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Werner Enterprises – History


Werner Enterprises was founded in 1956, by C. L. Werner, eight years later; the company’s first terminal was built in Council Bluffs.

By 1965 the company had a fleet of ten trucks which were able to offer a range of trucking services to customers and businesses. 1969 saw the company purchase a freightliner and develop the logo, thus firmly establishing presence in the marketplace.

By 1970, the company had around 35-40 trucks with removable sides, which hauled grain, soybean meal, lumber, potatoes and onions. In 1971, Werner acquired a number of van trailers and hops trailers, thus expanding the fleet of vehicles. By 1977, the company had moved premises and expanded the fleet to 100 trucks.

By 1986 the company, now operating a fleet of 630 trucks, ventured into the stock market with its first public offering and was listed in NASDAQ.

1992 brought the introduction of technology advances with the installation of satellite communications on trucks. A temperature controlled division was also formed in the early 1990s. In June 1998, Werner became the first truckload carrier to be authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to implement paperless logs.

By 1999, the company had accumulated a fleet of over 7,000 trucks, 18,000 trailers, and 8,500 drivers. The following year, Werner started its Mexico operations, and also set up an alliance with Transplace.com. Werner launched its Mexico operations in 2000. In 2001 the company opened an international terminal in Laredo, Texas. In the same year, the company opened a driver training center housing a driver trainer system, and initiated computer base training at the company’s corporate office in Omaha, Nebraska.

In 2002, Werner and J.B. Hunt Transport Services reached an agreement to sell a portion of Werner’s ownership interest in Transplace to J.B. Hunt. Prior to the agreement, Werner held a 15% equity interest in Transplace. With this agreement, Werner sold a 10% equity interest.

Werner became a certified member in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Partners in Protection (PIP) programs in 2003. By participating in these programs, Werner’s FAST/C-TPAT/PIP approved customers benefited from improved border crossing times and on-going process improvements, resulting in increased efficiencies in the supply chain.

In 2003, the company joined Qualcomm’s untethered trailer tracking consortium to develop an effective technology solution for tracking and managing untethered trailers. Qualcomm provided mobile communications for the transportation industry. The company entered into an agreement with ACS for TripPak services in 2004.

In July 2006, the company formed Werner Global Logistics US, a separate company that operates within the VAS segment, and through its subsidiaries established its Wholly Owned Foreign Entity headquartered in Shanghai, China.

In April 2007, CRST Van Expedited would proceed with its case against Werner Enterprises for hiring away CRST drivers that were bound by employment contracts, the US Court.

In May 2007, Werner opened an office in Shenzhen, China. After one month, Werner announced a new service solution called Emergency and Surge Event (E.A.S.E.) Management that ensures customers, that their products will be shipped at the highest service level possible during emergency surge situations.

In July 2007, Werner announced, that it is a validated member in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. The C-TPAT is a joint government business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen the overall supply chain and border security, developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection.

In August 2007, Werner reached a favorable settlement agreement with CRST Van Expedited (CRST), a truckload carrier with 1,500 trucks, of a lawsuit filed by CRST against Werner in 2004.