Climbing to the top

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We at CCJ currently are busily and frantically sifting through tons of data on trucks, drivers and revenue to gather our annual rundown of the nation’s top 250 for-hire trucking fleets. The magazine has compiled this countdown in some shape, form or fashion since the 1960s, and it’s grown into a fairly well-known authoritative listing – even outside industry circles. Time and time again, I’ve been contacted by reporters beyond the trucking world for comments on the list or for help getting a copy of it. These days, it’s easily accessible on our Website, but I’m always happy to point interested folks in the right direction.

If you’ve been contacted by Avery Vise, our senior editor of industry analysis, about the CCJ Top 250 and you haven’t gotten back with him yet, please do so ASAP. But really, that’s not what this blog is about. Rather, I want to commend all the fleets who make the CCJ Top 250 year in and year out – and also congratulate those who perhaps will appear on this year’s list for the first time. Normally these new entries make their debuts near the bottom, but don’t mistake these companies for small potatoes; anyone who has enough trucks, drivers and revenue to earn a spot on our list must be doing something right, and for that hard work and expertise, they deserve our congratulations.

While it’s unlikely that UPS and FedEx will relinquish their strangleholds on the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on this year’s CCJ Top 250, it’s always interesting to observe the repositioning that inevitably takes place further down. This year’s list will be available to all in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.