Tri-State Expedited Services – Expediting And So Much More

Steve Pollock
April 2022

MILLBURY, OHIO…. The expedited industry has been changing and Tri-State Expedited Services has been changing with it.  One of the biggest changes is the implementation of company-owned equipment.  Expediting has traditionally been nearly all owner-operator or small fleets, but now companies, including Tri-State Expedited Services, own equipment and hire company drivers with benefits!  Another change is the increasing amount of truckload business that now goes through expedite carriers. 

The needs of Professional Truck drivers have also been evolving. The two questions most commonly asked when changing jobs are: “How much pay and how much home time?”  Most drivers are looking for better home time, which has prompted Tri-State Expedited Services to develop local freight runs, allowing some of their drivers to be home almost nightly.  There is still plenty of freight available, however for those who like to run OTR. 

President Mike Lawrence stated, “We have become even more driver and customer focused than Tri-State Expedited Services has been in the past.  One of the best things about Tri-State Expedited is that all of our owner/partners are deeply involved in the company, working in various operational capacities everyday versus simply being a company executive.”

Tri-State Expedited Services was founded in 1978 by Ron and Glenna Chidester in Toledo, Ohio.  In order to accommodate growth, the company then moved to Millbury, Ohio, a few miles south of Toledo, where a couple of subsequent expansions followed over the new few years.

In 2021, Glenna decided to sell the company’s stock to senior management members; Glenna felt strongly about keeping the company in the hands of the people who were working hard to continue the company legacy.  Tri-State Expedited Services is now owned by Chad Nicholls, Corey Crane, Korey Walper, and Mike Lawrence, and they have kept the name, the location and the company mission intact.

Today Tri-State Expedited Services operates cargo (Sprinter) vans, air ride straight trucks, and air ride tractor trailers, both vans and flatbeds.  The company provides expedited service to all 48 states, cross border service to Mexico, and air service worldwide. 

Tri-State is currently hiring company drivers and leasing owner-operators for tractor/trailer, straight trucks, and cargo vans, both solos and teams.  They are also always looking for quality fleet owners to come join the team.  There is a particular need right now for T/T and straight truck husband and wife teams as well as experienced flatbed drivers.  Company equipment is always new;  local drivers are home nearly every night, while OTR drivers stay out 2-4 weeks at a time.  Everyone makes a great wage hauling expedited freight.  Quarterly safety bonuses are paid and Tri-State chooses a Driver of the Quarter and the four finalists qualify for the Driver of the Year award!

Tri-State Expedited has a beautiful driver facility at their Millbury, Ohio headquarters.  It contains a comfortable drivers lounge, showers, laundry, and dining area.  They have new food and beverage choices, and the coffee is always free to drivers.  The company is also very proud of all of the work their employees do to support their local communities.

Here is what  Tri-State Expedited Services drivers have to say about the company:

“Great people to work for.  Good paychecks and well maintained equipment.  My wife and I run team in a tractor-trailer, and we are very happy with our job here at Tri-State.  Thank-you Tri-State!” – Husband and Wife Team Drivers

“Absolutely amazing company to run for.  Equipment is meticulously maintained, and the front office is very easy to get along with and listens to concerns and issues about anything over the road.  Full benefits are a great bonus, too.  Medical, dental, and vision are a great deal.  Would recommend to all drivers looking for a solid carrier to run for.” – Straight Truck Driver

There are many opportunities available for all types of Professional Truck Drivers at Tri-State Expedited Services.  If you would like to learn more about the rewards of expedited trucking, call 800-821-6395, extension 5004 and the recruiters at Tri-State will customize a driving program that will suit your particular needs.  Tri-State’s mission statement is “Exceeding our partners expectations since 1978.”