Roger Marten founded Marten Transport, Ltd . at the age of 17, delivering milk and other dairy products from the Modena Co-op Creamery. He purchased his first truck route with a $400 loan from his mother. His routes at that time were primarily in the Modena, Wisconsin area where he was born and raised.
Marten purchases its first tractor-trailer combination and began hauling petroleum for Bauer Built of Durand, Wisconsin. Marten's volume doubled after the acquisition of Mondovi Trucking Co.
Marten added its first tandem axle tractor to its fleet.
A one-bay garage became Marten's first terminal in Mondovi, Wisconsin. Rogers' son Randy, also joined the company initially assisting with equipment maintenance and dispatch.
Marten began hauling milk to Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, expanding the company's long haul milk transport business. Marten also purchased Hiawatha Produce out of Winona, Minnesota. This acquisition was the start of Marten's long-distance hauling of perishable foods in refrigerated trailers and became the company's expertise.
Marten began trading on the NASDAQ National Market at $13 per share. During the same year, Randy Marten became President, and the company exceeded $50 million in revenue and built a major expansion to its Mondovi headquarters.
Marten suffered a tragic loss when Roger Marten passed away. Upon the death of his father, Randy Marten became the CEO of Marten Transport, Ltd., in addition to being President.
The company positioned itself for maximum market flexibility with the addition of 53-foot trailers, and continued its nationwide growth with a maintenance facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, near Portland.
Marten was honored as one of the top 200 Best Small Businesses in America by Forbes magazine.
Increased cost, limited freight demand and distressed economy made for an uphill battle to be profitable. But successes in Intermodal and Brokerage opportunities led to significant growth and profitability. The company was once again named one of the Best 200 Small Businesses in America.
Roger Marten founded Marten Transport, Ltd. in 1946 at the age of 17, delivering milk and other dairy products. His routes at that time were primarily in the Modena, Wisconsin area where Roger was born and raised. Driving for the Modena Co-op Creamery, Roger purchased his first truck route with a $400 loan from his mother. In the 1950's he expanded his milk delivery routes, purchased and drove school buses, and hauled petroleum products with his first tractor-trailer. In 1993 Marten suffered a tragic loss when Roger passed away. There are still many driving, office, and terminal employees working at Marten who were hired by Roger. Shortly after his passing, the Roger Marten Community Center was built in Mondovi, WI. The facility was dedicated to his memory in 1996.
Born and raised in the small western Wisconsin community where his father (Roger Marten) founded Marten Transport, Ltd., Randy Marten literally grew up in and around the transportation industry. Through the years Randy observed and participated in nearly every aspect of the family business. Those experiences helped prepare him for his current position as CEO of the company. During the past two decades - under his leadership, Marten Transport has experienced unprecedented growth and financial success.