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1985 Max Fuller and Patrick Quinn establish partnership and begin the formation of U.S. Xpress, Inc.


U.S. Xpress begins operation with 48 trucks and hauls its first load on January 21st.

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U.S. Xpress becomes one of the first truckload carriers to fully integrate satellite communications aboard the fleet; company opens terminal and headquarters in Tunnel Hill, Ga.



U.S. Xpress lauded by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the nation, growing by over 1,000 percent from 1985-89; U.S. Xpress begins a series of acquisitions of truckload carriers – highlighted by the addition of Southwest Motor Freight, Hall Systems, Lima Transport, CSI/Reeves.


U.S. Xpress Enterprises becomes a publicly traded company with an IPO.


U.S. Xpress begins testing and implementation of auto-shift transmission trucks within the company’s fleet; U.S. Xpress initiates Million Mile Driving Awards program by inducting 23 Company drivers into the USX Million Miler Club. (Today, the Million Miler Club has more than 350 inductees).


U.S. Xpress acquires JTI Inc., a truckload carrier headquartered in Lincoln, Neb.; company also breaks ground on state-of-the-art headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


U.S. Xpress acquires Victory Express, a truckload carrier headquartered in Ohio, and the Company also acquires PST Vans, a truckload carrier headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. These acquisitions and internal growth position U.S. Xpress as the fifth largest publicly-traded truckload carrier in the country, with more than 4,500 trucks and 11,000 trailers.


U.S. Xpress employees complete move into new corporate headquarters building in Chattanooga, Tenn. The building, with more than 100,000 square feet of office space, wins several design and architectural awards.



U.S. Xpress is named a recipient of a Smithsonian Award, presented by ComputerWorld Magazine and the Smithsonian Institute. U.S. Xpress is honored for the company’s achievements in developing a “paperless” office in transportation.

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In April, U.S. Xpress Co-Chairman Patrick Quinn begins his one-year term as Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association.


Company launches demand critical service Xpress Direct, which rapidly rises to become a leading provider in spot market, on-demand capacity; U.S. Xpress receives the Second Annual Kruesi Spirit of Innovation Award from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.


U.S. Xpress begins testing and implementation of the Blind-Spot reduction camera systems that are used on the right side of the truck.


In December, U.S. Xpress becomes the fastest truckload carrier in history to reach $1 billion in annual sales. U.S. Xpress adds Trailer on Flatcar Intermodal Rail Service to the company’s suite of diversified transportation offerings. U.S. Xpress initiates initial investment in Arnold Transportation Services, a regional truckload carrier based in Jacksonville, Florida. Arnold is the first of a series of investments in regional truckload carriers over the next four years – with other investments including Total Transportation of Mississippi, C&C Trucking and Smith Transport.


U.S. Xpress Co-Chairman Patrick Quinn begins what becomes a 20-month term as the Chairman of the American Trucking Associations. During his term, Mr. Quinn earns a Senatorial appointment to serve as a Department of Transportation Commissioner on a committee charged with making recommendations on transportation infrastructure for the next 50 years .


U.S. Xpress is named one of the Best Big Companies in America by Forbes Magazine. Co-founders Max Fuller and Patrick Quinn successfully buy back the outstanding public stock of U.S. Xpress, making it once again a privately-owned company.

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U.S. Xpress Co-Chairman Patrick Quinn testifies before both the House and Senate on the Transportation For Tomorrow report that was issued by the D.O.T. Commission on which he served .

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U.S. Xpress became a recipient of the SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award for reduced pollution and greenhouse gasses produced by trucks.



Daimler Trucks North America honors U.S. Xpress Co-Chairman & CEO Max Fuller in August, commemorating the purchase of the 50,000th Freightliner truck in Max’s transportation career that spans four decades. With a compounded annual growth of 16 percent since 1994, 8,000 tractors and 22,000 trailers, U.S. Xpress Enterprises now stands as the nation's 3rd largest privately-owned truckload carrier.

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