In 1975, Wally Tielens and his two sons, Bruce and Randy, had a simple vision for a family business called Wisconsin Express Lines. The company quickly grew into an industry-leading refrigerated trucking business, providing both truckload and less than truckload services.
The business soon blossomed into more than 150 trucks and trailers by 1987 providing nationwide service to some of the largest companies in the food, beverage, and dairy industries.
In 1988, Bruce and Randy purchased the business from their father and changed the company name to WEL Companies. In addition to the name change, WEL added warehousing services to their portfolio to more closely reflect their migration to logisticsservices.
Sadly, Wally passed away in 2005 and Randy in 2013. Yet, their spirit drives our reputation for customer service and driver respect. At WEL, we are excited to embrace change that helps move us forward such as Bruce’s son, Chris, being named President in 2014. Chris has been an integral part of WEL for many years and brings his own unique vision for moving WEL forward. Another son, Dalton, has since joined WEL and is making his contribution in various departments.
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