Universe Trucking acquired by Greater Omaha Express

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Updated Jul 7, 2022
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The acquisition, set to be finalized July 15, will bring into the Greater Omaha Express family a group of truckers "known in the industry for their safe driving and decades of experience," the company said.

Greater Omaha Express is acquiring Universe Trucking Co., an Omaha-based reefer carrier. Greater Omaha Express is the affiliated trucking company of beef supplier Greater Omaha Packing Company.

The acquisition, set to be finalized next week, will increase the size of the Greater Omaha Express fleet by 20%.

“Universe Trucking Co. was a great opportunity because, like Greater Omaha Express, their values of integrity and excellence are clearly demonstrated in their quality of service,” said Greater Omaha Packing CEO Henry Davis. “As we look to provide the highest quality beef, take care of our employees and support our customers, we are excited for the future.”

Greater Omaha Express was established in 2006 to transport finished beef for Greater Omaha Packing Co. In the last eight years, its fleet has quadrupled to more than 100 tractors and 200 refrigerated trailers. The business has one of the best compliance, safety and accountability scores in the industry (its vehicle OOS rate is 4% versus a national average of 21.48%), and on average, Greater Omaha Express vehicles are less than two years old.

Founded in 1971 by Bub Johnson, Universe Trucking Co., has been led by Bob and Denise Johnson and their four sons. It primarily operates in the Midwest, South and Southeast. 

“At Greater Omaha Express, we strive to provide the highest quality of customer service through honesty and integrity," said Brenton Falgione, Greater Omaha Express president. “We consider our drivers to be like family, and we strive to maintain strong relationships with our clients and drivers. As we acquire Universe Trucking Co., we look forward to continuing that legacy.”