth, penetrate new markets and provide a wider array of services to customers. To better align new opportunities, CFI officially changed its name to Con-way Truckload in 2008.

Con-way Truckload is built on the four values of safety, integrity, commitment and excellence—all values that we bring to our customers every day.

Con-way Truckload Innovation Milestones

Con-way Truckload is the …

  • First trucking company to receive the prestigious President's "E" and "E-Star" Awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce for excellence in export service.
  • First carrier with 100% air-ride fleet.
  • First US dry van truckload carrier to be ISO 9002 certified.
  • First carrier to develop proprietary operational software, which allows us to track and deliver your goods on time, every time.
  • First through-trailer service through all Mexican gateways.

    *Con-way Truckload and its subsidiary

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