Thinking of driving refrigerated? These are the top carriers

Reefers in a row

Some companies call it “temperature-sensitive” or “temperature-controlled,” while others simply call it “refrigerated.” Often, it’s shortened to just “reefer.”

But, call it what you will, hauling cargo that needs to be in a temperature-controlled environment — usually produce, dairy and other foods and beverages — can be a rewarding type of trucking. It comes with its own special challenges — especially time constraints — but it also can mean consistent employment opportunities.

Each year Trucker’s News’ sister publication Commercial Carrier Journal reviews trucking companies and creates its Top 250 ranking. These are the leading firms specializing in refrigerated service on the list.

(Note: many other companies, especially some of the biggest, have refrigerated divisions, so you may wish to check those out as well.)

16. Prime, Springfield, Mo. 7,400 drivers,

21. C.R. England, West Valley City, Utah, 6,895 drivers,

39. KLLM Transport Services, Richland, Miss. drivers NA,

50. Marten Transport Ltd., Mondovi, Wisc., 2501 drivers,

54. Stevens Transport Inc., Dallas, Texas, 2,589 drivers,

92. Trans Am Trucking, Olathe, Kan., 1,148 drivers,

102. May Trucking Co., Salem, Ore. 1,093 drivers,

114. Hirschbach Motor Lines, East Dubuque, Ill., 830 drivers,

122. John Christner Trucking, Sapulpa, Okla., 734 drivers,

123. Navajo Express, Denver, Colo., 750 drivers,

137. National Carriers, Liberal, Kan., 680 drivers,

148. K & B Transportation, South Sioux City, Neb. 658 drivers,

165. JBS Carriers, Greeley, Colo., 571 drivers,

176. J & R Schugel Trucking, New Ulm, Minn., 566 drivers,

197. WEL Companies Inc., DePere, Wisc., 475 drivers,

201. Pride Transport Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, 471 drivers,

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204. R.E. Garrison Trucking, Cullman, Ala., 513 drivers,

214. Freymiller Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla., 489 drivers,

218. Heyl Truck Lines, Akron, Iowa, 435 drivers,

239. Lessors Inc., Eagan, Minn., 416 drivers,

242. Earl Henderson Trucking, Salem, Ill., 450 drivers,

243. H & R Transport Ltd., Lethbridge, Alberta, 450 drivers,