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The Central Tradition, almost as old as the trucking industry itself, is a simple one.
First, find energetic and dependable people. In many cases, they're the same outstanding employees and upper management your business has been depending on for many years. That kind of long-term employee is commonplace at Central. We have been making your pickups and deliveries and providing millions of miles of accident-free service for over 88 years.
History of Central Freight
Central purchases 25 Freightliner straight trucks to add to fleet
Central purchases additional 200 - 2014 Freightliner Diesel Tractors
Central opens first CNG Fueling Station in Houston partnering with Questar
ATA selects Gary Babbitt, Dallas Line Driver, as National Driver of the Year
Heavy Duty Trucking selects Central Freight Lines as one of the Top 50 Green Fleets in America
NGV Industry presents Central Freight Lines with Natural Gas Industry Achievement Award
TMTA - Texas Driver of The Year -
, Dallas Line Driver
Dallas Terminal moves to new location in Dallas to better serve their customer base
Central Freight purchases 100 CNG Freightliner Tractors
Central Freight purchases 400, 28' Pup Trailers
Central Freight expands into Tennessee and Wisconsin new terminals in:
with the acquisition of Circle Delivery of Tennessee.
Central Freight purchases 400, 28' Hyundai pup trailers
ATA National Driver of the Year - Ron Fuller, Central Freight Fort Worth Line Driver
TMTA 1st Place P&D Fleet Safety Award
ATA 3rd Place Truck Safety Award
Top 100 Motor Carrier
Top 100 for-Hire Carrier
Journal Top 250 For-Hire Trucking Companies
Central Freight, one of the first LTL carriers to purchase CNG powered tractors to protect the environment
and reduce dependency on foreign fuels
Mr. Ron Fuller, CFL Fort Worth Line Driver, was selected as the 2012 Texas Driver of the Year by the Texas Motor Transportation Association
ATA Awards Central Freight Lines
Truck Safety Contest
2nd Place - General Commodities LTL/Local
3rd Place - General Commodities Truckload/Line-Haul
3rd Place - General Commodities/LTL
Industrial Safety Contest
3rd Place General Commodities LTL/Line-Haul
Central Freight Founder Mr. W.W. Callan inducted into the Texas Transportation Institute Hall of Honor during the TMTA Conference in Lost Pines, Texas
TMTA awards Central Freight Texas P & D Drivers with 1st Place Fleet Safety Award
Mr. Gary Babbitt selected by ATA as Captain of America’s Road Team for 2011/12
Mr. Anthony Jones, CFL Houston Line Haul Driver, was selected as the 2010 Texas Driver of the Year by the Texas Motor Transportation Association
National Driver of the Year – Mr. Anthony Jones – CFL Houston Line Driver was selected as the 2010 National Driver of the Year by the American Trucking Association
Central awarded 2010 Grand Safety Trophy as presented by the Texas Trucking Association
Selected by Inbound Logistics Publication as one of the "Top 100 Carriers" in 2010
Central partners with EPA as a SmartWay Transport Partner
CFL Network provides service to Idaho, Utah, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Central initiates a Time-Definite Guarantee Delivery Program – Delivery by 10:30 AM or 5:00 PM
Central selected as one of the Top 100 Motor Carriers by Inbound Logistics Magazine
The CFL Network expands to provide service to 49 States
Don Orr becomes President & CEO of Central Freight Lines
Central receives the 2008 American Trucking Association President’s Trophy
CFL Network provides service to Colorado
Central transitions from a publicly traded company to a privately held enterprise by a merger with North American Truck Lines, LLC and Green acquisition Company, controlled by Mr. Jerry Moyes.
Central awarded Carrier Of The Year by Direct Logistics
For the fourth time, Central wins the prestigious ATA President’s Trophy.
Central Freight Lines goes public.
Central receives Regional Carrier Of The Year award from Exel Logistics
Central signs contract to acquire Intrastate Arizona Carrier, Jaguar Fast Freight. Central continues westward expansion into California and Nevada with purchase of Vecta Transportation Systems, Inc. of Sacramento, California.
On June 30th, an investment group led by a group of senior Central management purchases selected assets of the former Central Freight Lines from Viking Freight and reopens as a new Central Freight Lines.
Central becomes the Southwestern Division of Viking Freight, Inc.
On January 1, federal legislation deregulates intrastate common carrier trucking nationwide. Central is named the 1994–95 Regional LTL Carrier of the Year by NASSTRAC, a national shipper organization and traffic management industry trade publication. Joe Hall becomes Central's fifth president. On December 14, Roadway Services, Inc. becomes Caliber Systems, Inc. and on December 18, the consolidation of Central, Coles, Spartan, and Viking Freight Systems into Viking Freight, Inc. is announced, creating a nationwide freight carrier, and beginning the closure of Central's Waco corporate headquarters.
Central expands into Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Later, Central expands into Illinois and Mississippi.
On March 27, employee-owners and direct shareholders of Central approve the purchase of the company by Roadway Services, Inc. On April 11, Central officially becomes a part of Roadway and joins the Roadway Regional Group. Central begins service in Louisiana.
Central expands to Arkansas, New Mexico, and Tennessee. Tom Clowe is named Central's fourth president. In October, Woody, Jr. and Diana Braswell retire, selling their stock to the Employees Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan making Central truly an employee owned company. On November 23, Roadway Services, Inc. and Central reach an agreement in principle for Central to be purchased by Roadway.
Central receives 48-state interstate operating authority and expands into Oklahoma.
Tom Clowe joins Central as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
W. W. Woody Callan Sr .Chairman of the Board - passes away.
Central employees honor Woody Callan, Sr. with a specially-designed 48-foot trailer.
Central purchases Curry Motor Freight and Perry Motor Freight.
Central receives the 1984 American Trucking Association President’s Trophy.
Central ranks 33rd on list of Top 100 Class 1 carriers
Woody Callan, Jr., becomes Central's third president.
Central becomes the first motor carrier to be honored with the Materials Handling Leadership Award from the Society of Packing and Handling Enterprise
R. H. Linam becomes Central's second president. An employee stock purchase plan is established.
Central is the first carrier in the country to install an under-the-floor towveyor chain system in a terminal
Central Federal Credit Union officially opens its doors.
Central Freight Lines Dallas Facility becomes the largest freight facility in the world.
Central opens its first company-owned facility, the terminal and general office on 13th Street in Waco
The Texas Legislature establishes intrastate trucking regulations and the Railroad Commission of Texas. W.W. Callan has to separate Central Forwarding’s household goods moving business, which became known as; Central Forwarding, Inc., from the company’s general freight transportation known as Central Freight Lines, Inc.
Central incorporated and instituted regular routes between Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin
Central Freight Lines is founded in Waco, Texas. W.W. “Woody” Callan Sr. buys a Model T and drives from Waco to Dallas to pick up some goods for a Waco merchant, thus starting Central Forwarding and Warehouse company
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Last updated: 05/17/2012 Grady Christie