Cedar Rapids Steel Transport began operation under its present ownership and management. Initially, the company hauled iron and steel articles from Chicago to Cedar Rapids and to points within a 50-mile radius.
- Expanded intra-state authority to transport general commodities
- CRST reached the one million dollar mark in annual revenue
Herald's son, John M. Smith, joined the company as a salesman.
Cedar Rapids Steel Transport changed its name to CRST, Inc. to reflect expansion into dry freight and refrigerated commodities. Revenues reached $25 million.
CRST, Inc.'s revenue topped $50 million.
- The Motor Carrier Act marked deregulation of the trucking industry.
- Acquisition of nationwide general commodities authority
- Revenues grew to $65 million annually
- Three I Truck Line, Inc., Bettendorf, Iowa, was incorporated
- CRST became one of three nationwide carriers
CRST purchased Malone Freight Lines, Inc. of Trussville, Alabama. The purchase of Malone, a respected name in the South since 1928, enabled opening service to southeastern United States. Revenues reached $125 million.
CRST International, Inc. was organized to integrate all companies under one holding company. CRST International, Inc. was the first trucking company to commit to pre-employment drug screening for all employees.
Throughout the next several years, CRST International, Inc. identified several niche acquisitions and merged the companies into CRST, Inc., Three I Truck Line, Inc. and Malone Freight Lines, Inc.
CRST Logistics was created to complement our services.
- Dedication of CRST International, Inc. corporate headquarters
- Revenues reached $236 million
- John M. Smith purchased the company from his family.
- CRST International revenues topped the $300 million mark.
- CRST International management restructured the marketing from five companies into one consolidated approach. It became "The Transportation Solution", moving from a trucking company to a total transportation company.
- CRST International moved up to the number 10 spot in the national ranking for largest dry van truckload carriers.
- CRST International also launched its Gold Pin Club to help its owner operators lower operating costs by passing along the savings CRST negotiates with its vendors.
In a move to solidify its market presence and improve customer service, CRST International renamed three of its companies: CRST, Inc. became CRST Van Expedited; Malone Freight Lines became CRST Malone, Inc. and 3 I Truck Lines became CRST Flatbed Regional.
CRST trademarked its name, further solidifying its brand identity in the international transportation marketplace while allowing its operating subsidiary companies to retain their separate identities.
Revenues topped $600 million and CRST Van Expedited moved into its new corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Premier Transport was created to service the short to medium haul van market.
CRST International announced that is building a new training and lodging center on the CRST corporate complex in Cedar Rapids.
CRST International, Inc. Technology team is recognized by Information Week as one of the nations Top 250 for innovative use of technology.
CRST International, Inc. Technology team is recognized by Information Week for the second year in a row as one of the nation's Top 250 for innovative use of technology.
John Smith appoints Dave Rusch President and Chief Executive Officer. John continues in his role as Chairman of the Board.
Acquires Specialized Transportation, Inc. out of Fort Wayne, IN – adding to the portfolio of companies a new service offering providing customized transportation services for products that require high touch support, special handling and equipment, and value added on site services.