Our humble existence as Sandusky Truck and Trailer began in 1961 for the sole purpose of delivering fresh meat to market for the parent company, The Waldock Packing Company. Within a year, Ohio Eastern Express was born! For the next 20 years, we continued to deliver fresh pork to the East Coast for the Selected Meat Company while becoming one of the first carriers capable of hauling bananas “still on the stalk” from the East Coast piers in meat railers. Not much has changed for Ohio Eastern Express over the past 50 plus years as we have elected to stay close to our roots by doing what we do best, specializing in the transportation of time and temperature sensitive products between the Midwest and East Coast.
Our customer base that once consisted of the captive pork company and the big three banana companies changed considerably in 1982 when the parent packing company was sold. We were forced to hurl ourselves into the market place to establish new anchor customers that could utilize our expertise in getting their perishables to the East Coast. We began soliciting meat houses since we knew most of the customers and had a good name in the industry and slowly branched out from there. Today, we service over 300 customers transporting dry, refrigerated, and frozen products in traffic lanes primarily east of the Mississippi River.
The size and configuration of our fleet has fluctuated over the years based upon market conditions but has remained asset based. Our goal has never been to become large and leveraged but to remain midsized and efficient while preserving the family atmosphere as much as possible. We feel that knowing all we can about our people and allowing them to know us gives everyone a vested interest in the company’s well being. We offer year round work for outright owner operators, company drivers, and offer a dynamic yet aggressive lease purchase program of trucks for dependable drivers willing to run east.