Our History

Our Journey

JRayl Transport started in the transportation industry over 30 years ago. The humble journey began in 1978 when founders Tim Rayl and Jim St. John bought and drove tractors as owner-operators in Green, Ohio. As the customer demand increased, from 1979 – 1983 the first four drivers began driving for owner Tim Rayl.

On May 5th,1987 JRayl Transport was Incorporated, and moved to Akron, Ohio from a farm in Green, Ohio. By 1988 JRayl Transport hit revenue milestone of $1MM. In 1990, JRayl reached the $5MM milestone and purchased the 184 Massillon Road Terminal. Two years later JRayl was operating 50 tractors and made the decision to acquire Garn & Gooday Transportation.

At the turn of the Century, JRayl reached the milestone of $10MM in revenue. By 2002, Tim and Jim decided to add to the family with the purchase of C&S Services. By 2005 there were over 100 company tractors in the JRayl fleet! Going into 2007 the revenue reached over $25MM and JRayl decided to acquire Quality Logistics. Following the transaction, JRayl decided to open our Danville, Virginia Terminal to expand our growing customer requirements. Concept Freight was added to the family in 2008 and JRayl moved the now Headquarters 1016 Triplett Boulevard, in Akron, Ohio.

In an effort to expand the geographical footprint of JRayl, in 2010 JRayl Transport opened our Sunnyvale, Texas location outside of Dallas, Texas. By 2013 as JRayl marked the 15 Million Miles traveled as an Transportation Company they decided to open a Drayage Division in Euclid, Ohio. To continue geographical expansion efforts, Midwest Logistics was added to the family and a terminal in North Liberty, Indiana was opened. Lastly in 2013, with over 200 trucks, JRayl opened Akron’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and our first CNG vehicle went over the road.

2015 marked the achievement of over 350 employees and by 2016 JRayl was running over 300 company tractors in four different states.

As we move into 2018, JRayl Transport has over 350 tractors, 900 trailers and close to 400 employees covering the eastern United States. JRayl has grown tremendously but still maintains a family