Schneider National, a provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, as well as the nation's largest truckload carrier, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary at the company's Green Bay, Wis. headquarters. The celebration focused on the company's commitment to the transportation and logistics industry, an industry that lies at the heart of the U.S. economy, with more than 70% of all goods consumed in the country delivered by truck.
Schneider National's roots date back to 1935 when founder Al Schneider sold the family car to purchase his first truck. Chris Lofgren, current president and CEO, reflected on how the industry, the company and the supply chain have all changed during the course of 75 years. "In 1935, Schneider consisted of one truck; today we have more than 11,000 on the road. Seventy-five years ago, the industry was highly regulated, with most trucks delivering freight only within state lines. Today, we deliver freight across North American and around the world, logging 926 million miles a year while delivering goods to the factories and store shelves in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and China."
Lofgren addressed guests on the front steps of Schneider's Corporate Business Center, flanked by historic company images and two trucks—a 1949 vintage International restored by former Schneider associates in 1991 and a 2010 Freightliner featuring the company’s 75-year anniversary logo. Joining Lofgren at the ceremony were members of the Schneider family; Gov. Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations; Duane Acklie, chairman of Crete Carrier Corporation; Chris Sultemeier, senior vice president of transportation for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Steve Matheys, executive vice president and chief administration officer for Schneider National; and 11 of Schneider’s million mile safe drivers.
Lofgren emphasized the importance in looking forward in his remarks, saying, "The legacy that the Schneider family built provides the foundation that the company takes forward into the next 25 years. It's a legacy that we honor, that we will protect and we will extend."