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Marten—an international company that feels like family

While we’re a billion-dollar, international transportation company today, we still feel like the family business that started it all in 1946 with a single milk truck in rural Wisconsin. And like family, we look out for each other—drivers, customers and investors. That’s why you can always expect the best at Marten.

Drivers

We have one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry with over 400 million-mile drivers. If you want to expect more, look no further.

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Customers

We add value every day with visible costs and operating data, working as a team to provide exceptional capacity solutions to move our customers’ goods throughout their networks reliably and efficiently.

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Investors

Since our dividend program was implemented in 2010, we have paid a total of $193 million in special and quarterly cash dividends.

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CELEBRATING MORE THAN 75 YEARS

From a single milk truck in 1946 to 3,500 trucks today, Marten Transport, Ltd. is an American success story. Scroll our timeline for the highlights that made us an international transportation leader with over 20 locations stretching from Mexico to Canada and California to Florida.

1946

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.

1950

Roger Marten expanded his milk delivery routes, purchased and drove school buses, and hauled petroleum products with his first tractor-trailer.

1956

First tractor-trailer combo purchased.

1960s

First tandem axle trailer purchased. Dry Vans are added to the fleet as well.

1965

Mondovi, WI was home to Marten's first terminal. Randy Marten joins the company and Roger Marten focuses on developing the interstate carrier business serving customers in the Midwest and West Coast

1974

Marten moves into interstate hauling with refrigerated trailers

1980

The trucking industry is deregulated allowing Marten Transport to grow based on their excellent reputation. Terminals are added in California, Georgia, and Oregon.

1986

Marten is publicly traded on NASDAQ, Randy Marten is named president of Marten Transport.

1989

Marten moves to all refrigerated trailers.

1993

Marten Transport suffered a tragic loss when Roger Marten passed away. There are still many driving, office, and terminal employees working at Marten who were hired by Roger.

1993

Randy is named CEO of Marten Transport. Satellite tracking systems added to the fleet to improve communication.

1996

Marten celebrates 50 years in business and opens the Roger Marten Community Center in Mondovi, WI

2000

Marten is named to Forbes Top 200 Best Small Businesses in American.

2005

Marten expanded into Intermodal & Brokerage and transitions from over the road to regional operations. Randy Marten earns Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for transportation in the Wisconsin Region.

2007

$16 million commitment to add APUs to the fleet. New maintenance facility in Mondovi, WI

2008

Marten expands into Mexico.

2014

Marten Transport purchases their 10,000th Utility Trailer.

2016

Marten expands to dry van.
1946
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.
1950
Roger Marten expanded his milk delivery routes, purchased and drove school buses, and hauled petroleum products with his first tractor-trailer.
1956
First tractor-trailer combo purchased.
1960s
First tandem axle trailer purchased. Dry Vans are added to the fleet as well.
1965
Mondovi, WI was home to Marten's first terminal. Randy Marten joins the company and Roger Marten focuses on developing the interstate carrier business serving customers in the Midwest and West Coast
1974
Marten moves into interstate hauling with refrigerated trailers
1980
The trucking industry is deregulated allowing Marten Transport to grow based on their excellent reputation. Terminals are added in California, Georgia, and Oregon.
1986
Marten is publicly traded on NASDAQ, Randy Marten is named president of Marten Transport.
1989
Marten moves to all refrigerated trailers.
1993
Marten Transport suffered a tragic loss when Roger Marten passed away. There are still many driving, office, and terminal employees working at Marten who were hired by Roger.
1993
Randy is named CEO of Marten Transport. Satellite tracking systems added to the fleet to improve communication.
1996
Marten celebrates 50 years in business and opens the Roger Marten Community Center in Mondovi, WI
2000
Marten is named to Forbes Top 200 Best Small Businesses in American.
2005
Marten expanded into Intermodal & Brokerage and transitions from over the road to regional operations. Randy Marten earns Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for transportation in the Wisconsin Region.
2007
$16 million commitment to add APUs to the fleet. New maintenance facility in Mondovi, WI
2008
Marten expands into Mexico.
2014
Marten Transport purchases their 10,000th Utility Trailer.
2016
Marten expands to dry van.
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Company Highlights

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Committed to diversity & inclusion

We believe unique perspectives and backgrounds fuel the innovation that drives greatness.

Environmental commitment

To help reduce our carbon footprint, we’ve installed solar panels on our fleet of 3,500 trucks and at 15 terminals across the nation.

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Community commitment

Our annual donations to Children’s Hospitals have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and families across the nation, including families here at Marten.

Creative businesswoman writing on sticky notes on a glass wall, female colleague looking.

Committed to diversity & inclusion

We believe unique perspectives and backgrounds fuel the innovation that drives greatness.

Environmental commitment

To help reduce our carbon footprint, we’ve installed solar panels on our fleet of 3,500 trucks and at 15 terminals across the nation.

Little boy smiling and holding peace sign.

Community commitment

Our annual donations to Children’s Hospitals have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and families across the nation, including families here at Marten.

Leadership

Randolph L. MartenExecutive Chairman of the Board

Timothy M. KohlChief Executive Officer

Douglas P. PetitPresident

James J. HinnendaelExecutive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

News

MARTEN EXPANDS MEXICO FOOTPRINT, ADDS PARTNERS

In September, Marten Dry Van expanded our Mexico footprint with the first shipment out of Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, for long-term customer Mondelez. One of our new partner carriers, Sega Carriers, crossed the shipment via the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo, TX. The shipment was picked up by a Marten driver at our…

WMCA FLEET SAFETY AWARD 2022

Marten Transport was awarded the 2022 Safest Truckload Fleet in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA). This is Marten’s second consecutive year being awarded this prestigious award. To be eligible for the award, companies must have an accident ratio of 3.0 or less and report only miles and accidents occurring in Wisconsin. Thanks…

SMARTWAY MULTIMODAL CARRIER HIGH PERFORMER 2022

Marten was awarded the High Performer award for being able to consolidate and optimize shipments along the most efficient route. Shipments move from door to door, utilizing truck, rail, ocean and air transportation. These methods minimize time, costs, and fuel use. In return, there is less impact on the environment and lower costs. This is…