The Crete Carrier Corporation story starts in Crete, Nebraska, in 1966. We began with six leased trailers and our very first customer, ALPO dog food. Our operation was small, but big things were just around the bend.
1971: Crete Carrier Corporation is purchased by Duane and Phyllis Acklie.
1973: Relocated to our current corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1974: Acquired Shaffer Trucking, a temperature-sensitive carrier based in New Kingstown, Pennsylvania.
1979: Purchased Sunflower Carriers and eventually merged the company with Shaffer Trucking to create a single refrigerated trucking division.
1987: Hilt Truck Lines joined the family and merged with Crete Carrier, expanding the dry van division.
1999: Acquired Hunt Transportation which added a flatbed and specialized freight division to Crete Carrier Corporation.
Today, Crete Carrier Corporation has grown into a transporter of virtually any product and operates more than 5,000 tractors and over 13,000 trailers throughout the continental United States. While this makes us one of the largest trucking companies in the world, we will always deliver on the little things that matter most to our customers.
Continental Express from Sidney Ohio
Ensign Emmett Pope founded the company in 1919 after his service in World War I. We began as a coal hauling business from a horse-drawn wagon. In 1938, he added delivery of home heating oil to his growing list of services and the bridge to bring Pope Transport into the future began.
Today, Judson Pope is the president of Pope Transport, which maintains a corporate office in Mt. Olive, NC, over 50 trucks, over 85 trailers and eight dispatch terminals with offices in Selma, Greensboro, and Charlotte, NC and Charleston, North Augusta, Lexington and Greenville, SC with a corporate office in Mt. Olive.