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Ruan was founded during a very challenging time. It was the Great Depression. John Ruan’s father had passed away, and someone needed to provide for the family. So, despite the risk, the 18-year-old sold his family’s car, bought a truck, and began hauling gravel around Iowa. Ruan Transportation Management Systems was born.   

Today, more than 89 years after that first load of gravel was shoveled by hand, Chairman John Ruan IV and CEO Ben McLean—part of the third generation of the Ruan family—continue to operate and lead according to the principles set down by Mr. Ruan: integrity, hard work, innovation, quality customer service, and compassion. Ruan continues to research and develop innovations in technology, equipment, and safety. And, we’re leading the transportation industry’s effort to improve its environmental profile.    

Ruan is a family-owned transportation management company, providing Dedicated Contract Transportation, Managed Transportation, Value-added Warehousing, and Brokerage Support Services. Our Integrated Solutions combine our non-asset and asset-based capabilities with optimal technology. We proudly employ 5,500 team members in more than 300 operations nationwide. Whatever the challenge, we’re committed to finding new and innovative ways to serve our customers.

Our mission is to empower the best team in logistics to deliver exceptional experiences that create value for our partners.

Ruan Transportation Management Systems  

  • Founded in 1932 
  • 300+ operations nationwide 
  • On-site managers to direct fleets and drivers 
  • 5,500 team members, including 4,500 professional drivers 
  • Ongoing commitment to quality and process improvement 
  • 24/7 customer care from one full-service transportation company 
  • Asset- and non-asset-based solutions 
  • Proprietary Megasafe Safety Program

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